Tuesday, December 24, 2013

CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER NEEDS OUR PRAYERS - PROGRESSIVE REVELATION AT WORK

I read an article on Charles Krauthammer that saddened me to a certain degree.  Charles krauthammer is, according to Wikepedia "a Pulitzer prized winning... journalist, a political commentator and a physician."  Undoubtedly, Mr. Krauthammer is very intelligent.  The fact that he is a conservative commentator shows that he is a man who derives his ideas from facts and not merely emotion. The part of the article that saddened me is Krauthammer's views on God.  Charles Krauthammer acknowledges that there must be some grand designer  as the universe is ordered and must have been created intentionally.  Krauthammer goes on to say that to think the universe made itself is foolish.  Krauthammer is right on up to this point, but he then goes on to explain that he feels inadequate to define God and does not hold the "accepted accounts" of who God is.

In the Bible, we see a concept called progressive revelation.  Romans 1 tells us that all men are without excuse when it comes to matters of faith, because God has revealed Himself to us in nature.  The road to faith begins with the acknowledgement of a creator.  When a person comes to the belief in a creator, God reveals more of Himself.  There have been accounts from the mission field of remote tribes greeting missionaries with enthusiasm because the people of theses tribes acknowledged a creator and God began to reveal Himself to them, finally sending missionaries to share the truth of Christ.  Charles Krauthammer has acknowledged a creator in his personal theology but he has apparently rejected the further revelation of God in his life.

When I consider a man of brilliance like Charles Krauthammer, I get terribly frustrated by his unwillingness to embrace true faith.  The Bible says that the truth of scripture is foolishness to the wise.  The Gospel, in it's simplicity, is not easily grasped by intellect, it requires a high degree of faith.  Once a person comes to faith, it is hard to imagine that others cannot see the logic behind the Gospel.  For those outside of faith, Christian truth is one of many voices competing for prominence and acceptance.  The fact that Christianity is one of the only voices that claims exclusivity, intellectual minds reject the notion with out a fair hearing. That is why we need the power of prayer.

The church can come up with all sorts of slick programming and packaging but the truth is, prayer is still the most powerful tool in our spiritual tool box.  As we pray for the lost, we begin to love them and as we love them our feelings will transform into actions and love will be a verb in our lives, not just a concept or emotion.  My prayers will be with Mr. Krauthammer and others like him, those whose intellects hinder their faith.  I will pray that they will experience true acts of love from believers in their lives and that love and faith can overcome the intellectual mind's natural tendency to reject the simplicity of the Gospel message.

Charles Krauthammer has acknowledged a creator, pray that he will embrace the next revelation God shares with him about Himself. Pray that Charles Krauthammer will embrace Christ as his savior, recognizing that not only does it make sense, but it is the only theological model that works.


Friday, December 20, 2013

FIRE BREAKS OUT FROM GOD - DISTINGUISHING BETWEEN THE HOLY AND THE PROFANE

In Exodus, we read the account of Moses consecrating his brother Aaron, and Aaron's sons, to the position of High Priest over Israel.  God gave Moses and Aaron specific instructions on how to prepare for the ministry and how to direct worship and sacrifice.  As the new priests are making offerings to God and God is responding in full sight of the people, we read that two of Aaron's newly ordained sons present an unauthorized fire before the Lord and are killed with fire from heaven.  This seems to be a very harsh reaction from God, when, after all, the young men were offering worship to God.  God's reaction is justified as He is establishing a separation between what is holy and what is profane.  The fire the sons of Aaron were offering was not prescribed by God but was most likely part of pagan practices back in Egypt.  What should have been a sacred day of celebration was made very somber by the fact that the sons of Aaron chose to bring the old unacceptable practices and combine them with that which was holy.

God took the Israelites out of Egypt for the specific purpose of creating a nation of people set apart to proclaim His name in the earth.  The religious practices of the Egyptians were detestable to God as the Egyptians worshiped a multitude of false deities.  The people had attempted to incorporate some of those practices at the foot of Mt. Sinai a few weeks earlier and it ended very badly for them as God brought a plague upon the nation that killed thousands.  Now, it appears that the newly anointed priests are once again attempting to bring a little of the old sinful practices into the worship experience.

God's reaction is swift and definitive.  There is no doubt about how God viewed the son's of Aaron introducing pagan practices to a holy worship service.  God commanded Aaron and his other sons to not mourn for their loss and to let it be a lesson for them to distinguish between the clean and he unclean.  Today, so many churches and ministers feel compelled to mix the unholy with the holy in an attempt to make the church more comfortable to unbelievers. Church should not be comfortable to unbelievers, it should be a place where they are convicted of sin and see God as a judge who wants to forgive and restore them.  The emerging church movement, the seeker church, or what ever you choose to call it, purposely brings the world into the church, referencing popular culture as a means to make a point. Unfortunately, these references are often to songs, movies or television programs that are not appropriate in any way. In an attempt to win the lost, these references are used without any disclaimer, leaving the congregant to believe these songs, shows and films are acceptable to the believer.  When the church begins to open the door to cultural references that glorify sin and do not condemn that sin, a mixed message, at best is presented.  The biggest danger is leading people away from holiness.

God has given us many examples in His word in reference to how He wants us to worship, behave and interact with others.  Some of those lessons are sated emphatically and some are demonstrated by the real life events recorded in scripture.  The question we must ask is, "why did this happen and why was it recorded in the Bible." Every word in the Bible serves a specific purpose, ordained by God, to teach us valuable lessons.  

God has shown us over and over again that He wants His people to be holy and separate from the culture of sin.  The Israelites were commanded to not mix with the pagan nations in the promised land.  The Church is commanded to "be holy as your Father in heave is holy."  Holiness is not a suit we put on for church once or twice a week but a daily lifestyle choice.  The church should be in the business of encouraging and promoting holiness, not bringing the unholy in to make a point.

Using popular culture to find relevance will only lead the church to further irrelevance, as there will be little to distinguish the believer from the unbeliever. The mixing of the profane with the holy pollutes the holy and dishonors God.  The role of the Church is to honor God and equip the saints to works of service.  The job of saints is to make disciples.  Nowhere does the Bible call us to blend in with sinners or employ cultural references that endorse sin to bring sinners to Christ.  In attempting to make Christianity cool the church becomes lukewarm and a lukewarm church leads people to the fires of hell.


Wednesday, December 18, 2013

POPE FRANCIS -FRIEND OF THE WORLD...

In the book of James it says:   James 4:4  You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. 
Pope Francis has worked very hard to be a friends with the world.  The Bible states that you cannot serve two masters as you will hate one and love the other.  Francis clearly desires the approval of the world over the approval of God.  In the past two weeks, the pope has been named the Person of the Year in two separate magazines, Time, a liberal propaganda machine disguised as a news magazind, and The Advocate, a homosexual activist magazine.  Last month atheists Bill Mahr and Richard Dawkins gushed over what a great pope Francis was because he was so progressive.  Meanwhile, conservative Catholics cringe every time Francis opens his mouth.

The Advocate, an extremist homosexual publication, condemned both Pope Benedict and John Paul II for their stance on homosexuality.  The two most previous Popes both referred to homosexuality as intrinsically evil.  The current Pope seems to shrug his shoulders and say "eh.." when asked about his feelings on homosexuality.  Yes, Francis currently holds a stance against same sex marriage, but so did both Clintons a few years ago, this year, both Bill and Hillary Clinton came our in favor of gay marriage, people's view change with the political climate.  I am positive that if the new pope felt he could get away with it, he would preform a same sex marriage on the Vatican steps for all the world to see.

James, the half brother of Jesus, wrote in the above passage that friendship with the world makes a person an enemy of God.  Pope Francis is the most recognized religious figure in the world.  For many, the Pope represents the face of Christ's church.  Christ gave the church a mission, to go into all the world making disciples.  Jesus commanded His followers to carry the Gospel to the lost all over the world. The last time I checked, the Gospel message is man, separated from God by sin and Jesus Christ sacrificing Himself on the cross to forgive our sins. Man needs to repent and believe in the person and work of Jesus Christ in order to be saved.  The gospel of Pope Francis is if you live according to your conscience, even if you are an atheist, you will go to heaven.

This Pope may be a so called nice person, he may have great compassion for the poor and the downtrodden, that is all good and well, he should care about the needy as all who call themselves Christian should.  The problem with this Pope is he does not understand that the helping of the poor also should include the sharing of the Gospel of Christ.  Jesus condemned the religious leaders of His time because they missed the point of their service.  During Christ's ministry, He told the religious leaders that they were right in tithing and giving to the poor, but that they did not teach Godliness and repentance,  Jesus told them that they should be doing both things.  The religious leaders then were more concerned with notoriety for themselves than promoting the true things of God.

This Pope is behaving in a most heretical manner.  Francis has chosen to promote the policies of Satan by not standing up for the Gospel truth and issues of morality. Pope Francis has bought into the new morality, a social justice with no other agenda.  Social justice should be a by product of faith, and should be a catalyst to sharing Christ. In the new morality, God is not necessary nor welcome.  In the new morality, the end justifies the means, no matter no matter how evil the means may be.  In the new morality, the only moral choice is choice itself, choice to kill the unborn, choice to have sex with whomever and wherever one desires, choice to follow ones own conscience despite the clear teachings of God, and choice to reject God completely.

The world has turned a corner in the past few years, a corner that has led far from God.  Churches have traded the Gospel for so called social relevance.  Ministers have allowed worldly methods of church growth to overshadow the true Gospel message. There is very little call to holiness in today's church.  The Pope and many so called ministers like him have traded the truth for popularity.  Friendship with the world is enmity with God, it cannot be stated with any more clarity. Millions are dying and going to hell but the new Pope is cool, so whoop dee doo.





Tuesday, December 10, 2013

TOUGH TIMES REQUIRE JOSEPH-LIKE FAITH

                        TRUSTING GOD THROUGH DISCOURAGING TIMES


As I studied the story of Joseph yesterday, I was struck by his faithfulness in the midst of horrible circumstances.  As we go through life, we often find ourselves in less than optimal situations, these are the times that we must remain faithful to God, just as Joseph did.  We start life with many expectations and often these expectations go unmet and we face discouragement.  Too often, we allow discouragement to give way to poor decision making or retaliatory behavior that can be self destructive.  Joseph remained faithful to God and his faithfulness paid off in a big way.

Joseph spent the first 17 years of his life like a pampered prince.  He was the favorite son out of 10 before him and his father gave him special treatment.  This led to the resentment of his brothers and at the age of 17, Joseph's brothers sold him into slavery.  This could certainly have led to Joseph becoming discouraged.  Joseph's life expectations were to grow up in a life of privilege and to rule over the rest of his family.  Joseph did not allow discouragement to determine his behavior.  As a slave, he did his best and remained faithful to God.  Soon, he found himself the head slave in wealthy man's home.

Joseph now had a new set of expectations, he should now expect a life of responsibility and honor over his fellow servants and trust and respect from his master.  Joseph's master, Potiphar, trusted Joseph over his entire household.  Unfortunately, Potiphar's wife also took a strong liking to Joseph, but Joseph demonstrated his faithfulness to God by not allowing his master's wife to seduce him.  Joseph did what was right and the result was he was falsely accused of rape and imprisoned.  Once again, Joseph did not realize the expectations he had for his future and, once again, Joseph had seemingly legitimate cause to become discouraged.  Joseph did not become discouraged, but instead, he remained faithful to God and was given responsibility and honor within the prison system.

For 13 years, Joseph was enslaved or in prison, undoubtedly wondering what God's plan could possibly be for him.  For 13 years Joseph, instead of becoming discouraged and self destructive, made the best of his situation and trusted God.  When the opportunity came for him to interpret a dream for Pharaoh, Joseph gave glory and honor to God.  God blessed Joseph's faithfulness and elevated Joseph to second in command over all Egypt and 9 years later, reunited him with his family in the land of Egypt.  Joseph did not get instant gratification, many years went by before he was able to see the blessings of God through his faithfulness.

We sometimes find ourselves in a place we do not want to be.  Life sometimes goes left when we think it should go right.  When we think we deserve something and we do not get it, our expectations go unmet.  These are all situations where we are ripe for discouragement and all the negative behavior and thinking that goes along with it.  Bad choices and behavior are often the cause of life not going as expected.   Whether those bad choices or behaviors are our own or that of someone else is irrelevant in the grand scheme of things, we are still responsible for our response to that situation.

Discouragement, if allowed to take root, will cause irrational thoughts to seem rational and allow for unproductive and sometimes destructive thoughts and behavior.  When we rebel against our circumstances, we are really rebelling against God and demonstrating that we no longer trust His judgment over our lives.  Had Joseph not encountered a series of unmet expectations, he would not have been in position to rule the land of Egypt and save his family from starvation.  I can attest to the fact that when I find myself in a scenario that I would not have chosen, it is usually a vehicle which God is using to move me into a particular situation that is better than the situation I was in originally.

Brother or sister, if you are in a place that you would not have chosen, if you are currently living in the middle on unmet expectations you had for life, if it seems nothing ever goes right for you I encourage you, God encourages you, to remain faithful.  God has a plan for you and a desire to bless others through you.  God loves you tremendously as demonstrated by His sacrifice on the cross.  You are precious to God and He will lead you to the place of refreshing.  The LORD has preserved for us the account of Joseph that we may see His faithfulness even when it seems we are abandoned.  Joseph did not receive instant gratification, it took 22 years before he was elevated and restored to his family.  The key is that he was lifted up and did experience restoration.  Whatever you are suffering, God is in the midst of it with you.  The Bible tells us to "Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understandings, in ALL YOUR WAYS acknowledge Him and he will direct your path."

God loves you and is with you even when you feel the most alone, fear not for God is with you!

Sunday, December 8, 2013

AS A CHAPTER TO LIFE ENDS ANOTHER BEGINS

     OUR FAMILY SAYS GOODBYE TO BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA AND HELLO TO                                                                       TRAIL LIFE


Last night, our family said a very painful goodbye to the Boy Scouts of America.  My father was as scout, I was a scout and my 2 eldest sons were scouts.   Last night my middle son crossed over from Webelos to Boy Scouts.  During the ceremony, the Scoutmaster told each boy, as they made their transition from Cub Scout to Boy Scout, that they were now on the trail to Eagle.  All the boys were told this except my son because he is no longer on the trail to Eagle.  Instead, we will be joining an organization called Trail Life.  It is a bittersweet decision for our family.

The Boy Scouts of America have seen fit to make a major policy change beginning January 1, 2014 in which openly homosexual boys will be permitted to participate.  The BSA formerly banned homosexual boys and leaders from the organization.  It was only a few years ago that the BSA spent millions of dollars to uphold this policy and fought all the way to the Supreme Court.  Financial and leftist social pressure have led to the BSA abandoning it's Biblically based standard and making a mockery of the Scout Oath which calls for a scout to be Morally Straight.

For more on this please check out my blog BOY SCOUTS LIFT THE BAN AND LOWER THE LID.

BSA made the policy change fearing the loss of corporate dollars.  Ironically, the corporations BSA was trying to appease still pulled support, citing the new policy did not go far enough as openly gay leaders are still banned.  What the BSA has accomplished is marginalizing the families who hold Biblical standards, losing of support from one of the  largest faith based organizations in the country, the Southern Baptist Convention, and the losing of millions of corporate dollars.  The only winner in this matter is the liberal left which seems hell bent on subverting and destroying any vestiges of morality and Godliness in this country.

The loss of corporate support was so great that the cost of scouting has risen from $16 to $24 per registration.  Membership in the state of Texas alone has dropped by more than 50 percent.This is will only be the tip of the iceberg as every event and outing will soon cost a great deal more as more families drop out and no corporate money is flowing in.  The social ramifications of this misguided and destructive decision is yet to be realized.  What happens when an openly gay Eagle Scout turns 18 and is told he can no longer be part of Scouting?  Will he go away quietly or will the rabid homosexual lobby groups make a mad dash to the New York Times and flood the media with the terrible injustice of "banning someone based on who he chooses to love."?  It is only a matter of time before openly gay men and women are granted unrestricted access to boys in scouting, actively shaping and guiding them for the future.

Great Briton's scouting organization has welcomed homosexuals years ago, both as scouts and leaders.  this past year has seen the British Scouts holding gay pride events and endorsing the homosexual lifestyle.  America is only a few years away from this reality.  The camel's head is under the tent, and the fanatical gay rights groups will not rest until scouting not only allows unfettered access by gay leaders but endorses and celebrates their perverted lifestyle.

The Bible clearly states God's view on homosexuality in Romans chapter 1.

Rom 1:21  For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. 
Rom 1:22  Claiming to be wise, they became fools, 
Rom 1:23  and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things. 
Rom 1:24  Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, 
Rom 1:25  because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen. 
Rom 1:26  For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; 
Rom 1:27  and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error. 
Rom 1:28  And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done. 
Rom 1:29  They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness...

The blessing in all this is a group called Trails Life that will be offering a similar experience to boys and young men while holding on to the Biblical concept of morality.  We are looking forward to being part of this new organization.  If the homosexual agendaists, as I believe they will, make a big noise next year causing disruption of scouting, many more parents will take their children and leave.  Thankfully, there will be an established program in place to welcome God fearing families who want to be part of an organization that honors the Lord.

As one door has closed, it is apparent that God has opened another door. Time will tell what the fate of the BSA will be but it is absolutely certain that the organization can no longer expect the blessing of God, despite the fact that every boy swears to do his duty to God and country. The BSA has abandoned God by endorsing a lifestyle choice that He has clearly condemned.  My prayers are with the Godly families who stay to make a difference and to be a light that they may fulfill the call God has placed on their lives to remain and be a difference.  I also pray for the new organization, Trail Life, that it would provide quality experiences and moral  guidance for the youth of America.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

YEHOVA YESHUA - OLD TESTAMENT PROOF OF THE DEITY OF CHRIST

In the book of Genesis, we see that God(YHWH) comes and speaks to Abraham.  God tells Abraham that he will have a son by Sarah in one year and that He is about to pronounce judgment on Sodom.  In this account, God appears to Abraham as a man.  We are told that 3 men show up to speak to Abraham.  Two we know are angels as they go off to Sodom and warn Abraham's nephew Lot about the impending destruction of the cities of the plain. The third man is clearly identified as YHWH(YEHOVA) by Moses, rendered as LORD in our English translations.  This account, together with the words of Christ Himself prove that Jesus appeared to Abraham and that Jesus is indeed God.

Abraham worships the man who visits and the man accepts the worship, proving that the man is God.  When Moses spoke to God in the burning bush, Moses asked God what His name was.  God's response was, "I AM that I AM , YHWH is my  name."  Moses, who wrote the Genesis account, identifies the man who came to Abraham as YHWH.  So we can connect the dots that Moses identifies God as I AM and YHWH.  We also see that God has appeared to Abraham as a man.

Christ, during His ministry, walked the earth as a man.  Jesus specifically taught the disciples that the Father is Spirit.   Abraham met God in the form of a man. When the religious leaders began to question Jesus about His authority He responded by saying, "you claim to have Abraham as your father... before Abraham was I AM."  The religious leaders knew exactly what Jesus was saying as they picked up rocks to stone Him because they considered His words blasphemy, that a man should claim to be God.

Moses emphatically demonstrates that the third man who came to Abraham was God in human form.  Moses also ensures the reader understands that I AM and YHWH are one and the same. When Jesus declared "before Abraham was, I AM" it leaves no doubt that Jesus is the man who appeared to Abraham.  


God's plan of redemption was always in sight.  Back at the Garden of Eden, God declared His plan to save mankind and to destroy Satan in Genesis 3:15.  As Jesus appears to Abraham and reveals to him that he will be a blessing to all nations, He has the cross in sight.  God began laying the groundwork for man's redemption as soon as man sinned in the Garden.  God continued to reveal His plan throughout Israel's history and pre-history in the case of Abraham.  That is the love of God that He became a man to die for men who rebelled against Him.  That's how much God loves you!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

FROM NOAH TO BABEL - 300 YEARS

As I study the book of Genesis, I am ever intrigued by the account of Noah. From the Nephilim prior to the flood to the Tower of Babel after the flood, the account of those events never ceases to capture my attention.  The stubborness of man and our insistence to go our own way, away from God, is highlighted in this record.  From the time of the flood to the great rebellion against God at the tower of Babel, 300 years had passed.  While 300 years may seem like a long time, one has to take into account that Noah lived 350 years after the flood.  NOAH WAS STILL ALIVE WHEN NIMROD REBELLED AGAINST GOD!

The flood was not some tale of antiquity that people wondered about,, at the time of the building of the Tower of Babel all the people who experienced the flood were still alive and giving personal testimony of God and His destruction of mankind.  Imagine the rebelliousness of Nimrod's heart as he set out to build a tower to heaven.  What motive could he have had except to defy God to His face.  Nimrod was the great grandson of Noah, descended from Noah's son Ham.  Ham sinned against his father shortly after exiting the ark and was cursed by God.  As an act of defiance against God Nimrod rose up to lead people to build a tower that was so high that "God could never flood them out again.(according to the Epic of Gilgamesh)

God stopped Nimrod's great endeavor and thwarted his plans to rise up against Him.  This is a lesson for all of us.  Man can devise plans against God, be it the lie of evolution or false religions designed to steer men away from the truth of God, but the fact remains, God will not be defeated or mocked.  Every plan of man devised to remove God's authority over the earth has failed.  Ultimately, these failed plans are the handiwork of Satan who has been in opposition to God since the Garden of Eden.

Soon, one last ditch effort will be made by Satan and the evil men who would rule the earth and deny God.  That effort will also fail and usher in the final kingdom.  Every man and woman must choose whom they will serve and which side they are on.  The choice to serve God is far easier to make now that it will be when the last rebellion takes place.  Like Joshua, after entering the promised land, I too proclaim,  "as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD (YHWH)."  I hope you also choose the same.

Monday, December 2, 2013

SAYING FAREWELL TO TWO VERY DIFFERENT CHRISTIAN LEADERS

Last month the Christians of the world said a fond farewell to Pastor Chuck Smith, an iconic leader of the Jesus movement and founder of Calvary Chapel.  As a former Calvaryite, I learned a great deal from Pastor Chuck.  Chuck Smith impacted not only American culture but had an incredible impact on global missions.  The Word For Today radio broadcast still reaches millions each day.  Undoubtedly, Pastor Chuck will be remembered among the great names of the faith such as Moody and Wesley.  

Pastor Chuck Smith taught the word of God pure and simple.  Calvary Chapel has many critics, and I am one at times, but the legacy of Bible teaching that Chuck Smith left behind is par none. Pastor Chuck taught expositorily, verse by verse, line by line, the full counsel of God.  I have found that this is the most effective method of teaching the Word as it does not allow a teacher to focus on favorite passages or ignore difficult truths.

     In stark contrast, another well known name in Christian circles passed away today, Paul Crouch of TBN.  Crouch built a radio station into a worldwide empire which broadcasts to every continent on earth except Antarctica.  Paul Crouch's message was one of prosperity for the faithful.  TBN gave enough of the Gospel message to keep believers donating, but the real message of TBN was that believers had a right to health, wealth, and prosperity and the only thing keeping anyone from experiencing the good life was lack of faith.  Paul Crouch lived a decadent lifestyle from donations sent in by those who believed they could sow a faith seed and reap a financial windfall.  

I feel a sense of loss to the Christian world as Pastor Chuck moves on to his reward in heaven. I personally benefited from his ministry and still listened to his live call in show each night that I was in the car when he was on.  On the other hand, Paul Crouch's death seems no loss at all.  When you take into account the scandals he has been involved in and the lifestyle he lived and the shameless way he enriched himself from the donations of his viewers, it is hard to mourn his passing.

Chuck Smith modeled servant leadership while Paul Crouch modeled greed and corruption.  The legacy of Pastor Chuck Smith will live on and continue to touch the world for Christ.  The legacy of Paul Crouch will promote others of his ilk like Creflo Dollar and Benny Hinn.  Pastor Chuck fed the sheep, Paul Crouch fleeced em.