Ministry Accountability – What Do Benny Hinn, Kenneth Copeland and Eddie Long Have In Common?

In an age of increased corporate accountability under the Sarbanes-Oxley rules, it seems that Senator Chuck Grassley, ranking member of the p0werful Senate Finance Committee, is seeking detailed information from six major ministries concerning the application and use of their members contributions.

From his news release on November 6th the following is stated: “Grassley has reviewed a wide range of non-profit issues over the last five years, first as Finance Committee chairman and now as ranking member. The committee has exclusive Senate jurisdiction over federal tax policy, including the policy governing the billions of dollars donated to and controlled by the nation’s tax-exempt groups.”

He goes further to say, “I’m following up on complaints from the public and news coverage regarding certain practices at six ministries,” Grassley said. “The allegations involve governing boards that aren’t independent and allow generous salaries and housing allowances and amenities such as private jets and Rolls Royces. I don’t want to conclude that there’s a problem, but I have an obligation to donors and the taxpayers to find out more. People who donated should have their money spent as intended and in adherence with the tax code.”

What do you think about Senator Grassley’s request? Do you feel that prosperity enjoyed by church leaders is unethical? Should the Government be involved in the affairs of the Church? Are these individuals being singled out or is there a broader issue at play?

Every choice has a consequence. Is it possible that opulent prosperity can go too far?

To read the news release see: http://www.senate.gov/~finance/press/Gpress/2007/prg110607.pdf

What do you think?

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7 Responses to Ministry Accountability – What Do Benny Hinn, Kenneth Copeland and Eddie Long Have In Common?

  1. Lee Elliott says:

    I applaud Senator Grassley. If these ministries don’t have anything to hide,then they have nothing to worry about. I use to support Joyce Meyers and bought alot of her material’s , but when I saw in the St. Louis paper the excesses in her and her husbands lifestyle, I was really disappointed in her. We should all start our own tv ministry and become rich, that way we don’t have to play the lottery. Who are these people? TV STARS and IDOLS. I know a well known minister in Tennessee who was a multimillionare before God called him into the ministry. Recently his daughter asked his supporters to send in money so the ministry could purchase him a new RV. Why doesn’t he use his own money? What a joke! His daughter should take the money there going to spend for an RV and use it to pay the people that work for there ministry a decent salary.Many Christians ministries insult there supporters and are a disgrace. God wake them up before it’s to late.

  2. LeRoy B. says:

    Senator Grassley is over-reaching his authority. This is not the role of the national government in the United States. I suppose tearing up the U. S. Constitution is an ethical choice. The fact that he is going after a particular vein of Christianity is also a sign of Grassley religious bigotry. And only six?

    Where are the civil libertarians? Where is there outrage.

    Obviously, Sen. Grassley has a lot of extra time on his hands — it seems that he is overcharging the American people for his services and taking money under false premises. He is the one who should be investigated — not these ministers.

  3. Ann says:

    Out ’em, Senator Grassley! Show the precious little widows what these men do with the mites they’re sent. May God have mercy on their blasphemous, twisted souls. They mock God by using His name to buy $3000 suits, and I pray His justice on them.

  4. Steve says:

    The response to greedy “ministers” is simple. Call them out! Keep them on the front page and in the nightly news! Sooner or later they will figure out they can’t hide. Thank you Senator Grassley.

  5. Robert Winkler Burke says:

    Bank Robbers, Donation Robbers – The moment a good citizen crosses the line and robs a bank he becomes a criminal. He becomes a marked man, a wanted man and a man who must pay his debts to society. This we know. But the moment a televangelist crosses the line and robs donations to become mega rich, he becomes a spiritual criminal. And he becomes a marked man, a wanted man and a man who must pay his debts to perhaps an even greater society. Because: He used his donor’s contributions – or public fame – for gross self enrichment instead of kingdom expansion. Such spiritual criminals then “protesteth too much” when accused. They often divert attention to good deeds they have done. This excuse doesn’t work with bank robbers. And good deed excuses excuse nothing with donation robbers either. Robbers must pay. This is a universal law.

  6. “Who are you going to believe, me or your own eyes?” This is the punch line to a joke about what a woman says to her husband who finds her in bed with another man. Or is it the reply prosperity preachers give their donors who see news spotlighting hidden ministry avarice? This archetype reply is funny because it works. But one wonders how long.

  7. buzzboy443 says:

    Here is another perspective you may want to consider. It is a blog entitled “Kenneth Copeland’s Jet” http://dougwead.wordpress.com/2008/04/12/kenneth-copelands-jet/

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