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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

"Preachers of LA" & "Thicker Than Water" Showcase GOD's Ideology On Prosperity

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Preachers of LA




"Thicker Than Water" (BRAVO) and "Preachers Of L.A." (OXYGEN)........

Both Reality Shows demonstrate and Focus on GOD's True Plan of ABUNDANT Life and PROSPERITY for his People.

Many people who do NOT understand GOD's True Plan for PROSPERITY,  have been turned off by displays of Great Wealth demonstrated in the lives of  "Thicker Than Water"  and "Preachers Of L.A." cast members.

In fact many People have been Brainwashed into believing that GOD wants Christians to be POOR while living on Planet Earth because one day We will receive Our Just REWARDS  in the "Sweet bye & bye"  (HEAVEN).

Such Foolish Religious Ideology couldn't be further from the TRUTH!

It is Not Acceptable to GOD for CHRISTIANS to be "Broke, Busted & Disgusted",  While People who Don't Worship GOD have Financial Net Worths of $500 Million Dollars.

Contrary to what Secular Society teaches, POVERTY is NOT Acceptable, Nor Pleasing to GOD!

Show Me one Scripture in the Bible which states "POVERTY Is Next To GODLINESS".

I haven't read it yet but perhaps I overlooked it.

Furthermore how does it give GOD Glory if his People are so Poor they can't Pay their Electric Bills or Feed their Families??

So in 21st Century American Society it is Socially Acceptable for JAY-Z to earn $500 Million and drive Custom-built Maybachs but.............

CHRISTIANS are supposed to drive a 1986 Chevy Chevette??

In 21st Century American Society it is Socially Acceptable for CHRISTIANS to eat Bologna Sandwiches with Canned Beans.......

While People who Don't Worship GOD are Spending $1 Million on Weddings and Birthday Parties???

Something is definitely Wrong with this picture!


It requires Millions and Billions of Dollars to Spread the GOSPEL of JESUS CHRIST Globally.

Why is it Acceptable to Spend Billions of Dollars to Promote Music by MILEY CYRUS and LADY GAGA,


NOT Acceptable to Spend Billions of Dollars Promoting GOD's Word???

This is an Extremely Hypocritical Secular Standard.

GOD doesn't Oppose his People being WEALTHY or being Super RICH!

GOD just does NOT want his People to Worship MONEY.

Having MONEY is truly a Blessing as long as Human Beings Don't Worship MONEY.

When You Worship MONEY You will do ANYTHING to get it!!

Including Killing other Human Beings & Destroying the Character of other Human Beings.

Thus it is Not MONEY that it is the Root of ALL Evil.

It is the LOVE of MONEY that is the Root of ALL Evil.

I repeat.

GOD does Not want His People BROKE but he Forbids His People to Worship MONEY.

Only the Lord GOD Almighty.......Creator of Heaven & Earth and the entire Universe!!


ARTICLE:   "Where a Camel Can Squeeze Through a Needle’s Eye"

"Thicker Than Water"  Brings the Religion of Wealth to Bravo

When Cyrene, the youngest daughter of Ben and Jewel Tankard, returns from prom on the premiere of “Thicker Than Water,” she nods at the promise ring on her finger and assures her parents, “I’m still a virgin.”

As parents, the Tankards probably find this a relief. As preachers, they certainly think it’s good news. As heads of the family at the center of this show, which begins on Sunday night on Bravo, they might consider it a mixed blessing.

Thicker Than Water” documents the couple, their three daughters, one son (and his wife) and one granddaughter, who all live in the Nashville suburbs in what they un-self-consciously call the Tankard Palace. In addition to sermonizing, Ben is a popular musician making chirpy, inconsequential, gospel-inflected instrumental jazz. Permanently avuncular, he has the air of a man who has awakened in an amusement park and then mischievously swallowed the keys, lest anyone try to expel him.

“Thicker” is in the Brady/Cleaver-clean mold of “Run’s House,” which ran for six seasons of musician-minister millionaire fun on MTV. But Rev Run was modest, and his children were fickle materialists in the making. Here, Ben and Jewel set the tone of enthused wealth, giddily cataloging their possessions. When Jewel asserts, “This black Barbie flies private or she stays home,” it doesn’t sound as if it were the first time she’s made the point.

Undoubtedly maintaining this level of the Lord’s favor requires a tremendous amount of work — you just never see it. Mr. Tankard’s sermons, such as they are — he calls himself a “reacher,” not a preacher — feel more like stand-up comedy with life coach overtones. “Every night I look over at my wife at dinner,” he says, eyeing Jewel, then continues, “I say, ‘I got an appointment with your midsection.’ ” Cyrene, sitting next to her, finds this hilarious.

Mostly, Ben touts the prosperity gospel, which insists that God wants everyone to be wealthy: “There is no ghetto section of heaven,” he insists with silly confidence. Conveniently, this is an easy extension of Bravo’s obsession with modern black wealth in shows like “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” and “The New Atlanta.” There’s also kinship with “Preachers of L.A.,” on Oxygen, another show that understands that the world of gospel music and church is as aspirationally flashy as hip-hop and sports, and as much a hotbed for drama.

But there is a difference between transparency and baring all, and the meat of a series like this is conflict, not consumerist voyeurism. There is notional family tension: The Tankards become excited for Cyrene’s prom outing but barely pay any mind to their daughter Brooklyn, who ran a marathon — well, a mini-marathon — the same day. Brooklyn is the wayward child, with an arrest history. She and Britney, the older daughters, dangle tantalizing stories of their old lives outside of the bright sunbeams of the prosperity gospel.

The celebration of wealth verging on smugness of “Thicker” is a less promising premise than, say, the godliness-versus-rebelliousness frisson of “Preachers’ Daughters,” on Lifetime, which was recently renewed for a second season. Viewers — or, at a minimum, television executives — want something different from what parishioners do. They understand that, more often than not, pride goeth before a renewal.

Thicker Than Water

Bravo, Sundays at 9, Eastern and Pacific times; 8, Central time.

Produced by Sirens Media; Rebecca Toth Diefenbach, Valerie Haselton Drescher, Lucilla D’Agostino, Kris Lindquist and Michael Call, executive producers.

Sources:   BRAVO;  NY Times;  OXYGEN

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