The Story of Marjoe

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Marjoe was a precocious child preacher with extraordinary talents, who was immensely popular in the American South. His parents earned large sums of money off him up until the point he outgrew his novelty. Marjoe rejoined the ministry as a young adult solely as a means of earning a living, and not as a believer; he spent the next several years using his fame and status as an evangelist to defraud a small fortune out of individuals both through tent revivals and televangelism.

Eventually, Gortner suffered a crisis of conscience and decided to renounce his ways, offering the documentary film crew unrestricted access to him during his final revival tour. The film contains scenes from genuine revival meetings showing Gortner preaching and praying for people, interspersed with footage of Gortner admitting on camera that he was a non-believer and revealing the tactics used by himself and other evangelists to manipulate people.

The Story of Marjoe, 8.3 out of 10 based on 17 ratings

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  • Angelica Guerrero

    Being this fervently religious is just a more socially accepted form of insanity.

    • Beau

      THIS!!

  • Angelica Guerrero

    I think Marjoe is basically a good man. I think he’s both in the business of religion for pragmatic purposes (money, job security) but also because he’s just become so involved with it. It is like a drug. It’s hard to quit and he keeps going back to it again and again.

    • Armin gonzalez

      No wrong, kids don’t generally became preachers at birth, or doctors are lawyers, this guy was definitely coached and pushed by Mama & Papa.

      • Angelica Guerrero

        Umm…I watched the doc, just like you. I know he was pushed. But what I wrote is basically what he said. Maybe pay more attention to the person when they’re talking?

  • The Lord

    And that is why America is messed up to this day…especially the south. Religion is a swindle. And this guy busts the whole scam wide open. People still empty their pockets for preachers though.

  • http://twitter.com/PunkDary Punkeosa

    Freaky shit. 

  • Justen Bontekoe
  • Horatio

    That Cadillac guy is precious… Whatever purpose religion had for early man, it has clearly lost that purpose and now it is simply for suckers. For taking their money and controlling their minds…. God save us from religion.

    • Armin gonzalez

      God save us from ALL evil, its all over in this world, as far as im concern people that believe in good no matter if conned are on the correct heading.

  • Zena

    The things that Americans do to children

  • Ej Kerby

    The Bible says to beware false prophets……ask God for discernment to show you the real from the fake

    • Anonymous

      its full of heeps of crap like that to try redeem its self got one word for you “DINOSAURS”
      but i guess the devil put them there to try to deceive you

    • Foxtailsandkittens

      The real do not ever ask for money, do not talk about tithing, do not call themselves christian etc. Those are the real ones.

  • Anonymous

    um…..WTF

    • http://twitter.com/breeogie Bree Dietze

      correct

      • Anonymous

        some crazy ppl out there 90% of these ppl should be put away in padded rooms

        • Anonymous

          and this prity much proves that its just a big scam sad that ppl actually beleave this crap

  • Anonymous

    was that the actual end it seems to just end abruptley?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Marcvs-Morot-Nilsson/567880740 Marcvs Morot Nilsson

    can you say brainwashing? b-b-b-b-b-brainwashing

    • Anonymous

      lol on a mass scale

  • Repoguy

    God i almost puked

  • Azaad_alfaaz

    This is what happen to Human when they Reject Truth and Go with false , Look at Idol Worshiper from Greek to Modern Hidu , Christains, Jews , Athies, Budist ,sikh,, Pick any one ,99% of humanity knows There is a ONE GOD, so they make thier own gods what ever they can imagin and make thier own relgion what ever they like Even Athies have thier own Religion and own god (money-luck-fortuna)
    There is nothing Like One GOD,And HIS Perfect Relgion is Islam for Humanity .
    there is a Perfect book called Quran in which Allah(GOD) speaks to Human .Read Quran if get a chance

    • Islam Is_shit

      Quran is ten times worse than this Marjoe fraud. Islam is pure satanism

      • Globalblonde

        please mind your ignorant words-   you cannot group all of islam into one…   you are an idiot.  i reside in the US & Canada, and i am a former (very white) international model.  your narrow minded sour views are unappealing.  go find some happiness….  within yourself.   your pathetic views only demonstrate who you really are.  

        on another note-  THIS documentary was fascinating.  wow.

  • Fullirish

    Wake up America!!!God is from within u its a gift u can’t sell it?Breath of Life…..

  • Jay

    Coming from a Christian, this is just shocking… this kind of “evangelism” seems inconsistent with the Bible…

  • sequiin

    Religion
    has caused more misery to all of mankind in every stage of human history than
    any other single idea.
    Madalyn
    Murray O’Hair

  • Blee21483

    Why are all the comment pages on every doc I watch filled with people arguing and saying stupid shit?  I thought I’d encounter some reasonable, intelligent people here…

  • Sway

    Although Marjoe is obviously a con man. I can’t help but be on his side, in that if grown adults are willing to give money away for a “promise” of a miracle from a imaginary (in my opinion) friend, then they deserve to be conned for their stupidity.
    Also His parents really should have been held accountable at some point for screwing him up as a child.