Archive for November, 2007

Paula and Randy White Under Investigation

Posted on November 13, 2007. Filed under: Christian Leaders | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Churches need to be very careful in the day and age we live in. Having  501C3 status  is not all it is cracked up to be. As long as churches have this status the government controls the church and not God!

A perfect example is the witch hunt the Senate Committe is conducting on mega ministries. This is just the begining folks! As long as you partake of the governments handouts you are subject to their guidelines.

Personally I think a lot of what these tele evangelist spend their money on is wasteful and non-productive for the Kingdom of God! The monies spent on 3 million dollar mansions and yachts could go to improving the surrounding communities these churches are located in.

All  of these churches have poverty ridden members and the elderly on fixed incomes. These same people can’t get help from the church they attend to pay their rent and utilities if they get behind!  

TampaBay.com reported The ranking member of the Senate Committee on Finance has begun an investigation of the financial structure of six television ministries, including Tampa’s Without Walls International Church and Paula White Ministries.

In a five-page letter sent to ministers Randy and Paula White on Monday, Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, set a Dec. 6 deadline for answers regarding the couple’s personal and professional financial histories. In August, the Whites announced they planned to divorce.

The sweeping investigation pinpoints five specific areas, including executive compensation, real and personal assets, and other general expenses paid or received, mostly since 2004. Among the inquiries:

* Detailed explanations of compensation received by the Whites, including all cash and other gifts.

* Dates and locations of all board meetings since 2004. The letter also calls for the names of those who attended the meetings, as well as the total cost for lodging, meals, travel and entertainment.

* Statements for all credit cards used by the Whites since 2004 for expenses related to the
ministries, including explanations for clothing and cosmetic surgery.

* A list of expenses paid by the ministries relating to homes purchased by the Whites in Tampa; San Antonio, Texas; New York City; and Malibu, Calif. The letters also call for the addresses and size of each residence.

* The year, make and model of all vehicles and aircraft purchased, leased or maintained by the ministries. Copies of flight records also are requested.

* A receipt and documentation of payment method for a Bentley convertible reportedly purchased by the Whites as a tax-exempt gift for Texas author Bishop T.D. Jakes.

* All domestic and overseas bank accounts and investments belonging to the ministries.

* Names and addresses for the publishers of all commercial-related goods relating to the ministry, such as books and audio-video recordings of sermons.

* Detailed accounting of $871,000 worth of merchandise reportedly sold to the church since 2005 by two private businesses owned by the Whites. The letter also calls for the names of those companies and the amounts paid by the church.

Grassley said in his letter that the investigation of the six ministries stems from multiple news reports that have “caused some concern for the Finance Committee.”

“It is important that the Congress and the public have confidence that public charities, which benefit from very significant tax breaks, are operated in a manner that promotes continued trust and that these charities adhere to the guidelines established by the Internal Revenue Service,” wrote Grassley, former chairman of the Finance Committee.

In a prepared statement released by their public relations firm, Tampa-based Tucker/Hall, the Whites issued a statement Monday saying they had learned about the investigation through a reporter.

“We’re assuming it’s authentic–but we find it unusual, since the IRS has separate powers to
investigate religious organizations if they think it’s necessary,” the statement said. “So we find it odd that the IRS did not initiate this investigation. It also seems odd that they have asked about areas that have no relationship to the operation of the church.”

Also included in the investigation are Bishop Eddie Long of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia, Ga.; David and Joyce Meyer of Joyce Meyer Ministries in Fenton, Mo.; Creflo and Taffi Dollar of World Changers Church International in College Park, Pa.; Kenneth and Gloria Copeland of Copeland Ministries in Newark, Texas; and Benny Hinn of World Healing center of Grapevine, Texas.

“Historically, Americans have given generously to religious organizations,” Grassley wrote, “and those who do should be assured that their donations are being used for the tax-exempt purposes of the organizations.”

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You Have Skirted This Mountain Too Long

Posted on November 8, 2007. Filed under: faith | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

mountainsYou Have Skirted This Mountain Too Long! 

Zerubbabel was a descendant of King David (1 Chronicles 3:1,19 – see also Israelite Dynasties) who led a large group of Jews back to Jerusalem after their seventy years exile in Babylon.

  

Zerubbabel was given the task of doing what could not be stopped because The Lord cannot be stopped: He was given the commission to re-build the temple.

So he answered and said to me:  “ This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: ‘ Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ Says the LORD of hosts. ‘ Who are you, O great mountain?  Before Zerubbabel you shall become a plain! And he shall bring forth the capstone. With shouts of “Grace, grace to it!” Moreover the word of the LORD came to me, saying: “ The hands of Zerubbabel Have laid the foundation of this temple;His hands shall also finish it.Then you will know That the LORD of hosts has sent Me to you.  For who has despised the day of small things? For these seven rejoice to see The plumb line in the hand of Zerubbabel. They are the eyes of the LORD, Which scan to and fro throughout the whole earth.” Zech 4:6-10

  

Is there a mountain before you this day? Does it appear insurmountable? Like the children of Israel, have you taken your journey into the wilderness and skirted Mount Seir for many days? Hear the word of God to Moses, saying: “You have skirted this mountain long enough, turn northward.

  

To Zerubbabel He said : “Not by might nor by power, but by my spirit says the Lord of hosts. Who are you, O great mountain? Before Zerubbabel you shall become a plain! And he shall bring forth the capstone with shouts of “Grace, grace to it!”

  

Let that be a word for you today! God will cause us to triumph. With God, there is always a way out, a way around, or a way through the wilderness and a way into His promises. He is the way, the truth and the life; He is the door. He’s the how, the when and the where of it all!

  

Despise not the day of small things, for even as the eyes of the Lord rejoiced to see the plumb line in the hand of Zerubbabel, He will rejoice over you when he sees you holding that thing you have believe for.

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