EVERYBODY has to pay the government. As a former member of a name it and claim it, money mongering church…I know that the federal government must be able to smell the many cash cow churches that are ripe for a tax shakedown milking. I hope they take these pastors for broke if they have not been giving Uncle Sam his just due. God knows there is an awful lot of money being given to these churches in the name of God. Someone should be holding them accountable…why not Congress. If you are not using the church’s money to feed the poor, spread the gospel, etc…what are you doing with it. If you are doing the Lord’s work…for real…why would it matter who sees your books. Rolls Royce for the Lord…yeah right! There needs to be a separation between church and “estate”, if you know what I mean!!!
From BET.com – Televangelist Creflo Dollar, who, under pressure from a leading U.S. senator, acknowledged that his Atlanta-based mega-church raked in a cool $69 million last year, is refusing to submit to any more congressional inquiries into his church’s finances without a subpoena from the IRS.
Dollar, pastor of World Changers Church International in College Park, Ga., is one of six TV preachers who were asked by Sen. Charles Grassley, the ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee, to submit full financial documents, showing salaries, luxury purchases, and even gifts to other preachers and the individuals who comprise their boards. The churches, whose pastors preach that God wants Christians to be wealthy, include Bishop Eddie Long, the only other African-American being probed and the leader of a huge church and ministry in Lithonia, Ga.
At first, Long agreed to “fully comply” with Grassley’s request. He now says that the investigation is “unjust,” “intrusive” and “an attack on our religious freedom and privacy rights.”
Grassley said his inquiry was triggered by complaints from various people who complained that many of the ministers were on spending sprees, buying everything from Rolls-Royces, colossal mansions and private jets to tailor-made suits and extravagant trips.
But Dollar says he questions whether Grassley’s request is even legal.\
Dollar’s attorney, Marcus Owens, is demanding that the Republican senator from Iowa seek a proper” request for information — one handled by the IRS.
“A referral would permit Senator Grassley and the Senate Finance Committee to discharge their obligation to oversee federal tax administration without running the risk of government entanglement in the Church’s religious beliefs and practices,” the letter said.