Archive for June, 2011


Prosperity Preachers Said What?

June 26, 2011

Do Preachers Preach That Money Grows On Trees?

On the 15/05/2011 I made a comment on Chris Rosebrough’s wall. I’ve edited it so you can read it more easily. Do you believe prosperity preachers believe that money grows on trees?

Chris Rosebrough critiqued a sermon by Paul de Jong. You can listen to Rosebrough critique Paul de Jong’s sermon  here:

Paul de Jong

Paul de Jong

In the sermon, de Jong’s said the following quote:

“One of the myths of money is that money grows on trees.” – Paul de Jong, Fighting For The Faith: 2:26:04,, 28/09/2011.

Chris Rosebrough did a solid job in critiquing de Jong’s sermon. However Rosebrough overlooked the above statement made by de Jong. It would appear that no one would believe that ‘money grows on trees’. Rosebrough simply responded with:

Chris Rosebrough

Chris Rosebrough

“I mean does anyone seriously believe that?” – Chris Rosebrough, Fighting For The Faith: 2:26:09,, 28/09/2011.

Well Rosebrough, there are those that seem to believe (and preach) that money indeed grows on trees. Those who believe this would be  the prosperity preaching crowd.

Don’t believe me? Let the preachers do the talking.

The following  quotes below are from John Avanzini:


“There will not be just one single seed of money harvested for each seed of money you plant. You will harvest multiplied money seeds for each money seed you sow.” – John Avanzini, 30 60 Hundredfold, pg. 28, 1989.


John Avanzini

John Avanzini


The Third Law of the Harvest: You Must Plant What You Expect to Harvest…

the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind… Genesis 1:12

Someone wisely said that the biggest fool in town is the one who fools himself. Believe it or not, people do fool themselves. It happens all the time. God warns us of the potential of this folly in the realm of sowing and reaping.

Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. Galatians 6:7

It is amazing that God would have to warn His people of such an obvious error! Yet He felt it necessary to tell those who sow not to fool themselves. This is such a simple truth that it seems as if it should not even have to be said.

Everyone knows apple seeds will always bring forth a harvest of apples, and peach seeds will always bring forth a harvest of peaches. Every seed always produces a harvest after its own kind. It has always been that way. It is that way today.” – John Avanzini, 30 60 Hundredfold, pg. 57, 1989.


“The kind of seed you sow always determines the kind of harvest you will reap. By some ingenious method, you may disguise an apple seed to look like a peach seed. But when it grows to full stature, it will bring forth an apple tree that bears apples, not peaches.

If you put a hundred-dollar bill in an envelope and mail it to your favorite television ministry, the one hundred dollars is the seed, not the envelope that conceals it. God will not be fooled and send you a harvest of envelopes. He will send you a harvest of hundred-dollar bills.” – John Avanzini, 30 60 Hundredfold, pg. 59, 1989.


“Carefully read our Lord’s words from Luke 6:38 again: Give, and it shall be given unto you… Notice the word it. It represents whatever you have given.

Let me paraphrase. Give apples, and it (apples) will be given unto you. Give peaches, and it (peaches) will be given unto you. Give afghans, and it (afghans) will be given unto you. Give meals, and it (meals) will be given unto you. Now read this very carefully. Give money, and it (money) will be given unto you, good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men pour money into your bosom. For with the same measure that you give money, it (money) will be given back to you!– John Avanzini, 30 60 Hundredfold, pg. 62, 1989.


Brian Houston

Brian Houston

Here are some quotes from Brian Houston, head of Hillsong.

“In terms of finance, the principles of sowing and reaping is seen where people invest their money.” – Brian Houston, You Need More Money, 1999, pg. 62.


“By deciding to live in a certain realm, you live according to its rules. However by sowing to the works of God here on earth, you can reap a hundredfold return (both here and in eternity), because you are operating in a higher realm.” – Brian Houston, You Need More Money, 1999, pg. 64.


Phil Pringle

Phil Pringle

Below are some quotes from Phil Pringle, head of the C3 (Christian City Church) Movement.


Give, and it shall be given to you. -Luke 6:38

In the above Scripture, the “it” given to us is what we give. What we give is what will return to us. This is obvious. Take the example of a seed: When we plant an apple seed, we don’t expect to harvest peaches. If we plant corn seeds, then corn is what we will harvest. It becomes important, then, to understand what we want to harvest. The kind of harvest you want determines the seed you need to sow… If we want a harvest of money, then we need to sow money. Whatever we sow we will reap.” – Phil Pringle, Keys To Financial Excellence, pg 90-91.


“When we are generous in attitude and action, “seed faith” is produced. Once a seed is planted, we have faith it will resurface from the ground as a plant. The very act of giving is the same: Giving releases faith that you will receive in return, just as you planted.” – Phil Pringle, You The Leader, pg 38-39.


“Secondly, WHAT you sow is what you will reap. Jesus said:

“Give and IT will be given to you.”

About eighteen years ago I gave away my only guitar to a person who really wanted one. Ever since then we have been given guitars! At least once a year. So we just keep getting and giving guitars. In 1976 I gave away a suit to someone who really liked it. Ever since that time I haven’t had to purchase one of the many suits I’ve needed over the years. It’s the most astonishing thing I’ve seen. This may not happen exactly like that in every area. But when you give with faith and cheerfulness in your heart you are sowing seed.” – Phil Pringle, Faith, 2001, pg 154-155.


“From one seed, we have unleashed a “guitar tree” that keeps on yielding, even through to our children… When we sow low quality seed, we reap a low quality harvest. If you want to reap the best, sow your best.” – Phil Pringle, Keys To financial Excellence, 2003, pg 98.


“Ever since then, I used to get guitars sent to me in the mail. I didn’t know why! They didn’t know why they were sending them. I didn’t know why it was coming. But I PLANTED a guitar seed! And now I’ve got a guitar tree in my life. And that guitar tree keeps on bearing fruit for my kids. I guarantee my grandchildren will have guitars given to them because I just planted it into my heritage.

If you want to plant carrots, you plant carrot seeds, right? If you want guitars, you plant guitar seeds. You want finances- guess what you plant? You don’t gout and go, ‘Oh! I gave the church a lot of time!’. I guarantee you’ll get a lot of time on your hands. What you sow is what you reap. Jesus said it as clear as a bell. And it’s just in the natural world as well. He provides seeds for a sower.” – Phil Pringle, Our Vision: 67:42-68:35,, C3 Oxford Falls, 12/06/2011.

Be fruitful and multiply!
(Original article was written here:!/piratechristian/posts/182882368427698)

Charles Spurgeon Said What?

June 17, 2011

“To come to Jesus with a price in our hand would be insufferable pride, even if we had any price that we could bring. What does He need from us? What could we bring if He did need it? Would He sell the priceless blessings of His redemption? That which He wrought out in His heart’s blood, would He barter it with us for our tears and vows, or for ceremonial observances, feelings, and works? He is not reduced to making a market of Himself. He will give freely, as befitting His royal love. The person who offers a price to Him knows not with Whom he is dealing, nor how grievously he vexes His free spirit.” – C. H. Spurgeon, 1834 – 1892

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“I would not give a penny for your love of truth if it is not accompanied with a hearty hatred of error.” – C.H. Spurgeon 1834 – 1892

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“The ladder is long enough to reach from Jacob prostrate on the earth to Jehovah reigning in heaven. To bring another ladder would be to suppose that He failed to bridge the distance, which would grievously dishonor Him. If to add to His words is to draw a curse upon ourselves, what must it be to pretend to add to Himself? Remember that He Himself is the Way. To suppose that we must, in some manner, add to the divine road is to be arrogant enough to think of adding to Him. Away with such a notion! Loathe it as you would blasphemy, for in essence it is the worst of blasphemy against the Lord of love.” – C. H. Spurgeon, 1834 – 1892

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“Long ago I ceased to count heads. Truth is usually in the minority in this evil world.” – Charles Spurgeon, 1834 – 1892

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“A false faith can only float in smooth water, but true faith, like a life-boat, is at home in storms. If our religion does not bear us up in time of trial, what is the use of it? If we cannot believe God when our circumstances appear to be against us, we do not believe Him at all. We trust a thief as far as we can see him, shall we dare to treat our God in that fashion?” – Charles Spurgeon, 1834 – 1892

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“There is an itching, nowadays, after originality, striking out a path for yourself. When sheep do that, they are bad sheep. Sheep follow the shepherd; and, in a measure, they follow one another when they are all together following the shepherd. Our Great Master never aimed at originality; he said that he did not even speak his own words, but the words that he had heard of his Father. He was docile and teachable; as the Son of God, and the servant of God, his ear was open to hear the instructions of the Father, and He could say, “I do always those things that please him.” – Charles Spurgeon, 1834 – 1892.

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Apostle Peter Said What?

June 17, 2011

We did not follow cleverly invented stories when we told you about the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty.For he received honor and glory from God the Father when the voice came to him from the Majestic Glory, saying, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.” We ourselves heard this voice that came from heaven when we were with him on the sacred mountain.

And we have the word of the prophets made more certain, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation.For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.

But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them—bringing swift destruction on themselves.Many will follow their shameful ways and will bring the way of truth into disrepute.In their greed these teachers will exploit you with stories they have made up. Their condemnation has long been hanging over them, and their destruction has not been sleeping.

For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but sent them to hell, putting them into gloomy dungeons to be held for judgment;if he did not spare the ancient world when he brought the flood on its ungodly people, but protected Noah, a preacher of righteousness, and seven others;if he condemned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah by burning them to ashes, and made them an example of what is going to happen to the ungodly;and if he rescued Lot, a righteous man, who was distressed by the filthy lives of lawless men(for that righteous man, living among them day after day, was tormented in his righteous soul by the lawless deeds he saw and heard)—if this is so, then the Lord knows how to rescue godly men from trials and to hold the unrighteous for the day of judgment, while continuing their punishment.This is especially true of those who follow the corrupt desire of the sinful nature and despise authority.

Bold and arrogant, these men are not afraid to slander celestial beings;yet even angels, although they are stronger and more powerful, do not bring slanderous accusations against such beings in the presence of the Lord.But these men blaspheme in matters they do not understand. They are like brute beasts, creatures of instinct, born only to be caught and destroyed, and like beasts they too will perish.

They will be paid back with harm for the harm they have done. Their idea of pleasure is to carouse in broad daylight. They are blots and blemishes, reveling in their pleasures while they feast with you.With eyes full of adultery, they never stop sinning; they seduce the unstable; they are experts in greed—an accursed brood!They have left the straight way and wandered off to follow the way of Balaam son of Beor, who loved the wages of wickedness.But he was rebuked for his wrongdoing by a donkey—a beast without speech—who spoke with a man’s voice and restrained the prophet’s madness.

These men are springs without water and mists driven by a storm. Blackest darkness is reserved for them. For they mouth empty, boastful words and, by appealing to the lustful desires of sinful human nature, they entice people who are just escaping from those who live in error. They promise them freedom, while they themselves are slaves of depravity—for a man is a slave to whatever has mastered him. If they have escaped the corruption of the world by knowing our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and are again entangled in it and overcome, they are worse off at the end than they were at the beginning. It would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than to have known it and then to turn their backs on the sacred command that was passed on to them. Of them the proverbs are true: “A dog returns to its vomit,” and, “A sow that is washed goes back to her wallowing in the mud.” – Apostle Peter, Holy Scripture – 2Peter 1:16-2:22, NIV.


Phil Pringle Said What? (VI)

June 16, 2011

” So being a Vision Builder is carrying Christ to our generation. To our community. To our friends. To our family. To all those around about us…” – Phil Pringle, C3 Church Sydney Vision Builders 2011 – Week 2: 4:47-4:56,, 12/6/2011. (Accessed 16/6/2011.)

“[Continued] … And also resourcing that vision with what we have in our lives, so that we’re able to bring Christ to the city of Sydney. To say, ‘I’m going to follow Jesus. I’m going to do the will of God’, that’s one thing. But then it comes down to an actual circumstance in our lives and right here in our church that circumstance is the building, it’s television and it’s Beyond.

When we contextualise our following of Christ and say, ‘We’re going to fulfill these visions. We’re going to make them work. We’re going to bring our resources and make sacrifices and make commitments to see those come to pass’, that’s how we become Vision Builders.” – Phil Pringle, C3 Church Sydney Vision Builders 2011 – Week 2: 4:56-5:35,, 12/6/2011. (Accessed 16/6/2011.)

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Joel Corrigan Said What?

June 13, 2011

“I think this is a great encouragement for us to get away from that emotional decision we can sometimes make say in a service or in an opportunity to give. But rather to seek God in those quiet times, or I guess away from the emotional moment of a service so that we come prepared, ready to give a gift that is worthy or reflecting of the great things he has done in our life.” – Joel Corrigan, 0:17, Giving Video 2 part 2, (Accessed 26/08/10, 1:54pm)

“Giving to the gospel should be our highest priority with our money. Nothing should come before that. If you look at the Old Testament it talks about the tithe being our First Fruits. When we set our budget or when we steward our money, the first thing we should do is set aside a generous sacrificial gift that we’re willing and ready to bring to the house of God to further the work of the gospel.” – Joel Corrigan, 1:10, Giving Video 2 part 2, (Accessed 26/08/10, 1:54pm)

“It doesn’t matter what we face or what we’re gonna go through, God will make a way for us to be able to give to that and see that vision or that plan or that strategy fulfilled. How are we going to get into all the high schools on the Northern Beaches? God will provide a way. He will provide grace that will empower people to give into that ministry so we can see them change. Same thing with how we’re going to reach Sydney. God will empower people by grace to come prepared willing and ready to give to that ministry so that we can take the gospel all throughout Sydney.” – Joel Corrigan, 1:12, Giving Video 2 part 2, 26/08/10, 1:54pm)

“If we align with him and get on board, we have the amazing privelege to be part of one of the greatest moves that we’ve ever seen in the history of the church and that’s seeing our city change.” – Joel Corrigan, 1:19, Giving Video 2 part 2, 26/08/10, 1:54pm)

“So to recap guys, I just want to encourage you to move away from making that emotional decision in a service. But rather to seek God outside of that context and determine what you should give in your heart.” – Joel Corrigan, 2:58, Giving Video 2 part 2, (Accessed 26/08/10, 1:54pm)
(Edit: Some people are disputing the originallity of these quotes. I Quoted Joel Corrigan along with his YouTube video on Facebook. It looks as though some saw it and some didn’t when C3 decided to take it down straight away. Check out that moment here:


Andrew Kubala Said What?

June 12, 2011

Andrew Kubala: [77:25], “You’re going to feel warmth come all over your body and the pain’s going to go. Ok? And then you’ll be happy… … And just go, ‘Thank you God for healing me’. Ok? That’s all you have to do. Just not loud- just in your brain, alright? And we’ll do the rest. [Inaudable: (Here it?)] comes right now! You can feel it, falling over your life in Jesus name. There’s years [78:00] of pain. Bind and break it’s power. What ever specialist, what ever doctor – what meanings they be- we come against those spoken words.

Here comes- here comes the power of God! It went wsssh! all over you! That’s the anointing of God. You don’t have to do anything. It’s alright, just relax. Just relax. It’s going to be fine. Tonight’s your night. As soon as you lifted up your hand, that’s where the miracle was. That’s where the miracle was. You see I can see your brain kinda ticking over. That’s okay. Just relax. Just breathe big breaths.

Here he comes!” [Starts praying at 78:36]

Andrew Kubala: [78:46] “You know God spoke to me this afternoon. He said, ‘God’s healing bones’. He’s going to heal bones today. Pain’s going to shift off your life in Jesus name- can you feel my hands getting warmer? That’s the anointing of God. That’s the anointing of God just falling over your life. You’re gonna go back to your specialist. [79:00] You’re going to go back to your doctor and they’re gonna laugh. They’re gonna say, ‘I don’t know what’s happened. I don’t know how that shifted over your life’.

But I’m telling you right now, you’re going to see a miracle take place in your life in Jesus name. Why are you wiggling? You’re wiggling allot. How- how hot is it up here? Is it hot? It is hot ay? I thought it was the lights.

Yeah, I dunno, it’s weird. Give me some shoulder wiggling. [person wiggles shoulders] How does it feel?” [79:25] …

Andrew Kubala: [79:36] “Has the pain gone. That’s what I’m trying to figure out. Bend down- gimme- where is it sore? On your shoulders? Somewhere else? Your neck?”

Person: Everywhere.

Andrew Kubala: “Everywhere? [inaudable] … Listen. That feeling of like, ‘I’m not in pain any longer’… cos how long have you had this thing for? Like a long time?”

Person: Years. Yeah.

“Yes. See what- [80:00] this is the truth [faces church]. Our mind finds it hard to think that years of pain can shift in a thirty second moment.

[Faces person] I’m telling you sweetheart: you’re going to be healed. This is never coming back. Never coming back. Okay?”

Person: Yep. [Crowd applauds]

Andrew Kubala: “So you just- just-… HERE’S SOME HOMEWORK OKAY. [Faces person] Here’s some homework, cos your words locate you. I just want you to for twenty four- Just give me twenty four hours- every time you think about it, say, ‘God thank you for healing me’. Okay? Just go, ‘Thank you for healing me’. And all of a sudden, [clicks fingers] you’ll be like, ‘Oh! I’ve been one day without pain. Two days without pain. Three days without pain. And bingo-jingo, you’ll be back in church laughing. [Changes subject] Do you go to a connect group?”

Person: I go to a church at Christchurch sometimes.

Andrew Kubala: “At Christchurch! You’re a KIWI? No wonder you got healed!” – Andrew Kubala, Is It Time For A Change?: (77:25- 80:47),, C3 Oxford Falls, 6pm, 05/02/2001. (Accessed 13/06/2011)


Preachers Of Nigeria

June 11, 2011

There have been famous preachers that specifically go to Africa with Prosperity Gospel. And some preachers from Nigeria have visited churches around the globe with their Prosperity Gospel. In the previous post, John Avanzini was at a Nigerian Church Conference where he taught people about his Jesus. Could he have preached among these men?

The Five Richest Pastors In Nigeria


London-based Nigerian Pastor Matthew Ashimolowo

God is good, especially if you’re a Nigerian pastor with some business savvy. These days, millions of souls, desperate for financial breakthroughs, miracles and healing, all rush to the church for redemption. And while the bible expressly states that salvation is free, at times it comes with a cost: offerings, tithes, gifts to spiritual leaders, and a directive to buy literature and other products created by men of God.

Pastors are no longer solely interested in getting people to Heaven; they’ve devised intelligent ways to make good money while reaching out to souls.

Take Pastor Chris Oyakhilome, for example. He is the founder and lead pastor of the Christ Embassy, a thriving congregation with branches in Nigeria, South Africa, London, Canada and the United States. His publishing company, Loveworld Publications, publishes ‘Rhapsody of Realities,’ a monthly devotional he co-authors with his wife. It sells over 2 million copies every month at $1 apiece. He also owns television stations, newspapers, magazines, a hotel, a fast-food chain, and more.

Many other Nigerian pastors are similarly building multi-million dollar empires from their churches. Today, pastors fly around in private jets, drive fancy cars like Daimlers, Porsches and BMWs, don Rolexes and Patek Phillipes, and own breathtaking mansions all over the world.

After the blog post I wrote in May about Nigerian pastors owning private jets, I was bombarded with emails from readers requesting to know the richest pastors in Nigeria. So I set out to investigate the assets of some of Nigeria’s most prominent pastors, and I came up with conservative estimates of their fortunes. I contacted representatives for all of the pastors and all except Matthew Ashimolowo’s representative confirmed ownership of the assets I list. Representatives for Pastor Ashimolowo did not respond to my emails.

Bishop David Oyedepo

Affiliation: Living Faith World Outreach Ministry, aka Winners Chapel

Estimated net worth: $150 million

David Oyedepo is Nigeria’s wealthiest preacher. Ever since he founded the Living Faith World Outreach Ministry in 1981, it has grown to become one of Africa’s largest congregations. The Faith Tabernacle, where he hosts three services every Sunday, is Africa’s largest worship center, with a seating capacity of 50,000. Oyedepo owns four private jets and homes in London and the United States. He also owns Dominion Publishing House, a thriving publishing company that publishes all his books (which are often centered on prosperity). He founded and owns Covenant University, one of Nigeria’s leading tertiary institutions, and Faith Academy, an elite high school.

Chris Oyakhilome

Church: Believers’ Loveworld Ministries, a.k.a Christ Embassy

Estimated net worth: $30 million – $50 million

Last year, the charismatic preacher was at the center of a $35 million money laundering case in which he was accused of siphoning funds from his church to foreign banks. Pastor Chris pleaded no wrongdoing and the case was eventually dismissed. His church, Christ Embassy, boasts more than 40,000 members, several of whom are successful business executives and politicians. Oyakhilome’s diversified interests includ

e newspapers, magazines, a local television station, a record label, satellite TV, hotels and extensive real estate. His Loveworld TV Network is the first Christian network to broadcast from Africa to the rest of the world on a 24 hour basis.

Temitope Joshua

Church: Synagogue Church Of All Nations (SCOAN)

Estimated net worth: $10 million – $15 million

Nigeria’s most controversial clergyman is also one of its richest and most philanthropic. T.B Joshua heads the Synagogue Church of all Nations (SCOAN), a congregation he founded in 1987, which accommodates over 15,000 worshippers on Sundays. The Pastor has remained controversial for several years for his inexplicable powers to heal all sorts of incurable diseases, including HIV/AIDS, cancer and paralysis. For miracle-craving worshippers, it’s the perfect seduction. The church currently has branches in Ghana, the United Kingdom, South Africa, and Greece. In the past three years, he has given over $20 million to causes in education, healthcare and rehabilitation programs for former Niger Delta militants. He owns Emmanuel TV, a Christian television network, and is close friends with Ghanaian President Atta Mills.

Matthew Ashimolowo

Kingsway International Christian Centre (KICC)

Estimated net worth: $6 million – $10 million

In 1992, Foursquare Gospel Church, a Nigerian church, sent Ashimolowo to open a satellite branch in London. But Pastor Matthew had other ideas and decided to set up his own church instead. Today, his Kingsway International Christian Center is reportedly the largest Pentecostal church in the United Kingdom. In 2009, the church posted profits of close to $10 million and assets worth $40 million. Ashimolowo earns an annual salary of $200,000, but his real wealth comes from varied business interests including his media company, Matthew Ashimolowo media, which churns out Christian literature and documentaries. Ashimolowo’s representatives did not respond to a request confirming his net worth and ownership of all these assets.

Chris Okotie

Church: Household of God Church

Net worth: $3 million -$10 million

Pastor Okotie made his first success as a popular pop musician in the 80s. He found the light, embraced the bible and set up the Household of God Church, one of Nigeria’s most flamboyant congregations. His 5,000 member church consists predominantly of Nollywood celebrities, musicians, and society people. He contested and lost Nigerian presidential elections for the third time this year under the Fresh Party, a political party he founded and funds. An automobile lover, he owns a Mercedes S600, Hummer and Porsche among several others.