Its heads give judgment for a bribe; its priests teach for a price; its prophets practice divination for money; yet they lean on the LORD and say, “Is not the LORD in the midst of us? No disaster shall come upon us.” Therefore because of you Zion shall be plowed as a field; Jerusalem shall become a heap of ruins, and the mountain of the house a wooded height. – Micah 3:11
I wanted to follow up on my last post about fleeing the AOG and give some simple examples of how the great religious corporation is fleecing their membership. I also wanted to offer clear evidence that the denomination practices divination (spiritual manipulation) for money. If you attend AOG please do not think I am writing this to come against you. I personally wasted countless years and countless dollars there and I was really committed. I urge you to consider the possibility that you may be a patsy in a religious scam and Jesus is calling you to humble yourself and flee from among it. For those that don’t know, AOG has its own financial division, sort of like what GMAC financial is to General Motors. Let’s look at a couple of the fine products AOG Financial is currently selling to your pastor.
Resource Your Vision
This first little bit from the AOG website is a clear indicator that you are being used as a tool to build mans kingdom. In the New Testament all true believers in a geographical area are the building stones that make up the church where the elders lead from among the sheep. The Church is a living body, made of living stones, that minister to one another. Contrast that to AOG’s resource your vision plan, that clearly shows you are little more than a dollar sign in the eyes of your pastor so he can fulfill his “God given” vision.
Pastors spend a lot of time worrying about money in relation to their church budget. Oftentimes, they feel alone when it comes to issues of resourcing the ministry. We want to help pastors develop a deeper culture of generosity within their church to support their God-given vision.
Generosity Action Plan
This is really good stuff here (by good I mean bad). The GAP system. For $99 a month your pastor can learn step by step techniques to manipulate you into funding the AOG kingdom. Directly from the AOG website…
See potential increase of 10% in your overall giving
Systematically develop stewards
Save time by utilizing provided resources
Kick-start a generosity movement
Access to all coaching webinars
Creative communication packages
Access to inspirational stories
Generosity Action Plan store discount
Correspondence and offering devotional templates
This is the way of an adulteress: she eats and wipes her mouth and says, “I have done no wrong.” -Proverbs 30:20
I know there are many true saints in there, my brothers and sisters in Christ, I write this on level ground with you, and not to insult you in any way. Still these examples of their religious manipulation are a sad indicator of what AOG has been reduced to. This is largely a harlot church whose prophets practice divination for money, using worldly methods such as the tithe rap to manipulate the crowds. This is the fruit of the pentecostal work moving away from Gods plan and following their own path. Like a junkie, who ends up living on the streets, they are now desperate to fund their habit of personal kingdom building. Perhaps they should have listened to the word of God that forbids such things… or at least the words of Frank Bartleman.
We had been called out to evangelize Los Angeles, not to build up another sect or party spirit. We needed no more organization nor machinery than what was really necessary for the speedy evangelizing of the city. Surely we had enough separate rival church organizations already on our hands. Each working largely for its own interest, advancement, and glory… -Frank Bartleman