Devastated by Dr. Cho’s conviction, Lee Grady couldn’t help but speak out on integrity. In response, he expanded on six different ways to prevent another ministry scandal (excerpted here), “1. Never build a cult of personality. 2. Develop a culture of openness.3. Insist on financial transparency. 4. Don’t build a family dynasty.5. Beware of creating a greed monster. and 6. Never tolerate a spirit of entitlement.”
We couldn’t agree more.
We will miss his quirky style, his constant comments about those evil “heretic hunters” (possibly referring to us), and his colorful dress shirts–well, maybe not the dress shirts. Paul Crouch died this past weekend at the age of 79 after a long battle with congestive heart disease. Religion News Service reporter Adelle Banks provided quite a lot of information about Crouch and the television network, Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN), he founded and grew.
Ms. Banks quoted our own Ole Anthony as saying, “Paul Crouch at TBN is the greatest proponent of the oldest heresy in the church — that gain is godliness,” said Ole Anthony, a founder of the Dallas-based Trinity Foundation, which has investigated Crouch’s ministries and others for more than 30 years. “All of the heresy connected with that position is what they’re based on and the problem is they’ve spread that all over the world.”
Elevation Church Pastor Steven Furtick has attracted some unwanted attention. WCNC reporter Stuart Watson recently uncovered Furtick’s large $1.7M house tucked in the woods away from public scrutiny and doubly hidden in a specially created trust. The expose asks a lot of questions about how mega-pastors with a ready-made audience can profit from book royalties. It also raises questions about the suitability of compensation committees comprised of fellow pastors with a vested interest as contrasted with a long-held church tradition of elders and deacons having decision-making authority. Take a look at this 3-part story by WCNC News of Charlotte, NC. (part 1 above, parts 2 and 3 below).
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Recently, Pastor I.V. Hilliard of New Light Church World outreach Worship Center, Inc. (whew) sent out a letter offering God’s blessings to be bestowed on you in abundance. “Do you need better transportation? Does your car need repair or total replacement? Do you have a dream vehicle or luxury auto you long to purchase?…”
Well, Pastor Hilliard needs some better transportation too! We’re not too sure if Pastor Hilliard has upgraded the “ministry” jet (was N829NL) but its hard to get around town in a Gulf Stream jet anyway and a helicopter will bypass evening rush hour just fine. The church’s Aviation Manager stated that if they “upgrade their blades” (a new chopper, perhaps?) with well over $50,000, it will save the church “thousands in the days to come”.
Houston radio KTRH reports “Houston Pastor Asks Congregation to Fund a Chopper!”. If you fill out an online petition form verbalizing your dream transportation (don’t forget to include your $52 “transporation-favor-seed” –say what?), God will answer your petition in either 52 days or 52 weeks. Hmmmm, we want the 52 day answer here at the Trinity Foundation… will 52 cents work?
Just click the “Favor Seed” button on Pastor Hilliard’s letter–you can’t miss it.
According to BBC Africa and several anonymous informants who have contacted the Trinity Foundation, Nigerian televangelist TB Joshua was giving away free “holy water” at his church, Synagogue Church of all Nations (SCOAN), when a human stampede occurred in a rush to get the water. Four were killed and many others injured in the urgent haste forward to get the water with alleged healing powers, which, according to a “joshua watch” website, evangelist Joshua admits has no special powers (he admits his “anointed” water is pointless). Read the BBC Africa story here –
According to a Forbes Magazine blog story from 2011, Pastor Joshua ranked fourth out of the five wealthiest pastors in Nigeria, with an estimated wealth between 10 and 15 million in terms of US dollars.