CREFLO DOLLAR (pictured in this mug shot) WANTS YOUR DOLLARS FOR NEW CORPORATE LEAR JET!
WANTED FOR IMPROPRIETY
NOW WHO THE MAN?
Plain and simple: Pastor Creflo Dollar is a disgrace. Today's headlines read: "Creflo Dollar's lofty plan seeks $65M jet for global missions." And if that wasn't enough, the man bearing the name Dollar, is asking 200,000 people to contribute $200 each to purchase the plane.
A website devoted to the fundraiser explains that Dollar's current airplane has traveled more than 4 million miles and been in service since 1999, and needs replacing in order to "continue to safely and swiftly share the Good News of the Gospel worldwide."
There's so much delusion in all of this it's hard to even know where to start. But let's begin with the money. Imagine how many other better ways $65 million could be spent. Imagine how many homeless people that could help. Imagine how many meals that could buy. Imagine how many basic necessities that most people take for granted that money could provide. Even items like a toothbrush, pillows, clothing, books and computers for our schools, toys for children who don't have any, medical supplies and so on.
That would make sense, but instead, Dollar apparently believes that money should be used to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ around the world. And if Dollar and his fellow pastors are so concerned about traveling the world to spread the gospel, is there a reason they can't fly commercially? Let's be perfectly clear: there are many flights every day, especially from Atlanta, Dollar's hometown, all over the world. Are you seeing the delusion yet?
Dollar has long been criticized for his teaching of prosperity and for his lavish lifestyle; after all, he owns two Rolls-Royces, a private jet, and real estate such as a million-dollar home in Atlanta, a $2.5 million home in Demarest, New Jersey, and a $2.5 million home in Manhattan which he sold for $3.75 million in 2012. Dollar has refused to disclose his salary and Creflo Dollar Ministries received a grade of "F" for financial transparency by the organization Ministry Watch. Enough said.
What about the biblical passage that says the love of money is the root of all evil? I guess that doesn't apply to some of the men behind the pulpit. Don't get me wrong: I'm a firm believer in acquiring wealth. After all, this is America, the land of opportunity and the place where everyone has the opportunity to strike it big. But getting rich by selling the hope of eternal life with no proof to substantiate those claims is pathetic.
On Dollar's website, when talking about tithing, the act of giving part of your income to the church, it says, "When we bring our tithes to church, we should expect a blessing or an empowerment from God." So let me get this straight: when you have a family living in poverty, with three kids to support, and bill collectors knocking on the door every day, you want them to tithe their money? Or worse, you want them to give $200 so Dollar, who is already extremely wealthy, can purchase a new airplane? Really? IMPORTANT NOTICE: TO ALL CHRISTIANS WHO HAVE BEEN VICTIMIZED BY RELIGIOUS FRAUDS. CONTACT THE ORGANIZATION BELOW AND FILE A FORMAL COMPLAINT WITH THEM. DEMAND THAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT INVESTIGATE THESE INDIVIDUALS FOR IMPROPRIETY AND PROSECUTED IF FOUND GUILTY.