Not too long ago, I wrote a piece about one of Oxygen’s newest reality shows called “Preachers of Detroit”. I touched on a couple of controversial issues within the church, but I failed to mention a particular topic that I had been mulling over since I’d watched the first season of “Preachers of LA.” Excess. Opulence. Lavishness.
I’d often wondered why pastors needed Bentley’s, mansions, Rolexes, etc. etc. It just really didn’t sit well with me. While I understand that preachers have a right to make a living, and the right to buy anything that they please with the money they’ve earned, it seems to me that living such a luxurious lifestyle is in direct opposition to the Bible’s teachings.
Popular Televangelist Creflo Dollar is making headlines this morning for launching a campaign, in which he calls on his supporters to help him raise $65 million to purchase a private plane. In response to the campaign, his ministry has launched ProjectG650, an appeal stating that if each member donates $300, then they could reach their ultimate goal of 65 million. It appears that Creflo’s old plane, which was purchased back in 1999 isn’t working so well anymore…what a shame!
“We believe it is time to replace this aircraft so that our Pastors and staff can continue to safely and swiftly share the Good News of the Gospel worldwide. Believe it or not, there are still millions of people on this planet who have never heard of Jesus Christ and know nothing of His greatness. Our hearts desire to see precious lives changed and snatched out of darkness and thrust into His marvelous light! We need your help to continue reaching a lost and dying world for the Lord Jesus Christ.”
Here’s a little background information on the plane Mr. DOLLAR has got his eyes on. There is a three year waiting list, and Oprah…OPRAH is on it! Take a look inside:
This is disgusting. This man, whose last name says all I think we need to know about him, is asking his congregation to help him pay for a PLANE that OPRAH is on the waiting list for. Oprah. He is clearly taking advantage of his supporters, and doing it all in Jesus’ name. This is NOT OK! Dollar and his wife Tafi aren’t the only people doing “God’s work” that have been called into question. Check out these findings from CharityWatch.org
I mean, there are like, sooooo many Bible verses that speak against this very thing:
“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
And he said to them, “Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.”
For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul?
For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.
But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction
So my question to Creflo Dollar and his wife Tafi would be, how do you even sleep at night? What do you pray for before your head hits that pillow? My questions to the congregation: Are you that blind? Are you that foolish?
I know one thing, NOT A SINGLE MEMBER of his church should be behind on rent, car notes, medical bills…NOTHIN! All of them BETTER be well taken care of if Creflo Dollar get this plane. Because if not, I can say with no hesitation that this man, along with the other flashy preachers who have members of their congregation who may be suffering, couldn’t POSSIBLY be doing the work of God. There’s no way in hell.