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False Preacher: Peter Popoff by ArtNGame215 False Preacher: Peter Popoff by ArtNGame215
False healer. Scam-artist. Con-man. Charlatan. Scum bag. These descriptions are what me and others think of when they think of the Reverend Peter Popoff. Who has been scamming people for quite some time, using fake miracles, lies, silly “anointed” trinkets, and living rich off of his followers. He even LOOKS like he could pass for a used car salesman! Here’s a little history on Peter Popoff.

Peter Popoff is a televangelist who first became popular in the 1970’s through radio then went to TV in the 1980s. He preached on prosperity, sold books, appeared to have healed people after he called out their names, addresses and sickness they had during his crusades and lay his hands on the sick, thanks to communication with God. And he sold trinkets such as prayer handkerchiefs, through his mail orders, claiming one could be healed by them because they were a point of contact from God Himself. Popoff also claimed to have sent Bibles to Communist countries in Eastern Europe, using balloons. (No real evidence of this though) Popoff seemed legit to his followers. It appeared God was actually supernaturally or divinely communicating with Popoff at the time to go directly to certain people to heal them. How was Popoff able to do this? A man who was able to hear directly from God? It seemed too good to be true. Which it was.

Famous skeptic and magician James Randi knew something was up. So he and a friend went to one of Popoff’s crusades, set up a radio transmitter and they could actually hear who was really talking to Peter Popoff : through an earpiece, his wife Elizabeth. She gave the information of people who needed help to her husband by reading through the prayer cards they had received through their followers. And even made sure she read the cards in a certain order. For the full details on the whole story check here: [link]

To make the story short James Randi then went on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson in 1987 and blew Popoff’s scam wide open for millions of Americans to see. The audience cheered. Popoff then declared bankruptcy. Or more like go into hiding really since most people knew who he was and he was still rich.

I think this is how scammer preachers like this work. They get caught, exposed big time, they go into hiding for several years. Then when it seems they are forgotten by almost everyone, it’s time to try the tricks again. But with a new audience. In this case, African Americans struggling. Because apparently most of them are not aware of Popoff’s past,even though most of the audience looks old enough to remember that they should know how Popoff and other infamous televangelists during the 1980s and early 1990s got exposed and disgraced. Maybe they didn’t have a TV set at the time to know what was going on? Or their mind was on other things?

Popoff now appears late night on channels such as Black Entertainment Television, at about 4 a.m. or so. And he’s still doing his tricks. Deceiving people who need help. Giving them false hope. Or at least using actors it appears to trick people such as them being healed or getting checks in the mail. Sometimes there’s even a long board covered filled with crutches, wheelchairs and other things people used to have that held them down and Popoff shows off these things as though they were trophies. As through this “wall of fame” is proof that the healings are for real.

Here’s a video of people from the group Think Again: Center For Inquiry visiting one of Popoff’s crusades. This group consists of skeptics, atheists and freethinkers. This secret footage even shows a man who requests healing by Popoff to one of the bodyguards but then is rejected and told to go back to his seat.

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At about 8:11, the skeptics start handing out flyers to those who are leaving. The flyers explain Peter Popoff’s history of fraud. I think it’s pretty sad that it had to take non-believers to do most of the exposing of Peter Popoff instead of most Christians. This makes the skeptics seem like they are the really smart ones and know what’s up and that they can better discern than Christians. Popoff’s organist even told those guys that he hoped they get cancer. Very Christian of him huh?

Since Popoff holds most of his church services in Upland, California, not too far away from me, I have wondered if I should go there personally and hand out flyers to those attending his church, to help them know Peter Popoff’s past and using Bible verses, how Jesus warned of people like him. Also show links to YouTube videos like I show here.

Here’s Peter Popoff’s official YouTube channel with the user name “ministrynews”. Notice how just about every video doesn’t allow users to comment and that they all have a large amount of Thumbs Down:

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Here’s one of many Miracle Manna infomercials Popoff uses. The bread is supposedly made using the same ingredients used in Ezekiel 4:9. Someone from Waco, Texas claims to be healed by touching that Miracle Manna. Also Popoff offers his book on how to become more wealthy.

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And another:

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And another:

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That manna doesn’t even look good. According to this video here, it smells like feet….

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I rather eat the Ezekiel brand bread you can find in supermarkets, because at least that uses the same ingredients according to Ezekiel 4:9 and it tastes good. I eat it often, using the bread for my sandwiches and I recommend it. Popoff’s so called Miracle Manna just comes in a little plastic bag without ingredients shown. And it smells like feet? Who knows what it’s made out of? I wouldn’t even taste it.

Miracle Spring Water infomercial with false miracles. The Miracle Spring Water is probably Popoff’s most popular product now:

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Here’s a link to what the letter Popoff sends for with his miracle spring water looks like. It looks unprofessional and cheap. All that messy handwriting and lines everywhere?

Read the letter and more here:

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“[Name] our prayer center received your phone call… I have been praying on your behalf non-stop ever since the operator gave me your name. [Name] did I spell that correctly? When you called perhaps you thought it was by accident… I feel that A HIGHER POWER directed you to call. I HAVE SOMETHING IMPORTANT TO TELL YOU… SO PLEASE READ ON.”

I really doubt Popoff really prays for every single person he receives mail from.

Popoff also claims 7 prophetic events to those on his mailing list. The exact same ones for everyone?

Here’s the steps needed to be taken for that Miracle Spring Water:

“[Name], there are 3 more IMPORTANT Prophetic events that are yet to be revealed…HOWEVER… I must obey God in this. YOUR OBEDIENCE IS THE KEY! I CAN ONLY REVEAL THEM TO YOU IN MY ANSWER…Obey God in this!”

He’s gotta put those sentences in ALL CAPS because they are sooo important…

“[Name], in Jesus’ name, GET A GLASS OF WATER…I believe that God will let his angels trouble this water as you sleep tonight. Place it by your bedside tonight...BEFORE YOU GO TO SLEEP…place the UNOPENED SEALED ENVELOPE IN YOUR PILLOW SLIP…tonight only!”

Why does it matter where the envelope is placed?

“In the morning…take 7 sips from the glass in Jesus’ name. After you obey God in this…OPEN THE SEALED ENVELOPE.”

Yes, take 7 sips because that equals 7 prophetic events…seriously? How do these link together? See, scam preachers like Popoff like to use numbers, claiming that numbers are very important to God, linking objects to other objects that have nothing to do with each other. And you can’t open that envelope as soon as you get it, it HAS to be after drinking the water because this envelope is soooo special!

“According to St. Luke 6:38…you MUST QUALIFY YOURSELF for a Supernatural Blessing…Yes, this harvest of a great INCOME….”

Actually Luke 6:38 doesn’t say that.

“When you OPEN the Water Packet…anoint your hands for MONEY MIRACLES in Jesus’ Name. Then anoint a Holy Consecrated Seed of Great Harvest Offering of $17.00. NO, I don’t want you to send $37 or $77… No, SEND EXACTLY $17.00. Because 1 is the number of the Father…and 7 is the Father’s number of perfection. When you return the page inside the sealed envelope to me… I will send you all of the ‘7 SECRET PROPHETIC EVENTS.’ These anointed words will guide you to the RIGHT PLACE at the RIGHT TIME…and help to hook you up with the RIGHT PEOPLE to receive the Miracle harvest of God.”

Yeah, you can’t send just any amount of money. It HAS to be $17.00! Because 1 and 7 put together has some kind of mysterious holy power or something. Numbers are so important here and they have to be used properly or else you won’t get those 7 prophetic events in your life! See how Popoff makes his followers fear him? As though he’s a great man of God and he knows what he’s doing?

Here’s one of the messages in this “special envelope”. Which is really frightening. According to this letter Popoff’s followers receive in the mail, that Miracle Spring water is taken from southern Russia. Near Chernobyl, Ukraine. The site of the famous nuclear power plant explosion in 1986. Or at least close to that area. Here’s a direct quote from that letter.

“This packet contains water from the spring in Southern Russia where the pastors and Christians were led by the Holy Spirit to drink during the horrible Chernobyl nuclear accident. (I warn you, something so anointed and sacred can't be taken lightly.) As I walked to this very spring through the dark dawn . . . when I got there, it was like a light from heaven lighted up the entire area. As I knelt trembling under the awesome presence of God the Angel of the Lord commanded me to bring this Miracle Spring Water back for you to use as a powerful point of contact from many miracles in your life (the spring represents the flow of the spirit.)...No one drank from this spring died from nuclear contamination. No one who followed divine leading and direction sufered illness. NOT ONE BELIEVER SUFFERED HARM. NOT ONE BELIEVER DIED. ALL WERE MIRACULOUSLY SPARED although tens of thousands were contaminated and even died.” (Letter from Peter Popoff, 2006)

To this day, just about nothing in that area is safe to touch or even drink because of extremely high levels of radiation. If it’s really true that this is where Popoff’s miracle spring water comes from, that makes Popoff a much more sick and evil man than he already is. Sending people water filled with radiation? Seriously?! And I don’t think the Holy Spirit would ever tell someone to drink water poisoned from radiation anyways. Then again, it’s probably too much trouble to get water from that area so Popoff probably just got his miracle spring water from his own kitchen sink faucet or garden hose.

The directions to use the Miracle Spring Water are to anoint your forehead with it, then anoint your hands and whatever part of your body needs healing. Anoint the doorknobs of your house also for protection from all evil. Though it looks like it’s too late anyways.

Then claim the miracles you need, ask God for help and send back prayer requests to Popoff.
Scammer teachers like Popoff love to use the “Point of Contact” gimmick on their followers and sell or give out for free all kinds of trinkets and claim the power of God is in these objects. Popoff has not just used water and manna but also prayer bracelets and even a prayer necklace with Holy Water & Holy Dirt from Jerusalem, as though the dirt and water there is somehow more holy since it’s from Jerusalem as shown here:

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Even books and CD’s about getting richer!

Scammers like these will refer to Acts 19:11-12 as proof since Paul used point of contact objects, in this case, handkerchiefs and aprons to heal people and cause evil spirits to leave. But giving Paul money had nothing to do with making this work. Paul never asked for money to make these miracles work.

And Peter gives Simon the Sorcerer in Acts 8:20 this warning to Simon for being impressed with the miracles and wanting to buy them with money so he could use them: “May your money perish with you, because you thought you could buy the gift of God with money!” Thankfully Simon asked Peter to forgive him.

A Letter from 1997. Notice how cheap it looks like the last one. Looks even more cheap since it looks like lined notebook paper was used.

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Peter Popoff was even featured on Inside Edition:

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2:29 Tax returns in 2005 were about $23 million dollars.

2:43 Popoff drives a Porshe worth about $100,000

2:46 Popoff’s house is worth about $2.1 million dollars.

3:30 “You see, it’s not the water that releases the power, it’s your obedience to the instructions of the prophet of God.”

It’s so sad that people feel pressured to believe that Popoff is such a great man of God that they need to send him money to expect miracles, instead of praying to Jesus.

At 3:56, the news reporter Matt Meagher finds Peter Popoff and wants to ask a few questions. And Popoff is so desperate to drive off and avoid those questions that he closes his car door on Matt Meagher’s arm! Popoff refuses to talk and drives off.

2 Peter 2:1-3 says:

"But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord who bought them, and bring on themselves swift destruction. And many will follow their destructive ways, because of whom the way of truth will be blasphemed. By covetousness they will exploit you with deceptive words; for a long time their judgment has not been idle, and their destruction does not slumber."

Isn’t that verse among others is what describes Peter Popoff? I don’t think I have to show much of Peter Popoff for you to see that he’s one of the lowest of the low of scammers? He should be in prison for fraud and getting rich off of people. And possibly even poisoning people with radiated water. Watch out for Peter Popoff and warn people of who he is and his techniques. There’s other scammer preachers like this out there, using similar techniques, and they also like to appear on TV in the middle of the night. And like Popoff, they often target African Americans. Thanks for reading and look forward to the next false teacher.
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soulessone12 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2015
damn..... he really is a false prophet....
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warriorprincess777 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
May you check out this  Satan Wrote The Bible - YouTube Is this guy a real preacher or not?
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StitchRunes Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Randi is a well known apostle of Marx and The so-called "Four Horsemen" of the "new atheism". He's just as bad as Sam Harris.
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Tokiogirl21 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
On youtube, I keep finding these strange videos of Peter Popoff hawking this 'miracle water' stuff which is basically small packets of water no bigger than what you'd find in the grocery store next to the gatorade. He tells the people who are unfortunate enough to buy this to use it on themselves for healing or use it on a check to be sent to his ministry (usually a large sum of money)
I'm pretty sure it's a scam because who wants to buy small packets of water from a guy who claims it to be holy when in reality, it most likely is tainted in some fashion? Answer: NOBODY!
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CHCHcartoons Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012
This is why I hate religion.
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Duivelsdraak Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Student Filmographer
Pretty much all preachers on tv and radio are charlatans.
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ArtNGame215 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Not all of them, but most yes.
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Budgiegirl Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Another fake guy? Whoa.. I wonder how many fake people/preachers there are...
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CHCHcartoons Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012
All preachers are fake.
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ArtNGame215 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
What proof you have of that? Unless you can actually study the beliefs and doctorine of every preacher/pastor in the world and see if they follow Bible guidelines on teaching, many are not fake. And theres plenty of real preachers that speak out on the fake ones.
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ArtNGame215 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Lots of them. I have more of them in my False Preachers folder. More will be coming soon.
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InGodzHandz Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012  Professional Photographer
Idiots like this guy give Christians a bad name. Why aren't more Christians doing something about him?
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ArtNGame215 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I think because most don't know about what he's doing now, since he appears on late night tv and he's not exactly famous.
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InGodzHandz Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Professional Photographer
I guess so. Did you know that they had a special on Joel Olsteen on Oprah's channel?
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ArtNGame215 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah I saw it just last week. I didn't like how Osteen kept going on about the power of "IAM" or relying on ourselves instead of Jesus to help us though our troubles.
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InGodzHandz Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Professional Photographer
I didn't watch the interview. I was disturbed by what I did hear him say though about financial success being part of God's plan for everyone.
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Xoxochi Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Is he serious about that last name of his too? ://
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ArtNGame215 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah, thats his last name. :D
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Xoxochi Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012  Student Digital Artist
lol how unfortunate XDD
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Sevslover6195 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Please go! I'd come with but I live cross country from you...
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ArtNGame215 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Go to Popoff's church?
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Sevslover6195 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
YES!
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ArtNGame215 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I would like to go, since Popoff's church isn't too far away from me. About 20 miles away. Though I don't want to go alone of course. What would be best though? Pass out flyers after service in their foyer? Or maybe while the service is going on, put the flyers on all the cars in the parking lot? If you were able to visit California, I would be happy to use your help.
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Sevslover6195 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Both actually, one flyer talking about what Jesus says about people like him (put on the cars) and one that you pass out talking about how much of a con he is. Unfortunately I don't have the money or I would!
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LadyMuffinArt Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Student General Artist
Ooooh.....the FAITH HANDKERCHIEF!!!!! O.O
For real?
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ArtNGame215 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah. And others do the same thing too.
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MostWanted06 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Student Digital Artist
i've dealt with his followers personally; they can be quite an illogical (and a bit nasty) bunch. So sad how people like him have deceived (and robbed) so many people...it's unfortunate.
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ArtNGame215 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Really? Have you tried to show them Popoff's history and that his techniques are scams just to make him richer? How his miracles are fake? Even show Bible verses warning of people like him?
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MostWanted06 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I've done all of that I don't know how many times, and all they've done is personally attack me (one of them even said I was worse than the devil and told me to "quit harassing people"!). They don't care about what he's done in the past; they still blindly follow him...it's sad.
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ArtNGame215 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Guess all you can do is pray for them that they have discernment.
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MostWanted06 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012  Student Digital Artist
i know
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GiantPurpleCat Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Student Filmographer
Wow, just wow. I can't believe this guy, I really can't. He must be the biggest False Preaching scammer I've ever read about. This is just sad. Everything about this man just makes us Christians look bad to other people. And selling radiated water? Really? That's a very cold-hearted thing to do and sell to other people. After I watched that "Miracle" Spring water commercial I just facepalmed myself and asked "Why?".

I think this is the worst false preacher I've about so far...
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ArtNGame215 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah I can understand. Not sure if the Miracle Spring Water really comes from Ukraine, unless someone actually tried to put a radiation scanner on those packets of water to read how much radiation they give off. But if there is proof that the water is radiated, I'll glady edit my information.
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GiantPurpleCat Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Student Filmographer
Even it if it isn't radiated, I still think it's stupid selling plain old water and then saying "God blessed this water" and have people buy it and get scammed. And to be honest, I'm not sire if those people really believe those miracles happened to them after drinking that water or they're just actors. It's hard for me to tell, really. :|
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ArtNGame215 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Most likely actors. Maybe one day I'll go to Popoff's church, keep an eye on who was "healed" and follow them,then ask them questions about their life to see if they are really telling the truth. Theres tricks faith healers use to manipulate people into thinking they were healed. Not that healing isn't impossible since I know of certain people who got healed and my dad has been to healing services before.
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GiantPurpleCat Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Student Filmographer
I don't believe in that healing stuff. That man isn't Jesus so they shouldn't be buying into his trash they call "miracles". But unfortunately some of these people are gullible enough to believe his "magical healing powers".
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DarthSithari Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012
Beware! Beware the coming of the USED CAR SALESMAN!!
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ArtNGame215 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
LOL
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R55 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012
Two words: Johann Tetzel.
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LadyMuffinArt Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Student General Artist
Sounds like it!! Totally!
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ArtNGame215 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
So true, since I read a bit about him and he presured church goers to give money so people who died can be freed from purgetory?
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R55 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012
The same. Whereas Tetzel asked for money so the dead could supposedly be freed from purgatory, Popoff and his ilk use similar methods for pointless stuff like Super Water or something.
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Osssh Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
At read the description also I can quickly identified to this man as Simon the magician. The most surprising is there are people than follow to this men. Actually many people who claim to be Christians do not know discern, because don't read the Bible or are very emotional. Is good than you shared this information, is very useful know over this.
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ArtNGame215 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks. I do think most of Popoff's audience doesn't spend time reading their Bible, otherwise they would be able to tell he's fake very easily.
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Osssh Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Is true, you're right!:D
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Brother-Tom Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for this. I'll read it later. I just kind of glanced over it since I never heard of him before.
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vadess40 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012
Oh man this guy reallyis wonderful...:sarcasm::facepalm:. How these frauds keep resurfacing is above and beyond me. I hope God burns down his house, flushes out his bank account, and re-exposes him as a fraud.

AND I must ask the same question. Where are my brothers and sisters in California? Obviously not exposing this idiot!!! We need to get up, protect the Word, and the true faith. If I could, I'd be hanging out with the sceptics in this regard.
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ArtNGame215 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I agree, then again, most Christians aren't aware of Popoff probably because he's not as popular as he once was and that he chooses to appear on tv in the middle of the night.
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vadess40 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012
Only in the middle of the night eh? Makes me wonder if he has, I don't know, something to hide...
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ArtNGame215 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Probably, since most people are asleep at this time. What kind of people normally stay up so late at night to watch tv?
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