Pro$perity Pu$hers: An Oral Report

Welcome to the second edition in my series based on the materialistic and heretical theology known as the “Prosperity Gospel.”

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Joyce Meyer (born Pauline Joyce Hutchison) is a Charismatic Christian author and speaker and president of Joyce Meyer Ministries.  Meyer claims that she was praying while driving to work one morning in 1976 (age 33) when she said she heard God call her name.  She came home later that day from a beauty appointment “full of liquid love” and was “drunk with the Spirit of God” that night while at the local bowling alley.  (I think that’s called “a bender.”)  Within a few years, Meyer was an associate pastor.  In 1985, she resigned as associate pastor and began her own ministry, airing a radio show on six stations from Chicago to Kansas City.  In 1993, her husband Dave suggested they start a TV ministry initially airing on superstation WGN-TV in Chicago and Black Entertainment Television (BET).

A decade later, in 2003, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch published a four-part special report detailing Meyer’s “$10 million corporate jet, her husband’s $107,000 silver-gray Mercedes sedan, her $2 million home and houses worth another $2 million for her four children.”  Some of the more offensive possessions included a “$30,000 malachite round table, a $23,000 marble-topped antique commode, a $6,300 eagle sculpture on a pedestal,” among many other expensive items – all paid for by the ministry. The articles prompted Wall Watchers (a Christian nonprofit watchdog group) to call on the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to investigate Meyer and her family. Joyce Meyer Ministries says it has committed to maintaining transparency in financial dealings, publish their annual reports, and have a Board majority who are not Meyer relatives.

Today, the Joyce Meyer Ministries Board of Directors includes ten members.  Joyce Meyer (President), her husband Dave (V.P.), and their two sons David and Daniel (CEO’s) head the board.  Two other notable members are Dr. Paul Osteen, brother of Prosperity Pusher Joel Osteen, and a woman named Dru Hammer.

zzzzzzzDru Hammer was the corporate secretary and board member of the Armand Hammer Foundation for twenty-two years.  She was born Dru Anne Mobley and is the spouse of Michael Armand Hammer.  Michael is the grandson of industrialist Armand Hammer who is best known for his ties to Occidental Petroleum.  Among Michael Armand Hammer’s business affiliations are several Christian organizations including Oral Roberts University.  Considering that the Hammers are Jewish, these Christian leanings seemed curious until I discovered that Armand Hammer was himself a born-again Christian.

ARMAND HAMMER’S AFTERLIFE – Jo Ann Lewis December 27, 1996

Before he died of bone cancer six years ago, Armand Hammer planned a belated bar mitzvah at the age of 92, a salute not just to his Jewish heritage and a couple of charities, but to himself.  Unfortunately, he died the day before the gala event. The bar mitzvah went on as planned, however — but his friends got a shock at the funeral two days later. As jaws dropped around the room, a born-again pastor stood up and announced that on his deathbed Hammer had renounced his newly embraced Jewish heritage. Not only that, he’d “accepted Jesus Christ as his savior.”

This Washington Post article from 1996 goes on to elucidate that the fortune built by the late oil millionaire and philanthropist, once dedicated to the arts, cancer research, and world peace is now being used to support the evangelical Christian causes of Hammer’s grandson Michael, who controls the estate.  Among these causes are Jews for Jesus and the evangelistic foundation set up by Michael’s father-in-law Douglas L. Mobley, a former banker turned lay preacher.  Not surprisingly, Mobley was the afore-mentioned born-again pastor who announced Armand Hammer’s deathbed conversion.  Hilary Gibson, Hammer’s former mistress and confidante of 18 years responded, “Believe me, Armand Hammer never believed in anything but himself.”

Since the marriage, (Douglas) Mobley and his daughter have had a powerful influence on Michael, though Michael calls it something else: “I wouldn’t say I was influenced. But Dru sure opened my eyes,” Michael said in a phone interview from the Cayman Islands, where he and Dru and their two young sons have moved to a seaside condo with seven unlisted phone numbers (according to directory assistance). Hammer is said by relatives to be building a large house, but he would not confirm this, saying it was “personal.”

Michael stated that their family moved to Grand Cayman because, “It’s a wholesome place to raise children, and I just couldn’t find that in the states.”  I suppose Michael has never taken a drive through the Bible belt.  One of the two young sons referred to in the article, Armie Hammer, would go on to become a prominent actor in Hollywood, the LEAST wholesome place in the states.

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Dru opened his eyes alright. In the event of Michael Hammers death, Dru Hammer will take over management of the estate, including the Armand Hammer Foundation, of which she is already secretary and chief financial officer.  Dru Hammer also helms the Hammered Heart Foundation.  Of course, it is (501c3) tax-exempt.

zzzzzzzzThe Hammered Heart website is so devoid of content it could have been slapped together in a matter of hours.  The homepage consists of the logo and a bible verse.  Under the “my story” heading, Dru Hammer shares the tale (on a single page) of a visit to Israel during which she “looked down and saw this stone in the shape of a heart that looked like a jeweler had hammered.”   From what I can surmise, the Hammered Heart Foundation’s sole purpose is to sell jewelry and funnel the proceeds to other organizations.  For a modest donation of $1325.00, you can get your own gold heart.  Or “contact us for pricing” for a special solid white gold heart.

This fundraising scheme would be all well and good if Hammered Hearts partnering ministries were documented as accountable and transparent in their financial dealings.  CharityNavigator.org is the nation’s largest and most-utilized evaluator of charities but Hammered Hearts is not rated on the site.  And this is how Hammered Hearts trusted partners stacked up:

  • Childhelp                                              (financial rating – 2 out of 4 stars)
  • Upper Room                                           Not Rated
  • DreamCenter                                         Not Rated
  • Joyce Meyer Ministries                    Not Rated

The Hammer Family is directly involved with the last three names on that list.

Strange Relations

According to Ethnicelebs.com, Dru Hammer’s mother’s name was Donna Kaufman.  That didn’t take long, did it?

Kaufman Name Meaning. Respelling of German and Jewish (Ashkenazic)Kaufmann. Jewish (Ashkenazic): from the personal name Kaufman, Yiddish koyfman, meaning ‘merchant‘.

Her grandfather William Kaufman was born in St. Louis, Missouri, same as Joyce Meyer.  Dru’s 2g-grandfather William Mobley married a woman named Frances Moyer.  Moyer is an Americanized form of the German name Meyer.  Joyce Meyer’s birth name was Hutchison but there are no records to confirm this (she is another product of the petri dish.)

In 1936, Dru Hammer’s father Douglas Mobley was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  Twenty-seven years later Oral Roberts University was founded in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  In 2013, the Oral Roberts University-Armand Hammer student center was constructed and completed.

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All we need now is a direct relationship between Douglas Mobley and Oral Roberts and the Meyer-Mobley-Hammer-Roberts connection will be complete.

Oral Roberts daughter, 5 others die

Vern Stefanic  Feb 11, 1977

Federal officials said Saturday they still could not determine the cause of an airplane crash which killed six persons — including the older daughter of Tulsa evangelist Oral Roberts — Friday in south central Kansas.  Marshall E. Nash, 38, a Tulsa banker and investor, and his wife, the former Rebecca Roberts, 37, were among those killed when a twin-engine plane crashed in a wheat field south of Anthony, Kansas.

Experts from the Federal Aviation Administration office in Washington, D.C., are expected to arrive in Kansas Sunday to investigate the crash. They said it may be several days before a cause is known.

At this point I decided to head over to the National Transportation Safety Board website (www.ntsb.gov) to view the details included in the FAA’s report.

zzzzzzzzzzzzDespite the death of the daughter of Oral Roberts and two prominent Oklahoma bankers, no report is on file.  The ace reporter at the scene said that “a farmer” heard the plane go into “a power dive,” and “the sheriff’s office” reported that the pilot’s body was still strapped in the main part of the wrecked fuselage.  No photos of the scene are available.  C’mon, even Jimmy Olsen would remember to bring his camera along for a story.

zzzzzzzzzzzzzRebecca Roberts’ husband Marshall Nash was vice chairman and a major shareholder in Tulsa’s Bank of Commerce and had banking interests in Prague and Langley.  Nash and Douglas L. Mobley, longtime partners, sold First State Bank of Stroud last year after owning it since 1974.

Cha-ching!  Oral Roberts son-in-law was longtime partners with the father of Dru Mobley-Hammer.  The “plane crash” happened in 1977.  Dru and Michael Armand Hammer would marry eight years later.  Armand Hammer died in 1990 with Douglas Mobley by his side, and his estate fell under the control of Dru (Michael Armand Hammer appears to be a pawn in this game) who diverted funds through the Cayman Islands to and from Oral Roberts University among other “Christian” organizations.  It’s mentioned earlier that Douglas Mobley is a former banker turned lay preacher.  Those professions are mutually exclusive or should be.

In the Beginning

Granville Oral Roberts (1918 – 2009) pioneered televangelism and laid the foundations of the prosperity gospel and abundant life teachings.  His widely publicized funding appeals made him a consistent subject of contention among critics and supporters.  According to an interview on Larry King Live, Roberts was of Cherokee descent.  That’s all Wikipedia (and Larry King) wants you to think is important about Oral Roberts family history.  They also want you to believe that he began life in poverty and nearly died of tuberculosis at age 17.  In 1938, he married a “preacher’s daughter,” Evelyn Lutman Fahnestock.  That’s also misdirection.  They are trying to deflect you from the name Lutman to Fahnestock, which was the name of Evelyn’s step-father.
zzzzzzzzzzzzzzEvelyn Lutman’s paternal grandfather’s name was Ira Lutman, son of Samuel Lutman and Elizabeth Miller.  As usual, whenever I encounter the name Miller in genealogy, the trail immediately becomes so entangled in thickets, forward progress becomes impossible.  The Lutman surname though is traceable for nine generations back to Germany where a Lutman married the granddaughter of a Beatrix Zimmerman.

Evelyn’s paternal grandmother was a Wickliffe, and this maternal line is scrubbed as well.  So, both maternal lines on her father’s side terminate in the mid-1800s.  The Wickliffe lines lead to Bishops, Greens, and Turners.  On the maternal side, one of Evelyn’s gg-grandmothers was a Stewart.  These Stewarts married Rices who married Kings.  Evelyn Lutman Roberts died at the age of 88.

Wikipedia tells us that 1947 was a turning point for Oral Roberts.  Up until that time, Roberts struggled as a part-time preacher in Oklahoma.  At the age of 29, Roberts resigned his pastoral ministry to found Oral Roberts Evangelistic Association (OREA).  He conducted evangelistic and faith healing crusades across the United States and around the world, claiming he could raise the dead.  In November 1947, Roberts started Healing Waters, a monthly magazine to promote his meetings.  That these events coincide with the formation of the CIA must be a mere chance since according to Oral Roberts own account a Bible fell open, he bought a Buick, and God appeared, directing him to heal the sick.

In 1977, Roberts claimed to have had a vision from a 900-foot-tall Jesus.  Some accounts report 888 feet.  In 1983 Roberts said Jesus had appeared to him in person and commissioned him to find a cure for cancer.  Through massive fundraising no doubt.  In 1987, during a fundraising drive, Roberts tearfully announced to a television audience that unless he raised $8 million by that March, God would “call him home.”  Throughout all his travails, Roberts maintained his love of finery and continued to wear his Italian silk suits, diamond rings, and gold bracelets.  These accouterments were reportedly airbrushed out by his staff on publicity pictures.  What couldn’t be airbrushed was the resignation of Richard Roberts (Oral’s son) from the presidency of ORU in 2007 after being named as a defendant in a lawsuit alleging improper use of university funds.

zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzAs the story goes, an unnamed student at ORU happened to come into the possession of documents that would prove scandalous.  At some point in the ensuing months (months!?!), he examined the CD’s contents and shared them with the department chair.  The following excerpt is from a 2007 Newsweek.com article.

What emerged was a portrait of an extravagant lifestyle primarily underwritten by university funds: a private jet often used for personal travel, including a senior trip to Orlando for one of the Roberts girls; shopping binges by Roberts’s wife, Lindsay, that totaled tens of thousands of dollars; 11 renovations in 14 years to the Roberts home on campus, and a stable of horses for the kids. More disturbingly, the reports included suggestions of sexual improprieties by Lindsay with underage young men. She allegedly spent the night with an underage male at a university guest house on nine occasions and repeatedly drove around with and sent text messages to underage boys late at night, far past the citywide curfew.

It should be apparent to everyone that none of the people profiled in this article are Christians.  Not because they are Jewish, but because they are greedy; lacking good judgment and morals.  In fact, they are so much the opposite of what a Christian should be that I’m inclined to conclude that they are all fronts for government projects which are designed not to destroy Christianity but to blackwash it.  Something that has been going on for a very long time.

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10 thoughts on “Pro$perity Pu$hers: An Oral Report

  1. Kevin, the essential element that allows all of these charlatans to prosper is a significant portion of the population that is extremely gullible. I see it at work in other areas, notably this morning in the Annapolis hoax.

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    1. Yeah, it’s pathetic. I’m coming to the conclusion that the prevalent dependence on pharmaceuticals is a major factor. Unpleasant emotions are now considered unnatural and to be avoided at all costs. And what’s more unpleasant than the discovery that you your “reality” has been a deception to keep you an indentured servant.

      We truly are living in the zombie apocalypse.

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      1. K, I am preparing to read your new article, but am replying to your comment above beforehand. You mentioned “prevalent dependence on pharmaceuticals”. I think this is a good time to add a link to Clint’s latest Reality Blog article, published yesterday. I have just read the beginning, but there are dozens of advertisements and pictures that show that each generation has been drugged. Very enlightening. I plan to read the “meat” of the article later today. Here is the link. I hope everyone will, at the very least, take a look at the old advertisements to understand what has been going on for a very long time.
        https://realitybloger.wordpress.com/2018/06/28/doctors-good-actors-and-spokesmodels-for-very-bad-drugs-and-vaccines/

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        1. Thanks for the great link Annette. Clint is leading the charge against vaccines and big pharma. I wanted to pick just one advertisement to attach here, but there are too many jaw-droppers.

          I loved this line, “The FDA is like a rancher controlling the drug and food intake of its cattle to assure proper yield and desirable traits and effects in the whole herd, slowly perfecting the process through a system of controlled trial and error of different drugs.”

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  2. K, once again, great article! I always cringe at the name “Oral” Roberts
    I have a neighbor that recently commented to me that she really enjoyed watching Joel Osteen sermons. My mouth gaped and I had to reply that IMO, he was not a man preaching the word of god and I hated his smarmy face. She wasn’t too pleased with my honesty.

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  3. I feel so very blessed to have been born before the age of these charlatans. I had a wonderful childhood. I grew up in a small suburb of Houston, in the 50’s, with very loving parents and a younger sister. I grew up in a neighborhood full of kids my own age and we went to school together, rode our bikes everywhere, had little clubs, played “cowboys and indians” and rode around on (popular at the time)” stick horses. It was such an innocent time and we had no fear of being hurt by some pervert (didn’t know the word pervert at the time). The only caution I can remember from my parents is “don’t take candy from strangers” and I didn’t even understand that it was a caution. Parents had to come outside in the evenings and call out to us to come home because we were having so much fun outside we ignored the fact that it was getting dark.

    I also grew up Christian. A small neighborhood Independent Baptist Church that my parents and many of their friends helped build. It was full of love and fellowship and Vacation Bible School in the summer and “dinner on the ground” several times a year. My father, who loved to sing, was song leader, my mother taught Sunday School to the youngsters every Sunday morning before the main sermon. We attended every Sunday morning, Sunday night and Wednesday night “prayer meetings”.

    These days my faith is almost non-existent, but with such a strong foundation, a small amount of it will always be with me.

    I feel so very sorry for people raised on “prosperity gospel”. In my opinion it is a 360 degree turn away from “god” and the foundation of Christianity that I was raised on.

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