Yesterday, I saw via tweet from Janet Mefferd that Creflo (I want a Gulfstream) Dollar removed a Facebook posting and Tweet that claimed, and I’m paraphrasing, Jesus died so we could be financially rich.
However, today this was tweeted to me by Garrett O’Hara:
And sure enough, Dollar actually claims on his website that
Jesus bled and died for us so that we can lay claim to the promise of financial prosperity.
Thanks to thousands of misguided souls, things seems to be working out that way for Creflo.
UPDATE: According to the Christian Post, the campaign is off indefinitely. A spokesperson says, “It’s a moot point.” Before, this was a light thing and a done deal: “Heavenly Father, this is but a light thing for You, and You will deliver this debt free G650 into the hangar on Fulton Industrial Boulevard with highly skilled technicians and pilots.” Creflo ordered a plane but now all he gets is “a moot point.”
Probably, you have heard that megamegapastor Creflo Dollar launched a project Friday to raise $60 million to buy a Gulfstream 650 business jet (retail price reported to be an affordable $65 million). The project didn’t last long. The promo video was taken down Friday night, and the website was soon to follow (the Google cache is here, and a pdf of the page is here) The video is at the end of the post.
Here is a sample of Creflo’s soaring prayer for this necessary ministry tool:
Heavenly Father, as the righteousness of God by faith we come boldly, confidently, and fearlessly to Your throne of great grace that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help us obtain this Gulfstream G650. This G650 will serve as a ministry tool for Pastor Creflo Dollar to carry the Good News—too good to be true—revelation of Your love and grace around the world.
He closes his prayer for the jet with the Prayer of Jabez (in bold which was in the original):
Heavenly Father, we thank You that we have the abundance of Your wisdom, undeserved favor, and the cooperation of all that is needed and necessary for the “and suddenly” manifestation of the G650.
FAVOR US! FAVOR US! FAVOR US! ENLARGE AND EXPAND OUR TERRITORIES, COASTS, AND BORDERS. KEEP YOUR MIGHTY HAND UPON US AND YOUR STRONG ARM AROUND US; SO THAT NO EVIL, GRIEF, OR SICKNESS WILL COME NEAR US! Thank You that this prayer is granted, because of the finished works of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Now the website is grounded; or perhaps it went underground. Perhaps he went into his closet to pray.
The fund raising video was removed by Creflo Dollar but it has landed on another account.
The original ministry page is archived here.
The Gulfstream 650 is a pretty nice ministry tool. Note the question from the interviewer, “Why is this plane so coveted?”
Check out the interior of the plane.
I think I would just live there. I bet Creflo could find some other way to get the Gospel out.
Remember Creflo Dollar Ministries didn’t cooperate with Senator Grassley’s examination of televangelists.