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Television evangelists will eventually have to face their maker

To The Daily: I don't believe I have ever heard or seen as many lies, cons and scams coming from television preachers using the name of God to get money out of the people.

Ever since George Burns told John Denver in the movie "Oh God" that he had sowed a seed, every preacher on TV has used this saying to con money from people.

You don't sow a seed by sending money to preachers who live in $3 million homes, have $10 million airplanes and stay in $2,000-per-night hotel rooms.

These preachers hardly ever preach. Their main message is to send them money and buy yourself into heaven. Send money and expect your miracle. Sow an uncommon seed, expect an uncommon miracle. Send in a larger seed and you will be debt-free in a month. This is all bull. They must laugh all the way to the bank.

As for the fake healings that they put on, in my opinion, this is all a big con. In all my time, I have never heard of a healing preacher going to a hospital and healing someone. They all do it on a stage where they can pull their cons. These people couldn't heal a toothache.

I know there are a lot of sincere preachers doing their jobs, but someday, the likes of Benny Hinn, Robert Tilton, Paul and Jan, the Bakkers, Robert Schuller, Mike Murdoch and others are going to have to stand before God and explain why they lived such a high-dollar life while they conned money from people who barely had enough to live on.

They may call themselves preachers, but if it looks like a skunk, walks like a skunk and smells like a skunk, it's a skunk.

Charles Mauldin


Great commission requires church to be involved in politics

To The Daily: In a post-election editorial, The Decatur Daily asked churches to get out of politics. Would you have asked the same during the civil rights movement?

Perhaps it's a matter of how you define "politics." Is it always a matter of dishonorable scheming and overreaching? Or could politics be the process of strategy and compromise necessary in a democracy?

Some have become frustrated with the cynicism and corruption found in the system, so that they want to throw up their hands or throw in the towel. Especially among those who have tied a lot of their religion to one party or candidate.

But could our disgust be in reaction to a whole list of character traits we don't like anywhere we find them: arrogance, bullying, demonizing opponents while ignoring crippling faults of friends, valuing winning over wisdom, manipulation, and deception?

In light of this, we need more — not fewer — humble servants of the greater good, inspired by ideals and hopes, supported by faithful folks, and accomplishing the possible.

The Daily asks us Christians to go back to making disciples. We can't accomplish that goal without engaging our community, government, and the whole world that God loves so much. As long as Christ instructs us to love our neighbor, churches will be involved in politics.

Mitchell Williams


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