“A warm welcome to Zingcreed, the unique blog in which an English atheist-cum-socialist looks for paths to Jesus.
One of the first things that became clear as crystal when I started to reread the gospels was that Jesus took the side of the poor, the destitute, the marginalised and the exploited members of his community. In one memorable aphorism he says it is easier for a camel to get through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. This blog has always given prominence to the acts and words of those of Jesus’ followers who voluntarily embrace poverty or act in solidarity with the oppressed in our world today. That’s because I think that’s where you will find Jesus today. As the following article shows, there are many preaching in his name who take quite a different attitude to money. Indeed they see prosperity as a sign of God’s blessing, and a person’s poverty as a sign of divine displeasure. Let’s take a brief look at how much money they skim off their followers in the pews. It’s a disgrace!
Peter Turner, M.A., M.Sc.”
Billy Graham is worth $25 million, which comes from his books and preaching engagements. To his credit he bailed out Martin Luther King when he was locked up, and always refused to preach in racially segregated churches in the US.
His son Franklyn Graham pulls in $1 million per annum.
The black US preacher Al Sharpton is worth $5 million.
Also, US black preacher ‘Bishop’ T.D.Jakes (who was once arrested for indecent exposure) is worth 18 million dollars.
In Nigeria, where many of the world’s richest preachers operate, T.B. Joshua is worth between $10 and $15 million.
It’s no wonder Joel Osteen always has a smile on his face: he’s got $56 million and his mansion is worth another 10. He has no theological training and runs his empire as a family business.
Matthew Ashimolowo from Nigeria,who runs London’s Kingsway International Christian Centre, has $6-10 million.
Kenneth Copeland is worth a massive 750 million dollars and has a private plane valued at $17.5 million which he keeps on his own private airstrip, plus a $6 million lakeside mansion on his 1500 acre church campus.
Civil Rights leader and Baptist preacher Jesse Jackson is worth $10 million.
Appropriately named Creflo Dollar has earned $27 million dollars from his Christian activities. He was once arrested for stealing church tithes.
Ed Young pulls in over $1 million p.a. which helps pay for his $8 million private jet.
Chris Oyakhilome from Nigeria has between $30 and 50 million dollars.
John Hagee – $5 million.
Benny Hinn, the Israeli faith healer who was being serenaded by the Prime Minister last time I was in Trinidad, earns $42 million.
Rick Warren’s “purpose driven” life has so far netted him $25 million. He and his wife live on 10% of their income and give the rest to a charity they run.
Enoch Adiboye has $50-150 million.
Eddie Long has prised $5 million out of his parishioners’ pockets.
David Oyedepo of Nigeria tops the list with $150 million.
Charles Blake makes $900,000 per year.
Chris Okotie of Nigeria is worth between 3 and 10 million dollars.
The only woman on the list, Dr Cindy Trimon (?),has made $15 million.
Not quite the only woman: here’s Joyce Meyer: 8 million and a private jet.
And Juanita Bynum, 10million.
Last but not least comes the infamous Pat Robertson, who uses his 100 million to propagate such views as “All natural disasters are caused by sin.” He owns CBN (the Christian Broadcasting Network) which sows his seeds in 180 countries worldwide. It is the world’s largest christian braoadcaster. He also finances the CRO (Christian Right Organisation) which funds conservative political candidates.
The sums mentioned are estimates. People this rich are not noted for saying where their wealth comes from or what they spend it on. Has any one of them given their wealth to the poor so that they will get a place in the kingdom of heaven? (Joke.) As long as believers are credulous suckers they will always get fleeced.
Sources: (i) viralmozo.com/2015/11/02/21_richest_…….
(ii) cooler convo.com “The shocking wealth of the top 10 televangelists”