If you’ve never watched “Marjoe” …

Several years ago, I rented the documentary “Marjoe.” I was still hiding my nonbelief from friends and family back then. And I remember being struck by the movie for several reasons.

About the movie:

Marjoe was a precocious child preacher with extraordinary talents, who was immensely popular in the American South. His parents earned large sums of money off him up until the point he outgrew his novelty. Marjoe rejoined the ministry as a young adult solely as a means of earning a living, and not as a believer; he spent the next several years using his fame and status as an evangelist to defraud a small fortune out of individuals both through tent revivals and televangelism.

What struck me the most wasn’t the movie itself, although it’s an excellent documentary and worthy of the accolades it received. What struck me was that the movie wasn’t released where I lived deep in the Yeshua Fog™. Once the movie gained popularity, more people may have heard about it.

But the movie was kept under wraps so that feeble minds in the south wouldn’t be challenged by the movie’s content.

Things that are hidden from people are hidden for a reason. And it may be conspiratorial to say or think, but this movie was hidden for “good” reason. It’s an excellent exposé on the psychology and methods on the lucrative business of the the church.

Here’s your chance to watch the documentary in full on YouTube.

Read the description of the film below the fold or go to the wiki page here.

Marjoe is a 1972 American documentary film produced and directed by Howard Smith and Sarah Kernochan about the life of evangelist Marjoe Gortner.

Marjoe was a precocious child preacher with extraordinary talents, who was immensely popular in the American South. His parents earned large sums of money off him up until the point he outgrew his novelty. Marjoe rejoined the ministry as a young adult solely as a means of earning a living, and not as a believer; he spent the next several years using his fame and status as an evangelist to defraud a small fortune out of individuals both through tent revivals and televangelism.

Eventually, Gortner suffered a crisis of conscience and decided to renounce his ways, offering the documentary film crew unrestricted access to him during his final revival tour, repeatedly admitting on camera that he was a con-artist and revealing the tactics used by himself and other evangelists to swindle money from people.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marjoe

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2 thoughts on “If you’ve never watched “Marjoe” …

  1. There is always a conspiracy. . The only trusted objective news is BBC. The US tv and print news has the same propaganda.

    When the Japanese recession hit, the US reported desperation and job loss. I asked my pen friend (pre-Internet) about the severity of the situation. She responded that her dad had the same job for the last 10 years and the general population did the same things. It’s a confirmation that sensationalism sells. Since then, I don’t feel bad for happily ignoring the tv and print news. If there is something I need to know, I rely on people to tell me. One less to do in my life.

  2. Pastor Lutzer of The Moody Church in Chicago would be ok with you as an atheist as long as you are NOT a false prophet.

    I can’t remember the title of podcast. It was a series broken into sub-groups about the Serpent.

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