It is hard to believe that there are so many people that come under the influence of people such as the Dollars. Creflo and Taffi Dallar are the leaders of the prosperity gospel organization, World Changers International, based near Atlanta, Georgia. Creflo pushes the idea that God wants all the faithful to be blessed and wealthy. He often points to his own wealth as proof that his doctrine is true. The Dollars often put forward the idea that if people will give to their ministry, then God will give it back to them and then some. Usually, the Dollars wind up duping those who were already strapped financially. Now they are asking for more.
AP is reporting:
The website of Creflo Dollar Ministries asked people Friday to “Sow your love gift of any amount” to help the ministry buy a Gulfstream G650 airplane.
The ministry, apparently, has worn out its current plane and is in need of the funds for its replacement. Of course, this means that the people that attend his meetings and listen to him talk or lecture will have to give “until it hurts.”
AP further reports:
The ministry’s current plane, acquired in 1999, was built in 1984, has traveled more than 4 million miles and is no longer safe, spokesman Juda Engelmayer said. On a recent trip overseas, one of the engines failed, but the pilot was able to land safely, and no one was injured, the ministry’s website says.
“(W)e are asking members, partners, and supporters of this ministry to assist us in acquiring 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,” the ministry’s website says.
This seems a little strange when we consider that he probably could find a replacement that would be more effective in doing what he claims he wanted and would cost less money. He could buy a C-130H, with a capacity of 40,000 pounds and the ability to land almost anywhere for half the price of this used G650. A G650, which has only a capacity for 6500 pounds, according to Global Air.com, and is more luxury than workhorse. This means that the C-130H has over six times the capacity of the Gulfstream. There is also the price difference.
The G650 cost a whopping $65 Million used. The C-130H is almost half that cost new. So, if the motive is to be the most effective and reach the neediest the fastest, would not carrying 12 times the cargo to at least twice the locations at a time be more effective? Would this not be the better option?
It is unlikely that this has anything to do with why the Dollars need the jet, just as their teaching has little to do with God’s Word or His will. These people are charlatans who prey on the base needs of those who listen to their message. Everyone wants to be healthy and wealthy, but that is not God’s will for everyone. If it was why was Paul not blessed like the Dollars?
Paul says of himself and his fellow apostles in I Corinthians 4:11-13:
To this present hour we are both hungry and thirsty, and are poorly clothed, and are roughly treated, and are homeless; and we toil, working with our own hands; when we are reviled, we bless; when we are persecuted, we endure; when we are slandered, we try to conciliate; we have become as the scum of the world, the dregs of all things, even until now.
If the faithful are blessed with earthly wealth by God indiscriminately, what happened to Paul and the other apostles?
The truth is that God does bless the faithful. He blesses them with success and love. He blesses them with peace and fellowship. If we hold to Creflo and Taffi’s understanding of the Bible, then 99% of the Church has not been faithful. Conversely, what of the prosperity of the wicked?
You see, when we take the light of the Word of God and shine it on falsehood, darkness is revealed.
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