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Stop the Prosperity Preachers Paperback – January 20, 2013
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About the Author
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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$."