March 17, 2015 by Billionaire Addresses
Recently Pastor Creflo Dollar, the head of the World Changer’s Megachurch in Atlanta, in a video posted on its website, asked for donations for a new private jet in the video dubbed “Project G-650”, as in Gulfstream 650, one of the most expensive jets available today.
It seems his current jet, built in 1984, is getting older and has had a few recent problems. “It’s not like a car where you can pull over on the side when something goes wrong and I knew it was time to begin to believe God for a new airplane.” he was quoted as saying. “Most definitely, most definitely. We support our pastor, that’s what we’re here for,” said one of his loyal followers.
Ministrywatch.com is a web site that helps donors sort out financially, the good from the bad. “We have in the past identified 30 of the top ministries and 30 of the worst ministries. Unfortunately, Creflo Dollar fell under the worst category, the main reason for that is the lack of financial transparency.” Dollar asks parishioners to give 10% of their income to his church, but gives no public accounting of how the millions are spent. As you can see from the images we have posted, he obviously spends the parish’s money freely and as wanted, not as needed.
To find out more about the jet, Martin Savidge of CNN, called Daniel Jennings, a long time seller of private jets. “This is not an entry level or even mid level jet.” “This is the top of the line jet.” The Gulfstream 650 is the largest, longest distance, 2nd fastest private jet in the world. The wait for a new one is 4 years, and there are only 4 used ones for sale in the entire world. Even a used one would run around $72 million, so it looks like a new one won’t be arriving anytime soon.
Dollar, married to fellow pastor Taffi Dollar, whose estimated worth is somewhere around $27 million, is one of the top proponents of so-called “prosperity gospel,” which preaches that God rewards the righteous in this life with affluence, which His chosen children have an obligation to flaunt as a show of how richly the Lord has blessed them. He sure is following his own gospel with his flashy mansion and cars (he drives a Rolls Royce). His Sandy Springs, Georgia home is worth an estimated $2.5 million alone. The average annual income for the College Park area where his church is located is just $29,000. Believe who you will, it is reported he has between 30,000 to over 200,000 followers, as his website states he has. Every Sunday between 6,000 and 7,000 people attend his services at his ‘World Dome’ facilities.
It now seems the uproar over the online video asking for the $65 million jet has changed things a bit, as the video is no longer on their website. We are sure he will just stay low for a while until this blows over and then just purchase a new jet silently like everything else he showers upon himself with the churches money.
One last thing….
To let you know how ‘wonderful’ this man is, he was arrested for assaulting his then-15-year-old daughter in 2012 (He has 5 children). Back in 2011, Dollar made headlines when he stood in solidarity with fellow pastor Eddie Long, who was accused of sexual misconduct involving teenage boys. A week later, however, he warned parishioners of Long’s church, that they were not welcome at World Changers Church. Even before that, in 2007, Dollar and his wife Taffi were targeted along with other “prosperity gospel” ministries in an investigation by the Senate Finance Committee, headed by Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA). Prosperity gospel is a belief that God favors the righteous with wealth and material success, and wants them to have the best in life.
During the investigation, Dollar was unapologetic and uncooperative, refusing to hand over some documents and only supplying others after much delay and with great reluctance. He insisted that Grassley and the other senators were meddling in church doctrine, where they didn’t belong. He was also investigated in 2009 for animal cruelty of horses on his property.
We at Billionaire Addresses ask, “When will people finally open their eyes to such financial and emotional predators that use faith to steal peoples money?” What do you think?
Thank you to RawStory.com for information for this story.
By Steve Siebold – Huffington Post
Author and expert in the field of critical thinking and mental toughness training
The Biggest Scam of All: Pastor Creflo Dollar Will Get His $65 Million Luxury Jet
You may have heard the story a few months ago about an Atlanta-based minister who claimed he needed a $65 million private jet so he could “safely and swiftly share the Good News of the Gospel worldwide.” But almost as quickly as Pastor Creflo Dollar asked his 200,000 followers to each donate $300.00 towards the purchase of a luxurious jet, the campaign vanished and was removed from his website.
But now, the board of World Changers Church International — which also operates as Creflo Dollar Ministries, has announced it is ready to purchase the plane.
“We plan to acquire a Gulfstream G650 because it is the best, and it is a reflection of the level of excellence at which this organization chooses to operate.”
This has got to be one of the biggest shams ever, and there’s so much delusion it’s hard to even figure out where to begin.
Let’s start with the money. Imagine what could be accomplished with $65 million! That’s a lot of money. Do you think Jesus would have wanted his earthly representatives traveling the globe in luxurious accommodations? Or do you think Jesus would have wanted to see that $65 million used to feed the poor, help the homeless, improve education, or just make some kind of huge impact to help humanity?
World Changers Church International said, “A long-range, high-speed, intercontinental jet aircraft is a tool that is necessary in order to fulfill the mission of the ministry.”
Sure, who wouldn’t want such a nice aircraft to travel the world? I know I would and I bet you would, too. And if you’re one of the few people in this world who can afford one, go for it! But when you start hitting up your congregants — many of whom struggle with their day-to-day finances and barely have enough money to provide the basic necessities for themselves and their families — that’s when something has to be done.
What about flying commercially? Jesus travelled on foot and by donkey. Granted there were no Gulfstream G650s back in the day, but if there were somehow I don’t think you would have seen Jesus flying around in one. Dollar resides in Atlanta, the city with the world’s largest airport with flights to every major international destination on a daily basis. Certainly it would be more cost effective for his flock to do their work around the world this way.
But after all, God told him to buy the plane. Dollar said, “If I want to believe God for a $65 million plane, you cannot stop me. You cannot stop me from dreaming. I’m gonna dream until Jesus comes.”
I don’t know what’s worse: the fact that Creflo Dollar believes God spoke to him and told him to buy this jet, or the fact that people are so gullible and delusional and are actually supporting this guy. Of course, as Dollar puts it, it’s simply part of what he calls “prosperity theology,” in other words, giving of your own money to the church because by doing so your level of personal wealth is blessed and will grow significantly.
It’s not surprising, really, that people buy into this nonsense. After studying mental toughness training for the last 31 years, there’s a definite pattern of people who are operating from a weak state of mind to be more vulnerable to the suspension of critical thinking and doing anything that makes them feel better. Being addicted to the emotion of hope is a killer, so when Pastor Dollar tells them to give $300.00 and reminds them of the promise of everlasting life, a mansion in the sky and being reunited with loved ones, it sure sounds pretty good.
The bottom line: It’s time for people to wake up and stop being stupid! Stop being manipulated and giving your money to the power hungry religious leader who owns two Rolls Royce cars and multiple multi-million-dollar homes. Creflo Dollar is a fake. If he was so genuinely concerned about doing good and Godly deeds, he would be raising $65 million to truly make a difference in the lives of so many. Instead, he’ll be enjoying a better than first-class experience as he jets around the world in style laughing at the farce he created.
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