Author Archives: Chrystal Whitt

Creflo Dollar: Cause I’m Worth All That!

Creflo Dollar has made the news the last several months for soliciting funds to purchase a new jet.  Dollar has his sights on a Gulfstream G650, which has a robust price tag of $65 million. After Dollar’s ministry, World Changers Church International (WCI), asked his followers to cover the bill, they suffered substantial media backlash, which prompted them to quickly withdraw the solicitation.  But, unfortunately, it doesn’t end there.  WCI has now announced they will move forward with the purchase of the jet so Creflo Dollar can travel the globe and spread the gospel.

Here are the words of WCI:

We plan to acquire a Gulfstream G650 because it is the best, and it is a reflection of the level of excellence at which this organization chooses to operate. (Source.)

Those who follow God’s Word and strive to live a life of righteousness can immediately see the pride and arrogance of such a statement.  This attitude is antithetical to the attitude that Jesus Christ Himself possessed, for He told those who wished to follow Him that He had nowhere to lay His head, He owned no home, He traveled on foot, He didn’t wear a microphone (not that there’s anything wrong with that… just stay with me), and you can bet there was no camera in His face while He taught the sermon on the mount.  In fact, His followers weren’t in possession of most of those things either, and yet… wait for it … the gospel FLOURISHED!!!

Creflo Dollar believes that as a minister of the gospel (so-called), he should have only the best, and anyone who contradicts this, in Dollars’ words, just doesn’t understand the bible.

“See, don’t get upset when the world says stuff and talks about stuff, and all that. They’re just looking through the wrong lens, they don’t understand,” Dollar said in a recent sermon. “‘What does a preacher need with an airplane?’ They don’t know. They’ll never know because they’re not looking through the word. They will never know, never never know.”  (Source.)

There’s something about WCI’s statement that needs to be corrected.  They state they will purchase the jet, but they aren’t the ones actually purchasing it.  They aren’t footing the bill. They asked 200,000 people to give a gift of $300 each.  They’re the ones footing the bill.  Dollar wants to ride in style, but he wants YOU to pay for it.  The sad part?  There are MORE than 200,000 deluded people out there who would gladly send this wolf $300 so that he can travel the globe in style perverting the gospel.

The days grow late, loved ones.  Pray that we not enter into error, and praise God that we have eyes to see… and we see, and that we have ears to hear… and we hear.  Discernment is such a gracious gift from God.

Tweeters Tweet the Dumbest Things

Browsing through Twitter can sometimes be an eye-rolling experience.  Did you know that it is entirely possible to say really dumb things in 140 characters or less?  I took some screenshots to illustrate my point.

Benny Hinn

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Honestly, this one was just way too easy!  If I’m trying to avoid online, telephone, or social media solicitation scams, the LAST place I should go is BennyHinn.org.  Crazy, man.

Steven Furtick

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Access to what?!?  God?  Not so!  The blood of Jesus Christ and faith in Him grants us access to the Father.

Well, Furtick didn’t really say in that tweet what gratitude would give us access to.  Maybe he meant gratitude will give us access to Furtick himself!  Pssh.  Dumb.

I don’t know.

Paula White

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What does that even mean?  Do angels need to be activated?  Follow these thoughts through to their logical conclusions, please.  It sounds like Paula White randomly thinks up christiany sounding statements in between her press junkets, speaking engagements, and photo shoots, and then she just throws them out there.  The sad part?  Undiscerning people swallow it.

Oh, and let’s not leave out this little gem:

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Dream big.  Anything our depraved hearts can concoct, go ahead and dream it – whether it’s God’s will or not.  No humbling ourselves before the cross of Calvary, no repentance … just think of everything your lustful heart desires and God’s gonna give it to ya.  Not so.  Anyone wonder why it’s called the gospel of greed?

Caught in the Cross Hairs

Discernment blogging can be a thankless task sometimes.  Well, more often than you think.  We expect to take fire from the people we feature on our blogs, but sometimes the “good guys” take aim at us.

The following article is from blogger Marsha West, and she discusses this issue more in depth.  I’ll post a snippet here, but you can read the rest of the article after the jump.

Reprise: Christian “watchbloggers” under fire

A few years ago “the world’s most famous Christian blogger,” Tim Challies, took Christian “watchbloggers” to task in his piece Evil as Entertainment.  Thereafter, says Tim, “Much discussion, much gratitude, much criticism ensued.”  Boy I’ll say!

Only recently did I stumble onto Evil as Entertainment and the follow-up he wrote for clarification.  (Links below)

Tim views Christian watchbloggers (CWs) thusly:

Day after day they offer examples of all that is wrong in the church. They may vary what they offer a little bit, but what is true of them is that they offer a steady diet of negative content related to the church in general or perhaps related to just one person or one ministry. You know of some of these sites, I am sure.

Oh yes, I know of many of these sites.  And I thank God for them.

To read the rest of the article, please click here.

92-Year-Old Woman Kicked Out of Church for Not Tithing

When I read this article, I figured the church in question would be a charismatic, seed-faith church.  Not this time.  The First African Baptist Church has removed long-time member Josephine King because, in the words of her pastor, she “‘has shown non-support'” towards the church in the areas of “‘constant and consistent financial and physical participation.'”  (Source.)

According to King’s nephew, Gerald Simmons, his 92-year-old aunt’s attendance had dropped the last few months because she suffered health problems and had become a shut-in.  You may be thinking, “Well, did the pastor visit her during her time of illness and comfort her with God’s Word?”  Apparently not.  She received a “Dear John” letter instead.

2 Corinthians 9:6-7: (NASB)

6 Now this I say, he who sows sparingly shall also reap sparingly; and he who sows bountifully shall also reap bountifully.  7 Let each one do just as he has purposed in his heart; not grudgingly or under compulsion; for God loves a cheerful giver.

I don’t think I would be looking for that church to help its members in times of financial crisis or failing health.  It appears you’re only important if you have a bit of money to throw into the coffers.

Long Time No See – Huh?

It feels strange to be blogging again.  So, where have I been?  Well, I’ve been on Facebook, Snapchat, Facetime, Twitter, etc.  I just haven’t blogged in a while.

For those of you who have reached out and asked me to blog again, thank you.  I appreciate your kind words.  Life took over with a new job, new home, new responsibilities, new focus on God’s will and word.  The time is short and when you feel pressed upon with being pulled in so many different directions, it leaves so little time for much else but living and occupying.

So much has happened since I have been away.  Mark Driscoll got thrown under the wheels of the Mars Hill bus, Rob Bell is peering deeper into his navel, President Obama has done more than ever to drive a wedge between our nation and Israel, the Supreme Court of the United States has legalized gay marriage, pastors (so-called) left and right are openly endorsing gay marriage… our nation is sliding faster than ever into a sludge of moral rot as depravity has clinched society in a stranglehold.

Yeah, I think it’s time to speak out.  You with me?

Mark Driscoll: Plagiarism – Thou Shalt Not Steal!

Recently, Janet Mefferd, host of the syndicated radio show, The Janet Mefferd Show, interviewed Mark Driscoll on her broadcast.  On the November 21st show, she expressed deep concern that parts of Driscoll’s new book, A Call to Resurgence (14 pages to be exact), were lifted from a book written by Dr. Peter Jones, author and professor at Westminster Seminary California.  The problem?  They weren’t cited.  That makes it plagiarism.

Shortly afterwards, due to her fantastic research skills, Mefferd found three other books written by Driscoll where material was plagiarized from other author’s works.  That’s four, if you’re keeping count.

As you might imagine, Mefferd became the target of numerous attacks. Rather than Tyndale House taking these issues seriously, they began to defend Driscoll (their cash cow) and instead, attacked Mefferd.  “But, this is a Christian publishing house!” you may be thinking.  Wrong.  This is a publishing house with a bottom line… money.  Driscoll brings it in, and they aren’t going to mess with a good thing.  We would expect Tyndale to take something like plagiarism seriously, but what’s plagiarism in a commerce-driven society?

Due to what appears to be obvious pressure, the hard evidence of Driscoll’s plagiarism was removed from the show’s website.  But, never fear… I happen to have all of the evidence, and I’ll post them here for all to see.  We can’t let all of Janet Mefferd’s hard work go to waste just because the station she works for caved and compromised, can we?

Below are the attachments that show Mefferd’s hard work and diligence in tracking down Driscoll’s plagiarism.  He’s busted folks.  Cold!

Click on the links to all of the PROOF below.  If I find any more, I’ll post them.

Driscoll Plagiarism Proof 1.

Driscoll Plagiarism Proof 2.

Paul Crouch, Founder of TBN, Dies

Paul Crouch, founder of Trinity Broadcasting Network, has passed away.  Remember the Crouch family in your prayers, more specifically, that they would come to repentance.

It’s still too soon to tell, but all indications are that Matt Crouch will be at the reigns of TBN.  It will be interesting to see the direction things take with his young, unrestrained approach.  Interesting, indeed.

Click here for more information.