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.