a bit of a rum lot
Well, a HINT might be the reception he gave the moneychangers in the temple, but I'm just guessing here.
What with no living witnesses to what The Christ did or did not do that day.
It's crap like this that makes it REAL hard for me to take ANY "Christian" religion seriously anymore. All they do is put their hands out to enrich themselves, IMHO.
... just saying.
The Roman church don't set a good example, either.
They're one of the richest institutions on the planet.
They don't worry about needles and Camels, it would seem...
There are many things done "In the name of God" that God has no part in. "Be sure that your sins will find you out" springs to mind.
Television ministry operations are a varied group. Sadly, some people unjustly form an opinion or expectation of the whole group based on the
shortcomings of some. This can be especially unjust when one person is blamed for actions of others in the organization, in which the decisions about
finances are usually made by a board of directors.
Misrepresentations (e.g. the pictures of others shown while speaking of ministry doctors)ought to be publicly corrected as soon as the people in the ministry become aware of them.
I do know of others who have been much better examples of Christian service and use of finances. Rick Warren does not have a regularly scheduled program (to my knowledge), but has appeared many times on television. After he had some success as an author, he stopped drawing any salary, and returned the money from the 25 years of salary that he had previously earned. He now gives 90% of his personal income to Christian ministries.
Dr. Charles Stanley has programs on both radio and television, and is also an author. I have never heard him push for donations.
One kind of fund-raising that I despise: those who say that people giving to their ministry will get repaid more, by God, than they send--so that poor people who trust them think they can advance themselves financially by giving donations that they really need to pay their own bills.