Recently a prominent televangelist had a guest on his program who claimed an "anointed prophetic vision" for 2013.
He promised visible miracles, wealth, and favor.
And he said this would all be available for those who sent a 'love gift' of $300. He could see a businessman picking up the phone to make an investment in his business, and a woman making the call to save her health.
The amount was divinely inspired...the '3' is a holy number, and the hundreds stood for...well, something. Perhaps the number of Spartans who died at Thermopylae, for all I know.
This sort of thing is so far from Jesus Christ that it beggars the imagination. Nowhere in the Gospels does Jesus get paid; indeed, He tells His disciples, at one pint, to get out on the road without anything but the clothes on their backs.
He tells a rich young man to sell everything he owns and give it to the poor before following Him.
And what does He promise? Earthly persecution, and eternal life. Not a better bottom line.
With pious phonies like that running their mouths in public, it's no wonder that a large proportion of the population are mistrustful of Christians. They claim to be anointed by God - and they subvert everything Jesus said. And for the most part, they've got the microphone.