Creflo Dollar, a man with many dollars, is jet set on a singular purpose — not only to spread the Gospel of Christ, but to do so via a luxury private jet that comes with a price tag of $60 million dollars. No worries, Dollar has made it a matter of prayer, and has turned over the fundraising to the good people that follow this charlatan’s credos. The shameless pastor has asked that a few hundred thousand of his sheeples fork over at least $300 each.
Writes CNN on March 14: “Creflo Dollar is hoping a few folks will see fit to bless him. The minister, known for being a prosperity preacher at his Atlanta-area World Changers Church International, is seeking ‘200,000 people committed to sow $300 or more to help achieve our goal to purchase the G650 airplane.’”
Dollar’s YouTube outreach, seen here, outrageously requires his followers to donate “at least $300 or more” all the while playing on the heartstrings of people with a “woe is me” message set to soft piano music. The video attempts to paint Dollar’s previous aircraft as a dangerous rust bucket, one that only arrives at its destinations “by the grace of God.”
The 53-year-old profligate preacher takes the pulpit each week at an 8,500-seat facility in Georgia known as the World Dome, which cost $18 million to build. Per Creflo’s own website, the Dome was built absent any financing. With reported annual revenues of nearly $100 million pouring in from pushover parishioners, Dollar is a bank unto himself.
Creflo has been heavily criticized for his “prosperity theology,” with teaches that financial blessing is the will of God, and that he will give material benefits to those who donate to Christian ministries. Yet with two Rolls-Royces, an estimated haul of $100 million dollars annually and multi-million real estate holdings around the country, Dollar is a far cry from Jesus’ instructions for his First Century disciples: “You received free, give free. Do not acquire gold or silver or copper for your money belts, or a food pouch for the trip, or two garments, or sandals, or a staff, for the worker deserves his food.” – Matthew 10.
Before the campaign site (a screen shot can be seen at right) was pulled over the instant backlash, Dollar’s people wrote: “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. Therefore, we are asking members, partners, and supporters of this ministry to assist us in acquiring a Gulfstream G650 airplane so that Pastors Creflo and Taffi and World Changers Church International can continue to blanket the globe with the Gospel of grace.”
In 2010, the New York Times reported that “Wall Watchers, an evangelical organization that monitors the finances of Christian ministries, gave Mr. Dollar’s organization an ‘F’ grade for financial transparency in its yearly report and urged donors not to give to it and similar groups.”
Dollar has also been accused of beating his daughter and bribing cops, as the above video detailed.
The Christian Post spoke to Juda Engelmayer, whose PR company represents Creflo Dollar Ministries.
When asked why Dollar can’t use public airplanes like the rest of us, Engelmayer replied: “You’re missing the point. The plane is not so Creflo Dollar can get on by himself and fly. They take a ministry team of 10 to 15 people with them. They take thousands of pounds of food and provisions with them when they go around the world. 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.”
Actually, Dollar’s public relation guy should check his facts. A commercial airliner could handle that load much easier than the G650, especially considering the Gulfstream’s payload is only 6,500 pounds. It does however have giant ice drawers, fitted storage for flatware and crystal, handcrafted leather recliners and a private stateroom – all essentials for any modest missionary.
Adds columnist Michael Brown from TownHall.com: “I’m all for generous giving, and I’m all for taking care of ministers of the gospel, but I will not be sending Creflo Dollar $300 to help him buy a $65 million jet for his ministry. The very thought of it is obscene… What’s really sad is that some people will actually do it. What’s even sadder is that this same money could be used in millions of more productive ways. What’s the saddest of all is that this financial appeal is bringing reproach to the name of Jesus and making a mockery of the gospel before the eyes of the world.”
Do you agree? Would you send Creflo Dollar even one dollar to help finance a new luxury jet?