Those ministers are well-known by members of local churches throughout the country, such theo-giants as Joel Osteen, John Hagee, Benny Hinn, Jack Van Impe, Hal Lindsey, T.J.Jakes, and of course the perrennial electronic church icon, the affable Pat Robertson. These theological shooting stars have been with us from eternity! Highly visible on impact, but effective as dust in the long haul!
As the Internet morphs from a once known "geek" play toy, it is now becoming the arena where no one can afford not to participate in that hawk your ware's venue of any significance. This is a good thing for those innovative entrepreneurs who never had the financing or know how to compete with the "big boys!"
However, it's also becoming the unofficially free "pulpit" for thousands of "wannabee" super star preachers and teachers of things religious. This can be good or bad when you consider that God can use whomever He chooses to deliver His message to the masses. Some would say that these "instant prophets" really don't have the education that most accredited theologians have acquired through many years of Bible college and seminary training. Novice theologians counter that God can use the foolish things of the world to confound the wise, which carries much scruptural validation,(1Corinthians 1:27).
Nevertheless, whether educated or not, many of these unknown prophets competing in this arena from amongst the lowly ranks of religious society are scrambling for the publicity they need to reach their audience. One thing is certain, many of those who scramble for popularity are becoming obvious to those who hunger for God's truth. But, have they really been chosen and do they really represent God's will? Once again, my favorite theologian of days gone by, A.W Tozer, puts nails to the coffin as to whether how popular a preacher or teacher or broadcaster may be, is that person truly qualified or even sufficient to carry God's message, without Holy Spirit power?