(By Eddie Hyatt) I was stunned. I had just listened to a well-known Christian leader address the fact that his publisher had just pulled his latest book off the market because they had discovered he had greatly exaggerated his testimony of being a former Satanist high priest. He did not deny the publisher’s allegation, but justified himself, saying it is OK to “embellish” one’s story to make the Gospel more attractive. If this were an isolated incident, we might shrug it off and move on. The following selected examples, however, indicate that there may be a real problem today with the handling of truth in our movement.
- Shortly after 911, a well-known “prophet” declared on national TV that Bin Laden would be found within 35 days. When, months later, he was confronted by the fact that it did not happen, he sought to justify himself saying that he had not stated what point the 35 days was from.
- A TV evangelist, who was discovered using an earpiece to receive “words of knowledge” from his wife about people in the audience, justified his actions saying it built people’s faith and helped them receive from God. CONTINUE