I watched the 1972 documentary "Marjoe" tonight (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0068924/) and I confess to being some what bemused. I don't know what I find harder to swallow - that people can con and shuckster people the way these preachers do with such bald-faced fakery, or that the people in the congregation seem to be unable to see it. I don't understand it: how can people not see that these exhortations for money are pure greed and shystery? Does religion really make people that naive, or is it that the naive are the ones who believe?
The more I look at charismatic religion, the less I understand it. It seems to be all built on a fundamental premise that you must stop thinking completely and just accept anything told to you by someone who can stand up in front of a crowd and call "Jesus!"