When the Scam Artist Enters the Church
Deception from the Pulpit
Last week I revealed a few techniques used by “psychics” to con people into believing a lie. The worst part is, and one of the things I stress during my show, is that their customers for the most part knew what they were doing was a lie. They knew that they were paying money to be lied to, but it made them comfortable. That’s just like our culture. We trade in what we know to be true for something we know to be a lie for comfort.
It’s a sad thing, but it’s even worse when it enters the church.
Let me preface this by saying, I fully believe that God can heal someone. In God’s power He his able to heal and interact in this world, but when He does so, it is for His glory not the vessel or instrument He is using. God’s works are done to lead the most people to freely choosing to follow Him. Some people however, hijack God’s name and slap it on their brand of con artistry. When this is done, hundreds of thousands of people are fooled into believing a lie. It’s dangerous, but it is oh so common. I can think of a place in town right now in which the events that I am describing are happening.
As an evangelist, it really chaps me to see someone claim to have some special “healing” power granted just to them. They use this “power”, not to bring glory to God (sure they may say that), but to bring glory and fame to themselves. This kind of false teaching is worse than an ordinary false doctrine because of what it purports to do. “If you send me a seed of $1,000 you will be blessed by God, and if you are not blessed it’s your fault and your faith is weak.” Okay you never hear anyone come right out and say those two things together….they wouldn’t get any money.
As an illusionist it makes me quite angry because I can see through the techniques used to con these people.
The video at the top is a prime example of someone who is abusing the name of Christianity and bending it to his own will to con people out of their money. This is just a quick video, but listen to the techniques it reveals that I mentioned last week in my exposing the psychic blogs. There is hot-reading and cold-reading. There is the tell-tale sign of failure it’s never his fault, but the fault of the person in the congregation. They don’t have enough faith.
You can see how dangerous this kind of thing can be. Look at the followers in the auditorium. He is standing in front of them and lying in Jesus name. He could say anything he wanted to and because of his “signs and wonders” people would believe him.
We are not called to sit idly by when false-teachers and false-prophets run rampant. We are called to stand up against the lies and the counterfeits this world offers.
Have you heard stories of “Faith-Healers”
What were the circumstances?