Bravotv.com: This week, we see you guys getting the whole family ready for church. Why is it important to have everyone attend?
Ben Tankard: We are very blessed that from my platinum music career and multiple businesses we can finance our great lifestyle. We donate are time as non-salaried Pastors of Destiny Center Church, and because of that reason, it is important to me that the family give just as much priority to coming to church and serving (as a family unit) as they would for something that they would be paid for (like a job, hair show, DJ party, or whatever). I was taught that if you put God first at the beginning of the week (Sunday), then it makes your entire week go better. There is nothing wrong with having "things," but you just don't want to ignore God (and his church) -- and then "things” have you.
Bravotv.com: You gave a few individuals at church $100 bills. What is the lesson you’re hoping to teach those people? Do you impart those same lessons to your kids?
Ben: I consider myself a "reacher" not a "preacher." Therefore, in my lessons, I am always reaching for an example that will hit home with my audience. Personally, I make it a DAILY habit to donate something to someone else (money, time, charity appearance, donation, etc.). The lesson I taught was to NOT let money have you. Give it freely because it can be used as a tool of encouragement or change someone's life. The bible says that the LOVE of money is the root of all evil, not money itself. If you give it away as often as possible, you don't have to worry about falling in love with it. The lesson cost me $500, but it was worth it for me for my 200-300 members to grab that revelation. Furthermore, I know it was a blessing to the several people that received the $100 because they were ALL smiling. I DO teach these principles to my kids, and they have a heart for giving as well. Brooklyn in fact is on several cancer boards and is ALWAYS running in some sort of charity marathon and donating from her hair shows. They are ALL learning that it is better to give than to receive, just like the Bible says.
Bravotv.com: This week you ask your children what their plan is to become a millionaire.
Ben: Yes, it's like telling your kids you want them to make straight As. You know it may not happen, and the Bs and Cs they made are fine because it got them shooting for the A. Nobody trains for the bronze and silver medal. They go for the GOLD, and in return the silver or bronze is what they achieve by attempting to get the gold. I always say, shoot for the sky and the roof will always be there to catch you. Shoot for the roof and the floor is unacceptable.
Don't think that Ben should be a preacher or "reacher". What he should be is a motivational speaker....in doing that I don't think he'd get any slack about what he has to say.
Bravo are you truly serious with this show? Truly insulting to men and women who preach - go out into the world and sacrifice their safety to work in dangerous locations around the world to bring the world of God. This show is not funny, entertaining but sad. I watched for the first and last time.
Sorry Bravo, but you've missed on this one. It's not been long enough since the PTL scandal which brought down Jim & Tammy Faye. We saw the fabulously rich minister & wife flaunt the flashy cars, air-conditioned dog houses and gold bathroom fixtures. The Bakkers were sort of hard to escape since they were headlining all the newscasts on all networks, but with the Tankards, I just switch the channel after RHOA goes off until it's time for WWHL and Fashion Queens.
The bible actually says, "It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than a rich man to enter the kingdom of God"- Matthew 19:24 and in 1 Timothy 6:9,10 - " But those who are determined to be rich fall into temptation and a snare and many senseless and harmful desires that plunge men into destruction and ruin. For the love of money is a root of all sorts of injurious things, and by reaching out for this love some have been led astray from the faith and have stabbed themselves all over with many pains." The passage you quoted on Watch What Happens Live, is actually referring to SPIRITUAL RICHES, not material riches. The Bible absolutely does not condone, whatsoever, one's striving after riches. In fact, even King Solomon said, "it is all a striving after the wind." One is to pursue spiritual knowledge, provide for their family, of course, but NO WHERE does the bible encourage one to go after riches. Instead, we are to "store up treasures in heaven," through faithful works. You are an arrogant, materialistic man who will see a huge downfall - as King Solomon said, " pride comes before a fall.".
I really enjoy show. It is so nice and refreshing to see a nice family going to church and handling everyday life. Ben is a devoted husband who really loves his wife and kids! This is rare in today's society. I don't mind at all that they are enjoying their life because that was Jesus died for us to do is to have abundant life. It does not always mean money or material things, but health, happiness and joy.
I won't be watching this show anymore. I watched tonight after not liking what I saw last week trying to give you the benefit of the doubt, I feel this show is all about bragging. This a total waste of time. You can't go two minutes without bragging about something.
AMEN, very sad to watch a congregation so mislead.
@housewifeforreal4 I am so glad you posted this! I hate when people take scripture out of context to support a point that actually isn't being made if you read the entire passage. Its either shady, or shows that he has little understanding of the scripture he reads.
I find prosperty preaching appalling because it takes the focus off of God and our relationship with Christ. It's dangerous and it's shameful that these people are gleefully pointing people down a wrong path. God does not come first to them, money does - otherwise Jewel wouldn't have mad that comment about if she had to take a vow of poverty to become a Christian, she never would have been saved.
Thank you for posting this comment, I was just about to post something similar. What you said is absolutely 100% the truth. I take major issue with people who call themselves 'Men of God' or "Women of God" running around talking about " God wants you to be (monetarily) rich." Or "I see checks in the mail for each and everyone of you." It's foolish. God wants his children to be rich of soul. heart, and spirit. A rich man holds no more favor with God than anyone else. Money and earthly possessions have nothing to do with the Kingdom of Heaven and no amount of wealth or hundred dollar bills can reserve you a seat there. Mr.Tankard, whether you call yourself a preacher, or a reacher, at the end of the day, you are the head of a congregation and the people that you lead look to you for SPIRITUAL guidance, not how to get rich quick so Jesus will like you more guidance. You need to seriously reevaluate you religious message and read up on how the bible really feels about material possessions and wealth.
you are so freakin beyond wrong its not even funny God help you see the light because right now you are an idiot!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!