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    Following is an alphabetical list of popular word-faith ministers who have used television to build large followings:

    Juanita Bynum

    Headquarters: Waycross, Ga.

    Reach: Her program, "Weapons of Power," is seen worldwide on TBN; she holds conferences throughout the United States.

    Wealth: No information available.

    In the news: In April, Bynum married Thomas Wesley Weeks III in the palatial Regent Wall Street Hotel in New York City. The ceremony featured a wedding party of 80, a platinum-colored satin bridal gown with a bodice covered in Swarovski crystals and a 7.76-carat diamond ring.

    Kenneth and Gloria Copeland

    Headquarters: Fort Worth, Texas

    Reach: Ministry Web site says its TV show, "Believer's Voice of Victory," is seen by more than 76 million households on nearly 700 U.S. stations. Show also airs on about 135 international stations.

    Wealth: A ministry official estimates the ministry's annual revenue at $70 million.

    In the news: In June, the Copelands joined four other TV preachers who gathered around Oral Roberts, 85, considered the grandfather of the prosperity gospel, to pray for healing the failing founder of the university that bears his name.

    Jan and Paul Crouch

    Headquarters: Costa Mesa, Calif.

    Reach: The Crouches are owners of Trinity Broadcast Network, the world's largest Christian TV network. TBN reaches millions of viewers on more than 5,000 TV stations and 33 international satellites around the world.

    Wealth: The Crouches and their son Paul Crouch Jr. said they earned a total of $855,000 last year. TBN's annual income exceeds $100 million a year, according to the Los Angeles Times. The ministry provides the Crouches a $10 million, 80-acre, eight-home ranch near Dallas and two Land Rovers that the Crouches drive. In 2001, the couple bought a $5 million oceanfront estate in Newport Beach, Calif.

    In the news: The ministry recently purchased the Nashville, Tenn., home and estate of the late country music performer Conway Twitty and opened Trinity Music City USA as a tourist attraction there.

    Creflo Dollar

    Headquarters: College Park, Ga.

    Reach: Dollar's "Changing Your World" TV program on TBN reaches 150 countries.

    Wealth: The ministry's income is unavailable, but newspaper accounts say the ministry paid $18 million in cash for his new 8,000-seat World Changers Church International on the southern edge of Atlanta. He drives a black Rolls-Royce and travels in a $5 million private jet.

    In the news: Dollar's ministry became a focus of a court case involving boxer Evander Holyfield in 1999. The lawyer for Holyfield's ex-wife estimated that the fighter gave Dollar's ministry $7 million. Dollar refused to testify in the case.

    Marilyn Hickey

    Headquarters: Denver

    Reach: Her TV show, "Today with Marilyn," on the TBN and Black Entertainment Television networks can be seen around the world. She has offices in England, South Africa and Australia, and is on the board of Oral Roberts University.

    Wealth: Her ministry occupies a 260,000-square-foot former shopping mall in Denver. No information on ministry or her personal wealth is available.

    In the news: She has been dubbed the "fairy godmother of the word-faith movement" and "the mistress of mail-order madness," by the Texas-based Christian Sentinel, a ministry that monitors what it calls "religious deception." Hickey got the "mistress" name for her use of trinkets - blessed cornmeal, cloths, seeds and coins - sent out to followers to urge them to send in money.

    Benny Hinn

    Headquarters: Grapevine, Texas

    Reach: Hinn's "This is Your Day" program is seen throughout the United States and in nearly 200 foreign countries.

    Wealth: The ministry took in $60 million in 2001. A news story earlier this year in the Colorado Springs Gazette said annual income now exceeds $90 million. Hinn told CNN in 1997 that he drew an annual salary of $500,000 to $1 million a year. He has a $3.5 million home in the Los Angeles area and drives an $80,000 Mercedes-Benz G500.

    In the news: A "Dateline" segment on NBC examined five of Hinn's faith-healing "miracles," showing that none of the people was cured and that one woman with lung cancer died nine months later.

    Rodney Howard-Browne

    Headquarters: The River at Tampa Bay, Tampa, Fla.

    Reach: His live broadcasts from his River at Tampa Bay Church stream online on his Internet site www.revival.com and can be seen worldwide.

    Wealth: He and his wife, Adonica, oversee his $16 million church, which they founded in 1996. The couple live in a six-bedroom, four-bath lakefront home on Cory Lake in northwest Tampa. The home includes a dock, spa, pool and gazebo.

    In the news: Howard-Browne has called himself the "bartender of holy laughter." Holy laughter was a controversial movement that swept evangelical circles in the mid-1990s. He would walk on stage laughing uncontrollably. The congregation would begin laughing. Howard-Browne would sweep his arm toward the crowd. People would appear "drunk on the Holy Spirit" and slide out of their chairs or dance in the aisles.

    T.D. Jakes

    Headquarters: Dallas

    Reach: Jakes' "The Potter's House" TV program is seen throughout the world on TBN and Black Entertainment Television. His ministry boasts more than 26,000 members. A rally at the Georgia Dome in 1999 drew more than 100,000 people.

    Wealth: He has mansions in Charleston, W.Va., and Dallas.

    In the news: Called the best preacher in America by Time magazine in 2001.

    Robert Tilton

    Headquarters: Miami

    Reach: He once ran his Farmers Branch Church in Dallas before scandal toppled it in the early 1990s. His show now airs on Black Entertainment Television and has a potential audience of 74 million homes.

    Wealth: He is building a two-story home on a $1.39 million oceanfront lot on an island in Biscayne Bay off Miami Beach, and his ministry owns a 50-foot yacht. His ministry takes in about $24 million a year.

    In the news: Tilton is rebounding after his ministry collapsed in scandal a decade ago amid news reports that prayer requests he said he personally prayed over were found in a trash bin after the money, food stamps and rings had been removed.

    Randy and Paula White

    Headquarters: The Without Walls International Church, Tampa, Fla.

    Reach: The "Paula White Today" TV show can be seen worldwide on TBN and Black Entertainment Television. The ministry's Operation Explosion travels into public housing complexes with "rolling theatre-style pink trucks" to share Christianity in a Nickelodeon-type program for underprivileged children.

    Wealth: The Whites live in a $2.1 million, 8,000-square-foot home facing Tampa Bay. Their ministry owns a jet airplane, a Cadillac Escalade and a Mercedes-Benz sedan.

    In the news: Paula White calls Joyce Meyer her mentor; Meyer visited their church in September.
    WDJD - what DID Jesus do

    He died on a cross for our sin and rose from the dead,
    securing, for all who believe, eternal life and forgiveness of sin

    Toolman

  • #2
    So, whats you point? Can't ministers be rich?

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Peaceful Wisdom
      So, whats you point? Can't ministers be rich?
      Obviously they can and very extravagently rich!

      2 Corinthians 2:17 - Unlike so many, we do not peddle the word of God for profit. On the contrary, in Christ we speak before God with sincerity, like men sent from God.

      1 Timothy 6:5 - and constant friction between men of corrupt mind, who have been robbed of the truth and who think that godliness is a means to financial gain.
      WDJD - what DID Jesus do

      He died on a cross for our sin and rose from the dead,
      securing, for all who believe, eternal life and forgiveness of sin

      Toolman

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      • #4
        Well I can't speak for all of those ministers. But I do know that quite a few of them make their profits from books they write and sell, speaking engagements, etc. It's not money their taking from the church or anything like that. Of course they make a salary from preaching, but I think the majority of their wealth comes from other sources. I don't see anything wrong with this. They are using their talents AND helping others in the process, often bringing at one time hundreds to Christ.

        To me this is noble, when there are so many self-proclaimed Christians who are stealing from the company they work for and in the process putting many others out of work.

        These ministers have to live also, and if they are successful, ethical and moral at what they do -- God Bless each and every one of them!

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        • #5
          I don't know, but I think that when someone begs for money so that they can help the poor, or spread the Gospel, and they ask you for say a donation of 50 dollars, and they say how much that 50 can do to help further the cause, and they drive a car that cost 2 times as much as my house, it makes me wonder where their heart is. To me $50 is alot of money, but I think that someone that can justify owning a private jet, or million dollar home would think nothing of $50. I just don't understand either if they are having say a drive to raise a certain amount of money, because they so desperatly need it, why don't they take a pay cut, or sell off their mercades to help cover costs, if the thing they are asking for the money for is so important to them, why don't they give more to it, rather than living in the lap of luxury. I don't think they should live in a cardboard box or anything, but I think most people can manage with out a yacht, of private, or multi million dollar home. These things are not necsessitites in life, yeah they may make things easier, but are not needed to live, or do your job.

          But hey, I don't know maybe they give their 10% and the rest is theirs.
          BGTF

          Eph 2:8

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          • #6
            HMMMM....How much money does Billy Graham have? Or Hank Hanegraff???

            Melissa made an excellent point, that the above people are all authors and as authors, the profits they make are theirs, not the ministries. I see you listed how much comes in to the ministry...where's the list about how much goes out? How do you know how much they give personally?

            Ministers who travel all over the world probably SAVE money by the ministry owning a private plane. Do you have any idea how much plane tickets cost? And all the ministry supplies and Bibles they take are probably easier to take on their own plane.

            The only point I see of this thread is to cast stones at people who are "big name" in the ministry.
            I've been gone a long time. Been thru a lot....am a mess.

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            • #7
              Coll-- I reallly like your reply. This discussion reminds me of Billy Graham's wife refusing to keep fur coats that one of her friends kept giving her (I'm paraphrasing here). Basically, her friend wanted Mrs. Graham to be warm and also to have something really nice, but Mrs. G (her name is Ruth, isn't it?) would just give the coats aways because (1) other people needed it more than her (2) she didn't want others thinking that she was the next Tammy Fae Baker.

              Being a teacher of the scripture means that others will judge you harshly. I think that's why I cringe whenever I hear of rich evangelists. Corrie ten Boom only lived out of her suitcase-- Paul only carried the clothes on his back... Money opens the door to greed and power-- I'm skeptical about teachers/leaders who don't mind being tempted by money.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by P.P.P.
                HMMMM....How much money does Billy Graham have? Or Hank Hanegraff???

                Melissa made an excellent point, that the above people are all authors and as authors, the profits they make are theirs, not the ministries. I see you listed how much comes in to the ministry...where's the list about how much goes out? How do you know how much they give personally?

                Ministers who travel all over the world probably SAVE money by the ministry owning a private plane. Do you have any idea how much plane tickets cost? And all the ministry supplies and Bibles they take are probably easier to take on their own plane.

                The only point I see of this thread is to cast stones at people who are "big name" in the ministry.
                Billy Graham has limited his salary to 80K for many years. He chooses to live above reproach, since he makes his living preaching the Gospel.

                The reason we don't know how much the salaries, out going giving, etc. of most of these ministries is because they will not submit to an independent audit and disclosure of said funds.
                WDJD - what DID Jesus do

                He died on a cross for our sin and rose from the dead,
                securing, for all who believe, eternal life and forgiveness of sin

                Toolman

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                • #9
                  I like J. Wesley's saying,

                  "make as much money as you can,
                  save as much money as you can,
                  give as much money as you can"

                  <that's the jest of it it I believe>

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                  • #10
                    Christianity today article on Hanegraaff and CRI:

                    http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2003/008/6.19.html
                    WDJD - what DID Jesus do

                    He died on a cross for our sin and rose from the dead,
                    securing, for all who believe, eternal life and forgiveness of sin

                    Toolman

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                    • #11
                      These people are so obvious. They are false teachers. The whole punch line that they go by is, to send in your seed money and God will take away all of your problems. Send in your send money and you will be rich ,
                      happy and have no health problems. You know they seldom preach the Gospel of Christ, just send in your money. They have done so much damage to poor people that it's heart breaking.

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                      • #12
                        I really don't know any of these people, I do know that I have heard wonderful things about all of them and horrible things about all of them. Like I said, maybe they give their tithe, and they feel thats what God wants them to give back.

                        It may well be less expensive to have your own plane if you travel alot, I wouldn't know really, I don't go further than my car will take me most of the time. I don't get out much, lol

                        does anyone really need a mercedes, would not any other car of the same size and, say, half the price do just as well?

                        Also if they will not allow themselves to be audited, that makes me wonder if they are hiding something, maybe they are not, but how does God look at that, them keeping their money matter secret? I don't know if there is scripture obout that.

                        I don't have a problem with them having money really, it just doesn't appear to me that they are being good stewards. That really is my point I guess, to me a mercedes is a status symbol, its not even a car.


                        Love,
                        Coll
                        BGTF

                        Eph 2:8

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                        • #13
                          excerpt from an article on Billy Graham:

                          "Early on, Graham put himself on a modest salary and abolished "love offerings" -- donations made during and at the end of crusade services. He accepts no speaking fees or honoraria and has given away his book royalties."

                          http://www.midtod.com/9612/billygraham.phtml
                          WDJD - what DID Jesus do

                          He died on a cross for our sin and rose from the dead,
                          securing, for all who believe, eternal life and forgiveness of sin

                          Toolman

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                          • #14
                            Why should how much they make bother you. Doesn't the bible (since you pulled it first) teach us that we are not to judge God's servants weather they be bad or good (as in David and Saul), but to esteem every man better than ourselves.
                            If you don't agree with them then pray. That's the trouble with most Christians nowadays, they love to point the finger while they say "Look at me, I'm not sinning but you are".
                            Sorry if I sounded a little harsh, but even if only one person gets to heaven through one of these people, then they served God's purpose.
                            I am sure you will not agree with me, so I will apoligize ahead of time for offending you.

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                            • #15
                              When i first become a christian my mother was in a church wicch was into the word of faith movement, of course none of us should be sick and all of us should be healthy. The problem is, i accepted Jesus in a bed of the hospital with hodgkin desease and i never was blessed by health, not that i dont belive that God dont give us prosperity, but that the new testament covanent is diferent in that issue from the old testement covanant. In the new testemant and mainly in the letters of the apostle Paul, we see the dificulties of the christian life and the grace and the prosperity of God can come in diferent ways, we see also (mainly in the book of acts that charity was one of the ways of showing Gods grace, now let me ask you, all those that need help, wherethey all in sin,they allhad lack of faith.
                              No the issue if they can be or not rich?????? Well the other day i was watching tv and there was this TV evangelist selling his book for a "seed of faith" of $77, did you ever saw Dr Billy Grahm sell any of his books on TV like this, whats a seed of faith????? Does God ask you more then whats in the Bible, do you have to pay to be blessed????? Honestly i dont think so.
                              Just go through the parking lot of those ministers you just mention and see who is really taking advantage of this situation.
                              Im not sayng that all of what they do is bad cause you can learn a lot about faith in this movement,but you can learn ot also from the Bible.
                              May God bless you

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