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Lifestyles Of The Tele-evangelist Or Fleecing The Flock

Lifestyles of The Tele-Evangelist...

Fleecing The Flock.

Carol Brooks



"The church began as a movement in Jerusalem. It became a philosophy in Greece, an institution in Rome, a culture in Europe and, when it came to America, it became a business... a highly profitable business. But God is coming back for a movement.

L. Ron Hubbard (Founder of Scientology) once said "Writing for a penny a word is ridiculous. If a man really wanted to make a million dollars, the best way would be to start his own religion." While our modern day evangelists have not started their own religion, they have unquestionably improved on Hubbard’s idea. Capitalizing on Christianity has proved to be far more lucrative than starting a new religion. But as the Bible tells us.. evil men and impostors shall wax worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived. [2 Timothy 3:13]

Also see Tithing Merchandising the Gospel Virtual Christianity TBN




Introduction
Most of the people on this page made their millions by preaching the Prosperity doctrine, which is the Word-Faith/Positive Confession movement applied to finances. It is centered around the idea that although Christians should keep one eye on Heaven, the good news is that God doesn't want His people to wait until then to inherit His blessings.

It is deeply alarming that most Christians seem to be blissfully unaware of the fact that the principles of the Word-Faith movement being trumpeted from pulpits across the land, stem from the same occult sources as the spiritual movement known as New Thought.

The non-believing world claims that there are spiritual “laws” which people can learn to use on their behalf. These laws, which will work for anyone regardless of their religious beliefs (or even lack of) are referred to in different terms, but both sides use exactly the same techniques. [See Comparing The Methodology/Technique]. Make absolutely NO mistake.. the secular world, by learning and applying certain principles, can and does match, or even exceed, the gain that "Christian" ministers promise. And we are to believe that this is from God?

However, since they claim to be Christians, the Word Faith group have to somehow “Christianize” the concepts, by adding God into the mixture. This in spite of the fact that a) there are no clear examples of Positive Confession in the scriptures, b) The texts quoted over and over again by the Word of Faith teachers are usually taken way out of context and therefore do not prove their point, c) The scriptures refute the general principles behind the beliefs and teachings of the Prosperity Doctrine camp and d) The teaching that believers are to confess rather than to pray for things which God has promised is contradicted by the Bible.

If you happen to be among those who think Christian leaders are entitled to obscene amounts of money, visit the GFA (Gospel For Asia) page, read the article then order their free book Revolution In World Missions (No ‘love gift’ asked for). Then, in view of millions who have never heard of Jesus, imagine how many souls an organization like GFA could save with money wasted on million dollar homes, antiques, jets, jewelry, fancy cars, wardrobes and watches. Finally decide whether you want to help Benny Hinn buy another Rolex, or help a missionary get a megaphone, some Bibles, a bicycle, a warm coat or even a pair of shoes, all of which are desperately needed.



INDEX

Paul and Jan Crouch's Earthly Empire... TBN
TBN's Annual Income, Salaries, The Crouch’s Homes, The TBN Building and Private Suites

Joel Osteen
Lakewood Church and Osteen’s 10.5 million Dollar Home

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THE INVESTIGATION

Kenneth Copeland
Salaries, 18,280 square foot Parsonage/Housing Allowances, Private Airport for nine aircraft, Travel and Shopping

Creflo Dollar
Rolls-Royces, private jets, million-dollar Atlanta home and $2.5 million Manhattan apartment

Paula (And Randy) White
If one can afford a $2.1 million home on Bayshore Boulevard and a $3.5 million Trump Tower condo in New York, giving away a Bentley as a birthday gift is no big deal.

Benny Hinn
10 million seaside mansion; a private jet, a Mercedes SUV and convertible, and “layovers” between crusades at the cost of $900 - $3,000 per night at locations including Hawaii, Cancun, London, Milan etc.

Joyce Meyer
Ministry Headquarters, Sports Cars and Plane, Meyer's Irrevocable Trust, Family Compound (including aerial view) and Personal Spending

Eddie Long
favors Gucci sunglasses, gold necklaces, diamond bracelets, Rolex watches and Bentleys, and says he is "on a different scale than the little black preacher sitting over there" . I'll say!

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“Bishop” Elijah Bernard Jordan
This meglomaniac takes the proverbial cake, considering that the ceiling of one room in his multi million dollar mansion in an exclusive gated community, features a painting of Jordan on a throne – as God – with his three sons hovering around him as angels.

T.D. Jakes
$2.6 million luxurious pink brick, seven-bedroom home with swimming pool in the affluent White Rock Lake area of Dallas...next door to the former mansion of oil tycoon H.L. Hunt.

John Hagee
One of the best paid men on earth

Pat Robertson
has taken the word 'Christian' leader to new lows

Fred Price
commutes by private jet between his two churches

Juanita Bynum
A "more than a million dollar," black-tie wedding, Swarovski Crystal embellished gown, a 7.76-carat diamond ring and a $4.5 million estate.

The Crystal Cathedral
This "Hollywood" church, in the true sense of the word, spent spent between $13 million and $15 million on a lavish production called "Creation", then declared bankruptcy. No kidding!

Rodney Howard-Browne
the "bartender of holy laughter"

James MacDonald
A $1.9 million house puts him in some very interesting company

Mike Murdock
This "Wal-Mart guy" has a $25,000 Rolex adorning his wrist, and takes notes with a $4,500 fountain pen.

Rev. James Eugene Ewing
Oral Roberts
Jim and Tammy Bakker
Robert Tilton

Leaving On a Jet Plane
Other CEO Salaries
Conclusion



Paul and Jan Crouch and TBN' Earthly Empire
Founded in 1973, by Paul and Jan Crouch, TBN is headquartered in Costa Mesa, California, but also has studio facilities located in Irving, Texas; Hendersonville, Tennessee; Gadsden, Alabama; Decatur, Georgia; Miami, Florida; Tulsa, Oklahoma; Orlando, Florida; and New York City.

TBN is said to be the third largest over-the-air Station Group in the United States, with CBS, FOX, and NBC holding the 4th, 5th and 6th place, according to TV News Check's annual listing of the Top 30 Station Groups. network. They certainly are ...

"... the world's largest Christian television. Across America and around the world TBN is carried by TV stations and cable systems to millions of homes. As a matter of fact, TBN is featured on over 5,000 television stations, 33 satellites, the Internet and thousands of cable systems around the world. And the number continues to grow! [1]

And they aren't kidding.. TBN is currently carried on 33 international satellites. The following is a partial list of their satellite network...[All Emphasis Added]

Europe and the Middle East are being reached through Eutelsat Hotbird 6 and Intelsat 906; Eutelsat W4 covers Central Africa with direct-to-home service; the Express 6A satellite is providing Russian language programming to the Russian continent; Spain and Portugal are being reached by Hispasat; Intelsat 701broadcasts to Australia, New Zealand, the South Pacific islands and Southeast Asia; Intelsat 702 covers Taiwan; Palapa C-2 reaches India, Indonesia and Southeast Asia; TBN broadcasts Portuguese language programs to Brazil on Brazilsat B-2; and PanAmSat 9 blankets all of Latin America and Spain. [1]


TBN's Annual IncomeOn August 6th, 2008 the Orange County register reported that according to Trinity's actual tax returns published onguidestar.org, an organization that gathers and publicizes information about nonprofit organizations, [2], In 2006, the most recent year reported, TBN

"took in $200.7 million,

spent $141.1 million,

and socked away the extra $59.6 million".

Which pushed TBN's net assets close to the $1 billion mark, ($839 million in 2006, according to tax returns), including $327 million in mortgage-backed securities. [3] In other words, TBN has 327 million to buy speculative investments, yet daily goes on the air to beg for even more money.

And where does a large part of that income go?

Salaries
1998: In 1998, the Crouches showed a combined income of nearly $600,000... He was paid $159,500 a year as president, while she got $165,100 as vice president, IRS records show.

"Crouch's earnings went from $159,500 in 1997 to $262,915 the following year. Jan, the organization's vice president, also received a big raise. Her earnings more than doubled, going from $159,500 to $321,375 during the same time period". [4].

2008: But it gets worse.. According to Charity Navigator's latest CEO salary report which was released in the fall of 2008, and shows how much nonprofit leaders are making.

Paul F. Crouch Sr. as President and Director makes $419,500 a year.

Janice W. Crouch, as Vice President and Director makes $361,000 a year.

Paul F. Crouch Jr., as Vice President and Director makes $214,137 a year.

(Data from the 2010 study is based on the financial data provided on the FYE 2008 Forms 990 and includes salary, cash bonuses, and expense accounts) [5]

John Casoria, son of Dorothy Bethany Casoria, Trinity’s station manager and Jan Crouch's sister is spokesperson for TBN. His law office, at $164,200 a year, is one of TBN's highest-paid independent contractors. According to Casoria...

"TBN stands out and is different from other non profits in that we're a broadcasting entity,” .... “Though we consider ourselves a church, we're a 501 c-3 and have been so for the last 35 years. Clearly we work in a different arena than most other charitable organizations.

"TBN is the 8th largest owner-operator of TV stations in the world,” he continued. "The salaries of these three individuals pales in comparison with people in the secular world doing similar work. This has not been not a job for them, but a life endeavor, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

"So when you compare us to other non profits out there feeding children and doing disaster relief, it's basically apples and oranges. It's still fruit, it's still a nonprofit, but it's a completely different charitable model.” [3]

Ummmm! Perhaps someone needs to tell Casoria that comparing Paul and Jan Crouch's salaries and other substantial perks to "people in the secular world doing similar work" is little but a red herring. A so called Christian organization has the obligation to conduct itself, not according to the business or secular world, or even other so called Christian organizations, but to Jesus and the apostles.


The Crouch’s Homes
Televangelists Jan and Paul Crouch of the Costa Mesa-based Trinity Broadcasting Network have purchased a Newport Beach house, in a gated community overlooking the Pacific,for close to $5 million, Orange County Realtors say. The home was described as [Emphasis Added]

"a palatial estate with ocean and city views." The Crouches had been living in a smaller house in the same neighborhood. The house they bought has six bedrooms, nine bathrooms, a billiard room, a climate-controlled wine cellar, a sweeping staircase and a crystal chandelier. The three-story, nearly 9,500-square-foot house, which has an elevator, also has a six-car garage, a tennis court and a pool with a fountain. The house is on slightly more than an acre. Jan Crouch had been wanting a bigger yard for her dogs, sources said. [6].

This photograph was taken by Don Kelsen of the Latimes and is carried by The Trinity Foundation. (The network also owns one of the houses in the background). The mansion in the foreground was recently on the market for $8 million. "A real estate advertisement said it featured "11,000 square feet of opulent European luxury with regulation tennis courts and a rambling terraced hillside orchard with view of the blue Pacific." [7] Yet, the Times article goes on to say the Crouches present themselves as "thrifty and budget-conscious".

During one telethon, Paul said his personal $50,000 donation to TBN had wiped out the family checking account. He often says that he and his wife live in the same Newport Beach tract house they bought 33 years ago for $38,500. [7]

However

nowadays, neither of the Crouches uses that home much. Whether in Southern California or on the road, they live in a variety of other TBN-owned homes. In all, the network owns 30 residences in California, Texas, Tennessee and Ohio — all paid for in cash, property records show. [7]

Apart from the two Newport Beach mansions, [All Emphasis Added]

In Costa Mesa, the ministry owns 11 homes in a gated development adjacent to Trinity Christian City International.

In Sky Forest, a resort community in the San Bernardino National Forest, the network owns a four-bedroom, five-bath home.

TBN officials say the real estate purchases were consistent with the network's charitable mission, because the homes serve as venues for broadcasts and provide lodging for the Crouches and fellow televangelists as they travel across the country. The properties have also been good investments, they said.

In Colleyville, Texas, near the network's International Production Center, TBN owns nine homes on 66 acres along a country road, a spread called Shiloh Ranch. Six horses graze in a pasture; TBN officials say they were gifts from admirers. [7]

According to the Orange County Register.

Trinity Christian Center of Santa Ana – the nonprofit that runs Trinity Broadcasting Network – owns about $54 million of property in Orange County – and some $44 million of it is exempt from property taxes, according to public documents..

"The most expensive single-family home Trinity owns is on San Sebastian in Newport Beach - 10 rooms, 4.5 bathrooms, pool, 4,583 square feet, valued at $2.5 million on county property records. [8]

The TBN Building
A June 2, 1998 article by Kim Christensen and Carol McGraw in The Orange County Register was entitled
TBN’s headquarters built on grand scale. It said in part... [All Emphasis Added]

“Trinity Christian City International is a dazzling 65,000-square-foot building that houses a new studio, bookstore and theater, and a richly appointed suite of offices for TBN founder Paul Crouch. It is an office building, but its TV studios are designed to look like the inside of a Gothic cathedral, complete with stained-glass windows and padded pews for the audience.

The building was designed and decorated at the direction of the Crouches, from the main lobby's baroque marble staircase and 15-foot-high, molded polymer statue of Michael the Archangel, to the velvet settees in the executive suite.

When TBN purchased the building for $6 million, it was a drab, brown stucco-and-glass box, the former home of the Full Gospel Business Men's Fellowship International, and the Crouches planned only minor changes. A new $1 million face was put on the building using an "exterior foam insulation system," Hubble (whose Fort Worth, Texas, construction company put a new facade on the building) said. Balustrades, columns and other architectural features were made from styrofoam, then covered with fiberglass mesh, coated with plaster and painted.

The main fountain in front of the building is used for full-immersion baptisms and is patterned after one in New York's Central Park. It is fed by a small aqueduct the Crouches call "the River of Life." Hubble said it cost about $1 million, and landscaping the property tacked on about $400,000.

Much of the interior features gleaming marble floors and intricately detailed ceilings. The lobby ceiling is covered with 217 hand-painted cherubs, many depicting the faces of TBN employees' children. The cherubs on the lobby ceiling were done by portrait artist Jane Garrison, who spent 10 months on it. She worked atop a scissors lift, a week at a time, eight to 10 hours a day, and then went home to Arkansas to rest before resuming.

"By the end of the week, I kept thinking, 'If I have to climb this ladder and do one more cherub ...,' " she said. "But then I'd get down and think, 'Yes, I'd like to do another.' "

Garrison, who charges $3,000 apiece for full-length portraits at her Fayetteville studio, would not say how much she was paid for her work at TBN.

She also has been commissioned to do other work at the new building, including seven original paintings. Three are “food-related biblical paintings” for the dining room in the private executive suite, and a Garrison original dominates the center ceiling of the main lobby.

“Jan wanted cherubs and ribbons, and flowers. But Paul wanted more,” she said. “So we agreed on the Second Coming of Christ. He’s on a white horse. And three warrior angels are with him in the middle.”

The exterior features elaborate Corinthian columns, colonial balustrades, French wrought iron and Greek colonnades with dental molding and egg-and-dart detailing. The faux brass ceilings in the bookstore and bathrooms are polished to a mirror finish. Austrian-style drapes plunge three stories from ceiling to floor. Everywhere are hand-painted gold mouldings, beveled glass and portraits of cherubs.

The building also features the "Via Dolorosa," where visitors can stroll a movie set-like replica of the Jerusalem street over which Christ carried his cross to Calvary, complete with thunder and lightning effects.

A trio of water-spewing lion heads near the main entrance are fashioned after those at William K. Vanderbilt's Marble House in Newport, R.I. Frank McGervey, a Trabuco Canyon painting contractor who worked on other TBN projects, said the new headquarters was one "to die for." He noted that a laborious technique was used to apply several coats of paint to interior walls, giving them a richness much like fine furniture. [9]. [TOP OF PAGE]


TBN’s Private Suites.
A second article (Kim Christensen and Carol McGraw) in The Orange County Register was entitled Private suite Is A Sight To Behold, Carpenters Say... [All Emphasis Added]

Visitors may stroll the manicured grounds, browse the Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh Gift Shop and relax in a state-of-the-art Virtual Reality Theater to watch high-definition videos of the life of Christ. But what most won't see at Trinity Broadcasting Network's new world headquarters is founder Paul Crouch's 8,000-square-foot executive suite, which occupies half of the top floor of the three-story building and is strictly off-limits to the public.

Behind doors kept locked throughout construction are a wet bar and sauna, a personal gym, meticulously handcrafted black walnut woodwork and ornate velvet furniture.

The third-floor quarters will serve as Crouch's executive suite. He broadcasts his "Praise the Lord" program from the second floor of the building, dubbed Trinity Christian City International. TBN officials described the quarters as "standard executive offices" and declined The Orange County Register's request to view them. Crouch does not grant interviews and would not comment.

But others who have been inside or helped build the suite say it is more befitting a mansion than an office building. "This makes Hearst Castle look like a doghouse," said Steve Oliver, a master journeyman carpenter.

While scores of hired hands worked on the exterior and other public areas of the building, Oliver and others in a crew of highly skilled carpenters spent several months last year on Crouch's private third-floor quarters. The finished product is "really rich looking," said Willa Bouwens-Killeen, a Costa Mesa senior planner.

"The wood is the very best quality, and they used the best craftsmen," she said. "It looks like something you'd expect in a mansion type of house rather than offices."

Work on the third floor was kept "under lock and key," said Oliver, whose account was verified by others involved in the project. He said as many as 40 carpenters worked on the project at any one time, while Richard Hubble, who owns a Fort Worth construction company that put a new facade on the building, put the number at about two dozen.

In either scenario, it required a lengthy and expensive process to install and finish top-quality black walnut columns and Corinthian columns, mantels, egg-and-dart moldings, lion's head inlays and other accouterments.

"There were probably 25 carpenters on that floor for six months," Hubble said. "When you figure 25 carpenters for six months at the California rate of 30 bucks or so an hour, it costs a bunch."

Adding substantially to the cost of Crouch's quarters were a variety of expensive, handcrafted woodwork items, including $825-apiece lions that flank the massive fireplace, and an array of columns priced at $1,500 each and up. All of the items were crafted from black walnut, said Stephen Enkeboll, president of Raymond Enkeboll Designs Architectural Woodcarvings in Carson, which caters to upscale clients.

"It is what is called veneer quality, the highest type of wood," he said, declining to disclose how much TBN spent on his company's products. Money seemed of little concern, Oliver and others said.

Doors were custom-made at a carpentry shop set up at the site. Walls were straight-lined with sophisticated laser equipment, and woodwork was installed in a painstaking fashion that eliminated visible joints or nail holes. A separate crew of furniture finishers spent about two months staining and polishing the woodwork, Hubble said.

Throughout the project, Oliver said, if anything was deemed to be less than perfect, it was ripped out and discarded. After he spent three weeks meticulously straight-lining the walls of a the executive suite dining room, Oliver said, TBN officials walked in one day and told him to start over.

"They came in, changed their minds and moved everything over a half an inch," he said. "They threw all that work away. There's probably 10 grand in that, and they threw it all away." The Crouches personally inspected the work, Oliver and others said. Jan, in particular, was quick to change or discard anything she didn't like, Oliver said.

"She came through once and was terrorizing everybody," he said. " 'Throw this out, throw that out.' You could see the smoke coming out of her." TBN officials defended the renovation project and disputed Oliver's contention that it is a monument to excess. "I wouldn't say they are lavish," art director Doug Marsh said. TBN Vice President Terrence Hickey agreed. "We have stayed to the vision God has given us," Hickey said. "We are careful with every penny."

He said the woodwork and other appointments are in keeping with the building's overall design theme. Inexpensive, ultramodern furnishings would be out of place, he said. "You don't go to IKEA and throw it in there," he said. [10]. [TOP OF PAGE]


Joel Osteen and Lakewood Church
Osteen, the "senior pastor" of Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas was born on the 5th of March, 1963, son of John Osteen, original founder of Lakewood Church. After attending Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Joel returned to Houston in 1982, and produced John Osteen's televised sermons for 17 years, declining any invitation to preach, until January 1999 when his father suddenly passed away from a heart attack. After his father's death, Osteen preached his first sermon on January 17th of 1999. Two weeks later, he was installed as the new senior pastor of Lakewood Church. [11]

According to his web site, his television ministry reaches 200 million homes and, each week, over than one million people download Lakewood’s audio and video podcast, making their podcast consistently one of the top five in the world. [12]

Named as one of Barbara Walters' "10 Most Fascinating People of 2006", and selected as the "Most Influential Christian in 2006" by the readers of Church Report Magazine [11], Osteen's first book Your Best Life Now, was released by Time Warner in 2004. It debuted at the top of the New York Times Bestsellers List, quickly rising to #1. It remained on the New York Times Bestseller for more than 2 years selling more than 4 million copies. [11]

On July 16, 2005, Lakewood Church relocated from its old building in northeast Houston into its new home, a 16,800 seat facility southwest of downtown Houston along U.S. Highway 59, which had twice the capacity of its former sanctuary. The arena was home to the Houston Rockets when they won two league titles in the 1990s and the Houston Comets of the WNBA when they won four.

What is mind-boggling is that not only was the church required to pay $11.8 million in rent in advance for the first 30 years of the lease, but renovated the new campus at an estimated cost of $95 million. As said in a 2005 article in USA Today [Emphasis Added]

The facility, which took 15 months and about $75 million to complete, features two waterfalls, three gargantuan television screens and a lighting system that rivals those found at rock concerts. Two choir lofts with 12 rows of rich purple pews sit between the waterfalls, accented by live foliage.

Absent, however, is a cross, an image of God or Jesus Christ or any other traditional religious symbols. Osteen said his father never displayed such symbols and he simply continued the tradition. Instead, the new location will feature a larger version of the church's trademark globe, rotating slowly behind Osteen as he preaches. [13]

In 2007, Lakewood reported spending nearly $30 million every year on its television ministry. [14]

A few years later, in March 31, 2010, the Houston City Council, faced with $100 million shortfall in it’s budget, voted 13-2 to sell the former arena for the Houston Rockets to Lakewood church for $7.5 million. [15]

And how can Osteen and Lakewood church afford all this?

"Buckets of money -- over $43 million a year gets collected in the church, another $30 million or so comes in the mail. It's a cash cow and a family business. Osteen's brother, sister and mother are ministers in the church. But the real money for Osteen comes from his book sales, which are re-packaged versions of his sermons. Your Best Life Now reportedly got a $13 million advance" [16]

And certainly Joel and Victoria Osteen have made good use of all this money...


Osteen's 10.5 million Dollar Home
In hib book, Your Best Life Now, Osteen talks about how his wife, Victoria, a striking, fashionably dressed blonde, wanted to buy a fancy house some years before the money started rolling in. He thought it wasn't possible. "But Victoria had more faith," he wrote. "She convinced me we could live in an elegant home... and several years later, it did come to pass." ... Osteen's flourishing Lakewood enterprise brought in $55 million in contributions last year, four times the 1999 amount, church officials say”. [17]

According to an article in the Houston Press, public records show Joel and Victoria Osteen's home in Tanglewood is worth more than $1 million dollars. [18].

However that was in 2002. While still holding on to the house in Tanglewood, which has since been "valued at $2.9 million", the Osteens have upgraded. A July 2010 article in Houston's Daily Digital Magazine, CultureMap, says Joel and Victoria Osteen

"...and their children moved to a 17,000-square-foot stone mansion in the Tall Timbers subdivision in River Oaks. The Osteens' new home is situated on 1.86 acres and surrounded by an ornamental fence. The 411: It has six bedrooms, six bathrooms, three elevators and five wood-burning fireplaces, with a one-bedroom guest house and pool house. The Harris County Appraisal District valued it at $10.5 million.

The Tanglewood house is owned by Joel and Victoria Osteen according to Harris County Appraisal District records. The River Oaks home is technically owned by the Covenant Trust, which means the Osteens do not qualify for a homestead exemption on it. They will pay around $260,000 in property taxes on the new home this year. [19] [Emphasis Added]

The photograph above right is a screen shot of the photograph of Osteen’s home on the CultureMap site.

Culture map adds that Osteen hasn't drawn a salary from the church since 2005. His "income comes from best-selling books and related products, such as calendars, daybooks and inspirational pamphlets". [20]


Cotton Candy or Occult Concepts
The Rev. Michael Horton, professor of theology at Westminster Seminary in Escondido, California, calls Osteen's gospel a "cotton candy gospel", adding that Osteen's "core message is God is nice, you're nice, be nice". He goes on to say that "Osteen tells only half the story of the Bible, focusing on the good news without talking about sin, suffering and redemption" and says it is heresy "to say that God is our resource for getting our best life now". [16]

And this is certainly true.

On June 20, 2005, Osteen sat for an interview with Larry King on CNN’s The Larry King Show. King introduced Osteen as “evangelism’s hottest rising star, pastor for the biggest congregation in the United States.” And what does he preach? Osteen said he doesn't get into controversial subjects like sin and judgment. False religions such as Islam, Hinduism, and Judaism don't concern him. He doesn't really know who's going to hell and who isn't" [Details]. Scroll down to Joel Osteen’s interview with Larry King, where he admits he doesn’t talk about sin! Is it any wonder he has 40,000 + members in his church?

Unfortunately Osteen's message is FAR more dangerous than "cotton candy" and the heresy of making religion about us instead of about God. The fact is Osteen got very rich peddling concepts from the occult world. Osteen's first book, Your Best Life Now, was released in October 2004, just two or three short years after he read Positive Imaging:The Powerful Way to Change Your Life by Norman Vincent Peale. In it, Osteen uses exactly the same words used by Norman Vincent Peale, who in turn got the expression from Napoleon Hill, who got the expression from his “imaginary” (read demonic) council of seven men. [DETAILS]

Note that the taxes on Osteen's "mansion" for one year is about the total cost of most people's homes (depending on the area of the country). But he will come out with one more idiotic, dangerous, Biblically unsound book which will be bought by hundreds of thousands... which ought to take care of those taxes.

[See The Prosperity Doctrine ..Does God Want Us To Be Rich?]


Osteen and Hurricane Katrina
By the way... much is made of the fact that Joel Osteen's church gave a million dollars to the victims of Hurricane Katrina and one can certainly appreciate him doing so. However with an average weekly attendance of some 43,500 people, his church's annual budget is $70 million [21]. [TOP OF PAGE]


The Investigation:

In November 2007 Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa [Senate Finance Committee] launched an investigation into the financial dealings of six TV evangelists. In his words...

“I’m following up on complaints from the public and news coverage regarding certain practices at six ministries,” Grassley said in a statement. “The allegations involve governing boards that aren’t independent and allow generous salaries and housing allowances and amenities such as private jets and Rolls-Royces.

“I don’t want to conclude that there’s a problem, but I have an obligation to donors and the taxpayers to find out more. People who donated should have their money spent as intended and in adherence with the tax code.” [22]

A New York Times Article dated November 7th 2007 mentions other ministries being investigated. Grassley's letters, requesting answers about their expenses, executive compensation and amenities, including use of fancy cars and private jets, also went to:

The Rev. Creflo A. Dollar Jr. and his wife, Taffi, of World Changers Church International, based in College Park, Ga

Paula and Randy White. Without Walls International Church and Paula White Ministries in Tampa, Fla., [Mr. Grassley wants them to document clothing expenses and any cosmetic surgery from 2004 to the present].

Benny Hinn of World Healing Center Church, based in Grapevine, Tex. Mr. Hinn is being asked how he handles cash collected on his overseas crusades and how much he spent on hotels and food for himself and his staff members during layovers on his trips from 2001 to the present.

Joyce Meyer, who with her husband, David, runs Joyce Meyer Ministries from Fenton, Mo., and who is popular especially with women for her no-nonsense brand of self-help.

Bishop Eddie L. Long of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia, Ga., a megachurch in the Atlanta suburbs.

Kenneth and Gloria Copeland of Kenneth Copeland Ministries of Newark, Tex. [23] [24]

The Results of The Investigation... All reports are linked from THIS PAGE ...
http://finance.senate.gov/newsroom/ranking/release/?id=5fa343ed-87eb-49b0-82b9-28a9502910f7.

[TOP OF PAGE]


Kenneth Copeland
born December 6, 1936 was once a recording artist on the Imperial Records label [25], a pilot for Oral Roberts, later enrolled in Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma in spring of 1967... "he was made part of the flight crew attending all the tent meetings and crusades. It was during this time that he was learning exponentially through on-the-job training". [26] [I have also heard that he was also a member of the Oral Roberts University Board of Regents, but can not confirm this one way, or another]..

As founder of Kenneth Copeland Ministries he, in effect took over from Kenneth Hagin as "father" of the Word-Faith Movement, a 'Christianized' version of the occult practice of creative visualization. He is one of the movements leading spokespersons, responsible for spreading most of the Faith movement's unbiblical teachings, via his innumerable books, crusades, and international outreach centers.

Kenneth Copeland's "18-thousand square foot home valued at $6.3 million" and his "private jets" are just some of the reasons that Kenneth Copeland Ministries (KCM) was included in Senator Grassley’s investigation. [27]

However, it soon became very clear that Copeland's Eagle Mountain International Church (EMIC), and three of the other organizations under investigation, did not intend to cooperate in any way with the Committee. On July 7, 2008 Times Online reported that

“Televangelist Kenneth Copeland refuses to render unto taxman”

“It is not yours, it is God's, and you are not going to get it.” So saith Kenneth Copeland, the television evangelist, when asked to submit his ministry's private financial records to Washington” [28]

In fact some used "strong tactics to prevent former employees from speaking about the organizations, even to Committee staff".

Several former employees of EMIC/KCM indicated that EMIC/KCM used intimidation in an attempt to keep informants from speaking to the Committee. Former employees were sincerely afraid to provide statements for fear of being sued since they signed confidentiality agreements. Employees were contacted by EMIC/KCM attorneys after the initiation of the Committee investigation and reminded that they signed a confidentiality agreement agreeing not to disclose any information concerning EMIC/KCM. [29]

One former employee said, "The Copelands employ guerrilla tactics to keep their employees silent. We are flat out told and threatened that if we talk, God will blight our finances, strike our families down, and pretty much afflict us with everything evil and unholy. Rather, God will allow Satan to do those things to us because we have stepped out from under His umbrella of protection, by "touching God's anointed Prophet". Further, employees are encouraged to shun and treat badly anyone who dares speak out.” [29]

Speaking of the four organizations that did not cooperate, providing either incomplete responses or none at all, an internal memo says the investigators

"...obtained information about these churches from public sources and third party informants. Informants were either current or former officers, directors, and key employees, current or former members, or watch dog groups. Overviews of each of the four are attached. [30]

On January 6th, 2011, Senator Grassley issued a press release that summarized his offices findings to date regarding the Senate Finance Committee’s (SFC) investigation of six televangelists. A 28 page report included the following findings. Apparently God's money, as Copeland puts it, includes a sizable share for the Copelands… [All Emphasis Added

From The Report

Salaries
An insider states that Kenneth Copeland no longer receives a salary from EMIC budget, but it is not known if one is received from KCM. Apparently, despite being the same legal entity, EMIC and KCM have separate operating budgets.

Gloria Copeland's last known salary was $400,000 and that was in the early 2000s. Kenneth and Gloria both receive “honorariums” when they go to speak at churches, conventions and crusades that are not sponsored by KCM. The normal amount received by each is $10,000 and they, at times, will also receive a percentage of the offering collected by the sponsoring church or ministry. Kenneth and Gloria also received royalties from their music and books. The figures noted are prior to 2005.


"Parsonage"
In its response to the Committee, the Church acknowledged that it provides a parsonage to Kenneth and Gloria and a housing allowance to John but did not provide any further detail. However, insiders and the Trinity Foundation state that Kenneth and Gloria reside in a house in Tarrant County, Texas.

A review of the Tarrant County Appraisal District records indicates the following. An 18,280 square foot residence owned by EMIC was built in 1999. The house is situated on a lake on approximately 25 acres and receives tax-exempt status. As of tax year 2008, the property was valued at $6,249,000.

According to a third party informant, the "parsonage" has a sweeping spiral staircase and a bridge that spans across the living room and connects the two sides of the house. It also has crystal chandeliers and, according to Gloria Copeland, doors that came from a castle. The parsonage has numerous rooms including a work room where cleaning ladies did laundry, ironed and performed other miscellaneous chores.

The Copeland's bedroom has a huge drop-down ceiling projector and screen. There are three car garages at each end of the house where the Copelands stored motorcycles, cars and a golf cart. The property also has a boat dock that has three slips. All three slips are generally filled with boats so the Copelands keep their ski-boat in one of the airplane hangars.

Insiders indicated that all the expenses related to the upkeep of the parsonage are paid for by the Church, including the household staff. EMIC/KCM employees are used to maintain the property and perform miscellaneous duties such as arranging the Copelands exercise equipment, moving furniture and setting up the Christmas tree.


Private Airport
in the “Use of Ministry Assets” section of this summary. Kenneth Copeland Airport - This is a private airport owned by Kenneth Copeland Ministries. As of December 6, 2010, there were nine aircraft based at the airport: four single engine, three multi-engine and two jet airplanes.

According to the Church response, “the Church owns five aircraft that it uses in connection with its tax-exempt religious purposes, including worldwide ministry conventions,..” The fleet consisted of a) a 1962 Beech H-18 twin, b) a 1973 Cessna 421B Golden Eagle, c) a 1975 Cessna 500 Citation, d) a 1998 Cessna 550 Citation Bravo and e) a 2005 Cessna 750 Citation C. The Church also states that any personal use is added to the Copeland's Form W-2.


Travel and Shopping
A former ministry employee stated Gloria Copeland used a jet to fly to Naples, Florida, to go shopping. She would purchase clothing, sculptures and home furnishings. John Copeland and ministry employees, Craig Atnip, Steve

Poteet and some others used a jet to take hunting trips. Kenneth Copeland used to travel back and forth to Arkansas to see a chiropractor and to visit his cabin there. The Copeland family also flew to Colorado to their home in Steamboat Springs from time to time.

In October of 2007, Brett Shipp with Dallas-based television station WFAA conducted an investigative report regarding the Copeland?s personal use of the ministry jet. based on Shipp's report, the Copelands traveled often to Steamboat Springs, CO, and took hunting trips to southern Texas. The report also showed the Copelands taking extended stays in Hawaii while traveling across the Pacific.

Copeland originally told donors that then 20 million dollar jet would only be used for EMIC/KCM business. However, in the response to the Committee, the church acknowledged that there was some personal use of the ministry jet but the Church did not provide any details.

And this is by no means everything.. Read the full report "Senate Finance Committee, Minority Staff Review of Eagle Mountain International Church d/b/a Kenneth Copeland Ministries. (Prepared by Lynda F. Simmons") [Copy and Paste either of these links into your browser]...

http://cbsdallas.files.wordpress.com/2011/01/emic-copeland-01-5-11.pdf OR
http://finance.senate.gov/newsroom/ranking/download/?id=d12db357-ce3f-49f8-babb-4134ff994e50

An Associated Press article dated July 26, 2008 says

Newark, Texas - Here in the gentle hills of north Texas, televangelist Kenneth Copeland has built a religious empire teaching that God wants his followers to prosper.

Over the years, a circle of Copeland's relatives and friends have done just that, The Associated Press has found. They include the brother-in-law with a lucrative deal to broker Copeland's television time, the son who acquired church-owned land for his ranching business and saw it more than quadruple in value, and board members who together have been paid hundreds of thousands of dollars for speaking at church events.

While Copeland insists that his ministry complies with the law, independent tax experts who reviewed information obtained by the AP through interviews, church documents and public records have their doubts. The web of companies and non-profits tied to the televangelist calls the ministry's integrity into question, they say.

"There are far too many relatives here," said Frances Hill, a University of Miami law professor who specializes in nonprofit tax law. "There's too much money sloshing around and too much of it sloshing around with people with overlapping affiliations and allegiances by either blood or friendship or just ties over the years. There are red flags all over these relationships."

Kenneth Copeland Ministries is organized under the tax code as a church, so it gets a layer of privacy not afforded large secular and religious nonprofit groups that must disclose budgets and salaries. [31]

Pastors' pay must be "reasonable" under the federal tax code. However "reasonable" according to the Copelands is what most of us would consider a very hefty amount, more suitable to the hugely overpaid leeches on Wall Street. But then again what's the difference? Leeches on Wall Street.. Leeches in the Church.

The ministry also owns an airport capable of accepting jet landings, leases land for Mr Copeland's cattle and horses, and also leases land to the family so that it can operate oil and gas wells.” [32] [TOP OF PAGE]


Creflo (Augustus) Dollar:
is founder and senior pastor of World Changers Church International (WCCI) in College Park, Georgia, which serves nearly 30,000 members; World Changers Church-New York, which hosts over 6,000 worshippers each week; and a host of satellite churches, in several locations around the country. [33]

Dollar has no degree in theology, but bases much of his prosperity message on the teachings of friend and spiritual mentor Kenneth Copeland... In 1998, Dollar was awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity from Oral Roberts University, which is hardly surprising. He is just one more in a long line of Christian scavengers who relentlessly attack the idea that Christians should limit material possessions, and who teach congregants to say, "I want my stuff."

As said in a 2006 New York Times piece.. [Emphasis Added]

Mr. Dollar, whose Rolls-Royces, private jets, million-dollar Atlanta home and $2.5 million Manhattan apartment, furnish proof to his followers of the validity of his teachings, is a leading apostle of what is known as the "prosperity gospel." [34]

Actually, based on the state of Georgia real estate records, as of January 15, 2006, the Dollars owned two million dollar homes.

"... 4695 Hamden Forest Trail in Atlanta and 1811 Sandy Creek in Fayetteville. According to Fulton county real estate records, the property at 4695 Hamden Forest Trail, Atlanta, Georgia was conveyed to the Dollars from WCCI in 2000. Committee staff was unable to determine if any consideration was paid by the Dollars to WCCI at the time this conveyance. based on Fulton County real property records, from the date of this conveyance in July of 2000 until October of 2003, there were no mortgages on this property.

According to Fayette County real estate records, the second property located at 1811 Sandy Creek, Fayetteville, Georgia, was conveyed to the Dollars from WCCI in 2004. On the date of this conveyance, the Dollars executed a note to pay WCCI $2,065,000. [35]

The New York Times article also tells the story of The Andersons, who live in the Bronx and are "struggling financially".

A few weeks ago, the couple, who have two young children, had no money to buy groceries. But they believe what their pastor, the Rev. Creflo A. Dollar Jr., said on this recent Saturday night about the offering time: "It's opportunity for prosperity." So when the offering buckets at World Changers Church come around "Troy and Cheryal Anderson are eager to give the Lord his due. They wave their blue offering envelope overhead, as all around them worshipers whoop and holler their praises to God. Inside the envelope is 10 percent of the weekly pay Mr. Anderson takes home as an electrician's apprentice - he earns about $30,000 a year - and a little more for the church's building fund. [34]

[See Section The Prosperity Doctrine ..Does God Want Us To Be Rich?]

Just how much money do Creflo and Taffi Dollar have?

The ministry's income is unavailable, but newspaper accounts say the ministry paid $18 million in cash for his new 8,000-seat World Changers Church International on the southern edge of Atlanta. He flies to speaking engagements across the nation and Europe in a $5 million private jet and drives a black Rolls-Royce. and travels in a $5 million private jet. Dollar's ministry became a focus of a court case involving boxer Evander Holyfield in 1999. The lawyer for Holyfield's ex-wife estimated that the fighter gave Dollar's ministry $7 million. Dollar refused to testify in the case. [36]

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Mar. 5, 2000 says this [All Emphasis Added]

The Rev. Creflo Dollar Jr. has unabashedly embraced his name by building a religious empire on the message that his brand of piety leads to prosperity. He drives a black Rolls-Royce, flies to speaking engagements across the nation and Europe in a $5 million private jet and lives in a $1 million home behind iron gates in an upscale Atlanta neighborhood... The World Changers campus sits on a slight hill... Inside the church is a lobby befitting a five-star hotel. Chairs are scattered about on baby blue carpet thick enough to muffle the sound of the stadium-size crowd arriving for a Sunday service... There are no visible traditional Christian symbols - no cross, no image of Jesus, no stained-glass windows...Dollar lives in a $1 million home owned by the church in the Guilford Forest subdivision in southwest Atlanta. World Changers purchased another $1 million home on 27 acres in Fayette County in December. The church has amassed a fortune in real estate, mostly in College Park... [37]

D.J. Lett who has attended World Changers for seven years, said it is not true that the church refuses to help non-tithers.

Tithers simply "have priority," she said. People are not allowed to touch Dollar during services, she said, simply because "the anointing is flowing at that point." She said the church purchased a Rolls-Royce for Dollar's use because "he deserves the best". [37]

By the way, as reported on John Mark Ministries...

Dollar’s wife, Taffi, introduces her husband as one who talks “face to face with God, like Moses.” She warns that “every tongue that rises up against” her husband will “be struck down.” [38]


InPlainSite.org Note.. The word Anointing has become arguably the most overused, overworked, misunderstood, misinterpreted term in the Pentecostal and Charismatic arenas. See Details


Black Celebrity Gossip (MWZA) carries yet another photograph of the interior of Creflo Dollar's house. [39] [TOP OF PAGE]


Paula And Randy White
Paula and Randy White married in 1989, and moved to Tampa, Florida, where they started South Tampa Christian Center in 1991. (renamed Without Walls International Church in 1997.) Apparently her popularity sky rocketed (particularly among black women) when she met Bishop T.D. Jakes, pastor of the Dallas mega church called “Potter's House”, who invited her to speak at his Woman Thou Art Loosed Conference in 2000. (More about T.D. Jakes further down). White launched her television ministry a year later.

Excerpts from a May 20, 2007 Tampa Tribune article [All Emphasis Added],

The Whites' church, founded in 1991, became Without Walls International. Its motto: "the perfect church for people who are not." It is ranked one of the largest and fastest-growing independent churches in the country, according to Church Growth Today, a consulting company.

As it grew - at one time offering more than 200 outreach missions, programs for poor, urban children and single moms in need of job training - so did the Whites' perks. They travel in a $1.9 million business jet. They own a home they purchased for $2.1 million on Bayshore Boulevard and a $3.5 million Trump Tower condo in New York. Randy rents a waterfront villa in Malibu, California. [40]

[Note: Trump Tower, (named for its owner Donald Trump), is a 68-story mixed-use skyscraper located at 721 Fifth Avenue, at the corner of East 56th Street on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, New York City. There is a five-level atrium in the lobby that is crowned with a skylight and contains shops, a café, a seven-story waterfall that flows over rose, peach, pink and orange Breccia Perniche marble, and a pedestrian bridge that crosses over the waterfall’s pool. The Atrium is "a showcase for 40 purveyors of super luxury wares such as Loewe of Madrid, Asprey's of London and the jewelers, Cartier, Harry Winston and Buccellati" [41]. To see a split view of the waterfall, on the left, and the café, on the right, Click HERE]

Most of the couple's personal income comes from private businesses, including a real estate company, sales of nutritional supplements and speaking engagements, he said. Since 2005, two of their businesses have sold $871,000 in books, DVDs, CDs and clothing to the church, according to the recent audit.

While her husband commutes to California, Paula is also on the go, a sought-after speaker at Christian programs, women's retreats and success seminars. She just launched a health and fitness program, "10 Commandments of Health and Wellness," and in July, she'll launch her "Life by Design" workshops across the street from Madison Square Garden. Her companion book, "You're All That: Discovering God's Design on Your Life," comes out in October.

Without Walls, including its Lakeland campus and Paula's broadcast ministry, took in $35 million in tithes and offerings last year, according to a recent audit by Lewis, Birch & Ricardo CPAs. The audit was posted online last week - the first public accounting in the church's history - after The Tampa Tribune requested a copy.

How much of the revenue goes to the Whites, the couple won't say. The audit lists more than $5.5 million in salaries for 2006. The church declined to say how many employees were on the payroll.

In January, the couple arrived for a service in their blue Mercedes sedan. They entered the sanctuary, a former warehouse at 2511 N. Grady Ave., watched over by a security contingent of solemn, beefy men wearing sunglasses and communication devices. Surveillance cameras kept watch from all corners. [40]

The Senate Finance Committee, Minority Staff Review of Without Walls International Church includes the following information.

Parsonage/Housing Allowance
According to Hillsborough County property records, from 2002 until their divorce in August of 2007, the Whites owned 4301 Bayshore Boulevard, Tampa, FL, an 8,072 sq. ft. home located in the very prestigious area of Bayshore. The residence has a waterfront view of Tampa Bay (see pictures below). According to Hillsborough County records, the 2008 market value of the home is $2,681,211. The Whites purchased the property in 2002 and borrowed $2 million dollars from Suntrust Bank. An insider told Committee staff that an accounting firm hired by WWIC told the Whites to purchase the largest house they could find. In spring of 2003 the Whites hired a pool contractor to put a new in ground concrete pool and spa at this residence.

A recent aerial view of the residence indicates the pool was completed. As of December 2008, the registered owner of the Bayshore Boulevard home is Randy White. [Hillsborough County Property Appraiser]

According to an insider, Randy and Paula White also purchased a $3.5 million condo in Trump Tower in New York City. The total cost of the condo was $3.5 million, however, only $2,625,000 was financed so it appears the down payment was $925,000. [NYC Department of Finance, Office of The City Register]

WWIC did not provide any information related to possible housing allowances being paid for the residence on Bayshore Drive and the Trump Tower condo. However, an insider familiar with WWIC finances stated that housing allowances for both residences were paid from WWIC/PWM funds.

The rest of the report can be read HERE



Appearance:

The trappings are physical as well. Both the Whites have undergone cosmetic surgery, seeming to grow younger over the past five years.

"We're on television, and you've got to look the part," Randy said....[40] The Part?

Funky, Flawed, Edgy...

Randy seems to relish the role of funky, flawed and edgy preacher. He admits that he doesn't pray before meals, bears several tattoos and enjoys wine. He said ***** club owner Joe Redner should have been elected to the Tampa City Council in November ("He would have been good for this city"), and his gun collection includes an AK-47 automatic weapon.

"Guns are a good investment," he said.

In January 2005, he was featured on the cover of Makes and Models Magazine, a glossy publication devoted to exotic cars, motorcycles and scantily clad female models. Associate editor Rodney Burrell, then a church member, wrote a glowing story about Randy called "Riding for Souls." Although putting Randy on the cover - he stood posed next to his wife's Mercedes SL55, valued at more than $100,000 - was Burrell's idea, the church had to buy $7,500 worth of magazines for the privilege. [40]

...And Dishonest?

In his autobiography, "Without Walls," and on a 2002 Web profile, Randy said he enrolled at the former Lee College in Cleveland, Tenn., and earned a bachelor's degree in ministerial studies and a master's in divinity. He said he was awarded an honorary doctorate in humane letters from Virginia State University in Petersburg, Va.

Representatives from both schools said he did not receive degrees there, though Lee confirmed he took two classes.

According to documents Randy gave the Tribune in April, he received a doctorate of humane letters from Commonwealth Assistance Foundation Institute of International Studies in Alexandria, Va., in May 1993. An in-depth Internet search found no mention of the school. There is no telephone listing for it.

Randy does have a bachelor's degree in theology from the International Bible Institute and Seminary, a correspondence school in Orlando. [40]

Unpaid Bills

Since 2000, court records show five business deals that soured after the Whites refused to pay.

Jacqueline Knight, who runs a Tampa public relations and marketing company, said, "We've moved on and we're friends again" after she placed a lien on the church for $16,782 in unpaid bills in April 2002. She was paid an undisclosed sum before it got to court.

Interior designer Charles Cox, also in Tampa, is still fuming.

County Court Judge Paul Huey ordered the church to pay Cox-Feivelson Antiques and Design Gallery $10,217 for unpaid bills in November.

"They made no attempt to resolve the problem to avoid legal action, not even a phone call," he said. "I expect more of high-end clients, especially Christian ones." [40]

Birthdays and Bentleys
Paula sent her "spiritual father" T.D. Jakes a black convertible Bentley for his 50th birthday in June 2007

... for his 50th birthday in June, White sent Jakes a black convertible Bentley. It was intended to be quiet gift, White said, but an overzealous member of Jakes' ministry shouted out the news at the retail show.

"Some people thought 'Why would you do that?' " White later explained, saying that Jakes is her spiritual father. "I thought, 'Well, why wouldn't I? That's not even an option." [42]

Trump and Tyra
On October 4, 2006, Paula White was a guest on the Tyra Banks show in an episode concerning promiscuity. I have to wonder why Tyra refers to Paula White as "A woman that I look up to, and my dear friend and personal life coach" [Emphasis Added]. [43]

October 16, 2006 broadcast of her daily television program Paula Today, she introduced her two guests with the words...

"If you want to change the way you live, change your thinking. I want them to bring their wisdom to you today, give people tools to really transform their lives." And then the camera panned over to two men, co-authors of the book, "Why We Want You to be Rich": Robert Kiyosaki and Donald Trump.

Kiyosaki is author of Rich Dad, Poor Dad with over 26 million copies in print, while we all know Trump, "an American business magnate, socialite, author, and television personality. He is the Chairman and CEO of the Trump Organization, a US-based real-estate developer.

Trump is also the founder of Trump Entertainment Resorts, which operates numerous casinos and hotels across the world. Trump's extravagant lifestyle and outspoken manner have made him a celebrity for years". [Wikipedia] He is also host and executive producer of an obnoxious reality show..The Apprentice. Besides which the name Trump, has in the last few years become an internationally recognized symbol of New York City as mecca for the world's super rich.

And here he was, on a so called Christian television program, to share his worldly wisdom with all of us. To teach us how to become rich. [44]


Financial Turmoil
On November 6, 2008, the Tampa Bay Online published an article entitled Financial Walls Closing In On Church. It said in part...

For months, there have been signs of financial struggles at Without Walls. In August, the church's controller resigned citing serious concerns, according to a copy of his resignation letter obtained by The Tampa Tribune. Church accountant Camillo Gargano wrote in the Aug. 28 letter that the ministry was in "turmoil."

"Handling of finances by upper management is contrary with my fiduciary responsibility," it states. Management didn't seem bothered by the financial problems, and used "bullying, excessive force and verbal abuse as a management style," Gargano wrote. "Not only is it unconscionable for me to work in such a hostile environment, but it is also physically and mentally debilitating to work under such stressful circumstances," he wrote.

Gargano said he later submitted a second, less-critical letter at the request of church staffers.

He resigned after Randy White ordered him to pay White's $24,000 American Express bill, even though it would mean the ministry couldn't make payroll for the week, Gargano said in a September interview. Part of the credit card bill was a $13,000 payment for mirrors installed in the church. The rest included personal expenses that White told Gargano he would pay back to the ministry, the controller said.

White sent text messages to Gargano insisting he pay the credit card bill. Gargano saved the messages.

Gargano, who attended church elsewhere, said during his 17 months employed there he constantly scrambled to find money to pay salaries and bills, and that little or no money went for ministerial work. The church owed vendors $400,000 by late August, he said. Several vendors reached by the Tribune declined comment.

In September, the church released a statement saying it disputed Gargano's version of events, but did not elaborate. The controller resigned his position the same month the church defaulted on the loan. [45]


Divorce:
On Thursday, August 23, 2007, Randy and Paula White announced to their congregation that they would divorce.

According to The Christian Post, Paula White says the divorce was amicable, and her husband, Randy White, agreed to take the responsibility [46]

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I am a Full Gospel Christian. But as long ago as 1985 I concluded that the charismatic big name minister subculture in the US was incorrigible. It is a disgrace, reprehensible. No Christian should give to TBN. TBN is hardening people's hearts against the gospel. There are doubtless a few good ministries on it, but they won't go under if TBN goes under. I only know one Christian who watches TBN to any significant extent. The rest are turned off by it.

I don't much care for TV evangelists. Private prayer when nobody else is looking is what I believe god wants. I ask for his help in all circumstances in good times and bad, when I have been sinful and not, when I do good deeds for people. Because God is always beside me and I don't need to be with 50,000 people in a football stadium to do pray. I can be in my room, office or in the street anywhere. Because the prayer means just as much. Its the individual lives we lead that makes the difference. Its how much we love God and let him drive our lives forward that counts.

Thanks for taking time to comment.
I care for those unfortunate people that these tele-evangeists lead astray i am sorry you don't.