Date: August 17, 2015 11:03PM
Just watched the John Oliver episode. It's pretty good! Those TV evangelists seem so cheesy and fake, but they are basically saying the same thing as the Mormon church. Actually, as noted by the other posters, the Mormon church is actually worse in my opinion because, in addition to the fake promises of material wealth, if you don't pay tithing to the Mormon church you can't go to the temple or even heaven! Too bad John Oliver didn't use the church as an example of the tithing scam.
Here are some gems from an old First Presidency message from 1980:
"Tithing is not a free-will offering; it is a debt. . . . ", and, "The Lord, to whom one owes tithing, is in a position of a preferred creditor. If there is not enough to pay all creditors, he should be paid first. You may be a little shocked by this statement, but it is true. Other creditors, however, need not worry, for the Lord always blesses the person who has faith enough to pay tithing so his or her ability to pay other creditors is not thereby reduced." **
And of course, the first presidency message emphasizes that if you don't pay tithing to the LDS church you're probably going to burn!
If you want an interesting/shocking read, I recommend reading the whole first presidency message! It puts the televangelists to shame! (And this was what I grew up with....). : (