Billy Graham: Global Crusader - 417 times
1957 and Billy Graham got the televangelist circus on the road. What a star – still serving up hot Jesus half a century later. Pastor-in-Chief helped George W Bush hear voices. Don't mention anti-Semitic indiscretions of the 1970s.
Salary package from Bill Graham Evangelistic Organization "modest" by Jesus Inc. standards (estimated at $450,000.) Instead, Billy basks in the presence of the rich, famous and powerful.
In 1999 Billy Graham Newspapers estimated Graham's Christian empire, which had over 10 million followers, grossed $100 million annually.
The ' legacy' continues. LOL
Oral Roberts: Seeding Faith – Harvesting a Fortune
Oral Roberts was a 1940s pioneer in the business of extracting Jesus loot. In fifty years he went from tent to TV station. Like Bob Jones, Oral cashed in with his very own "God-centered Christian University" in Tulsa which schools other Jesus-shysters.
The quintessential fund-raiser, for his campus Medical Centre alone Oral scooped over $9 million (although the centre lasted less than a decade). His Ministry now offers a 24/7 prayer-by-proxy service for the mentally challenged.
Oral's contribution to the art of Jesus scamming was "Seed-Faith" (you give him your cash and then wait for God to return it to you 100-fold), such a cutie of an idea other operators copied the "Give and Receive" scam-ology.
Endowments funded the purchase of $multi-million houses for Oral in Beverly Hills and Palm Springs. His son Richard – also gifted with a hot-line to God – inherited the throne. Sure beats working.
Where are their faith seeds?
Kenneth Hagin (1917-2003)– Southern Baptist who sold Jesus for nearly 70 years.
His "prosperity gospel" was summed up in the catch-phrase "Confess it and Possess it."
Kenneth Hagin: Magic Mantra of "Word Faith"
According to Brother Kenneth Hagin, God – bless him – wants every believer to be rich. The "positive confession" of Word Faith (does that sound like Seed Faith to you?) makes your wildest dreams possible. Harness the power of God and conjure up your heart's desire.
In essence, Word Faith is the "mind over matter" mantra of Mary Baker Eddy's Christian Science with a fresh lick of paint. Hagin's Ministry, it seems, is ushering in the Second Coming. In his book I Believe in Visions Hagin claimed several personal encounters with Jesus. Well there's no doubt he encountered a lot of Jesus dollars.
Not yet rich – have they accepted Jesus?
Kenneth Copeland – ex-pop singer and flunky of Oral Roberts and Kenneth Hagin, set up his own operation in the 1970s under the "Word of Faith" label. It may be the Last of Days but there's still plenty of time to get your Christian merchandise from the Copeland Christian store – "more than 700 faith-building titles, 300 Christian films and 20,000 additional products."
Swaggart – God's cashier and a cousin of of rock legend Jerry Lee Lewis. Jimmy himself claims sales of 15 million gospel recordings.
Pentecostal "Assemblies of God" whoremonger Jimmy Swaggart, televangelist extraordinaire, raked in $150 million annually from gullible Jesus lovers during the 1980s.
A real rags-to-riches story. Swaggart had a poor start in life: depression-era rural Louisiana. But he had a natural charisma, and the growth of radio and TV presented the opportunity. Ordination as a minister by the AoG and conservative politics meant that Jimmy was on a roll. In the fiercely competitive televangelism racket Swaggart reached No. 1. But he had made enemies on the way up and they helped ensure that a pornography and hookers scandal brought him tumbling down again.
Jimmy Bakker, erstwhile force behind the PTL ('Praise the Lord') TV Network, raked in so much cash that he even set up his own theme park ("Heritage USA").
In 1989 AOG minister Jimmy Bakker admitted to squandering $158 million of Church donations on luxury cars, private mansions and female liaisons.