Ex-Creflo Dollar Church member claims preacher gave away two flat


Ex-Creflo Dollar Church member claims preacher gave away two flat
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May 2015
Ex-Creflo Dollar Church member claims preacher gave away two
flat screen TVs in church after jet debacle, perhaps out of ‘guilt’
By Leonardo Blair
Special to the Answer
A former member of World
Changers Church-New York,
pastored by popular televangelist
Creflo Dollar, claims the prosperity preacher pacified his congregation with two flat screen televisions
after the backlash over his appeal
to the public for $65 million to help
him purchase a luxury jet for his
“I’m one of those people that
have said, I am not giving it to him;
I’m giving it to the ministry because
he does do good things around the
world for other people. So when
I’m giving, I’m giving to do outreaches and things like that,” began
the ex-member, identified only as
Theresa, in an interview with the
Advise Show TV.
“Trust me, I’m not defending
him; because after I heard about this
whole jet thing I was like, ‘this is
ridiculous. Is he serious?’ I was
upset because he came back from
his so-called sabbatical ‘oh yeah, I
‘m well-rested’ but he didn’t even
offer no apology for what he did,”
she continued about Dollar’s reaction to the backlash over the appeal
many onlookers found to be extravagant.
“He just continued, ‘OK, let’s
start this new series.’ ...[And then]
he just turned around and gave
away two flat screen TVs at the end
of the service,” she explained.
Theresa said she was surprised
by Dollar’s generosity because she
had never seen him give away anything in church before.
“Never, never, there’s never
been a raffle, nothing like that,” she
Televangelist Creflo Dollar (left) and the luxury jet (right) he’s asking the public to purchase for his ministry.
“That was his guilt. That was his money from and supposedly love, for your wrong. ...I’m not gonna unguilt. You couldn’t even come to and you want us to learn this and derstand that,” she said.
your congregation who you get that. You couldn’t even apologize
Theresa noted that the $65 mil-
lion appeal for a new private jet
wasn’t the first time Dollar had
asked the church for an extravagant
amount of money.
She claims the preacher once
had a dream to purchase Madison
Square Garden which is valued at
about $4.5 billion.
“He told us he was trying to purchase Madison Square Garden and
the people were looking at him like
he was crazy,” she said.
Dollar, claims the ex-member,
also tried raising $81 million to
build a church in Astoria, Queens,
but she left the church before that
campaign was completed and
wasn’t sure if he managed to raise
the money.
Theresa said even though she
likes the way Dollar preaches she
didn’t like not getting the opportunity to shake his hand while she was
a member.
“He’s untouchable. First of all,
(See Creflo Dollar, Page 10)
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May 2015
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You can’t dodge the mirror
By Toni Terrell
Editor ‘n chief
Lately I have faced the most difficult times ever trying to find
“good help” to work in the restaurant. It seems like people want a pay
check but would prefer not to perform the duties necessary to earn
it. I have found myself mumbling
under my breath, did she just call
in and say her mother was “missing?” I know I didn’t just see an
employee on camera give away two
My tolerance level for late, absent, short, lazy, texting, coming in
under the influence, and talking
ugly to the customers has risen to
“not at all.” I would rather work
open to close than to sign my name
on paychecks for people and do
their jobs too — Really?
Then God slipped a mirror in my
face. No, I can’t say that I’ve been
that employee but I’ve certainly had
my share of late, absent, short, lazy,
texting and talking ugly to the saints
of God in His house. Wow, did He
have to go there?
How many times have we shown
up for church late when we were
supposed to be on post? And Lord
knows, it may not have been many
times, but I have had to send that
“I’m not going to make it today”
text to one of the Deacons. And can
we just skip being short on tithes, I
really don’t want to discuss that one
this issue. That topic warrants a
column of its own.
Of course, we never want to admit when we’re lazy. I know at least
four out of five readers possess a
gift that can be used for the kingdom but we don’t “feel like it” right
now. We have some powerful excuses, but they are excuses nevertheless. It takes more effort to use
the gift than it does to ignore the
needs of our ministry and “let someone else do it.”
We all have embraced technology, and we claim we’re using our
phones to follow pastor when He’s
referencing scriptures. But be serious, how many of us are texting
saints two rows up to point out that
fashion tragedy we just witnessed?
Maybe not all the time, but we’ve
done it at least once or twice a
And all of us are guilty of talking ugly to the saints of God — and
in the church none-the-less. We
pack on some serious attitudes
about the politics in the church and
we get absolutely mean with one
another, on Sunday, after altar call
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and during the message. Some of
us are ready to fight — it’s going
I can imagine God saying, it is
hard to find good help. My people
want the blessings attached to the
job, but they don’t want to work.
My tolerance level for signing my
name to free blessings and then
doing all the kingdom work myself
is “not at all.”
Thank God His tolerance level
does not rank like mine does. Yes, I
should have an expectation of employees doing the job they are being paid to do. And certainly, I
should not lower my expectation of
excellence in customer service,
cleanliness and quality. But it is
important to remember that no matter where I am, the same Godly
principles apply — you reap what
you sow. Sometimes, your reaping
is not necessarily where you’ve
If I want top quality employees,
perhaps I can sow quality time in
my work in the ministry. If I want
sharp, timely people to run my business, I need to sow more intensity
into my time spent with God. If I
want employees who can capture
the vision for the longevity of the
business and understand the importance of customer retention, I need
to sow more energy into winning
souls for the kingdom.
It is apparent that everything has
a spiritual perspective, even business. And just when you get to the
point where you want to whine and
complain about other people’s actions, God will show you a reflection in the mirror. It will undoubtedly change your way of thinking
and force you to re-evaluate your
own actions. Bottom line is — you
can’t escape the mirror! Just be glad
it wasn’t a brick upside your head
because He chastises those He
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May 2015
The show is the longest continuous running original series on cable
‘Bobby Jones Gospel’ series officially
airing its last season on BET after 35 years
By Christine Thomasos
Special to the Answer
Dr. Bobby Jones’ BET show
“Bobby Jones Gospel” is ending it’s
reign on the network after 35 years
and maintaining the title of the
longest continuous running original
series on cable television.
The long standing gospel music
show will air for one more season,
according to an announcement that
was officially made recently at the
BET Networks’ upfront meeting.
Kirk Franklin and Yolanda
Adams honored Jones with a tribute performance after the announcement was made, according to BET
reports. For 35 years, the show has
welcomed gospel music’s biggest
names including Shirley Caeser,
Vicky Winans, Dottie Peoples,
Byron Cage, Mary Mary, Hezekiah
Walker, Donnie McClurkin and
more along with well known evangelists and people in and around the
Christian community.
Jones, 75, spoke to the network
about the official end of his show.
He thanked the show’s supporters,
while speaking positively about the
“I would first of all like to thank
them for being our fans and for
Dr. Bobby Jones’ BET show “Bobby Jones Gospel” is ending it’s reign.
hanging in there with us for all of
these years—for those who were
able to do that. It’s been a marvelous experience and I’m looking forward to a continued relationship,
but [as for] Bobby Jones Gospel, it’s
the end,” Jones told BET. “There’s
a little sadness that goes along with
that, you know. After 35 years, what
am I going to do?”
Last year, Jones spoke to The
Christian Post about the challenges
he had with the show. Since the
show airs at 9 a.m. ET on Sunday
mornings, many people who would
tune in are attending their respective church services.
For this reason, Jones hoped that
his program would garner a prime
time slot.
“I think that’s a consistent challenge to ensure that we’re on at an
appropriate time for all of the audience to be able to catch us other than
being able to DVR it,” Jones previously told CP. “I’m not saying 9
a.m. is not prime time, but a lot of
people are in church 9 a.m. I probably would like to see an evening
show on Sunday.”
Still, the host of two gospel television and radio shows who started
on BET when the network formed
in 1980 says his faith enabled him
to continue his duties on “Bobby
Jones Gospel.”
“My faith has kept me there because I understand that faith is the
substance of things hoped for and
the evidence of things not seen. I
quote those passages and do that
with an understanding, so I know
that faith is essential for anything
to develop,” Jones told CP. “In the
Christian world you must have
faith, so I understand that. That’s
how it undergirds my ability to go
forth in that manner.”
The official air date of the last
season of “Bobby Jones Gospel”
has yet to be announced.
May 2015
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New facility to open for human trafficking survivors
The Samaritan Women offers therapeutic help, specialized long-term care to victims from across U.S.
BALTIMORE, Md. — The Samaritan Women (TSW), a nationally recognized human trafficking
recovery organization, will be
opening its second facility for victims. The long-term care program,
one of the first in the country, is a
model for other organizations
across the United States.
The new facility, which will
open in June, will serve as TSW’s
intake and stabilization center and
allow the nonprofit organization to
care for women in need of specialized treatment. The 4,000 squarefoot home, located in a remote, undisclosed area, will accommodate
up to six women. Women completing the program there graduate to
the organization’s current facility,
where they focus on therapeutic
healing and academic, vocational
and spiritual growth.
Human trafficking is often
known as a global issue, but each
year an estimated 100,000 children
and thousands more women are
sold for sex in the United States.
Traffickers frequently target victims
and use violence, threats, lies, false
promises, debt bondage or other
forms of control and manipulation
to keep victims involved in the sex
industry for their own profit.
National awareness of human
trafficking in the U.S. is increasing,
but the availability of established
and qualified shelter programs is
limited, with little relief in sight.
The Samaritan Women, founded in
2007, is one of the few long-term,
Christian restoration programs in
the country that has recognized that
need and serves referrals from any
“What’s critical for the American public to understand is this expansion of our services to provide
critical care to survivors has only
been made possible because a handful of concerned citizens stepped
forward,” comments Jeanne Allert,
founder and executive director of
The Samaritan Women. “These philanthropists became aware of the
issue and mobilized the resources
under their influence to make this
new home a reality. This is the kind
of citizen response we need in order to see similar progress replicated across the United States.”
Three philanthropists donated
funds to make this new facility possible. One of the donors was com-
pelled to action after learning his
minister’s daughter was trafficked,
and his own life was touched by
“We are thankful that the most
vulnerable and hurting victims of
trafficking will now be able to have
a safe and secure space for additional stabilization, adjustment and
care,” said Allert.
Additional information about
The Samaritan Women is available
at www.thesamaritanwomen.org.
Demands safety culture at all transit systems
have been killed trying to maintain
aging equipment.
“Just last fall ATU lost a brother,
Jake Schwab, in Erie, PA, who died
when an engine he was working on
exploded in his face. Jake was
working with the wrong tools on an
unfamiliar bus from another agency
in a garage that workers say has no
safety culture.
“The deafening silence coming
from Pennsylvania about his death
speaks volumes about the disregard
and lack of concern they have for
workers. To date there has been no
official government investigation or
explanation of the cause of the incident, which would seem to be
necessary to prevent it from happening again.
“What’s lacking in Pennsylvania
and in a growing number of transit
properties is the safety culture and
training that’s essential to protect
workers and riders from injury and
“Mother Jones once said,
“Mourn the dead, and fight like hell
for the living.” And that’s exactly
what we do today. We mourn and
remember all of those who have
been injured or lost their lives simply trying to provide for themselves
and support their families.
“And ATU is also committed to
the goal of zero preventable accidents in the transit industry, and
demands the adoption of an actively
pursued and continually reviewed
safety culture at every single transit workplace.
“That is the least we can do to
honor the memory of Jake
Transit Union honors fallen on workers Memorial Day
Washington, DC — Larry
Hanley, international president of
the Amalgamated Transit Union
(ATU) issued the following statement to mark Workers Memorial
“The Amalgamated Transit
Union joins the labor movement
today in honoring the fallen on
Workers Memorial Day.
“ATU was formed in 1892, when
workers stood on open platforms
exposed to the elements, driving
horse-drawn streetcars up to 18
hours a day. Many froze to death at
their posts, while others fell to their
death collecting fares on the narrow
running boards of the day.
“There were no sick days, no
overtime; no employer provided
health care, no workers’ compensation; no occupational health and
safety rules. Transit workers
couldn’t even afford a decent burial.
The horses, by contrast, were
changed every four-hours.
“Many believe that those days
are well behind us. Unfortunately,
they are mistaken. Too many transit employees are working under
similar conditions today threatening the safety of all.
“Operators and their passengers
are dying in crashes as a result of
poor bus and track maintenance, or
because the drivers are too fatigued
from long hours at low pay, and no
overtime, to drive safely.
“Workers have perished simply
repairing rail lines, and mechanics
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May 2015
U.S. Conference of Mayors reissues community policing recommendations
Washington, D.C. — As the situation in Baltimore continues to unfold, the nation’s mayors today are
reissuing their recommendations on
improving community policing, initially disseminated under the leadership of U.S. Conference of Mayors President Sacramento Mayor
Kevin Johnson at the Conference’s
83rd Winter Meeting in Washington, D.C. in January.
The recommendations were unveiled by Gary (IN) Mayor Karen
Freeman-Wilson, who chairs the
USCM Working Group of Mayors
and Police Chiefs, following a fourmonth review of policies and bestpractices nationwide, during a session titled “Strengthening Community Policing in the 21st Century.
Participants in that session included Mayor Freeman-Wilson,
Director of White House Intergovernmental Affairs Jerry E.
Abramson; Philadelphia Police
Commissioner and President
Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing Co-Chair Charles
Ramsey; George Mason University
Professor and President Obama’s
Task Force on 21st Century Policing Co-Chair Laurie Robinson; and
U.S. Department of Justice Community Oriented Policing Services
Office Director and Task Force Executive Director Ronald L. Davis.
The session was moderated by
Mayor Johnson and included an
open question and answer period
with hundreds of mayors in the audience.
The Conference’s working
group was formed by Johnson following the tragedy in Ferguson and
an October meeting in Little Rock,
AR where over 100 mayors and
police chiefs met at the William J.
Clinton Center in Little Rock, AR
to discuss different community-policing strategies, lessons to be
learned from the situation in
Ferguson and ways to build trust
between law enforcement and city
officials. The group was charged
with developing a series of recommendations for local and national
actions intended to improve policing in America.
The full report of recommendations, which will inform the work
of President Obama’s Task Force on
21st Century Policing, is available
at www.usmayors.org, but topic areas of focus are as follows:
1. Building police-community
2. Improving police department
3. Assuring timely and accurate
4. Conducting independent investigations;
5. Addressing racial and economic disparities;
6. Providing national leadership.
During the Community Policing
session, Johnson said, “Mayors
stand at the crossroads of their communities. We are the leaders best
positioned to bridge the gaps in trust
and understanding our residents, all
of whom want what is best for our
cities.” Johnson also participated in
the first public listening session of
President Obama’s Task Force on
21st Century Policing on January
13 in Washington, D.C.
Commenting on the work of the
USCM Working Group, Mayor
Freeman-Wilson said, “Mayors and
police chiefs know full well that
effective community policing is
practiced in a constitutional manner by many police departments,
and the vast majority of police officers have developed trusting relationships with the communities
they serve. But, we also know there
ought to be full confidence with the
public in our law enforcement. ...If
our quest is to achieve a sense of
justice in our communities, we have
a responsibility to address these issues whenever there is a police-involved death. ...This an opportunity
for mayors to lead and we can
choose to navigate around these issues, or we can create a new landscape in our communities to create
a better future for our children.”
Of the mayors’ recommendations, Chief Ramsey said, “We will
use this document to help us in our
work moving forward. We need the
support of the nation’s mayors to
help us meet our deadline.” The
Task Force’s report to President
Obama is expected by March 2,
Executive Director Davis spoke
of his office’s on-going work with
The USCM saying, “The COPS
office is tasked with supporting the
work of the President’s Task Force.
We know that trust is key to public
safety and requires strong relationships. It is a great honor to serve in
this capacity and we appreciate the
work of the nation’s mayors.”
During the Winter Meeting,
mayors also released the public
safety findings results of a Zogby
poll, which surveyed public perceptions of local, state and federal government officials in late December.
The poll (at usmayors.org) found
—On a scale of 1 to 5, with 1
being no trust of local governments
to provide public safety and 5 being the highest trust, 54 percent of
Americans polled gave a “trust”
score of 4–5, while only 19 perent
gave a 1–2.
—Cities’ police departments received even higher ratings in protecting the safety and rights of minorities — 62 percent high and 32
percent low.
This was something — to vary-
ing degrees — that all races and ideologies agree upon by majorities,
though, minorities’ ratings are
lower. Whites offer a 66 percent
high to 29 percent low performance
for the police; Hispanics 60 percent
to 34 percent and African Americans 50 percent to 43 percent. Lib-
erals offer 54 percent to 39 percent;
conservatives 73 percent to 24 percent; and moderates 60 percent to
35 percent.
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he’s surrounded by bodyguards.
...From what I’ve seen at the
church, I know of about four. But
I’m not sure how many he travels
with, but yeah, he’s untouchable,”
she continued.
“My personal opinion is that he
doesn’t want to deal with common
folk because he has other people in
place to deal with that. He likes to
tell us that his schedule doesn’t permit him to be on a commercial
flight or to do these other things that
pastors actually do. Like maybe
shake your hand, have a meeting,”
she said.
Theresa further explained that
she left the church six times in tears
prior to her latest departure but was
convinced to return by friends.
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When asked why she would go
back to the church after being hurt
so many times she said her friends
encouraged her to come back and
told her “God is gonna work it out.”
As for what happened when
Dollar faced his church for the first
time after the jet debacle last month,
Theresa said Dollar got a hero’s
“When he stepped back on stage
after that G650 jet thing, he received a standing ovation for about
two minutes,” she said.
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Reach Beyond bringing aid to Nepal quake victims, but also
seeks to keep life-saving message of the Gospel on the air
While Nepal and the world at large
are rightfully caught up in recovery efforts in the wake of Saturday’s
lethal, 7.8-magnitude earthquake,
Reach Beyond is evaluating the
most effective ways to provide immediate aid, and also leading efforts
to help ensure the gospel continues
to be proclaimed via the airwaves
in the region.
After centuries of being closed
to Christianity, and with virtually no
churches, Nepal has begun to open
up to the faith.
By 2010 there were more than
850,000 Christ-followers in nearly
10,000 groups. Community radio
stations planted by local ministry
partners and supported by the international media and medical mission agency, Reach Beyond, have
played an important role in bringing the “good news” to the country.
Eight FM stations, most of
which are located near the epicenter of the quake, are now being assessed for what is expected to be
extensive damage.
“We urge everyone first of all to
pray for the suffering people of
Nepal,” said Wayne Pederson,
president and CEO of Reach Beyond. “During the past few years
we have seen an increased openness
to the gospel. We hope we can continue to reach those that need to
know Jesus by providing for their
physical and spiritual needs, especially during this devastating crisis.”
As the situation unfolds, Reach
Beyond will raise emergency funds
for an assessment team to evaluate
how best to provide help in the recovery. After those needs are met,
the overall condition of the partner
radio stations will then be evaluated. Extensive rebuilding is anticipated.
In 2007, Nepal became more
open to granting broadcast licenses
to Christian community radio stations. Since then, Reach Beyond
has partnered to establish eight stations, in addition to a birthing center in one community to minister to
the physical and spiritual needs of
the people.
Reach Beyond and its partners
also have trained village health
workers - especially in areas where
no workers are available - to provide basic medical treatment. By
demonstrating love for villagers’
physical needs, they have gained
opportunities to care for spiritual
needs and communicate the saving
love of Jesus Christ.
“Jesus’ word to the disciples referenced in Acts 1:8 said they would
be his witnesses ‘to the ends of the
earth,’” said Pederson. “As believers, and as a ministry, that remains
our call and cause.”
Donations to Reach Beyond to
help those in need in Nepal can be
made at www.reachbeyond.org/
Additional information about
Reach Beyond and its efforts to
plant radio stations around the
Local residents cheer the opening of one of Reach Beyond’s eight partner
FM radio stations in Nepal. This station opened in 2010.
For 83 years the passion of
Reach Beyond (formerly HCJB
Global) (www.reachbeyond.org)
has been to make disciples of
Christ. Using mass media,
healthcare and education and
working with partners around the
world, Reach Beyond has ministries
in more than 100 countries. The
gospel is aired in more than 120
languages and dialects. Thousands
of healthcare patients are meeting
Jesus. Local believers are being
trained as missionaries, pastors,
broadcasters and healthcare providers.
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May 2015
American Idol finalist and believer Clark Beckham doesn’t want to be limited
to Christian music, doesn’t think God wants singers to be isolated to one genre
By Christine Thomasos
Special to The Answer
Each week Clark Beckham subjects himself to judgement and criticism in the music competition that
made names such as Kelly
Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Fantasia Barrino and Jennifer Hudson
famous. Still, that’s a small price to
pay for the up-and-coming Christian “American Idol” XIV hopeful
who has plans of cementing himself as a secular music artist while
being a light for God.
Beckham, 22, is deeply rooted
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American Idol
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in his faith as a graduate of the
Christian college Lee University
and underwent a life changing experience being touched by the Holy
Now that he has made it into the
top five of the coveted American
Idol competition, the singersongwriter and musician has showcased his range as somebody who
can fit into multiple genres.
For some time, he battled with
the idea that a devout Christian such
as himself must sing Christian contemporary music if he reached a
level of success where his voice
could inspire a multitude of people.
These days, Beckham is confident
in his calling and spoke to The
Christian Post about why he decided he did not feel the need to
fulfill people’s expectations for the
type of music he is supposed to
“I know through a lot of confusing years and prayer trying to figure things out, a lot of people said
‘you’re a Christian and you do music that means you sing Christian
contemporary music.’ You lead
worship,” Beckham told CP. “But I
don’t think God wants us to be iso-
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lated. I don’t think He wants such a
distinct wall between church and
The singer admits that the word
secular can be “scary” for some
people, but is looking beyond
people’s expectations for him.
“I want to write songs and sing
songs about this world, about
people, about this life that God has
created through redeemed eyes.
That’s what I want to do,” Beckham
said. “I think He created music, and
I think He likes good music. I don’t
think we should be separated, I
think we should go out into all of
the world even musically.”
Beckham’s decision to become
a musician did not happen overnight. At the age of 18, he thought
it was the right time to try out for
“American Idol.”
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