I.V. Hilliard (pictured) the millionaire pastor of the New Light megachrch in Texas has asked church members for $52 “favor seeds” to upgrade his helicopter.
In his response to the barrage of criticisms, he pointed out however that: "There are no bogus claims, prophecies or guarantees promising the donor will receive their dream mode of transportation in 52 days or 52 weeks. The donor is encouraged to use their faith as the Scripture teaches to expect to receive the blessing of favor as a result of their giving."
From the report at the first link below:
This shameless begging for money based on twisted use of Bible Scripture is a basic and routine part of the Prosperity Gospel, also known as the Word of Faith Movement, Health and Wealth or “name it and claim it” doctrine.
I.V. Hilliard and his wife Pastor Pastor Bridget Hilliard
“And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.” – Matthew 24:11.
The basic premise of this false teaching is that Christians, by virtue of being believers in Jesus Christ are entitled to massive amounts of wealth, fame, beauty and worldly influence and just need to perform the proper actions to unlock and release these earthly blessings.
Normally the “release” is achieved by “sowing a seed of faith” – which is sending money to the pastor, and then “claiming their breakthrough” which is the belief that by uttering the proper words, God will then be “activated” to send a blessing to the donor.
But is this what the Bible teaches? Is this a true Christian doctrine? A brief study of Scripture will show the answer is emphatically, NO.