Get Rich Plans for Christians?

All of us have, at one time or another, heard the spiel that we can make a ton of money without actually having to work for it. What amazes me is the fact that some of these “get rich quick” schemes are successfully targeted to Christians. That makes me seriously wonder about those Christians!

Andy Willoughby advertises a Three Step Plan on a local Christian programming radio station. The pitch is to call a number and the plan for success is revealed via an audio recording. First, you need to purchase a “share” in good ol’ Andy’s business to get started. Then, the same message becomes available to you to “play back” to a prospective caller who dials the toll free number Andy advertises. If you can get that caller to respond with a purchase of a “share” then you get a portion of the $105 dollar “share” fee. Andy gets the rest. It’s a “win-win” for Andy and maybe eventually for you (don’t count on it!), but is this an honest occupation? Is this a legitimate business? Personally, I think it borders on unethical and deceptive business practices, which no true believer of Christ should participate in.

At the same time, we have the umpteenth generation of network marketing products out there whose gambit is always to show you how well the top sellers are doing.  Many little worker bees make a few others very well off and the marketers constantly hold out that dream of driving Mercedes Benz cars (one for you and your wife gets one , too!), relaxing all day at Spas, and all the hedonistic pleasures that a successful person, by the world’s standards, could dream of. And yet….this pitch also gets many naive and/or materialistic minded Christians involved. It is an industry acknowledged fact that 95% of all people fail in this industry! Is this what God wants a Christian to do? I don’t really think a Christian should be in a market that requires you to persuade other people to buy a product that doesn’t fill a need, is far too expensive to purchase, and many times is not regulated by the FDA or other government entities. Can you honestly sell a product you don’t really know contains the stuff it claims to?

One in particular is a product called MonaVie which is marketed as a “miracle” fruit drink. Unfortunately, it costs $45 per .75 liters, which is the size of a normal wine bottle. If you pay $39 up front and become a “distributor” you can get it for $39 a bottle + shipping. Hello!!! This product doesn’t tell you what the concentration of acacia berry is, but you are told it is a blend of 19 fruit juices. So is “Juicy Juice”! Can a Christian really sell a product this expensive to people without any idea what the bottle actually contains? Certainly it has acacia berry juice in it, but it is reconstituted freeze-dried powder. Everyone should know that even freshest processed juice is hardly the equivalent of eating fresh fruit . This is one of those marketing scams that people are claiming cures everything from low libido to cancer. And many gullible and clueless people are being sucked into it for the way it “changes lives”! It most certainly does change lives when people must spend $160 a month (at a minimum) to take the recommended daily dosage. I make very good money and could afford this product with very little sacrifice. But, most people cannot afford to buy a product this overpriced! I told the person pitching this to us that I could not, in good conscience, spend that much on an egalitarian product with no proven record outside of company claims. I would much rather send the money to someone who needs food than try to preserve my own life and health selfishly.

It didn’t help my opinion of the product whatsoever to find out that Rodney Howard-Brown was a “Black Diamond” rep for this company. Ol’ Rodney is not only a big time distributor, but also got his divinity degree from an un-accredited distance learning school. This scam definitely rides abreast the Prosperity Gospel that so many carnal people are attracted to as well as the emotionally charged and experiential false doctrine of the Latter Rain charismatics. Ol’ Rodney is also working for his friend Brig Hart who participates with him in “Market Place Evangelism and is a former AmWay exec. This is all about making money, not about touching lives for Christ!

Get an insider’s story on these MLMs here.

So, what I am doing is simply repeating this “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6:19-21 ESV)

We are to be harvesting souls for Christ, not riches for ourselves. It doesn’t matter how you justify it, if your seek your own life now, that is all you will get – “Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.(John 12:25 ESV)

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3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by memnan on November 13, 2008 at 10:09 am

    Due to a total lack of ambition, I have never heard of these schemes. I don’t think anyone would invite me to participate since some items on the list of my top goals in life include: never to have a reason to use a day planner, a watch, or do anything significant before 1pm…I might have to repent and rethink the watch since the lack there of might lead me to start a project BEFORE it’s actually time, if I shun them altogether.

  2. I’m very happy to know you are not tempted by the allure of get-rich-quick schemes. But, unfortunately, far too many church goers are.

  3. Posted by memnan on November 13, 2008 at 3:51 pm

    With the “change” coming we should all be safe…either, we don’t have any money but, won’t have to work …or we won’t want to make too much because the gov will just take it away and give it to those of us that have no ambition already…*; )

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