$69 Million Reasons to be a Christian

Friends,

I’d like to comment on this story without necessarily ‘passing judgement’: Megachurch Took in $69 Million in 2006. In fact, I’m going to comment without really even commenting.

The Rev. Creflo Dollar disclosed the World Changers Church International’s financial information to The Atlanta Journal- Constitution, but said the money he spends is his own.

Dollar said his income comes from personal investments, including businesses and real estate ventures. But the church gave him a Rolls Royce, which he mainly uses for special occasions, he said.

“Without a doubt, my life is not average,” he said. “But I’d like to say, just because it is excessive doesn’t necessarily mean it’s wrong.”

Here are my thoughts.

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 5:3)

Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” (19:21)

Listen, my dear brothers: Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom he promised those who love him? (James 2:5)

You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked. (Revelation 3:17)

For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich. (2 Corinthians 8:9)

Mr. Dollar is surely right. It’s not wrong. But there does seem to be something thoroughly contradictory about his life and the life of most Christians, most Americans, most humans. Imagine a church with $69 million in one year! This is a far cry from our brothers and sisters in the Middle East who are barely scraping by and who are being persecuted because of the Name of Jesus.

I’m not criticizing. He has a right to do with that money whatever he likes and so does the church that ‘takes it in.’

jerry 

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  1. Michelle

    Great commentary, without much in the way of commentary! Christ’s own words speak so much louder than the shouting posturing of wealthy evangelists and others who use the gospel and “word of faith” to fleece the sheep….

    As a Christian of over 20 years, I’m astounded by our own inability to see the truth right before us. It’s like common sense goes out the window when an attractive guy in an expensive suit and plastic surgery tells us he’s anointed…

    Contrasted to Jesus, who is described in Isaiah 53:
    “2 … He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him,
    nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.

    3 He was despised and rejected by men,
    a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering.
    Like one from whom men hide their faces
    he was despised, and we esteemed him not.”

    So, in the estimation of these men who purport to be the anointed, Jesus Himself would be despised and basically ignored…

    I’ll take Jesus, scarred, marred, and broken, over a guy in a suit anyday.

  2. Michelle,

    Thanks for stopping by. I think you and I are on the same page here when it comes to this nonsense. God Bless.

    jerry

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