Subj: Nepotism and Scoundrels
Date: 9/3/03 5:18:33 AM Pacific Daylight Time
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Davies John)
Nepotism and Scoundrels
In many third world countries practices of nepotism, bribery,
kickbacks and favoritism have come to dominate administrative
and bureaucratic processes. Due to human nature. it's is not
surprising that in many family led or owned Christian ministries
in America such as Carpenter's Home Church Inc. favoritism is
shown or patronage granted to relatives, just like in other businesses.
And many of these relatives are not even qualified to be in the
ministry. Other than Senior Pastor Karl Strader none of the so
called pastors in CHC graduated from any State approved seminary.
In the Assembly of God denominatons, pastors in local churches
may be created and appointed at the discretion of the Senior
Pastor. Stephen Strader was a senior associate pastor just because
he was the pastor's son. And Shane Simons was the Chief Operations
Officer and Administrator Director because he was the son in
law of the Senior pastor.
South African Pentecostal Evangelist Rodney Howard-Browne who
became a naturalized American and taught that "sheep needed
to be fleeced or they would have too much hair and could not
see where they are going.. It was the pastor's job to fleece
the sheep had been credited with bringing the laughter revival
to America. But from what really happened in Carpenter's Home
Church in 1993 and 1994 and its devastating effect on the community
including the robbing, raping and murdering of the sheep, was
not much of a revival.
Dr Rodney Howard Browne used his influence and powers to raise
money at Carpenter's Home Church to buy the senior pastor Karl
Strader his much needed second Lincoln Town Car. But when Rodney
was requested to use his influence and power to raise money for
the unfortunate elderly victims of Dan's Strader, he refused.
Nepotism was also practiced by Rodney who had his parents on
the payroll! Rodney's older brother, Gil Howard Browne, who was
burnt out in his ministry, was asked by Rodney to move to Tampa
and help him with the vision God has given him. "One hundred
million souls for Christ over the next 10 years." And Rodney's
other brother, Bazil, was also a scoundrel who used a scheme
to get rich by enticing other pastors ordained or not to join
him - "Come under the covering of River Family Church, and
Pastors Bazil Ann Howard-Browne, receive ordination through River
Family Church, and as a ministry tithe to RFC." Of course
Bazil's ministry the River Family Church would profit from the
tithes of all pastors who would join him.
The fact remains that multi-million dollars Family run Evangelistic
Ministries in America be it the Hinn's of Orlando, the Straders
of Lakeland, the Howard-Browne's of Tampa, the Falwells of Lynchburg,
the Brights of Orlando, the Robertson's of Norkfolk, the Roberts
of Tulsa, the Copelands of Forth Worth, and the Graham's of Minneapolis
are notorious for hiding their total salaries and those of their
family members and special friends in their indirect personally
owned non- profit religious corporation while they live in palatial
palaces like kings and royalty.
Just like with the Bakker's of PTL Club fame personal misconduct,
mismanagement, and pillaging of the treasury and misuse of Ministry
resources are quite common. Benny Hinn had to flee from Orlando
Florida, when the media started to dig into the different scandals
in his ministry. The Straders of Lakeland, personal friends of
the Jim Bakker, Benny Hinn, Oral and Richard Roberts and Rodney
Howard-Browne, went through a major split of Carpenter's Home
Church in 1989 when the Straders refused to relinquish the financial
control they had on the ministry, the church and its assets.
Unlike Jesus Christ who owned nothing, Televangelists Jan and
Paul Crouch who lost their tax exemption for their Trinity Broadcasting
Network are definitely not lacking in any material possession.
Their home is described as "a palatial estate with ocean
and city views and was purchased for around five million dollars.
It has six bedrooms, nine bathrooms, a billiard room, a climate-controlled
wine cellar, a sweeping staircase and a crystal chandelier. The
three-story, nearly 9,500-square-foot house, has an elevator,
also has a six-car garage, a tennis court and a pool with a fountain.
Trinity Broadcasting, established in 1973, has more than 768
TV stations on the air worldwide. The Crouches oversee a $100-million-plus-a-year
enterprise. One of the Crouch estates is TBN's ranch in Colleyville,
TX, just minutes away from the Dallas/Fort Worth International
Airport. The 80-plus acre ranch contains eight houses and horse
stables, is estimated to be worth about $10 million.
Mind you President Clinton did release his total salary and his
personal income tax to the public while Billy and Franklin Graham
and their friends do not. But adulterous and lying Bill Clinton
seems to have more integrity and accountability than TV Evangelists
do in this area?
It seems that all of these family run ministries see the dumb
sheep as God sent to be fleeced for their own hidden agenda and
growth of their personal kingdom of which they are kings and
rule supreme and are not accountable to the public but only to
God. But they collect their money from people and not God? And
their tax exemption comes from the people and not God? So whom
are they fooling? Not God and not the people!