We canít buy heaven.
There isnít a thing we can do to get there,
but believe in Jesus.
He already paid our ticket, he already Ďboughtí our way in.
All we have to do is grab onto it, and Him.
I sometimes scan through the channels and come upon SBN. There was a time that I gave religiously (pun not intended) to this ministry. However, I cannot & will not "tithe" or give an "offering" to JSM ever again. I understand the need to raise funds to keep an independent television network on the air and the Shar-a-thon is great way to do so. What I do not think is great is the means used to intimidate viewers into giving. I have noticed that on the Sunday prior to the Shar-a-thon, Donnie Swaggart is sent out to bully the congregation & those watching on TV/radio/internet into emptying their wallets for the "good" of SBN.
Today, Sunday June 9th, 2013... Donnie had a message from the Lord that was meant just for the Family Worship Center. And with tears in eyes(a good actor like his daddy), he related the Lord spoke to him and said that "people are going to be driving down Bluebonnet Blvd (where the JSM compound is) and for no known reason are going to be led to the Family Worship Center!" Of course this led to the what I consider the bullying of the congregation, the radio listeners, tv viewers and internet viewers. And although I knew of the "media church members"... I didn't realize until this morning that they, according to Pastor Donnie, are obligated to tithe to the Family Worship Center.
And although Jimmy Swaggart Ministries speak out against those ministers who preach the ever so popular "Prosperity Gospel" to the sheep, every time money is needed for whatever JSM "has to have" it never fails that the JSM pastors bring up the very same bible verses used by the "Prosperity" preachers that scam the minions on a daily basis.
When I hear the Swaggarts tell people that they "need to get out your credit cards & go to the phone right now and buy/donate..." my skin just crawls & my soul aches for the wolves of this ministry and the naive people that trust them.
While the majority of Americans are scraping the bottom of the barrel to survive, JSM is telling them to get out their credit cards and run up their bill a little more. And all in the name of our Savior. To be told that by giving to JSM money that I don't have, God is going to take care our needs, that is not what God says! I'm not denying that our Almighty God will always take care us, because HE WILL! But to be told that I need to "step out in faith" and give more money because that is what God has revealed to Jimmy & Donnie Swaggart, It's just not true!
If JSM is having problems meeting their financial needs, and every month JSM needs more money than the previous month to survive, maybe it's time for Jimmy Swaggart Ministries to do some cutting back of their own luxuries.
Do you know how much money our church pays the pastor? Nothing! One Sunday a month the morning and evening offering goes to our preacher. Our dear pastor works a regular job & still meets the needs of the members of our congregation. Do you know how much we pay our singers and musicians? Nothing! They get up there every Sunday morning and praise our Glorious Lord in song and receive not a dime because our Loving Christ has already paid them with His Grace and His promise of eternal happiness in the home He went to prepare for us! Praise God!!