Popoff’s Lavish Lifestyle

31 May 2009

One thing that most of us know about Jesus was that he was a poor man of humble beginnings. A carpenter from a small town, he likely never had a lot of money. As an adult, he placed little emphasis on material wealth and encouraged his followers to do the same, even encouraging people to sell everything they had, give the proceeds to the poor and follow him.

“Jesus said unto him, If thou wouldest be perfect, go, sell that which thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, follow me.” (Matthew 19:21)

Jesus himself claimed to have no place to live, being voluntarily homeless, in addition to being poor.

“And Jesus saith unto him, The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head.” (Matthew 8:20)

How different it is with the likes of Peter Popoff.

According to the website Christian Issues, Peter Popoff has lived in homes with values far beyond the reach of most of the people that donate money to him. You can find the pages relevent to Peter Popoff here.

Courtesy of Brian Karjala, I present to you the assorted homes that Peter Popoff has purchased in recent years. I would like to than Brian for having done the research, at his own expense, and for allowing me to use the information he has gathered. Without people like him, this effort would be far more difficult. To his credit, Brian runs the website Christian Issues and accepts no donations from anyone to support his work. Everything he does, he does out of a concern for the Church and its people.

Now, as for Peter Popoff’s homes and condos:

In Claremont, CA, there is a home with 5 bedrooms, 5 baths and 4,891 sq ft. This home is now for sale and you can buy it, if you have $1,300,000 laying-around. Okay, five bedrooms I can figure-out, but five bathrooms?  Who the hell needs five bathrooms?

Popoff took out a deed on a condo in Newport Beach, CA consisting of 3 beds, 2.5 baths, and 1,596 sq ft. This condo is also for sale at the bargain price of $695,000.

In 2004, he took out a deed on another house in Upland, CA valued at  $939,500.  Popoff seems to like this one, since it is not for sale at the moment. It has 3 beds, 3 baths and 4,586 sq ft.

Of course, Popoff doesn’t need to take the bus home from work since he drives a 2006 Porsche convertible worth $90,000.

It makes me wonder about how Jesus might feel about Peter Popoff, preaching in His Name, yet living a lifestyle more akin to a member of royalty.

Now, this is not unique to Popoff, by any means. There are and have always been ministers of the Gospel who lived in luxury while their followers were mostly poor. You’ll find  it in nearly every denomination of the Christian Church.

But, Popoff is one “minister” who got caught red-handed and exposed on national television. His material possessions are such that it makes you wonder exactly how much of a connection he really has with that humble carpenter from Nazareth.

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30 May 2009

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It’s just a guess on my part, but I believe that Constant Contact is likely unaware of Popoff’s history. He’s probably just another client of theirs. In the time I have been subscribed to the list, I have not received any messages after the first one.

If you want to send an email to Constant Contact, asking them to cancel their contract with Peter Popoff or, at least, make them aware of Popoff’s past activities, you can go to their contact page at this link http://www.constantcontact.com/contact/index.jsp

This email list appears to be secondary to Popoff’s direct mailing lists, so is not of major importance. But, anything we can do to cut Popoff’s lines of communication with the public is a good thing.

I have found no direct links between Popoff and Constant Contact, beyond the managing of the email list, so please be courteous when you email them.


dprjones’ “Peter Popoff Challenge”

27 May 2009

On 4 April 2009, YouTube user dprjones posted “The Peter Popoff Challenge” as a small way to frustrate Peter Popoff’s attempt to swindle the gullible and desperate masses that he reaches out to everyday via his television infomercials. Here is that video:

Entries would be judged by: dprjones, mikefoz, terrarising, stefzula and JRChadwick. As other YouTubers made responses to this video, they were all judged for comedic content and originality. One of the judges, terrarising, posted a video explaining his reasons for participating

As dprjones was suspended from YouTube for several days, the judging was interrupted and the video responses to the initial challenge were lost. However, the judges were able to go by memory and many of the responses are still posted. Ultimately, a winner was chosen, with some assistance from JaguarJOnes who provided technical expertise via the Miracle Spring Water and Hocus-Pocus Claims Department of the JaguarJOnes Institute.

YouTube user qdragon1337 posted this video and is the Official Winner of “The Peter Popoff Challenge”. I have posted the video below.

Congratulations, qdragon1337! The WINRAR is YOU!!!


Junk Popoff Sent Somebody

10 May 2009

Another WordPress blogger has displayed his collection of crap that Peter Popoff sent him in the mail.

You have to wonder two things:

  1. What must go through some one’s mind to think-up things like this?
  2. What kind of intellectually-challenged person would actually believe the claims made by Peter Popoff about these items and put them into practise as Popoff suggests?

His collection is divided into three parts and you can view them by clicking on the following links:

  1. Junk Peter Popoff Sent Me: Part 1
  2. Junk Peter Popoff Sent Me: Part 2
  3. Junk Peter Popoff Sent Me: Part 3

These posts are about a year old. The first two were posted in May 2008 and the third in July 2008, so they are a bit dated and Popoff may have discontinued using these props. But, the fact that he used them in the first place and was still able to generate large amounts of income for himself and his family shows the depths to which this man and his family will sink and how stupid they think people are that they would believe that these objects have some kind of Divine Power.

But, since he did use them and managed to generate income for himself and his family shows that too many people are, in fact, gullible enough to fall for them.

However, I know some things about human nature. When people are desperate, when they are facing financial ruin or catastrphic illness or some kind of personal problem that seems to have no human solution, people become so desperate enough that they will try anything. They will trust anyone and will do whatever they are told to do which will supposedly cure their problems. People want to believe in miracles and they want to believe a miracle can happen in their lives. As such, they turn to charlatans like Popoff and put their trust in people like him to help them when nothing else seems to work

When I saw a video of one of Popoff’s crusades and saw the old and the sick who filled the auditorium, seeking cures for cancer, arthritis and other debilitating illnesses, my heart went out to them. The sight of the little boy in crutches who desperately wanted to be healed brought tears to my eyes. If I had the Power, I would have healed them all myself and I wouldn’t have asked them for money. Just the sight of that little boy walking home without his crutches would have been enough for me.

But, I don’t have the Power and neither does Popoff. Knowing that he is simply feeding on their fears and desperation for his own gain fills me with such RAGE that I can barely contain myself.

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Australia’s MediaWatch Exposes Popoff to the Nation

9 May 2009

Here is a link to the Western Australia website ScamNet and their article about Peter Popoff.


Peter Popoff & Kelly Media Group

9 May 2009

If you look at the bottom of Peter Popoff’s website http://www.peterpopoff.org you will find these words at the bottom of the page:  Site Design: Kelly Media Group  FX Web Media.

Who is Kelly Media Group? It is a direct marketing firm founded in 2003 by Jason Cardiff. If you saw the report regarding Charity Navigator’s report of the salaries of the officers of Popoff’s ministry, you would see the name Amy Cardiff listed as Vice President of Administration. Amy Cardiff is the daughter of Peter Popoff and is also the wife of Jason Cardiff.

Read this article submitted by a former employee of Kelly Media.

In the spirit of “keeping it all in the family”, Nick Popoff (Peter Popoff’s son) alledgedly works as a consultant to Kelly Media.


Peter Popoff Loses Internet On-Demand Channel

9 May 2009

Even though Popoff’s website lists http://www.thewordondemand.com/ as the Internet station where Popoff’s programs are available for in-demand viewing, the website appears to be offline. The website’s registration expired on 11 January 2009 and is pending either renewal or deletion.

Most of Popoff’s money comes from his TV programs. If the webcast was making money for him, he would have found another venue.

I will keep you informed of future developments.