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Just like how the Mafia accepts money “freely” given to them by business owners who want “protection,” Moses accepts the treasure that is “freely” given to him by Israelites who want God’s “protection.” The gold and jewels and precious furs and cloth and various pieces of treasure pile up and finally, in Exodus 36:407, the craftsmen tell Moses that they have more than enough wealth to build the fabulous tabernacle, furniture, priest uniforms, etc. So then, in order to prove that he’s not just doing this for the money, Moses tells them not to accept any more wealth.

See? See! Moses isn’t in it for the money after all! Even when the people are willing to give more, he rejects their money, and thereby rejects greed! Of course, the bible doesn’t say anything about Moses giving back the excess. And why should he? The man’s a prophet of the Lord, he needs to be dressed in hand-tailored Italian suits and drive around in a top-of-the-line luxury sedan, just like Paul Crouch and Joel Osteen and Kenneth Copeland and Creflo Dollar, and… well, you get the idea.



Samael writes:


And Jeremiah Cummings. There was a cute one, especially when he was interviewed by Bill Maher.

BILL MAHER (to “Dr.” Jeremiah Cummings, televangelist who has made lots of money in the business and is slathered in jewelry and hand-tailored clothes): I see you have a lot of bling there.
DR. CUMMINGS: Well, you know–the people want you to look well–
BILL MAHER: That’s what pimps say about their women.
DR. CUMMINGS: Jesus dressed very well.
BILL MAHER: Where is the biblical evidence of that?
DR. CUMMINGS: When he was born, they brought him gold. They brought him gold. Jesus was not poor.
BILL MAHER: So my image of Jesus as a man who championed the poor and who walked around in simple garb, that’s wrong?
DR. CUMMINGS: It was linen. It was fine linen.
BILL MAHER: But Jesus constantly preaches against rich people.
DR. CUMMINGS: The bible does not speak against being rich.
BILL MAHER: Jesus does. Very, very plainly.
DR. CUMMINGS: He never preached against being rich. The bible says, ‘It is better for a rich man to, uh, to, uh, um…”

He was trying for Matthew 19:23-24:

Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Truly I tell you, it is hard for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of heaven. Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.”

Techs writes:


There are several churches that do preach wealth is gods way of showing he favors you. Never understood growing up how blatantly Xians ignore the bible not to mention what Jesus was supposed to have said with limited room for misunderstanding.

Sherni writes:


This is unnerving. How can these tele evangelists be taken seriously? Even when Jesus himself preaches against the rich?


Oh the irony!