DISASTERS CAUSED by "SEED-FAITH" A number of tragic emails are below: ****************************************** Sometime during 2003 I received an email from a Nigerian Pastor, asking for prayer. He was at a loss as to what to tell his flock who were "exhorted" (that should be extorted) by a travelling American evangelist to give money to God (to him of course) and that God would return the amount 100 fold. Of course all the flock were in that poor and needy bracket and they gave believing that God would meet their financial needs. Sick! So the Evangelist departs with all the money and the poor Pastor is left to explain to God's people why God has not honoured their giving. They gave their food money and rent money believing God would replace it - the result was hungry, homeless people, more misery created by man in God's name. My only advice was never never never never allow these guys anywhere near your people and to teach that our giving should not be to create a debt with God. -Jeff Leigh. ***************** I have a relative who was in dire financial need to help pay for a utility bill that was going to be shut off. She contacted TBN founders seeking for a small donation to help pay her utility bill, they told her that they do not help in this way. They would pray that she can get the financial help she needs She had sent in hundreds of dollars over the years to support this TBN Station, but when it was time for her to get help which was less than $100.00 she needed, after this she has not sent anymore money to fund them. She had sent hundreds of dollars to these preachers on TBN who preach 'If you send this amount of money to them, depending on the amount of money they sent they would be blessed some 30, 60 or 100 fold. She sent money because she wanted to be blessed with money in return not to submit to the Lord in the spirit of love, and humility. She just wanted to get money back. And this is happening in the lives of so many saints of God. -Sister Cotia. ****************** I want to say in response to this that my husband and I fell for this message...hook, line and sinker. We are now in such a financial mess only God can rescue us! We once gave $1000.00 for a TV minister's airplane that we really needed for our own bills. We were told by him how anointed he was and that we were guranteed the help we need if we help buy his airplane for ministry. Well, needless to say no help came. We have had more financial problems in the past four years because of our blindness... our willingness to accept this as the truth. God woke us up a year ago after falling on our faces and repenting. We are still in a huge struggle and hope to not go bankrupt. We have credit card debt that is insurmountable. We are told by these men if it isn't working we are the ones at fault...we aren't giving enough...or we have sin in our lives.... "our cloud is not full enough" so we need to give more so that "once it is filled up it will rain". The Lord has kept us from drowning and like I said before our only hope is in Him. God help us and save us from this mess we ourselves have created. -B.E. ***************** There are a couple more 'gimmicks' that TV preachers are using currently to get money out of their audiences. Usually you will see one start using a technique and then soon enough many others are getting on the 'bandwagon'. When the Christian TV stations have 'telethons'' they will have guest preachers come on to help stir up the people to give. One such man of long Christian standing spoke of how much he had given God the previous year. On TV he went on to say how he was glad that he gave that much since his wife had gotten cancer that year and they had already 'sown' into the Kingdom of God (talking about money). Evidently God healed his wife 'because they had given MONEY'....He was VERY clear what he meant...If you have a physical need such as healing, give money and God will heal you....SICK! Where does Jesus say this? He gave command to the disciples: FREELY YOU HAVE RECEIVED, FREELY GIVE". -Karen B.