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Sunday, November 29, 2009

Crooks and Homos in the Pulpit!

There's a new book out “Crooks and Homos in the Pulpit.”By national talk show host Reuben Armstrong...Who is Essence Magazine # 1 best selling author...He's also the author of “Snakes in the Pulpit." In this book Mr. Armstrong has put T.D. Jakes, Joel Osteen, Eddie Long and Creflo Dollar under fire once again......Talk is that Mr. Armstrong has also come under fire for exposing what he perceives as the lies and deception of ministers, Pastors, church leaders and parishioners.
The book focuses on Mega pastors such as Bishop T.D. Jakes, Bishop Eddie Long, Joel Osteen and Creflo Dollar. Critics are calling Armstrong's book controversial and an a wake up call to the Body of Christ.

Armstrong who held a private conference with some prominent ministers and church leaders to discuss the book and his concerns about the rampant spread of homosexuality and thievery that has taken over the lives of many pastors and ministers.... According to Armstrong, "Crooks and homosexuals are spreading their lies and deception throughout the churches and the community like peanut butter on bread."

“Too many churches have forgotten about saving souls. That's because the pastors and ministers are only thinking about how many women and men they can sleep with inside and outside of the church, and how much money they can steal from God's people," said Armstrong. He also pointed out that pastors and ministers are misleading their congregations by teaching more about prosperity (material things) than about having a personal relationship with God.
I am not one that will purchase or read a book of this type....But I'm sure there are many who will....I also believe that there is an audience out there that will grab it no matter what the contents...How can you make such strong accusations like those without providing substantial evidence to support it? Can't you be sued for that?
Synopsis of the book:
Do church leaders such as Bishop T.D. Jakes, Bishop Eddie Long, Dr. Creflo Dollar, Joel Osteen, or reported homosexual Pastor Ted Haggard truly understand God's Word? If so, why have they become corporate CEOs, allowing money, greed, and materialism to take over their souls? These leaders are whoring God's people from the pulpit, while teaching legions of pimps, crooks, liars, and homosexuals, who pose as pastors, to follow in their footsteps. In "Crooks and Homos in the Pulpit," author Reuben Armstrong exposes the false doctrine of prosperity and "feel good" message that Mega pastors and Megachurches are using. You will discover what the Bible says about false leaders such as these men and the judgment they face. Armstrong points out that too many churches have become corporate meet and meat markets. Through extensive research, he outlines what really goes on inside the "house of worship." He exposes the shocking lifestyles of prosperity preachers, the sexual favors given in pastoral studies and Sunday School rooms, and the church "hoochie mommas" and "puff daddies" these leaders attract as their groupies.

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Kit (Keep It Trill) said...

Anne, maybe you should check it out at the library since this is right up your alley, no? Seems like it will be the talk of the black church circle for months to come, and were I involved, I'd want to get in on that conversation.

I'm more curious if this resonates with your experience and those of your friends who are consistent church goers.

I also think this issue will be divisive as well as controversial. Whether this results in positive changes or not is yet to be seen.

Anna Renee said...

My question is what are the intentions of the author? Is he just "pimping" those who hate the "pimps"? I havent read the book, (and wont)
but Reuben Armstrong appears to be a rose of a different stripe! Won't it smell just as sweet?
In the words of that great poet, Snoop Dogg, "The Game is to be Sold, not told"

Anonymous said...

Thank You , Thank You it's about time some spoke about this foolishness in the Church .. AMEN

jjbrock said...

@Kit thanks for your comment...No! I would not be interest in books of this nature....It's not telling me anything new.
No! I have never experience this in my church.

@Anna Renee thanks for your comment.

Marlon said...

What he is saying in his book is nothing new really. Others out there have been saying some of these very things. I honestly couldn't be bothered with buying a book on such subjects, as I'm already getting all the stories from the bloggers that I'm following. It's no secret that there are a lot of mess in the black church. It seems like everybody wants to make their voice heard by giving their twist on the issues, but not too many you will hear calling us to come together and seek the Lord and cry out for transformation in the church

Anonymous said...

The Lord Jesus Christ warned His followers, "Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheeps clothing, but inwardly are ravening wolves" (Matt. 7:15).

This scripture say's it all. Why should any one be surprised when we have been warned. There is a need for only one book the BIBLE.
Peace

lincolnperry said...

@JJBrock
There is some true to his accusations, when prominent business periodicals such as Time, Business week, and the Economist highlight the financial success of these religious organisations, obvious profit motives . Let me know if you are interested in the particular articles...cash before Christ not a good thing!

Richard J Wright said...

There is so much stuff going on with the Black church, until it is very sickening. While I do believe a call for rebuke is an order, Im not sure the answer is in writing a book about the scandalous behavior of a few.

I guess the question then needs to be posed. Who is grounded, well known enough, annointed, and passionate to bring such a word to leadership. Perhaps such ones are not known at this moment. Yet, somebody that God can use has to help get the train back on the track. It is a critical time and revival needs to happen sooner than later.

Anonymous said...

I have experienced crooking and pimping in the church personally. While this book is not saying anything new, he is sounding the alarm and calling for repentance. I applaud his courage in putting his disdain for what is taking place in the church on paper. The problem is that so many of us believe so strongly in our pastors that there is no way we will ever believe that our pastors are capable of such allegations. Pop your heads out of your ___! What these pastors today are doing is no different than what King David, and others, did during his reign as king. Immorality and unethical behavior have been going on in the church for centuries. The biggest problem is that we worship our pastors as if they were God. Guess what, they are not God and they do sin! See and accept reality for what it actually is. Not just a few, but several pastors are robbing and screwing their congregations. Your unwillingness to face the truth about your own pastor or other pastors you know of is exactly what they need in order to continue assaulting the church. Everyone has a right to their own opinion and belief. And human nature makes it easier to believe a lie rather than the truth. The question is, whether you choose to believe these accusations or not, are you willing to stand firm in representation of God in the face of these very powerful and popular preachers who live a better life than Jesus Christ did when He walked with us? Now is not the time for us to complain about this author who is courageous enough to stand against what he knows is wrong. Now is the time for God’s people to come together and make a stand for The Kingdom! Now, who among you will step forward to make a stand for Righteousness? If you are ashamed of the Gospel before men, He will be ashamed of you before the Father. What??

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Anonymous said...

Sorry, but I have listened to Joel and to Bishop Jakes off and on for years and I believe they teach the REAL meaning of Christianity more than most. The church I regularly attend would agree. We teach that God is a loving God and our friend who wants to lead us in the right decisions. We do not think of God as a mean, vengeful entity looking for a reason to punish us to teach us a lesson. I believe this is what Osteen and Jakes also teach quite well. Bless them!