Right now on the television screen in front of me the Daystar Network is running their “Share- A- Thon”. TCT is another “christian” network and they are running their Praise A Thon as well. Soon TBN, yet another “christian” television network will be running their Praise a Thon too. What is a “Praise/Share A Thon”, you may ask? It is a weeklong religious version of a telethon to raise money to keep what some people think is Christian TV on the air.
What they really are should be called “Fleece-A-Sheep-Athon.”
How do these networks raise to money? They have a special teacher/preacher/evangelist work up with viewer with promises of physical healings, jobs, emotional/spiritual recovery, and the fulfillment of every need you may have, IF you PLANT A SEED OFFERING into said ministries. And of course the Holy Spirit is constantly telling these “anointed” men and women of God some specific amount the viewer should send in to see his/her SEED come to fruition. “Go to the phone!” they urgently appeal, “You need to call NOW and pledge you seed offering.”
And can you guess? Their schtick works! The phones ring off the counter and multitudes of desperate, needy, hurting people pledge money they cannot afford to give hoping and praying that God will give them healing, or financial success. And then they wait. And wait. And wait….
This travesty is NOT Christianity! This is a sham, a money-making racket that preys on the needs and sometimes hopeless situations of those that are watching. It is one of the most appalling things that exist in the American Church today.
It is an abuse of power, making false promises in the name of God in order to line the pockets of these millionaire charlatans. And the beauty of it all is that these “preachers” can blame the fleeced for not having enough faith when their giving doesn’t materialize into reality.
It is time for Christians to stand up and demand an end to this disgusting display of greed in the church. Just so no to “christian” television.