Creflo Dollar (not a joke), a televangelist that preaches prosperity gospel, just became one step closer to it. A few months ago, the pastor asked each of his 200,000 followers to donate $300 each so that he could "safely and swiftly share the Good News of the Gospel worldwide." And what was his proposed means of accomplishing this? A Gulfstream G650 jet, costing $65 million.
Shortly after his request was made, his board of directors took down the campaign page, apparently deciding that it wasn’t such a great idea. However, they’ve just changed their minds. World Changers Church International, Dollar’s nonprofit organization, has decided to give him his jet, claiming that people will benefit from his “global mobility.” Oh, he’ll be plenty mobile, all right. And comfortable, too.
“A long-range, high-speed, intercontinental jet aircraft is a tool that is necessary in order to fulfill the mission of the ministry,” said the WWCI. And what exactly is the “mission?” One could infer that it is to give its ministry leaders each and every thing they ask for, like spoiled children, operating under a thin veil of extremely loose biblical interpretation. This kind of money-grubbing is not new to the world of TV pastors – take Joel Osteen, for example.
Sadly, many people have been fooled by these twisted philosophies, and it’s hard to tell what would make these followers realize what’s really going on here. However, to the rest of us, the message is clear: what Dollar wants, he gets.
Watch the video below to see Dollar respond to the initial criticism.