Mega-churches & The Greedy Hirelings in Their Pulpits
The ‘LA Times’ reports Creflo A. Dollar, senior pastor of World Changers Church International, preaches that God will reward his faithful with material riches. It is a gospel that has won the flamboyant, demon-possessed preacher a 25,000-strong congregation — and a Rolls-Royce, a multimillion-dollar mansion and a private Gulfstream III jet. Now a Senate committee is investigating whether Dollar and leaders of several other mega-churches have illegally used donations to fund opulent lifestyles. Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) has sent letters to six high-profile mega-churches, including Dollar’s in College Park, Ga., requesting that they hand over records of salaries, expense accounts, credit cards, cars and airplanes.’ Jesus came into the city of Jerusalem on a donkey,’ Grassley said in a telephone interview. ‘Do these ministers really need Bentleys and Rolls-Royces to spread the Gospel?’ Grassley has some other specific concerns. For example, he wants Paula and Randy White, pastors of the Without Walls International Church in Tampa, Fla., to document thier tax-exempt cosmetic surgery. And he wants Joyce Meyer, who runs Joyce Meyer Ministries from Fenton, Mo., to explain the tax-exempt purpose of a $23,000 ‘commode with marble top.’ Next we will look at a report documenting how the megachurches and “pastorpreneurs” like Bill Hybels, Rick Warren and Joel Osteen are ‘fleecing the flock’ by offering a luke-warm gospel, giant screen TV’s, rock music & plenty of entertainment.
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