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Follow the money as his personal income grew by millions over the last few years. This profile also includes James Randi's sting on Popoff when he recorded radio transmissions from his wife during a scam operation many years ago. His "ministry" spans the globe, and yet nobody has been actually able to prove that he is really a man of the cloth.
The only insight into Popoff’s organization comes from IRS documents. In 2003, people donated $9.6 million to Popoff’s organization. Nearly a million of that, $909,133 went to salaries paid to him, his wife and children. By 2005, donations soared to more than $23 million. And so did the salaries of Popoff and his family, jumping to $3,137,929. When we told Clement [a minister] the numbers, he was stunned. "$23 million dollars? That’s ridiculous," he said Pastor Fuiten has a different answer: "I think it sours people toward religion."
Even more surprising, Popoff has a history of televangelist fraud. In the 1980’s, he held faith-healing crusades around the country. A video widely available online, shows one of those crusades where he ministers to people with such serious ailments as cancer.
Peter Popoff - Scamming us again
Why has Peter Popoff, the often discredited religious fraud artist been allowed to broadcast his junk for the last few years on CHCH-TV Channel-11 in Hamilton, Ontario, and on cable television outlets across the country? At the present time, the shows are running at midnite Sunday. This means that they are on after 11:00 p.m. news on Sunday night.
Why do many Pentecostals think
he is saved and that
the Holy Spirit is performing
miracles through him?
This is the place for viewing the Real Video of the fraud as exposed by the Great James Randi.
Non-healing a non-existent tumor - Gary D. Posner's excellent review of what happens when gullible parents believed Popoff about a "brain tumor" in their daughter Amanda
Controversial healing evangelist, Peter Popoff, is rebuilding his media empire on an African-American network
channel. After losing credibility and most of his funding as a result of an expose by skeptical magician James
Randi, who showed that Popoff's "word of wisdom" about his audience's diseases was less than supernatural
(Popoff's wife fed him information via hidden microphones; the information *didn't* come from the Holy Spirit),
Popoff has found renewed success and financial income by appearing on the Black Entertainment Network.
RESURRECTION: BLACK TELEVISION NETWORK GIVES FORUM
TO DISCREDITED SLEAZOID EVANGELISTS
Thanks to air time on the nation's largest African American television
network, evangelists who have been discredited for financial
improprieties, ethical lapses and even fraud are reaching a new,
nationwide audience. Among those now being carried on the Black
Entertainment Network are exposed faith-healing huckster Peter Popoff,
"Success-N-Life" prosperity evangelists Robert Tilton and "Rev. Ike,"
Promise Keeper "Bishop" T.D. Jakes, and Benny Hinn.
A total of eighty half-hour programming slots on the BET weekly
scheduled are dedicated to religious programming.
-- Perhaps the real bottom feeder in the stable of BET televangelists
is the Rev. Peter Popoff who, after being exposed by skeptic-magician
James Randi, still continues to perform "miracles," "healings" and
other stage theatrics for the gullible and needy. Popoff claims a
galaxy of spiritual powers, including the ability to "lay hands" and
cure physical maladies, and while on stage reveals "Gifts of
Knowledge" that often results in his audience breaking into tears and
Like Hickey, Rev. Ike and others, Popoff pumps a steady stream of
slick literature (much of it in the form of fund appeals) into the
mails, along with handkerchiefs, Russian currency and felt hearts to
be carried by the recipient, then returned to the minister with a
generous "prayer offering."
Popoff had a thriving evangelical business when, in 1986, James Randi
revealed how the minister seemed to have such intimate knowledge of
those in his audience. Was it a "Gift" revealed by God? Hardly. In
fact, Popoff's wife cruised the crowd before each prayer rally
performance gathering vital news, and even used information some had
filled out on special cards for the occasion. Randi and his team of
investigators caught Popoff on video -- and audio, at 39.17 Mhz. --
receiving the vital data from his wife over a small radio receiver in
his ear. Randi broke the news during one of his many appearances on
the popular Johnny Carson program; and Popoff was soon bankrupt.
The controversial evangelist is rebuilding his ministerial business,
though, and according to a piece in the September 3, 1998 Washington
post, owes much of his new success to the BET.
None of Randi's exploits better illustrates his ingenuity than
his 1986 exposure of Peter Popoff, the TV evangelist who claimed
to be guided by God's voice. Popoff would race around an
auditorium, striding up to dozens of people he had never met,
greeting them by name, reciting their addresses, diagnosing their
illnesses and then pretending to heal them with a laying on of
hands. With the help of several volunteers, a video camera and a
radio frequency scanner, Randi discovered that Popoff's wife
Elizabeth toured the audience before the service began and
engaged in seemingly ca sual chitchat. In her oversize purse was
a radio transmitter that carried the conversations backstage,
where Popoff transcribed them. When the evangelist later made
his rounds of the audience, he had in his left ear a hidden
miniature receiver that enabled Elizabeth, now backstage, to
direct him to those members of the audience she had already
pumped for information.
''Popoff says that God speaks directly to him because he's an
anointed minister,'' said Randi afterward. ''Three things amaze
me about that. First of all, it turns out that God's frequency
-- I didn't know that he used radio -- is 39.170 MHz, and that
God is a woman, and sounds exactly like Popoff's wife
Elizabeth.'' Last year, shortly after Randi published his book
The Faith Healers, which included a chapter on the Popoff
investigation, donations to Popoff's TV ministry dropped so
sharply that he declared bankruptcy.
Peter Popoff is alive and well and fleecing Canadians
"It's 3:00 AM and I've been praying for you. Will you take a step of
faith? Will you obey God? To sow a MIRACLE SEED OF HARVEST send
$41.41. Look at Rev. 14:14-15 I know this is God... it takes Holy
Faith. I know that you may have to take this from your savings or from
some other source ... but remember, God is your true source. Satan
would like nothing better than to see this ministry stopped DEAD.
Remember, "THE SECRET OF DELIVERANCE IS IN INSTANT OBEDIENCE."
He sends them letters asking for money over and over again
I can't think of anything more despicable than threatening gullible
people this way. What I would encourage people to do is to write
Peter Popoff, with a sob story - like they have an incurable disease,
or they're so poor they have to eat dog food - and ask him for help.
See what kind of answer they get. Perhaps PeePee can be charged with
something if his only answer to poverty and disease is to send him
money. If this solution doesn't cure poverty and disease, then
obviously he must be guilty of fraud and false advertising.
This is Canada. I'm sure our laws are similar to other countries' and
I'm sure that you have equally obnoxious evangelist/beggars out there
to pick on.
The 1985-86 Peter Popoff Scandal
Peter Popoff was born in 1946 in Upland, California
Dramatic faith-healer with a weekly television show
In 1985 he came to nation-wide attention with his campaign to raise money in order to smuggle Bibles into the Soviet Union -
his plan was to tie Bibles to hot air balloons and let them drift into the Soviet Union (Billy James Hargis had a similar plan
earlier employing helium balloons - his plan was also not tried).
When his plan was found to be completely impractical, he had to account for the fact that the money had been spent - he staged
a burglary on his own headquarters and tearfully begged for more money and time to repair the damage done.
James Randi, a magician who enjoyed revealing hoaxes, exposed the "healing" methods Popoff employed in his meetings -
people completed cards before the program detailing their illnesses - the cards were then read to find the most "curable"
illnesses - Mrs. Popoff would then broadcast to her husband over a listening device in his ear whom to select and what their
In 1986 Johnny Carson exposed the whole deal on The Tonight Show and Popoff was finished.
In 1990 he was still on the air hosting a daily show but had virtually no audience - few showed up for his tent services either.
The 1992 film Leap of Faith starring Steve Martin, Debra Winger, and Liam Neeson owed much to Popoff.
Television Evangelism Investigations -- Television, for all its faults, does one thing well.
It looks into the soul of a society or community and
amplifies and highlights whatever is hidden there, whatever is
lurking beneath the cliches and the values people give lip service to.
What television has exposed at the root of our society, and especially
in the American church, is paganism-- personified in the televangelists.
Peter Popoff Web site
Hey folks -- it don't work. Most of the links are DEAD -- just like his religion
Home page -- Beyond the negative articles published on the Internet by desperate, anti-God men who are trying to make a name for
themselves, most people might overlook the MIGHTY anointing of the Holy Spirit that rests upon Peter Popoff and his
ministry. In their atheistic, but futile, quest to disprove the miraculous, these miss-directed men have totally missed this key
element in Peter Popoff's life and ministry.
Canadian broadcast media and government resources for complaints
I suggest that you go to several of the following
links to complain about this fraudulent religious goof-ball, and send copies of all your correspondence to the station itself using the links above.
Canadian Broadcast Standards Council Links
The CBSC provides the following lists of websites which it hopes may be of interest and
utility to visitors and the direct e-mail address of the Council's National Chair and
Executive Director. These are followed by a list of all of the CBSC members and their
websites of which we are currently aware. They are divided into Television, Specialty and
Radio lists and, within each, members are separately listed by province and city. Both the
membership and website lists are, of course, organic. They grow and change from day to
day. If you have information regarding changes or additional links, please do not hesitate
to let us know.