Some "Christians" are just wacky
As a result of the scandals TV evangelist across the USA at the National Religious Broadcasters (NBR) convention adopted ethics standards. The new standards promised greater financial accountability and will required origination that is an NBR member and makes over $500,000 a year to provide "full disclosure of financial information and an annual report to be made available to anyone who asks for it," (2 ).
The concept of the "Prosperity Gospel" is easy to understand it says God wants Christians to prosper in all aspects of life including finances. this ideology can be traced back to the early 1900's with the writing of E. W. Kenyon, a New England church leader and schoolmaster. in the 1950's and 60's Kenneth Hagin picked up this theology and is considered the father of the modern Prosperity Gospel movement. 17 percent of Christians consider themselves as part of this movement. other Christians have been critical of this movement calling it "name it and claim it," and "blab it and grab it." Mainstream Protestant ministers have called it "disgusting" and "dangerous." (3 ).
A theological working group showed concern of teaching of the "prosperity gospel" around the world and particularly in Africa The Lausanne Theology Working groups said "there are some dimensions of prosperity teaching that have roots in the Bible," but warned "the teachings of those who most vigorously promote the 'prosperity gospel' are false and gravely distorting of the Bible." and also said "We ... request the Lausanne movement to be willing to make a very clear statement rejecting the excesses of prosperity teaching as incompatible with evangelical biblical Christianity," and "God's miraculous power can be treated as automatic, or at the disposal of human techniques, or manipulated by human words, actions or rituals." and concluded "deplore the clear evidence that many of them have in practice moved away from key and fundamental tenets of evangelical faith, including the authority and priority of the Bible as the Word of God, and the centrality of the cross of Christ." (4 ).
Evangelist Joyce Meyer, Benny Hinn, Paula White are among the six major televangelist who are under investigation by ranking Republican on the Senate Finance Committee Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa. Sen Grassley is asking questions about their tax exempt status and their spending (5 ).
Only the Joyce Meyers ministry, "substantially answered" Senator Grassley questions, on the first request. Benny Hinn's ministry said they wanted to "they want to be cooperative and transparent,". Another Evangelist Kenneth Copeland, was reserved then became hostile to the probe. He sent a letter to his supporters that Grassley targeted him because of a theological disagreement, Sen Grassley denies the charge he also said "The enemy is not going to steal what the Lord has won through this ministry, and he is not going to use this attack to bring harm to the rest of the churches and ministries in America!". Creflo Dollar and Bishop Eddie Long have refused to cooperate and Paula and Randy White have failed to provide Grassley office with the needed information (6 ).