Creflo Dollar, senior pastor at World Changers Church International in Atlanta, has made an amazing change in his sermon, Media Take Out has learned. That’s what the pastor says now Christians are not “obligated” to pay tithing — and that his past messages saying otherwise were “wrong.”
Pastor Creflo told his congregation that some of his teachings about tithing were wrong. Dollar is known for promoting a prosperity gospel and made that confession in a sermon posted to YouTube on Sunday, June 26.
“I want to start by telling you that I’m still growing,” Dollar said after opening his sermon with prayer. “And that the teachings I have given on tithing in the past were not correct. And today I stand in humility to correct some things that I have taught and believed for years but could never understand clearly because I had not yet been confronted with the gospel of grace that made the difference.”
This is an amazing change in the message from Creflo – who was viewed as a controversial church leader for his prosperity gospel teaching.
In 2012, he was arrested for allegedly choking his 15-year-old daughter. Previously, Creflo was one of six televangelists who were the subject of a financial investigation led by Iowa Senator Charles Grassley. The investigation lasted more than three years and was completed with “no definitive findings of wrongdoing”. Benny Hinn and Kenneth Copeland were among the other TV evangelists under investigation.
Dollar promoted a Christian doctrine called the “Gospel of Prosperity,” a doctrine that God will bless those who follow Him. Often these blessings are financial and based on people’s faithful tithing to the Church.
Preaching the gospel of prosperity and receiving millions from his church members in tithes has made Creflo Dollar extremely wealthy. And he was explicit in his request. The pastor was criticized in 2015 for raising money for a private jet that cost over $60 million. His other assets included several expensive properties and two Rolls Royces.
Creflo Dollar did not ask forgiveness from his congregation for spreading false teachings about tithing. He said: “I’m not going to apologize because if I hadn’t walked that path I would never have ended up where I am now. But I must say that I am not at all ashamed to say to you: throw away every book, tape or video I have ever made on the subject of tithing unless it is consistent with it.”
Dollar said he had done some “corrective teaching” over the past 10 years, but “not to the extent” he wanted to preach this morning and for the next few weeks. The pastor did not list which of his previous teachings he was correcting, but said the church’s tendency to use fear and guilt to encourage tithing “needs to be corrected now.” Dollar did not blame his specific church for this error, but spoke generally of “the church.”
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