Megachurch pastor Creflo Dollar, an aptly named “prosperity gospel” preacher, is asking for a chunk of change from his congregation.
Feeding the hungry? Sheltering the homeless? Maybe treating those with HIV and Ebola in Africa?
Not exactly. It turns out the pastor is a bit of a jetsetter and would like a Gulfstream G650 to spread his message around the globe. CNN reported:
The figures were presented Friday in a nearly six-minute video on the Creflo Dollar Ministries website (the video was not viewable Friday night) and total more than $60 million needed to buy the Gulfstream G650, which goes for a reported $65 million.
The project isn’t limited to member donations, as the site states that “we are asking members, partners and supporters of this ministry to assist us in acquiring a Gulfstream G650.”
So, if you look at it that way, maybe asking for $60 million is giving his flock a real steal?
After all, according to “prosperity gospel,” tithing 10% to a church guarantees wealth and fortune. That’s in the Bible somewhere, maybe in the Book of Job.
According to CNN, the pastor claims he had spiritual experiences that caused him to say publicly that he “knew that it was time to begin to believe God for a new airplane.”
The pastor asked for the money for his stated purpose of spreading the gospel.
“We need your help to continue reaching a lost and dying world for the Lord Jesus Christ. Your love gift of any amount will be greatly appreciated.”
In any event, the pastor is taking fire from many sides for floating the proposition out there, and then later retracting the initial video request:
Where do Christians think their money is going? “Rev. Creflo Dollar (really?) yanks $65M private jet donation page.” http://t.co/ojmdhymn6u
— Pitt Griffin (@pittgriffin) March 15, 2015
@pittgriffin “There’s a sucker born every minute,
and sometimes they’re twins!” – P.T. Barnum
— Cranford J. Coulter (@shoutforjoyus) March 15, 2015
If you can’t trust a man named Creflo Dollar with your money, whom can you trust? http://t.co/oYbNgvq2UJ
— Craig Mazin (@clmazin) March 15, 2015
— Phillip (@Outdoorguy64) March 15, 2015
It looks like “Creflo Dollar” has some explaining to do. Who could’ve seen that coming?
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