The Secret Abuses Of ‘The Prosperity Message’

Feb 14, 2011 by

HOUSTON AUTHOR REVEALS THE SECRET ABUSES OF ‘THE PROSPERITY MESSAGE’ TO PAD THE POCKETS OF CLERGY AT PARISIONORS’ EXPENSE

Leah Davis’ New Book Exposes How Fear, Guilt & Intimidation Are Ruining People’s Lives While Mega Church Pastors Are Making Fortunes

HOUSTON: Humble, Tex. Author Leah Davis has new in-depth information about “The Prosperity Message:” It’s ruining the lives of many faithful Christians while some mega church pastors throughout America are leading rags to riches lives at the expense of their parishioners who are guilted with fear and intimidation to give in abundance to the church even before paying their mortgage, car payments and even utilities.

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In her book, What Your Pastor Didn’t Tell You About The Prosperity Message, Davis seeks to alert consumers of the intimidation tactics some preachers use to increase church giving and to also provide insightful wealth building tips that are critical for surviving tough economic times.

“Having been a member of a mega church, employed by the ministry and being a tither for more than a decade, I experienced firsthand the skillful ways that pastors manipulate the scriptures and gently pressure their members to give,” Davis said. “I know the struggles, pressures and emotional vulnerabilities congregants are facing, having to decide whether to please God and pay their tithes or deal with the human-imposed guilt and pay their bills.”

Davis quotes a research report by Christianity Today International that cites 38 percent of churches surveyed reported a decline in church giving in 2010 and, equally alarming, 77 percent of Christian household incomes have stagnated or decreased in the past 12 months.

“This causes pastors to contrive ways to keep their ministries afloat, and some are doing so by very questionable means,” Davis said.  “Though giving and generosity are principles taught in the Bible, they should not be used in accordance with fear, guilt and intimidation tactics that cause people to feel they are committing a sin by not supporting their ministry financially.  We have seen prosperity in the pulpit.  Some have seen pastors go from rags to riches right before their eyes.”

The author says those who chose not to contribute at the levels prescribed from the pulpit are called “God robbers” and sent on a guilt trip, while those who contribute beyond their means have false expectations of financial increase based on half-truths that carelessly omit the basic fundamentals of building and attracting wealth.

“Many have failed to receive prosperity because they haven’t fully examined the message, the messengers, the motives and the methods that bring money into our hands,” Davis said.

But she doesn’t blanket all prosperity-preaching ministers as abusers of the system.

“Though many anti-prosperity preachers have expressed their distaste for the message and the messengers of prosperity, many have failed to explain what money is, how it is acquired and God’s true purpose for prosperity,” Davis said.  “This is what is getting so many into financial trouble from which they cannot recover, compounded by the state of the national economy.”

A Victim Of The Prosperity Message

Herself a victim of half-truths from the pulpit, Davis simply says, “I don’t want others to make the same mistakes I did. Christians are often taught that being righteous, holy and faithful means automatic entitlement to wealth and blessings. We can see from some of our own lives, this is not true.”

Davis’ style is direct, controversial and straightforward.  “My readers are given the missing components to the prosperity message, so they can make the proper adjustments in their hearts, minds and actions,” she says.  “In the book I attempt to present a clear understanding of what God promises.  The book cuts through the junk and tells my readers what they need to know but aren’t hearing out of the pulpit.”

What Your Pastor Didn’t Tell You About The Prosperity Message is available for sale at www.leahldavis.com.

“Please know that I am not talking about all pastors,” Davis says. “I mean no disrespect to the preachers and teachers of prosperity. What I write in this book does not change the wealth they have acquired or the things they may have done to get it. I am not trying to diminish or defame pastors in any way. The perspective of pastors may be different because of their position and all the things that must be managed as a pastor and business owner. I wish all ministers well in all their endeavors and continued success in ministry. My heart’s desire is to teach God’s people the whole truth about the prosperity message so that we can walk in victory in this area of their lives.

About the Author

Leah Davis is a recognized screenwriter, song writer  and director in the entertainment industry. Known for tackling very controversial topics in Christianity, Leah has been called a jewel to the body of Christ because her writings, often coupled with humor and drama always bring a clear understanding of God’s word. In her latest book, “What Your Pastor Didn’t Teach You about the Prosperity Message” Leah tackles undoubtedly the most controversial topic in the body of Christ, in an effort to help Christians rediscover God’s true purpose for financial prosperity.

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