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 | 08:08 am on 4/22/2010

I am a sheep you are a goat and you go to the left and I go to the right GOT IT!!!!

Anonymous | 10:34 am on 10/06/2010

Satan-Granny, At least you know who you are. For you I guess it's a good thing. But I must tell you, you don't have to live in the clutches of Satan as long as you are living and breathing, God can deliver you from the snares of the enemy. He loves you so much, that He sent His son Jesus to die for you, so you do Not have to be Satans-Granny, His end has already been established and cannot be changed. Jesus defeated him years ago on His Cross. Satan will burn in a lake of fired designed for him and his family and his demons. You can be saved, by accepting Jesus into your heart, Just believe what he done for you on the cross. For I know Satan is a lier and the father of all lies. I will be praying for your deliverence and that God will take the spiritual blinders off your eyes, so that you will be able to make a decision to follow Christ Jesus, the savior of your soul. Satan I rebuke the hold you have on this person in the Name Of Jesus, I command that this child of God be made free, and the blinders be removed from his spirit, so that he can spiritually your goodness. In Jesus Name I pray. amen

Anonymous | 12:02 am on 10/29/2009

You spelled "prophet" wrong. In this case, it's "profit!"

And I sincerely doubt it was the Lord God who anointed ANY of these greedy phonies!

Driving Rolls Royces, flying private jets, living in mansions.....money they STOLE from elderly people on Social Security and poor widows! They should be ashamed of themselves!

As for you, I suggest you pray for discernment!

Anonymous | 10:29 am on 3/11/2010

"God's annointed"? Please. "God's con artist" is more like it. If Creflo and Taffi (silly name, silly just like her verbally quivering attempts at preaching) are "prophets" at all then they're both false prophets at best. Take away all of their "word faith" offerings, and "love offerings", and "seed faith" piles of money that they finagle from their suckers, oops, meant "flock", and then watch what they say and do.

Anonymous | 08:12 am on 4/22/2010

THE ONLY THING I SEE IS ALOT OF SLANDER SO IF YOU HAVE NOT ANY THING NICE TO SAY KEEP YOUR UGLY MOUTH SHUT BEFORE THE LORD MY GOD THE FATHER OF JESUS SHUTS IT FOR YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous | 01:32 am on 5/24/2010

"IF YOU HAVE NOT ANY THING NICE TO SAY KEEP YOUR UGLY MOUTH SHUT BEFORE THE LORD MY GOD THE FATHER OF JESUS SHUTS IT FOR YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" Are you serious? That's not a very nice thing to say.

sharon | 12:05 am on 5/01/2011

well then let me put it in a nice way I pray for your tongue to cleave to the roof of your mouth.....

sharon | 12:09 am on 5/01/2011

the above comment was to the one talking about cleffo Dollar

Anonymous | 09:39 am on 9/04/2010

The claim today of not touching the Lord's annointed comes from the old Testament when David before becoming King will not touch King Saul who has been annointed for office.
He says he will not touch the Lord's annointed.
Yet later we see that when King David sins in adultery, Prophet Nathan has not problem speaking up and using the illustration of the rich man stealing the animal to give to a guest to get King David to put the death penalty on the crime. Nathan then points out that he is that man and has sinned against Uriah and the Lord. This passage "do not touch the Lord's annointed" is often used to justify never speaking against a man of God for commiting a sin.
Taken in context this is a distortion of the meaning and context and should not be used when a preacher has moved into sin.

Anonymous | 01:15 am on 10/14/2010

Creflo God's annointed? Creflo get off this website and stop vouching for yourself.

Anonymous | 03:25 pm on 12/04/2010

Why did you use the word "unto thee"? Are you from olde england? lol

BigRooster | 03:37 am on 1/01/2011

How much money does this liar take from people who cannot really afford it? Yet they feel it's their duty to pay a tithe. This guy is a piece of shit. He will get what's coming to him in the next life. It's going to be hot.

Anonymous | 07:16 am on 3/18/2009

COME ON GUYS, LETS GET REAL! 1ST OFF CREFLO FOLLOWS KENNETH COPELAND , WHO IS A 33RD DEGREE FREEMASON AND IF YOU KNOW ANY THING AND MASONS AND WHAT THE WORSHIP YOU WOULD STOP ALL THE FOOLISH TALK!
REMEMBER THE BATTLE BETWEEN GOD AND SATAN IS REAL, AND WE ALL KNOW WHO THE WINNER IS.

DO THE RESEARCH FOR YOURSELF

lateefahtmullins | 03:18 pm on 7/02/2009

jesus is lord

lateefahtmullins | 03:23 pm on 7/02/2009

MS. FIRST LADY LATEEFAH T. MULLINS NICKNAME SABARINA T. DOLLAR WHAT A FRIEND THAT I HAVE TO YOU CREFLO A DOLLAR. PRIVATE NOW MADE PUBLIC.THREW HOURS UPS IN DOWN I STILL HAVE LOVE FOR YOU CREFLO A. DOLLAR IN CHRIST JESUS

Anonymous | 10:24 pm on 9/22/2010

Yes, just before He advised me to avoid Audis and go for the BMW Series 7!

Anonymous | 09:55 pm on 3/03/2011

who ever wrote this artical is someone that the devil is using That man is blessed and you wish it could be you who are you helping, who life have you changed now that the question

Anonymous | 12:28 pm on 7/28/2008

yea, Did he tell you?

Anonymous | 09:19 am on 8/30/2009

Where in the word did get that idea?????????

Anonymous | 01:39 pm on 10/15/2010

What scripture reference are you using?

Joyce | 10:11 am on 11/13/2007

Is any of this really funny??
Pray for these folks..

Dave | 02:57 am on 11/16/2007

Pray for them? I think we might better pray for the sheep who perceive them as worthy of their money. And pray for yourselves and for me that we would be better preachers and stronger in faith than they. Perhaps if the US economy tanks, they will become mortal again. It isn't just the money, it is the strong possibility that they were never born again from above. Their doctrine indicates that, or apostasy.

Kenneth Copeland has taught the following:

That we do not have a god in us but that we are a God.
“You don’t have a God in you. You are one!” - The Force of Love audiotape

That Adam was God manifest in the flesh.
"God's reason for creating Adam was His desire to reproduce Himself. I mean a reproduction of Himself, and in the Garden of Eden He did just that. He was not a little like God. He was not almost like God. He was not subordinate to God even. . . . Adam is as much like God as you could get, just the same as Jesus. . . . Adam, in the Garden of Eden, was God manifested in the flesh."
Following the Faith of Abraham I, side 1

God is the greatest failure in the Universe
"I was shocked when I found out who the biggest failure in the Bible actually is....The biggest one is God....I mean, He lost His top-ranking, most anointed angel; the first man He ever created; the first woman He ever created; the whole earth and all the Fullness therein; a third of the angels, at least--that's a big loss, man. . .
Praise-a-Thon program on TBN [April 1988]
http://www.theforbiddenknowledge.com/hardtruth/copeland_exposed.htm

evie | 03:19 pm on 11/18/2007

some of this sounds familiar. I think it came from a man called Joseph Smith...

Anonymous | 04:43 pm on 11/19/2007

yes this very much reminds me of joe smith

Anonymous | 04:12 pm on 6/26/2008

for your info: pastor dollars father named Dollar as the last name

nothing fake there

please, do your homework

we are proud t be a part of Dr.Dollar's church family

take notice,it might change your life
unless you're affraid of a good and prosperous life

may God richly bless you

with His Grace
bina

Anonymous | 10:02 am on 7/02/2008

Well said Bina

Anonymous | 06:32 pm on 7/04/2008

well put bina

DH | 08:48 am on 10/27/2008

Creflo Dollar is a false prophet. As the apostles wrote, he allures people through the lusts of their flesh. He privily brings along damnable heresies. He doesn't preach the same doctrines as the apostles. Lastly, he bids God speed to others who don't preach the unadulterated doctrine of Christ; hence, he (and others like him) are partakers of their evil deeds and guilty by association.

To respond to another poster, God wants us to listen to holy men who speak as they're moved by the Holy Ghost (2 Peter 1). When we hear these people, we are hearing the Lord (Luke 10:16). The "don't listen to man" mindset is part of what's responsible for the rampant arrogance in Christendom.

If God's people (and those who seek Him out of a pure heart) would read, study to show themselves approved unto Him, and leave churches with corrupt pastors, a lot of what's happening today would be on a lower scale. Then again, that won't happen, will it? In 2 Peter 2, Peter said that "There will be many false teachers among you" and "many shall follow their pernicious ways."

The barrage of false prophets will never end, but on an individual basis, we don't have to receive them. The operative question is "What will you do?"

dh

NJ pastor j | 06:10 pm on 1/21/2009

Very well said DH. As a rule I typically don't even read these silly things. The word of God says "...to avoid vain argument" but this lured me in. The day will come when each of us will answer to God for every word we've spoken and every action we've taken. That includes our actions in the area of finances.

Creflo Dollar does not answer to man but to God. And God will hold him accountable for the millions of SQUANDERED dollars spent on cars and houses and gifts etc. In his mind and that of his followers...he feels he has cancelled out the sin of terrible stewardship and greedy things he's done and taught, with good things. Last time I checked it wasn't all the good things we do that redeem us. It's grace that redeems us. I don't hate the man. The man needs prayer. I feel sad for his blinded followers who don't know the word well enough to understand that our definition of prosperous and fruitful don't necessarily match God's. The apostle learned to be content in whatever circumstance. Jesus didn't have even have a place to lay His head.

God takes care of His people. He does want them to be fed and clothed and warm and protected but Jesus said very clearly it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than a rich man to enter heaven. God is about balance. To all read this ... Be blessed...and may God change our hearts sould and minds so we can be "blessable"!

Anonymous | 12:32 am on 2/15/2009

Amen, brutha

John Jay | 12:06 pm on 4/22/2009

You are wrong, he does have to answer to man! So you are saying that the Bible is telling a lie? Since you are annointed as Paul you should know the Chapter and verse. Oh, I forgot when it's something pertaining to the preacher thats' off limits. Thats why I never hear sermons about preachers reponsibilites nor bible studies being to two way conversation. You preachers, so called annointed ones will have an opportunity to prove yourself. The Bible tells how his annointed can be shown. When I finish my book based on his word none of you will have a leg to stand on. You all have taken his word out of text and you will pay a price( also in the Bible). You are all false prophets! The Bible also says that we should come against false prophets and that is going to be my whole duty, to bring Creflo, Jakes, White etc... down.

Anonymous | 12:06 pm on 4/24/2009

but before we get so excited about pointing out how much money others have squandered, let's think about ourselves. We're not asked to compare ourselves to a cultural norm or average, but to God's perfection. If you don't get my drift, we've all squandered, and to focus on Creflo Dollar's misdeeds is like assuming we're all right. If you don't think you've squandered, then take a little time around some poverty--the kind that is almost impossible to escape.

lateefahtmullins | 03:19 pm on 7/02/2009

ms michelle obma what a friend.

Anonymous | 10:28 am on 12/08/2009

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

Source MYKA’EL YORK

Go to www.MySpace.com/the19elder

Anonymous | 08:48 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

Source MYKA’EL YORK

Go to www.MySpace.com/the19elder

Anonymous | 03:45 pm on 1/04/2010

well put

Anonymous | 01:44 pm on 3/23/2009

Nice to see someone having something good to say. It saddens me to think every negative comment was from a christian. Even the world is not that hateful, its just sad. I hope one day christians will start loving each other

Anonymous | 07:31 pm on 6/15/2010

I feel for you hell is hot and you are stupit
read your bible.

Anonymous | 04:12 pm on 6/26/2008

for your info: pastor dollars father named Dollar as the last name

nothing fake there

please, do your homework

we are proud t be a part of Dr.Dollar's church family

take notice,it might change your life
unless you're affraid of a good and prosperous life

may God richly bless you

with His Grace
bina

lateefahtmullins | 03:20 pm on 7/02/2009

MS.CREFLO A. DOLLAR WHAT A GREAT MAN AND TEACHER

churchonthenet | 07:21 am on 6/09/2008

Much of this is why people need to spend some time with the source. There are so many editorialized statements and out of context representations that this whole article and most comments are half truths and lies (and half truths are nothing but lies with limited true-isms used to lend credibility to the lie being perpetrated). Copeland's complete teaching on God In Us and Ye Are Gods is taken directly from Biblical texts. What you've butchered together here is not his teaching, just random out of context phrases and even phrases that were never a part of the teaching, so you can perpetuate your lies. Creflo may be overboard on his application but his fundamental teaching is mostly accurate. I've never heard anyone who was 100% accurate all the time, particularly when delivering live messages. While I do not support much of the current application of Word of Faith and prosperity teachings, the underlying message still remains Truth.

Anonymous | 07:10 am on 7/28/2008

You say a half-truth is a lie which is basically used to perpetrate the lie underneath!! Now if something isn't 100% accurate, then it is a half-truth. Ergo, it is a lie!!! Now, if you were teaching or preaching the word of God while claiming to be his anointed and be filled with the Holy Spirit, then it should go without saying that you should be 100% accurate. Not 99.9999999999% but 100%.

Anonymous | 04:16 pm on 1/06/2009

They weren't talking about Creflo's half truths, but the half truths of the people slandering Creflo and Kennteh. Pleas read closely before posting replies.

Anonymous | 12:34 am on 2/15/2009

Here's a good example of being careful what you say.

Anonymous | 12:34 am on 2/15/2009

A half-truth is a half-truth no matter who tells it...

Anonymous | 08:16 pm on 10/26/2008

Exactly!!!! My pastor has forgoten more than I'll ever learn. If the message is Word driven by those "mean ole prosperity preachers" let God judge the speaker. I have been in church's where the pastor may have mis steped. I went home to look up the scripture just to check. And you know what? one lead me to another and then to another and so on. The next thing I know I'm digging into scripture that had nothing to do with the sermon at all!! Basically those mis steps always lead me deeper and deeper into the word. Study and show thyself approved.

Anonymous | 10:46 pm on 4/25/2010

these men take the word of GOD and use it out of context for their own increase.They often prey on poor and poorly educated people who don't have extra money to be cheated out of. God's word speaks more on sacrifice and being poor than prosperity,I believe only 1 New testament scripture speaks on prosperity.I am surprised they are able to dupe so many,perhaps it is due to the greed and or desperation of their audience that their lies florish.Follow the money,and read the WORD and pray,PLEASE.Don't be deceived.Let GOD's word be true,and EVERY man a liar.In JESUS Holy name.

Anonymous | 10:57 pm on 4/25/2010

yes but do you read on that subject to it's logical end until you've found the whole truth on it or are you bouncing around,ever learning,but never coming into the knowledge of GOD?Follow the money,compare the teaching to the whole word of GOD.So many misuse the context of the word for personal gain,But those who teach and desire nothing from you in return are likely more sincere.You can plant a seed in your own neighborhood.But the focus is not giving something to get something in return.I don't hate him or you,just want us all to do less talking(typing) ,more reading,and more prayer for understanding

Anonymous | 04:12 pm on 7/23/2008

YOU ARE CRAZY, WHY WOULD YOU SAY THESE AWFUL THINGS ABOUT GOD ALMIGHTY...AGAIN YOU ARE CRAZY!!!!!!!!

Jim Varnon | 12:12 pm on 10/15/2008

I was a big fan of all these guys myself at one time.Then one day
I just read a Bible. You cannot serve God and mammon. Many will say
unto me Lord, Lord......Sorry, I never knew you.....I'm not mean. I don't wish evil on anyone.This process is just too easy for a believer with any discernment..The Copelands, Dollars,Murdocks and
Whites and the rest(How can we forget Richard and Lindsay)...There
is simply no Jesus in their work..Dedeit, Strong delision..They believe and they teach the great lie....PRAY for their souls and for their repentance..they are loved of GOD and I love them too..

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