Transformation Church’s Lead Pastor Michael Todd is known for crowd surfing during his church’s worship service and spending a lot of money. In the last two years he’s given away $3,500,000 in houses, cash, and cars, spent $65,000 to buy 168 pairs of shoes, gave $600,000 away in “reparations” and purchased a real estate complex for over $20,000,000, and then another for $35,000,000. Fresh off a raft of criticism after he rubbed spit and snot in a man’s face for a sermon Illustration’, he’s also known for being the most ‘dripped out’ pastor of them all, frequently wearing insanely expensive clothing.
Todd, who joined the church as the sound guy and became the lead pastor 4 years later in 2015, has grown the church from 300 congregants to nearly 5000 over a six-year period. This month, he launched his ‘Mo money, mo purpose’ series, where he’s giving away $1,000,000 dollars in 30 days. In fact, during one of the services, he gave the versace sneakers off his own feet to a congregant.
Mike Todd is a big proponent of Robert Morris’ book “The Blessed Life” which is about as straight-up bible twistingly money-grubbing as it can get. He’s taught it to his church years ago, as a poor mid-20-year-old, and now is wearing a $20,000 Rolex and $2000 shoes years after they got the buy-in. He references it multiple times in this sermon, explaining how Morris’s program changed his life.
This whole message of the service is that the more money you give God, the more he will bless you with and give you a purpose, which will then inspire you to give more money to God. And by ‘give to God’ he means give massive seed offerings to him and his church. He says that people should not believe in the poverty gospel, or the prosperity gospel, but rather the “purpose gospel” which sounds suspiciously similar to the former.
The purpose gospel is little more than the prosperity gospel with better rhetoric, and the fact that Todd is promoting and teaching it should surprise no one.
h/t to iThink Biblically