Rod Parsley is the senior pastor of World Harvest Church in Columbus, Ohio and is another one of those Word Of Faith preachers who loves to preach on prosperity. He’s got a thing about money, probably more so than most preachers today, pressuring followers to “sow seeds” mainly for his benefit, while he was the main fundraiser on TBN’s Praise The Lord, Praise A Thon. He uses gimmicks such as prayer cloths as point of contact as well. And he’s also a dominionist, who feels Christians should control the U.S. government and all it’s laws. Parsley’s been involved with politics more than the other televangelists from the looks of it, pushing his listeners to stick to far Right issues.
"Parsley, his wife, Joni, and their two young children live in a five-bedroom house they have built next to his parents’ house on a 21-acre compound in northwest Fairfield County. The compound has an electronic gate at the road to discourage uninvited visitors, and stables and a corral have been built in one corner. Rod Parsley’s home is worth $857,090, say records at the Fairfield County recorder’s office. His parents’ home, also new, is valued at $831,480. Each was built with a $200,000 mortgage taken out in 1990. ... Parsley also owns a $500,000 jet, a seven-passenger Hawker Siddeley 125.” (Columbus Monthly magazine).
Rod Parsley is very rich as you can see.
But let’s get into his false teachings. He loves money and isn’t afraid to admit it…
“I just love to talk about money. I just love to talk about your money. Let me be very clear- I want your money. I deserve it. This church deserves it.” (Rod Parsley, "An Empire of Souls," pg. 35)
He admits it! Rod Parsley loves money! And he demands it! I guess he forgot what 1 Timothy 6:10 says: “For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.” And Parsley needs your money to continue living the rich life!
Here’s much of what Parsley has said and done while on TBN’s Praise A Thon’s. He often is the main promoter in its fundraising:
"Paul Crouch gave a word tonight if I didn't. That is that you can receive a miracle by mixing your praying and your giving." (Rod Parsley, TBN, Praise-The-Lord "Macedonian Call," July 25, 2005)
Yeah, prayer is not good enough. It needs money to work! Even though Paul Crouch and TBN’s pastors have enough money themselves to make so called miracles happen.
"I'm not sowing it believing it for the miracle to happen. The miracle has already happened! I just unlocked it with a seed!" (Rod Parsley, "Spring Praise-A-Thon," April 7, 2005)
I wonder if Parsley is willing to use his own money to make those miracles happen…
"$10,000--God is speaking that to 34 people. Everybody else sow $1,000 if your need can be represented by a $1,000 seed! If you can't sow the whole $1,000 right now sow $500 and believe God for the other $500...But take a step of faith right now. I'm giving you an opportunity to miss the mess!" (Rod Parsley, TBN, Praise-The-Lord "Macedonian Call," July 25, 2005)
I know Parsley has $10,000 he can spare, based on his house and the cars he drives. I find it hard to believe that most of TBN’s viewers have enough money to spare that easily.
"I'm ready to exchange what is in my hand for what's in God's hand...Give! Give! Give! Sow! Sow! Sow!" (TBN, Praise-A-Thon, March 31, 2004)
"To reap a perpetual harvest you need to sow a perpetual seed. I got a need for seed." (Rod Parsley, TBN, Praise-A-Thon, March 31, 2004)
“I don’t know how big a miracle you need, but let your seed represent your need. Some of you need to do that four thousand dollars right now; some of you need to do five thousand dollars or even ten thousand dollars. Some of you need to do a hundred thousand dollars tonight. There’s a miracle attached to your seed.” (TBN, Praise-A-Thon, 11/9/00)
So according to Parsley, how big our miracle is depends on how much money we give to TBN’s Praise- A- Thon. We get the best miracles by sowing the most money.
“Healing and prosperity are not a promise, they are an accomplished fact. It’s already done. What we’ve got to learn is how to get heaven out of heaven and into your living room. That’s what we need-a little bit of heaven. I said, that’s what we need- a little bit of heaven. God’s got streets made of out of the stuff and we run around thinking we’re doing something because we’ve got a little piece of it on our finger. Let me explain something to you: if God hadn’t wanted to break the tentacles of lack off of you, He shouldn’t have. God already made up his mind you heretic hunter! He can’t change His mind. He said He takes pleasure in the prosperity of His servants.” (Praise-a-Thon, TBN, 11/7/2003)
You see, prosperity preachers like Parsley say we should experience the greatness of Heaven right now, here on Earth. It’s like combining the “American Dream” of having the best in life right now, for our pleasure, with the gospel. Why do these prosperity preachers keep saying we should have the best in life when Jesus said we have to deny ourselves and take up our cross in Matthew 16:24?
Here’s a video of Parsley taking a woman’s purse from the audience of a Praise-A-Thon in this video. Too bad I can’t get to the original version of it. [link]
Parsley on a Praise-A-Thon holding a noose. [link]
Here’s an email those on Parsley’s email list get when they follow him. [link]
Parsley’s Breakthrough Ministries gets an F grade! And it even shows up on the Donor Alert top 30!
Parsley even asks for money to help the victims in the Japan earthquake and other disasters that happened in 2011. [link]
“Your immediate and generous tax-deductible gift will help respond to the Japan disaster and help Pastor Parsley preach the Gospel to a lost and hurting world through our Breakthrough television broadcast.”
How about Parsley and his church team personally go to Japan themselves? He has the money and private jet to do so very easily! He’s so rich! He didn’t need to go on his Breakthrough TV show to ask for help! I don’t think that TV show even reaches Japan? The Japanese desperately need the gospel with all the trouble going on there, since there’s barely any Christians in Japan and yet Parsley, with his resources just asks for more money on his tv show? That’s just disgusting.
Parsley says he needed more money back in 2009. Why not just sell those riches like the expensive cars, house and jet to get some money? Or is it just too much to sacrifice?
But no, the devil is behind his financial troubles! [link]
Parsley seems to have been influenced by Oral Roberts beliefs on seed tithing. Just like Roberts, taking the parable of the sower and twisting it’s meaning to fit with that prosperity agenda. Even though Jesus explained the parable to his disciples who asked what it meant.
"Some of you are standing there like you ain't got no trouble. I saw what you drove here in. Don't tell me you ain't got no trouble." (Rod Parsley, "The God Of More Than Enough," June 1, 2004, TBN)
So apparently, driving an old, possibly beat up car shows you have problems in your life. Parsley seems to say that we can judge how good someone’s life is by what their car looks like. I am pretty sure even people with very expensive sports or luxury cars have problems of their own? No, they must be living the perfect life and their car shows it! The rich lifestyle must be the perfect lifestyle! And speaking of cars…
“Some of you better get ready to drive around in neighborhoods where you never thought you’d be able to afford to live. Some of you better go down to that Lexus and Mercedes dealership and just sit down in one of those things with that leather all over it.” (Breakthrough with Rod Parsley, TBN, 3/27/2003)
I wonder how many of Parsley’s viewers did get a luxury car and say so?
Okay that’s enough about money. Let’s look into what the other things Parsley believes.
Just like the other Word Of Faith teachers, Parsley believes our own thoughts, even doubt filed prayers can cause bad to happen around us. Even death:
"Where there is doubt concerning the will of God, faith very simply cannot exist. I use to pray these words, 'If it be thy will for healing,' before I read and believed God's word. Since I was a good Christian boy, I would get on my knees like many of you and I'd pray, 'Oh God!' I thought for many years that God's first name was oh. 'Oh God, if it's your will heal this person.' Do you know what my doubt filled prayers produced? Seven members of my immediate family died within 18 months. I practically grew up in a funeral home listening to preacher after preacher explain how it was God's will that another flower was picked for the bouquet in heaven...Let's settle the matter once and for all, God doesn't want you sick." (Rod Parsley, "Healing is the Children's Bread," TBN June 11, 2004)
I am sure we all had moments of doubt, but when has our own prayers ever killed someone?
“Why does God say, ‘Ask of me? Why does He say that? Because He can’t do it on His own! He can’t get what He wants on His own because He placed you in authority on this earth. Did you hear me?” (TBN, Praise The Lord, 8/7/2003) Parsley is quoting from Psalm 2:8 and taking it completely out of context. If you read verses 1-7, you see that God laughs at those who try to fight him.
Also if God can’t do anything on his own why does He tell Abraham in Genesis 18:14 “Is anything too hard for the LORD? I will return to you at the appointed time next year and Sarah will have a son." So Parsley is undermining God’s power and says He needs our help. Parsley seems to think God is limited in His power and what He can do.
Some crazy stuff going on here:
"I feel my pastor, he said, 'I'd say this word one time on television and 100,000 homosexuals and lesbians would be instantly set free.' I'm about to, I'm about to declare your freedom. Shout and take authority over that spirit. Cast it down! Cast down that lie. Cast down that deception! Cast it down! Cast it down! Cast it down! When I say three. When I say three. When I say three. You shout two words, 'Come out!' I did this the other day. Two lesbians were having perverted sex, drinking alcohol, and snorting cocaine. But when I shouted, 'Come out' their glasses burst in their hands and they slithered out of the bed and got gloriously born again and filled with the Holy Ghost." (Rod Parsley, "Dominion Camp Meeting," TBN July 6, 2004)
Okay…so many problems with this! First, why would two lesbians keep their TV on Rod Parsley’s show while having sex? I would think it would be a big distraction? How can they become born again just like that, if it seems they never heard of Jesus’ message? And how can the glasses they were holding burst in their hands without their hands getting cut up? Did they bandage them up and then start praising Jesus? And apparently we never get to meet these former lesbians so we can believe Parsley’s story, so yeah… preachers like Parsley make up stories to make their fruit seem more believable. We need to be really careful listening to a preachers stories about people getting saved or healed when the details seem pretty out there.
“There is not one place in the Bible where Jesus ever denied healing to someone who came to Him in faith. You won’t find a single place in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark , Luke or John where He refused to perform a miracle! The idea that God won’t heal today is just a man-made doctrine thought up by religious people who didn’t have any faith.” (Parsley, Ancient Wells, Living Water, pg. 130)
Well Jesus did refuse to show a miracle to the Pharisees in Matthew 12:38-39 “Then some of the Pharisees and teachers of the law said to him, "Teacher, we want to see a miraculous sign from you." He answered, "A wicked and adulterous generation asks for a miraculous sign! But none will be given it except the sign of the prophet Jonah.” The Pharisees saw enough miracles with their own eyes that they shouldn’t have denied Jesus as the messiah.
God still heals today. You just have to look in the right churches to find it.
“Jesus is not sick— I don’t have to be sick.” (Renamed and Redeemed)
Yet Parsley has reported back problems and his own son Austin has Asperger’s syndrome. And as I showed earlier with Parsley’s quote that Jesus doesn’t deny healing to those who came to him in faith, apparently Parsley isn’t showing enough faith to get himself and his son healed.
Here’s Rod Parsley ripping pages out of a Bible during one of his sermons.
Now, I know he’s doing this to make a point, of how many people ignore and reject verses in the Bible. Even though Parsley himself has already done so ironically. But, is it really appropriate to rip out the pages instead of just pretending to do so? Rip out imaginary pages instead? When I saw the video for the first time, I got very uncomfortable. I know it’s a prop and he’s got other Bibles to use, but I guess he wants to surprise us on purpose. What do you think?
Parsley is also big into politics. He’s a big figure in the Far Right movement, gets involved with politicians like John McCain, encourages war against those who are not real threats and even rightwingwatch.org is keeping their eye on him, because of some of the controversial things he has said. Such as this:
“The secular media never likes it when I say this, so let me say it twice. Man your battle stations! Ready your weapons! They say this rhetoric is so inciting. I came to incite a riot. ... Man your battle stations. Ready your weapons. Lock and load — for the thirty, forty liberal pastors who filed against our ministry with the Internal Revenue Service. ... Let the struggle begin. Let it begin in your heart today with a shout unto him who has called us to war — not only that, he has empowered you and I to win.”
This was from a speech made in Washington in 2004, encouraging spiritual war against unthreatening enemies. Jesus said “My kingdom is not of this world.” in John 18:36. I feel it’s not really our job as Christians to force Christianity into politics since they are of the world and that’s not our main goal as Christians to change the world and control it.
There’s more on Rod Parsley out there. Hope you enjoyed reading and look forward to the next false preacher.
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As many may have heard of by now, a huge amount of London and surrounding cities have gone up in flames and rioting. Apparently it was begun in Tottenham (N.London) when the police shot a gangster, 4 days ago today. England being the way it is, we questioned against the police because, y'know, everything they do is completely wrong and such. Granted, the police can be corrupt, but they do some good too. The public disagrees - what started as civil protest was overtaken by rioting. Mainly, stupid kids my age joining in the 'fun' of torching cities, throwing huge bricks at the police, setting cars on fire and potentially destroying businesses by looting everything they can. Apparently some really massive businesses including Sony took a huge blow.
All I'm seeing about this so far are people whining and moaning about how pathetic these people are, what David Cameron should do and what the police can do - But whining is doing nothing (this comic is a parody, if anything). The police can't just come in and effectively hose down the crowds, because despite these teens breaking so many laws and damaging businesses and the community, splashing them with some water for their actions and controlling/calming them is against their human rights. I can't describe how much that sickens some of us. So now thousands of people in London, including myself and my family, are worrying whether or not the rioting will enter our cities, and if we're going to be caught in the middle of it. Day 4, I'm really hoping I wont see any gangs coming down my street with torches and bricks.