Peter Popoff – A Con-artist, Twisting God’s Word For Gain

Twisting God’s Word For Gain – Christians Continue To Give Money To Con Men

Peter Popoff has been preaching about God and money for decades.

His shows that he pays BET and other cable and TV channels to appear on are non-stop crusades about spirituality and overcoming addictions, but most of all, they’re about helping people erase mountains of debt.

“I’m telling you that God teaches in His word that He wants to cancel, erase, wipe out, obliterate your debt,” Popoff says in a video ad.

Popoff claims he has delivered miracles to hundreds of thousands of people supernaturally.

He sends his followers tons of mail, including small vials of “miracle spring water” and debt cancellation kits, then asks his viewers to send small donations. In return, Popoff promises — as a messenger of God — to heal and unlock the secrets of financial security and wipe out all debt.

“Fundamentally, he’s just a con man,” said Ole Anthony, president of Trinity Foundation, a Dallas-based watchdog group that investigates fraud in religious ministries, including televangelism. “Supernatural debt cancellation or debt cancellation is just hogwash. There’s no spiritual justification or biblical justification for any of the things that they do.”

The Trinity Foundation has been monitoring Peter Popoff Ministries for years.

Volunteers watch hours of his TV shows and they sift though massive amounts of mailings that Popoff sends to his followers, soliciting donations while promising miracles.

Janet Morgano of Boynton Beach, Fla., described herself as a desperate, former follower of Popoff.

A single mother of two, Morgano had been injured in a car accident, living paycheck to paycheck and struggling to make ends meet.

She began sending Popoff money, hoping it would help turn her life around.

“In the beginning it was for $20, $28, $30, but three or four months ago, he asked for $1,001,” Morgano said.

After sending Popoff about $300 to $400, Morgano, who describes herself as a religious, giving person, eventually felt scammed by his ministry.

“I felt foolish, I felt betrayed, I was very upset,” Morgano said.

Popoff’s ministry, which is based out of offices in the city of Upland, has been under fire for years.

In 1986, well-known magician and skeptic James Randi made an appearance on the Tonight Show telling Johnny Carson that Peter Popoff was a fraud who during revival meetings revealed personal information about his followers that he claimed was conveyed by God. Instead, it was fed to him by his wife by way of a hidden radio transmitter.

Popoff later admitted he used the wireless device. A year later, he filed for bankruptcy.

These days, Randi makes appearances talking to audiences about Popoff.

“He’s wearing a hearing aid in his left ear,” Randi said. “Now, this is a guy that is supposed to be healing the deaf.”

Randi said Popoff is still preying on people who are the most desperate.

“People don’t learn, they don’t listen, they’re very prejudiced in favor of believing anything that comes their way that sounds reasonable to them,” Randi said.

According to the most recent IRS documents released by Charity Navigator, Popoff’s Ministry took in more than $23.5 million in 2005.

Popoff’s compensation was $628,732. His wife and children also received compensation, more than $550,000 combined.

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8 Responses

  1. Michael says:

    Using the original cancellation of sin and all its simplicities ( The True ) to create more sin in the form of (Absolute Disception) because of subjective experiences and word-play is Satan’s tactics…the original sin. False “born-again experiences” support this,ie I met Jesus one evening , I saw a light burning,I fell to my knees and asked him into my life…please note no repentance. Satan can only be defeated when we renounce and hate sin…deception,lies,falseness and baseness…our own fleshy desires…period.

  2. sylesa says:

    I am truly disgusted by these wolves that make merchandise of gullable people! If people would with a sincere heart seek to know God thru His Word, they would recognized all the Popoffs of the world a mile away!

    These are truly evil men that use people in this way for their own gain.

    No wonder the way of truth is reviled!

  3. Paolo says:

    Last Sunday when I went to Rhema church in Randburg, I have been served with a flyer(where is J.A.B.S.) asking me to fill my church membership details at church’s website.But there is a small image in the upper right corner of the flyer that quite disturbs me:two supermen.Can one try to analyse it and explain what can be the reason the image finds itself there?
    It is a pity that I can’t upload images here.
    (Is there a way for me to upload images when writing a comment on this forum?)

  4. Wild Eagle says:

    They always promise you you’re miracle is “just around the corner!” if only you’ll give another seventeen-dollar offering. And you must get it posted by nine a.m. tomorrow morning or the “anointing” will fizzle out and turn into a flat Coke. I don’t remember Jesus selling His healing in return for “your best offering” the more I gave to these creeps the poorer we got. Proverbs 22:16 warns you not to give to rich men or you’ll fall into deep poverty. Wonder why they never preach on that one!

  5. Paolo

    Can you scan the image and email it to me?

  6. Amy says:

    It takes an idiot to con another, equally so, the person who believes the con is deserving of it for not doing their research and practicing discernment. Heck, people buy into con men everyday, who are our political leaders. Same formula at work. People who don’t do their research but believe the lies about Hope & Change!!!

  7. terri says:

    I have just received some of his ‘miracle water’ and 3 requests for money, to help solve my ‘debt’ problems that he has messages from god ( i havent got debt problems). This man is sick and should be stopped trying to take advantage of people in need – this is out and out fraud . This man works for SATAN

  8. Sharon says:

    2Peter 2:3 And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.

    2Timothy 3:6 For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,

    This Wolf is just the type of the verses above. Why is it that their usual “victims” are women! Come on girls… …read the Word, love the Word, know the Word.

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