Sunday 22 March 2015

Kirk Franklin Criticizes Pastor Who 'Wants People to Buy Him a Private Plane;' Says It's Passing 'Greeds' as 'Needs'

Gospel star Kirk Franklin fired wincing shots at "a pastor who wants people to buy him a private plane" Monday, the same day popular televangelist Creflo Dollar abandoned an appeal to the public to help him purchase a $65 million luxury G650 airplane for his ministry.

"When a pastor wants people to buy him a private plane while a missionary in Somalia bathes children with sores, that's a shortage of character. When I camouflage my 'greeds' to look like 'needs,' that's a shortage of character," wrote Franklin in a blog post on Patheos titled "The High Cost of Character."

As public outrage grew last Friday over an appeal from Dollar, who is founder of World Changers Church International, to raise $65 million from 200,000 people to purchase a luxury Gulfstream G650 airplane, his ministry confirmed that he was traveling "commercial."
Things got even worse Monday as word of the campaign, which was first reported by The Christian Post, grew even louder forcing Dollar's ministry to put an end to the donation request.
"There is no campaign right now," said Juda Engelmayer of 5W Public Relations, which represents Creflo Dollar Ministries, in an interview with CP Monday. The website hosting the campaign page was also deactivated.
Despite ending the campaign, however, Engelmayer further explained that while Dollar was now focused on preaching about Jesus and the Bible and was looking to move on from the fiasco, if he comes across a "properly priced" jet he is still open to acquiring it.

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