Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Joyce Meyer – Not Nice

US TV evangelist Joyce Meyer wants you to give God 10% of your income. Now Meyer has obviously thought through the logistics of this and has realised that God doesn’t actually have a bank account. So she’s generously offered hers!

Why 10%? Well, she’s scoured The Bible and found an Old Testament passage (Malachi 3:9-10) that she contends supports this figure:

Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation.

Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.

Well, everything’s so clear, now! Hmm. A ‘tithe’ is a levy of a tenth of something, which, it seems, was enough to put the ker-ching of cash registers into the ears of this astute evangelist. Here are some other extracts from Malachi, which Meyer hasn’t been in such a hurry to highlight:

A son honoureth his father, and a servant his master... MALACHI 1:6

Behold, I will corrupt your seed, and spread dung upon your faces... MALACHI 2:3

And if ye offer the blind for sacrifice, is it not evil? and if ye offer the lame and sick, is it not evil?... MALACHI 1:8

That last passage relates to ‘the LORD of hosts’ being dissatisfied if the animals sacrificed to Him are not healthy. It is unclear whether Meyer participates in animal sacrifice rituals herself. If she doesn’t, that would seem to make her a blatant hypocrite. After all Malachi is just 55 verses long.

Meyer describes herself as “not naturally nice”, and this is not a viewpoint that The Guru feels compelled to contest. Buyer beware!

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Blogger phil said...

Could I tithe 10% of my dung?

11/02/2006 8:27 pm  
Blogger Al Cad said...

You most certainly could, phil. Malachi, chapter 2 begins “And now, O ye priests, this commandment is for you”. Look out, Joyce Meyer, for you can expect to end up with more than egg on your face...

11/03/2006 2:18 am  

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