“Prosperity preacher” Creflo $ Dollar abruptly dropped plans to
fleece ask his parishioners to donate $300 each to purchase a $65 million private jet so he and his inner circle can travel lavishly like world leaders.
Dollar dropped his plans after the weight of public criticism fell upon him.
Gospel singer Kirk Franklin said: “When I camouflage my ‘greeds’ to look like ‘needs,’ that’s a shortage of character.”
Last night, the much anticipated gospel-themed reality TV show, Sisterhood (formerly Preacher Wives), premiered on the TLC network following the debut of T Boz’ new reality show, Totally TBoz.
According to Miss Jia, “the show takes an interesting look into the lives of 5 “first ladies” who stand by their pastor hubbies through thick and thin. Based in Atlanta, GA, the ladies of the show promise to give us a real, no holds barred look into what it’s really like to hold down a household and lead a church by example.”
Greg McDowell reportedly saw his killer approach before he was gunned down as he led Bible study at Creflo Dollar’s World Changers church in College Park on Wednesday. McDowell, 39, was pronounced dead at South Fulton hospital following the 10:30 a.m. shooting. The suspected shooter, Floyd Palmer, 59, was taken into custody hours later outside Macy’s at Lenox Square Mall in Buckhead, north of Atlanta.
Court records obtained by WSB-TV reveal the former World Changers employee was committed to a mental hospital in Baltimore, Maryland in 2001 after pleading not criminally responsible for shooting another man.
A witness told WSB-TV that Palmer followed the unidentified man outside and shot him for no apparent reason.
Court records show Palmer was released from the mental hospital a year later with unspecified 5 year conditions. The 2001 victim is paralyzed, according to a family member.
Update: An arrest has been made in the fatal shooting of a minister at Creflo Dollar’s megachurch in College Park early Wednesday. The shooting occurred inside the old chapel on the campus of World Changers church around 10:30 a.m.
According to witnesses, Greg McDowell, a 39-year-old volunteer prayer leader at the church was shot inside the old chapel — not in the famed World Changer’s chapel, where Bible study was being held. McDowell was transported to South Fulton hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Wsbtv.com reports that 52-year-old Floyd Palmer was taken into custody an hour ago at Macy’s in the Lenox Square Mall in Buckhead, north of Atlanta.
U.S. Marshals joined with the county SWAT team in the massive manhunt for the shooter.
Rev. Ike, one of the original “prosperity preachers” has died at age 74. A family spokesman said Rev. Ike, real name Frederick J. Eikerenkoetter, died in a L.A. hospital of complications from a stroke which he suffered two years ago.
Rev. Ike preached prosperity (blessings of abundant wealth) through giving more than the expected small percentage of income (tithing). In his heyday, Rev. Ike raked in millions from his parishioners while living in opulence with a stable of women and Rolls Royce’s.
Rev. Ike was the predecessor to modern day prosperity preachers like Creflo Dollar, a College Park Televangelist who was recently slapped with a multimillion dollar lawsuit for fraud.