I was not angry until I read this
The choir at a World Changers Church New York
service at the Manhattan Center. The church
has more than 5,000 members in New York.
Preaching a Gospel of Wealth in a Glittery Market, New York
BY MICHAEL LUO
It is time to pass the offering buckets at World Changers Church New York, and 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.You know, I reading another story about how the Dems can't stop Alito, and that is worth note, but this story pissed me off.
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.
The Andersons, who live in the Bronx, 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."
"Remember," said Mr. Dollar, a familiar figure across the country because of his "Changing Your World" television show and best-selling books, "if you sow a seed on a good ground, you can expect a harvest."
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."
The Andersons started attending World Changers last summer. Mrs. Anderson, 29, discovered Mr. Dollar on late-night television. When the couple learned he had started a church in New York, they decided to visit. On their first Saturday, Mr. Dollar preached about loving others.
"I thought, 'Are you kidding me?' " Mr. Anderson said. "You're preaching on love to a bunch of New Yorkers?"
Mrs. Anderson wanted to join the church right away, but Mr. Anderson, 32, was more cautious. The next week it was Mrs. Anderson having second thoughts. They agreed to become members in their fourth week.
Mr. Dollar's mantra is to preach the Bible with "simplicity and understanding." And that is what many of his followers say they appreciate most: his ability to decode the Bible and offer advice for daily living.
Mr. Anderson said he started to apply Mr. Dollar's teachings on love at his job, trying to be more helpful to people. The couple also started to apply his teachings on tithing.
But just as they started to give, their children became sick, and the family began to fall badly behind on the bills. "Things went from bad to worse," Mr. Anderson said.
A few weeks ago, they had no food and no money. A concerned neighbor, however, surprised them with groceries. Another friend offered winter coats for their children, ages 5 and 7.
The Andersons attributed the unexpected gifts to God's provision and said they looked to the testimonies of others in the church for inspiration
Creflo Dollar wears a new custom made suit every week. Bespoke should be his middle name. Like any other hustler, he lives real well. He plays on the desperation of the working poor to live like a fucking pasha.
Mr. Anderson needs a reality check.
Brother, you do not have money to give to that TV preacher. You DO NOT have it. Your children do not have coats or food and you gave money to a millionaire. Isn't it clear from the Bible, that your first duty is to your family, to provide for them, not to make sure Creflo Dollar gets another silk tie.
You gave the church a tithe and then let your children starve? How is that responsible? That's 50, 60 bucks which could have fed your children. You didn't have the money to spare, much less money for the building fund. That's no better than playing scratch off tickets.
Your neighbors saved you from your own foolishness. Your children needed that money more than the church. Jesus says your home is your first responsibility, not the church, and certainly not a church where the pastor lives well off your money. It may have been a blessing, but it was prompted by the neglect of your own children. The Dollar family misses no meals and travels swathed in the finest clothes. Do you children deserve less?
posted by Steve @ 1:44:00 AM