Creflo Dollar Jr., who was arrested Friday on battery charges involving his daughter, received a standing ovation from his World Changers Church International congregation Sunday as he emphatically denied punching or choking his 15-year-old daughter. He said he never should have been arrested and believes that the arrest was part of the devil's plan to "discredit" him as a messenger of God.
"The truth is that a conversation with our daughter got emotional and things escalated from there," Dollar, who has five children, told the 30,000-member congregation in Atlanta and others listening online. (Watch Dollar making statement here.)
"The truth was that she was not choked, she was not punched," he continued. "There were not any scratches on her neck but the only thing on her neck was a prior skin abrasion from eczema." more >>
On the heels of Atlanta-area megachurch minister Creflo Dollar releasing a statement about his arrest for allegedly assaulting his teenage daughter, supporters of his World Changers International Church have been speculating as to the whereabouts and role of Taffi Dollar at the time of the alleged attack and subsequent arrest.
According to reports on his arrest, the Dollars' 15-year-old daughter, who has not been identified, got into an argument with her father about attending a party. Authorities, called to the home Friday about 1 a.m. on domestic violence claims, say the popular minister "slightly hurt" the girl in a fight at their Atlanta home, leaving the girl with "superficial injuries."
Investigator Rowan revealed that the Dollars' 19-year-old daughter, identified in reports as Alexandria Dollar, corroborated her sister's story, and claimed in the incident report that she saw her father "put both hands around her sister's neck and [choke] her for about five seconds." Alexandria Dollar then claimed she witnessed Pastor Dollar take her sister by the shoulders and slap her in the face, and throw her to the ground when she tried to break free. more >>
Creflo Dollar, pastor of a 30,000-strong congregation in Georgia, is drawing an outpouring of support and prayers amid reports that he assaulted his teenage daughter.
Supporters are coming to Dollar's defense on his Facebook page, telling the public to stop judging the pastor and expressing empathy as the parent of a teenager.
"I support my pastor fully! My 12 year old is already going through the terrible teens and I full understand how this situation can happen. Shame on the daughter for not following his word at no, then becoming combative and calling the police to embarrass her father. I will be praying that the get everything straightned (sic) out," Leslie Ayo commented. more >>
Creflo Dollar Jr., founder and senior pastor of the World Changers Church International, was arrested on charges of simple battery Friday in Atlanta.
Creflo Dollar Jr., renowned megachurch pastor, was arrested and taken in to Fayette County Jail at about 2 a.m. Friday morning on the simple battery charges, according to WSBTV.com. He was booked, and a judge determined that Dollar's bond would be set at $5,000 in a hearing Friday morning.
Although Dollar was arrested and booked, authorities have not yet released information as to the nature of the crime, arrest, or victim of battery. The circumstances surrounding the situation are still unknown. more >>
A financial accountability commission focused on religious nonprofits announced Thursday that it has launched an online forum for public comments on regulatory and tax policy issues.
The Commission on Accountability and Policy for Religious Organizations hopes the forum will provide tangible feedback centered on regulatory issues regarding churches, clergy, and other nonprofits.
“It is vital that we have as much constructive input as possible, since the issues we are addressing could affect clergy, religious organizations and other nonprofits all across America,” said Michael Batts, chair of the Commission, in a statement. more >>
Twitter has become a social networking website for all different types of people to express opinions, share media, tweet thoughts and ideas, and Christians are even using the service to encourage other believers.
Listed below are prominent Christians and 10 of the most encouraging tweets for Nov. 18.
The Rev. Run, former leader of hip-hop super group Run DMC and reality star, shared his daily wisdom by quoting Peale to his Twitter followers today: “Stay focused: Empty pockets never held anyone back only empty heads and empty hearts can do that.” more >>