Charisma Magazine

I found a very interesting article by J. Lee Grady, editor of Charisma Magazine. The article “The Deadly Virus of Celebrity Christianity” speaks about certain preachers and their personal demands that must be met if you would like them to ‘preach’ at your church. I usually don’t agree with Lee, but his article was spot on demonstrating what’s wrong with the Body of Christ. So, what’s the problem? Lee didn’t name any names.

Here’s what one lady preacher demands in order to speak at your church function;

  • a five-figure honorarium
  • a $10,000 gasoline deposit for the private plane
  • a manicurist and hairstylist for the speaker
  • a suite in a five-star hotel
  • a luxury car from the airport to the hotel (2004 model or newer)
  • room-temperature Perrier

  How do we know that these demands are made by a lady preacher? Lee tells us in the following statement; “I was relieved to know that this celebrity preacher’s requirements in 2007 did not include a set of armed bodyguards—because I just might want to jump uninvited into her Rolls-Royce and say a few words”. Unfortunately, Lee didn’t tell us who this lady preacher is so we are left to speculate. How are we to avoid this preacher if we don’t know who she is?

Let’s see if we can narrow it down. It shouldn’t be that difficult when we see the demands. The short list would include; Paula White Gloria Copeland Juanita Bynum-Weeks Joyce Meyers Taffi Dollar Marilyn Hickey That’s the short list. The problem is we don’t know for sure because Lee won’t tell us. It could be one of the above mentioned ladies or NONE of them. These lady preachers grace the cover of Charisma Magazine, write articles and advertise. That’s big money folks and without the advertising dollars, the magazine goes belly up. Clearly Lee’s in a tight situation, so why write an article like he has without naming names?  

Romans 16:17 Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offenses contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.  Romans 16:18 For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple. 

How are we to “mark” and “avoid” as Paul instructs us to do if we don’t name names? Clearly the lady preacher from Lee Grady’s article is serving her own belly. Shouldn’t the Body of Christ have a right to know? The answer is yes. Charisma Magazine survives by promoting and accepting advertising dollars from heretics which makes Lee Grady’s article a joke. Lee knows there’s a wolf out there preying on the sheeple yet doesn’t have the testicular mass to mark this predator so she can be avoided.

3 thoughts on “Charisma Magazine

  1. Your opinion regarding the need to expose the proponents of error and not simply identify erroneous dogma or wrongful behaviour is well made.
    As a Pastor of a church based in the U.K., I’m well aware of the unwillingness of some leaders to avoid contention at almost any cost. Whilst every minister of the Gospel should be gracious and peaceable etc., there are times when “silence is not golden”. Pastors have a duty to guard their sheep as well as nurture them.
    However, I was somewhat disappointed with the final comment reviewing Lee Grady’s article. Perhaps I’m being a little naiive, but I assume that Lee Grady was using a figure of speech and not a literalism when he suggested that a latter-day Apostle Paul might be tempted to throw rocks!
    It’s disappointing when your unnecessary postscript compromises your perfectly reasonable contention that exposure in this particualr instance would have been the more appropriate response.

    Carl Hotchkiss,
    United Kingdom

  2. Carl,

    Thanks for the advice and you will see that I followed it. You were right that it tainted the blog.



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