Pastor Creflo Dollar and Abuse: The Blindness of Idolizing Man
UPDATE Sept 2021: I have come to believe that Jeff Crippen does not practise what he preaches. He vilely persecuted an abuse victim and spiritually abused many other people in the Tillamook congregation. Go here to read the evidence. Jeff has not gone to the people that he spiritually and emotionally abused. He has not apologised to them, let alone asked for their forgiveness.
The following comes from a news article (link below) taken from Fox News today. As you read, carefully consider in particular the statement that I have bold-faced, and then let’s think seriously about what happens when people turn a church leader into an idol:
COLLEGE PARK, Ga. – Megachurch pastor Creflo Dollar has taken to his pulpit to deny punching and choking his 15-year-old daughter, telling his congregation the allegations made in a police report are nothing but “exaggeration and sensationalism.”
“I will say this emphatically: I should have never been arrested,” Dollar said Sunday in his first public appearance two days after police charged him with misdemeanor counts of simple battery and cruelty to children.
The pastor got an enthusiastic ovation from the packed church as he took the pulpit at the World Changers Church International in the Atlanta suburb of College Park. He addressed the criminal charges head-on for several minutes before moving on to his sermon.
“I want you all to hear personally from me that all is well in the Dollar household,” Dollar said.
The 50-year-old Dollar is one of the most prominent African-American preachers based around Atlanta, with 30,000 members in the Atlanta area and a ministry of satellite churches across the U.S.
He was arrested after his 15-year-old daughter called 911 at about 1 a.m. Friday and told a Fayette County sheriff’s deputy that she and her father argued when he said she couldn’t go to a party. A police report says the girl told a deputy her father charged at her, put his hands around her throat, began to punch her and started hitting her with his shoe. The deputy noted a scratch on her neck….
Alright then. Here are the adoring throngs, applauding a man who has just been thrown in the slammer for assaulting his daughter. Enthusiastic ovation. What are the dynamics of this? The masses must laud their leader. He cannot be wrong. The thing cannot be admitted. Else all else will crumble, and the masses like what they have. So, when he stands up in front of them, fresh from the Atlanta jail, he simply need tell them “all is well in my household.”
All is well? Give us a break! All is obviously not well in a home where the children feel the need to call 911, tell the police that dad choked them out, and dad gets arrested. Even if the whole thing is a false charge, invented and conspired by wicked children who are ticked off at dad because he won’t let them go party, all is not well in that household! All is not perfect in my home, but you don’t see the police showing up here and me having to get bailed out of jail. What this pastor should have done is announced his leave/resignation or whatever until this entire matter is concluded and his claimed innocence is proved.
You can be sure that there will be more to this story. This is the blindness of the idolatry of a man and it serves to hide evil very effectively. I pray that the Lord will shine His light and reveal all that is wicked in that place for all to see.
In the meantime, I wonder how many people in that church will be going to this pastor for counseling? Oh, and by the way — I wonder how this all is going to affect the sales of his books on marriage and family, such as The Successful Family. Here is the summary of that book which appears on his website:
The Successful Family
Do you know the basic needs of men and women? Are you making the most of your single life? Have you discovered ways to divorce-proof your marriage or to have a victorious blended family? The Successful Family: Everything You Need to Know to Build a Stronger Family by Dr. Creflo A. Dollar and Taffi L. Dollar, is a comprehensive guide on the family. With practical exercises, personal accounts and a solid biblical foundation, The Successful Family is a must-have for every home. Order your copy today!
Right, I will get right on that!!