John on November 6, 2007 at 9:53 am
And he’s not alone either:
Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, the ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee, is investigating several major church-based ministries known for their leaders’ lavish lifestyles and prosperity teachings…
None of the ministries targetedâ€”those led by Kenneth Copeland, Creflo Dollar, Benny Hinn, Eddie Long, Joyce Meyer, and Randy and Paula Whiteâ€”are required to file the financial disclosure Form 990 with the IRS because they are are designated as churches.
Grassley “is not just asking them to come in and talk, he is asking them for everything,” Kenneth Behr, president of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability, told The Tampa Tribune, which in May ran a lengthy investigative report on the Whites’ Without Walls church and its finances.
The ministries have until December 6 to submit audited financial statements, compensation reports, records for ministry jet travel, and other documents. The Tampa Tribune has posted the letters to each ministry.
This is long overdue. Here’s hoping Grassley puts all these folks out of business.
[HT: Smart Christian]
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