The United States Senate is beginning investigations into the Prosperity Gospel arena. Six major televangelist organizations have been ordered to submit financial records (personal and ministry) to the U.S. Senate by Dec 6.
The six ministries under investigation include
Kenneth & Gloria Copeland
Randy & Paula White
I am reminded of Paul’s example to the Thessalonians
Don’t you remember, dear brothers and sisters, how hard we worked among you? Night and day we toiled to earn a living so that we would not be a burden to any of you as we preached God’s Good News to you. You yourselves are our witnesses—and so is God—that we were devout and honest and faultless toward all of you believers.
1 Thessalonians 2:9-10 NLT
The example of Paul is not to take from those to whom you minister and live lavishly. Rather he worked to support himself instead of taking from the ones he loved. He prospered, but not financially or materially. What Paul gained was something worth so much more. Although he was constantly attacked, persecuted, and investigated, nothing could stick because of his lifestyle.
I wonder who will survive this IRS investigation?