Why Creflo Dollar Needs His Dollars

By John Bloom | 11/08/2007


Every time we write about Creflo Dollar we have to point out that this is not one of those fake news articles we've sometimes managed to foist onto the public, and that the name Creflo Dollar was not used by Charles Dickens to describe a wheezing barrister in a pub, nor was it invented by a heavy-handed satirist attempting to lampoon a greedy Ukrainian.

No, Creflo Dollar is a real person, one of the six televangelists who got letters from the Senate Finance Committee on Monday, asking them to send in detailed accounting statements proving that they're not converting church money to their personal use.
Creflo Dollar Posters
More specifically, Creflo Dollar is the pastor of World Changers Church International of College Park, Georgia. Presumably he chose that name himself, completely free of fear that it would be soon be better known as Money Changers Church International by the 30,000 members who weekly enrich its coffers and make it possible for Creflo to maintain the two jets—one Gulfstream 3 and one Lear—that he uses to shuttle back and forth between Madison Square Garden (where he does a Saturday night service for an audience of 6,000) and Atlanta (where he does a Sunday morning service), not to mention occasional visits to his offices in the United Kingdom, South Africa, Australia and Nigeria.

Creflo's wife Taffi Dollar—and here we remind you once again that we are not lapsing into fiction at any point during the creation of this article—Taffi Dollar is responsible for the household budget at the $3 million Dollar mansion in Atlanta, and the more modest $2.44 million Dollar condo overlooking Central Park in Manhattan.

Asked about the Dollar dollars by CBS News yesterday, Dollar said it was untrue that he had two Rolls-Royces (we'd actually heard it was two Rolls-Royces and one Humvee, but who's keeping track?)—that he only had one Rolls and it was given to him by his congregation as a surprise. He also said he did not give $500,000 of church funds to fellow "prosperity gospel" evangelist Kenneth Copeland on the occasion of Copeland's 40th wedding anniversary—although he did not say how much he did give—so we want to be very careful when we say that the annual budget for Dollar's operation, his overhead dollars, is about $80 million. (Note to Creflo: Get back to us if we're a little off on that number.)

The interesting aspect of this story, however, is that so many of these prosperity-gospel guys do funnel money back to Copeland in so many ways that it almost looks like a pyramid scheme. Actually that's too harsh—what it really resembles is the marketing structure of Mary Kay Cosmetics, set up so that every time a salesperson recruits another salesperson, he or she gets a cut of the commission. And the reason that all roads lead to Copeland—see our summary of Copeland's organization in the investigative cartooning feature "Lifestyles of the Rich and Religious"—is that he's the granddaddy of what goes by many names—like "positive confession"—but is most commonly called "Word Faith."

If you look for the theological origins of "Word Faith," you end up in Tulsa, of course, and specifically at RHEMA Bible College in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, which was founded by Kenneth E. "Papa" Hagin (1917-2003), the man who pretty much created the American-style health-and-wealth preaching so familiar from late-night television. Copeland was a student there, as well as at Oral Roberts University, which veers close to RHEMA in its theology but is not always on the same page. (Truth be told, every prosperity preacher is his own theology school, since part of the basis for the teaching is direct special revelation from God, which makes all these guys the heirs of the original gnostics.) But if RHEMA had a creed, it would go something like this:

  1. God's covenant with Abraham means that God has to deliver on his part of the deal, so anything you ask for in the name of Jesus, God is required to give you. (Should we quote some Janis Joplin lyrics here?)
  2. Man is equal to God in every respect. Or, in the words of Copeland, "You don't have a God in you! You are one!" (Tom Cruise would like this one.)
  3. Jesus was not the son of God, he was a man empowered by God to be just like God, and everyone who knows this can do the same thing. (We're not sure we have this one exactly right, but it's basically "Be Jesus, go ahead, He won't mind, you're soulmates.")
  4. Jesus went down into hell where he took on Satan's nature, until he was born again, and re-emerged to start the church. (Presumably they preach this one on Halloween.)
  5. Anything you speak and believe, with understanding, will come true just as you want it. (Yes, this seems like it's the same as number one, but that one is about what God has to do, and this one is about what you have to do. It's the "positive confession" part, the idea that your thought processes can command God to act.)
  6. God promises in Isaiah 53 to heal every physical illness of anyone who has faith. (As our mentor Ole Anthony once said, "Then why aren't there thousands of 200-year-old billionaires in Tulsa?")
  7. Any Christian who believes in poverty is outside God's will. (Well, take that, you cloistered loser in the hairshirt.)

There are more, but these are the biggies. I would imagine that at this point you're starting to see why taking away Creflo Dollar's dollars could amount to more than just a little lifestyle adjustment. It pretty much goes to the heart of the whole Kahuna.


Comments(490)

Anonymous | 03:24 pm on 12/04/2010

I disagree, I think the devil would love to see MOST christians prosper because he knows for MOST christians it would be a way for turning us away from the will of God and onto superficiality.

Anonymous | 12:23 pm on 12/17/2010

Amen to that!!

Marty reese | 10:27 pm on 2/20/2011

wrong, prosperity is not measured in dollars but in fruit operating in your life.. and in the life of a true believer peace, joy, patience and every other good thing is evident.. however, if we are faithful and seek first the Kingdom and His righteousness all these things shall be added unto us.. God does not want us to live in desperate poverty.. but to teach us to be good stewards of what he truly desires to pour out into our lives.. most people are not prepared to use such blessings for the kingdom of God, not holding on to it as if it belongs to them.. sio they remain always on the brink of poverty.. Jesus is looking for faithful vessels he can pour into and out of freely as the Bible says he will withold no good thing from His children... but if money is your idol, it is not a good thing, and you won't receive it freely.. but if it is just a tool to advance the Gospel, that is the right heart and you will be prepared by the Holy Spirit for great outpouring to accomplish the Plan of God in your life... if He gives you a vision, His vision, He will also give you the provision to accomplish it.. or do you not believe that the Earth is His and the fullness therin.. that's where it comes down to understanding God's Word, and His purposes.. don't be foolish and get caught up in the scandal of the soul to focus on the money or power or whatever, but keep your focus Eternal , and eternally on the Kingdom of God and the Gospel of Christ.. don't criticise the man's heart if you don't know what it is.. that is also a commandment, Do not bare false witness, which is what we do everytime we judge another man's heart, becasue we cannot know what the Lord is speaking to Him, the vision God has given Him, and whether or not He is doing it all for the Glory of God!!.. i say foucus on your own motives and heart, and start giving into ministry that is makiing a difference, better yet dare to pray for vision, God's plan, and becone the ministry God wans to richly bless for His Kingdom and Purpose!!.. peace..

Anonymous | 06:29 pm on 7/04/2008

you the creator of this web site i am praying for you how dare you touch Gods anointed. for it is written touch not my anointed nor do my prophets no harm. It is also written; As long as the Earth remains seed time and harvest shall not seise. So this is a warning of love unto thee, stop doing satans work of division for it is written an house divided against it bself cannot stand

Anonymous | 08:10 pm on 7/24/2008

Where in the Bible does God annoint Creflo?

Anonymous | 03:21 pm on 11/11/2008

Where is that he did not?

Anonymous | 03:17 pm on 5/06/2009

Ooh, ooh- I'm annointed too! The Bible specifically does not say that I'm not, so I must be... please send money to the following P.O. Box...

Anonymous | 12:34 pm on 2/22/2009

You are a fool! What a question. Is your own name in the Bible?

Michael d | 05:15 pm on 8/01/2009

As a matter of fact mine is!

Anonymous | 01:14 am on 9/04/2010

HE annoints all who receive JESUS and walks upright proven fact get saved and found out

Anonymous | 06:56 am on 7/28/2008

True the Bible says that a house divided against itself shall not stand. So why many denominations? Oh yeah, where did God ever anoint Creflo?

Anonymous | 10:44 pm on 8/31/2008

True the Bible says that a house divided against itself shall not stand. So why many denominations? VERY VERY good question...i often ponder this in my mind..obviously EGO plays into this somehow..i think....but all the opposing beliefs (doctrines) can"t all be right..or can they?..in some twilight zone sort of way with God who looks at mens hearts...i dont know.......................

Anonymous | 03:45 pm on 11/11/2008

Again - where does it say he did not? Try looking at John 15:16

Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.

Ed Dickey | 11:07 am on 3/12/2009

We can always grab a verse or two out of context and make it git just about any argument we want to present: "Judas went out and hanged himself", "Go, and do likewise".

And although I might be accused of doing the same thing, this passage came to mind:

1 Timothy 4
1 The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. 2 Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron.

Anonymous | 09:50 pm on 1/24/2011

Don't forget "In All your getting, GET understanding". A lot of people have a lot of things, but very few actually have understanding. Stop hating and just participate. Come over here and get some of this Peace, Love, and Joy! How can someone hate on another person that is teaching something that gets people free from bondage and poverty? (oh yeah, the devil)

Anonymous | 09:20 pm on 3/27/2009

Yeah ok...but who was Jesus talking to? Not you, or I...Jesus was merely telling his disciples to establish the church - which they did.

The Bible is very clear about what is being said, and to whom it is being said. It's odd how come so-called Christians are easily confused and deceived.

Anonymous | 11:37 am on 1/02/2011

So you are saying the teachings of the Bible don't apply today? I guess we don't need to concern ourselves with the book of Revelation. It is a story told to someone else, not me!

Anonymous | 04:28 am on 9/01/2008

gullible blind needy and spineless..........Creflo NEEDS YOU

Anonymous | 02:27 pm on 9/30/2008

Creflo NEVER needed you or anyone else to tell him that God is his provider-by the way who is yours? you low life not living up to your full potential, wanna be - HATER!!!

Anonymous | 09:40 am on 8/30/2009

My brothers and sisters let us remember to pray for our enemies and the enemies of Creflo Dollar, Benny Hill, Kenneth Copeland, Eddie Long, Joyce Meyers,etc. Pray that God open the unbelievers eyes so that they will see the truth. The enemy wants to keep then blind to the truth of God. The enemy knows that if they can really see that God desires to bless them and not only bless them but to make them over comers in every area of their lives, he knows that he will have to cease from telling and spreading his lies. He wants to keep them in the dark about the truth of God.

WARNING to the Wittenburg Door: I kindly and humbly ask you to please stop you bashing of the MEN OF GOD. Some of the things that you are going through in your lives right now are as a result to the lies and untruth that you are spreading about the MEN OF GOD. I promise you it will only get worse. I pray that you allow God to show you the truth.

Anonymous | 08:49 am on 12/09/2009

THE PALE (GREEN) HORSE = CREFLO DOLLAR = DEATH = "FOLLOWED BY HADES (HELL).." = DEATH OF ALL KINDS AND CAUSES = KEPT LOW (PROFILE) = "KEPT LO (THE LAMB) DOLLAR.." = THE REAPER OF YOUR HARVEST = SCARECROW = "MAKES YOUR LIFE A LIVING HELL.." = TALES OF THE CRYPT = CREEPY = NIGHTCRAWLER = JEEPERS CREEPERS = "THROWS DEAD PROSTITUTE BODIES IN THE CREEK.." = SLOW CREEP (SNEAK UP) = "COME UP FROM BEHIND AND SLICE YOUR THROAT.." = JACK THE RIPPER = SHERLOCKE HOLMES = DR. JECKYLL AND MR. HYDE = THE MAN IN THE MIRROR = "A MAN DURING THE DAY, AND KILLER AT NIGHT.." "TO KILL WITH A SWORD, AND WITH HUNGER, AND WITH DEATH, AND WITH THE BEASTS (DEVILS) OF THE FIELD (EARTH).." "THEY ARE THE REVEREND SAMS.." = SAMUEL = "POISON THOSE OF EL = EL HARIS = ABU GHIMR = HAYLAL BAR SHAKHAR

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Anonymous | 11:29 am on 12/23/2009

these men are getting my prayers because they are damned and going to hell. They help themselves and no other. God wants us all to be rich and wealthy? No. Suffering and problems are a part of our walk for without problems, there can be no providence.But, if you love the theology they teach, stick with it. And when your faith has been destroyed , the TRUE God will be lovingly waiting for you.

D. Philip Veitch | 01:48 pm on 2/19/2010

Great post by Wittenburg. Please do more on them.

Anonymous | 10:38 pm on 9/26/2010

sad sad sad u r SAD

Anonymous | 10:41 pm on 9/26/2010

sad sad sad u r SAD

Anonymous | 04:49 pm on 1/21/2010

This conversations I am reading is useless. Both need to be better informed and both show hate and lack of obediance to the Word of God. When all else falls by the way side, the Word of God WILL still stand as the Bread of Life. May Your heart open to it. Shalom!

D. Philip Veitch | 01:51 pm on 2/19/2010

Come and join us at:

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Entitled, "Exposing the False Prophets—Reformation Christians Against TBN"

These hucksters and charlatans are modern-day Tetzels on steroids and amphetamines, clearly in need of anti-delusional medications as well.

Anonymous | 02:57 am on 2/09/2010

I suppose you're right about YOUR Creflo. However, why is it Creflo and the others of his ilk always tell his members to pray and wait on God to reward them, yet he doesn't take his own advice? He tells you to send/give him CASH NOW -- he doesn't WAIT on God. Think about it. Creflo has his millions/billions because earthly idiots BLESS him with their hard earned cash. You can serve God without being dumb. You guys let these Pulpit Reachers rip you off and you are too stupid to see it.

I belong to a church and give what I want to and that is between me and God not between me and some flesh preacher. I take from the sermons what I need. EVERYBODY is responsible for his own soul. Your preacher is not responsible for your soul-- you are. The Bible says to discern the spirits (that includes inside the church). Bible also says to TRUST NO (REPEAT NO) man. Think on that last statement.

Anonymous | 01:08 am on 9/14/2010

WHY MAN HATE " THEM SELF ,SMALL NOTHINGNESS EARTHLING BUT GOD KNOW U BETTER THAN YOUR SELF , THE LIE ARE TOLD TO RIGHTNESS OF THE WRONG MESSAGE TO CONFUSE AND CONTROL ,YOUR TIME IS UP . JKD

Anonymous | 10:14 am on 10/06/2010

Wow! what strong words, coming from a person of faith, that goes to church and "take out what he/she needs" to satisfy his/her own flesh. Which the bible clearly say, will happen in the last days. check out the scriptures about being no brawler, and speaking harsh words to your neighbor. Thank God for Jesus being our Judge, The Way, The Truth, and The light. I think most of everyone who have fellowship with Jesus go to church and realize they can give only what they can give. I give to my church,I bless my pastor, and no, I'm not a member of Creflo Dollar Ministries, but the man cares for souls, and teaches how to live Holy as a child of God, and who we are in Christ Jesus, and how to overcome the curse, which at one point we all was born under. That's why Jesus came to redeem us from the curse of the law. so that we can walk in the blessing of Abraham. And one of the blessing is abuntant life, wholeness, not proverty, because it is under the curse, read the whole chapter of Galations. Again your words say trust no man and you are right, just read your bible, and see, we are to live in prosperity, the abundant life. Poverty and sickness is under the curse. I do Know Gods word works for me. (50 year old retired women trying to live Holy for God is Holy) and walking in prosperity what I plant God bless where I walk God opens doors, when all the odds were against me, God made a way. I don't have to prove to anyone, I live in the abundant life Christ died to give me. Not being confomred to this world system but transformed by the renewing of my mind to the Word of God. This world system (babalonian) is being destroyed everyday because Church people will not believe and do what the Word of God say to do that so that we can be made whole. (nothing broken and nothing needed) just believe what the scripture says will walk in the blessing. Thank you Jesus for using the man of God to teach how to walk in Wholeness and yes prosperity is one, and in the blessing, One last thing; Jesus told Peter to go get money out of a fish mouth to pay taxes, now that sound stupid, but it worked, taxes got paid. and you call the saints of God stupid... How crazy was that! Think about it. Much love, "search the scriptures you think you have everlasting life".

Anonymous | 12:23 pm on 11/30/2010

GOD does tell us to give 10 percent to tithes, however if one can not or will not with a cheerful heart,then you missed it..If your giving unto the Lords house, and your house is inorder,you 'll be blessed..now lets not forget the offerings,seed planting..to the Lords work.amen ..treasure in heaven.

Anonymous | 01:33 pm on 2/02/2011

i'd like to know the verse in the bible that says trust no man.you said you give what you want to and you take what you want from the message.as Christians we are to give what God leads us to,and recieve (even if it doesn't feel good)all God says,and apply it.i know your preacher isn't God,but he is God's way of talking to you.if he ain't in line with the Word of God then find another Church group,but if he does then take,better yet,receve ALL OF IT!!!!!!for your own good.

Anonymous | 08:06 pm on 1/01/2011

YES, BUT ALL THESE BAD WORDS IN PRINT? WHAT DOES IT MAKE US CHRISTIANS DO - DEFEND CREFLO - RIGHT? OKAY, SO WE ALSO ARE TO LOVE OUR ENEMIES, HATE THOSE WHO USE US AND PERSECUTE US.

WHAT DOES THIS INACCURATE INFORMATION MAKE US DO? IT SHOULD HUMBLE US AND RESTATE TO THE UNBELIEVER - TRY GOD? WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO LOSE? WHAT IS THE RISK YOU TAKE WHEN YOU TRY GOD? WHAT, YOU CAN'T DRINK AND GET DRUNK ANYMORE? YOU CAN'T SHACK UP WITH YOUR GIRL FRIEND OR BOY FRIEND? ALL THESE DO'S AND DON'TS DO NOT HAPPEN OVER NIGHT. IT'S A PROCESS. SOMETIMES IT TAKES YEARS AND YEARS FOR CHANGES TO HAPPEN. DURING THESE YEARS OF CHANGES, I GET MORE HUMBLE NAD TRUST GOD ALL THE MORE.

Anonymous | 11:31 am on 1/26/2011

your language does not portray what you say you believe in. the bible clearly states that you're not suppose to argue about the word or children of GOD. You might want to take a real good look at your self because you sound like you are very angry and almost to the point of rage which is of the devil.

Anonymous | 03:52 pm on 11/11/2008

Creflo does not need you - but Christ wants you - therefor, if you choose you can listen to Creflo, he will teach you the Word. Practice what the Lord leads you to - not concerning yourself with the world thoughts on you. Just God.

Anonymous | 06:47 pm on 10/12/2010

should Creflo be poor?

Anonymous | 05:07 pm on 12/14/2010

Abso-freakin'-loot-lee! Let him actually WORK for a living like the poor stiffs he steals money from. Yeah, I think even he can spell W-O-R-K

Mrs. Tullis | 09:56 pm on 1/24/2011

There is nothing "spineless" about hearing God's Word (through His prophet) and getting results! Sooo... what is going on in your life that you do not want Jesus to get a hold of so that you can be free from it? Start out by dealing with that/those thing(s), then you won't have that much time to worry about anyone else. As a matter of fact, keep hating, this means the man is doing something RIGHT... bringing down the kingdom of satan! Therefore, the devil has to TRY to discredit him.

Anonymous | 06:36 pm on 10/13/2008

Dude get a clue! Christians please wake up! The church needs to wake from its slumber. Think outside the box we need to listen to the Holy Spirit not to man. Hear the heart of the father! It's not a religion it's a relationship.

Anonymous | 10:02 am on 8/30/2009

AMEN!! WELL SAID

Anonymous | 07:14 pm on 11/18/2008

You, the author of this comment, should be pray to god for the ability to spell. All you have to do is ask and so ye' shall be granted. You can be a regular Einstein just by believing in Jesus!

Bev | 04:13 pm on 12/17/2008

A missing "e"

Could be a typo - could me a misspelling.

NOT REALLY THE POINT - HUH??

If this is the best you have to offer - you and a lack of proper grammar - maybe you should offer nothing.

Stay on task.

By the way - Einstein was considered retarded. Only later in life was he regarded as a genius. YEH! With God (capital "G", by the way)- that is not out of the question.

Another Anonymous | 10:07 am on 7/01/2009

Your reasoning seems ironic latter on in life Einstein actually became an atheist by the modern one who does not believe in god definition of the word. He even criticised the existance of the afterlife.If you don't believe me you can research it if you want to.

Anonymous | 07:17 pm on 11/16/2009

Explain to me why god is so often commended as being the cause for the good stuff that happens to people, but never the bad? "5 of the 100 passengers on the burning plane escaped. It's a miracle, God is watching over his children." Really? What about the other 95 people who died horrible deaths? What do you say to them? "Umm, yeah, well god wasn't paying attention to you. Sorry you burned up. God works in mysterious ways, you can't understand Him because He is so great and wonderful, he cannot be questioned. Yeah, that's it."

UPDATE-while typing this, I saw a news report about a guy who survived a gunshot wound to his belly, when he was told he wouldn't live. At the end he was quoted as saying "By the grace of God, I lived." Where was God when the guy GOT SHOT??????????????

Anonymous | 11:28 pm on 2/23/2010

You idiot!! He survived, didn't he?

Anonymous | 11:10 am on 10/20/2010

God didn't pull the trigger did he?

Anonymous | 07:53 pm on 9/28/2010

As far as spelling is concerned, you should check yours.
It's God not god. Come on people, if your going to
be Gods' children learn to spell his name right!
god with a small g is refering to idols,of stone,wood etc.

Anonymous | 04:09 pm on 2/19/2009

don't be so stupid; they might have BEEN annointed but that was long
ago before they sided with the world and its riches. let's pray they
wake up and repent and remember that you cannot serve two masters; NO one is as important as these folk pretend to be

SATANS-GRANNY | 11:23 am on 3/27/2009

You need to take your head out of your fundamental ass friend.
People like Dollar depend on the brain dead programmed masses of their insipid followers to defend their wrong doings. You people alway quote the same scriptures "Touch Not My Anointed..." Ect.

Like a good mindless sheep....straight to the slaughter house!!

Anonymous | 08:53 am on 12/09/2009

THE PALE (GREEN) HORSE = CREFLO DOLLAR = DEATH = "FOLLOWED BY HADES (HELL).." = DEATH OF ALL KINDS AND CAUSES = KEPT LOW (PROFILE) = "KEPT LO (THE LAMB) DOLLAR.." = THE REAPER OF YOUR HARVEST = SCARECROW = "MAKES YOUR LIFE A LIVING HELL.." = TALES OF THE CRYPT = CREEPY = NIGHTCRAWLER = JEEPERS CREEPERS = "THROWS DEAD PROSTITUTE BODIES IN THE CREEK.." = SLOW CREEP (SNEAK UP) = "COME UP FROM BEHIND AND SLICE YOUR THROAT.." = JACK THE RIPPER = SHERLOCKE HOLMES = DR. JECKYLL AND MR. HYDE = THE MAN IN THE MIRROR = "A MAN DURING THE DAY, AND KILLER AT NIGHT.." "TO KILL WITH A SWORD, AND WITH HUNGER, AND WITH DEATH, AND WITH THE BEASTS (DEVILS) OF THE FIELD (EARTH).." "THEY ARE THE REVEREND SAMS.." = SAMUEL = "POISON THOSE OF EL = EL HARIS = ABU GHIMR = HAYLAL BAR SHAKHAR

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