Creflo Dollar and the subtle art of being heretical

"Cash Cross" cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward
“Cash Cross” cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward

Creflo Dollar posted a statement on Facebook last week that caused a stir:

“Jesus bled and died for us so that we can lay claim to the promise of financial prosperity.”

It’s presumed it caused so much controversy that the post was taken down.

Didn’t the same kind of thing happen earlier this year when he asked us to donate sixty million dollars so he could get a new jet? The public outrage was so strong he backed off. Actually, he became more discrete.

In other words, you can be heretical, but not too explicitly. You can be wrong, but not too obviously. Heresy can be inferred from what you say, but not heard in what you say.

The health-wealth gospel, or prosperity gospel, has been considered heresy for a long time now by most theologians. But apparently there are enough people and supporters to keep it alive. Abundantly alive! Prosperously alive! I think, though, that the majority of these people are Christians who believe that Jesus’ primary work on the cross was for their salvation, not their wallets. Even though I think Creflo Dollar is constantly inferring that it’s all about the money, it was only when he came right out and said it that he got slapped. It was too vulgar.

I was listening to a magician being interviewed recently. He said the weird thing about practicing for a show is that most performers, athletes, artists, etc, prepare to display their skills openly for everyone to see, whereas magicians practice on hiding what they’re doing. Most performers practice to reveal, but magicians practice to conceal.

Could this be what Dollar is doing? Rather than being explicit and showing his hand, he practices slight of hand, distraction, illusion, and diversion in order to keep his customers entertained and paying. But last week he slipped up and revealed his trick to blatantly.

Maybe the trick used to be that he somehow miraculously got your money from your pocket to his, and it was very entertaining. But now you know he got Jesus to do it for him. And that’s just not right because we know Jesus wouldn’t do that!

So… lesson learned. If you want to be a successful heretic, cloak it!

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8 Replies to “Creflo Dollar and the subtle art of being heretical”

  1. When a friend of mine first heard of Creflo Dollar (many years ago), his comment was
    “This guy’s a poster boy for ‘Crooked Televangelist’.”

    And there’s a song lost somewhere in the chaos of YouTube whose lyrics include:
    “Jesus didn’t die
    So you could get rich…”

  2. Absolutely!

    I don’t know enough about Creflo Dollar to comment specifically about him but I say a yes to false teaching and false prophecy in general. The fruit of the tree of knowledge was nutritious, and desirable for the gaining of knowledge. Some teachings are desirable but offer a false gospel and false hope!

    The illusionist Derren Brown has done something similar with exposing so called fail healers as charletons by showing them to use similar techniques as he does in his illusions. Except that he does it for entertainment and these idiots play with people’s lives so they can live in a mansion tax free and call it a “pastorate”.

    Thank you David – excellent point about false gospel and thank you for providing a forum to vent!

  3. Wow, I did not hear about this latest thing with Creflo Dollar. I wonder how people who believe in the Prosperity Gospel justify this belief. It is so not found in the Bible.

  4. Not a Creflo Dollar fan but after looking at your website I was wondering if this is this all you do – criticize people? If I drew a cartoon for the “Naked Pastor” it would be a guy standing in the middle of shattered glass with buckets of rocks throwing them over a cliff at neighborhood of full of glass houses. How does it feel to be caricatured? It’s a simple game.

  5. No, Earl.

    David does this cartooning as part of his world. It is not all he does.

    I like to think of NakedPastor as 20% of David Hayward.

    I am part of The Lasting Supper (TLS), where David spends way too many hours. It is a community of voices that discusses religious ‘deconstruction’. That is something that is very hard to discuss in a church, by the way.

    So, in TLS, we have respectful discussions/dialog between agnostics, atheists, new age believers, former believers, current believers, …. but not just about religion, but also about the passages of life.

    We even allow ‘venting’, wherein, you can express and own your own feelings. We allow anger and honesty.

    And, though we do not always understand each other, we still stand with each other – through divorce, through dating, through ‘I hate men!’ venting, through leaving institutional religion, and through living with questions yet having faith, through husbands with cancer, and spouses with bad bosses at work.

    We try very hard to not ‘put down’ nor insult the other person’s belief system (or non-belief system, for that matter). When we disagree, we disagree respectfully.

    We share similar stories with each other, our similar downfalls and strengths, and our equally bad senses of humor in writing. We are very human in TLS. And, we expect and allow humanness in TLS.

    We have community in TLS.

    And, ‘community’ is so rare, I vote that David can toss all the rocks he wants… at least in NakedPastor.

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