This Friday, June 8, 2012 photo provided by the Fayette County Sheriff's Office shows megachurch pastor Creflo Dollar. Dollar has been arrested after authorities say he slightly hurt his 15-year-old daughter in a fight at his metro Atlanta home. Fayette County Sheriff's Office investigator Brent Rowan says deputies responded to a call of domestic violence at the home around 1 a.m. Friday. Rowan says the 50-year-old pastor and his daughter were arguing over whether she could go to a party when Dollar 'got physical' with her, leaving her with 'superficial injuries.' (AP Photo/Fayette County Sheriff's Office)You may or may not have heard of Creflo A. Dollar, Jr, pastor of an Atlanta-area megachurch known as World Changers Church International. He preaches what’s known as the “Prosperity gospel,” or the idea that Jesus taught his followers to be wealthy. This is, of course, utterly at odds with what Jesus actually taught, as recorded by the gospels, yet Dollar and his fellow prosperity preachers are all fabulously popular, and — as a result — fabulously wealthy. Jesus actually taught quite the opposite:

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6:19-21)

“Again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” (Matthew 19:24)

“It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” (Mark 10:25)

“But woe to you who are rich, for you are receiving your comfort in full.” (Luke 6:24)

“For it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” (Luke 18:25)

It seems all might not be quite as saintly in the Creflo Dollar home as one might assume from his well-heeled appearance and pious demeanor. The AP reports via Google News that he was arrested for having beaten his own daughter (WebCite cached version):

Megachurch pastor and televangelist Creflo Dollar — who has drawn scrutiny for his flashy lifestyle and preaching that prosperity is good — was arrested early Friday after authorities say he slightly hurt his 15-year-old daughter in a fight at his metro Atlanta home.

Fayette County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a call of domestic violence at the home in unincorporated Fayette County around 1 a.m., said investigator Brent Rowan. The pastor and his daughter were arguing over whether she could go to a party when Dollar “got physical” with her, leaving her with “superficial injuries,” Rowan said.

The 15-year-old was the one who called authorities, and her 19-year-old sister corroborated the story, Rowan said.

As one might expect, he insists he’s done nothing wrong:

“As a father I love my children and I always have their best interest at heart at all times, and I would never use my hand to ever cause bodily harm to my children,” Dollar said in a statement released by his lawyer Nikki Bonner.

It’s pretty clear something untoward and probably un-Christian happened in the Dollar home. I guess we’ll have to see what the courts decide … but I wouldn’t be surprised if there’s a quiet conclusion to this case, featuring some concession of guilt on Dollar’s part, in a few months when the furor has died down and no one is paying much attention. In the meantime he will continue preaching as though nothing at all happened, and the majority of his sheep will stand behind him 100%.

P.S. The man has quite the aptonym, no?

Photo credit: AP Photo/Fayette County Sheriff’s Office, via Google News.

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