I’ve been a bit critical of TV evangelists and prosperity gospel in particular. Okay, very critical.
But to be fair, I do need to commend Joyce Meyer and Benny Hinn for fully cooperating with a Senate investigation into six prosperity gospel ministries’ financial dealings. The investigation began after media reports and ministry watchdogs, such as Ministry Watch, alleged “opulent spending” and possible abuse of nonprofit status by the ministries.
Sen. Charles Grassley, the ranking Republican on the Senate Finance Committee, noted that the two organizations answered every question and “in the spirit of true cooperation, also have provided information over and above what was requested.”
The investigation has also targeted Creflo Dollar of World Changers Church International who has refused to provide any requested information. Grassley has received “limited” responses from Randy and Paula White of Without Walls International Church, Eddie Long of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, and Kenneth and Gloria Copeland. Copeland has publicly protested the investigation.
I still question the “need” for the leaders of these organizations to have multi-million-dollar homes and “opulent” spending as noted in my editorial on Paul and Jan Crouch of TBN. But Meyer and Hinn seem to be taking steps to follow the apostle Paul’s exampe:
“We want to avoid any criticism of the way we administer this liberal gift. For we are taking pains to do what is right, not only in the eyes of the Lord but also in the eyes of others (2 Corithians 8:20-21).”