12 Days of Giveaways - Spin & Win! Sign up before Dec. 25th to win daily prizes and a $250 Amazon.com Gift Card. Find out details.

Crosswalk.com aims to offer the most compelling biblically-based content to Christians on their walk with Jesus. Crosswalk.com is your online destination for all areas of Christian Living – faith, family, fun, and community. Each category is further divided into areas important to you and your Christian faith including Bible study, daily devotions, marriage, parenting, movie reviews, music, news, and more.

Religion Today Blog Christian Blog and Commentary

Chris Tomlin Co-writer Ed Cash Part of a Prosperity Gospel Cult

  • Amanda Casanova
    Religious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
  • 2015 Dec 15
  • Comments

Wayne “Pops” Jolley leads The Gathering International, a group of followers who submit to Jolley’s directives no matter what.


According to Christianity Today, Jolley’s followers believe he is a prophet and give him gifts and money in exchange for his blessing.


He tells his followers that congregations with church boards are led by demons.


“That’s why we don’t have boards,” he told his followers in a sermon posted to the Gathering’s website. “We just don’t. … I am criticized for that. I am looked down upon for that. And I am called a cult leader. I really don’t care.”


Well-known Christian music songwriter Ed Cash, who has collaborated with Chris Tomlin, is also part of The Gathering, and leads worship for Saturday night services.


Although many like Cash are invested in The Gathering, others have come out saying that Jolley took their money and ruined their lives.


“It is only a matter of time until judgment comes,” Jolley told his followers in response to these accusations. “And that judgment will fall and fall hard upon that person.”


Jolley also teaches that any gift given to the spiritual father (Jolley) will be repaid doubly.


In some instances, former members reported that Jolley asked them to cut ties with their families who weren’t in The Gathering International. He also asked them for their passwords to their computers.


A 2008 tax return showed that Jolley’s ministry took in about $442,000 and spent only $20,000 on radio broadcasts. No money has been sent overseas.


In 2013, the Jolleys’ salary was $161,540. They also have a $20,250 housing allowance.



Publication date: December 15, 2015