ATLANTA (AP) - An Atlanta megachurch took in $69 million in 2006, according to a financial statement the church's minister released in response to a Senate investigation into him and five other well-known televangelists.
The Rev. Creflo Dollar disclosed the World Changers Church International's financial information to The Atlanta Journal- Constitution, but said the money he spends is his own.
Dollar said his income comes from personal investments, including businesses and real estate ventures. But the church gave him a Rolls Royce, which he mainly uses for special occasions, he said.
"Without a doubt, my life is not average," he said. "But I'd like to say, just because it is excessive doesn't necessarily mean it's wrong."...
Another Jim Bakker in the works: starts out with the best of intentions, and then the money starts rolling in hand over fist. Why do these guys keep crawling out of the woodwork in the name of Christianity. Didn't Dollar ever see the conversation between Jesus and the rich young ruler. Guess not. I blame the people that give him the money: they like to hear teachers that "appease their itching ears." Money is not evil, but the love of it is. The human heart is full of [greed]: that's what Jesus said. Dollar will fall into the same trap that they all fall into, if he hasn't already. He says himself in his article that "even though is life is excessive doesn't mean it is wrong." That's equivocation. Dollar has forgotten who he is representing: Teachers who lead people wrong in the name of the gospel, Jesus says that "a millstone should be fastened around his neck to be plunged in the depths of the ocean." Sounds like profiteering, the same kind of profiteering that was going on when Jesus threw them all out of the temple in John 2. It's just disgusting and pathetic.
--didn't notice your link there--I agree that for those without wealth the gospel becomes one of the only things they can hold on to. I read it or heard it said before that one should pray not to be too rich nor too poor, that is you don't want to lack but you don't want more than you need. Grace to get through each day is sufficient.
Mark M., I'm very much aware that a native Nebraskan started Scientology, if you went to the website I mentioned you would have noticed that.
By the way,
Gil Rugh said or, wrote: Affluence chokes out Christianity - what I do with my money and time reavals what I think about. The christian faith in Asia is growing at three and four times the rate of population. In this country we can barely keep up with the population rate. Christians there do not the burden of wealth, so they pass on their faith with a sense of urgency. It is the most important thing in their lives. Why tie up God's money and time in things that have no eternal significance.
Another quick comment about Dollar. As I am here in Georgia where his ministry is based, I have listened to his preaching for years. I really do think he knows his Bible, but he has fallen in to the whole name it and claim it mentality. I do believe that Christ does want us to have a more abundant life on this earth and not to be in poverty, getting out of debt and becoming a success in a God blessed career is good stuff, but why the Rolls? why the private jet? Why the huge house? I sometimes feel guilty when I waste money on video games and other luxury items when I know first hand from my in-laws that people all over the world are suffering (I know a lot suffer here in the U.S. too, but I know more about the trouble in Philippines where my buying a videogame for the x-box literally is a month's salary to some of the poorer families there). Then you hear a report like this and it just makes you feel bad. What is wrong with having a decent car and a decent home? I can almost understand the jet with all the traveling the ministry does, but I'll bet it looks like something off of MTV cribs. He is in a position to help so many but appears to have wasted a lot of the money on himself.
"dee" -- I really don't think they have TRULY READ IT
I PRAY GOD WILL TOUCH their HEARTS !!!
"Our" Culture IS IN DESPRATE NEED OF ""TRUTH"" -- *UNWAVERING*, *UNCOMPROMISING* ""TRUTH"" -- and this "Modern Day" ReLiGiOn will never bring THE DEPTH OF TRUTH REQUIRED TO AFFECT THE ***REPENTANT*** HEARTFELT CHANGE NEEDED TO LIFT "Us" FROM "Our" dismal moral disinegration
Such damnable disingenuousness
It will require COMMITTED GODLY men and women who are BROKEN over the disjointed godlessness that has overtaken "Us" --- "We" MUST ACKNOWLEDGE "Our" excessive self-centeredness --- Yes, "Our" hellishly blasphemous me-first mentality !!!
AB'-BAH, FATHER, FORGIVE this profanely contemptuous inaction that has filled the Hearts of men !!! *IN*Jesus Name, A-men.
I PRAY "We" WILL AWAKEN TO THE TRUTH !!!
I PRAY "We" WILL *** R E P E N T *** AND RETURN TO GOD !!!
Men have created a god that suits there own likings and serves their own purposes...
These are dangerous times -- men hold no FEAR OF GOD
Many have tWiStEd THE TRUTH to cater to itching ears --- promoting "me" - "myself" - and " I "...
Turn on TBN and DayStar -- you will hear every sort of get-em to give scheme ------- ABSOLUTELY ATROCIOUS !!!
A few years ago Creflo Dollar came on TBN and made a statement concerning his Rolls Royce --- how people were questioning him about it ------- I remember what he said and the prideful puffed up way he said it pierced my heart like an arrow --- he said he didn't care what anyone thought and he was going to GET MORE...
Another one of Creflo's signature moves was the way he use to tell THE CHURCH "When your standing out on the street and you see someone coming by in that nice new Cadillac, you just holler out COME BACK HERE WITH "my" Cadilac THAT'S "my" Cadilac..."
I've looked in on Eddie Long through the years and have noticed his GrAdUaTiOn to gaudy jewelry in these past few years -------
Randy and Paula White -- --
Kenneth and Gloria Copeland -- Hmmm -- and they have another buddy that always uses Corvettes and Harley Davidson Motorcycles as backdrops -- he is REALLY STUCK ON "PROSPERITY" --- Hmmm
terry evans wrote: Someone in the Bible said, your money perish with you. A better question, why do "christians" send money to any of these people. Jesus said, and the violent take it by force, is buying your way to heaven, using force, or is that good works, does it take away your conviction, your sin. The blind will always be there to lead the blind, you will find what your looking for, so sad. We have a Great God, He will give you the desires of your heart, it is written. Even the not so good ones. That you should believe a lie.
Terry, I doubt we will find many Christians in this group.
Don't forget L.Ron Hubbard decided to put his theory in to practice by becoming the inventor of the Tom Cruise religion, and by all counts they make Creflo Dollar look like small change by comparison.
Love or hate the televangilsts, I'm sure there are a few televised ministries that actually are Christian even if I don't always agree with their interpretations of scripture, I've always held the opinion to give to the local church that one attends. If you are not in a local church then maybe donate anonymously to those you know personally that can be helped.
All non-profit groups, "Christian" and secular alike, carry hefty payrolls that must be paid, promotional materials expenses, and general costs to their operations. There are many good charities, but plenty of room for corruption.
Was Come wrote: Come now, riches doesn't condemn nor make a man, its the mans devotion that condemns or makes him. Matt 19:24 doesn't say that riches are evil but it is the devotion that men have to their riches that is the concern and may ultimately condemn them. It would be better that we do not take on the temptation of riches, for if YOU are asked to give up the riches you may not want to, same as the 'young man in Matt 19:24' and maybe Creflo... Do not condemn nor judge but if you feel a man is in error should you not pray AND appeal to them?
Your right, its the love of money. I don't condemn, but judge, you bet, its Biblical to judge.
Error, this man is what a pastor, or is he the rev. He is way past error.
You maybe right, got Creflo's phone number, I'll appeal to him, maybe I can ride in his rolls, maybe he would give me a few bucks, or at least some investment advise.
Come now, riches doesn't condemn nor make a man, its the mans devotion that condemns or makes him. Matt 19:24 doesn't say that riches are evil but it is the devotion that men have to their riches that is the concern and may ultimately condemn them. It would be better that we do not take on the temptation of riches, for if YOU are asked to give up the riches you may not want to, same as the 'young man in Matt 19:24' and maybe Creflo...
Do not condemn nor judge but if you feel a man is in error should you not pray AND appeal to them?
My, my, '"In the late 1940s, pulp writer L. Ron Hubbard declared:
"Writing for a penny a word is ridiculous. If a man really wants to make a million dollars, the best way would be to start his own religion"' from,
1Corinthians 9 11 If we sowed unto you spiritual things, is it a great matter if we shall reap your carnal things? 12 If others partake of [this] right over you, do not we yet more? Nevertheless we did not use this right; but we bear all things, that we may cause no hindrance to the gospel of Christ. 1Samuel 2 12 Now the sons of Eli were base men; they knew not Jehovah. 1Samuel 2 17 And the sin of the young men was very great before Jehovah; for the men despised the offering of Jehovah.
Reaping is one thing, but taking in money for one's own use by the bushel just isn't Christian!
There are sure big bucks in the Christianity game.
These guys don't even need to start a new religion do they?