Thirty years later I can still remember my first encounter
with Robert Tilton. I had stopped by a room at the nursing home I worked at. On
the TV screen was Tilton, eyes scrunched shut as he bleated a prayer for
prosperity on watchers who had sent in donations.
My immediate response was, “This preacher is a fraud bilking money from the poor and hopeless.”
The “Prosperity Gospel” is a seductive syncretism of orthodox traditional Christian belief with idolatrous Baal worship. In this, the new Baal priests promise prosperous lives of health, wealth, and security to followers if they sacrifice to them lots of their money.
Nothing is worse than the use of the name of Jesus to prey on the vulnerable.”
Russell Moore, president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention
If there is one good thing about the plethora of sexual abuse revelations in church bodies, it is that some of the wolves preying on the sheep are being caught.