Chris Coleman was Joyce Meyers' Chief of Security. His actual job description has not been released, but it did involve travelling with her. He resigned shortly before his arrest for the murder of his wife and sons, and violation of a morals clause has been cited as the reason. Because of this, people have been voicing their opinions of televangelists in general, and this one in particular, at several sites connected with the murders. Discussions have become somewhat heated. The lady has her detractors and her defenders. A lot has been made of a supposed purchase of a $23K toilet. This has turned out, according to Wikipedia, to be a misunderstanding. The word used was, apparently, "commode," which, while being used as a euphemism for "toilet," could (and in this case, does) also refer to a piece of furniture. A "commode" is a large unit--sort of combination of hutch and wardrobe. The confusion comes from the days of chamber pots, which were often kept in the commode.
But, I digress...
The fact remains that the woman lives very well from the proceeds of her Ministries. Here is a listing for a property reportedly owned by her, that she is currently trying to sell (no doubt so that she can use the equity to further her dissemination of The Word). Now, I ask you. Would the Jesus we learned about in Sunday School have approved of this sort of lifestyle?
Robert Heinlein, whose book, "Stranger in a Strange Land," was, in part, an exploration of up-market religious salesmanship, had a few pithy things to say:
The profession of shaman has many advantages. It offers high status with a safe livelihood free of work in the dreary, sweaty sense. In most societies it offers legal privileges and immunities not granted to other men. But it is hard to see how a man who has been given a mandate from on High to spread tidings of joy to all mankind can be seriously interested in taking up a collection to pay his salary; it causes one to suspect that the shaman is on the moral level of any other con man. But it is a lovely work if you can stomach it. [Lazarus Long, _Time enough for Love_, by Robert Heinlein]
The most ridiculous concept ever perpetrated by H.Sapiens is that the Lord God of Creation, Shaper and Ruler of the Universes, wants the saccharine adoration of his creations, that he can be persuaded by their prayers, and becomes petulant if he does not receive this flattery. Yet this ridiculous notion, without one real shred of evidence to bolster it, has gone on to found one of the oldest, largest and least productive industries in history. [Robert Heinlein]
I am not "against" religion, as long as nobody tries to make me believe in it. I understand it as a means to impose some sort of order on the Universe. Chaos is a very difficult idea to accept. We want to believe that Somebody is "in charge." And, who knows? Maybe Somebody is.
I am not convinced.