REV. IKE WAS A PART OF NEW YORK LIFE WE ALL MADE JOKES ABOUT HIM BUT HE WAS A PART OF MOST OF OUR LIVES COMING UP AS KIDS IN THE 1980'S WE ALL PRAYED OUR MAMAS AND AUNTIES AINT SEND HIM NO MONEY. HE USE TO SAY ON HIS SHOW "DONT SEND ME NO CHANGE CHANGE MAKES ME NERVOUS" IT WAS RUMOURED HIS CHURCH UPTOWN HAD SOLID GOLD ALTERS!!
Luxury-loving Rev. Ike is dead at 74
The Rev. Frederick Eikerenkoetter, known as Rev. Ike to a legion of followers here and across the nation to whom he preached the blessings of prosperity while making millions from their donations, has died. He was 74.
A family spokesman said he died Tuesday in a Los Angeles hospital, two years after he suffered astroke from which he never recovered.
Rev. Ike's ministry reached its peak in the mid-1970s, when his sermons were carried on 1,770 radio stations to an audience estimated at 2.5 million.
He also preached his philosophy of self-empowerment on television and the Internet, in books and magazines, and on audiotapes and videotapes.
From the stage of the former Loews movie theater on 175th St. in Washington Heights, which he restored and transformed into his United Church Science of Living Institute, Rev. Ike would tell thousands of parishioners "this is the do-it-yourself church. The only savior in this philosophy is God in you."
He then would exhort the believers to "close your eyes and see green ... money up to your armpits, a roomful of money, and there you are, just tossing around in it like a swimming pool."
As payback for spiritual inspiration, Rev. Ike asked for cash donations from the faithful - preferably in bills not coins. "Change makes your minister nervous in the service," he would say.
Critics called Rev. Ike a con man, saying the only point of his ministry was getting rich from the donations.
They noted that he made a show of sumptuous clothes, jewelry, posh residences and exotic cars. "My garages runneth over," he would boast.
But his supporters said Rev. Ike's love of luxury had roots both in the traditions of African-American evangelism and the philosophies of mind over matter.
He leaves his wife, Eula, and son, Xavier Frederick.
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