This isn't the kind of "Prosperity Gospel" I had in mind...
A radio caller recently claimed he accidentally discovered "about 500 envelopes fell out of the wall" while on the job as a plumber at Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, last month.
"There was a loose toilet in the wall, and we removed the tile," the caller said. "We went to go remove the toilet, and I moved some insulation away and about 500 envelopes fell out of the wall, and I was like ‘Oh wow!'"
"I went ahead and contacted the maintenance supervisor that was there, and I turned it all in."
☝️And before you dismiss this as some sort of tall tale, consider this:
A representative from the church confirmed to local station KPRC 2 that "cash and checks were found at the facility during repairs"!
Some people think the envelopes might be related to an unsolved burglary of $600,000 at the same church in 2014. Houston police are "still investigating the seven-year-old case."
But, let's just say, for the sake of hypothesis, that the envelopes are related to the 2014 burglary...
HOW THE POO DID THOSE ENVELOPES GET THERE IN THE FIRST PLACE?!
Radio host for 100.3 The Bull, George Lindsey, had the same question in response to the caller.
"Don't you want to know what happened? I mean they stole the money, but they didn't get it out of the wall," Lindsey said. "Did they have an accident, you know what I mean? It's like, why did they never go back? If it's that money, why did they never go back?"
Since this story came out of a church, I can't help but think about how prophetic these words from 1 Timothy 5:24 are now:
"The sins of some people are conspicuous, going before them to judgment, but the sins of others appear later." (ESV)