Pay to pray

The Walrus - - LETTERS -

I found the No­vem­ber is­sue’s cover im­age, de­pict­ing a som­bre Je­sus fig­ure in front of north­ern lights, very haunt­ing. The illustration is fit­ting for Joel Barde’s in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the New Apos­tolic Re­for­ma­tion (“Sec­ond Com­ing”), an evan­gel­i­cal move­ment that has found sub­stan­tial sup­port among Indige­nous com­mu­ni­ties in Man­i­toba and the North. This re­li­gious group — some mem­bers of which teach their fol­low­ers that God will lift them out of poverty if they give money to their church — seems to be part of his­tory re­peat­ing it­self: it isn’t the first time Chris­tian evan­gel­i­cal lead­ers have “saved” believ­ers while tak­ing their money. “Our tithes are go­ing up, and our bless­ings are com­ing down!” said one NAR leader quoted in Barde’s ar­ti­cle. It’s in­fu­ri­at­ing and sad­den­ing to see such ma­nip­u­la­tion from an or­ga­ni­za­tion that op­er­ates un­der the guise of Chris­tian­ity.

Pa­tri­cia Whit­field

Oril­lia, ON

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