Help preacher Creflo Dollar get new wings
Creflo Dollar, pictured above with his wife Taffi, has launched a campaign to pressurise his World Changers Church International congregation into buying him a new, $65 million Gulfstream G650 jet.
According to Kirsten West Savali, writing for The Root:
The right reverend was traveling on his old private jet when the aircraft experienced engine failure. Fortunately, the pilot was able to land safely without any injuries or fatalities, but the incident was so frightening, Dollar felt compelled to reach out to his flock.
His G650 appeal reads, partially, as follows:
We are asking members, partners and supporters of this ministry to assist in the undertaking of an initiative called Project G650. The mission of Project G650 is to acquire 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.
We are believing for 200,000 people to give contributions of 300 US dollars or more to turn this dream into a reality – and allow us to retire the aircraft that served us well for many years.
Dollar, who made headlines in 2012 for allegedly assaulting his then 15-year-old daughter, reportedly has an estimated net worth of $27 million – 200 times more than the $29,640 average annual income in College Park, Ga., where he holds court.
Why can’t he pay for it himself? After all, this is a man who tells his followers that Jesus wants them to be rich, and if you pay him, he’ll show you how to do it. He unapologetically flaunts his wealth to prove to his congregation that the God of the Holy Bible will make those faithful to him richer than Empire’s Lucious Lyon.
His prosperity gospel has encouraged more materialism and greed that any episode of Basketball Wives ever could. And he walks around with more gold than Trinidad James.
The man should be ashamed of himself, but apparently he’s not. Anyone bold enough to tell a congregation that he had visions of executing anyone who didn’t pay tithes clearly has no conscience. Yes, he told them that the only reason they’re still alive is that he’s “covered with the blood of Jesus”:
Dollar is quoted as saying:
I mean, I thought about when we first built “the Dome,” I wanted to put some of those little moving bars and give everybody a little card. They’d stick it in a little computer slot. If they were tithing, beautiful music would go off and, you know, ‘Welcome, welcome, welcome to the World Dome.’
But … if they were non-tithers, the bar would lock up, the red and blue lights would start going, the siren would go off, and a voice would go out throughout the entire dome, ‘Crook, crook, crook, crook!’
Security would go and apprehend them, and once we got them all together, we’d line them up in the front and pass out Uzis by the ushers and point our Uzis right at all those non-tithing members ’cause we want God to come to church, and at the count of three Jesuses we’d shoot them all dead.
And then we’d take them out the side door there, have a big hole, bury them and then go ahead and have church and have the anointing.
I’m not Christian, but I know a master manipulator when I see one … He’s a charlatan, and I’m not at all surprised that he’s making this outrageous request. Nor will I be surprised when he reaches his goal. It’s just pathetic that during a time of such unrest and uprising in black America – when food safety is nonexistent, public education is dismal and the bodies of our children are piling up while politicians wave for the cameras – Dollar is busy scheming.
Instead of putting millions into the community, he’s pulling millions out of it just so he can fly above it all and tell his congregation to say “praise the Lord” while he does.
And there is nothing holy about that.