GOLD DUST SCAMS
COULD GOD BE IN AN ECONOMIC CRISIS?
Here on earth, some lose their jobs, or the price of goods rise so much that their income is less than their out-go. That economic crisis of life most of us have come to understand at times. Our God has told us that He paves the streets of the New Jerusalem with gold, jewels lie around that city like dust does on earth. The foundations of the city are valuable stones. The gates of the city are made of gigantic pearls.
So, what happened? Why suddenly is the gold dust of miracles testing to be only cellophane? Is God on an economy kick? Can't He create planets of gold to satisfy all the seekers of gold dust in their services? Is God almost broke?
Has He run out of His cash flow? Is God facing bankruptcy?
Usually, right after the ‘gold cellophane’ miracles, we see the preachers begging for money. Was the ‘gold cellophane’ instead of real gold, a sign that God needs money badly? Should we be worried when gold dust proves to be cellophane?
If the manna in the wilderness suddenly was no longer ‘manna’ the food of the angels, but became burnt popcorn, would Israel have worried they had drained the resources of God? If, at Cana, Jesus had turned the water into kool aid, instead of wine, would the people have worried about God's finances?
If Peter went fishing and found a worm in the mouth of the fish instead of the shekel, would he have worried that God's bank account must be overdrawn?
Then why would God be sending cellophane instead of gold dust? Just wondering!
THE GOLD DUST PROVES
TO BE GOLDEN CELLOPHANE WHEN TESTED.
Whenever tested, the jewels proved to be phoney, and the gold dust proved to be cellophane. Gold cellophane can be put near a register and blow throughout a room, creating an illusion of it falling from heaven, through the ceiling, and floating down to bless the congregants..
God does not need to create cellophane, He can create real gold dust if He wanted to. God is not a phoney, nor is He a scam artist. Sometimes people are, and that leads us to the human side of pretend miracles.
Jesus did not turn the water into koolaid, by putting a pack of koolaid in the jars, shake them a bit, and pass them off as a miracle of wine. Man could do that today.
Jesus did not approach a limping person, have them sit down, and then lower one hip a bit, and pretend He just lengthened the leg. But many a scam artist has done that.
Jesus did not wear flotation devices and pretend to walk on water. I have seen unrighteous men do that kind of so called ‘miracle’.
It is time that Christians quit allowing the tom-foolery of religious scam artists. Do we need a John MacArthur to point it out for us, or can Charismatics ever get the gumption to call scams to be scams.
There are the real miracles, the real healings, the real raisings from the dead, we do not need to accept scam artists to have proof that cessationism is wrong. The scam artists are a plague in the charismatic movement. We need a healing from them, and be the powerful, truthful, example of what Jesus meant for the gifts of the Spirit to prove to this world.
A bit of research into the gold cellophane events shows that there are a number of cases where it has been tested, some even by the ministers who say they experienced such. As yet, I have not found any that tested to be real gold, real silver. All of them at best tested to be a plastic, vinyl, or man made material, not a metal or rock that God created.
Surely there are fake miracles and none would disprove a real miracle, but where is the test that proved any of these ‘gold dust’ claims to be truly gold dust? The challenge has been given, and no one can find one that tested to be real gold. We could not claim all to be fakes, if one could substantiate the miracle in even one case.
Surely the leg lengthening could be real at some time, but some have been fake. The fake lengthening of a leg has been perpetrated by some fake healing evangelists down through the years. I could show someone how it is done, but I don't want to train the next fake scam artist.
In 1999, in Toronto, where some claimed their ‘fillings’ of their teeth had turned to gold, some were convinced to go back to their dentist and prove the filling were now really gold. When they did, and the dentists provided records that they were gold, but gold that the dentist had put in themselves previously, supposedly then forgotten by the person.
Gold is hundreds of dollars per ounce. In cases where a sanctuary was littered with bags full of the golden fluff, why did they not sweep up the gold, get enough to not have to take an offering that night. Yet, no, they did not sweep it up, they ignored this valuable 'gold'?? and took an offering... Hmmmmmmm! If the preacher himself believed it to be gold, why not carefully sweep it up in the hoover sweeper?
GOD DOES REAL MIRACLES, NOT SHAM MIRACLES!
A burning bush is not a miracle if it only burns. Any bush can burn. The burning bush of Moses was not consumed by the fire, making it a real miracle.
Golden cellophane, put near an air conditioning vent, and then the fan turned on at a specific time, will scatter gold dust around the 'sanctuary' that is being defiled by the hoax, the scam, that is not a miracle of God, it is a sham, it is a hoax, it is shameful.
God is not cheap, and God is able to create real gold, just as easy as creating cellophane. To cheapen God to being a scam artist, allowing people to think He created real gold, when it is only cellophane makes God appear to be as trustworthy as human scam artists. It is blasphemy to say God did a miracle, when it was really a con of deceptive man.
The coin Peter fetched out of the fish's mouth was not a piece of cellophane of no value. The water that turned to wine, was not koolaid made when no one was looking. I cannot find a scam God ever did in place of a miracle. Nor do I find the One Who is omnipotent has any reason to do a scam.
INTEGRITY OF THE MINISTRY?
Where is the integrity of the ministers? Why do the ministers not say: This is only gold cellophane, and we put it in the air duct system to stir you up to an emotional frenzy so God could do a miracle in your life of some other kind?" That would be the honest explanation, but they claim it is real gold, they claim it is God doing it, linking God to their lie, and it is far more than embarrassing to God, it is blasphemy against Him.
The honest explanation of it, would be embarrassing to the minister who lacks integrity, it certainly would be. I am certain the Spirit of TRUTH was grieved in that emotional deception on innocent (I hope) victims of the scam that some human did.
I am reminded of years ago (I am older than most of you) when some healing evangelists had tent meetings. Some were caught paying someone to come up on crutches, be prayed for, and then throw the crutches down, and run down the aisle, claiming to be healed of their lame condition, which did not ever exist.
PRIMING THE PUMP?
When exposed in such scams, some would defend their practice with the explanation that they were 'priming to pump'.
Priming the pump was how the old hand pumps on wells would get the water flowing, a bit of water was poured down the pump, and then pumped real hard till water began to flow from the depth of the well.
These exposed scam artists said that the fake miracle was done to generate the flow of faith from the people, so some real miracles would occur from that flow of real faith.
Were some truly healed there ??? Yes, there were some real healings after the 'priming of the pump' fake miracle. Those miracles were due to the faith of the person healed or the faith of other innocent victims of the scam. Those miracles were real, and I do not question that some truly get healed in some services of the scam artists of today, but it is due to the loving mercy of God on the innocent victims there.
Some of the 'gold dust' miracles have been proven to be gold cellophane, I still have not heard any proof of a real gold dust one. If there is such proof, now would be a good time to relate that evidence. At least, the ones proven to be cellophane are fake, not of God, but perpetrated by con artists calling themselves to be of God like the old 'crutches' scam.
Perhaps, the scam artists feel justified to get faith to rise. However, Jesus did not 'prime the pump', He did not do a fake resurrection of someone, so people would have more faith so He could raise Lazarus from the dead. If we could find such scams in Jesus' ministry, we could no longer say He is the TRUTH, the Way, and the Life.
If my grandmother had been healed in a service of some scam artist, I would have thanked God for honoring her faith, but I would still have been ashamed of the con artist that faked a 'priming the pump' miracle.
In my lifetime, observed by myself, I have seen some who were false and evil in their work. Most did it to make the crowd bigger and the offerings bigger. I know some may have started out sincere, but the love of money and the desire for fame seductively led them astray.
We need to, as Christians, take a stand against the scam artists, for to wish them even a 'God bless you', we are told in II John means we are partakers of their sins.
2 John 1:10-11 (KJV)
10 If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed:
11 For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.
TESTING THE MIRACLES IS NOT SINFUL
If someone were having many people slain in the Spirit in their services and it was proven that he was using some scent of a drug to make them momentarily pass out, and then I myself went to the service and was slain in the Spirit, I would question whether mine was real. It would be very difficult to come to the conclusion that it was real, for the preponderance of evidence would lean in the other direction.
No one is un-Christian for testing the spirits. It is Scriptural to expect that all words, all miracles, all signs and wonders be tested. We are commanded to do so. So, if someone questioned my salvation for being skeptical when many false ones in certain camps are proven scams, I would wonder if they had read what the Bible teaches on this subject.
There have been many scams. If I were in the location of such scams, I would question everything, for the leadership, or someone in control, is playing the congregation for fools.
We do not test an event by the emotion of the service. There is emotion in Mormon meetings, there was emotion dancing around the golden calf in the wilderness. Emotion in the crowd being deceived does not make something genuine.
Sincerity does not prove something real and truthful. Some can be sincerely deceived. One time many in this nation were convinced by a radio show that the martians had landed and were invading the world. The victims of that hoax, who believed that radio show, were sincere. Some of those putting on that program, were unaware of the show's negative effect. Yet, it was still false, still a hoax, even though it seems so sincerely true, as presented.
MUCH HARM IS DONE BY HOAXES
Fake miracles do so much harm. The young saints who come to some meetings, get promised all their relatives will get saved if they give $38 seed. Yet, they don't get saved, and then are told that their faith was not strong enough, or their offering needed to be more. Damage is done to young saints by that kind of falsely promised miracles.
The gold dust that proves to be cellophane can really dishearten a person who was there, and deceived, when they learn the truth.
It makes the church look like a used car salesman who says the car with 100,000 miles on it was only driven on Sundays by a little old lady who drove around the block to church.
A person must have ‘faith’ before he can depart from it. Many take advantage of trusting, and hopeful people of new faith. Many have chosen Jesus, and yet, like Judas, can choose later to depart. Jesus did not do fake miracles to make Judas depart, but he still departed. How dare any do fake miracles that will harm the young saints, the babes in Christ.
People come to church, sometimes the unsaved, due to their needs. They need Jesus, the Healer, and they need Jesus, the Deliverer from financial, family, and social problems of life. Some of these fake miracle workers then dishearten and discourage them, when instead of healing and deliverance they get gold cellophane just before the offering is taken.
As the Bible says 'woe' to those who hurt the Lord's little ones.
Mark 9:41-42 (KJV)
41 For whosoever shall give you a cup of water to drink in my name, because ye belong to Christ, verily I say unto you, he shall not lose his reward.
42 And whosoever shall offend one of these little ones that believe in me, it is better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he were cast into the sea.
It is so easy to step from light to darkness. It is so easy for mankind, who once has known truth and salvation in Jesus, to turn from it, and have darkness, lose the faith, and believe doctrines of devils, being seduced by their wiles. We must not have any part in sinful works, and not condone or even ignore the pretend miracles of unscrupulous con men calling themselves prophets and apostles. These magician show hoaxes prove to some in the world and to even some of the babes in Christ, that the preacher is a con artist, not a man of God.