Posted March 31, 2008 – One of the remaining three televangelists who have been resisting a senator’s request to turn over financial documents relating church expenditures says he’ll comply.
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After months of protest, Bishop Eddie Long, pastor of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia , Ga. , has said he’ll give the Senate Finance Committee the financial and corporate documents that Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) has been seeking, according to a spokeswoman for the lawmaker.
The other resisters, the Rev. Creflo Dollar and Taffi Dollar, of World Changers Church International, in College Park , Ga., and the Revs. Kenneth and Gloria Copeland, of Fort Worth , Texas , have not yet responded, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Today is the deadline before Grassley, the ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee, would issue a subpoena. Long and Dollar are the two African-American leaders of mega-churches who have been asked to disclose all money collected by their ministries and how they have been spent.
The other big-name TV preachers include: the Rev. Benny Hinn, of Irving , Texas ; Randy and Paula White of Without Walls International Church in Tampa , Fla. ; and the Rev. Joyce Meyer of Fenton, Mo. Grassley said he was prompted to investigate the financial dealings of the churches because of numerous complaints he had received about their financial excesses, which he said include private jets, luxury cars and fat cribs.
Dollar, whose church raked in $69 million last year, said recently that he sold the Rolls-Royce that was gifted to him by his parishioners and donated the money to his children’s program. He said that his private jet is necessary to carry out his ministry’s work abroad.
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