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Millionaire Pastor Creflo Dollar Asks Congregation For $65M Private Jet

Submitted by on March 15, 2015 – 11:12 amNo Comment

A megachurch pastor in Atlanta has asked his congregation for “love gifts” to purchase a Gulfstream jet valued at over $65 million. After receiving criticism for making the request of his largely impoverished congregation, Creflo Dollar‘s church website appears to have altered and then disabled the page.

Dollar issued the appeal last week after claiming that an engine on his current private jet had failed, forcing the pilot to make an emergency landing. The page on his website initially asked for 200,000 people to make donations of $300 or more, before switching the language to asking for any “love gifts.” Now, the page is disabled.

Dollar claims that he and the other pastors need the plane to travel for their extensive global ministry, and that they cannot use commercial flights because of the aid packages they deliver. But specs on the Gulfstream website suggest that the luxury G650 jet is not particularly suited to transporting large amounts of cargo, as opposed to passengers.

The minister is a major proponent of “prosperity gospel,” a philosophy that states God wants his followers to be wealthy, and that material wealth is a sign of God’s approval. Dollar is a native of College Park, an Atlanta suburb which is also home to his church and many of his congregants. The latest census data shows that the median household income there is $27,152, just over half that of Georgia as a whole, and 38.5% of the population in the city lives below the poverty line.

Dollar has refused to disclose his income or salary, but he is reported to own multi-million dollar homes in Atlanta, New York, and New Jersey.

[via AP]

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