Representative Walter Jones, the North Carolina Republican best known for demanding "freedom fries" in the House cafeteria, said that Parsley is a "true servant of my Lord and Savior" who "felt a calling to be more active and visible" in politics and is now becoming a national figure.
IN HIS CHURCH, PARSLEY CLAIMS TO BE FOMENTING REVOLUTION at God's direction.
Parsley to the audience as one of the "new generals" of a Christian army bringing a revival "in every realm of life" to fruition.
Parsley even sees his location in Ohio as divinely ordained.
Jackson explains that his friend Parsley is preaching a "message of hope and encouragement." But while Parsley often denounces the income disparity between blacks and whites, he was unable, in response to written questions submitted to his press agent, to identify a single policy initiative that would directly address the problem.
EXACTLY HOW PARSLEY PURPORTS TO "HELP" THE POOR, both black and white, is evident in his practice of Word of Faith theology, also known as the "prosperity gospel.
Ole Anthony, president of the Dallas-based Trinity Foundation and a leading Word of Faith critic, regards the emphasis on financial abundance as evidence of God's blessing as "the oldest heresy in the church." He describes Parsley as a "power-hungry" man, living "an extravagant lifestyle that has become the hallmark of televangelists these days." With his wife and children, Parsley resides in a 7,500-square-foot house valued at more than $1 million.
Word of Faith ministries like Parsley's operate in secret.
Parsley's secrecy has led Ministry Watch, a conservative Christian organization that monitors financial accountability practices, to give his and several other well-known Word of Faith organizations an "F" rating for transparency.
Pitzer also said that Word of Faith theology is "self-serving," "harmful to other people,' and "not orthodox." In fund-raising appeals, for example, Parsley has urged people to burn their bills and donate to him to free themselves from debt.
Senate (whose bid is supported by Parsley) and the Reverend Joe Watkins, a former staffer in the first Bush White House and occasional Crossfire guest who has also appeared on Praise The Lord.