Comedian Larry Wilmore, host of Comedy Central's "The Nightly Show," criticized and poked fun at the actions of pastor Creflo Dollar — who last week asked Christian followers to buy his ministry a new $65 million jet — and other "prosperity gospel" preachers as part of his opening segment on Wednesday night's show.
The former "Daily Show" cast member lampooned Dollar and megachurch pastors who preach the prosperity gospel, suggesting that they've gone too far and are "taking advantage of poor people."
"When exactly did Jesus start a hip-hop label?" asked Wilmore, referencing Dollar's recent effort to have people pay for a $65 million private jet. more >>
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 the G650 campaign through the Creflo Dollar Ministries website was removed Monday afternoon.
Dollar, who has an international ministry, was banking on raising enough money to buy the luxury jet to replace one owned by his ministry that was significantly damaged in an accident last November. more >>
A veteran pilot from Rock Hill, South Carolina, said rubbish to claims by Creflo Dollar Ministries on Friday that the effort to purchase a new $65 million luxury Gulfstream G650 airplane is needed by the ministry to transport "100,000 pounds of food," and staff members across the world to spread the love of Jesus.
The organization headed by popular televangelist Creflo Dollar, who is also founder of World Changers Church International, came under fire this week after The Christian Post first reported on their online campaign asking 200,000 people to donate $300 or more each to facilitate the purchase of the luxury airplane once described as the "holy grail of private jets" in a Bloomberg report.
When asked why the televangelist could not take commercial flights instead to carry out his work as suggested by many critics, Juda Engelmayer of 5W Public Relations in New York, which represents Creflo Dollar Ministries, said their significant cargo made the jet necessary. more >>
As public outrage grew Friday over an appeal from popular televangelist and founder of World Changers Church International, Creflo Dollar, to raise $65 million from 200,000 people to purchase a luxury Gulfstream G650 airplane, his ministry confirmed Friday that he's now traveling "commercial," but still needs the new airplane to transport thousands of pounds of food and his staff around the world.
The Christian Post first reported on Dollar's online appeal called "Project G650" Thursday where it was highlighted that the ministry's current carrier is too old and battered to continue flying after a recent accident. It further noted that Creflo Dollar Ministries claims that it needs the $65 million aircraft to continue spreading the love of Jesus around the world.
"Due to this recent incident coupled with the 31 years the airplane has been in service, we believe it is time to replace this aircraft so that our pastors and staff can continue to safely and swiftly share the Good News of the Gospel worldwide. Believe it or not, there are still millions of people on this planet who have never heard of Jesus Christ and know nothing of His greatness. Our hearts desire to see precious lives changed and snatched out of darkness and thrust into His marvelous light! We need your help to continue reaching a lost and dying world for the Lord Jesus Christ," noted Dollar's appeal before requesting supporters of the ministry to sow a $300 seed into the airplane fund. more >>
Popular televangelist and founder of World Changers Church International, Creflo Dollar, revealed at a national memorial service for renowned pastor and motivational speaker Myles Munroe and his wife, Ruth, in the Bahamas that the revered preacher appeared to him in a dream three days after the deadly crash that killed the beloved couple and seven others last month.
In a YouTube clip of his address at the service last Wednesday, Dollar, who attended with his wife, Taffi, remembered Munroe and his wife as exemplary leaders, and said in his dream Munroe was leading his own homegoing service.
"A general in the body of Christ, Myles Munroe and his beautiful wife, Ruth, they did an outstanding job as leaders in the body of Christ and they will be greatly missed," Dollar explained in the run-up to his dream story. "I hesitate to tell you, and I was going back and forth vacillating whether or not I would even share this, but three days after the incident (crash), I had a dream, and Myles was in the dream, and a bunch of ministers were here in the Bahamas and he was taking us upstairs and through the church, and he was telling us where to sit down and he was telling us what was gonna happen," said Dollar. more >>
Popular televangelist and founder of World Changers Church International Creflo Dollar is expected to join the nation of Bahamas Wednesday in a national tribute to honor the lives of renowned pastor Myles Munroe and his wife, Ruth, who died in a fiery jet crash along with seven others in that country last month.
Dollar is among a number of notable gospel figures, including singer CeCe Winans, who is expected to pay tribute to the pastor in celebrations for the a state recognized funeral service for the couple on Thursday.