Date: August 01, 2013 12:56AM
I figured this thread would get a lot of posts by now. Maybe I will just contribute my reason for calling televangelists shows cults. Suppose someone has millions of followers, that contribute hundreds of millions of dollars to their "ministry" because the followers believe that to be healed or to be financially stable they MUST send in a tithe or offering to that particular showman to stir God to help them. Then when they send in the tithe and then an offering on top of the tithe, they find their health is continuing to get worse and their bank account is lower of course when the checks to the televangelist got to the bank. Suppose thy call the hotline to this "man of God" or "woman of God" and the minimum wage worker or more likely volunteer reads of the answer supplied to them for such questions, saying "it is just the devil fighting your blessing, or it just means you faith is not strong enough, just send in a one hundred dollar seed offering for a hundred fold return and you will also get your healing."
In what way is this different than a cult member that believes everything their apostle or prophet, or bishop, or bagwan, or swami, tells them in person or on a tape he ordered in the mail?