I remember pretty clearly, some of the things touted by upline to sell IBOs and recruits on the Amway business was to stress family values. That the man would do the work and that the wife would care for the children. I also heard prosperity preaching from various uplines as they spoke about how God wants you to be rich, or that Amway is a God pleasing business. Or that the business is more about friendships than about money.
I wonder how God would feel about uplines who lied to their groups about tools profits? I wonder how God would feel about uplines taking advantage of their downline in order to prosper? I wonder how God would feel about uplines advising downline to skip paying their rent or mortgages to pay for a function. Or how about having your family skip meals so you can buy more standing orders? I wonder how God would feel about IBOs worshipping the diamonds and money/material goods? As crazy as this sounds, these are actual things I heard as an IBO, and what’s crazier is that I believe some of these things are still taught today. There is ample evindence and testimony out there to indicate that many of these practices occur today.
The Good book (The Bible) says the love of money leads to all kinds of evils. (Timothy) I believe that the upline at one time truly wanted to develop training for their business. But what happened was GREED took over and corrupted the systems. It is why there are many lawsuits of diamonds versus diamonds. Diamonds moving their entire groups to form their own training systems, or diamonds even moving a another MLM altogether. It is quite evident that many uplines hearts are full of greed. It is why you hear blanket statements like never quit, or do what it takes to get to that next function, or that nobody can succeed without tools.
Power and adoration can be alluring. I believe many – a – diamond has become corrupt and greedy. Their needs come before those they pretend to serve. They are wolves with a nice suit and a nice smile. Their greed knows no bounds. They will tell you touching stories to tug on your heart. They will tell you anything that will increase their bottom line.
The most disturbing thing about these leaders is that they do these evil deeds under the pretense that they are serving God and/or promoting family values.
• Proverbs 22:16 - "He who oppresses the poor to increase his wealth and he who gives gifts to the rich — both come to poverty."
• 1 Timothy 6:7-10 - "For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content. But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows."
• Luke 18:22-25 - "... it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God."
• 1 Timothy 6:3-5 - "If anyone teaches false doctrines and does not agree to the sound instruction of our Lord Jesus Christ and to godly teaching, he is conceited and understands nothing. He has an unhealthy interest in controversies and quarrels about words that result in envy, strife, malicious talk, evil suspicions and constant friction between men of corrupt mind, who have been robbed of the truth and who think that godliness is a means to financial gain."