Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Amway - Diamonds, False Prosperity Preachers?

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."


Anonymous said...

Business and religion do not mix. If you add business to religion, your religion will fall apart. If you add religion to business, your business will fall apart. Therefore, it's best that both stay separate. Besides, I don't need to follow religion. Religion is a man made system. Religion is poison. Christianity on the other hand is a way of life. If I accept that I am a sinner, that Jesus is my Saviour, that He paid the penalty for my sins, that He rose three days after from death and that repentence comes as a condition for inheriting His sacrifice, that's all I need. Your Bible verses sound nice but are not put in proper context. As for Timothy 6:3-5, it applies to your intentions.

Joecool said...

So why do so many leaders in Amway talk about religion at functions? Heck, Dexter yager gave a speech where he implied that he was God.

Funny, you talk about my verses are not in context but fail to say why.

Anonymous said...

Joecool, the religion talk is the Sunday morning church service independent of the function. Yes, some leaders mention Scripture and and their personal views/beliefs during the function and that's done to emphasize that particular person's story. There's nothing wrong with that. If a leader thanks God for his blessings, for his mission to help others and for His support along the way and quotes Scripture to strengthen his point of view, is that wrong? I have been to functions and my impressions are that you're in error.

Joecool said...

No it's not. The religiion is spoken about during the functions. Politics also. I remember being told to vote Republican.

Anonymous said...

Joecool, you're not the speaker. And anytime you don't like what a speaker has to say, you're free to walk away. Don't think you can change that because you can't. You can argue about it all you want but at the end of the day, the speaker will be the speaker and you'll still be Joecool.

Joecool said...

That's right, I am not the speaker. But these speakers are so drunk with power, they think they are divine beings, but they are not. They are false prophets teaching crap.

BTW, anonymous, Joecool's blog has reached over 100,000 people since I started blogging.


Anonymous said...

You're a proud man Joecool, there's no doubt about that.

Anonymous said...

yep...proud to be out of the cult that is amway!