…, at least from a Christian perspective…, since all of these “pastors of the mass media” preach from a Biblical basis supposedly.
Let’s take a look at the 8 richest “TV preachers,” from #8 up to #1.
You may be amazed to find out how good a business “selling salvation” can be!
#8. Pastor Joyce Meyers, net worth $8+ million.
She owns a private jet and several homes, as well as shiny $107,000 silver Mercedes. Hey…, it beats riding a donkey I guess!
#7. Bishop T.D. Jakes, net worth $18 million.
T.D. Jakes spoke at the inauguration of President Barack Obama in 2009 and accompanied President George W. Bush to areas affected by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. So he’s a “swampy” kind of bishop!
Jakes founded The Potter’s House, a nondenominational megachurch. His sermons can be seen on Trinity Broadcasting Network and other religious channels.
#6. Franklin Graham, net worth $25 million.
Although Franklin Graham is an evangelist and son of well-known pastor Billy Graham, he didn’t even convert to Christianity until he was 22 years old! Interesting. I guess he finally figured out what “buttered his bread.”
#5. Pastor Creflo Dollar, net worth $27 million.
As his last name suggests, televangelist Creflo Dollar has amassed some riches, and he has the possessions to prove it. Dollar is the founder of the non-denominational World Changers Church International, based in Fulton County, Georgia. In 2007, he had a congregation of 30,000 as well as $69 million in cash collection revenue. Dollar preaches his philosophy that “it is the will of God for you to prosper in every way.”
And when he says “you” he means “me!”
#4. Joel Osteen, net worth $40 million.
Joel Osteen is pastor at Lakewood Church, the largest Protestant church in America. Weekly attendance at the Houston-based church is 52,000. In 1999, Osteen, now 54, inherited the church and its television ministry from his late father John Osteen. Today, 7 million people in 100 different countries watch Lakewood Church broadcasts every week.
He and his wife, co-pastor Victoria Osteen, live with their two kids in a $10.5 million mansion in the Houston suburbs.
#3. Benny Hinn, net worth $60 million.
Benny Hinn is best known for his “Miracle Crusades,” or faith healing summits, which are held in stadiums around the country and broadcast on his TV program “This Is Your Day.” He founded Orlando Christian Center church in 1983 and began holding his healing services there. Followers believe Hinn can heal any of their ailments if he prays over them.
#2. Pat Robertson, net worth $100 million.
Televangelist Pat Robertson founded Christian Broadcasting Network, which now broadcasts shows in 180 countries in 71 languages. The flagship show, “The 700 Club,” airs daily.
Annnnnd…, leading the “rat pack…,” drumroll please!
#1. Pastor Kenneth Copeland, net worth $300 million!
Kenneth Copeland heads Kenneth Copeland Ministries and preaches through TV, books, DVDs, and CDs.
Kenneth Copeland Ministries is located on a 1,500-acre campus near Fort Worth, Texas. The grounds include a church as well as a private airstrip and hangar for a $17.5 million jet and other aircraft. Copeland reportedly lives in a $6.3 lakefront mansion funded by his church. Although Celebrity Net Worth reported he’s worth $300 million, other reports say Copeland could be worth $750 million or more.
So…, there you have ‘em.
Our list of preacher’s who are riding that big, green, gravy train!
Paid for by some followers who think they can buy instant salvation, and at the expense of other donors who just don’t know any better.
Shame on them all…, and all of the others like them who didn’t qualify for the “worst of the worst” list here.
All of these “pastors” are very talented when it comes to quoting chapter and verse from The Bible. I wonder what their reaction would be to a couple verses that I have selected here?
Matthew 6:24 “No one can be loyal to two masters. He is bound to hate one and love the other, or support one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and the power of money at the same time.”
1 John 2:15-17 “Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world. And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever.”
Matthew 6:5-13 – “And then, when you pray, don’t be like the play-actors. They love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at street-corners so that people may see them at it. Believe me, they have had all the reward they are going to get.”
I’m sure they’d all be able to conjure up a translation of these words that would not only validate what they were doing, but promote it, and herald it!
They are good at what they do…, it’s just a shame they have to pretend to do it in God’s name.
Thanks to Karen Bennett, for Cheatsheet.com, for contributing to this article.
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