If you’re a good speaker, you can make a ton of money, as long as you’re willing to work on Sundays and
Mondays. On Sundays, you do your preaching. On Mondays, you do your depositing.
An Atlanta megachurch took in $69
million in 2006, according to a financial statement the church’s
minister released in response to a Senate investigation into him and
five other well-known televangelists.
The Rev. Creflo Dollar
disclosed the World Changers Church International’s financial
information to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, but said the money he
spends is his own.
Dollar said his income comes from personal
investments, including businesses and real estate ventures. But the
church gave him a Rolls Royce, which he mainly uses for special
occasions, he said.
"Without a doubt, my life is not average," he
said. "But I’d like to say, just because it is excessive doesn’t
necessarily mean it’s wrong." [Link]
Amen, brother! Nothing wrong with living it up. You earned it! I love the bumper sticker on your Rolls: "Jesus is my financier."
Dollar questioned the investigation’s focus on religious groups. The
minister is among the religious leaders who preach the "prosperity
gospel," the teaching that God will shower faithful followers with
material riches. But he said he uses only his personal finances to pay
for his luxuries.
"My lifestyle does not come out of the church’s bank account," he said. [Link]