ATLANTA–Evangelist Creflo Dollar has chosen to back out of his campaign for a new private jet amid backlash. “There is no campaign for a jet,” and there will be no campaign for a jet in the future, says Juda Engelmayer, Dollar’s publicist.
Dollar came under fire for asking his congregation for $65 million earlier this month to fund his private jet for traveling to evangelize.”If all of our existing partners were to sow $300 each, from all over the world, we’d be able to acquire this jet in a very, very short period of time,” says Rick Hayes, project manager.
There was once a video but it has since been removed. But leave it to our social media and digital world, there is a copy of it on Youtube.
But the campaign was probably just a smoke screen. According to his supporters Dollar, has just purchased a beautiful $8 million home in Georgia. Although he is worth 27 million of his own money, according to sources; he has had a long standing ‘building fund’ for a new hi-tech church right outside of Atlanta.
The problem is, where the church was once surveyed to be built is not where a church stands today. It’s his new mansion.
“He got us going with all his talk about a new and improved church that would create jobs and would make his church goers safer, but that was obviously untrue.” said one church member who wanted to remain anonymous.
It was said the Dollar’s plan was discovered by his members, but at that time it was too late. ground had already been broken on the new facility and funding was about complete.
One member who found out about the mess, actually called the authorities on Creflo and filed a police report stating that he had physically taken the money from the churches safe.
Creflo turned himself in (Evident by his mugshot) and was released when the charges were rescinded.
“I am not sure which is crazier—that Dollar insisted on being treated like the king of a small country, or that his church-owned PR firm didn’t realize this inane fund-raising plan would backfire,” Lee Grady writes for Charisma.