Pray Yourself to Riches

Years ago we used to get a televangelist named Robert Tilton on our cable.  You may have heard of him.  His technique followed the same format every day.  “Brenda, tell me your story.”

She was down to her last $5 and saw Robert on TV. She sent the $5 to Robert and the phone rang. It was a job offer (or, a rich Anut died and left her money, etc.).  Tilton would lean toward the camera.  “Things can get better for you. Send your check to me at this address.”  Tilton got in lots of trouble, but today is doing well and living in a million dollar home.

His success brought many clones.  The clone that most surprised me is Pat Robertson.  I don’t recall him doing ”prosperity evangelism” until  the last few  years.  Now there is a Robert Tilton like story on his 700 Club a few times a week.  It’s the same thing, “Things were tough, but I decided to increase the money I was sending to Pat.  My business took off right after that.”

The good thing is that this kind of monkey business makes up only a small  part of that broad “institution” called Christianity.  Kudos to every church and pastor who could do this stuff and does not.

Freethinkers probably are not all good people either. I don’t know any bad ones, but I’m sure there are some.  The thing is that even the bad ones cannot practice “prosperity evangelism”.  There is no devine figure or big personality to deliver the prosperity.  If you are a Freethinker and times are tough, we can’t do a thing for you.

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I am a former President of the Red River Freethinkers in Fargo, ND, a retired NDSU economics professor and was Mayor of Fargo for 16 years. There is more about me at Wikipedia.com.
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One Response to Pray Yourself to Riches

  1. Carolyn says:

    You’ve nailed this one.

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