Creflo Dollar wants $65m for private jet upgrade – updated*


WXIA reports…

“Creflo Dollar recently slammed critics of his mission to raise money for a new Gulfstream G650 jet.

“The enemy is trying to discredit me,” Dollar told the congregation of World Changers Church International in south Fulton County on Apr. 19. “(But) I can dream as long as I want to. I can believe God as long as I want to. If I want to believe God for a $65 million plane, you cannot stop me from dreaming.”

“Don’t dream about what you can have. Dream about what the devil says you can’t have,” Dollar added.

Earlier this year, Creflo Dollar Ministries began soliciting donations for the jet. A web page for the fundraiser was quickly taken offline in the wake of social media backlash.

In his most recent sermon, Dollar said attempts to prevent him from acquiring funds for a new plane were proof “the enemy … is trying to stop the preaching of Jesus.”

“You cannot stop and you cannot curse what God has blessed,” Dollar said.

The original fundraising site said the plane was necessary for Dollar to bring his mission to the entire world.”


‘No such thing as the prosperity gospel':Dollar

Creflo Dollar Ministries video


The Christian Post reports…

“After coming under fire for asking 200,000 people to donate $300 or more each to raise $65 million to help his ministry purchase a luxury jet last month, popular televangelist Creflo Dollar, who is widely reported to be worth an estimated $27 million, has declared that “there is no such thing as the prosperity gospel” and the money in his pocket belongs to God.

“When we talk about prosperity, and people say it’s the prosperity gospel, there is no such thing as the prosperity gospel, it’s the gospel of grace. The money in my pocket is not mine, it’s God’s,” said Dollar, in a promotional clip for an episode of “Your World With Creflo” where he speaks with pastor Gregory Dickow of Life Changers International Church.

“It came from Him. He is the source behind everything we have that is good. He loves to be trusted; He loves to be the one that you lean on. He loves to be the one that you rely on and He wants to be the one that you lean on and rely on first,” continued Dollar in the clip.

The popular Atlanta, Georgia-based preacher who turned 53 in January, is recognized around the world as one of the most popular preachers of the prosperity gospel that promotes the notion that Jesus wants his followers to be wealthy. It is a controversial concept that religion scholar Reza Aslan has described as a “profoundly unscriptural” interpretation of Jesus.

“The argument of the prosperity gospel, if I can put it flippantly, is that Jesus wants you to drive a Bentley. That is basically what the argument is. That what Jesus wants for you is material prosperity, and that if you literally give, you will literally be given tenfold. That’s not a metaphor, as it is in most churches. It is literal. You give me $10 and Jesus will give you $100,” said Aslan, speaking at the 2014 Indian Summer Festival in Vancouver about his book, Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth.

“I mean, if there is one thing that is just so clear cut and just not open to interpretation at all of any kind when it comes to Jesus’ message, it is His condemnation of wealth,” he noted.

“And yet, not only does this version of Christianity exist, as I say, it is honestly the fastest growing version of Protestant evangelical Christianity in North America. That’s because Jesus can be whatever you want Him to be, and the Christian message can be whatever you want it to be,” he added.

In his messages, Dollar condemns poverty as ungodly.

“Poverty is not the will of God for any believer. However, there are Christians who have taken a ‘vow of poverty’ because they believe that poverty is a part of being holy and righteous. This is far from the truth,” he said in an article on his website titled “Your Inheritance of Wealth and Riches.”

“Poverty has nothing to do with godliness, or God — likeness. To be poor, or impoverished, means, ‘to be without; in lack; deprived.’ You and I don’t serve a God of lack and insufficiency. He is the God of the exceeding and the abundant. In fact, He wants to lavish you with His goodness (Ephesians 3:20),” he said.”


Right said Fred


The Australian Financial Review reports…

“The man with the decisive vote in the NSW upper house doesn’t much like the term “balance of power”.

“I prefer to call it the balance of prayer and responsibility,” the Reverend Fred Nile, 80, tells AFR Weekend in an interview in his office in NSW Parliament House.

Despite his emphatic victory in the state election last weekend, Premier Mike Baird will need Mr Nile’s support to privatise half of the state’s electricity network – the so-called poles and wires – to raise the $20 billion slated to fund the rail, roads, schools and hospitals at the core of the Coalition’s second-term agenda.

But as disclosures by Mr Nile make clear, don’t expect the chaos of the Canberra Senate to make its way to NSW Parliament on Macquarie Street. 

The latest meeting between Mr Nile and Mr Baird ended in a prayer session. It’s a far cry from the fireworks that followed Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s infamous post-election meeting with independent Senator Jacqui Lambie.

Mr Nile met Mr Baird and his chief of staff Bay Warburton for an hour on Tuesday afternoon in the Premier’s office on Level 20 of the government’s tower at 52 Martin Place.

“I raised with him the poles and wires, and told him what I thought about it. I think he just wanted to have a friendly chat,” Mr Nile’s recalled.

The Christian Democratic Party leader repeated his insistence on an inquiry in the upper house to gather expert evidence to reassure the public of the benefits of the privatisation. And, once again, he insisted that there be no forced redundancies for workers at the three government-owned firms up for private operation: high-voltage transmission business TransGrid and electricity distribution businesses Ausgrid and Essential Energy.

“At the end of it he said: ‘Do you mind if I have a prayer?’,” Mr Nile said.

“I said: ‘No, I’d love you to’.”

So the Premier, Mr Nile and Mr Warburton – son of prominent businessman Dick Warburton – prayed that God would guide them and help them do his will.

Mr Nile responded by praying for the Premier, “asking God to bless him, and help him in his role as Premier”. 

Mr Nile said his relationship with Mr Baird was friendlier than his good but “businesslike” relationship with his predecessor as premier, Barry O’Farrell.

Is there anything that could turn him into an obstructive upper house force? “If the government said tomorrow: ‘We’ve decided to scrap scripture’, I’d say ‘unless you restore it, we won’t support legislation,” he said, before conceding that scenario is not very likely.”


Christian robots and Hill$ong


Salon reports…

“Beware, the future of Christianity looks like this: plaid button-ups, skinny jeans and smartphone-accessible bible verses. But rest assured, it’s “super, super, super dope.”

Last night’s “Daily Show” featured a correspondent segment which poked fun at America’s megachurches, zeroing in on the impossibly hip Hillsong church which has long been shaping Christian youth culture.

According to New York Times’ 2014 write-up, Hillsong is remarkable not just because of its hipness but because of what its hipness transcends: “Its target is young Christians in big cities, where faith seems out of fashion but where its services are packing them in,” Michael Paulson writes in “Megachurch With a Beat Lures a Young Flock.”

Diving into this phenomenon, “The Daily Show” presents us with Pastor Carl Lentz, the pastor of Hillsong NYC Church, who has “both believers and Beliebers.” “He had it all,” the segment opens with. “The skinny jeans, the douche beanie and he played Grand Theft auto … in gore mode.”


Christian woman believes hormones disqualify Hillary


KTVT reports…

“A female shouldn’t be President,” is a direct quote from a Dallas woman’s Facebook page.

As you might imagine, the post has attracted quite a bit of attention from people across the country.

CBS 11’s Steve Pickett caught up with Cheryl Rios, the CEO of Go Ape Marketing, and asked her to explain the comment.

“I believe in what I said,” she told Pickett. “There’s an old biblical sound reasoning why a woman shouldn’t be President.”

Here’s the full text of her post:

“If this happens – I am moving to Canada. There is NO need for her as she is not the right person to run our country – but more importantly a female shouldn’t be president. Let the haters begin . . . but with the hormones we have there is no way we should be able to start a war. Yes I run my own business and I love it and I am great at it BUT that is not the same as being the President, that should be left to a man, a good, strong, honorable man.”

Rios posted her opinion in opposition to Hillary Clinton’s announcement as a Presidential candidate for the 2016 election. But Rios went well beyond a political position. She says a President should always be a man.

“We’re built differently, we have different hormones,” she said. “In the world we live in, we have equal rights…and I support all of that.  I don’t support a woman being President.”

Rick Fairless is one of Rios’ clients, and he depends on her marketing skills to promote his custom motorcycle store, Strokers Dallas. But he can’t understand her stand on women running a nation.

“I can’t comprehend someone who thinks a woman can’t do anything a man can do. They can. I promise you they can,” he said.

Several people have responded to Rios’ post on Facebook.  Some supporting her views and others criticizing them.”



Christian mechanic won’t fix gays’ cars


WOOD reports…

“The owner of a Grandville auto repair shop says he won’t hesitate “to refuse service to an openly gay person or persons.”

Brian Klawiter, the owner of Dieseltec on Ottawa Avenue in Grandville, posted the statement to his company’s Facebook page on Tuesday because he says the voices of those who have Christian, conservative values are often overshadowed by those who do not.

“I want to have a voice about this,” Klawiter told 24 Hour News 8 Wednesday. “I want to be heard about this… It’s challenging to decide to say I’m on the opposing side of what’s seen as the popular view.”

The post in question starts with “Enough is enough.”

“Apparently if you are white (or close to it), you have a job, go to church, and own a gun…That translates into racist, privileged, bigot… Our rights as conservative Americans are being squashed more and more everyday…” the post reads in part.

The line that’s drawing the most conversation is the one that addresses “openly gay” individuals.

“I would not hesitate to refuse service to an openly gay person or persons. Homosexuality is wrong, period,” Klawiter wrote. “If you want to argue this fact with me then I will put your vehicle together with all bolts and no nuts and you can see how that works.”

The post had gotten a couple dozen comments and about two dozen shares as of Wednesday evening. Many commenters criticized his views, but some were supportive.

While Klawiter acknowledges that the post could be viewed as offensive, he says he doesn’t regret writing it.

“I think I exercised a little more freedom than I would on a news broadcast,” Klawiter said of his post, adding that he didn’t expect the post to get the attention it has. “If you have a vehicle that needs to be repaired, we’d be happy to do that for you. But if you want to come in here with your boyfriend and you want to openly display that, that’s just not going to be tolerated here. We don’t believe that here.”

Klawiter says he isn’t asking clientele about their sexuality, but is emphatic that he won’t tolerate “outward” affectionate behavior between same-sex couples.

Asked to consider his post from the eyes of a person who is gay, Klawiter responded:

“I think it would be made pretty clear to me that I’m not welcome there, which I would almost consider that enlightening. I would know exactly where not to go.”

Discrimination based on sexual orientation has not been outlawed in Michigan, though several municipalities have local ordinances on the matter. Grand Rapids and East Grand Rapids are among the West Michigan cities that have ordinances that prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation.

Grandville, however, has no such ordinance.

Grandville Mayor Steve Maas said he’s open to discussing one, but that the citizens would have to ask for it.

“There are many people who have deeply held, sincerely held, very conservative religious and political beliefs. But on the other hand, that same group of people is a very kind group of people that does not tolerate bigotry and intolerance, so it would be very interesting to see that debate,” Maas said.

Klawiter is among those who doesn’t think the city should have a non-discrimination ordinance that includes sexual orientation.

“I’ve chosen to put God first in my life and that he owns everything in me and my business and beyond,” Klawiter said. “Since that becomes a priority, I can’t sacrifice on those morals.”