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That Derek
2020-07-12 13:55:12 UTC
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World-Renowned Evangelist Morris Cerullo Passes Away at 88

07-11-2020
Andrea Morris

World-renowned evangelist Morris Cerullo passed away on July 10 at the age of 88.

On Friday, Dr. Cerullo's family posted an urgent prayer request on Facebook, indicating that he was in the hospital.

"Dear Friends, we would appreciate your immediate prayers for Dr. Cerullo who is being treated for Pneumonia at the hospital. Please also pray for Theresa who has been working around the clock to assist in his care. She needs your prayers too for extra strength at this time. Thank you for all your thoughts and prayers for Morris and Theresa!"

Cerullo became a believer at the age of 14 and started preaching when he was 15-years-old.

The evangelist was called to international ministry and formed Morris Cerullo World Evangelism (M.C.W.E.) in 1961. In 2011, he launched the daily television show, "Victory Today" and he has written more than 200 Christian books.

Over the decades, Dr. Cerullo has ministered to presidents and prime ministers.

Cerullo shared the gospel of Jesus Christ in multiple countries across the world including Nigeria, Mexico, Brazil, The Philippines, Korea, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Kenya, Indonesia, and the Netherlands.

The evangelist received numerous awards and recognitions for being a crusader for Christ. In 2015, he received the prestigious Lifetime Global Impact Award in May 2015.

He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Theresa, his children, David Cerullo and Susan Peterson, 7 grandchildren, and 9 great-grandchildren.

Please keep the Cerullo family in your prayers during this difficult time.
Bryan Styble
2020-07-12 17:00:39 UTC
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Why would ANYONE value the life-track recommendations--much less exhortations!--of a 15-year-old purporting to be wiser than the congregated adults he was speaking to? (Never MIND that he only started believing all that quite-questionable stuff a mere year prior.)

BRYAN STYBLE/Florida
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2020-07-12 18:47:26 UTC
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He may be running a con. This is not Christian.

https://christianforums.net/Fellowship/index.php?threads/morris-cerullos-12m-house-100m-net-worth.23104/
l***@yahoo.com
2020-07-12 22:38:16 UTC
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Well, ever heard of Marjoe Gortner?

(I first heard of him in Christopher Hitchens' "god is not Great," pages 159-160. Thankfully, as an adult, he turned his back on his swindling parents and made the 1972 Oscar-winning documentary "Marjoe," which exposed all their tricks. Unfortunately, it changed nothing about evangelism, which made him sort of a Cassandra.)

From the IMDb:

"In this revealing documentary, Southern evangelist Marjoe Gortner allows the filmmakers to record him swindling people out of money. Raised to be a child preacher on the revival-tent circuit, Gortner made a small fortune for his parents. Later, he began preaching on his own in a lively, rock star-influenced style, but, since he lacked actual religious faith, money became his sole motivator. As he stages his final revival tour, Marjoe provides a rare glimpse inside the business of evangelism."

From a viewer:

"...Marjoe's personal story is even more painful; his early childhood literally stolen from him by his cynical and cold-blooded parents, who used to smother him with a pillow or drown him under tap water until he agreed to do their bidding (they used this form of torture because it left no marks on him). He finally got away from them at age 17. His parents kept all of the money he made for them, by the way; it didn't go to charity or even to the church.

"Marjoe courageously faces all of his demons, and recreates all the tricks he was taught as a child, to drive the all-too-willing audience into a frenzy of mindlessness as they throw their money at him in hopes of a personal miracle.

"And what was the result of exposing the fraud? Nothing. Not one thing changed as the result of this fearless documentary. Evangalism continued to grow even bigger, its stars grew bigger, and when they were finally brought down by their own excesses, instantly replaced. The distributors didn't show it in the South because they were afraid of the outrage. Nice courage there, guys. They should have Especially shown it in the South. Maybe a few people's eyes would have been opened.

"People want to believe so badly that there is a quick answer for them, that they will continue to throw money at fraud after fraud, despite being shown exactly how they are being bilked. So are the hucksters the only ones to blame?..."
l***@yahoo.com
2020-07-12 23:07:32 UTC
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And another viewer said it would make a good double bill with "Religulous." Good idea. (Don't know if it's on DVD - I think I saw it on VHS.)

Also, there was the screaming 10-year-old preacher, Duffey Strode, from the 1980s - he and his controlling family appeared on Oprah and elsewhere, but he seems to have broken ties with his family as well. (He's 42 now.) You can see old clips of him on YouTube. I doubt he made nearly as much money for his parents as Gortner did for his.

This says he took more of an interest in boxing circa 1998, about the time he got married:

https://www.quora.com/Whatever-happened-to-the-street-preacher-Duffey-Strode-He-was-the-10-year-old-kid-that-appeared-on-several-talk-shows-including-Oprah-that-was-so-controversial-back-in-the-80s

https://m.facebook.com/ryan.d.strode


Lenona.
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2020-07-12 23:19:57 UTC
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Correction - he should be 43 by now.
l***@yahoo.com
2020-07-13 03:10:24 UTC
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And here's a very long thread that started in 2002 and got updated several times. It starts getting really interesting in March 2011.

https://boards.straightdope.com/t/screaming-boy-preacher-10-yrs-ago/120970/26

It ends in Jan. 2017, when, it says, Duffey started working at Baxter Healthcare.



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Terry del Fuego
2020-07-13 13:15:28 UTC
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And another viewer said it would make a good double bill with "Religulous."
I saw it in a theater on a double bill with..."Godspell"!

Gortner did a bit of acting for a while, though IMDB lists nothing
after 1995.

RH Draney
2020-07-13 00:00:32 UTC
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Well, ever heard of Marjoe Gortner?
(I first heard of him in Christopher Hitchens' "god is not Great," pages 159-160. Thankfully, as an adult, he turned his back on his swindling parents and made the 1972 Oscar-winning documentary "Marjoe," which exposed all their tricks. Unfortunately, it changed nothing about evangelism, which made him sort of a Cassandra.)
It did, however, get him a co-starring role five years later in the
drive-in classic "Bobbie Joe and the Outlaw", opposite a topless Lynda
Carter in her film debut....r
Adam H. Kerman
2020-07-13 07:28:58 UTC
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Well, ever heard of Marjoe Gortner?
The stuff you summarized was fascinating.

I think of him from his first performance on television, star of The
Marcus-Nelson Murders. The performance was memorable.
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