Prosperity Pastor Creflo Dollar: Abusing the Gospel

Creflo Dollar | Prosperity Gospel Heresy. Wolves in Sheepp clothing.

Guilty as charged: Creflo Dollar has abused sounds Biblical doctrine.

The media has exploded with stories about the allegations of child abuse against Prosperity Gospel Pastor Creflo Dollar. Dollar was arrested after his 15-year-old daughter called the police alleging that he hit and choked her after a late night dispute in which the young girl wanted to go to a party and Dollar denied her request. While it may be convenient to jump on Dollar with absolute certainty that he is guilty of all allegations, we urge caution. It is important to not rush to judgment until the facts of the case have been brought to light. Pastor Dollar is entitled to due process under the law as any other person is and to his credit, Dollar stood before his church, specifically addressed the allegations against him and denied them. However, what is factual is that Dollar is a part of a long line of Prosperity Gospel preachers who take scriptures out of context to make a false doctrine that says that all Christians are entitled to immense wealth, mansions and all sorts of fame because of their faith in God and tithing. And it is clear that not only has this heresy been taught to his church but in his own family and the record label he owns as well, which is making music very similar to the Illuminati artists of the secular world.

When critiquing a pastor, it is important to distinguish their doctrine from accusations of misbehavior or criminal activity. This site has no judgment or opinion on the accusations against Dollar until the facts come to light in a court of law. However, Beginning and End strongly opposes the false gospel preached by Dollar. Dollar’s theology is primarily based on this idea: that by giving money to his ministry as a “tithe” the giver is demonstrating faith that will connect to an automatic material blessing from God. He bases this primarily on Genesis 14, where Abraham, the forefather of the nation of Israel (who at the time was called Abram, his original name before God renamed him), had just launched a successful military rescue of his nephew Lot and gave a tithe of the spoils of war to the High Priest Melchizidek:

“And the king of Sodom went out to meet him after his return from the slaughter of Chedorlaomer, and of the kings that were with him, at the valley of Shaveh, which is the king’s dale. And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of the most high God. And he blessed him, and said, Blessed be Abram of the most high God, possessor of heaven and earth: And blessed be the most high God, which hath delivered thine enemies into thy hand. And he gave him tithes of all.”  — Genesis 14:17-20.

According to Dollar, since Abram gave the tithe, he was immediately blessed by the High Priest and thus all people should give 10% of their income to his church to receive their blessings. As we covered in our article on the false teachings of Prosperity Preacher Joel Osteen, Dollar also teaches the heresy that God is in Heaven waiting to bless us but He cannot bestow a blessing until the tithe “activates” Him. Nowhere in the Bible was Abram commanded, as a principle, to give 10% of his “increase” to the Lord every week. He chose to do this one time act in faith and thanks to God for the victory in battle. What Pastor Dollar leaves out is that by this time, God had already blessed Abram. Additionally, this was not Abram’s income, it was the spoils of war. Reading a little more in the chapter reveals that Abram did not even want the spoils and gave all of the remaining 90% to the King of Sodom.

And the king of Sodom said unto Abram, Give me the persons, and take the goods to thyself. And Abram said to the king of Sodom, I have lift up mine hand unto the LORD, the most high God, the possessor of heaven and earth,  That I will not take from a thread even to a shoelatchet, and that I will not take any thing that is thine, lest thou shouldest say, I have made Abram rich:  Save only that which the young men have eaten, and the portion of the men which went with me, Aner, Eshcol, and Mamre; let them take their portion.

Abram did not even want these goods that belonged to his enemies. He was leaning and trusting on The Lord to provide for him and nothing else. An idea echoed by Jesus Christ below.


Misusing the Bible for Financial Gain

Money | Prosperity Gospel. Apostasy. False Prophets

Christianity is all about faith in Jesus Christ. Not “the Benjamins.”


“Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.” — Matthew 7:16.

In the video below, Dollar rips scripture out of context to once again put the focus on money:


The first sign that this is going to be a questionable sermon is that Dollar only quotes from the last two verses of a chapter in the Bible without giving the proper context of the rest of the chapter. This is a classic technique used intentionally and unintentionally by Pastors all over the world to appear that they are making a “Biblical” point because it is very easy to use Bible verses out of context to make any kind of point.  When studying scripture and understanding the Bible, context is very important to fully grasp what The Lord is communicating. The verses Dollar cites are:

I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:  That thou mayest love the LORD thy God, and that thou mayest obey his voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto him: for he is thy life, and the length of thy days: that thou mayest dwell in the land which the LORD sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them. — Deuteronomy 30:19-20

The context of Deuteronomy 30 is that God had finished giving the law to Moses to teach the people of Israel. In chapters 28 and 29, The Lord outlines the numerous blessings the nation of Israel would receive for following God’s commandments, along with warnings of curses. Israel was God’s chosen nation to deliver His law to the world. They were to be a shining example of what Godly living on Earth was to be. This came with great responsibility. Since they had the benefit of direct communication with God Almighty, the Israelites were held to a high standard before The Lord. And the earthly, material rewards they received were a product of meeting that special responsibility and sign to the world that God was with them (and would bless other nations as well if they followed Israel’s example). But the most important aspect of Israel’s relationship with God was their faith. In verses 17 and 18, the 2 verses right before Dollar’s quote, the Bible states:

But if thine heart turn away, so that thou wilt not hear, but shalt be drawn away, and worship other gods, and serve them; I denounce unto you this day, that ye shall surely perish, and that ye shall not prolong your days upon the land, whither thou passest over Jordan to go to possess it.

Christianity starts in the heart – with faith. That was God’s final and most important warning. So when God gets to that verses 19 and 20 He is talking about life and death as a result of choosing to believe in the God of the Bible or the false gods of the sinful world. If Israel was going to rebel against God they were going to be destroyed and spiritually lost. But if they had faith, they would reach the Promised Land and be saved. Dollar uses this verse to compare “life and death” to “prosperity and poverty” and tells his audience: “it’s your choice. God won’t make the decision for you.” This passage has nothing to do with “choosing wealth.” It is about faith in God. And then of course, it all comes back to tithing. Dollar says tithing “is the key to Kingdom empowerment. It is the master key..” He then explains that tithing gives a blessing to “have success above and beyond your natural abilities in every arena of life.” The problem here is that none of this is in the Bible. Like Joel Osteen and other false prophets, Dollar misuses the Bible to turn it into a “you can be a success!” book. The bible is about eternal success, not prosperity in the present world. Yet the prosperity Gospel brings it all back to money. It wrongly teaches that it is the tithe that brings blessings. It is the tithe that brings “anointing.” It makes money the key to bring the Kingdom of God.


Creflo Dollar Book | Prosperity Gospel. Apostasy. Wolves in sheep clothing.

The Christian life is led by Jesus and what He wants for your life.


Jesus said:

“Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: 20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: 21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.  The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.  But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!  No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and [money]”.  – Matthew 6:19-24.

Does this sound anything like the Prosperity Gospel? The current world is not Jesus’ Kingdom and Christians do not have to focus on material wealth here. The Bible says to not be concerned about money and the prosperity Gospel says “it’s all about money.” Jesus says you cannot serve God and money. The Prosperity Gospel says God cannot act to bless you until you have given money. The true Gospel says Jesus did all the work to earn eternal life, forgiveness and all the blessings a Christian receives. Creflo Dollar says that is on the shoulders of the Christian to not have any strife, envy or unforgiveness in their life in order for the Kingdom of God to operate. What Dollar is preaching is a false Gospel of works. It is requiring the believer to do numerous actions to make God act as opposed to simple faith and God blessing us out of love, not because “we earned it and he owes us.”  This is a critical concept to understand.  A Christian receives salvation by the belief in their heart, not by any actions. It is faith in the work Jesus Christ did on the cross that leads to eternal life, where all the greatest blessings reside. We are blessed not because we have tried so hard and have been so faithful but because Jesus has earned us those blessings.

Todd Friel of Wretched TV explains more of Dollar’s heresy in this video where cash is literally being thrown at the pulpit.

This embarrassing, awful display shows the heart of Dollar’s ministry: it is money-centered. Clearly this pushing the audience to covetousness. It is making faith all about getting “straight cash.” This is an unbiblical heresy. 1 Timothy 6 says:

If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness; He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings, Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.


But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and raiment let us be therewith content. But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.

Clearly, the sermon above is promoting the love of money. And it is wrongly promoting that “faith equals money blessings from God”, which is the exact opposite of what the Bible says. Christians are taught to be content at whatever economic status they happen to be at. And that being content is “godliness.”

Here is dollar during a sermon at Sunday service, fantasizing about wanting to shoot people who do not pay him their tithes.

Jesus never tithed in the Bible. The disciples never tithed. The Apostles never tithed. Tithing is only mentioned once in the New Testament and that is when Jesus was criticizing the Pharisees for their false piety. The New Testament scripture on giving is clear: Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of [out of compulsion]: for God loveth a cheerful giver. (2 Corinthians 9:7).  The tithe in the Old Testament supported the Levitical priesthood, the operation of the temple and provided for national feasts on Holy Days. There is no such command in the New Testament for Christians to tithe. Christian giving should be Spirit-led and done, in joy and not because we are forced to.Yet Dollar is preaching death to non-tithers.
Here Dollar says tithing can even lead to an unsaved person getting saved.

The Bible says: “faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the word of God.” It is the word that gives faith and Jesus who saves those believe in Him, not tithing.

Prosperity Gospel in the Family: Creflo Dollar’s Record Label


Dria Dollar | Creflo Dollar Abuse Scandal

Dria Dolla, Creflo’s daughter and artist on his record label, flashing a Satanic hand sign.

While the there are disputed details about what happened at Dollar’s house on the night in question, there is no debate that Dollar is spreading the prosperity message in his family. Pastor Dollar is the owner of Arrow Records (a subsidiary of Universal Music Group), a record label that makes Gospel and secular music. Dria Dollar, the Pastor’s daughter (this is not the daughter who alleged abuse) is an artist on the label and her music is full of the same love of money, flaunting of material wealth and foul language you would find in any hip hop video. Here is her video for “Rack City” (B&E: “Rack City” is a slang term for making a lot of money)”


In addition to bragging about her wealthy lifestyle, private jets and throwing money in the air just for fun, some of the lyrics included:

Don’t try to get on my level
thirsty hoes on my —   somebody pass me a bottle.
Until you meet me you don’t know what rich is…
I’m feeling good nothing on my wishlist
not to mention all these diamonds on my necklace,
I see them Ni— slobbing hoping they can get this..”
What needs to be remembered is that this not the product of a “rebellious teen” doing something crazy without her parent’s knowledge. Dollar’s daughter is one of the main artists being promoted by his Arrow Records label. Why would any Pastor promote music like this much less from his own children?
The Bible gives the qualifications for a man to become a pastor:

This is a true saying, if a man desire the office of a [pastor], he desireth a good work. A [pastor] then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach; Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous; One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity; (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?). – 1 Timothy 3.

From Dollar’s doctrine that is complete focused on money, excess and material gain, we know that he is teaching and preaching his flock to be covetous. And filthy lucre is the fuel of the prosperity Gospel – namely manipulating the Bible to make money.

Continue to pray for Dollar and his family to recover from this incident (once the legal process has properly run its course) and repent of a money-focused false teaching. The tithe is not the “Master Key” in Scripture. There is only one key, one Door and one Way – Jesus Christ The Lord. All salvation, blessings and riches come through our belief and faith in Jesus Christ, not in our own ability to give over 10% of our earnings to a ministry. If you are a follower of this doctrine, consider what Jesus says instead:

Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof. — John 6:31-34.


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  1. Sparrow says:

    I had him pegged years ago. About the only decent one on TBN is Hal Lindsey.


    • Dana Roberts says:

      Hal Lindsey? Have you read his book “Countdown to the 80’s?” Not good at interpreting Scripture. When he came to Boston to speak in the 1970s’ he told a Christian book store owner how many copies of his books they should order for the crusade . . . . case after case. The store sold very, very few. He was the leading writer of the decade. With the money made he invested much of it in long term investments. LONG TERM???? He told people not to send money to help the poor and suffering in the world. “Why help a sinking ship?” This is a teaching taught for many years at the Moody Bible Institute and some at Dallas Seminary. How can we deny the compassion of the Holy Spirit. The compassion of Christ?


  2. jameccia says:

    WOW! I’m shocked at the whole thing. Dollars daughter rapping? I’m really really shocked!!


  3. For more on the prosperity gospel, check out Exploring Prosperity Preaching: Biblical Health, Wealth, and Wisdom by Debra Mumford.


  4. I’ve heard preacjers teach that tithing is a principle found before the Law as an excuse to teach it as a universal principle that covers even the New Testament. As we know, tithing in Abraham’s day was never a commandment.

    However, there was a commandment that was before the Law and this was circumcision. As Paul teaches in Galatians, we do not need to obey that commandment found before the Law, when it comes to circumcision, if we are in Chirst. How much more are we not to obey the example of tithing before the Law?

    If the commandment before the Law doesn’t stand, it is a wrong to teach, tithing as a commandment for the believer, from Abraham’s example.

    Good post.



  5. Hey Beginning and End, the last video on this page was removed by the user and no longer works. Thought you would like to know.

    lol I act like I just met you and people would never know we just finished a long discourse on a different page. Nice post!


    • Hey how’s it going Peter. Thanks for the heads up. I guess maybe the word has gotten to Pastor Dollar that it’s probably not best to have videos of his record label’s main artist promoting the love of money, sin and profanity.

      Glad you enjoyed the post. Looking forward to more of your commentary. God bless!


    • Well I found another upload of the video so it’s back up.


  6. Duh!! His name is Crefloa Dolla. I don’t care what they do. I serve a BIG GOD and if you seek him he will show you the truth.


  7. Tithing is a command from God. It helps to keep the church going. I used to think that it wasn’t necessary anymore but certain occurrences recently proved me wrong. Please note that both the Old and New covenant stand today. Jesus came to fulfill the law, not to abolish it. However I do completely agree that the way most pastors preach tithing today is absolutely wrong.


  8. Tullies says:

    Wow. I am really really sad. I watch this Pastor every day on my computer and even though he has helped me a lot in getting closer with Jesus, I feel really betrayed right now. I hadn’t heard him preach about tithing until the broadcast I watched on Friday 3/8/2013. It kind of didnt sit with me well. He was preaching about the LORD wanting you to be wealthy and I thought to myself that’s not really what the LORD really wants. I mean, HE will take care of you in every matter of your life, but not the way the Pastor was saying. And then I heard the video of Dollar saying to shoot those who dont tithe? Wow. And what really did it is Pastor Dollar supporting his daughter in this rap song/video I watched on this site. I listen to rap, Tupac and all that, but not the Pastor supporting his daughter with those greedy and boasting lyrics???? I actually teared up right now. I feel very betrayed. I cannot trust man for sure. Just my only true Father, King of kings, GOD!


    • QueenDiva says:

      I know that it is not easy to always know who and what is right. Some of the preachers are now at a level, that they teach according to their experiences. And it almost sound like they are just trying to get money. But truth be told they are trying to tell you not to cursed. Lack of money is poverty, and that in itself is a curse. Now maybe what you don’t understand is that the purpose of you and I God’s children being wealthy is to promote the ways of the Kingdom of God in the earthly realm. FEEDING THE HUNGRY, HEALING TO THE SICK, WATER TO THE THIRSTY, IN ALL NECESSITY TO PROVIDE FOR THOSE THAT DO NOT HAVE, NOT FOR SELFISHNESS. You must know that the old covenant served its purpose. In the early church, people were giving all that they had, money houses, land, and everything that was of value. The new covenant is what we live by, but we must be led of the Spirit, for the scriptures says He will comfort us, and lead us in all ways of TRUTH. Acknowledge God in all of your ways and He will direct your path. Tithing is BIBLICAL, AND IT IS A PART OF WORSHIP. IT is not written in the new testament, but from personal experience I learned that the LORD honors it. It is a way to show GOD that we trust Him in every area of our lives. This worlds system is controlled by money. Most people put a great value and trust in Money (a god so to speak). Tithing allow us to show GOD that we trust Him more than we trust (money). The enemy in this time is trying the tactic of dis-crediting the teaching of tithing because once he has your trust, He is going to pull the rug out from under you. Some years back the Lord was teaching me that we have to place a no value, no trust in money. I was looking up a word in the dictionary one day, and I found — demonetization– and He told me to take away the influence, or value, or to convert the value or the purpose currently know as a means of exchange to a conduit (fountain) by giving tithes. While money is necessary to live in this world. The enemy in this time is sending STD’s satanic transmitted deception to turn the people away from GOD so that he can ensnare them with money. (rendering them poor, and lacking, in poverty there is sickness, disease, If it was not important or critical to tithe there would not be so much talk against it from the world. Don’t accepts STD’s SATANIC TRANSMITTED DECEPTION. We don’t love money we tithe and give it with understanding to keep a flow (currency) of more than enough from God. Finally we use it to be a blessing to others needs. This is Love, the very Spirit of God. HE GAVE AND WE DO WHAT THE FATHER DOES


      • Hi QueenDiva,

        Thanks very much for your comments. I do have some questions about what you wrote though and wanted to share them with you:

        ” Lack of money is poverty, and that in itself is a curse.”

        Where is this ever stated in Scripture? I am very confused by this statement even though I have heard it said by televangelists many times. Did Jesus The Lord have wealth? Did the Disciples? No they did not. They lived and traveled with little money, boarded as guests in people’s homes and had no fame or political clout in the world. So were they cursed?

        ” Now maybe what you don’t understand is that the purpose of you and I God’s children being wealthy is to promote the ways of the Kingdom of God in the earthly realm.”

        Again, where is this stated in Scripture? Jesus Christ actually said the exact opposite of this idea:

        And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: 21 Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.– Luke 17:20-21

        Notice that the Kingdom comes with no observation. People can’t just look and say “look at all that wealth. That person must be a part of the Kingdom of God.” The Kingdom is our repentance for sin and faith in Jesus Christ for salvation. And we bring that by sharing the Gospel. Helping the poor, providing water, etc. are all noble actions, but that is not what the Kingdom of God is about. That is not why Jesus Christ came to this Earth and died on the cross. He died on the cross so we would not have to go to hell and burn in the Lake of Fire for eternity for our sins. This is why The Lord says the kingdom is “in you.” The Kingdom cannot be observed because it is the faith in our heart. And when have it, Christ reigns in us.

        ” Tithing is BIBLICAL, AND IT IS A PART OF WORSHIP. IT is not written in the new testament, but from personal experience I learned that the LORD honors it. It is a way to show GOD that we trust Him in every area of our lives. “

        Just before this you said the old covenant had passed and was not in effect. So then why would tithing be necessary for a Christian? Clearly it’s not required, and you rightly pointed out, it’s never mentioned in the New Testament save once, when Jesus was criticizing the Pharisees. Nowhere in Scripture are we told that tithing is our trust. Our trust of God is in our heart through faith, not in our works. You are preaching a works-based Gospel, which is not the Biblical Gospel. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is based on faith – our full admission that there is NOTHING we can do but trust in the work of Jesus Christ. Jesus NEVER asked anyone to give money as a sign of their faith or trust. Nowhere in Scripture will you find men of God taking “seed money” from believers. This is a completely man-made doctrine and it is not a part of the Christian faith. If you think you can buy God’s honor and favor, you are not following the Gospel.

        We do not have to keep giving money to keep God on our side. He blesses us because he loves us. Look at Job. He was the holiest man on Earth at the time he was alive. On the entire earth! And he had immense wealth.

        “13 And there was a day when his sons and his daughters were eating and drinking wine in their eldest brother’s house: 14 And there came a messenger unto Job, and said, The oxen were plowing, and the asses feeding beside them: 15 And the Sabeans fell upon them, and took them away; yea, they have slain the servants with the edge of the sword; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee. 16 While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, The fire of God is fallen from heaven, and hath burned up the sheep, and the servants, and consumed them; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee. 17 While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, The Chaldeans made out three bands, and fell upon the camels, and have carried them away, yea, and slain the servants with the edge of the sword; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee. 18 While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, Thy sons and thy daughters were eating and drinking wine in their eldest brother’s house: 19 And, behold, there came a great wind from the wilderness, and smote the four corners of the house, and it fell upon the young men, and they are dead; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee.20 Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and fell down upon the ground, and worshipped,21 And said, Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord. 22 In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly. – Job 1

        Again, this was a man who God Almighty said was the most righteous man on the planet. And yet he lost it all. All his wealth and money, gone. Why? Becaus ehe stopped tithing? Because he lost faith? No. Not at all. God makes it rain on the just and the unjust alike. Christians have no guarantees of money in this world. And no “exchange plan” where we can tithe for blessings. Job summed up the Christian life when it comes to material wealth: “The Lord giveth and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of The Lord.” He did not run to go give a tithe, or offer money to his pastor. He simply worshiped God and trusted that even though he was in the worst part of his life, God was on the throne guiding everything according to His perfect Will.

        I just offer these things for your consideration. I can tell you are passionate about serving The Lord but just want to share what Scripture says on these very important issues. God bless.


  9. Please, please read Malachi 3:6-12. Thank You!


    • Hi Azad,

      Thank you for your comment. Malachi 3:6-12 has to be near the top of the list of Bible verses most used out of context. In order to understand that passage, we should know who The Lord is speaking to. And that is found in Malachi 2, where the beginning of the admonition of Chapter 3 starts:

      “And now, O ye priests, this commandment is for you.” – Malachi 2:1.

      The tithe in this passage was specifically a part of the law of Moses in the Old Testament for the ancient nation of Israel (as opposed to New Testament giving which is to be cheerful and done as the Spirit leads the individual to give). The money involved was used to purchase items for the operation of the temple for ritual sacrifices and worship. It had nothing to do with paying money to a priest. And there were certain priests responsible for taking part of the tithes and putting that in the “storehouse” for The Lord:

      And the priest the son of Aaron shall be with the Levites, when the Levites take tithes: and the Levites shall bring up the tithe of the tithes unto the house of our God, to the chambers, into the treasure house. — Nehemiah 10:38.

      The Hebrew word for “treasure house”, owtsar, is the same word translated as “storehouse” in the verse Eddie Long uses. So the priests themselves were required to tithe, giving portion of what they received in a special storehouse for God. And instead of putting their proper contributions into the storehouse, they were stealing it and thus “robbing God.” The passage in question is God scolding the priests for not acting Godly. But the Lord promises that if the sinful priests repented of their bad acts and started worshiping The Lord, He would then bless them. This verse has nothing to do with a general command to believers to tithe, nor does it have a “guarantee” of blessing for anyone who gives a tithe. A tithe, by Mosaic law, can only be given to a LEVITE. So if you are giving tithe to a non-Levite then you are operating contrary to God’s Word. Similarly, the tithe was to go towards the upkeep of the temple. The temple has not existed since 70 AD, so again, it is out of step with Scripture.

      Today, this passage from Malachi has been used over and over and over again by pastors to beat their congregations over the hear and accuse them of stealing from The Lord, in order to guilt them into giving them more money. This is not only unbiblical, it is sinful.

      If you have a different interpretation of Malachia 3:6-12, please feel free to share it. I would be glad to read it and respond.


  10. Thank you B&E for another quality post! As someone earlier mentioned catching on to the shuck ‘n jive of Dollars ministry early; our Holy Spirit helped me to stop watching too. For me, at a point in a good sermon where I felt an excellent time to glorify the LORD came, Dollar did not. If you prayerfully watch, you’ll notice how his ministry is not solely focused on God’s glory. Just a thought…


  11. Why do you consider giving tithes a big thing? And why do you yourself abuse the Bible by making a career out of it?


  12. Thank you for the article. These false teachers need to be exposed, regularly.

    Incidentally, the “hand sign” that his daughter is using is the ASL (American Sign Language) gesture for love. It is not a satanic hand sign.



  13. The sign she’s flashing is the “I Love You” sign, not the “horns” or “rock on”. Whether she meant it that way or not, she’s doing “I Love You”.


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  15. ACTS 4:12 says:
  16. Jesus picked the twelve disciples and commissioned them to go and tell the greatest story ever told, how Jesus Christ died a cruel death on Calvary for the sins of the world. What might appear remarkable to some is that there was no ‘big budget’ plan, no private jets, no T.V. stations to promote the events, no traditional or digital media, no T.V. Specials. In the natural world we would say about all of this, that it’s a recipe for disaster. It couldn’t possibly work.

    But these men, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, wrote the four gospels. John wrote Revelation and Paul wrote two thirds of the New Testament. All of this is still being read today by Christians in the Christian church worldwide. So what do these men have that we don’t have in the Christian world now? The answer is quite simply…. the anointing and dedication to the Love of Jesus Christ ….. and it works, obviously.

    The problem in the church today is that the belief is that they must have large auditoriums, packed to bursting, with attendees praying for revival for the world. The point that is clearly being missed at these convivial gatherings of church Pastors, Assistant Pastors and Christian leaders is… God Has already sent His Son Jesus Christ to die on Calvary…. and He’s NOT going to do anything else.

    It has not yet dawned on the church that they need first a revival of the heart and not of the head for His harvest to be brought in. We pray about the harvest. We talk about the harvest. We sing and dance about the harvest… but though the fields are ripe there is still no harvest.

    So what do we do? Certainly, we do not need bigger and bigger supersonic jets. We don’t need big budget plans. We just need the anointing of God and the dedication that these disciples manifested because they DID bring in the harvest – with nothing.

    It is time to stop singing and go out and preach the true Gospel and that is Christ and Him Crucified, in your own church and your own town. Bring to your church, for a change, the people who do NOT know Jesus and this could include your brothers and sisters in your own home.
    Stop getting fat on Pastor’s teachings which in many cases are not based on the Word of God but on the precepts of mens teachings about the acquisition of material gain.

    We must stop talking endlessly about these prosperity gospels. We are not against them but they are saturating the airwaves, on radio, T.V., the Internet, all media – continuously begging for donations – apparently for revival. How come the disciples never had any personal wealth? They brought in one of the greatest harvests ever and one that still reverberates ‘till this very day.


  17. This man is a con artist. He is one of many that find the field of televangelism rich and full of opportunity. It’s a damned shame to see people struggling to find theological arguments to counter folks such as this. theo-babble is what gives him the opportunity to begin with,


  18. I am posting from Africa, Nigeria to be precise.. May the GOD who created the heavens and the earth bless you B&E. I am happy and filled with tears of joy that at last i have found someone who has this same views as me on issues of Life. I am sure wyou agree with me that we both do not take credit for our godly view of life but that its d Spirit working in us. Pls work on this Nigerian pastor- Bishop David Oyedepo. He is also a prosperity preacher and je is misleading people. Also pls try to create more awareness about youe website . You are blessed.


  19. This is all a lie about Pastor


  20. This is an UTTER LIE about CREFLO DOLLAR. d devil is using people to spoil his name. so that people will not hear his teachings n learn how to recieve miracles.I regularly watch his teaching on tv n internet n ifeel thoroughly Blessed my heart mind n way of thinking n believing has greatly been helped.i never felt he is after money in his teachings.n wat he teaches is in line wid wat JESUS taught me to Believe n recieves amazing MIRACLES n MANIFESTATIONS. Wat he preaches is in line wid GOD’s word D HOLY BIBLE.


    • Hi Olivia,

      Thanks for your comments. If there is a particular part of the article that you think is a lie, please feel free to point it out. I will be glad to explain how I reached my conclusions. God bless. -B&E


  21. Tithes were a Hebrew temple custom, mainly food and used to distribute to the poor and have feasts. Free will offerings are the only thing under the new covenant. No one should be preaching asking for money. I am appalled that even non prosperity churches often get in a financial bind and the pastor will preach a sermon on thithing.
    I have heard some sermons go as far as to call members criminals if they don’t tithe 10% of their paycheck and any other income. They use Malachi of course, which again was dealing with the Jewish temple. It has nothing to do with churches. It is used out of context just as the prosperity preachers use it.
    What gets me is how the audience reacts like it’s a concert, not a sermon. they throw money on stage. It is like throwing offerings to a false god, and in fact they are giving to a false god because the ‘Jesus’ preached by these men is ANOTHER Jesus, a FALSE Christ, and another gospel, of which the Bible warns about numerous times.

    “But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.
    And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.
    And through covetousness (greed) shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.”
    (2 Peter 2:1 – 3)
    “I marvel that you are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel”
    (Galatians 1:6)


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