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Frank Benson Jones is currently the pastor of a small congregation in Compton, California, and for over 35 years he has been an advocate for full financial disclosure from churches and religious organizations. Frank was an officer and pilot in the U.S. Air Force, and he served in combat in Vietnam and worked in top secret special operations before becoming the second Black pilot to be hired by United Airlines. After leaving the military, and while still working as an airline pilot, Frank joined the Black Panther Party and rose from being a rank-and-file street panther to becoming the Deputy Minister of Information, managing editor of the Black Panther Newspaper, and a member of the Black Panther Central Committee which was the group that made the policies that were to be followed by all members of the party. After accepting the call of God into the Christian ministry, Frank was appalled by the financial practices of some of his fellow preachers. He saw rich preachers using trickery and concealment to exploit the poor people who trusted them, and he vowed to work to bring financial integrity back to the church. Frank believes that "AFTER THE PROFITS ARE REMOVED FROM THE PULPIT, ONLY THE PROPHETS WILL REMAIN." Frank says he has put down the gun and has picked up the “sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” (Ephesians 6:17) Frank also says he fought for all Americans as a pilot; he fought for all Black Americans as a panther; and now he will fight for all of God’s people as a preacher.

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  • Paperback: 152 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (January 20, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1477543651
  • ISBN-13: 978-1477543658
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.4 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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A Short Autobiography of Frank Benson Jones

I was born in Kansas City, Missouri, and my family moved to Little Rock, Arkansas while I was an infant. My father provided for the family by being a bootlegger, gambler, and owner of a night club, and some of my earliest memories are of the street life and the people who lived that life in what was considered the sinful part of Little Rock. I completed my elementary school education in Little Rock, and I also completed 7th grade at the Dunbar High School in Little Rock. I moved back to Kansas City to live with my grandmother, and while in Kansas City, I attended R.T. Coles Jr. High School and Lincoln High School until I completed my junior year. I completed my senior year and graduated from the De La Salle Military Academy. After graduating from high school, I worked at a variety of jobs, and trained as an amateur boxer. I won 2nd place in my division in the Midwestern United States competition of the Golden Gloves, and as a result of my success as an amateur boxer, I told my boxing coach, "Bubbles" Klice, that I wanted to become a professional boxer, and he suggested that I enlist in the Air Force and get more experience as an amateur before becoming a professional.

I entered the U.S. Air Force, and I was trained to be an operating room assistant. I was assigned to Hunter Air Force Base in Savannah, Georgia, where I work as a surgical technician and in ob/gyn helping to deliver babies. I was never given the opportunity to compete as a boxer in the Air Force, so I got married and started a family. Actually, I started a family and then got married before my first child was born. I became dissatisfied with my rate of promotions as an enlisted airman, so I applied for and was accepted into Officer Candidate School and earned my commission as an officer in 1960. I later entered and successfully completed Air Force pilot training in 1962.

I served as a pilot and flight instructor in Vietnam where I also did some temporary work as a flight instructor for a top-secret CIA project, the First Flight Detachment SOG. While I was in Vietnam, I read quite a bit about the civil rights movement, and I decided that my fight was not in Vietnam, but back in the States. I separated from the military about a year after my return from Vietnam, and I was hired as a pilot by United Airlines. I was among the first ten Black Americans to be hired by the scheduled airlines, and as a result I was listed for several years in "Who's Who Among Black Americans." About two years after I started working for the airlines, I joined the Black Panther Party in Oakland, California and rose from being a rank-and-file street Panther to becoming the Deputy Minister of Information and managing editor of the Black Panther Newspaper. During my tenure as the managing editor, the circulation of the paper increased from approximately 5,000 copies per issue to 50,000 copies per week, and it was also during my tenure that the paper became a weekly publication. I was also assigned to the Central Committee, the policy making group for the entire BPP.

I was a panther and an airline pilot simultaneously. At that time in my life, I could not subscribe to nonviolent resistance after having been taught to fight for my freedom in the military. As a result of my activities as a Black Panther, I was subpoenaed and forced to testify before a grand jury in San Francisco and before the House of Representative's Committee on Un-American Activities in Washington, D.C. I was never found guilty of anything, and I left the Black Panthers when their emphasis changed from fighting racism to fighting capitalism.

After I left the Panthers, I continued working for the airlines, and on my days off, I worked as a volunteer field representative for a community service group which was part of the Office of Economic Opportunity(OEO). I submitted a report to the administrators of the group stating that too much of the government money was going to the administrators of the OEO and not enough to the people who needed it, and after that I was no longer welcomed as a volunteer, so I stopped working as a field representative/community organizer. Because I admired the work that had been done by Malcolm X, I decided to give some consideration to becoming a Muslim, so I went on a missionary trip to Guyana, South America with a Muslim group from Pakistan, and while on that trip I decided to become a Muslim and was given the name of Faryd Aslum which I was told means "the unique one who has found peace."

Being a Muslim did not give me the peace that I was seeking, so I stopped practicing Islam and began living a very worldly life. I lived a lifestyle that lead some of my friends and associates to start calling me "Frankie B" and "Midnight." I moved from northern California to Los Angeles where I had hoped some of my old Panther associates might be able to connect me with someone who wanted drugs smuggled into the U.S. via airplane. I knew that the work I had done for the First Flight Detachment in Vietnam had prepared me to make clandestine flights to and from the main lands. Before I made contact with the Los Angeles Panthers, a lady promised me that she would go on a date with me if I would first got to church with her, so with lots of reservations, I went to church.

I was still looking a way to help my fellow Black Americans, but it was not until I was invited to attend church and started going to church regularly that I realized that the real answer for all people could be found in Christianity; "If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed." (John 8:36) I began a very diligent study of the Bible and Christianity, including a study of the Greek and Hebrew languages, and after much prayer, I accepted my calling into the ministry,and I began a part-time Bible teaching ministry.

I was medically retired from my work as a pilot because of a stomach disorder which now is basically under control. After my retirement, I entered college and earned my bachelor degree in political science from California State University at Dominguez Hills in 1995. For a while I have worked as a paralegal for the Compton public defenders office and as a computer consultant for CSU Dominguez Hills, but I now give full time to my ministerial work as the pastor of Pentecostal Temple Church in Compton, California. I have a special desire to see young people accept salvation, get more education, and prepare themselves to become productive Christian citizens. I am appalled at how our young people are destroying their lives and having their lives destroyed by the gangster, thug life movement. There is not enough emphasis being put on a motto I coined for the youth in my congregation, "salvation, education and economic participation." And even though I am appalled, I am not dismayed. I can't stop trying to do something to remedy the situation, and since I know that Jesus is the answer, I continue to preach Jesus.

Just as I was disappointed with the Office of Economic Opportunity, the Muslim religion, and the Black Panther Party; I am now disappointed with many of my fellow ministers of the Gospel. It seems that the primary reason for many to enter the Christian ministry is to become wealthy, and the acquisition of wealth appears to have become more important to them than the saving of souls and the assisting of the poor and needy. I have written a book entitled "Stop the Prosperity Preachers" to expose some of the ungodly methods being used by preachers to exploit God's people and to cheat the U.S. Government. In my book I also offer some suggestions about how the U.S. government should make some changes in the laws that will make it more difficult for preachers to exploit their congregations and to make sure that rich preachers pay their fair share of taxes.

Because of what God has done for me, and how He has protected me and brought me out of some very dangerous situations and blessed me with salvation, I love Him "with all my heart, and with all my soul, and with all my mind." (Matt 22:37) My service to Him comes before everything and everyone. I have written the above, so you will know how I was and from where God has brought me. I am not the same because "if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new." (2 Corinthians 5:17), and I thank God for calling me "out of darkness into His marvellous light." (1 Peter 2:9)

In Jesus Name,

Pastor Frank B. Jones

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I find it hard to believe that the United States Government allows the prosperity preachers to operate without more restrictions. I am not suggesting that the constitutional right to worship or preach be hindered, but I agree with Frank Benson Jones that the government should not allow people to be exploited.

Frank Benson Jones gives good advice to church-goers and to government officials about how to curb some of the activities of the prosperity preachers. I don't want to give away too much of the book, but I would say everyone, Christian or not, should read chapters 12 and 13. Pastor Jones starts by using scriptures to refute the false teachings of the prosperity preachers, and then he gives some practical advice about what can be done to stop them. While our government has been talking about plugging the tax loopholes for the rich, this book contains some steps that can be taken to plug the tax loopholes being used by some very wealthy preachers.

I am a Christian, and I believe what the Bible teaches, and not what the prosperity preachers teach. I believe that Christianity has been hurt by the tactics of many of the prosperity preachers who flaunt their wealth. When people who are not Christians hear and read about the lifestyles of the rich prosperity preachers, they feel it is not in their best interest to become Christians. I hope that many who read this book will do as Pastor Jones advises and encourage their representatives in government to make some changes that will reduce the financial benefits of the super-rich prosperity preachers.
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I was going to give this book 4 stars instead of 5 because it should have been written sooner, but I decided to give it 5, so more people will be encouraged to read it. The American people and government must stop the prosperity preachers. Allowing the prosperity preachers to have a tax-free ride is unconstitutional because by allowing them to go tax-free is like giving religion a financial subsidy. Frank Benson Jones says “after the profits are removed from the pulpit, only the prophets will remain,” and that is true.

As Pastor Jones says, there appear to be many people entering the ministry for the purpose of getting rich, and if our government would put some restrictions on the tax-free housing allowances and require churches to file the IRS form 990, many prosperity preachers would leave the ministry. I agree with the author that the US government should protect the citizens of this country from fraud whether it comes from Wall Street or from the pulpit. Freedom of religion does not mean freedom to commit fraud.

Frank Benson Jones begins his book with Scripture that refutes the “so-called prosperity gospel,” and then he goes on to a call for action from those in the church and in government. I encourage Frank Benson Jones to keep up the good work of continuing to expose the prosperity preachers, and I hope our elected officials will pass legislation to stop them.
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The time has come to stop prosperity preachers from misleading people by misusing the Holy Scriptures. Frank Benson Jones has done a good job of countering their erroneous teaching with Bible references that show what the Bible really says. After he uses the Bible to disarm the prosperity preachers, he gives some instructions about how we the people and the Government can stop the prosperity preachers from making themselves rich without paying their fair share of taxes. All Americans should read this book, but especially those who attend and contribute to churches.
Why should preachers be given unlimited tax free housing allowances? Why should churches be exempt from filing an IRS form 990, so the members can see who is on the payroll and how much they receive in salaries and allowances? The US Government wants full disclosure from those institutions that receives funds from the wealthy, e.g., Wall Street, insurance companies, and banks; but the government does nothing to protect the poor who are being exploited by rich people. I agree with Frank Benson Jones – it’s time to Stop the Prosperity Preachers.
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Frank Benson Jones has exposed the ugly truth of prosperity preachers. First he uses the Bible to show errors in the prosperity message, and then he proceeds to suggest how the members of prosperity preachers' churches, the government and all American people can stop this injustice.

Jones is different from other writers who oppose the prosperity preachers because he doesn't just say they are wrong, he also calls for actions to end the prosperity preacher's practices that allow them to live in tax-free luxury while exploiting others. We especially need to contact our representatives and senators and ask them to pass legislation to end the abuses of the prosperity preacher.

Frank Benson Jones is right when he says prosperity preaching does work for the prosperity preachers because I have seen the homes they purchase with tax-free income. I hope those who read the book will follow the suggestion that Jones has given, so we can "$TOP THE PRO$PERITY PREACHER$."
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The author, Frank Benson Jones, is spot on with his writing. He is short and to the point, and he uses Scripture like a master teacher. The most important part of his book and what makes it different is Jones’ approach to church finances and to the ownership of church property. He not only exposes the practices of the prosperity preachers, but he offers some solutions. Church members have to stop being blind sheep and start checking whether or not their pastors are honest. Frank Benson Jones gives church members, congress, and all American enough information so we can begin to STOP THE PROSPERITY PREACHERS.

I encourage everyone to write to the US Congress and Senate to demand changes in the laws that allow some preachers to amass huge fortunes. Many preachers are receiving huge, tax-free incomes and do not have to report to anyone, including the IRS. I encourage all Americans to read this book and take action to STOP THE PROSPERITY PREACHERS.
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