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Creflo Dollar "A False Preacher"

The arrest of Georgia megachurch pastor Creflo Dollar brought renewed attention to his message of the Prosperity Gospel, controversial to some and faith-fulfilling to its followers.

Dollar, who was arrested last week after allegedly assaulting his teenage daughter, is the founder and pastor of World Changers Church International in suburban Atlanta.

It claims about 30,000 members and has a multimillion-dollar sanctuary that resembles a golden-domed spaceship atop a hill.

Dollar said in a statement he would never harm his children and that the facts in the case would be handled privately.

Prosperity ministers preach that God rewards the faithful with wealth and spiritual gifts. Pastors such as T.D. Jakes, Dollar, and Joel Osteen have become the Prosperity Gospel's most well known preachers, building megachurches and business empires with a message equating piety with prosperity.

While popular in the black church, it is not a solely black phenomenon, as seen in the ministry of Osteen, a best-selling author and megapastor at Lakewood Church in Houston. The church website says it is considered to be the largest church in America, with more than 38,000 attendees.

The Prosperity Gospel is a form of evangelical Christianity that largely grew out of the booming economy of postwar America, says Jonathan Walton, a professor of Christian Morals at Harvard and author of "Watch This! Televangelism and African American Religious Culture."

The theology's emphasis is on God's promised generosity in this life and the ability of believers to claim it for themselves. If God loves us, it teaches, then God will reward us with a new home, a good job, or good health, Walton says. God wants us to be prosperous.

One of the problems that conservatives tend to have with prosperity theology is its focus on material prosperity, says Ben Phillips, a theology professor at the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Houston.

"The Prosperity Gospel tends to mask the greatest need that any individual has, and that's to be reconciled to God through faith in Christ," Phillips says.

"The point is that God is the ultimate good," he continues. "Knowing Him, being in a relationship with Him ... in which He is God and we are His creatures, that is where joy is found."

Believers may argue, however, that material wealth is evidence of being in covenant with God, says Michael Long, a teacher of religious studies at Elizabethtown College and editor of the book, "I Must Resist: Bayard Rustin's Life in Letters."

Those believers might say material goods are a side effect of believing in God and Christ, he says. "The focus is on getting right with God, but you know that when you get right with God, you're going to get something for it."

While the theology may attract more followers in a time of economic boom, the fact that it focuses so much on the individual and controlling one's own heart is a comfort in tough economic times as well, Long says.

Tom Brown, senior pastor of the Word of Life Church in El Paso, Texas, says wealth and prosperity are what God desires for us.

"Just as any parent enjoys watching their kids have fun, God delights in watching His children enjoy what money can buy," Brown writes on the website for his ministry. "I believe God is love and He desires the best life we can have."

Believers must then use their wealth to help others, Brown says -- and that to have money for its own sake is pointless.

Phillips says it's true that the Bible teaches Christians to care for the poor, sick and needy, "but the Bible also teaches that God uses and permits suffering in the lives of people for His own ends and purposes."

He points to the Book of James, which says we must value the trials in our life because they shape our character.

"Let the brother of low degree rejoice in that he is exalted: But the rich, in that he is made low: because as the flower of the grass he shall pass away." James 1:9-10 (KJV)

Critics may say prosperity followers are wrong, but believers say they are sincere, Walton says. The pastors may be pop culture celebrities, but it doesn't mean their congregations don't find fulfillment in the message.

The pastors' wealth, derided by some as evidence of hypocrisy, could also simply be seen as evidence of their faith, Walton says.

"The wealth is part of their authority," he says. For the reference click here

 

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Creflo Dollar "A Money Hungry Preacher"

After it was reported in The Christian Post last week that Creflo Dollar Ministries is asking 200,000 of their supporters to donate $300 or more (a piece) so that their leader and his team could buy a private plane to travel the world, the story drew many negative comments.

Dollar, who is the founder of World Changers Church International, explained on the church’s website campaign that he needed $65 million to buy a Gulfstream G650 airplane because his current jet, which was purchased in 1999, was now grounded. He further explained that the reason he needed the luxury aircraft, which has been described as the “holy grail of private jets” in a Bloomberg report, was because his previous plane experienced engine failure in London on a recent trip to Australia.

Defending Dollar’s apparent need to purchase this extravagant form of traveling instead of hopping on a commercial flight, Juda Engelmayer, who represents Dollar’s Ministries, said the significant cargo they carried with them made the aircraft a must. The 5W Public Relations representative continued that when Dollar flies around the globe, he takes with him a team of 10 to 15 people and they carry with them thousands of pounds of food and provisions.

Engelmayer went on to say, “If he’s coming to the New York church, he’ll hop on a Delta flight; if he’s taking 12 people plus 100,000 pounds of food, it’s not that simple.” He continued, “The work they do is important. It’s feeding, clothing, educating people, as well as passing on the word of God.”

However, when David Graham, Global Express aircraft captain with Advanced Air Management, heard about Dollar’s reasons for wanting his followers to purchase a G650, he rubbished their excuse, stating that their reasoning didn’t add up. Others also expressed dismay as to why Dollar, who lives in a million dollar home, needed such an expensive aircraft, which is usually bought by billionaires.

In an email to the Christian Post on Friday, Graham stated, “The G650 max ramp weight is 99,600. Then add 4,000 for the G650ER … It cannot carry 12 people and 100,000 of food and supplies like the commenter says!!! Creflo is a crook and scamming his church in the name of the Lord!!!”

The irritated Graham mentioned his expertise in aircraft on his LinkedIn profile: “I have an extensive knowledge of the Corporate Aviation Industry. My experience ranges from Chief Pilot to Line Captain with Worldwide Operations.”

The manufacturer of the Gulfstream G650 appears to confirm Graham’s claims on their website. It states that the aircraft holds about 18 seated passengers and can take off with a maximum weight of 99,600 pounds. It also lists a pre-owned G650 for $67,950,000 which had 1,616 hours of flying time and 625 landings.

The appeal page has apparently been removed from the World Changers website, with a message stating that the link “could have been removed, had its name changed, or is temporarily unavailable.” However, contributions for “Project G650” are still being accepted on a donation page.

Dollar is now flying commercial airlines while the campaign is being reassessed, according to spokespersons for the organization. Engelmayer added, almost grudgingly, that the pastor’s ministry was being continued with “whatever he has to use to travel, you know, commercial transportation.” Click here for the reference.

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How can anyone allow this man to lead them to hell?

 

Creflo Dollar Exposed - Asks $65,000,000 For a Private Jet!

In March of 2015 Creflo Dollar shamefully begged his congregation (which has branches all around the world) for $65,000,000 to buy a new private jet for himself. Recently, Mr. Dollar (what a name for a shady televangelist!) lied on CNN, claiming that Jesus promised the rich young ruler 100 times his financial return if he sold all his worldly possessions and gave the money to the poor. Nothing could be further from the truth. The Lord was using the law as it was intended to be used, that is, as a measuring stick to show the young man that he had not perfectly kept God's commandments and was a sinner in need of the dear Savior (Galatians 3:24-26).

In sharp contrast to Creflo Dollar who lives in an extravagant $3,000,000 mansion in Georgia, Jesus was homeless, having no place to lay His head. The Lord gave away everything He worked for, looking out for the needs of others (Philippians 2:4-5). Jesus was born in a manger, where Lambs are born. The Lord's earthly parents were poor. When Joseph (not Jesus' biological father) and Mary brought Jesus at age 12 to be presented in the temple, they couldn't afford to buy a lamb to sacrifice, so they offered doves. Contrary to everything that greedy televangelists heretically teach, Jesus was not a wealthy man financially, nor did the Lord ever promise financial prosperity in return for serving God.

Lazarus was poor, the righteous man in the story in Luke 16:19-31. The rich man was condemned in his sins. The Christians persecuted by Rome in the early centuries were fed to hungry lions in the arena. The rest of them hid underground in the catacombs for their lives. The Bible promises great rewards in Heaven for the faithful, not here on earth. If giving always led to getting, then everyone would give. The truth is that many foolish people are giving money to shady televangelists like Creflo Dollar, Benny Hinn and Pat Robertson, and those greedy men are the only ones getting filthy rich.

Please don't be ignorant and foolish, give your money directly to the poor or a legitimate New Testament church, not to a rich minister who lives high-on-the-hog in a mansion at the expense of his victims (2nd Peter 2:1-3). Biblically, anyone who associates gain with godliness is teaching a satanic lie... 1st Timothy 6:5-6, “Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself. But godliness with contentment is great gain.” ~by David J. Stewart. Clck here for the reference

 

Creflo Dollar and World Changers Church International

The ministry's income is unavailable, but newspaper accounts say the ministry paid $18 million in cash for his new 8,000-seat World Changers Church International on the southern edge of Atlanta. Creflo Dollar flies to speaking engagements across the nation and Europe in a $5 million private jet and drives a black Rolls-Royce. and travels in a $5 million private jet. Dollar's ministry became a focus of a court case involving boxer Evander Holyfield in 1999. The lawyer for Holyfield's ex-wife estimated that the fighter gave Dollar's ministry $7 million. Dollar refused to testify in the case. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch. STLtoday.com 11/18/2003)

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Mar. 5, 2000 says this:

The Rev. Creflo Dollar Jr. has unabashedly embraced his name by building a religious empire on the message that his brand of piety leads to prosperity. He drives a black Rolls-Royce, flies to speaking engagements across the nation and Europe in a $5 million private jet and lives in a $1 million home behind iron gates in an upscale Atlanta neighborhood... The World Changers campus sits on a slight hill... Inside the church is a lobby befitting a five-star hotel. Chairs are scattered about on baby blue carpet thick enough to muffle the sound of the stadium-size crowd arriving for a Sunday service... There are no visible traditional Christian symbols - no cross, no image of Jesus, no stained-glass windows...Dollar lives in a $1 million home owned by the church in the Guilford Forest subdivision in southwest Atlanta. World Changers purchased another $1 million home on 27 acres in Fayette County in December. The church has amassed a fortune in real estate, mostly in College Park... As World Changers grew, so did Dollar's emphasis on prosperity. Dollar has no degree in theology. Much of his prosperity message, according to church and his family members, is based on the teachings of friend and spiritual mentor Kenneth Copeland... And a frequent criticism - that the church refuses to help nontithers - isn't true either, Lett said. Tithers simply "have priority," she said. People are not allowed to touch Dollar during services, she said, simply because "the anointing is flowing at that point." She said the church purchased a Rolls-Royce for Dollar's use because "he deserves the best."

The word Anointing has become arguably the most overused, overworked, misunderstood, misinterpreted term in the Pentecostal and Charismatic arenas. Click here for the reference.

 

Creflo Dollar Responds To Critics Of His $65M Jet Project By Calling Them "The Devil"