Mike Murdock

mike murdock by mark thomas

Michael Murdock (b. 1946) is a televangelist and pastor of the Wisdom Center ministry based in Fort Worth, Texas. His father, J.E. Murdock, is also a pastor. Murdock was educated in LaGrange High School in Lake Charles, and in Southwestern Assemblies of God University in Waxahachie for three semesters. He received an honorary doctorate from International Seminary in Florida which is not accredited. Murdock preaches around the world and is best known for his promotion of prosperity theology, whose claim the Bible teaches that financial blessing is the will of God for Christians.

He often preaches with Benny Hinn and has also preached with Tammy Faye Bakker. Additionally, he hosts the Wisdom Keys with Mike Murdock television program. Mike Murdock preached his first public sermon at the age of eight and began full-time evangelism at the age of 19. Murdock receives hundreds of invitations to speak in churches, colleges, and business corporations. He has a weekly television program, Wisdom Keys with Mike Murdock. Murdock is a Founding Trustee on the Board of International Charismatic Ministries along with the late Dr. Oral Roberts.

In 2003, Mike Murdock was the subject of a series of articles in the Fort Worth Star Telegram about the questionable use of money from Murdock’s ministry. In 2011, Trey Smith, a student of Mike Murdock’s, released a book entitled ‘Thieves,’ in which he claims to expose a dark side to Murdock’s ministry. Smith’s claim is that he was a childhood friend of Murdock’s son Jason and saw Murdock’s secured mansion estate many times from the inside. Among other claims, Smith alleges that Mike Murdock concealed pornography and items of extreme value in a personal closet. Smith claims to have stolen a safe from that closet in March of 1999. Murdock reported his losses to police to be $125,000.00, but gave conflictingly higher amounts (claims from hundreds of thousands to millions) to supporters for presumed fundraising purposes.

Mike Murdock initially listed his own son, Jason Murdock, as the primary suspect of the burglary. However, the Denton County Sheriffs Department ultimately dropped the safe robbery / burglary investigation citing that Murdock would not cooperate with detectives after a white powder was discovered in Murdock’s personal closet. Murdock’s attorney later stated that police investigators had planted the white powder. It was during this time that Trey Smith claims to have been on the run from the TV minister in Mexico and a variety of other places, which is the primary focus of Smith’s book. In detail Smith describes the allegedly callous response that Mike Murdock had for people who came to him for help during the years leading to the safe robbery. Additionally, Smith claims that Mike Murdock had a concerning note in the safe that Smith felt was intended for Murdock’s son, Jason Murdock.

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