Conmen & Caddy


In the order of untrustworthiness, I am going to award with politicians  being #1. In the # 2  spot in the Hall of Shame goes to used car salesmen. Last but definitely not least in the # 3 slot are parasite preachers. Depending on the circumstances, they do not necessarily fall in that order of underhandedness.

Used car salesmen are just a group of street guys that talk fast and dress flashy with a great abundance of larceny in their hearts.  Most of them would sell their Ma Ma a junker with no engine under the hood.

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Politicians are highly paid professional liars that can’t separate truth from reality.

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Parasitic preachers may be the lowest of them all on the totem pole. They focus on the poor, good people in this world that can not see through their despicable deceptions and gift of gab to hustle money from them.

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http://www.trend-chaser.com/politics/richest-mega-pastors-america/7/

In essence, they are stealing their congregations blind while they are living high on someone else’s hog.

I don’t think anyone would begrudge these parasites profits from making a decent living but to rake in the kind of money they do to spread the word of god is obscene. 

Unlike Robin Hood and his Merry men, they  are stealing from the poor and giving it to the rich.

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Kenny Copeland seems to be one of the biggest fish in the pond with a net worth of $760 million dollars. I am not contending that all of these people made their entire fortunes at the pulpit but I would say that would be the case with most of them.

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He runs Kenneth Copeland Ministries. His ministry’s 1,500-acre campus is a half-hour drive from Fort Worth includes a church, a private airstrip, a hangar for the ministry’s $17.5 million jet and other aircraft, and a $6 million church owned lakefront mansion. He is very close to being a Billionaire even though he already claims billion dollar status.

I will concede that a small percentage of them can be on the up and up and have the welfare of their flock’s interest at heart but the vast majority of them are just Fire and Brimstone con-men, getting fat on another man’s sweat.

If they were the holy men that they profess to be, why wouldn’t they share their wealth with some of their less fortunate parishioners??

Many of these crooks have been found guilty of crimes, sent to prison for their crimes.  When they get out, they went back to their same bag of tricks, stealing from their congregations. Almost sounds like the terrorists Obama released from Gitmo; set them free and they go back doing what they do best, their same old devious ways.

How about Jim and Tammy Bakker. A couple of the biggest scammers of all times until the federaldies caught up with them.

http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/jim-bakker-is-indicted-on-federal-charges 

After Jim got out of the slams he immediately went back to his same old routine.  All the years he spent behind bars he was sharpening his skills to jump start again them when he got out.

I can’t really blame Jim for getting back into action; I blame the gullible people who followed him.

I would have to assume that many of the believers have to be placed in the  category as many of people who are so loyal to politicians like Bill’s Bride. No matter how much or many times they get screwed or lied to, they keep going back for more.

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Whatever happened to free thinking people with common sense???  If I were one of the flock of these con-men and I drove my 1998 Chevy to church for Sunday morning mass and the revs pulled up in a chauffeured driven Rolls, I would get a serious case of tight jaws.

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There is absolutely nothing wrong with ANYONE being wealthy but the manner in which some of the reprobate revs make their $$$$$$$$ is something to be desired and very unethical. These hypocritical purveyors of prayers, are for the lack of a better word, pray on their flocks weaknesses and vulnerability in order to fill their coffers.

The more gloom and doom they spread, the more dollars bills hit that basket.

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Top 15 Richest Pastors In America:

The business of religion for some can be a very profitable profession to enter. Most people think of that sentence in the spiritual sense, but this article is about the physical worldly dollar.

It might be argued that the reason why ministers are more likely to make money today is because they utilize more money-making opportunities such as writing books, producing movies and speaking engagements.

Some of which make enough to have private planes (Eddie Long)  refurbished arenas as churches (Joel Osteen) and flourishing press houses (Rick Warren).

There will be many who will say that these pastors shouldn’t be making this much money. Before you judge, keep in mind that the average yearly household salary in The Democratic Republic of Congo in Africa is $422, so they could be saying the same about you!

This article is not to bash anyone, it is written to inspire you to dream bigger. If you are not interested in making money, then that is your choice but here are men and women who inspire others while achieving their dreams.

1. Kenneth Copeland

Net Worth $760 Million

He runs Kenneth Copeland Ministries. His ministry’s 1,500-acre campus is a half-hour drive from Fort Worth includes a church, a private airstrip, a hangar for the ministry’s $17.5 million jet and other aircraft, and a $6 million church owned lakefront mansion. He is very close to being a Billionaire even though he already claims billion dollar status.

This guys gift of gab sure brought him a fortune.

2. Pat Robertson

Net Worth $100 Million

Pat Robertson launched the Christian Broadcasting Network in Virginia, and the network is now broadcast in 180 countries. In the late 80s, he ran for President, but was unsuccessful. He runs a number of large companies, including the Christian Coalition, a Christian Right organization that exists to raise monetary and public support for conservative political candidates.

Out of all of the profits out there (prophets), Pat and Bill Graham may be the most legitimate???

3. Benny Hinn

Net Worth $42 Million

Israeli televangelist, Benny Hinn is best known for his regular “Miracle Crusades” – revival meeting/faith healing summits that are usually held in large stadiums in major cities, which are later broadcast worldwide on his television program, “This Is Your Day”. 

If Benny can perform miracles, I would like to see him perform the ultimate miracle and make himself disappear.

4. Joel Osteen

Net Worth $40 Million

Joel Osteen is an author, televangelist, and pastor of Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas. He took over his father’s role as a pastor and televangelist, despite having very little formal religious training, in 1999. Since then, the Lakewood Church broadcast has grown exponentially and can be seen in 100 different countries. 

This guy is one of the all-time best. That Ipana smile and his pompadour sets him apart from the rest and gives him a leg up on the competition, especially with the younger generation.

5. Creflo Dollar

Net Worth $27 Million

American Bible teacher, pastor, and the founder of World Changers Church International, Creflo Dollar, is one of the most successful preachers in America.

Wikipedia:

Dollar (his real last name) is known for his controversial teachings regarding prosperity theology, or the gospel of wealth. He has long been criticized for living a lavish lifestyle; he owns two Rolls-Royces, a private jet, and real estate such as a million-dollar home in Atlanta, a $2.5 million home in Demarest, New Jersey, and a $2.5 million home in Manhattan, which he sold for $3.75 million in 2012.  Dollar has refused to disclose his salary. Creflo Dollar Ministries received a grade of “F” (failing) for financial transparency by the organization Ministry Watch.

6. Billy Graham

Net Worth $25 Million

Billy Graham is a Southern Baptist who rose to celebrity status as his sermons were broadcast on radio and television stations around the country. In 1950 he founded the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Within a few years the civil rights movement began to sweep the nation. Billy, who had never really thought much about the plight of African Americans was instantly inspired to help the cause. He began refusing to speak or appear at events that were segregated. He joined the Montgomery Bus Boycott in 1955 where he met and befriended Martin Luther King, Jr. In 1957, Billy invited Dr. King to join him during a 16 week Christian event held at New York City’s Madison Square Garden. This 16 week event attracted more than 2.3 million visitors from around the country and helped propel Dr. King and the Civil Rights movement into the mainstream conscience. Billy personally posted bail for Dr. King on several occasions after the MLK had been arrested during demonstrations. Billy Graham was also the official spiritual advisor to several Presidents including Nixon and Eisenhower. It has been estimated that during his lifetime, Billy’s sermons have reached an audience across television and radio of more than 2.2 billion people. He married his wife Ruth in 1943 and they remained together until her death in 2007. 

Billy is one of the old timers and probably one of the most well-respected and true believers of the group.

7. Rick Warren

Net Worth $25 Million

Rick Warren founded Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California; it is now the country’s eighth-largest church. Warren is the author of a handful of books, including “The Purpose Driven Church” and “The Purpose Driven Life”. Warren believes in a five-point plan to bring global harmony to Earth; he calls it his “P.E.A.C.E. Plan”. It calls for planting churches, equipping servant leaders, assisting the poor, caring for the sick, and education.

According to Rick, he and his wife intend to live on ten percent of their income and donate the rest to charity. That I would love to see .

8. Bishop T. D Jakes

Net Worth $18 Million

Bishop Jakes lives in a $1,700,000 mansion, he has been called America’s best preacher and has been featured on the cover of TIME magazine. He is a writer, preacher and movie producer. Thomas Dexter “T. D.” Jakes, Sr. is the bishop/chief pastor of The Potter’s House, a non-denominational American mega church, with 30,000 members, located in Dallas, Texas.

There must be a hell of a lot of sinners in the Lone Star State for the bishop to drum up such a following.

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9. Juanita Bynum

Net Worth $10 Million

Juanita Bynum is an American actress, singer, author, and televangelist. Her 1997 video and audiotape series, “No More Sheets”, catapulted her into the spotlight in Christian circles. The reprise of the program was one of the most popular portions of the “Woman, Thou Art Loosed!” Conference in 1999, and was attended by 52,000 people. She also organized the annual “Women’s Weapons of Power Conference” until 2006. She appears regularly on the Trinity Broadcasting Network, and has released a number of audiobooks and recordings of her sermons.

This lady does it all. She is an American Televangelist, Platinum Gospel Recording Artist, New York Times Best Selling Author, Television and Radio Personality, Actress, and Empowerment Coach. She is the CEO of Juanita Bynum Enterprises, a multi-faceted lifestyle and empowerment product company based in New York.

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10. Joyce Meyer

Net Worth $8 Million

In 2005, she ranked #17 on the list of “25 Most Influential Evangelicals in America” by TIME Magazine.  In 2003, she and her husband started a television ministry which still airs today,Enjoying Everyday Life. Meyer only travels via private jet and responded to her critics by saying that she doesn’t have to apologize to anyone about her being blessed.

She calls all of her affluence, being blessed; I call it living high on the hog on someone else’s dime.

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11. Rev John Hagee

Net Worth $5 Million

Pastor John Hagee net worth: Pastor John Hagee is the founder and senior pastor of Cornerstone Church. He lead the Trinity Church in the early to mid-70s, and then founded his own church, The Church at Castle Hills, in 1975. Since then, he has gone on to head one of the most wide-reaching and successful Christian organizations in the world. The Cornerstone Church now has 20,000 members, and he is the CEO of John Hagee Ministries, a Christian multi-media empire, the CEO of Christian Evangelism Television, and the National Chairman of Christians United for Israel.

This guy doesn’t leave a stone unturned. He is covering all bases.

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12. Paula White

Net Worth $5 Million

Pastor Paula White is a Christian evangelist, teacher, author, and television personality. She became a Christian in the mid-80s, and went on to launch her own church with her then husband Randy White, called Without Walls International Church. The church, which was originally known as the South Tampa Christian Church, struggled during its early years, and the Whites lived off the kindness of the congregation and the government. The church eventually grew to 20,000 members. She hosts the popular show, “Paula White Today” on the Trinity Broadcast Network, and has published ten books.

The Whites lived off the kindness of the congregation and the government. That must mean that we, the tax payers of this country were helping to support them.

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13. Bishop Eddie Long

Net Worth $5 Million

Bishop Eddie Long is the senior pastor of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, a megachurch in DeKalb County, Georgia. When Long started as pastor for New Birth Church in 1987, there were 300 church members, which grew to 25,000. A best-selling author, Bishop Long’s captivating and powerful messages are captured in a number of books, including: It’s Your Time: Reclaim Your Territory for the Kingdom, The Elect Lady, I Don’t Want Delilah, I Need You, What a Man Wants, What a Woman Needs, Called to Conquer, Gladiator: The Strength of a Man and his most recent: 60 Seconds to Greatness: Seize the Moment and Plan for Success.

Fast Eddie Long has a long history of sexual allegations against him. I wonder who bestowed the title of  bishop on the bishop?? Probably self-appointed.

http://abcnews.go.com/US/bishop-eddie-long-accused-sex-abuse-fourth-alleged/story?id=11721548

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14. Bishop Noel Jones

Net Worth $5 Million

Bishop Noel Jones earned his Ph.D from the International Circle of Faith. He then became pastor of the Bethel Temple of Longview in Texas. In the mid-90s, he became the pastor of the Greater Bethany Community Church in Los Angeles, California. When he first became pastor, the church had 1000 members. Less than ten years later, the size of the church had grown exponentially, and the congregation had a membership of 17,000 people. An additional building was built to accommodate the number of parishioners. The church’s choir, the City of Refuge Sanctuary Choir, also released a successful gospel album in 2007. The album charted on the Billboard 200, and reached #1 on the gospel charts.

Bishop Jones seems to be one of the rare straight shooters.

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15. Minister Louis Farrakhan

Net Worth $3 Million

Louis Farrakhan reached his net worth through his leadership and brief musical career. Born Louis Eugene Walcott on May 11, 1933, Bronx, New York, he made a name for himself as the leader of the Nation of Islam (NOI) movement. Louis Farrakhan joined the organization in 1955, and he was instrumental in preserving the original teachings of the longtime NOI leader, Elijah Muhammad.

He was the man to stand behind the rebuilding of NOI, once it was disbanded by Elijah Muhammad’s son, Warith Deen Muhammad, who started the orthodox Islamic group American Society of Muslims. Farrakhan restored the name Nation of Islam for the organization in 1981 and went on to regain most of the Nation of Islam’s National properties like the NOI National Headquarters Mosque Maryam, as well as over 130 NOI mosques throughout America and the world. In the process, his controversial political views and outspoken rhetorical style have been either praised or widely criticized.

Black religious and social leader as he was, Farrakhan earned the tag “antisemite” by Southern Poverty Law Center. In October 1995, he led the Million Man March in Washington, D.C., where he called on black people to renew their vows to their families and communities. Today, Louis Farrakhan continues to be active in the NOI, but he has dramatically reduced his responsibilities due to health issues. 

Now this guy is a real piece of work. Not only does he con his congregation out of their hard-earned money, he also insights them into a frenzy to hate white people. I would think that a legitimate  man of the cloth would encourage his flock to be peaceable instead of violent.

http://conservative-headlines.com/2014/11/farrakhan-green-lights-violence-calls-for-racial-holy-war-at-massive-rally/

These are just a few examples of the many prosperous preachers that some of them con their way to fame and fortune.

With all of that being said; I would suggest to people who have sinned or feel the need for spiritual intervention; pray in private, in your homes. Get on your knees and tell the man all of your problems and ask forgiveness if necessary.

Whether it  is done at home in private or in a room full of other sinners, the end result the same thing.  Doing the private thing will save them a Noah’s Arch full of money.

I would like to see some of these prophets for profit  earn their living the hard way behind an air hammer for 8 – 10 hours a day.

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