David Cerullo, son of Morris Cerullo, and president and CEO of the Inspiration Network, which was formed from the rubble of what was once PTL, is building a two million dollar lakefront home in South Carolina while his ministry struggles to pay the bills. Can this type of indulgence be justified, not only in these hard economic times, but in any time?
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SALEM, SC — The president of the televangelism empire that rose from the ruins of the former PTL network is building a $2 million lakefront home in Oconee County even as critics say the ministry exhibits outward signs of financial trouble.
David Cerullo, president and CEO of the Inspiration Network, and his wife, Barbara, are building an approximately 12,000-square-foot home, including 2,000 square feet of enclosed porch, at 138 Blue Water Trail in Keowee Falls South, near Salem.
The building permit was issued Dec. 1, 2008, for the home on the one-acre lot. Records indicate the Cerullos bought the land for $950,000 in 2006.
The revelation of the Lake Keowee home comes as critics of Inspiration Network point to job cuts, wage freezes and a halt to matching employees’ 401(k) retirement accounts as evidence of rocky finances. These cutbacks began in late 2008, according to former employees.
The critics have been most vocal in pointing out that the Cerullos have shown no sign of cutting back on their own lifestyle at the same time the network has generated hardship for others.
The Cerullos currently live in a reported 12,000-square-foot, $1.7 million home in Charlotte. David Cerullo draws a reported $1.5 million salary as president and CEO of the Inspiration Network and both his wife and children are also reported to be on the network’s payroll. (Online Source)
When sticky-fingered preachers promote a doctrine of wealth at the expense of the truth of the gospel, it shows in the outward manifestation of greed and excess. Instead of showing a man or woman who is blessed from God, we see that their material goods are an indictment against them. The evidence of ungodliness in these minister’s lives is so clear, yet many don’t see it. Those who donate to ministries such as these don’t stop to consider the greed laying before them, they see what Cerullo and others like him has, and they want it too. Covetousness in all its glory. Thus, the focus of their passion is not the Lord Jesus and the power of the gospel, but the lusts of the flesh.
Cerullo continues to build his kingdom, despite the fact that his ministry is struggling financially. He builds this on the backs of the poor, fatherless, sick, and widows who, through economic and physical desperation, feel that if they give they will not only please God, but will be given a return on their investment that will parallel what Cerullo and others have managed to maintain. How wicked is it to make money the focus of a ministry when God’s Son, Jesus Christ, is the central focus?
The love of money is the root of all evil. Truly.