John on November 24, 2007 at 12:52 am
Recently I wrote about Senator Charles Grassley’s investigation of six televangelists including Benny Hinn and Kenneth Copeland. At the time there was no further information available about what prompted the investigations. It seemed to be coming out of the blue.
Now, thanks to the Dallas Observer, word is out that Ole Anthony, leader of the controversial Trinity Foundation that now publishes the Wittenburg Door, was behind it:
Grassley has sent letters to Benny Hinn, Kenneth Copeland, Paula White, Joyce Meyer, Bishop Eddie Long and Creflo Dollar demanding answers to detailed questions about their expenditures, financial practices, credit card statements and other personal information going back years. Anthony told reporters the Trinity Foundation gave Grassley enough material “to fill a Volkswagen.”
Anthony made a name for himself bringing down televangelist Robert Tilton in the 90s. Since then, former members of his group have described it as a cult. In fact, I removed The Door from our blog roll after reading about his “ministry” here.
Whatever the source, I’m glad Senator Grassley is investigating televangelist hucksters. As the current article points out however, Grassley should send one of his letters to Ole Anthony as well:
“What’s sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander,” says Doug Duncan, once Anthony’s right-hand man…Doug Duncan describes Trinity’s most egregious financial transgression as defaulting on $42 million in tax-exempt revenue bonds issued in 1998 for the organization’s purchase of 13 apartment complexes in Oklahoma City.
Anthony’s failure as a landlord could at least conceivably be seen as a noble effort. Not so with some of the other individuals Grassley is investigating. They prey on the needy in God’s name then spend lavishly on themselves, buying palatial estates, private jets, and luxury cars. In the process, they make Christianity risible to millions. The end of their carnival sideshow ministries can’t come soon enough for me.
For those that aren’t sure what the problem is, you can’t get clearer than this:
“No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other, or be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.”
It’s a real shame people like Benny Hinn have gotten away with this sort of thing for so long.
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