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  • Trespassing charges dismissed for Lakewood Church hecklers; Osteen testified at trial

    08/24/2016 6:49:08 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 22 replies
    Click 2 Houston ^ | June 22, 2016 | Phil Archer
    HOUSTON - The attorney representing several members of the controversial Church of Wells told Channel 2 Investigates charges are being dismissed against the two remaining members. Six men were charged with trespassing and disrupting services at Lakewood Church. On Wednesday, trespassing charges were dismissed against four members of the church and jury found them not guilty of disrupting a public meeting. At the time of that trial, Jacob Gardner and Richard Trudeau were in New York state attending another court hearing. Jon Stephenson, attorney for the two men, said he was informed Friday by the Harris County District Attorney's Office...
  • Perry Noble removed as pastor at NewSpring for personal behavior related to alcohol

    07/10/2016 12:21:58 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 51 replies
    The State ^ | 7/10/2016 | Abe Hardesty
    ANDERSON, SC The Rev. Perry Noble, who started NewSpring Church nearly 20 years ago, is no longer its senior pastor. Early in Sunday’s 9:15 a.m. service, Executive Pastor Shane Duffey announced that Noble had been removed as pastor on July 1, after the NewSpring board of directors had “made a difficult and painful decision” to make a change. Duffey said the termination by the state’s largest and richest church came after Noble “had made unfortunate choices,” and that the board members had confronted Noble on numerous occasions regarding his use of alcohol. The announcement came three days after a closed-door,...
  • The Compromised Message of Joel Osteen

    07/07/2016 7:16:59 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 38 replies
    Blasting News ^ | 26 June 2016 | JESSE BROADT
    Evidence continues to mount that Joel Osteen is merely a progressive in Christian clothing. Joel Osteen, Pastor of the largest church in America, has alienated many Christians by doing things like endorsing Obama and his liberal agenda and praying in the name of "all that is holy," rather than in the name of Jesus, as Christians are commissioned to do. However, savvy people are not surprised, as they have known for ages that Osteen's “we're all okay” milk toast messages are far from Bible-based. Neither do these watered-down sermons reflect his father's beliefs. (Lakewood Church was started by John Osteen,...
  • Trump's evangelical advisory board features Bachmann, Falwell

    06/22/2016 9:40:38 AM PDT · by Lee N. Field · 38 replies
    Politico ^ | 6/21/2016 | Nick Gass
    Former Republican presidential candidate and Minnesota congresswoman Michele Bachmann leads an alphabetical list of names announced by Donald Trump's campaign on Tuesday as the presumptive Republican nominee's evangelical executive advisory board. Along with Bachmann, the campaign announced the additions radio host and Focus on the Family founder James Dobson, Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr, Faith and Freedom Coalition founder Ralph Reed, among more than two dozen names. Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2016/06/trump-evangelical-advisory-board-224612#ixzz4CKKqcdW9 Follow us: @politico on Twitter | Politico on Facebook
  • Pastor Gerald Sharon Resigns From Evangelical Church Over Biblical Position on Homosexuality

    06/20/2016 10:38:20 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 31 replies
    Aquilla Report ^ | 6/20/2016 | Samuel Smith
    A former pastor at Rick Warren’s Saddleback Church has been asked to resign as lead pastor of a church he’s served for three years after he refused to agree to its biblical position on homosexuality, fearing it would alienate people in the LGBT community. Gerald Sharon, the lead pastor at Southwest Church in Indian Wells, California, who spent 11 years at Saddleback Church serving in various leadership roles, was asked to step down from the pastoral role he has served for over three-and-a-half years since he left Saddleback because he now refuses to affirm the church’s position on homosexuality. On...
  • The return of Driscoll: A new gig in Arizona and gigs on the road

    06/10/2016 12:51:35 AM PDT · by ppaul · 13 replies
    SeattlePI ^ | 05/31/2016 | JOEL CONELLY
    The ex-senior pastor at Seattle's Mars Hill megachurch, which imploded in 2014, formally launches his new operation in Scottsdale, Arizona. Driscoll is still facing a federal RICO racketeering suit by former church members in Seattle. But he is preaching at evangelical conferences around the country... He was brought down, in Seattle, after a complaint by 21 Mars Hill pastors and worship leaders that Driscoll had bullied, intimidated and manipulated those who worked at the church. The charges were sustained, in a report never released by church elders. Driscoll brought misogyny and homophobia to the pulpit. He famously called women "penis...
  • The Naked Cowboy Appears at Hillsong Women's Conference

    05/26/2016 9:15:43 AM PDT · by Morgana · 33 replies
    piratechrisitan.com ^ | May 25, 2016 | staff
    Hillsong continues to astound by their complete and utter disregard for how scripture instructs Christians to conduct their lives in this present evil age. First they brought us Sleezy Silent Night. Then they had the sexual pervert Austin Powers appear at their women's conference in London and now they'e had The Naked Cowboy appear at their women's conference in New York. We fear to see what they have in store for their next conference.
  • Popular Megachurch Pastors to Host Faith-Based Talk Show 'The Preachers' on Fox This Summer

    05/04/2016 12:38:03 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 12 replies
    Chriatian Post ^ | May 3, 2016| | LEONARDO BLAIR
    Four popular megachurch pastors are promising to bring an interesting combination of hope, comedy and honesty in a new faith-based talk show to be tested on FOX this summer called "The Preachers." "The Preachers" will be hosted by John Gray, an associate pastor at Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas; E. Dewey Smith Jr., senior pastor at The House of Hope Atlanta and The House of Hope Macon; Orrick Quick, pastor and founder of God Seekers Church in High Point, North Carolina, and Jamal Bryant, pastor and founder of Empowerment Temple AME Church in Baltimore, Maryland. Asked in an interview with...
  • Gunman fatally shoots Pennsylvania churchgoer after fight over seat at Sunday service

    05/01/2016 1:03:42 PM PDT · by Morgana · 68 replies
    nydailynews.com ^ | April 28, 2016 | Alfred Ng
    A churchgoer shot a fellow parishioner in a Pennsylvania church after a fight broke out over a seat in the sanctuary on Sunday, authorities say. The argument started when a churchgoer told Robert Braxton III, 27, he was sitting in seats reserved for two other church members during Sunday service at the Keystone Fellowship Church, district attorney Kevin Steele said.
  • ChristianMingle Partners With The Potter's House to Help Single Members Find Lifelong Partners

    04/18/2016 4:17:08 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 15 replies
    ChristianMingle Partners With Megachurch The Potter's House in Dallas to Help Single Members Find Lifelong Partners LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwired - Apr 18, 2016) - ChristianMingle® announced today its newest partnership under its co-branded church initiative with one of the fastest growing churches in the nation, The Potter's House in Dallas, TX. Since launching this initiative in late February, ChristianMingle has been enabling single Christians within congregations to easily connect with one another on ChristianMingle through dedicated search capabilities, discounted membership fees and exclusive personalized customer service offerings. "With four large campuses and a growing swell of on-line members and weekly...
  • Ken Copeland: God Gave Us Private Jets Because You Can't Talk to God in Coach

    04/14/2016 11:15:49 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 54 replies
    Pirate Chrsitian ^ | December 30, 2015
    Ken Copeland and Jesse Duplantis, on the December 29th, 2015 broadcast of the Believers Voice of Victory claimed that God gave them their private jets because you can't talk to God in commercial airliners. In other words, they claim that they have important conversations with God which would otherwise be impossible if they were flying coach. Think we're just making that up? Think again. Watch the video below here.
  • Why Creflo Dollar Is Not Welcome in Scotland (Free Church of Scotland.)

    04/14/2016 7:06:41 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 9 replies
    The Aquila Report ^ | 4/14/2016 | David Robertson
    The National carried the following report in its Saturday edition.   There have been some Christians who are unhappy with my comments (what’s new?!).  But their criticisms at first sight appear reasonable and therefore I would like to do them the courtesy of answering: Why speak so strongly against a Christian brother in the secular press?   Indeed.  It is appalling that in this day and age we have to warn in the public press about a false teacher in the church.  It is depressing and heart breaking that such exists. But when it does we have to warn.  The prosperity gospel...
  • South African prophet goes to heaven, takes photos to prove it

    04/10/2016 2:49:34 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 44 replies
    News Kenya ^ | 4/3/2015 | Alfonso
    A south African pastor/prophet has claimed that he went through the pearly gates in to heaven during the Easter weekend. He even has some photos to prove it- which he took with his Samsung Galaxy smart phone The prophet is known as Mboro, the leader of Incredible ministries. According to his spokesman, Prophet Mboro was ‘captured’ by angels during the Easter Sunday service, taken to heaven and came back that same day. The spokesman added that the pictures taken in heaven are available at a cost of 5,000 Rand (almost USD 340) and can be sent to recipients via Whatsapp...
  • Is God a Law-Breaker?

    04/07/2016 9:57:07 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 27 replies
    The Mortification of Spin ^ | April 6, 2016 | Todd Pruitt
    Steven Furtick, pastor of the Southern Baptist Mega-Church Elevation Church is no stranger to controversy. His image features prominently in his church beginning with coloring pages provided to the children. The members of Elevation Church are told to “follow the visionary.” Furtick is also a well-known fan of false teacher T.D. Jakes (Elevation has hosted Bishop Jakes and Furtick has preached at Jakes’ church). Last year Pastor Steven, as he is known around Elevation, got into a bit of hot water when it was revealed that he was building a 16,000 square foot mansion in an exclusive gated enclave. Furtick’s...
  • He’ll Raise You From the Dead for $1,000

    03/22/2016 8:22:26 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 44 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 3/20/2016 | Brandy Zadrozny
    Yakim Manasseh Jordan can predict the future, heal the sick, and for the low price of $1,000, the 25-year-old can even raise the dead. But the self-proclaimed prophet of God is not above cold calling. “The Lord began to speak to me and he showed me major losses that you have experienced within the last two to five years,” the 25-year old Brooklyn native’s breathy, warbly, slightly British-inflected message starts. But, he goes on, there is “a miracle favor cloud,” “a prosperity blessing,” and a “financial blessing,” coming your way, and to a loved one, as well. Which loved one?...
  • North Point Pastor Apologizes for Small Church, 'Selfish' Parents Comments

    03/12/2016 3:16:11 PM PST · by Cecily · 18 replies
    The Atlanta Journal Constitution ^ | March 12, 2016 | Stephanie Toone
    A metro Atlanta megachurch pastor is in the hot seat for remarks he made about small churches and the parents that attend them in one of his recent sermons, according to a recent Christianity Today report. Andy Stanley, pastor of North Point Community Church, referred to parents who attend churches with small congregations and no student ministries as “stinking selfish” in a Feb. 28 message titled “Saved By The Church,” according to the report by the media outlet, known for its coverage of Bible-based ministries. North Point Community Church is a ministry with six locations across the metro Atlanta area.
  • Woman sues Florida megachurch after failing to get hush money to keep affair with pastor a secret

    02/25/2016 1:31:17 PM PST · by Gamecock · 49 replies
    Christian Today ^ | 2/16/2016
    A woman has filed a lawsuit against a Florida megachurch after it reportedly did not pay her the promised hush money to keep her alleged affair with a pastor a secret. Church member Arlene Miranda filed the suit against Orlando Baptist Church based in Orange County, saying the church failed to pay the agreed $3,000 so she would keep quiet about her alleged affair with Pastor David Janney, 61, married, and the church's president. "They threatened me. If I didn't sign it, they threatened me," Miranda told WFTV. Miranda denied she filed the lawsuit for the money, saying "I committed...
  • My Pastor Can Beat Up Your Pastor

    11/05/2015 7:27:24 AM PST · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 5, 2015 | Mike Adams
    Dear Raymond: Thanks for your kind letter. I appreciate your willingness to reach out to me for advice concerning recent developments in your church home. Your question to me was pretty direct. Given your pastor's recent declaration that he intends to grow the church membership by 10,000 in five years, how should you express your concerns that numbers have now replaced the Gospel as the focal point of your church's mission? My answer will also be direct. In my view, you should not bother voicing your concerns to your pastor. You should leave your church immediately. That may sound extreme...
  • Trump Has ‘Legion of Closeted Evangelical’ Supporters, Southern Baptist Pastor Robert Jeffress Says

    10/28/2015 5:31:30 AM PDT · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 20 replies
    Megachurch Pastor Robert Jeffress has suggested that GOP Presidential candidate Donald Trump has a legion of “closeted” Evangelical supporters who are “almost apologetic for being attracted to him.” In an article for Fox News on Monday, Jeffress, who leads the 12,000-member First Baptist Church in Dallas, said that he has talked to a number of Evangelicals in recent trips, who have told him they support Trump because they see him as a strong leader. “After criss-crossing the country for the past few months and talking to thousands of people, I’m convinced that there are a legion of ‘closeted’ Evangelical Trump...
  • Black pastor calls T.D. Jakes 'blind, cowardly' and 'misleading'

    08/17/2015 10:46:22 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 13 replies
    Christian Examiner ^ | 17 August, 2015 | Gregory Tomlin
    DALLAS (Christian Examiner) – Conservative black commentator and pastor Jesse Lee Peterson believes T.D. Jakes, pastor of the Dallas-based Potter's House, is a "blind, cowardly man misleading many thousands of lost people." Peterson made the claim in an editorial at World Net Daily Aug. 16, two weeks after Jakes was interviewed by the Huffington Post and asked if he believed the black church and the LGBT community could "coexist." Jakes said he believes they can."Absolutely .... I think it is going to be diverse from church to church. Every church has a different opinion on the issue and every gay person...
  • Bishop T.D. Jakes 'Shocked' to Read 'Manipulation' of His 'Gay Marriage' Comments

    08/11/2015 12:14:08 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 24 replies
    charisma news ^ | 8/10/2015 | Jennifer LeClaire
    Leaders from across the body of Christ were contacting me all weekend about T.D. Jakes' interview on HuffPo TV's Marc Hill. The megachurch pastor was accused of coming out in favor of gay marriage. One headline proclaimed his position on LGBT churches is "evolving." I reached out to bishop's office this weekend by phone and email. I wanted to ask him personally what he meant, because we know all too well that the secular media—and the heresy hunters—like to twist the word of godly men and women to support an agenda. Late last night, Jakes issued a statement on Facebook,...
  • Bishop Jakes, Could You Clarify Your Stance on Homosexuality?

    08/10/2015 6:00:18 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 10, 2015 | Michael Brown
    Bishop Jakes, with real interest, I watched your interview with Marc Hill, and the one thing that was clear was that you did not answer with clarity. Given your stature as one of the most influential Christian leaders in the country, and given the fact that headlines now read, “T.D. Jakes Comes Out for ‘Gay Marriage’ and ‘LGBT Churches,’ Says Position is ‘Evolving’,” and, “Bishop T.D. Jakes says Black church changing stance on LGBT community,” I appeal to you to remove all ambiguity and state clearly what you believe. According to the Scriptures, is homosexual practice sinful in God’s sight?...
  • T.D. Jakes Comes Out for ‘Gay Marriage’ and ‘LGBT Churches,’ Says Position is ‘Evolving’

    08/08/2015 9:27:02 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 72 replies
    http://christiannews.net ^ | August 7, 2015 | Heather Clark
    Megachurch leader and author T.D. Jakes says that homosexuals should attend congregations that affirm their lifestyle and that politics do not need to reflect biblical ethics, adding that his position on homosexuality is both “evolved and evolving.” During an interview with the Huffington Post on Monday, Jakes was asked by a viewer if he believes that homosexuals and the black church can co-exist. “Absolutely… I think it is going to be diverse from church to church. Every church has a different opinion on the issue and every gay person is different,” he replied. “And I think that to speak that...
  • NC Megachurch Pastor: I'd Rather Live in a 'Pro-Choice United States' Than a 'Pro-Life Soviet Union'

    08/06/2015 6:24:53 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 56 replies
    Christian Post ^ | August 6, 2015 | Michael Gryboski
    Emphasizing the importance of liberty to American Christians, a North Carolina megachurch pastor noted he would rather live in a "pro-choice United States" than a "pro-life Soviet Union." J.D. Greear, senior pastor of The Summit Church in Raleigh-Durham, gave a speech Wednesday as part of an event in Tennessee hosted by the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission. Focusing on how the church should be involved in politics, Greear told those gathered in Nashville that "the very freedoms we enjoy to talk about these things come from generations of Christians who applied their worldview to politics." Greear argued...
  • Megachurch helps Ponzi victims, others not willing to pay back

    07/15/2015 11:17:23 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 1 replies
    mlive ^ | July 13, 2015 | John Agar
    Resurrection Life Church, which received $300,000 in donations from Ponzi schemer David McQueen, has raised $8,500 to help reimburse victims. It isn't going to go far. Still, it's better than what a lot of others have offered. In a letter to victims of David McQueen's $46 million Ponzi scheme, federal prosecutors outlined efforts to recover funds from those who benefited from the scam. The list included businessmen, investors, lawyers – even a man who obtained $230,000 to help establish Hawaii as a separate country. Assistant U.S. Attorney Matthew Borgula said in a letter to victims that the IRS and FBI...
  • Rapper Slim Thug and pastor Joel Osteen collaborate on new song

    07/15/2015 4:45:07 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 19 replies
    Channel 39 News Fix ^ | July 14, 2015 | mabarbagallo
    HOUSTON, TX – A new song by two of Houston’s own cranks out the bass, all while beating down boundaries. The unlikely duo of gangster rapper Slim Thug, and preacher Joel Osteen is breaking the internet as much for their pairing, as for their musical message. Slim, a member of Osteen’s Lakewood Church for many years, used clips of the pastor on “Chuuch”, a song on the rappers latest release “Hogg Life Volume 2″. And while mixing religion and rap might not be the norm, for many the sermon and the song are a perfect fit. The message of the...
  • Osteen talks with NPR about Muslims visiting Lakewood Church and the faith revolution

    07/14/2015 8:28:18 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 15 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | June 24, 2015 | Craig Hlavaty
    Lakewood Church pastor Joel Osteen recently said in an interview with NPR that some of his best-selling books are popular in Islamic countries and that some Muslims have even attended Lakewood services. He chalks it all up to Houston’s diversity and his weekly messages from the pulpit. He was asked by Hobson about his views on immigration reform. “I’m probably more on the side of mercy than the side of the stricter things,” Osteen said. When it came to attracting those of the Muslim faith, Osteen says that it’s likely his universal message is attracting not only them but many...
  • 'That's not my calling': Joel Osteen on why he's mum on hot issues such as gay union

    07/06/2015 6:07:46 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 107 replies
    Christian Today ^ | 03 July 2015 | Czarina Ong
    While American evangelists such as Franklin Graham and Rick Warren are not afraid of speaking on sensitive topics such as same-sex marriage, abortion, or political strife, Joel Osteen prefers not to discuss those while at the pulpit, saying those topics often "turn people off." During a recent interview with WBUR's "Here & Now" radio program, Osteen said everybody has his or her own calling, but tackling politically controversial issues is not something that he has been called out to do. "I have friends who are very political. They're pastors and that's what their thing is. But I think sometimes, in...
  • Six arrested at Houston's Lakewood Church after heckling senior pastor Joel Osteen

    06/29/2015 6:39:59 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 103 replies
    Christian Exam ^ | Jun 29, 2015 | Kimberly Pennington
    Six people were arrested and charged with criminal trespass Sunday after heckling Joel Osteen, pastor of Lakewood Church. Houston's ABC News Affiliate reports the disruption began following the praise and worship. "The praise and worship was good. His wife had just delivered a quick message. And the moment he started to preach, somebody gets up and they yell, 'Joel Osteen,' you're a liar,'" said Anwar Richardson who posted a video to Twitter of one of the arrests. Richardson, his wife, and son were visiting from Austin, Texas. With thoughts of the June 17 shooting at Charleston, South Carolina's Mother Emanuel...
  • Texas Televangelist Joel Osteen Spreads Message Of Tolerance During Visit To Bay Area

    06/17/2015 1:51:03 PM PDT · by aimhigh · 61 replies
    CBS SF Bay Area ^ | 06/15/2015 | CBS SF Bay Area
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — Televangelist Joel Osteen was preaching tolerance on a visit to San Francisco on Monday. Osteen said his ministry is about uplifting people and letting people find their own journey. Osteen’s acceptance of the LGBT community puts him at odds with some of his fellow Christian teleevangelists such as Franklin Graham.
  • Creflo Dollar Will Get $70 Million Gulfstream G650 Jet Says Church...

    06/02/2015 6:28:50 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 38 replies
    Christian Post ^ | June 2, 2015 | LEONARDO BLAIR
    Full title: Creflo Dollar Will Get $70 Million Gulfstream G650 Jet Says Church; World Changers Board Says It Is 'Necessary' for Ministry The board of World Changers Church International, which was founded by popular televangelist Creflo Dollar and conducts business as Creflo Dollar Ministries, said in a strongly worded statement that the organization will acquire the luxury multimillion dollar Gulfstream G650 jet they tried to raise $65 million to purchase through a short-lived crowdfunding campaign that sparked public outcry in March. The ministry shut down the crowdfunding campaign asking 200,000 of its international supporters to donate $300 each in March...
  • Megachurch Pastor Robert Jeffress: Satan 'Delivered' Islam to Muhammad

    05/16/2015 6:47:44 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 75 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 05/16/2015 | Samuel Smith
    Dallas megachurch pastor Robert Jeffress said Sunday during his "Countdown to the Apocalypse," sermon series that it was Satan who delivered the religion of Islam to the prophet Muhammad and further asserted that following that religion will "lead you to hell." In his six-week sermon series, Jeffress, who pastors Dallas' 11,000-member First Baptist Church, explains how Jesus told of the rise of radical Islam and that increased Christian persecution around the world would "precede His return to this Earth." In a Sunday sermon, the 59-year-old attempted to debunk the claim that Muhammad was delivered Islam by an angel and stated...
  • Megachurch Pastor Paula White Weds Rocker Jonathan Cain in Third Marriage

    05/01/2015 8:57:06 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 44 replies
    charismanews ^ | 5/1/2015 | Jennifer LeClaire
    Paula White just got married to New Zealand rocker Jonathan Cain. He is perhaps best known for his days with the band Journey and Bad English. He sang the classic Journey ballad "Faithfully" and was part of over a dozen other Journey albums. "What a weekend—Blessed beyond description," she tweeted. White, a controversial pastor was divorced from her last husband, Randy White, in 2007. White married her first husband, Dean Knight, when she was a teenager. Together, they had a son named Bradley. She divorced Knight after she got saved. White stirred controversy in 2011 after she was appointed senior...
  • Megachurch pastor Creflo Dollar arrested

    06/08/2012 1:07:09 PM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 100 replies
    AP ^ | 06/08/2012 | KATE BRUMBACK
    ATLANTA (AP) — Megachurch pastor and televangelist Creflo Dollar was arrested early Friday after authorities say he slightly hurt his 15-year-old daughter in a fight at his metro Atlanta home. Fayette County Sheriff's deputies responded to a call of domestic violence at the home in unincorporated Fayette County around 1 a.m., Investigator Brent Rowan said. The 50-year-old pastor and his daughter were arguing over whether she could go to a party when Dollar "got physical" with her, leaving her with "superficial injuries," Rowan said. Dollar faces misdemeanor charges of simple battery and cruelty to children. He bonded out of Fayette...
  • How Pastor Creflo Dollar Manipulates A Lower-Class Community Into Giving Him Millions

    03/19/2015 8:14:44 AM PDT · by C19fan · 14 replies
    Patheos ^ | March 15, 2015 | Peter Mosley
    The headlines were surprising. Creflo Dollar (yes, that’s his real name), a pastor at World Changers Church International headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, actually had the nerve to ask his congregation and watchers, nationwide, of his program on the Internet, to replace his broken-down private jet with a state of the art model. And the plane Dollar requested, the Gulfstream G650, is not just your run-of-the-mill private jet. It’s, according to a quote on the Gulfstream website, “The biggest, fastest, most luxurious, longest range and most technologically advanced jet — by far — that Gulfstream has ever built.” Indeed, its writeup...
  • A 53-acre estate, a Rolls Royce, $4m from Evander Holyfield and a plea to (Creflo $) [ed tr]

    03/31/2015 11:25:57 AM PDT · by C19fan · 10 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | March 31, 2015 | Paul Thompson
    When mega church leader Creflo Dollar wanted a new private jet he asked his parishioners to open their hearts and wallets and help foot the $65m bill. But when it comes to his own finances, the Rev Creflo is considerably less open. Documents obtained by Daily Mail Online show that the pastor and televangelist was threatened with prison for failing to hand over documents that would reveal the source of his income. He was held in contempt of court - carrying the possibility of prison - during a messy divorce between boxer Evander Holyfield and his second wife. The preacher...
  • Creflo Dollar: Megachurch Pastor Slams Critics, Insists The ‘Devil’ Blocked His $65M Jet Dream

    04/23/2015 4:41:26 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 62 replies
    inquisitr.com ^ | April 23, 2015
    Creflo Dollar is still talking about his dream of owning a $65 million Gulfstream G650 private jet. For those who missed it, the Atlanta megachurch pastor previously made headlines after he started an online campaign asking his congregation and followers to donate for the purchase of the extravagant aircraft. As previously reported on the Inquisitr, the initial campaign, known as “Project G650,” asked for 200,000 people to donate $300. “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...
  • Funeral for Robert H. Schuller To Be Held at Former Crystal Cathedral, Now Owned by Catholic Diocese

    04/08/2015 6:27:51 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | 4/7/15 | Michael Gryboski
    Services for Crystal Cathedral founder, the Rev. Robert H. Schuller, will be held in the very iconic sanctuary that his ministry created. While it's now under the ownership of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange and named Christ Cathedral, the large southern California church building will be used for the famous televangelist's funeral. Carol Schuller-Milner, daughter of the former "Hour of Power" host and head of Crystal Cathedral Ministries, announced the details last weekend. "A funeral service for Crystal Cathedral founder Robert H. Schuller has been scheduled for 10 a.m. April 20 at the Christ Cathedral in Garden Grove," noted...
  • Feds press megachurch to return $300K donated by Michigan's largest Ponzi schemer

    04/06/2015 6:20:25 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 63 replies
    M Live ^ | April 04, 2015 | John Agar
    GRAND RAPIDS, MI -- As he gave generously to Resurrection Life Church in Grandville, David McQueen was fond of saying he was "blessed to be a blessing." Trouble is, McQueen, the mastermind of a $46 million Ponzi scheme, donated others' money. By the government's tally, it was $300,000. Assistant U.S. Attorney Matthew Borgula sought its return as part of an ongoing effort to reimburse victims, in a small way, with some of the money taken by McQueen. The church rejected the request. "Resurrection Life Church had no knowledge of the source of the funds, nor was it in any way...
  • Robert Schuller, Crystal Cathedral megachurch founder, dies

    ARTESIA, Calif. (AP) — The Rev. Robert H. Schuller, the Southern California televangelist and author who beamed his upbeat messages on faith and redemption to millions from his landmark Crystal Cathedral only to see his empire crumble in his waning years, has died. He was 88. Schuller died early Thursday at a care facility in Artesia, daughter Carol Schuller Milner said. He was diagnosed with terminal esophageal cancer in 2013. Schuller, who preached in a flowing purple robe and outsized aviator glasses, led an evangelical Protestant ministry that was a product of modern technology. He and his late wife, Arvella,...
  • Dr. Robert Schuller, Former Crystal Cathedral Leader, in ‘Critical Condition,’ Says His Family

    04/02/2015 5:58:26 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 39 replies
    crossmap.com ^ | April 2, 2015 | Dan Wooding
    ORANGE COUNTY, CA (ANS - April 1, 2015) -- Dr. Robert H. Schuller, famed televangelist and founder of the Crystal Cathedral Ministries, is in critical condition in a Los Angeles-area nursing home and is not expected to make it through the week, family members said Tuesday (March 31, 2015). This has been revealed in a story by Deepa Bharath, staff writer for the Orange County Register Bharath said that according to his daughter-in-law, Donna Schuller, the reverend's condition has been deteriorating since he had an exploratory procedure in January examining his digestive tract. Donna Schuller, a regular contributor to the...
  • Ponzi Perpetrator at Eddie Long, Joel Osteen Churches Heads to Prison

    03/19/2015 3:47:14 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 14 replies
    charismanews.com ^ | 3/18/2015 | Jennifer LeClaire
    Even as Creflo Dollar is under fire for his efforts to raise $65 million for a private jet, a man once associated with Bishop Eddie Long and Joel Osteen is heading to prison. Ephren Taylor II, and Wendy Connor have been sentenced in connection with the fraud scheme they perpetrated while officers at City Capital Corporation. The duo tricked over 400 people out of at least $16 million on their "Building Wealth" tour. Taylor, 32, was sentenced to 19 years, seven months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release. He was also ordered to pay $15.6 million in...
  • Creflo Dollar Shuts Down Campaign for $65 Million Jet; Will Now Focus on 'Spreading the Gospel'

    03/17/2015 6:58:13 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 03/17/2015 | Leonardo Blair
    After a bruising weekend handling ferocious backlash over his campaign to acquire a $65 million Gulfstream G650 airplane with planned donations of $300 or more from 200,000 people, controversial televangelist and founder of World Changers Church International, Creflo Dollar has completely abandoned the idea and will only consider acquiring one in the future if it's "properly priced." "There is no campaign right now," said Juda Engelmayer of 5W Public Relations, who represents Creflo Dollar Ministries, in an interview with The Christian Post on Monday. The website hosting the campaign page was deactivated last week and an option to donate to...
  • Why Creflo Won't Be Getting My Dollars [Why does he need a $65 Million Jet for Ministry?]

    03/16/2015 6:54:51 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Townhall ^ | 03/15/2015 | Michael Brown
    I’m all for generous giving, and I’m all for taking care of ministers of the gospel, but I will not be sending Creflo Dollar $300 to help him buy a $65 million jet for his ministry. The very thought of it is obscene. On a manipulative video now removed from his website, the narrator explains how Pastor Dollar’s ministry is touching people worldwide and how the old private jet they’ve been using for years has become unusable, also explaining how it is actually dangerous to fly. Now, we are told, in order to travel around the world, he needs a...
  • A Response to the Statement from City Church San Francisco on Its Ministry to the LGBT People

    03/16/2015 6:53:56 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 34 replies
    Aquilla Report ^ | March 16, 2015 | Christopher Robins
    [Editor’s note: The Elder Board of City Church in San Francisco, formerly in the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) and now in the Reformed Church in America (RCA), released a statement on changes of how it will minister to those who are considered a part of the LGBT community. This is a response to this statement; the full statement follows the response.] Dear friend, I’m so sorry. Thanks for forwarding this letter from City Church this morning. You’ve been a good friend and I want to speak to you plainly. This stuff breaks my heart. The letter makes it sound...
  • San Francisco's Largest Evangelical Megachurch to Allow Non-Celibate Homosexuals to Be Members

    03/15/2015 6:03:02 PM PDT · by massmike · 108 replies
    christianpost.com ^ | 03152015 | ANUGRAH KUMAR
    The Elder Board of San Francisco's largest evangelical church, City Church, has announced that the megachurch will end its practice of preventing LGBT people from becoming members if they are unwilling or unable to practice lifelong celibacy. "Our pastoral practice of demanding life-long 'celibacy,' by which we meant that for the rest of your life you would not engage your sexual orientation in any way, was causing obvious harm and has not led to human flourishing," Sr. Pastor Fred Harrell writes in a letter "on behalf of the Board and for the Gospel." The pastor cites social science research, saying...
  • Say What?: Creflo Dollar Creates GoFundMe For a $65 Million Plane

    03/14/2015 4:56:51 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 22 replies
    Uptown ^ | 3.13.2014 | Jasmine Grant
    Famed pastor Creflo Dollar is living up to his name these days. He apparently heard about all the great projects and dreams that have benefitted from crowd-funding sites like GoFundMe. So the televangelist decided to create his own for a very noble cause: to get his followers to fund a brand new $65 million airplane. Creflo’s church, The World Changers Church International, owned a private aircraft that recently suffered engine failure mid-flight. Luckily, no one onboard was injured and the plane landed safely. However Dollar, whose estimated net worth is $27 million, insists that the only way he can reach...
  • Joel Osteen’s "Gospel of Me"

    03/10/2015 8:09:33 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 28 replies
    aleteia ^ | March 06, 2015
    Live at your full potential. Become a better you. Be happier. It’s your time. Live an extraordinary life. Achieve your dreams. Go beyond your barriers. You can, you will. This is the therapeutic message of Joel Osteen, lifted right from his dust jackets. In contrast with the more classical and philosophically grounded evangelicalism of a Billy Graham or a C.S. Lewis, Ross Douthat termed Osteen’s brand of TV preaching “the gospel of self-help.” But notice it’s not the self-help of the Gospel; self-help is the gospel. The Gospel is the cask to deliver it, shucked and cast out as soon...
  • The Dreadful Loneliness of Life Without Scripture

    03/09/2015 8:28:31 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 18 replies
    Aquilla Report ^ | March 9, 2015 | Peter Jones
    On a recent Oprah Winfrey show, Kristen and Rob Bell make a lavish use of “values language,” in an attempt to justify same sex marriage. Kristen stated: “Marriage, gay and straight, is a gift to the world because the world needs more not less love, fidelity, commitment, devotion and sacrifice.” Who does not want to see more love in the world, but do the terms like “love,” “commitment” and sacrifice” need a lot more definition? Do the millions watching Oprah deserve a better defense of biblical sexuality? Indeed, the “made-for-TV” superficiality of these arguments is staggering and is part of...
  • “You Are Quite Wrong”

    03/06/2015 8:06:28 AM PST · by Gamecock · 17 replies
    Aquila Report ^ | 3.6.2015 | Adam Parker
    I used to celebrate that the emergent church has gone the way of the buffalo. With Rob Bell jumping the shark and Brian McLaren’s “marriage” of his son to another man it had outed itself as at best a reincarnation of old-school 20th century liberalism and at worst another vehicle for moving large numbers of people out of the church. But the reality is, the ethos and theologically unorthodox impulses haven’t disappeared. Even more nefariously these impulses have been incorporated as a part of modern evangelicalism’s already sickly emaciated theological assumptions. Perhaps the greatest lasting rhetorical aspect of the emergent...