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
“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.
“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
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.