UPDATE! I just found a mistake in chapter 4 of my book, The Prosperity Gospel Exposed. The only place I did not site a verse and did not look it up; I did not remember it correctly and so I was wrong about Moses melting the gold and making the people drink it. That did happen, but not in the context which I site, it was the golden calf that was melted. (All copies of the book being purchased after Aug. 12 should have updated and correct information.)
Here is the UPDATED paragraph to replace the incorrect one:
The prosperity preachers like to talk about how wealthy the Israelites were when they left Egypt. They left with much of its wealth. What they fail to tell you is that God later asked them to give that wealth for the construction of the Tabernacle and the Ark of the Covenant. Even though they did not have to give it all, what good did the gold do them in the desert? They could not buy food or even clothing, so God had to provide them with manna and make their garments not wear out. It is clear that God did not give the Israelites the wealth of Egypt so they could live in luxury, but so they could give it to God, which did not include giving it directly to priests. The priests did not become wealthy.
Michael Fortner received a powerful call to the ministry at age 20 but did not believe he had the speaking skills to be a typical preacher/pastor so he did not go into the ministry but did begin an in-depth study of the Bible and has spent thousands of days engaged biblical research.
He demonstrated a God-given ability to figure things out when he was about 7 years old while watching an episode of the Rifleman on TV at his cousin’s house. On the program Chuck Conners was heating a knife in a fire next to a screaming pregnant woman. Mike’s first cousin’s wife asked Mike what Chuck was going to do with the knife. Mike thought for a few seconds and said, “He is going to take the knife and cut her stomach open and take the baby out.” His cousin’s wife was shocked. After that, his father and cousin gave him a test; they raised the hood of a 1953 Chevy and asked Mike if he could figure out where the noise was coming from. He looked around for a few seconds and said he could not, then suddenly he pointed to something mounted on the inside of a finder and said, “There it is!” He was right.
Since his original call to ministry he has become a trained and experienced journalist, historian, and researcher. God has also called him to write several books, which he is currently working on. He has used his abilities to figure out the correct meaning of very difficult to understand passages of Scripture. Unfortunately, because his new understanding does not agree with what is currently believed about those passages, he is mostly ignored.
I have a B.A. in journalism with a minor in history. I’m also have a God-given ability to figure things out and come to insightful conclusions. I have spent 30 years researching and studying the Bible indepth. My discoveries are written in some books such as THE PROSPERITY GOSPEL EXPOSED: and other False Doctrines, (can be ordered from any bookstore, or buy it online at Amazon.com, Barns and Noble) that came out October 1st, 2011, and The Truth About United Flight 93: A Reasonable Analysis of the Evidence available at Amazon.com.
I’m also a book collector, and have read over 400 books on many different topics. See my book interest at GoodReads.
You can read the introduction and first TWO CHAPTERS of The Prosperity Gospel Exposed at the book’s web site: http://prosperitygospelexposed.wordpress.com/
I am currently researching, writing, and publishing part-time while taking care of my 87-year-old mother.
My email address is okmike at gmail.com.
I have published all these books: