“Brother, I Couldn’t Write Those Books Today”: Inside Gospel For Asia Part 2
He described in detail how he and his family use a single bar of soap until they are scraping the slick remains from the bottom of the soap dish.
The message was clear…K.P. was always sacrificial and careful with your money.
He could be trusted.
The message was repeated over and over again in different ways through books, lectures, and recordings.
The reality of how he lived was quite different.
Once, when asked by an employee about the apparent difference in that reality, Yohannan replied, “brother, I couldn’t write those books today”.
Yohannan never updated those books to describe the all the homes he now owned, the businesses he started, or the discrepancy between how he and senior leadership lived and how the employees did.
It was a great schtick, it brought in money by the carload, and in mega ministry, the end always justifies the means.
Former employees questioned the need for a new headquarters in 2004 and choked on the brand new 45 million dollar facility just built to replace it.
They were prepared to “work in a warehouse” if it furthered the spread of the Gospel…but warehouses evidently didn’t fit the image His Eminence wanted anymore.
They all knew where the wonderful, surprise “donations” came from when both sites were in need of a miraculous intervention.
That money came from India, from money given with the expectation that would all go to the field.
Still, no one would strongly confront K.P. Yohannan.
Yohannan had the charisma, position, and support from other celebrities that creates an aura of faux godliness and importance.
Surely, all these godly men would not endorse a scoundrel… surely they were convinced of his excellent character.
The mission and the message was good and holy, surely the man must be as well.
He was demanding and strict and you wanted nothing more than his approval.
As happens so often in these situations, the approval of the leader is counted as the approval of God.
One never wants to displease either.
Combine the fear of God and K.P. with the treatment they knew came to those who rebelled…and you have the perfect recipe for a ‘brainwashed”, compliant, and most of all silent, employee.
It takes a long time and a lot of pain to change that mindset.
For many, there has now been enough of both.
Next: the questions you should be asking GFA…