Sunday, September 24, 2006

Singing the Praises of the Almighty $Dollar


From yesterday's San Francisco Chronicle, an article on Creflo Dollar:

"The challenge of this convention is to change the way you think; you are not going to be peaceful and happy in life if you are broke," Dollar, his real name, told the more than 2,500 gathered at the Oakland Convention Center. "Some Christians need to get a life, to enjoy life in abundance and stop taking everything so serious.

"Get a boat or a Jet Ski. It's all right to enjoy life."

...Dollar, who runs the World Changers Church International, has gained a reputation for promoting gospel that emphasizes material wealth and uses Scripture to show that is what God wants.

He insists that prosperity is more than wealth. "I say prosperity and most people think money, but it is prospering in spirit, soul, physical body and family relationships as well as money," Dollar said. On Friday, throughout his 90-minute sermon, Dollar stressed the importance of unconditional love, but often came back to money.

"You have to understand the reason everything is wrong in your life," he told the crowd. "Not having money to do what you need to do in life is bad.

"I don't care what your favorite preacher says. I'm giving you what the Lord says. The Lord says to live life in abundance."

..."Maybe God will speak to you to write a $10,000 check."

Scripture replies:

If anyone teaches false doctrines and does not agree to the sound instruction of our Lord Jesus Christ and to godly teaching, he is conceited and understands nothing. He has an unhealthy interest in controversies and quarrels about words that result in envy, strife, malicious talk, evil suspicions and constant friction between men of corrupt mind, who have been robbed of the truth and who think that godliness is a means to financial gain. But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs. (1 Timothy 6:3-10, NIV)

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