When Pastor Paula White came out aggressively last week against a Senate financial probe into her multimillion dollar ministry, she again brought to light the question of whether the government should step in to ensure that churches and ministries are not misusing money.
Dan Busby, who heads evangelical accreditation agency ECFA, said concerns over excessive entanglement when the government brings inquires upon the church are appropriate. But Christians should conduct themselves and their finances in a way that reflects the Lord, he commented.
Busby referenced ECFA’s guiding passages, 2 Corinthians 8: 20 and 21, showing that financial transparency is a fundamental principal rooted in the Bible. “As Christians, we are representing the Lord,” he emphasized. As such, Busby said Christian leaders should seek to comply with the law and govern their finances in a way that does not mar God’s name before the public. more >>
WASHINGTON – Since Sen. Charles Grassley concluded his report on six Christian ministries Thursday, the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability has announced that it will form a commission to address eight key concerns noted in the report.
During a press conference held Friday in Washington D.C., ECFA Board Member Michael Batts said of Grassley’s report, “I don’t think there was a lot of significant news.”
The report summarized findings from a Senate investigation that started three years ago on the spending of Joyce Meyer Ministries, Benny Hinn's World Healing Center Church, Creflo Dollar's World Changers Church International, Eddie Long's New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, Kenneth Copeland Ministries, and Without Walls International Church – formerly pastored by both Randy and Paula White. more >>
A Senate investigation into the spending of six televangelists concluded Thursday with a list of concerns and a call for the formation of a federal advisory committee to ensure religious organizations comply with laws.
Three years after launching the probe, Sen. Charles Grassley, ranking member of the Committee on Finance, released a staff review of the practices of the popular media-based ministries.
According to the report, only two of the six ministries – Joyce Meyer Ministries and Benny Hinn's World Healing Center Church – fully cooperated with the investigation and even implemented financial reforms. more >>
Two men have filed lawsuits accusing Bishop Eddie Long of using his position as a spiritual authority to coerce them into sexual relationships when they were members of his megachurch congregation.
Lawyers for the men, now 20 and 21, say they filed the lawsuits on Tuesday against the pastor of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia, which draws around 25,000 worshipers every Sunday.
"Defendant Long has a pattern and practice of singling out a select group of young male church members and using his authority as Bishop over them to ultimately bring them to a point of engaging in a sexual relationship," the suit alleges. more >>
The growing prevalence of the prosperity gospel around the world, and particularly in Africa, has prompted a group of theologians to release a statement of concern and a call for further reflection.
While recognizing that "there are some dimensions of prosperity teaching that have roots in the Bible," the Lausanne Theology Working Group says its overall view is that "the teachings of those who most vigorously promote the 'prosperity gospel' are false and gravely distorting of the Bible."
The statement was released this month through Christianity Today and is derived from a number of papers that were discussed at the group's meetings in October 2008 and September 2009. more >>
More than a year after the ranking Republican on the Senate Committee of Finance called out six televangelists suspected of opulent spending and possible abuse of their nonprofit status, one has gone to great lengths to clear her name while one still refuses to turn over information, according to the latest update this past week.
The remaining four of the “Grassley Six,” meanwhile, still lie somewhere in between.
“My staff and I continue to review the information we’ve received from the ministries that cooperated, and we continue to weigh our options for the ministries that have not cooperated,” Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa stated Thursday after a long period silence regarding the probe of the Joyce Meyer Ministries, World Healing Center Church, Without Walls International Church, New Birth Missionary Baptist Church/Eddie L. Long Ministries, Kenneth Copeland Ministries, and World Changers Church International/Creflo Dollar Ministries. more >>