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Scamvangelist Andrew Wommack: God pays me $11,000/hour. Now give me more cash.
Wommack added that he once took $78.35 from a woman with mental health problems even though she had nothing else left
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Preacher Andrew Wommack doesn’t want your money, he says. He doesn’t need it. After all, God provides him with enough cash to maintain a lifestyle worth “$11,000 an hour, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days out of the year.”
But none of that will stop him from taking $78.35 from a woman struggling with her mental health. Because, according to Wommack, that’s seed money that needs to go in his pockets in order for the woman to reap rewards from God in the future.
He admitted all this on Thursday night during the 2023 Orlando Gospel Truth Conference in Florida:
When you receive an offering, people think, “Well, you're just wanting money for yourself.”
You know, I don't care whether you give or not. God's gonna take care of me, I promise you. My needs are bigger than what you can meet… I just figured out this week I have to have $11,000 an hour, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days out of the year.
You are not my source. God is my source.
I could leave here. And you know what?… I didn't barely get here, and I'm not gonna struggle to leave here. I've got money! But you need to give.
… there was a woman that came up during the… altar call, and she said, ”Do you remember me?” And I didn't remember her, but she reminded me that the previous year, she was let out of a mental institution to come to church on a Sunday… and she says, “I need some money!” And I had just taught on this passage of Scripture that I shared with you. So I said, “What do you have?” And she made the connection. She knew what I was gonna do. So she went and got her purse, and she had a little coin purse, and she counted it out, and it was something like $78.35. Something like that.
And I said, “Give it to me.” And she said, “All of it?” And I said, “All of it.”
And I took my hands like this, and I took every penny that that woman had.
She said that she wasn't gonna get paid for a week, and she didn't have groceries. And I said, “Give me all of it.”
Just to flesh out that story, the unnamed woman was allegedly a patient at an unnamed mental health institution when she first met Wommack. She asked him to pray for her to be released. A year later, she was a free woman.
When she ran into Wommack the next time, she was working as a janitor at the same hospital—and living in a room provided by the same facility. So in her mind, it was like she was never released. She asked Wommack for more help.
Wommack told her to give him all of her money—all $78.35—even though she had no more cash and no groceries on hand. This was “seed” money, he explained, and God would multiply that amount many times over in return for her devotion.
Wommack said that the following week, a random stranger gave that woman a used car, the woman’s estranged mother invited her to move in, and she found a new job that paid “twice as much” as the mental health facility.
(That woman’s name? Einstein.)
We never learn this woman’s name. There’s no way to confirm the story. That shouln’t be surprising coming from Wommack, who has a habit of urging people to trust him as he tells stories that defy reality. He previous claimed he raised his own son from the dead, that a baby was raised from the dead during a large conference (though there was no video of the incident), that a different baby was also raised from the dead, that his wife was raised from the dead, and that he prayed away the mildew in his home.
But setting aside the specifics in this case, the gist of the story is that everyone needs to give Wommack money—even if they have very little—because they’ll reap even more than what they’ve sown.
It’s a very bold statement for Wommack to make out of one side of his mouth when the other is claiming he doesn’t need anyone’s money because God takes good care of him. (How good? Good enough to give him over $96,000,000 a year, if my math is correct.)
Even if that’s a wild exaggeration, Wommack is undoubtedly getting rich off the backs of people who can barely afford to take care of themselves. He justifies that faith-based theft by citing God as a intermediary (when, in fact, the people are paying his salary) and tossing out a random unverified anecdote as if that story is always replicated. It’s Christian grift at its finest.
Even pharmaceutical commercials come with fine print that says “results not typical.” But you’ll never hear a scamvangelist admit that some people who “plant a seed” will never see it grow into anything. It’s just a waste. Wommack can’t be honest because his scheme is built on the premise that God will reward everyone who forks over their cash to Wommack during their lifetimes.
By the time they realize how much money they’ve lost, it’ll be too late to do anything about it. And Wommack knows it.
(Thanks to Kyle for the link)