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Christ can save some one from the Prosperity Gospel Heresy
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Called Out Joel Osteen and Joyce Meyer
Prosperity Gospel Is the Worst Pyramid Scheme Ever
Who is Michael Dean Murdock?
Michael Dean Murdock (born April 18, 1946 in Lake Charles, Louisiana, United States) is an American televangelist
and pastor of the Wisdom Center ministry based in Haltom City, Texas. Murdock preaches around the
world and is best known for his promotion of prosperity theology. He often preaches with David
Cerullo and Benny Hinn and has also preached with Tammy
Faye Bakker. He hosts the Wisdom Keys with Mike Murdock television
Mike Murdock was born in Lake Charles, Louisiana to J.E. and Willie
Murdock, and has one sister (Deborah Murdock-Johnson) who works for his
In 1964, Murdock graduated from LaGrange High School in Lake Charles.
He attended Southwestern Assemblies of
God University in Waxahachie, Texas, but left after three semesters
in 1966. In 1989, he received an honorary doctorate from International Seminary
In 1966, Murdock married Linda Lormand (married from 1966–1979) and they
adopted a boy, Jason, in 1979. On October 4, 1979 the couple divorced. Linda
Lormand Murdock was given custody of Jason following the divorce. She is said
to have had difficulty providing for the child despite her former husband's
In addition to preaching, Murdock is known for his publications and songs.
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram alleged that
Murdock exaggerates his accomplishments and that he would have written an
average of 300 songs per year based on his claims. The newspaper also reported
that he had registered 76 songs with the American Society
of Composers, Authors and Publishers, according to unofficial data kept on
those groups' Web sites.
In 1973, prior to his divorce, he
established the Mike Murdock Evangelistic Association and began preaching and
fundraising throughout the country.[citation
In 1989, as a pastor on The PTL Club, Murdock gained national attention
during the PTL scandal when he asked viewers to donate to Jim Bakker and Tammy Faye Bakker claiming they helped broken
marriages and people. The PTL later declared bankruptcy and
Bakker went to prison for fraud related to his ministry.[citation
In 1999, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported Murdock refused
interview requests and had previously declined to answer questions about money.
In 2003, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram ran a series about Murdock
giving association (donor-raised) money to select family members who were on
his association's board.
On 3-3-2003, the Associated Press reported Murdock asked followers for money
to help the poor but spent more than 60% of donations on overhead, including
his salary, and only a tiny amount (reported to be "legal minimums of 1%
to 3%") on helping the needy, or any other 'public interest'.
In 2004, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported Murdock "has
started a church and the law allows him to keep his financial records behind
closed doors." In August 2004, the association purchased the International Faith
Center in Haltom City, Texas,
and changed its name to The Wisdom Center, which it operates as a church.
On 3-22-12, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported that Murdock's
home, assessed at $1.5 million, was for sale. The
9,943 sq ft 25-room home with built-in wine cooler located on 6.89 acres at
2010 Whitebridge Rd., Argyle, TX 76226 was first listed for sale on Realtor.com
on 11-29-11 for $3.2 million and then subsequently on 9-4-13 (MLS 12020088) for
According to public records, Murdock also was the owner of 2013 Whitebridge Rd.
Murdock has appeared on TBN, CBN, BET, INSP, WORD, Daystar Television Network and other
television networks, and his weekly television program, Wisdom Keys with Mike
Murdock. Murdock is a Founding Trustee on the Board of International
Charismatic Ministries along with the late Oral Roberts[citation
A "Gospel" that Almost Killed Me? How Christ can save some one from the Prosperity Gospel Heresy
The False Promise of the Prosperity Gospel: Why I Called Out Joel Osteen and Joyce Meyer
Why the Prosperity Gospel Is the Worst Pyramid Scheme Ever
Who is Michael Dean Murdock?
Murdock was one of several televangelists profiled by John Oliver a British comedian on a segment of television program Last Week Tonight with John Oliver that exposed "churches that exploit people’s faith for monetary gain". A clip of Murdock prompting his congregation to applaud the purchase of several private airplanes was featured. 
Poverty-hating Haltom City televangelist Murdock's $1.5 million mansion for sale
03/22/2012Haltom City Cashevangelist Mike Murdock, who asks donors to send him money by assuring them God could possibly, if things go right, reward them with big bucks, is selling his Argyle estate, valued at $1.5 million by the appraisal district.
A quote attributed to Murdock goes like this: “You will never become rich, until you hate poverty.”
His mansion - which includes an indoor fish pond, 3,000-square-foot tennis court, game room, water fall, jetted tub, four media rooms, swimming pool, exercise room, guest quarters and other amenities on 6.89 acres - certainly screams “I have something of an aversion to non-richness.”
Perhaps not surprisingly, Murdock, who goes by the moniker “Dr. Mike Murdock” on television — it’s an honorary degree — is trying to make a little profit on his 9,825-square-foot manor.
Its listed price is $3.2 million. (See video below for a virtual tour.) If you're lucky, he may also toss in a copy of his $10 Twitter tips book.
Murdock’s website for his church, The Wisdom Center, doesn’t indicate where MM may be moving.
Still, consider this, potential homebuyers: Not only do you get a home with five balconies, four gazebos and a sunken fire pit, you’ll be able to show others that they don't have to wait for heavenly rewards.
No matter how you raked in the money.