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Bishop Ira Hillard

June 20, 2013

Bishop Ira V. Hilliard of the New Light Church in Houston, Texas

Meet Bishop Ira Hillard of the New Light Church in Houston Texas.  The New Light Church in Houston Texas is a very large church – located in of all places, Houston Texas (New Light actually has facilities all over Texas, I am given to understand).  They do big, megachurchy things, preach their big, megachurchy business, and pretty much go around doing their religious thing in that sort of “cross between a religious institution and a Pink Floyd Concert” way that megachurches have which I personally am not into, but what do I know?

Recently, it was discovered that the New Light Church in Houston Texas’s helicopter was in need of repairs.  OK – I know what you are thinking.  Old Saint Paul’s Episcopal church back in Oroville couldn’t even keep up the maintenance and insurance on it’s church van way back when – what the hell does a church need a helicopter for?  But in fairness, Texas is large, and if your church has facilities scattered all over it then you might need a helicopter to get around (and a jet…  and a hanger to store them in…  but I digress).

Anyway, the church helicopter needed some repairs, and that an upgrade of the rotor blades on said helicopter would save the church some money in the long run and so Bishop Ira V. Hilliard sent out a letter to the faithful, informing them that the church needed money to upgrade the rotors on the helicopter.  Again, OK – well and good.  If a church, particularly one with a congregation larger than the crew of an aircraft carrier, needs help with its aviation expenses, then the members of the congregation should pitch in and help finance the upgrade.

But Bishop Ira V. Hilliard didn’t just send out a letter to the congregation saying “Hey everyone, the church helicopter needs an upgrade and it would save us money that we could use to purchase a seat on the Dragon so that we could be the first church to have a facility in orbit over Texas” or something similar.  No.

Dear Friend in Jesus

Do you need better transportation?  Does your car need repair or total replacement?  Do you have a dream vehicle or luxury automobile you long to purchase?  Are you trying to sale a car, truck, or SUV?  If you answered “yes” to any of these please carefully read the rest of this letter!  It could change your life!

Yes indeedy!  Bishop Ira V. Hilliard is asking for money specifically from people who need money in order to repair, replace, or upgrade their transportation!  The letter goes on

It is one of the most powerful game changing principles in the Scripture and I’ll be teaching on it real, real soon.  I have used this Scriptural principle for specific favor over and over to see desired pursuits shift in my favor.  Its about sowing into a particular Kingdom situation to impact a similar need in your personal life.

So correction – Bishop Ira V. Hilliard is not asking for money from people who need money in order to repair, replace, or upgrade their transportation – he’s asking for money specifically from people who have, to date, been unsuccessful at raising money to repair, replace, or upgrade their transportation.  I cannot help but note that he is also promising to teach upon this important game changing principle of Scripture (and I don’t even think I know what “principle in Scripture” means in this context) “real, real soon.”   Which makes me wonder….

as a former Reverend and now Bishop of a large congregation, why hasn’t he taught this powerful game changing principle ALREADY???  Has he been saving it as some sort of special treat?  Did he feel that his congregation wasn’t ready for it yet?  Did he have controlling interest in a string of garages and automotive dealerships and worry it would suffer?  IF THIS WAS SUCH A POWERFUL PRINCIPLE, WHY DIDN’T HE TEACH ABOUT IT BEFORE THE HELICOPTER NEEDED FIXING?

Bishop Ira V. Hilliard goes on to explain why the church needs their helicopter fixed, and that it will save them some money if they move on it now.  Then…

I believe with all my heart that this message is for you and your doing something today is the key to releasing this favor on your transportation situation.  Send me the transportation need or dream you have by completing the online petition when you sow a $52.00 transportation favor seed believing in 52 days or 52 weeks you will experience breakthrough favor!  I’m looking for your name on my Special Friends list so I can agree with you in prayer.

“Transportation favor seed”?  “Special Friends list?”

This is a scam.

This, Bishop Ira V. Hilliard, is not even an attempt to be honest and forthright with your congregation.  This is an attempt to prey upon those within your congregation who actually NEED money.  Because their transportation isn’t running, or runs really badly, or is inadequate to their needs.

Now maybe, just maybe you believe this stuff.  But I don’t think so.  I think that if you really believed it, you would have taught this so-called important “Scriptural principle” to your congregation long ago.  I think that if you really believed it then it would have come up before your helicopter needed some spiffy new blades.  But most of all I think that if you really believed it, you would USE IT YOURSELF INSTEAD OF CONNING YOUR CONGREGATION INTO BELIEVING IN SOME SORT OF FUTURE BLESSING WHILE YOU WALK AWAY WITH THE CASH!

I notice, Bishop Ira V. Hilliard, that you don’t advocate that your megachurch make some sort of special donation to public transit or a non-profit providing transportation for those with mobility issues, secure in the knowledge that your game changing Scriptural principle would thereby assure you of the funding needed for your helicopter upgrade.  No.  YOU want cash and YOU want it on the barrel head.  Right the hell now.

Bishop Ira Hillard of the New Light Church in Houston Texas, such parasitic, blatantly cynical, hypocritical behavior on your part makes you truly deserving of a visit from two she-bears.

I hope they steal your helicopter.

You can find a complete copy of the letter here.


From → Christianity

  1. Great smiting and great she-bears!

  2. How did you happen upon this “jewel”, Ed?

    • Edmund Metheny permalink

      I originally learned of the story through the Facebook group “Evidence of Harm by Religion.” The basis for their posting was a story from wrote the story based on the original document, as posted at The Smoking Section (, which picked up the story from KRIV, Houston.

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