Jeff Bartell

A "bottom line" kind of guy


For those of you out there that read the previous blog post and were (possibly) offended, I offer this clarification.

Some may have thought that I was calling Christians “dumb” if they are using this new health product.  If they are truly getting health benefits from it, why then would I be (supposedly) attacking it?  Let me set the record straight.

I am in no way taking a stand against any particular product.  On the contrary, I clearly said that I am thrilled that many are receiving genuine health benefits.  Many people appropriately spend lots of money on products that help their health.  Your health is a worthy investment.

The thing that really bothers me is the multi-level marketing schemes, also known as pyramid schemes.  If you want to learn more about them, you can read more here.

It may be a legal means of securing income, but it inevitably ends up hurting people who are not near the “top” of the pyramid.  Ultimately all such schemes are destined for failure.  My prejudice stems from my experience in Albania (reference my last blog post).

The next thing that bothers me is when Christian people evoke the name of “God” in the marketing of their products.  When you do that, you pull on people’s emotions leading them to think that if they reject the product, they reject the “gift of God.”  Ultimately, God gave us everything, didn’t He?  Didn’t God give us vegetables?  Why not just eat those?  God gave us muscles, why not just exercise those?  Physical health is physical health.  Pursue that.  Do whatever you need to do to obtain it.  But don’t act like this “latest & greatest” product is the God-ordained solution to your health woes.  Obviously, you can do that if you like, but like I said, that bugs me.  I figure that my blog is the perfect place for me to offer this discussion to others.

The “dumb” Christians are the ones that listen to the slick sales pitch of a (potentially) valid product simply because the name of God is associated with it.  Without bothering to go to the source of all truth, the scriptures, people then become deceived.  I wish the brethren would be smarter than that, but they are not always.

If a person intentionally markets a product as “God’s gift to us” at this time in history with the express purpose of making money from those (unsuspecting) people, then that person is not “dumb,” but evil.  Especially if the unsuspecting join a pyramid scheme and end up losing a lot of money because they were too far down on the pyramid.

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I thought your first post was pretty clear. . . but hey – I’m the one who says “rsvp please” right?



Thanks Wayne. I thought so too, but there was some misunderstanding. Hopefully this will help with the confusion.


Just some thoughts. True “pyramid” schemes in this
country are illegal.The main difference from “multi level marketing” is that true pyramids MUST have a constant supply of new investors to continue to generate money and exist. When new money investment stops, the system crumbles and the latest
investors are left holding the (empty) bag.
True multi-level marketing does not need new investors to exist. They depend more on the sale of good products and sales people to stay viable.
One of the signs of a “good” company is there is minimal money involved to join and no need to buy
inventory to have in stock. Indeed, Sherry’s company (and Sherry) have done well even through the recession and actual decline in the number of
“designers”.- Chuck


That’s true Chuck. The link that I put in this article takes you to a website that explains the difference clearly. I have no idea what kind of business Sherry does, but I’m glad it has worked out for you!


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