Saint Matthew’s “Churches” Faith Seed Scam


It’s not just televangelists that are scamming old ladies with faith seed promises. Now churches that don’t exist are getting in on the fun.

Today I received a strangely decorated letter, covered in text and underlined words. It was made to look like a personal friend wrote on the envelope but it just looks someone puked random Bible verses and slogans on the envelope.

 

 


So what’s the scam?


According to the letter the recipient is supposed to kneel on the prayer “rug” and then fill out the prayer needs list. After that, the prayer rug printout needs to be returned to Saint Matthew Churches. They also urge you to follow further steps after you mail in the rug. According to the letter, the rug has been blessed for two people and it must be used and returned within 24 hours. Apparently, God’s blessings only work on bankers hours and they expire quickly. Strangely, they inform the reader that they must return the prayer rug poster as soon as possible so that it can be sent to another person who is “in need” of the poster, as if they couldn’t just print another one.

If this was the only instruction in the mailer then it could be passed off as harmless. However, that is not all that came in the mailer package.

Throughout the rest of the package there are faith seed testimonials, repeated instructions, and misused Bible verses to convince the recipient to follow more instructions. When the recipient fills out the “prayer request” letter there is a small section to fill in a faith seed amount. The entirety of the package is a large gimmick to get people to follow these instructions, in hopes that the recipient will send in a donation.

The gimmick is so crudely constructed that even a new believer could tell that the scriptures were being used out of context. The back side of the prayer rug has three verses listed to steer the reader into obedience.

…I will make all my goodness pass before thee… (Exodus 33:19 [KJV])

If you know these things, you are blessed if you do them. (John 13:17 [NRSVA])

Those who listen to instructions will prosper (Proverbs 16:20 [NLT])

The most peculiar thing about the 3 verses is that the scripture verse and translation are listed below each passage and they are all from different bible translations and they each use a different font….. strange. Why is St. John 13:17 in italics but not the others? Why is the first verse in Gothic font but the others in serif? It just looks unplanned.

Saint Matthews Churches God is Speaking to You


Who’s Behind the Faith Seed Scam?


If you want to know if a religious organization is a scam or a hoax, the best method is looking at it’s founder(s). In this case, the founder is a man that goes by the name Rev. James Eugene Ewing, which is sad because he doesn’t even need to call himself “Rev.” since there is no real church building. It’s just a PO box in Tulsa (PO Box 21210 Tulsa, OK 74121).


Who is Rev. James Eugene Ewing?


Rev. James Eugene Ewing lives in Beverly Hills California, where he lives a life of luxury off the back of some of the world’s poorest believers. His actual business is listed as “Church by Mail Inc.”. Before starting his long journey scamming people through the mail, he had a career writing fundraising letters for Oral Roberts. You heard that right folks. All of these scam artists and TV preachers run around in the same tight circles together. They have fake degreesluxurious mansions, and fake ministries. Despite the size of Oral Roberts University, it was still founded and run by scam artists and crooks. Luckily, today new faces have tried to turn ORU into a reputable school, with at least minor success.

Ewing’s business, Church by Mail Inc. struggled initially to get legal status, but eventually got it in 1992. Some of the court documents and legal proceedings can be found on the following website –> law.justia.com. The court’s initial complaints with the organization can be summed up in the following sentence from the documents.

Finally, the potential for abuse created by the ministers’ control of the Church requires open and candid disclosure of facts bearing upon the exemption application. (Source)

The organization also had a few other scoundrels in the mix, who are listed in the court documents.

Church By Mail, Inc. was incorporated under the laws of Oklahoma on November 28, 1978. The Church’s primary activity has been the preparation, printing and mailing of various religious messages, most of which include a request for money. The Church is run by Reverend Ewing and Reverend McElrath. The Church also employs Reverend O.D. Snyder, Reverend D.R. Luce and Brenda Ewing. (Source)

For more on the background of Ewing the his various organizations I highly recommend reading this report from tulsaworld.com. Alternatively, you can peruse Ewing’s own website http://www.jameseugeneewing.com. You will find that before he was a scam by mail artist, he was a scam by revival artist.

Rev James Eugene Ewing
Fooling people out of their money since the 50’s

Final Thoughts


Like the goofy people in Kenya trying to convince you that you have a wealthy relative that just bequeathed you a million dollars, these scams only continue because whoever is scamming people is actually making money. This organization makes roughly 6 million dollars in a single month. (Source) Clearly, they have every incentive to continue with evil behavior.

The only way to make these crooks go away is to stop giving them money. Spread the news about these guys.


Document collection from mailer


For more information on this group, read what other’s have already posted.

BBB – http://kcbbb.blogspot.com/2010/01/st-matthews-churches-church-or-scam.html

iamforsure – http://www.iamforsure.com/False%20Teachers/EwingJames/EwingMain.html

James Eugene Ewing – Official web site – Biography of James Eugene Ewing

St. Matthew’s Churches – Official web site

St. Matthew’s Cathedral – Official Church web site


 

23 thoughts on “Saint Matthew’s “Churches” Faith Seed Scam”

  1. I just received this yesterday March 23rd 2021, and sadly I almost believed it, I filled out paper work and even was about to donate money and prayed on the rug and something just didn’t feel right , before I sent it back this morning something urged me to look into it more and I googled the church and found all these scam warnings… I am so glad I didn’t fall for this completely and I hope that God will forgive me for even almost believeing in this nonsense. It’s sad people prey on individuals this way , because I am trying to strengthen my faith and walk more with Jesus this almost persuaded me because I am desperate for the love and acceptance of God and would do anything for him and this almost tricked me . Luckily I was able to come to my sense and the veil over my eyes was uncovered. Thank you Jesus !

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  2. I was about send money BUT I feel that idolatry images
    Don’t go Whit bible so who ever is behind this got to repent jesus christ is not a purpose to make money.
    God bless those who use the word of God … jesus is coming very soon……😔

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  3. It is March 12th, 2021 and I received a letter from St. Matthew’s Church. This is the first time I have ever received something like this. I was taken aback by the strangeness of the content, but knowing my scripture pretty well, I knew I did bot need some idolatrous image of Jesus to have my prayers answered. Anyhow, I appreciate this article, and I pray God’s blessing over you for shining the light on the darkness and exposing the wolves in sheep’s clothing brother.

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  4. i once sent ST MATTHEWS CHURCH fifty cents in change because it was all I had the time, they sent the change back to me, what kind of church is that ??

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  5. My Name is Denise….Saint Matthew Church has been sending me words thru mail…and yes …i did forwarded them my seed…for bout 2 months…no MATTER what those bad people’s have done…God knows my heart and my husbands….their intentions were pure evil…God said in His word…He will turn evil into goodness for us…and He did exactly what He promised….we were blessed anyways…Amen

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    • So God can’t punish this person for running scam for so many years? Yet we are talking about horrible gays transgender etc. It is almost as if god does not exists ? or may be god does not care?

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  6. Vickie need Jesus now I am here for you praying 🙏 forgiveness 👂 and healing my body and healing my mind and eyes 👀 and saved me Jesus Tuesday save forgiveness myself healing and praying forgiveness and saved me.

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  7. Vickie need Jesus now I am here for you praying 🙏 forgiveness brings to Christ Jesus saves time you praying 🙏 day you praying and healing my eyes 👀 and healing my mind body and praying 🙏 good day on Tuesday at 🕚 time for healing my heart ❤️ ears 👂 healings here now

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  8. What is interesting about this is, they turned around and sent me a book called The Seed Principle. This book is pretty accurate, except GOD DIRECTS where the Seed should be planted, NOT MEN! Thank you for the Truth.

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  9. I used to get these things about 10 or 12 years ago and didn’t respond so they just stopped. Now about a week ago another one showed up (I have moved twice since I received the initial letters). I have always wanted to try an old gag I heard about years ago with their postage paid envelopes…gather up a box of rocks and attach the envelope to the box. Not sure if it would work but it would sure be funny to take some wind out of “Genes” sails.

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    • Vickie need Jesus now I am here for you praying 🙏 healing my eye 👁 now and Richead need Jesus to come on his house 🏠 today healing my body and healing my eyes 👀

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  10. Vickie noel here I am I need Jesus now I am here for you praying 🙏 for my eye 👁 is to bind you praying 🙏 for my eye 👁 healing and Tuesday am 🕙 on
    Hospital 🏥 day for healing

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  11. I’ve been asking the Lord if He would send me a letter from St. Matthews Churches, so I could send them my best “seed gift”…a packet of mustard seeds. Today, I got a letter in the mail from St. Matthews Churches after several years with no letters. Jesus is awesome!

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    • LOL, If the envelope comes with free postage I would send a whole crate of seeds and make them pay for the shipping.

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