by DAN CALLOWAY
Published 7 February 2010 @ 03:11 UTC

TULSA, OK – Several weeks ago, I received a letter in the mail from an organization calling themselves the Saint Matthew’s Church organization out of Tulsa. This letter introduced the Bishop of that church group and claimed to help people who may have become a victim of these financially desperate times by sending them a cross, which was supposedly blessed by the Bishop and the Church. Individuals who requested this cross would supposedly have prayers relayed on their behalf to God in Church services over the next several weeks. The letter stressed that the individuals who received these blessed crosses should keep them on their person at all times so that their prayers would come true.

Even though the material I received from this organization looked entirely legitimate, I requested the cross because they did not ask for anything in return. The letter did not request money or even hinted about it. I trusted that this organization was entirely up-front because they cited Scripture several times as their reason for contacting me.

After receiving the cross, I didn’t hear anything more from the Saint Matthew’s Church organization in Tulsa, OK for another two weeks or so. Then, I received a book entitled: “The Seed Principle,” which purports that God’s divine seed principle governs our success and prosperity. What struck me odd about the pamphlet was that the front cover had been ripped off and the book was very disheveled.  Another oddity was the fact that on the back of the book was a detachable postcard that the Church requested the recipient send back if they wanted to receive the Biblical Seed Harvest Plan with a prominent notation that Saint Matthew’s would pay the postage for me.

So, I wanted to learn more about the Saint Matthew’s Churches of Tulsa, Oklahoma and went searching on the Internet. What I discovered when I typed in their web address of http://www.SaintMatthewsChurches.com was a bit alarming. First of all, most non-profit organizations, and especially churches have websites with the domain of .org, not .com. But, if you don’t know this or don’t really care, then when you visit this website, you receive the following notification page:

Server Application Unavailable

The web application you are attempting to access on this web server is currently unavailable.  Please hit the “Refresh” button in your web browser to retry your request.

Administrator Note: An error message detailing the cause of this specific request failure can be found in the application event log of the web server. Please review this log entry to discover what caused this error to occur.

This sent chills down my spine, so I went searching deeper on the Web for any information regarding this organization. What I discovered was even more chilling.

What I discovered was a website called Ripoff Report: Saint Matthew’s Churches Scam Report # 30548. What you discover on this legitimate website will shock and appall you.

Con artists in Tulsa, OK are literally using the name and image of Christ, and the Word of God to deceive individuals out of what money they may have by tricking them into sending them money as “seed” for money they say will come many times over as a result of the Biblical verse from Galatians 6:7 (KJV) which states: “For whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.”

Please DO NOT fall for this scam and, whatever you do, don’t send them money. Visit the website and see the testimonials from individuals who have been or nearly were scammed by these thieving con artists. Bottom line, they hope that you will request the first gift, so they can con you into sending them money by telling you that your prayers won’t come true if you don’t. You got it…big time scam.

And, even if you don’t send them money, apparently you will never be able to get rid of them no matter how hard you try. This is yet to be seen when it comes to me and my privacy. I’ll find a way, and, if I do, I’ll let you know.

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44 Responses to “Ripoff Report: “Saint Matthews Churches” aka Prayer-By-Letters Scam”

  1. avatar Donald Calloway says:

    Answer: Don’t send money to any church you don’t know personally. The best thing to do is to join a church in your area, worship God there, and give your offerings to them instead.

  2. Well spoken. I have to research more on this as it seems quite interesting.

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  9. Really terrible people, so why do these people really feel the need to do this?

  10. Such awful folks, exactly why do these people feel the need to do this?

  11. avatar QUINN NGUYEN says:

    I got the mail, I am currently still doing this, and I what I do is I keep on sending the mail, but I never give any offerings. This way I can still research if it’s a scam before I do give any offerings

  12. avatar dancalloway says:

    Believe me, it’s a scam. I still get occasional snail mail from these folks but I don’t open the letters. I just send them back to the originator. I assume they’ll finally get the message and stop bugging me.

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  16. avatar Robby Hoffman says:

    I have been mailing these people for over 4 years. However, as I thought this could be a scam, or money hassel, I knew these letters were sent to me for a reason. The money I sent was beneficial to me because the letters gave me hope. The letters actually told me things that were yet to come. They told me many things that were supernatural and came true. This could be a money scandall. But the money I gave up, was worth the letters and information I recieved. However, 4.5 years later to our present, I would rather give this money to a random bum I see. Now that I know they are rich from their scam by letters. Also, I am a bit discouraged that they lied when they said they were praying for me. And many others things they said, probably weren’t honest.

  17. avatar Lathasa says:

    I am really disappointed.I recieved a prayer rug from this “church” and just finished using it.I feel like a fool at this point.i am in desperate need of help and prayer.I wouuld have mailed off the rug waiting for a spiirtuall blessing.I’m really appreciate someone like yourself for doing the research.Even the mail I recieved has http://www.AboutSaintMattewsChurches.com and http://www.BiblicalPrayer.com underlined in red.There isn’t a valid mailing address,just a P.O.Box 21210
    Tulsa,OK74121
    Thanks again.

  18. avatar CARRIE says:

    HOW HEART BRAKING….. HERE I BELIEVED THIS CHURCH WAS PRAYING OVER ME AND MY FAMILY. I RECENTLY MOVED AND SENT 2 SEED OFFERINGS AND STILL HAVE NOT HEARD BACK. AFTER SEEING THIS INFO. I HOPE I NEVER HEAR FROM THEM AGAIN. WOW…. HOW SICK AND SAD. I WISH I WOULD HAVE LOOKED IN TO THIS SOONER. I WOULD MUCH RATHER DONATE MONEY TO A LEGIT CHARITY. :(

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  24. avatar MongoLLoyd says:

    Anyone sending “seed faith” gifts to this “church” (and I use that term loosely because I don’t believe that it is a church), or to ANY church, are fools. Hate to be blunt, but that is the truth.

    But, religions were created to control fools, weren’t they? To quote a recently infamous Alaskan Christian fool, “You betcha!”. Seed faith is just another pay-to-play Xtian scam, from a long list of Xtian scams dating back to the birth of the religion.

    Don’t buy turds from turd salesmen. They are free.

  25. The following website details the church. At the bottom right is links – to prayer by letters ministry, & prayer rugs sent out. I read the RIPOFF report listed from years ago, I don’t know if these NEWBIES didn’t know how to operate the Web or what the deal was… but somebody has an actual church named this, and is running this operation.

    http://www.saintmatthewschurches.com/

  26. The following website details the church. At the bottom right is links – to prayer by letters ministry, & prayer rugs sent out. I read the RIPOFF report listed from years ago, I don’t know if these NEWBIES didn’t know how to operate the Web or what the deal was… but somebody has an actual church named this, and is running this operation.
    There is NO ripoff.

    http://www.saintmatthewschurches.com/

  27. avatar don't buy says:

    Its a scam I called fbi they are investigating ! People who work with the africans ! Every pages states God will bless with money ! Read the bible and go to a church at least you can see what your paying for lights some give lunch after. !! The world is full of evil at times!

  28. avatar mel says:

    Wow always listen to your gut and your first mind , how could u use god and the church to scam people. I’m really hurt but I kept hearing god saying look them up and I did a Scam . Wow they will get there’s god bless them

  29. avatar christy says:

    I have been getting letters & have to say was somewhat convinced. I continued to respond to the letter’s until the amount of offerings they said was getting higher, so I stopped responding & turned to God for answer’s & asked him to show me the truth.I asked God if this was a scam, that if it was not of him to show me!!! God is good all the time. I stopped tithe at my church, to help the greed !! could not afford to send money to both places, they got me for a couple hundred between all letter’s but thank you Father for my answered prayer’s!!

  30. avatar BradyRae says:

    After reading “PaulPaidPeter” comments (May 27, 2012), I went to the website he had posted. Yes there is Saint Matthews Churches website. HOWEVER if you click on the contact page and compare addresses the two PO Box numbers are different. The PO Box for the website PaulPaidPeter provides is, PO Box 3036, Tulsa OK 74101-3036. The PO Box for the Prayer by Letters Saint Matthew’s Churches is PO Box 21056, Tulsa OK 74121-9901. It is possible the PO Box 21056 is a “Mail box” at a UPS store or a similar facility. I believe I read a comment while researching this myself and it stated that, yes, there was a real Saint Matthews Churches and they are a very good church. It is sad that the real Saint Matthews Churches is negatively affected by the scam of untrustworthy people.

  31. avatar terry powers says:

    I take out the trash for a neigbhor in her 90s, who does not go to a church. Thought this was a pure scam, thanks for confirming it. <

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  34. these con artists have been sending my wife letters and asking for money and credit card information on their letters , how BOLD they are to steel money from god loving people! i want to call over there and give them a piece of my mind but the numbers they list are just recordings, i want the letters to stop and dont know what to do to make them stop, god only knows what they are using the money for ? they are destroying the good name of jesus christ as they are scamming people in his name and its terrible! i am so upset that the goveronment lets these people operate and prey on people through the u.s. mail service ! they prey on senior citizens, prey on young people , on weak people , on any one that they can! when they say they will pray for you they really mean( PREY ON YOU) SO PLEASE TELL A FRIEND ABOUT THESE PEOPLE AND LET THERE NEWS REACH ALL PEOPLE , AS GOD COMMANDS US TO INFORM PEOPLE AND WARN OTHERS OF DANGER , AND THESE CRIMINALS ARE TAKING MONEY THAT COULD BE SENT TO REAL PEOPLE THAT NEED BUT CANT FIND IT ….PLEASE SPREAD THE NEWS ABOUT SAINT MATTHEWS CHURCHES AND ITS SCAMS ….GOD BLESS THOSE WHO STOP THESE CON ARTISTS AND WARN OFF PEOPLE FROM THE SATANIC TRAP OF THIS CRIMINAL EMPIRE ..

  35. avatar Irene says:

    Somehow I ended up on the mailing list for Saint Matthew’s Churches of Tulsa, Oklahoma. It took me quite a while to get myself off their mailing list, but the mail finally stopped after I filed a complaint with the Better Business Bureau of Tulsa and filed a complaint with the U.S. Postal Service about unwanted mail.

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    Good girl. Glad that you got off their list.

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