This is from that gossipy TV show, "Inside Edition," but one has to give them credit here for putting to shame the Zionist fronts, ZNN and FOX N***.
They are some of the most popular TV preachers in the United States, who urge the faithful followers to donate generously, saying that in return, the Lord will bring them prosperity. Those who profited were the pastors themselves.
They live like rock stars, with huge mansions, private jets, and fancy cars. Their lifestyles are so lavish, that six of them have been investigated by the U.S. Senate (Eight years ago, and not much happened) such as Paula White, who lives in multimillion dollar homes in New York City and Tampa, Florida, as well as Creflo Dollar, getting around in style, flying in private jets to preach around the country. He owns a mansion at an exclusive Atlanta suburb.
Not one of them would agree to an interview regarding their opulent lifestyle, but when it comes to opulence, few religious leaders compare to Kenneth Copeland. To show his house, Inside Edition rented a helicopter so others can see his 18,000 square-foot mansion (located outside Fort Worth, Texas), valued at over six million dollars. It has beautiful water views and comes complete with a boathouse. But that's not all. Copeland is an avid pilot. He has a 20 million dollar Cessna Citation jet. It's the fastest private jet which money can buy. He claimed that he needed it to better serve the Lord. He proudly did a fly-by for his followers after the church bought it.
It was in fact found that Copeland had a fleet of planes registered to the church. He has his very own airport (the Kenneth Copeland airport) located right next to his mansion.
Ole Anthony, president of the Trinity Foundation, a religious watchdog group, says "I think Copeland is unbelievably greedy". The Foundation worked closely with the Senate Committee investigating Copeland and other TV preachers.
At one time, I belonged to a local Assembly of God church in my adopted hometown. The flock was some of the poorest people in the county, yet they scraped together enough money to pay cash for the Methodist Church building, since they had moved into a new house of worship.
Each week, the amount of money that small flock gave was huge, yet the preacher man never did say where it went to or how it was spent, and since the flock took care of the church that was paid for in cash, there was basically no overhead, other than utilities.
That experience was something else. Each Sunday during the mass, some would start speaking in 'tongues,' while others would start rolling on the floor, both acts they claimed were from being possessed by the Lord. The only other time I saw something like that was at psilocybin mushroom parties.
One day, while at the church doing some maintenance, I asked the preacher man where all that money donated was going to. The preacher man's face got livid, his neck veins started popping out and he raised his arm up, pointing his finger at me and said, "It's not up to you to ask what God does with his money."
Realizing I'd been getting bamboozled, walked out and never returned.
Reminds me of that joke about two preachers discussing what they do with their donations. One said, "I just toss it in the air and what God wants, he takes. The rest is for me."
Inspiration for this blog came from the excellent 'aangirfan' blog.