I never watch Nightline, usually we’re watching Jay Leno or playing Guitar Hero. But tonight something caught our eyes as we flipped past ABC. It was Creflo Dollar defending his mega-prosperity ministry & church. He, along with others (Benny Hinn, Kenneth and Gloria Copeland of Texas, David and Joyce Meyer of Missouri, Randy and Paula White – who are divorcing by the way, of Florida and Bishop Eddie Long of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia, Ga.), are being investigated by Senator Grassley (apparently) for their mega-money lifestyles that include private jets, Rolls Royce’s, mansions, etc. During the interview Dollar gets blasted for not turning over his personal financial records, to which he (Dollar), says that he is making a stand for all ministries because it’s their constitutional right… ugh yeah, thanks dude. To me it sounded a lot like spin, as he explained away all the money and prosperity teaching. On the other hand, his church has done a lot of great charity work, and he has personally as well. So what to think?
Now I’ve spent a fair amount of time watching TBN – there’s not much on there that makes me proud to be a Christian. And I honestly don’t know how I feel about people like Creflo Dollar. But as we were watching this TV special, my wife asked the question, “How do you feel about that?”. And it really got me thinking.
First off, I always think: who am I? I mean here’s a guy who has a church of almost 40,000 people! And I always believe that God is in control and can take someone out whenever he wants to, so obviously, this pastor is still in leadership. But as we were watching the interview one thing that really shot up some red flags were his comments on Jesus being a rich man – which is his belief. That one really threw me for a spin. I don’t know what Bible he reads, but in my Bible Jesus was definitely not rich according to the world’s standards, and in his time the majority of the population were poor. And we haven’t even cracked the lid on the whole “Prosperity Teaching” of these types of ministries.
Anyway, what I think, for what it’s worth is that God’s purposes are accomplished despite of man. This man may be the leader of a church and a mega-ministry, but it’s God who does the work in people’s hearts, and it’s Gods church – not any mans. So I’m not worried tonight, although I do have a bad taste in my mouth. I just don’t like giving people more reasons to lose faith in God’s church… (not that I do much better).