I’ve been watching the DayStar Fall Share-a-thon the past couple of days. DayStar is owned by Marcus and Joni Lamb and there was a time when I personally believed that they were actually going to attempt to bring in folks who preached the Gospel. Well, I was wrong. So far this week, they’ve showed reruns of Jamaal Harrison Bryant, Paula White and Juanita Bynum. Would a legit Christian ministry allow these three beggars, each of them swirled in controversy, to raise money to “cover the earth” with the Gospel?
Jamaal Harrison Bryant is the senior pastor of Empowerment Temple in Baltimore Maryland. He claims on his website to have obtained a “PhD” from Oxford University. The strange thing about this claim? Oxford University has never heard of him! Why would the guy lie so openly when a claim like this can be so easily verified? I think this is the least of this man’s “issues”.
Bryant preached without a bible but used a dollar bill to preach about some New World Order, which is what folks like Rick Warren and the New Agers are attempting to bring about. He then claimed later that this year (2006) he would only be preaching from the Book of Proverbs. I would love to hear him expound on the following chapter from this awesome instructional book;
Proverbs Chapter 5 (ESV)
My son, be attentive to my wisdom; incline your ear to my understanding, that you may keep discretion, and your lips may guard knowledge. For the lips of a forbidden woman drip honey, and her speech is smoother than oil, but in the end she is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a two-edged sword. Her feet go down to death; her steps follow the path to Sheol; she does not ponder the path of life; her ways wander, and she does not know it. And now, O sons, listen to me, and do not depart from the words of my mouth. Keep your way far from her, and do not go near the door of her house, lest you give your honor to others and your years to the merciless, lest strangers take their fill of your strength, and your labors go to the house of a foreigner, and at the end of your life you groan, when your flesh and body are consumed, and you say, “How I hated discipline, and my heart despised reproof! I did not listen to the voice of my teachers or incline my ear to my instructors. I am at the brink of utter ruin in the assembled congregation.” Drink water from your own cistern, flowing water from your own well. Should your springs be scattered abroad, streams of water in the streets? Let them be for yourself alone, and not for strangers with you. Let your fountain be blessed, and rejoice in the wife of your youth, a lovely deer, a graceful doe. Let her breasts fill you at all times with delight; be intoxicated always in her love. Why should you be intoxicated, my son, with a forbidden woman and embrace the bosom of an adulteress? For a man’s ways are before the eyes of the LORD, and he ponders all his paths. The iniquities of the wicked ensnare him, and he is held fast in the cords of his sin. He dies for lack of discipline, and because of his great folly he is led astray.
They showed a segment with precious Paula White that must have been from at least 3 or four years ago because her appearance and preaching style has definitely changed. Oh, she was begging BIG-TIME but not with the authority that she does now. At times, she appeared meek and even a bit overwhelmed. She appeared to use the teleprompter quite a bit, especially when using the name Jesus or to reference a bible verse she was twisting. During her time with the Lambs, she showed them this huge, worn Bible that she preached from. The Lambs commented on the vast amount of notes that precious Paula had written inside of this Bible.
Times have certainly changed for precious Paula. She’s no longer the pastor of Without Walls International Church and is now “overseeing pastor” at her ‘friend’ Rick Hawkins church in San Antonio Texas. She has a jet and a BIG-TIME ministry that has become her idol. She’s about to be divorced for a second time. Her main message is prosperity and the large worn out bible seems to have left the scene, replaced by the Gospel of greed. She doesn’t need a teleprompter to remember the Name of Jesus because she rarely mentions Jesus anymore. Instead of a desire to win souls to Christ, it appears her only desire is to obtain money so she can hobnob with the likes of Donald Trump. Paula, please pick up that old worn out Bible of yours, with all the notes, and look at the following Scripture and see what your notes say?
1Timothy 6:3-21 (ESV) If anyone teaches a different doctrine and does not agree with the sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ and the teaching that accords with godliness, he is puffed up with conceit and understands nothing. He has an unhealthy craving for controversy and for quarrels about words, which produce envy, dissension, slander, evil suspicions, and constant friction among people who are depraved in mind and deprived of the truth, imagining that godliness is a means of gain. Now there is great gain in godliness with contentment, for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content. But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs. But as for you, O man of God, flee these things. Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. I charge you in the presence of God, who gives life to all things, and of Christ Jesus, who in his testimony before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, to keep the commandment unstained and free from reproach until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, which he will display at the proper time–he who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone has immortality, who dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever seen or can see. To him be honor and eternal dominion. Amen. As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy. They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life. O Timothy, guard the deposit entrusted to you. Avoid the irreverent babble and contradictions of what is falsely called “knowledge,” for by professing it some have swerved from the faith. Grace be with you.
Juanita Bynum is a mess. Why the Lamb’s allowed a rerun of this heretic is beyond the scope of my comprehension. They actually showed Bynum and White reruns back to back. I was astonished that they would do this!
Juanita claimed to have a “threshing floor” and that she prayed to God for the words to say to the sheeple she was about to fleece. Prancing around ranting and raving in a white robe begging the viewers to give DayStar money is hardly preaching the Gospel Juanita. What else can we expect from this viper? Apparently, she didn’t pray on her “threshing floor” prior to winding up being thrashed by her punk husband, Thomas Weeks III.
Juanita is now claiming to be an “advocate” for domestic violence and hung out with Oprah Winfrey and Presidential Candidate and US Senator Barak Obama this past weekend. Apparently, this is Juanita’s new “destiny”. Winfrey has stated in the past that “Jesus isn’t the only way to God” and is steeped in the New Age Movement yet still claims to be a Christian. Senator Obama also claims to be a Christian yet supports abortion and gay rights. Hopefully, Juanita will stay in the world and far away from the Body of Christ unless she repents and asks the Lord Jesus Christ to come into her heart. Juanita, please return to your “threshing floor” and ask God what the following Scripture actually means;
2Corinthians 6:14-18 (ESV)Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness? What accord has Christ with Belial? Or what portion does a believer share with an unbeliever? What agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; as God said, “I will make my dwelling among them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Therefore go out from their midst, and be separate from them, says the Lord, and touch no unclean thing; then I will welcome you, and I will be a father to you, and you shall be sons and daughters to me, says the Lord Almighty.”
Unless Marcus Lamb has been living on Pluto, he must be aware that the three amigo’s have issues because these “issues” are very public. To have these three liars on their network, in any capacity, demonstrates that the Lamb’s have placed raising money over Christian character. This saddens me, because, as I stated earlier, I had high hopes that this would be an actual “Christian” network. Looks like I was wrong.
I haven’t been this sick since I ate 5 gyros and then taught 7 tennis lessons on a 100 degree day!