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James Robison Ski House

How does James Robison live with himself? With a million+ home he is trying to sell in the ski resort region of Colorado, while just having purchased another multi-million home in the same area? Money for orphans? How?

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These men are blessed by God. I used to think the same thing that they were shysters, but in all honesty to do what they do on the scale that they do it, they cannot be in the hood driving an unreliable used Pinto. These men meet with heads of State, may travel across countries in one week to orchestrate agencies, events, seminars, etc. and it would not make sense for them to be paupers. I used to hate on them for the riches, but now I see that MOST are just blessed and they definitely use more than they live on. What does it cost to build shelters, churches, broadcast nationally every single day, etc. They cannot do what thy do from the projects. Plus we all have an obligation to help. We cannot use their riches as an excuse NOT TO DO.
---Angela on 3/26/14


Darlene, I pay my tithes to my local church. I would never send any tv preacher a dime. most are money driven. I watch them and cringe. hope you are doing well Darlene. I was coming to texas in may but delta has stopped coming to my town. before I had a direct flight from here to Atlanta then to Killeen. I don't know how I'm gonna get there for my grand daughters graduation. God bless you Darlene.
---shira4368 on 3/27/13


i was just listening to James talk about these kids being trafficked and how a 120 dollars a month will save a child i just wonder about this so called christen how many dollars he has and how many kids he could help who knows maybe if he sold one of his homes he could save 10,000 maybe 60,000 kids and just think these other big wigger like Joel olsteen or Joyce Myers you guys know the people who i am talking about those big TV Evangelist with all their millions making you fell like crap because you cant Evan send 20 dollars you know it just sickens me
---anthony_gniech on 3/26/13


God says Bring me the tithes to the warehouse so that there will be meat FOR MY PEOPLE...not your own pantry preachers
Jesus...THey are wolves in sheep clothing..You can tell them by their fruits...Jets flashy cars mansions on hills holidays in hawaii paris israel back n forth
These are just some of their fruits..
GOd says..THey do love to say *Give Ye*...Say GIVE US THEY DO plant a seed..send your first fruits..meaning send it to me .tithing these words fall from their lips as if they are vaselined. Preaching the prosperity gospel...If you are seeing all this dont send them any money.You tithes should go to the warehouses of the Lord in your community.
---Sandra_C on 2/15/10


Ano,Sorry,I didn't make myself clear about the gossip. I was referring to your statement about what you were told about the special speaker asking people to pay for their expenses. Registration fees,I have never seen any Retreat or Special Seminar which let people in free and depended on an offering to pay for it and I've been to many of those. Remember in Old Testament we are told to bring the tithes and offerings into God's storehouse which I take as home church. It would be wonderful in every Ministry if they could depend on offerings only and I know God can cause that to happen but it would be very poor management to not have the attendees pay their way for what they are getting. We must do that for any other kind of Activity we go to.
---Darlene_1 on 7/31/09




Mark:

James would "look like world" if he was poor like those in "China... Africa, any Muslim controlled country, or anywhere outside of the "western" world."

We are not all given the same amount of money by God. Look at the parable of the talents. Some are trusted with little, some with much, but we're all responsible for what we've been given. Judging others for what they are given (and that is what you're doing, no matter how much you deny it) is not our concern.

I doubt you are close to James, so how can you know his heart? King David lived in a mansion. He had servants. He was rich! Was he a man after God's heart? By your standards, no. But by God's, he was.
---Brian on 7/31/09


Brian:

I challenge you to tell this story to a fellow believer in China, the countries of Africa, any Muslim controlled country, or anywhere outside of the "western" world. See what they think of a believer needing a million dollar "investment" home.

Your post merely proves my point. The body of believers have become so conformed to this world that the mere mention of denying yourself money, fires you up. So much so that you accuse me of judging James.

I do not judge James, I merely point out our problem, our sin, our love of money. James stands as an example of our Lord to the world around us. If James looks like the rest of the world, what does that say about our Lord and about us?
---Mark_Eaton on 7/31/09


Darlene1, sorry but I totally agree with SusieB, the gospel is NOT for sale.

Also, Darlene, where is scripture to back up this opinion of yours? Gossip has nothing to do with DISCUSSING why they are now charging registration fees when in the past ministries would take up a free will offering and TRUST in the Lord with all their heart for their provision.

God's name is Jehovah JIRAH, right? HE is our Provider, isn't He? Not the people, not the registration fee. What if Jesus charged a fee? His audience wouldn't have been as large as it was - who wants to pay for the gospel? Believers may, but we're trying to get UNBELIEVERS SAVED, aren't we?
---anon on 7/31/09


I think it is quite reasonable to charge a fee for lectures etc. That way, only the people who are really interested attend.

No reason a skilled preacher shouldn't be compensated more than average. (But being a multi-millionaire is more than "a good living").

I suppose one reason people object is that, unlike someone who gets promoted, he's paying himself...he hasn't "made" money, just solicited donations from people who often sacrifice to support his ministry. I'm not condemning this, just saying why it is distasteful to many.
---Donna66 on 7/30/09


Mark_Eaton

At what level of income is he "denying" himself? $10,000 a year? $100,000 a year? $1,000,000 a year? Please tell us all how to conform to that verse, which never mentions money, and put a dollar amount on it.

I don't read that Mr. Robinson didn't want the money. You are putting words in his mouth. You are right when you say "it is about faithfulness with what He has given to us." You seem to think that you are the judge of that, though. You are not. Neither am I. The judgement seat is made for one person, but it seems really crowded in this forum.
---Brian on 7/30/09




thank you for your honest answer Randy. Are you the son?? I love Jim and Betty and know that the work they do is Gods work, even though some people think they should be poor to do good things...funny how they would take a promotion in there job but don't think ministers of the gospel should also earn a good living.
---Anne on 7/30/09


Randy_Robison:

I am sorry, but I find your explanation to be extremely lame.

I find owning a million dollar "investment home" to be a far cry from Luke 9:23 "If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me.". If James did not want the money He could have donated it to charity.

This resonse shows the nature of the greed problem in the church today. Everyone who does this kind of thing says "well...I am not doing anything wrong...stop judging me...God is just blessing me".

God will not say on that day "Well done, good and successful servant". No, it is about faithfulness with what He has given to us.
---Mark_Eaton on 7/30/09


I appreciate the work of Christian ministries around the world.
---Lilly on 7/30/09


These tv & radio ministers are there with their hands out, mostly for their own-self gain for filthy lucres sake. J.R. shows those people in diff countries, now money that comes in, about how much goes to those needs & how much goes in their pockets?
Even there is No such a thing as a christian politician, why? Politics are corrupt. This would leave this so called christian-politician vulnerable to Ratt God's people for their own self gain.
---Lawrence on 7/30/09


Problem is that so many today think that anyone preaching or teaching (on or off television) is anointed. An anointed minister of the gospel of Jesus Christ knows that the gospel is not for sale.
---SusieB on 7/29/09


anon,you said I call it greedy,well I call it gossip,you were told,hearsay has never been considered as truth or fact. I agree there are some greedy ministers but if you watch thoae ministries you will see God makes them lose favor among believers and the ministries sputter and die. As for registration fees they are more than fair,for the most part,and think about any business,which they are as well as ministry,they have overhead also,a business never operates on offerings. One has to have the attendees pay for what they get. Theres no reason Ministries should give anyone a free ride unless its just to help someone who can't afford it.
---Darlene_1 on 7/29/09


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I didn't know anything about the house but I hear the same complaint about Jim Bakker who is appealing to fear (not from God) by selling these 20-year shelf life food packages for your panic room.
I saw this Monday for the first time and it was really weird sky is falling in type stuff.
Have you ever known God not to provide provision for his people?
I am not suggesting its not going to get tough and we may watch paper money collapse in our life times, but the appeal to the base Orwellian anti-government wing nuts on the right is inexcuseable.
---larry on 7/29/09


\\ What really bothers me is that even the most anointed teachers of the Word are charging Registration fees to their meetings......\\

Of course, the building they were holding their meetings in merely waited in faith in the Lord for them to pay their rental or give them a free-will offering, right?

And how do you know they made "thousands" at their book table?

This brings up another issue: Why was the CHURCH (as opposed to a public meeting hall) charging rent to a speaker they had supposedly invited?
---Cluny on 7/29/09


I have the same concerns you have. I do not even know who James Robinson is but your point is well taken. It is not envy, or covetousness, but merely a concern over the lack of humility displayed by our spiritual leaders.

I know many of our bloggers are from outside the USA, but to those inside the USA, our culture is obsessed with MONEY. American greed knows no bounds, and it has infiltrated the church in the USA. Many speakers come to large church rallies charging appearance fees, arriving in limos, flying in private planes, and dressing in $5,000 suits. Excess, excess, excess. Shamefully, they draw thousands of people who are looking for a word, a sign, a feeling, that they think will be from God. Sadly, they will be disappointed.
---Mark_Eaton on 7/29/09


What if he is selling the house and giving the money to orphans? Sounds like you are a little green with envy.

Like the parable when the workers who came in at the end of the day got the same pay as those who worked all day long...
---mandy on 7/29/09


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What really bothers me is that even the most anointed teachers of the Word are charging Registration fees to their meetings.

What happened to free will offerings? What happened to let's trust in the Lord for our finances? What God orders, he pays for.

Then I was told that on top of the Registration fee, this anointed speaker asked a man & wife to pay for her airfare and lodging and the cost to rent the church they were holding the meeting in. So what did this preacher do with the Registration fee? Keep it all? Plus thousands were made at her book table - I call this greedy, what do you call it?
---anon on 7/29/09


Coveting.

God will judge the man on whether he is worthy to be in heaven.
---stephen on 7/29/09


These days the matter of charitable contributions, whether "religious" or other, is a troublesome one. Every day my mail is predominately requests for money, from multiple cancer associations, veterans groups, police organizations, Campus Crusade for Christ, etc. We want our money to help the needy, not go into a millionaire's bank account. There are web sites that evaluate the bookkeeping of charities, but again are they trustworthy. The Lord's Prayer asks for "daily bread" not treasure to fill storehouses. I believe the more we want the less we love.
---Geraldine on 7/29/09


Jen,
I don't understand this either. Maybe he's spending millions on orphans and doesn't see that as a large amount to pay for a home.

He's responsible to God, not me.

BUT I don't give to ministries like this. I like to give to ministries whose finances are reported openly and who give a high percentage to those upon whom they feel called to minister.
---Donna66 on 7/28/09


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Darlene...You are so right! They are selling their version of the Word of God. The gospel has never been for sale.
---SusieB on 7/28/09


As Jesus asked in the parable of the workers in the vineyard, is he not free to do what he wishes with his own money?

How much money have you given for orphans, Jen?
---Cluny on 7/28/09


Jen, I think you need to ask him that. If he is tithing, giving to the poor, feeding the poor, etc., and he has money leftover to buy a nice house, that's his business. It's not a crime to do that you know.

God's throne is made of Gold, lapis, diamonds, emeralds, so why would God not bless His people.

"No good thing does He withhold from those who walk uprightly."

Being poor is not a sign you are a Christian and neither is being rich, but when the Lord Blesses, why not receive it?
---anon on 7/28/09


What many fail to realize is the high profile TV Ministers write books and sell tapes of their TV sermons,those who sing also those tapes. They gain a lot of money that way plus whatever they receive as a preacher. In the Old Testament Numbers 18:21 there is a verse which says give all tithe to the children of Levi,who were the priests. If that method was used today that would leave a lot to be spent even after paying for TV airtime and orphans.
---Darlene_1 on 7/28/09


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Please be reminded that James Robison has to have a home also. So the cost is over $1 million dollars, that is really not too high considering he is spending other people's money. And now your criticism for him buying another home, well perhaps he would like to move because he has nosy neighbors like you. And while were on the subject won't you please send in the largest gift possible??
---mima on 7/28/09




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