The Worst Televangelist Product Scams Of All Time

July 25, 2012 — 19 Comments

It’s 3:00AM and you can’t sleep. You scan through all the info-mercial channels and skin-a-max, only to be lured in by a powerful speaker telling you that for just a small seed plant of $32.99 you can be rich. Why? Because the Bible says that God want’s to make everyone rich! You just have to send a check in within the 25 minutes and BAM! You are rich beyond measure!

We all know the scenario. Stations like TBN are always airing different info-mercials for various products that will change your entire life and provide you with a fat wallet and no need for health insurance. Here is the top 5 count down of my favorites.

5. The Faith Seed (Mike Murdock, Todd Coontz, Oral Roberts & others)

The faith seed is simple. You give a televangelist your money and then you miraculously have more money. This is apparently true because (as Murdock says) “when you let go of what is in your hand, God let’s go of what’s in his hand.” So it appears that God likes to sit around the house with Benjamins in his hands. Not a bad style. I’ll be looking for that to appear on MTV Cribs sometime soon!

The Promise

1. You will be blessed financially.
2. Your debt will disappear.
3. You will be blessed in the 58 different types of biblical blessings according to Mike Murdock

The Ridiculous

What is sad about this scam is that its probably the most popular one and the televangelist does not even have a product to sell. They are basically selling a promise or an IOU for a miracle. In rare cases they are willing to give you a 50 cent DVD or audio sermon in exchange for your seed. Some really ballsy evangelists even go the full mile and offer you nothing in return for a $1000 dollar seed. You heard me right, you give the man $1000 and somewhere somehow money from heaven will be in your wallet.

4. Prayer Packages (Kerney Thomas & others)

The prayer package is one of the greatest scams ever. The product is simple. You pay someone and they pray for you. It’s a simple transaction. If you don’t believe me just listen to the way Kerney Thomas speaks in tongues and yells. You can’t tell me that doesn’t persuade you just a little bit. If you don’t believe it then you better tell the devil to get out of your body!

The Promise

1. You will be healed
2. You will receive the anointing from God
3. You will have financial success.

3. Prayer Cloths (Offered by dozens of TV evangelists)

This is one of the oldest tricks in the book. This is yet another scam claiming to provide a “touch point,” which is the same as “point of contact,” used by Popoff. The unique thing about the prayer handkerchief scam is that they are sent out as FREE products. If you’ve been around TV evangelists for long though, you already know that free just means you will be harassed VIA mail until you donate money to their ministry.

The Promise

1. The prayer cloth has been advertised to do anything from heal people to make them rich. Personally, I am not buying one until it can make me taller have the build of a body builder.

The Ridiculous

What is especially ridiculous about the prayer cloth is that it has taken on so many forms by so many evangelists. It is essentially is the amoebae of the miracle scam world. Prefer the Jesus blood red handkerchief? What about a green one? You can have your pick. Get your miracle AND not have to worry about color coordinating your outfit to match. You can get them in any color you desire.

2. Miracle Spring Water (Reverend Peter Popoff)

First off, Peter Popoff is not a reverend. He just happens to have that title before his name. In the most classic sense of the term any one titled reverend is supposed to have status in the church accompanied by the appropriate educational background for said title. Peter Popoff’s only education is in Charlatan University. Secondly, if we have not learned anything from his failed and bankrupt healing ministry that was un-pantsed in the 80′s then its no surprise that people are buying into this guy again.

The Promise

1. Miracle Spring Water will allow you to have all of God’s riches and blessings bestowed upon you.
2. It will heal your body.
3.  You will receive checks for no reason in large amounts.
4. You will have total victory in every area of your life.

The rediculous

In the simplest terms, if you buy this miracle water, you will have all you ever desired. Essentially it’s a genie in a bottle…..except its just water……in a cheap plastic tube. Popoff claims (as he does with other products) that this water is the “point of contact” for your miracle. I am not 100% sure what people are looking to come in contact with but this product is going to make sure your touching it.

1. Miracle Manna (Reverend Peter Popoff)

This is my favorite product. Miracle Manna is a square cracker that apparently the Holy Spirit instructed Popoff to make according to Hebrew instructions from the book of Ezekiel. It’s not important at all to note that God’s manna was featured in the book of Exodus, not Ezekiel and no man can reproduce said manna.

The Promise

“Every bite of this heavenly cake you’ll feel empowered and encouraged to move into all God has for you.”

1. Based on the claims from the video, Miracle Manna is cake from heaven that empowers you to do God’s will. Also note that the Holy Spirit instructed Popoff and team to misspell the word “empowered,” which should now be corrected in the dictionary as “empowerd.”
2. According to the testimony from fake people in the video, it also causes people to write large checks to you for reasons unknown.
3. All your dreams will come true.

The Ridiculous

I don’t know if anyone else picked up on this but Miracle Manna and Miracle Spring Water do the same thing….and Peter Popoff has a monopoly on whole business of Miracle products. Apparently he does not utilize the amazing power of the prayer cloths but from what I can see, he doesn’t need them.


Televangelists are class-A crooks. Its not new news. We all know it. But when desperation gets intense people will try anything. If I recall this correctly, the Bible never said that you needed to by something from a “prophet” on TV to receive a miracle. If you really need God to do something in your life, just ask him. And of course never forget that God first calls you to serve HIM, not the other way around. Also remember that God helps those who helps themselves. If you want money…..go get a job.

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19 responses to The Worst Televangelist Product Scams Of All Time

  1. Is it just me, or does the green cloth guy look like a leprechaun?


    • It’s not just you….I am pretty sure he is looking for a pot of gold….or at least a check large enough to buy some gold ;)


  2. And where in the Bible does it say that God helps those who help themselves?


    • It does not appear in the Bible…..but no one said it did either. I suppose you could use a number of passages to say that the Bible infers it.

      Jesus and Paul both tell people that they need to work. Proverbs are pretty serious about lazy people and is just an over all common sense thing, that God has little desire to promote lazy people.

      If you require a deeper answer than that then I’m sure we could take the time to discuss the topic thoroughly.


      • A person suffering a job loss may not always be lazy. Try not to stereotype all of those who go threw a financial misfortune


  3. this really makes me sick!


  4. Such blatant criminals, ripping off those who can least afford to give up their cash. Why do we allow these con artists to ply their trade? Why do we as a nation allow such activity that we know is wrong and criminal. Guys like Tilton, Popoff and others have been proven frauds, been busted and revealed as lying, thieving, crooks, yet despite that, here they are continuing their activities to obtain their ill gotten gain. I guess as long as some people believe in their nonsense there will be a demand for these charlatans. Sad that so many do believe in these disgusting criminals and have no problem parting with their money and giving it to a tv evangelist in hope of a huge cash return or other miracle. Popoff and his “divine transfer” gimmick where money just suddenly appears in your bank account is so absolutely ridiculous you have to wonder how stupid somebody could be to believe such crap.


    • Why so much outrage for these volunteers? Learn the difference between a victim and a volunteer. If they were not so religious these same folk would be paying money to Psychic hotlines and wanting someone to tell them how to get rich quick.
      Here is the common sense way to get wealth: Pray for God to show you what your gift is then work hard using your God-given skills, don’t rack up credit cards and don’t live above your means and by all means save and try to invest then some of your market in a good mutual fund! ……But that is too much like commonsense!


      • Correction: Try to invest in a mutual fund on and not just go out and spend every dollar you have.


      • Why so much outrage for these volunteers? Learn the difference between a victim and a volunteer. If they were not so religious these same folk would be paying money to Psychic hotlines and wanting someone to tell them how to get rich quick.
        Here is the common sense way to get wealth: Pray for God to show you what your gift is then work hard using your God-given skills, don’t rack up credit cards and don’t live above your means and by all means save and try to invest then some of your earnings in a good mutual fund! ……But that is too much like right and commonsense!


  5. My mom falls for this crap.


    • Give your mom scriptures like the one where Jesus said on his cross, PAID in full, not pay in full. Give her Romans 8:32 how God and Jesus FREELY GIVES US ALL THINGS.


  6. I don’t in the least feel sorry for these gullible people who are being scammed. There is a difference between a victim and a volunteer. These blind ignorant sheep are participants therefore volunteers who are enabling these scum bags to get rich off of selling the gospel for a dollar. They and the scam artist deserve each other.


  7. actually, it's kind of fun watch these crooks since it's really a comedy show!


  8. Interesting these infomercials are on late at night when people are half awake or half asleep. Then you wake up in the morning to find out your back account is overdrawn because you planted a 1,000 seed, OUCH. I hope people wake up and see the deceit.


  9. All churches and charities need money to opporate, but many televangelists such as Peter Poppoff are con artists who distort the Bible for their own financial and mutual benefits. Saint Peter warned us about them in 2 Peter 2. Catholic and Orthodox clerics take vows of poverty; yet they do not ask for money through the use of gimmicks.


  10. I called the Christian TV networks that broadcast his “shows” and and voiced my concerns about his promises. Each network’s answer was in a word “so what”. Wow. Is this scam that wide spread that money is more important that minstry truth.


  11. I'm familiar with some of these scam artists; however as far as one needing money, many are working, but cost of living exceeds income – some even work at more than
    one job. ALSO, a number of people can't get jobs – some even with skills as more
    people able to do a certain job than jobs available.


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