God Loves Billionaires? (Part 2)
Continued from "God Loves Billionaire? (Part 1)"
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In this second chapter of "God Loves Billionaires?", Team Explicit Facts will try to explain the few "Rules of Religion", religiously followed by each and every so-called "Messenger of God" and proved relevant for centuries. We as a team understood these problems in a very hard way, after thoroughly understanding "How Religion Works?" and "How Religion Serves Only Wealthy!".
We will try to relate all these rules with real-life examples, so as to help you understand them easily.
Once again this chapter is going to be an interesting discussion and most likely this article will offend some people because you simply can't escape it any time you mentioned religion on any source of Social Media Platform.
By the end of this article series, we're going to have a better understanding of a very interesting phenomenon, where people prey on the needy in order to fulfill personal desires, for a luxurious life, two rare sneakers to what it takes to build a Tax-Free megachurch.
You might think the previous examples mentioned in Chapter 1 of the series, are just a few small cases, where someone's looking to take advantage of the negligence of the others... but you would be wrong.
Ever since the TV was invented, the church has begun an active campaign of monetizing their audience.
It’s not uncommon for pastors to offer their services, to cure an illness or bring good fortune into someone's life.
Stay with us, because the irony is strong in this one.
This is the perfect moment to bring up Matthew 7:15. Beware of false prophets who come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves.
In the 1980s, you had the likes of Robert Tilton, who would offer his services on live TV, claiming he could cure stomach illnesses... that he could make midgets grow and despite being debunked as mumbo jumbo. He never went away and still scamming people, saying he could pray away tumour and other illnesses. His personal net worth is north of 100 million dollars.
If you're desperate and uneducated, it's easy to see how someone could fall victim... but by curing illnesses and making tiny people grow, aren't the only promises these folks are selling.
The main driver of these mega pastors, are the people who are donating money on the promises, that God will return the money to you, 10 or 100 fold.
At this point, any reasonable person would call it quits and bail on them... but that's not what's happening.
"Hey, you!!! Do you want to be really rich like me? Give me, every dollar you have and God at some point or another will give you 100 times more! But only when you're ready! That's the promise!"
The pastors are emotionally manipulating their audience, into giving more and more of their money to them and wait for God to provide a lucrative return on investment.
Televangelist Mike Murdock has rushed his congregation and viewers to even go into personal debt.
"Send that money to him and God will wipe your debts away."
Religious TV networks and radio stations are available, all around the world, with priests and pastors promising, a better life at the expense of what, you've got in your wallet.
No matter, where you live in the world. If you've ever had to deal with the church, in one form or another, you did have to do some sort of transaction in which, you are the person giving away tangible value and getting in return something intangible.
This might just be the most lucrative scam in history and it's completely legal.
Religion As Tax-Haven
Churches these days act like business houses but unlike companies and individuals... They don't get taxed or audited!
Here are the numbers from the US.
In 2017, $410 Billion Dollars were donated to charity, that’s billion with a B. This includes everything from emergencies, to education. to NGOs, to save the trees, bees, planet and everything else.
Out of this amount, 32% of all donations, go to religious organizations. That’s almost, a perfect third going to churches! 134 billion dollars per year end up in the hands of the churches in the US alone! That’s a full Jeff Bezos, before the divorce, every single year and that is all tax-free.
Just to put things into perspective, NASA's 2019 budget was only $21.5 Billion.
Churches these days have apps and websites, so you can donate digitally with online donations, increasing the money they bring in.
It's like God wants you to have a paid subscription to him.
Sure there are expenses, keeping all the lights of the churches going and many churches have done incredible things for their communities. But when you're sitting on such a large pile of money, you need to be a saint, not to be tempted to take some of it for yourself and pastors are no Saints.
The Luxury Life of God's Messengers!
Here we find ourselves today, with a history of neglect and manipulation of the poor for personal and organizational gain.
With a network of megachurches, spread around the world and pastors who are using their congregation for personal gain. Are you ready for this?
Here goes... For some reason God wants these pastors to have private jets.
Televangelist Jesse Duplantis asked his congregation to fund the acquisition of his fourth private jet, with a price tag of 54 Million Dollars. Complaining that he needs a bigger one, so he can be closer to God. He lives in a 35,000 square foot mansion tax-free. Drives a half a million dollar Rolls-Royce Phantom and you'll never see him go out in anything less than Burberry. Oh, we're just getting started here.
There's this other pastor, by the name of Creflo Dollar... Yeah, his name is dollar, who begging his congregation, for a sixty-five million dollar jet, so he could spread the word of Jesus faster and without layovers.
Just how rich to these people get? Let's go through some names very quickly.
Bishop TD Jakes is worth north of 150 million dollars and live in a 1.7 million dollar mansion. His megachurch is in Dallas Texas and has over 30,000 members.
Pat Robertson is worth a cool 100 million dollars, after launching a TV network, that's being broadcast in 180 countries and monetized tax-free because you know religion.
This isn't a US alone phenomenon either.
David Oyedepo is a Nigerian pastor who has a net worth of 150 million dollars, after founding winners Chapel. Oh! he won alright.
A couple of weeks ago we found this Instagram page called preachers and sneakers, that's been the best thing we've seen in ages.
These preachers are rocking $5,000 Red Octobers and $10,000 Louis Vuitton Supreme Jackets. Preachers are flexing on their broke worshipers, on their own dime.
The richest pastor we were able to find is Kenneth Copeland. He has a personal net worth of over 500 Million Dollars and is on track to become a Billionaire in his lifetime.
Have you ever heard two words more an antithesis than billionaire Priest?
So how do you get money out of the church?
Well... they can pay themselves, for whatever they want out of the money, that gets donated by the worshipers.
On the lower levels of under one thousand worshipers, there are some caps and guidelines to just how much a preacher should be paid.
But with megachurches, it's a "No Man’s Land"!
These pastors were left, to govern themselves at the promise, that they would keep each other in check and obviously. It worked because they're all filthy rich.
Apart from Church money, they also elevated each other to the realm of International Superstars. They’re selling out stadiums. These events get promoted to all other congregate and through media networks, they established in order to bring people in. The events are described as free to attend... but of course, you're strongly encouraged to plant as big of seed as you can, in order to make it in.
They use the same networks to promote each other's books and events, so much so... it's a perfect example.
They’re pushing themselves out of a thirst for celebrity status and actively making a joke out of the entire element of spirituality.
These events are more similar to motivational seminars of the likes of Tony Robbins, Robin Sharma or Gary Vaynerchuk, but without the decent financial advice.
If you're looking to expand your horizons when it comes to religion, there are two great books that go head-to-head on this issue. The first one is "12 Rules For Life" by Jordan Peterson. A book you're probably familiar with... and the second one is "Waking up! A Guide To Spirituality, Without Religion" by Sam Harris.
The more you learn about the world the less likely you are to be taken advantage of.
If there is a God, it would want you to be kind to one another... To even those different from you... To grow and to help those, who are less fortunate than yourself.
It doesn't want or need your seed. Keep it and plant your own life instead.
The last thing God would want is, for you to donate a portion of your earnings to some guy, wearing luxury clothing, living in a luxury mansion, who’s looking to buy yet another private jet.
Because we have such a large audience called "Explicit Facters"... We're curious to know...
How rich is the religion in your country?
How wealthy is the church?
Do you have to pay for things, when it comes to your religion?
Take a moment to ponder this question.
Think of your relatives and then leave your answers in the comments.
Please mention the country you're from, as well so we can get a better understanding of what's happening all around the world.
For the longest time, Europe has been at the forefront of cultural movements and we are seeing an interesting phenomenon taking place here.
More and more people are ditching religion altogether. They have realised that God is not biased. God himself died poor and will never appreciate the illogical behaviour or attitude in the name of religion.
Scandinavia is a great example of an atheistic society, that's living incredibly well and massively outperforming every other part of the world right now.
The same thing is slowly happening in the US, with the millennial generation shifting donations from church to other NGOs, they care about.
The biggest win for Christianity has been the uprise of spiritual interest from China. An estimate puts the number of Christians in China at around 400 million in the next 30 years, making it the biggest Christian nation on earth. It’s such an interesting sight to see the brand-new mega churches China is building.
Now once again we will ask the unanswered questions, put up by our team in Part 1 of this series.
Some Explicit Questions, need to be answered before giving away one's wealth in the name of religion.
How much money is required for securing a place in heaven?
Can any priest guarantee your place in heaven? Is that priest's own place is secured in heaven after his death?
What will you do, in case you don't secure a place in heaven after death? Is there is any way to get the refund for money donated during one's lifetime?
We would like to know your answers in the comment section below.
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