Creflo Dollar, gospel pastor, televangelist and prosperity preacher recently responded in a YouTube video to critics of his campaign to purchase an expensive Gulfstream G650. , Dollar claimed In a sermon to his followers, the devil is attempting to denigrate his reputation, and preventing him from obtaining his luxury transportation.
The Atlanta-based televangelist engages his World Changers Church International members by attacking his critics regarding their allegations of misappropriations of funds, his real name, as well as the alleged requests of members having to reveal their W2 statuses to become a part of the church’s “sanctuary”.
“I’m on my sabbatical, and the enemy’s trying to discredit me,” Dollar states, as the focus of his video is to get the point across to his congregation that he has never attempted to fleece his members. “I never one time came to you and asked you for a dime for this airplane, did I?”
Yet, it is easy to prove otherwise, through YouTube videos sent to his members across the world. In March it seems Mr. Dollar solicited donations to help fund the replacement of his aging 1984 Gulfstream G-1159A, claiming two accidents have already occurred in the 31-year-old jet.
Dollar claims to his flock that; “The (critics) don’t know what we do. That’s why they asked the question, what does a preacher need with an airplane? If you knew what we did, then you wouldn’t ask that question. Just because the world doesn’t have it, doesn’t mean that you can’t.”
The pastor explains that with the aging plane, complications have occurred that makes him fear for the lives of all those who use the jet for transportation. He states that one such accident involved his wife and children in a landing in London where the plane skidded off the runway. He claims that he believed it was time to rely on God to provide for the need to have a more reliable form of transportation.
Although a Gulfstream G650 is an exorbitantly priced machine, Dollar believes it is needed to ensure his employees can travel in a safer environment. He believes that his prosperity message does not directly reflect his own personal wealth, but also extends to all of his followers as well. He states that the prosperity message is biblical and will benefit all those who are willing to tithe 10% of their incomes to the church.
Attempts by the CNN staff to make contact with the Pastor or his staff have been unsuccessful, to date.