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Televangelists High Salaries

Out of curiosity I looked up televangelists salaries and lifestyles including TBN. How can they justify taking money given in good faith and using that money for their own selfish gains instead of doing God's work? Do they believe its right because they all do it?

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As long as you have people willing to give to ministries that doesn't use the money for the gospel , you will have greedy people willing to take it . It all comes from the main stream people claiming to be Christians not reading the Bible for themselves , so they don't when they're being lead astray .
---Lynne on 2/28/18

There have been some big time preachers who are claiming they are being persecuted because they are being audited or cited by the IRS for their non-profit status. By definition, a non-profit organization allows for it's staff to recieve "REASONABLE compensation for their services". So when a pastor of a church that is claiming non-profit status show up for sunday morning service in a private Leer jet, the IRS raises an eyebrow or two and starts asking "why isn't this guy paying taxes again?" If a preacher wants to get rich through the ministry that is between him and God. But if I have to pay taxes on my $35,000 salary, why shouldn't he on his $1,000,000 salary?
---Jed on 11/27/10

I think that Televangelists and sports players should have their pay altered to test the sincerity of their love of each.
How many people would want junior to be a professional basketball star if they only made minimum wage?
How many people would feel called to the ministry if tithes and offerings could not exceed minimum wage for the true hours spent on the work of God?
(for most 2 10 minute sermons and 110 minutes standing up front trying to look important)
I would be willing to believe that there would be less self appointed prophets.
---Frank on 11/27/10

I am a fairly new christian, since 2007, and still have a long way to go to understanding the way of GOD. I beleive the scriptures when JESUS was here, he lived and led as an example to how thing need to be done. MARK ch 6 v 7 and LUKE ch 9 v 57 are missions of 12 and 70. Why would JESUS send them out telling them not to take anything with them? I beleive that it was plainly faith building and trusting in GOD that he WILL provide all they need and not man. I have not yet seen any faith close to this from anyone, including television ministry, since giving my life to GOD! As a new christian, I am having a real hard time beleiving anyone on tv. Scripture is preached differently by each pastor.
---Joe on 11/27/10

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---Jack on 11/26/10

Here it is not the actual money, it is the reason for wanting that much. If there is money coming in, because the pastor/evangelist is good at his job, and there is less demand (relatively rare), then it seems fine. But the danger is that when you have a high salary, you come to forget that all the money is a gift from God, and you get to love money for its own sake - that is the problem. Having a high salary may be nice, but it is also 'addictive' and dangerous - beware!
---peter3594 on 3/9/10

Unless we are deciding on a salary to pay the pastor of our church, we cannot decide on any specific amount or limit.

But those supporting themselves strictly on whatever donations come in, should watch their spending, however, lest they appear to be squandering their money. Remember, most donors have been told they are giving to the Lord!
Buying sports cars, jets and huge homes makes a preacher appear quite worldly and ostentatious to those of more modest means who may donate sacrificially.

As evidenced by these blogs, it's not generally considered a good testimony (unless you are a "prosperity doctrine" person trained to thirst after material things yourself)
---Donna66 on 3/4/10

How much should a preacher get paid?
And why would we want to put any liits on how much a man of God can earn?

My feeings is that we do not believe that all the bog money making preachers are truely in the God bussines.

We believe that some of them are in the money bussiness and using God as a means to get rich.

But surely we would not put a limit on how much and earnest, god fearing preacher can make would we?
---francis on 3/4/10

i've had preachers insult me and cut me down so they could go play golf. to make matters worse, these same persons get alot of money off my family in tithes and time.
none of these folks seem very excited about God. i doubt they are really christians.
they seem to specialize in making you think you're not one. throw in their love of murder for american imperialism and if they are saved, the judgement is going to be ugly.God will have to destroy these folks to save them, they are so greedy
---Katie on 3/3/10


It is one thing to make a high honest salary, no issues with that. If you have a church of 1000's, you should make a high salary.
On the other hand there are those who guilt people out of thier money, that is wrong.

So while i am unopposed to extremely high salaries, even in the millions per MONTH, I am opposed to taking advantage of people.

I think that this is what we are opposed to: taking advantage of people, not the salary itself.

But if you have a church of 5000 lawyers and doctors, surely you will have a higher tithe return than one with 10,000 members of teachers.

If your tithe return is high, then your salary MUST be high also
---francis on 3/3/10

Can I share something funny along the lines of this topic?

I found out what I'm getting back in my income tax return, so I went to God and said I'd like to give this much away, what do you think?

Welllllllllll, the amount God proposed to me is much higher than what I was willing to let go.

For the first time I'm struggling with giving this much away. Most are going to say then it isn't God. Ah but yes it's God telling me, how do I know? My flesh is saying no way hoses, my spirit is saying, "yes, give that much away." I am finding this battle humorous because I love to give, yet I'm struggling with God's amount....LOL!!!! God will win I know He will. I love Him so very much.
---Donna on 3/3/10

These people have the means to start up these type ministries/businesses. They use the money as they want. They use a few scriptures from the bible to justify what they do. You do not have to support these type programs. Supporting your local church is all that's required(homeless, outreach and other ministries in your church)And that is a lot these days? Everywhere you turn,someone want your money. You have to be wise and know when to say--no! People are perishing for a lack of knowledge. We don't have to and can't support everything and everybody. We must learn to say---no! And mean it!
---Robyn on 3/3/10

how much should they make? and more importantly why?
---francis on 3/3/10

The "tithe" in the OT was food only and never money.

And, the full 10% NEVER went to the priests. A full 1/3 went to take poor of the poor, widows, orphans, and disabled people. It was like a form of "welfare" tax imposed by the theocracy in the day in age when God "ran" the government welfare system.

And the priests only got 10% of the 10% or 1% of the food! And, many scholars say only agrarian Israelites (farmers and herders) were required to tithe.
---obewan on 3/3/10

How can there possibly be a limit to how much one who serves God can make.

If we consider the tithe system 12 tribes are working to support one tribe. If all tribes are faithful, and if all individuals are faithful, then there is no limit to how much that one tribe can get.

10% is 10% you cannot give 9% because you feel that your 10% is too much in quantity.

1 Corinthians 9:13 Do ye not know that they which minister about holy things live [of the things] of the temple? and they which wait at the altar are partakers with the altar?

1 Corinthians 9:14 Even so hath the Lord ordained that they which preach the gospel should live of the gospel.

how much should they make? and more importantly why?
---francis on 3/3/10

Ok, francis, we have come full circle.

francis //Point is, there is NO LIMIT to how much someone who serves at the alter of God should make.//

That's your opinion with no scripture.

And that statement is bold face heresy, taking advantage of the unsuspecting. The few dominating the gullible in the name of God. It's embarrassing.
---Rod4Him on 3/3/10

Point is, there is NO LIMIT to how much someone who serves at the alter of God should make.

the only limitation is the unwillingness of the people to Give.

1 Corinthians 9:13 Do ye not know that they which minister about holy things live [of the things] of the temple? and they which wait at the altar are partakers with the altar?

1 Corinthians 9:14 Even so hath the Lord ordained that they which preach the gospel should live of the gospel.
---francis on 3/3/10

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francis, I am afraid you are getting convoluted in your reasoning. use Paul, but when Paul's teaching is disagreeable, you go to Old Testament Law. So a "pastor/evangelist" is a priest?

Ok, Old Testament priests, if you keep reading in the Old Testament concerning the priest, you'll find that the Levites could not own land. So will you apply priests not owning land to "pastors/evangelists" of today?

BTW, tithes were food products, not cash, in the Old Testament.
---Rod4Him on 3/3/10


Ok lets look at another set of texts:
Look at the text concerning tithe. The priest got 10% of everyone elses earning, and thehigh priest got the tithe of tithe. In addition to the offerings and some tithes, the high priest also God tithes of all the priests, that made them super rich.

Numbers 18:26 Thus speak unto the Levites, and say unto them, When ye take of the children of Israel the tithes which I have given you from them for your inheritance, then ye shall offer up an heave offering of it for the LORD, [even] a tenth [part] of the tithe.
---francis on 3/3/10

francis,keep reading I Corintians 9:12, "Nevertheless, we have not made use of this right, but we endure anything rather than put an obstacle in the way of the gospel of Christ."

In Phillipians Paul says, those things which you have seen and heard in me, do.

I doubt that Paul was saying, "We have the right to drive the best cars, live in the best houses, fly in the best planes, and have best stuff."

Don't forget Paul asked Timothy to bring his coat to him. Paul didn't have the best of the best.
---Rod4Him on 3/1/10

Out of curiosity I looked up televangelists salaries and lifestyles including TBN. How can they justify taking money given in good faith and using that money for their own selfish gains instead of doing God's work? Do they believe its right because they all do it?

Corinthians 9:5 Have we not power to lead about a sister, a wife, as well as other apostles, and [as] the brethren of the Lord, and Cephas?

1 Corinthians 9:6 Or I only and Barnabas, have not we power to forbear working?

1 Corinthians 9:7 Who goeth a warfare any time at his own charges? who planteth a vineyard, and eateth not of the fruit thereof? or who feedeth a flock, and eateth not of the milk of the flock?
---francis on 3/1/10

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The majority of people you see on TBN and Daystar are PIMPS AND SERVANT OF SATAN.

They are the very people we are warned about in Romans 1:18-32, and 2 Corinthians 11:13-15.

They are prostituting the Word of God for their own personal gain, 2 Peter 2:1-3.
---Rob on 3/1/10

Once again TBN is having a so called "PRAISE-A-THON. They have people who are spreading their lies and decieving people. They are telling people if they want to recieve a blessing from God they need to send their money.

These people will never ever tell people what they are telling people to do is in direct contradiction of what is written in Acts 8:18-23.
---Rob on 3/1/10

Responding to televangelists salaries. read Eze.34 -Woe to the shepherds who are scattering my sheep........... Pastor's who are called know that spiritual wealth =wisdom and knowledge of the word ,not money for self pleasures... Test the spirit ...If Jesus is God and God died on the cross,who raised God from the dead? He did not raise himself. Jesus is the son of God,he is not God as most TV pastors believe...
---Barb_Palladino on 2/21/10

>He was telling people they need to follow God's instruction and send their money to Rod Parsley.

Then you know where not to send your money.
---djconklin on 2/19/10

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Jim, yesterday I was watching Rod Parsley.

He was telling people they need to follow God's instruction and send their money to Rod Parsley.
---Rob on 2/16/10

name it claim it? after I gave my tithe to these megapastors because they said that god promise to 'open the doors of heaven you will not have any room to contain it' verse, the only thing I receive from them are labels with my name & address on it.

WOW!!! real scam.
---jim on 2/16/10

I can't see why anyone would be shocked or even surprised by those TV god-dudes. Bounce their "sermons" against the Bible and listen to what the Holy Spirit says about them, on the rebound.

Ya ever heard any one of them preach the Gospel of the Kingdom of God?... or:

Joh 3:5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.

Ain't no mystery involved, here. But, hey! Who am I to judge?
---BruceB on 2/6/10

Donna, as always points to spiritual maturity and guidance in giving. This is refreshing.
Still Mima, Eloy and others are correct recounting that we've been warned about wolves among the sheep.
These high-living celebs however continue to prosper materially because we are sheep and have, at large, no discernment.
They manipulate but do not force people to buy prayer cloths, jewelry, Jim Bakker's powdered food for Armeggedon and other mindless trinkets.
Ultimately WE are responsible because we have resource for the truth. What's the point of the Holy Spirit?
---larry on 2/4/10

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You can watch me on Exzucuh T.V. and I will not ask you for money or sell you a healing or take a donation for statues or three miracle oil. I will preach the truth for free.

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---exzucuh on 2/4/10

I agree with kathr's observations.

I see these televangelists as an embarrassment to the things of God.

Can you imagine the apostle Paul telling folks to send him money so he can buy a new shipping vessle to travel and give the message out. "Send me money, God wants you rich, and you'll become rich by sending me money."
---Rod4Him on 2/4/10

I have been concerned for some time over the so-called evangelicals that have hit the air waves in the last 20 years or so. I can see how they would appeal to people who are essentially living in fear. This goes against everything that I have ever read in the New Testement. Christians are not supposed to fear or worry about anything, of course being human we do. These people also seem to feel some how that their leaders can buy their congrgations way into heaven which is just not possible. Many of the things that caused the reformation and the split from the Catholic church I find more and more often turning up in Protestant thought. It is as though every thing has come full circle.
---Kathr on 2/4/10

Yes, Bob. The televangelists you mention have hit on a sure-fire tactic to attract a following for TV to whom they can also sell books. The same approach works well in the secular world. "Get rich quick" schemes have been around for generations. People can't seem to resist the lure... Christian or secular.

Not everything these evangelists teach seems to be in error, but trading on people's desire for money and status symbols seems contrary to the Gospel as Jesus taught it.
---Donna66 on 2/2/10

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Donna66, your answer expresses my feelings also. In addition, I believe all those who seek for their own selfish gains has lost sight and teach only one side of the scriptures on tithing. Mainly they teach the law which condemns those who don't give them their 10 percent. Notice I said them instead of God. They justify their own value and requirements and what little is left over goes for God's work. They feed off each other. If Hinn, Copeland, Hagee, Dollar, Meyer, Robertson, etc.. all agree on the concept it must be alright. Besides, if it is wrong I won't stand before God alone, I'll have plenty of company.
---Bob on 2/2/10

I know this sounds jaded, but I've observed these Christian networks from their inception. At first, I was thrilled with the "Godly" programming. And even now, some who teach and preach through this medium are genuine.

But I've decided that SOME "televangelists" are simply skilled "actors" that mimic the more exciting forms of Christian worship. Some may have been raised in the church and even had some theological training, but have ceased to believe (if indeed they ever did). They see the money they make as justified pay for a good performance and perhaps for providing comfort to the gullible. Their charitable projects represent a small amount of money (relatively) but are excellent marketing strategies.
---Donna66 on 2/1/10

The majprity of these people claim to be sharing the Gospel , but what they are sharing IS NOT THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST, Galatians 1:6-10

They claim to be People of God, but they are not, 2 Corinthians 11:115

Concerning Haiti, there have been warnings about scammers and con artist. The majority of these people fall into this catagory, and they are also those who TBN and Daystar tend to associate with and promote, Romans 1:18-31.

Many people don't know this because they have been brainwahshed, hypnotized and deceived to the point of no return.
---Rob on 2/1/10

Duane, A-men.
---Eloy on 1/31/10

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I remember a preacher in Arkansas many years ago who traveled to preach the word but would not take ANY
I also remember a revival I attended and there was a collection for the evangelist. After services he came to me and said son, the Lord told me to give all I received here and give it to you. I was very much in need at the time with a pregnant wife. Very cool...This is real Christianity, very hard to be found theses days.
---duane on 1/30/10

\\ Let him whom has an ear to hear, hear what the Spirit says to the church:...//
---Eloy on 1/30/10

Once more Eloy speaks in himself.
---Cluny on 1/30/10

Mima: Also, "they will believe that to gain is godliness". I know people who think that if one is at a lower income, that they do not have God's favor. Sad..God's favor is not about STUFF or INCOME. Actually, it might be just the opposite. We are to desire daily food and clothing and with such be happy. That certainly doesn't take a high income.
---jody on 1/30/10

Let him whom has an ear to hear, hear what the Spirit says to the church: "How many preachers use my word to take your money? is my gift bought with money says the Lord? When I walked among you did I ask of you all for your money before I ministered to you: before I healed you, before I fed you, before I saved your soul from the grave, even before I gave you my words of life, did I at all require you to pay me any mite, any tithe, any money at all, says the Lord. Then know of a truth that I do not need any money from you for me to minister all my goodness upon you, says the Lord."
---Eloy on 1/30/10

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Any pastors on here? What is your salary?
---KarenD on 1/30/10

to everyone believing the prosperity gospel movement - copeland, meyer, benny hinn, dollar & oral roberts. watch them in youtube so you will visually see them in action
---jim on 1/29/10

Second Peter 2:3 says,"And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make MERCHANDISE of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not."

The above Scripture certainly applies to someone. Is it possible that it applies to the Benny Hinn's of this world?
---mima on 1/29/10

Some justify their excessive financial and material gain by believing they have "worked and laboured for GOD's Kingdom and have, therefore, EARNED all of their wealth as a 'blessing from GOD' for their 'faithful stewardship'." But, GOD has this to say about them, and the misled sheep who give their Tithes and Offerings to these Wolves: "...THERE SHALL BE FALSE TEACHERS AMONG YOU, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies (false doctrines), even denying the LORD that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift Destruction...And through Covetousness (Lust for money and material gain) shall they, with feigned words (false teachings), MAKE MERCHANDISE OF YOU (sell you their false teachings for your money.):.." II Peter 1-3.
---Gordon on 1/29/10

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Their selfish motive actions Will lead them to their own damnation-destruction. They dont care for your soul, they care more for their self-lust of the flesh & they will pay for it in their end if they dont repent.
---Lawrence on 1/28/10

Those televangelists think they are entitlted to live that lavish lifestyle off the donations of people. And, the people sending them money are doing so because they think it will make them rich in return. Donna is right about one thing. God will deal with them. As the Bible says, Judgment begins in the house of the Lord.
---KarenD on 1/28/10

A Number of the Televangelist had donor alerts on Ministry Watch associated with their ministries during 2009. Reasons vary but If you want to find out if there is a donor alert associated with a specific ministry it would be wise to find out.

Ministry Watch track some 500 programs and reviews them by formalized criteria. If your Church or Church School Class funds extraneous programs log on and check them out. If the group is small and not listed in the 500 tracked ministries You will learn what kinds of questions to ask to do your own local evaluation of programs.

There are many competing programs seeking your mission dollars. Only fund those that are efficient, reputable and practice full financial disclouser,
---Friendly_Blogger on 1/28/10

Their motives are selfish gain. Their consciences have been seared with a hot iron and they are devoid of love, cold. They enjoy the high life of this world in Jesus' name and will pay dearly for this in the life to come. Remember that to some, Jesus will say "I never knew you".
---jody on 1/28/10

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Do you think their actions will eventually lead the government to some new tax reforms concerning non-profit organizations and accountability?
---Bob on 1/27/10

Bob, I really don't know, but I googled televangelists and read about TBN.

Here's the bottom line: The Holy Spirit will prompt you what ministries to support. I've never been led or prompted to support any of TBN's ministries. Instead, there's a ministry in Oklahoma that supports Israel and one day the Lord showed me this ministry and I gave to them. I tithe to my local church. POINT BEING: Do what the Holy Spirit tells you, nothing more, nothing less. Let God deal with these televangelists...that's His job, isn't it? Judgement begins in the House of God.
---Donna on 1/28/10

The grab for high salaries is seen as an entitlement by these "preachers". Somewhere they see their ability to extract offerings from people as a blessing. However we cannot overlook that these preachers make their money by appealing to persons with ichy ears. They are many persons who want to be told that all they have to do to achieve a "blessing" is to make a special offering. Unfortunately this "offering-prosperity" gospel is not supported by the New Testament. So in a way people are getting what they want. They want an easy get-rich hope and the televangslist give them that. In return they give the preachers money to live large.
In a way it is a fair exchange.
---lionel on 1/27/10

Donna, I just typed in televangelists salaries and read a few of the sources. I know a congressman was investigating six of them, but I was dissappointed when I read about Paul and Jan Crouch. I'm inclined to believe what I read about them because if the information wasn't true to some extent they could probably file a lawsuit for slander. However, they wouldn't want to receive any more bad publicity neither. Yes, they will all stand before God and account for their deeds good and bad. Do you think their actions will eventually lead the government to some new tax reforms concerning non-profit organizations and accountability?
---Bob on 1/27/10

I get pretty tired of the money grubbing. Every single day now on TBN there has been this televangelist begging for "tithes". He always shows a rags to riches story of some poor miserable soul who was not meeting ends with a minimum wage job - who gave his "tithe" anyway to the ministry to "sow a seed" and later be blessed with a "100 fold return". How many people who do that actually end up suffering? They will never tell those stories. And according to the Bible, if they are going to call it "tithing" 1/3 of the total must go to the poor, disabled, etc...NOT to mansions and lear jets for the celeb "pastor".
---obewan on 1/27/10

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The majority of them are CON ARTISTS and FRAUDS.

They have been on television asking for money to send to Haiti, but they will never, ever how much money they have received actually went to Haiti.
---Rob on 1/27/10

Bob, out of curiosity, can you tell us where you looked this up at because I would like to read what you read.

Are they giving to the poor? Are they tithing?

What selfish gains are they using the money for? Did it specify that information? I'd be curious to know.

Don't worry, Judgement begins in the house of God - God can handle thieves. He did with Jim Baker and Jimmy Swaggert and will bring down others if He wants to. Let them to God, he'll deal with them if He wants to.
---Donna on 1/27/10

The high salaries of some televangelists and megachurch pastors has led to the Myth of the Rich Church so widespread in American culture.

Our pastor supports himself on his pension and savings from his first carreer.

BTW--what was your source for the amount of the televangelist salaries you looked up? It may not be accurate or unbiased.
---Cluny on 1/27/10

they are a bunch of phony men & women of god. they will use god tell people that the money they are giving is for the kingdom of god but in the end they are enjoying it. their justification is it is for god of kingdom, to spread the good news.
christ own words is give the money to the poor & come follow me. yes, they are following christ but according to their flesh.
---jim on 1/27/10

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