John Oliver has become a man of God.
The Last Week Tonight host went after televangelists Sunday, exposing some of them for taking advantage of impoverished followers for their own financial gain. Oliver explained that preachers such as Robert Tilton use the Prosperity Gospel, which claims wealth is a sign of God's favor, to convince people to donate as much money as they possibly could. Considered "seeds," donations, they say, will eventually grow into unlimited wealth that people could harvest later on.
"As an investment, you'd be better off burying your money in the actual ground," Oliver said. "At least that way there is a chance your dog may dig it up and give it back to you one day."
The Daily Show alum cited televangelists who had earned so much money from their tax-free havens that they've been able to acquire multiple private jets and huge mansions, all paid for by donations. To really drive the point home, Oliver donated money to Tilton, which resulted in a long-running correspondence with the preacher that always asked for more money.