Creflo Dollar is an American evangelist, pastor and a Word of Faith teacher. He is the founder of the non-denominational World Changers Church International. He oversees his ministry with his wife, Taffi Dollar. He has built a multimillion dollar ministry on the message “It is the will of God for you to prosper in every way.” Over the years the ministry has grown rapidly and the church formerly called International Covenant Ministries was renamed World Changers Church International (WCCI).
Recently, Creflo has been the recipient of several well-aimed backlashes for what most people have termed “Being materialistic”. Creflo had made statements concerning the state of the private jet which the ministry uses to transport himself and his ministers to all the places where they go to spread the gospel around the world and then solicited people to make donations to enable him to buy a new Jet.
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The Website Statement Reads:
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 Dollar 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.
As criticisms arise from every quarter and angle, with many people calling him a mastermind at robbing his gullible followers, in the words of the Cajun Boy as posted on Uproxx,
“Famous for preaching that God rewards those who give with financial rewards later down the line, Atlanta megachurch pastor Creflo Dollar — arguably the most appropriate name for a flock-fleecing televangelist there ever was — is taking his game to a whole new level: asking his congregation to pony up to pay for the $65 million private jet he just purchased, a Gulfstream G650, because one of the engines failed on his other private jet. I can easily imagine Dollar coming up for the idea for this while flying on said jet with his buddies after a few cocktails.
“Hey… here’s an idea. Let’s see if I can get these gullible sheep to pay for this damn thing! Do you dare me? (DIABOLICAL LAUGHTER)”
Again, Kirsten West Savali of the roots says:
“So, for argument’s sake, let’s say that he’s such a VIP that it’s just absolutely necessary for him to own a private jet—or, maybe, he’s just allergic to those two-pack Biscoff cookies airlines pass out in-flight. But why can’t he pay for it himself?
After all, this is a man who tells his followers that Jesus wants them to be rich, and if you pay him, he’ll show you how to do it. He unapologetically flaunts his wealth to prove to his congregation that the God of the Holy Bible will make those faithful to him richer than Empire’s Lucious Lyon. His prosperity gospel has encouraged more materialism and greed that any episode of Basketball Wives ever could. And he walks around with more gold than Trinidad James.”
Despite all of these, there are still others who have taken sides with the man of God and are strictly defending his actions and saying he has the right to solicit for a better plane considering the faults that the old one has developed. More so, they claim it is not a crime to solicit for funds, after all, he will not hold a gun to anybody’s head to make them donate.
Bearing in mind that Dollar and his wife own two Rolls Royce, a private jet and multiple multi-million dollar homes, followers have tried to look at the bigger picture which is not whether or not the pastor solicited for funds despite boasting about the wealth that God blesses him with. The picture would involve some of these questions
- Yes, the jet is old, but is there a possibility of buying a cheaper jet rather than the most expensive one?
- Is there a possibility of fixing the old jet and replacing the old engine with a new or good one?
- Does the ministry have to air their dirty linen in public by soliciting for funds in a public manner?
- If truly people on the streets of any hood in the United States see Creflo Dollar as the kingpin behind World Changers Church International and call him a hustler, what is the probability that his video would have gotten any attention?
- Finally, if any other pastor had made this same plea, would people have responded rather than criticize?
In answer to some of these questions, most people maintain that the most important thing is not who buys the jet and who uses it, rather, it the fact that the jet will be used to spread the word of the gospel around the world. However First impressions matter a lot and whatever happens, it’s just like Savali has said, Creflo Dollar is known in the hoods of the United states as a kingpin and a hustler.