Reasons I Hate Giving Money to Church

28 Mar

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“Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA), the ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee, has opened an investigation into the finances of six of the leading prosperity televangelists, Paula White, Kenneth Copeland, Joyce Meyer, Eddie Long, Creflo Dollar, Benny Hinn. Grassley is looking into whether these celebrity preachers abused their tax-exempt status by using proceeds to enrich themselves with luxury items like mansions, private jets, and fancy cars.”

Quotation from The American Prospect

A concise definition of the prosperity gospel: A well-coiffed and designer-clad televangelist badgers his TV listeners to send him their hard-earned dollars so that God will in turn financially bless them.

“Joyce Meyer calls herself a woman of God, and maybe she is, but Sen. Charles Grassley, an Iowa Republican, wants to know how Meyer can justify spending $23,000 in tax-exempt religious contributions for a marble-topped commode. Meyer’s church, Joyce Meyer Ministries in Missouri, is one of six Christian ministries Grassley is investigating for possible abuses of their tax-exempt status. Another of Grassley’s targets is Without Walls International Church, a controversial megachurch based in Tampa.”

Their ministry later clarified that this is not your ordinary toilet but really:
“While many have mistakenly associated this piece of furniture with a common household toilet, this particular term actually refers to the classic definition of commode identified by Webster’s Dictionary as, ‘a tall elegant chest of drawers.”’

To which I would say I still don’t want to give you money so you can by a “tall elegant chest of drawers” for $23,000. There are people who are hungry, people who need medicine and people who need clothes. I know a lot of people have been affected by Joyce Meyers in a positive way but…seriously?

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One Response to “Reasons I Hate Giving Money to Church”

  1. Bill July 15, 2008 at 4:40 pm #

    No, not seriously, it’s an urban legend.
    http://www.philcooke.com/Joyce_Meyer_toilet
    Does this sort of thing happen where you or I give money? Do people think it does? I’m chronically late to services and I see a mostly empty basket reach the back row. I prefer directing my tithe with envelopes, maybe others do that. Whatever I drop in is for donuts or air conditioning or all the other little things…

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