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Pastor David Yonggi Cho convicted of embezzling $12m
The pastor of the largest Pentecostal church in the world has been sentenced to three years in prison for embezzling $12 million in church funds.
David Yonggi Cho, founder of the Yoido Full Gospel Church in Seoul, South Korea, had instructed church officials back in 2002 to buy stocks owned by his eldest son, Cho Hee-jun, at four times the market value.
In 2011, church elders accused him of embezzling $20 million and again last November, some 30 church elders took their complaints about Cho's corruption to the press, accusing him and his family of stealing millions in church money over the last two decades....
Nat, may I suggest that you read the summary and listen to the sermon, Some Gifts Not Present Today. Now on the strange fire I posted the series of sermons John MacArthur did on Charismatic Chaos, now that is free for downloading oh, they are in print, or you can get quite cheaply in a paperback book, Charismatic Chaos. If your near a large city like Sydney or Melbourne I would think bookstores would have copies of this at quite a good price also. But John MacArthur has realized the dangers of the Charismatic movement as this different author has, The Charismatic Movement
Not all pentecostal churches are like this. Go to a mega church and you will see these things happening frequently. But there are brothers and sisters in pentecostal churches who pray for gifts of the Holy Spirit as spoken and instructed by apostle Paul in Corinthians. Gifts that glorify God not like what we have been hearing lately.
They would do well to read Dr. MacAuthur's book below: Strange Fire: The Danger of Offending the Holy Spirit with Counterfeit Worship (Thomas Nelson, 2013) detonates enough theological ordnance to blow these false teachers sky-high. Patiently, MacArthur explodes the claims to continuing revelation, demonstrates that Pentecostal ministers have shockingly high rates of moral failure, and delivers a persuasive account of the Holy Spiritâ€™s real work in the body of Christ.
But, most of all they would do better at reading the Bible for themselves:
Isaiah 8:20 KJV  To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.
We are commissioned to go the ends of the world to teach the Gospel of Christ. Many of the Missions are doing that, pastors foregoing their personal comforts & risking their lives. On the other hand some 'missions' like this one are by their deeds closing the minds of people from opening their ears to the Gospel. Each one of us have to examine ourselves as to whether our life in every aspect of it is as an Ambassador of Christ.
james19 wrote: We as christians should stand up and let everyone know there are sect's that just arn't christian. mormon, catholic, ect.
Agree James. In fact, I think it would be wise for every local church to have regular meetings designed to expose these cults and explain why they are so dangerous. The saints need to be aware of these things.