With a name like “Creflo Dollar,” you know this guy’s got to be legit.
Creflo Augustus Dollar Jr., founder of the non-denominational World Changers Church International based in Atlanta, Georgia, called on his congregation to give in the name of Lord JAYSUS because Dollar needs a new $65 million private luxury jet to do “the work of the Lord.”
That was the most entertaining sentence I’ve written in a while.
Dollar is a preacher of the prosperity gospel — with that name, you know he’s either a prosperity preacher or street gang leader in some Hollywood comic book movie — and has a history of fleecing his congregation. For those unfamiliar with the prosperity gospel heresies, they preach that if you’re rich, God loves you, and if you’re poor, God hates you.
If a publishing company accidentally ran copies of Atlas Shrugged with the cover of the Bible, the results wouldn’t be outrageously different from standard prosperity gospel heresy.
Dollar made the plea on his website, because if you’re going to do the Lord’s Work, why not do it in the comfort of a luxury Gulfstream G650, twin-engine jet that can comfortably seat 18 missionaries:
We are asking members, partners, and supporters of this ministry to assist in the undertaking of an initiative called Project G650. The mission of Project G650 is to acquire a Gulfstream G650 airplane so that Pastors Creflo and Taffi and World Changers Church International can continue to blanket the globe with the Gospel of grace. We are believing for 200,000 people to give contributions of 300 US dollars or more to turn this dream into a reality—and allow us to retire the aircraft that served us well for many years.
Because seriously, everyone should swap out their aircraft every few years for a new one. It only makes sense. The original jet, according to Creflo, skidded off a runway and is no longer in operation. And flying coach is just out of the question; who do you think this man is, Jesus?
Dollar really needed the help making his dream a reality. His estimated net worth is only $27 million. That’s practically destitute poverty; how on Earth do you people expect the poor man to afford a jet if he’s only making that much money? Some people are just so inhuman.
In order to keep the gravy train rolling, Dollar uses a number of tactics on his congregation. The Root highlights just one example of the sort of Chicanery for Jesus that Dollar uses in his sermons, telling the congregation that they would all be “shot” if “the blood of Jesus” wasn’t there to save them:
I mean, I thought about when we first built ‘the Dome,’ I wanted to put some of those little moving bars and give everybody a little card. They’d stick it in a little computer slot. If they were tithing, beautiful music would go off and, you know, ‘Welcome, welcome, welcome to the World Dome.’
But … if they were nontithers, the bar would lock up, the red and blue lights would start going, the siren would go off, and a voice would go out throughout the entire dome, ‘Crook, crook, crook, crook!’
Security would go and apprehend them, and once we got them all together, we’d line them up in the front and pass out Uzis by the ushers and point our Uzis right at all those non-tithing members ’cause we want God to come to church, and at the count of three Jesuses we’d shoot them all dead. And then we’d take them out the side door there, have a big hole, bury them and then go ahead and have church and have the anointing.
Aren’t you glad we’re under the blood of Jesus? Because if we were not under the blood of Jesus, I would certainly try it.
This little Jesus went to the market. This little Jesus stayed at home. And this little Jesus gunned you down with an uzi and dumped you in a mass grave, can I get an amen?
Dollar doesn’t actually shoot congregation members who don’t tithe, but he does threaten with an eternity in hell, damnation forever and ever amen, and other fear tactics if they don’t feed his holy piggy bank.
And while Creflo has since discontinued the project after receiving backlash, supporters can still donate to the project through the Ministry’s donation page, if you want to add to Pharaoh’s wealth and greatness, thereby earning a good spot in the afterlife.
[h/t and cover picture Progressive Secular Humanist]