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from Apostasy Watch:

Soon after an 8.9 quake and tsunami devastated Japan, Rod Parsley ministries swung into action. Never one to squander a fund raising opportunity Parsley quickly had a webpage in place to exploit the tragedy and extract money from his naive followers

 Japan earthquake-tsunami
DISASTER RESPONSE

Parsley exhorts his partners to give for the immediate relief of Japan’s earthquake and tsunami victims but true to his covetous heart he cleverly gives himself complete discretion over how the funds will be spent.

Your immediate and generous tax-deductible gift will help respond to the Japan disaster and help Pastor Parsley preach the Gospel to a lost and hurting world through our Breakthrough television broadcast.  How many of these donated dollars will go to disaster support? Your guess is as good as mine. In fact, Parsley is under no legal obligation to tell us how he will spend these funds and you can bet he never will. By including support for his television broadcast in the appeal Parsley has legally made this a general donation to his ministry. He now has the sole discretion over the use of this money. Some of it may go to Japanese disaster relief or it may not. It’s all up to Parsley. Once you give, it’s his money and he doesn’t have to be accountable to you or anyone else.

…………They have a heart trained in covetous practices, and are accursed children. They have forsaken the right way and gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Beor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness;  2Peter 2:14-15 NKJVWhat sort of person would use the suffering of millions of people as an opportunity to raise money for himself. Rod Parsley, that’s who. Of course he’s not the only one. We’ve already seen Kenneth Copeland get busted for promoting a non existent disaster relief ministry

Guys like Parsley and Copeland are modern day snake oil salesmen. They:

are wells without water – 2Peter 2:17
are spots and blemishes – 2Peter 2:13
carouse in their own deceptions – 2Peter 2:13
speak great empty words – 2Peter 2:18
allure through the lusts of the flesh – 2Peter 2:18
promise liberty but are themselves slaves of corruption – 2Peter 2:19
will surely perish in their own corruption – 2Peter 2:12

Caveat Emptor! Buyer Beware!Ministry Watch gives Rod Parsley an F grade for financial transparency.

Both Parsley and Copeland ministries show up on the Ministry Watch 2010 Donor Alert List

If you desire to give to ease the suffering of the Japanese people we encourage you to do so by way of a reputable organization such as the Red Cross or Samaritan’s Purse. There is absolutely no need to give through ministries who are completely unaccountable for how the funds are spent.

Copyright 2011
Steve Lumbley
Apostasywatch.com

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from Gay Christian Movement Watch:

Joel Osteen leads 44,000 people (per their own claims) at Lakewood Church, but when he is in the public spotlight his lukewarm and tepid response to moral issues leave millions scratching their heads about him. The question: is Joel just a figure head pastor? Is someone else writing his sermons and messages? Its sad and tragic that a person with such influence lacks the spiritual authority to speak truth and stand by it without apology.

The super pastor’s recent appearance on a CNN talk show caused people on both sides of the issue of homosexuality to criticize him. Osteen appears to not want to anger anyone, so he attempts to soften the truth after he’s spoken it. But that makes him sound unconvincing on either. Jesus warned against lukewarm positions when it came to the truth.

I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.

And does the rest of the passage describe America’s largest and richest local church?

Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see. Rev 3:15-18

The Christian Post reported that while homosexual activist leaders derided his words as “dangerous and irresponsible”, Rev. Albert Mohler stopped short of praising him. Clearly, Osteen seemed to only add more confusion to the issue.

LGBT group the Human Rights Campaign called for an immediate apology, arguing that his statement “adds a burden to those already struggling to accept their sexual orientation or gender identity.”

“One would hope Mr. Osteen would use his pulpit, with an audience of over 7 million people, to tell all human beings that they are loved just the way they are,” said HRC President Joe Solmonese. “Instead he chose to send a dangerous and irresponsible message.”

Evangelical leader R. Albert Mohler, Jr., who does not agree with Osteen’s “updated version of prosperity theology,” was glad to hear the renowned pastor – who reaches 10 million television viewers nationwide – affirm the Bible’s teaching. But Mohler stopped short of praising Osteen.

“Thankfully, he did not deny that homosexuality is a sin. We can only have hoped that he would have given a more bold answer, followed by an equal boldness in the power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ,” Mohler, president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky., said in a commentary Thursday.

Although he has been “pastoring” some fourteen years now, Osteen seems no closer to principled stands than he was when first questioned about the issue. . . . .

read the full article here.

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CBS Atlanta:

CBS Atlanta News has found Bishop Eddie Long and another local megachurch leader, Gary Hawkins, are linked to a questionable mortgage venture that is being investigated by the feds.

CBS Atlanta was the first to report on Matrix Capital’s long list of victims. The company promised to lower people’s mortgages for $1,500 upfront. Police say thousands of homeowners paid Matrix money, but according to investigators, most of them ended up in bankruptcy and losing their homes.

So many people trusted Matrix Capital front man Fred Lee because he made promises of lowering people’s mortgages in the sanctity of their local church.

CBS Atlanta first tracked down Fred Lee on the campus of New Birth, Bishop Eddie Long’s church.

“You are not licensed, are you?” reporter Wendy Saltzman asked Lee.

“No not at all. But hold on, stop, stop, stop stop,” he said.

On Wednesday nights, New Birth is where Lee convinced church members to pay him instead of their mortgages. That is where people started the process that would eventually cost many their homes.

“Where is Eddie Long? Because we would like to talk to him about why he is holding these seminars on his property here,” Saltzman asked the security guards at New Birth.

“You have to leave the property,” the officer responded.

The case against Lee is now being investigated by DeKalb County police and the Secret Service.

Long wouldn’t answer Saltzman’s questions. In a statement, his spokesman said New Birth only provided Lee with a room to hold his meetings.

But megachurch pastor Gary Hawkins did a lot more than that.

“I believe that, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that this man walks in great integrity,” Hawkins said in a Matrix Capital corporate video.

Hawkins is the face of the company’s promotional video. He not only brought Fred Lee into his church; he vouched for the man who would eventually be accused of stealing from his church members.

“You said you thought he was telling the truth?” Saltzman asked Steve Dorsey.

“Yes,” Dorsey replied.

“You were listening to his seminar in a church,” Saltzman said.

“True, true,” he said. “Being in the church, you have more of a trust.”

Dorsey and former church member Sheila Robinson were in the taped promotional seminar at Voices of Faith church.

“When my bishop told the whole church, it had a lot of credibility. He used his credibility and that’s what I think a lot of people were hanging in on. I know me personally, it was all because of that,” Robinson said.

Robinson told CBS Atlanta News she trusted Hawkins, and by proxy Lee. She paid the $1,500 premium, but later learned she was in trouble with her mortgage company, because Matrix Capital never even made a single call to her bank.

“They are still luring people in, and it is under false pretenses,” Robinson said.

Robinson tried to speak with Hawkins, but he wouldn’t answer her question, and he wouldn’t answer CBS Atlanta’s Tough Questions, either.

“He said he would meet with you, but he can’t meet with you on camera,” Hawkins’ assistant told Saltzman.

After promising an off-camera meeting, reporter Wendy Saltzman was told to make an appointment, but Hawkins refused to schedule that meeting even after Saltzman tried multiple times.

Police have spoken with Hawkins, but told CBS Atlanta News he was less than forthcoming with records that would show if payments were made to either the bishop personally or the church.

In a statement, Long said Matrix Capital is no longer holding seminars at New Birth. But CBS Atlanta has learned another Matrix executive has continued making those same presentations in Lee’s place.

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from the Guardian:

Will evangelical Christianity take over the world? I do not think it will, but then I would say that, because it is not my sort of thing. That, however, has little relevance. I do not have a television, but still television has taken over the world. I do not belong to Facebook, but Facebook has still taken over the world.

In South America, where I live, we have a great deal of evangelical Christianity. Brazil has seen Pentecostal churches like the Assembléia de Deus stride across the country with giant steps, dwarfing the historically enormous Catholic church (to which I belong). Here in neighbouring Paraguay, we are behind the rest of the continent in the Pentecostal advance, but it is growing. This Sunday I went to the biggest evangelical church in Asunción, called the Centro Familiar de Adoración, which has a new building seating ten thousand people (yes, ten thousand). People from the CFA do excellent work, in particular running a chain of lunch clubs for the children from the poorest barrios.

I was greeted at the door with an information leaflet and an affirming greeting, “Blessings on you, sister”. Inside what was going on was like a television show: five young men and women with microphones were dancing and singing on an enormous stage while electric guitars and drums pumped out loud music. Close-ups of the faces were projected onto huge screens, and the congregation were waving their arms in the air. The song changed to an emotional slow movement, with words of yearning to express the sanctity of the Almighty. Then there was a time of healing – “God is doing something big, now, in this place, now, now, now…” (whoops of excitement from the floor). And then all the first-time attenders were called forward for a blessing, and shepherded out for counselling from a team of church leaders in small rooms, where they were given a leaflet, “Advice for a new life”.

There is no sacred symbol of any kind in this megachurch: no cross, no coloured focal point, no pulpit, just a vast stage, a clear perspex, movable lectern with a bible on it, and banks of seats behind for musicians and choir. A team of about 30 pastors were presented, coming in husband-wife couples – a pastor and a pastora. The men were all in suits and the women were all elegantly dressed – as though for a show. The preaching was all done by men, who used a lot of gestures and body movement to get their message across. There was a condemnation of Marx and of Nietzsche. The phrase “The bible says…” was often repeated, and the texts projected onto the walls were lacking in any inculturation, using the vosotros form for “you”, which is never used in South America unless in church texts imported from Europe. The service lasted two hours. . . . .

read the full article here

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Now if anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, each one’s work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is.–1 Corinthians 3:12-13

The emphasis today in Christian circles appears to be on quantity,with a corresponding lack of emphasis on quality. Numbers, size and amount seem to be very nearly all that matters even among evangelicals. The size of the crowd, the number of converts, thesize of the budget, the amount of the weekly collections: if these look good the church is prospering and the pastor is thought to be a success. The church that can show an impressive quantitative growth is frankly envied and imitated by other ambitious churches.

This is the age of the Laodiceans. The great goddess Numbers isworshiped with fervent devotion and all things religious are brought before her for examination. Her Old Testament is the financial report and her New Testament is the membership roll. To these sheappeals as arbiters of all questions, the test of spiritual growthand the proof of success or failure in every Christian endeavor.

A little acquaintance with the Bible should show this up for theheresy it is. To judge anything spiritual by statistics is to judgeby another than scriptural judgment. It is to admit the validity of externalism and to deny the value our Lord places upon the soul as over against the body. It is to mistake the old creation for the new and to confuse things eternal with things temporal. Yet it is being done every day by ministers, church boards and denominational leaders. And hardly anyone notices the deep and dangerous error. The Set of the Sail, 153.

“Oh Lord, convict us! Forgive us! Deliver us! Amen.”

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from the Atlanta Journal & Constitution:

Embattled Bishop Eddie Long took a hit Monday as a new suit was filed, ordering him and two others to pay $1.9 million for defaulting on a property loan.

The suit filed Monday asked the DeKalb County State Court to order Long and the others to pay off the debt in 10 days or incur additional fines and attorneys’ fees.

This is the fifth lawsuit filed against the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church leader in less than a month. The other four suits, which were also filed against the DeKalb County megachurch, accuse Long of coercing four young men into sex in exchange for cars, lavish trips and jobs. The AJC is the only media outlet to obtain the latest suit.

The financial suit filed Monday names only Long and does not include the church.

Long’s spokesman Art Franklin and his attorney Jason Wright declined to comment Monday.

“I am unaware of the lawsuit that you referenced and have no comment about it at this time,” Franklin said.

The new suit stems from August 2007 when Long and two business partners as part of the West Indies Holding Company bought a gym in Jonesboro. Long’s partners include Marrion Heflin, a self-employed businessman, and Frederick Folson of McDonough, who runs non-profit Strategic Community Initiatives in Lithonia.

Long and his partners signed an agreement to purchase Hoops N’ Fitness on Tara Boulevard for $643,556 plus $223,000 in interest, according to a promissory note obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

In 2009, the seller, Danny Wright and J.D. Rock Enterprises, filed suit, alleging Long and his partners had not paid any of the debt. That suit is still pending.

On Monday, the mortgage company, State Bank and Trust and the FDIC, filed suit against Long and his partners.

The new suit alleges the three parties owe $1.86 million on the defaulted loan, along with $32,000 in interest. That interest – more than $300 a day — is continuing to accrue, according to the suit.

Mark Golder, a lawyer for State Bank and Trust did not return phone calls nor an email Monday.

Heflin said he was unaware of the new suit, but said he has been trying to settle the previous suit.

Heflin said he is not a member of New Birth nor a friend of Long’s, but agreed to form a business with Long and Folson. In 2005, they formed the West Indies Holding Company and two years later they bought the gym.

“I never made any payments personally, but I can’t speak for West Indies,” Heflin told the AJC on Monday. “All I know is when we acquired Hoops N Fitness, we had a grace period before we had to start paying. We had some differences with the business execution and I decided to cut back.”

Heflin said he went out of the country several months after the buying the gym and has not had any contact with Long nor the other business partners. Heflin said he has called Long’s lawyers and others involved since returning to the U.S. in August, but his calls have not been returned.

“I just want to clear this quagmire up,” Heflin said.

West Indies Holding Company is registered to a man in Bainbridge, but has not filed up to date paperwork since 2008, according to the Secretary of State’s office.

Gus Small, a lawyer for J.D. Rock Enterprises, which sold the gym to the group, said the suits are pending and declined to comment further.

Messages left at Hoops N’ Fitness were not returned Monday. However, the Jonesboro city clerk said the business’ license is valid and has no outstanding debts. Jonesboro does not have property taxes.

The four men who have filed suit against Long are all seeking jury trials, and said the suits are not about money. Each of the plaintiffs allege Long gave them cars, cash and gifts, along with taking them on lavish trips, in exchange for sex.

Long has denied the allegations.

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This article says volumes about the man / false Profit$. He is either completely guilty or he wants to protect his “high seat” and high living by settling out of court with his accusers.

Either way it shows that Mr. Long is nothing more than a false Profit$ and more of a luxury loving corporate CEO Stooge!

from msn:

The famed pastor of a Georgia megachurch said Sunday that he will fight allegations that he lured young men into sexual relationships, stressing that he’d be back to lead the church the next week.

Addressing a New Birth Missionary Baptist Church sanctuary packed with thousands, Bishop Eddie Long neither discussed specifics of the lawsuits filed against him nor flatly denied the accusations. But he drew thunderous applause when he addressed his flock publicly for the first time since the first lawsuits were filed several days ago.

“There have been allegations and attacks made on me. I have never in my life portrayed myself as a perfect man. But I am not the man that’s being portrayed on the television. That’s not me. That is not me,” he said as applause interrupted him.

Four young men have filed lawsuits in the past week — three who live in Georgia and one from Charlotte, N.C., who attended one of Long’s satellite churches there. Two claim they were members of the church’s LongFellows Youth Academy, a program that taught teens about sexual and financial discipline, when Long gave them gifts and took them on trips to seduce them.

Long — who has been an outspoken opponent of gay marriage and whose church has counseled gay members to become straight — has been named as a defendant in the lawsuits, which claim the pastor abused his “spiritual authority.” But federal and state authorities have said they will not investigate the allegations because all four men were 17 and 18 years old when the relationships with Long began — older than Georgia’s age of consent, which is 16.

Long told the crowd that his lawyers had advised him not to “try this case in the media.” He spoke little about the legal case during the service and a news conference afterward, though Long spoke at length about enduring painful situations.

“We are all subject to face distasteful and painful situations. Bishop Long, Eddie Long — you can put your name in that blank — will have some bad situations,” he said. “The righteous face painful situations with a determined expectancy. We are not exempt from pain, but He promises to deliver us out of our pain.”

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from Herescope:

Part 1: The ATM God

“God wants you to be rich, healthy and happy. If you have financial problems just become a Christian and all your problems will go away. Believers can get anything they wish from God by planting seeds in the form of cash. Every dollar you give God, He repays ten or a hundred fold.”

As a result of this message, millions of people have converted to Christianity and swelled the coffers of the TV stations, preachers and churches that preach this. But we must ask a few questions: Are they following the God of the Bible, and are those who teach and believe this message really Christians? How dare we ask such questions? Well, how dare we not!

It all hinges on one question: Is the god of the prosperity message the God of the Bible? That should not be hard to answer. All we need to do is compare the god of the prosperity gospel with the God of the Bible and it becomes clear that they are not the same. The god of the health and wealth message can best be described as the “money god” or the “ATM god.”

One day a rich young man wanted to follow Jesus. The money preacher would have told this young man to give his money to God (meaning the preacher) so that God will give back to him multiplied many more times. But what did Jesus say? “Go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me” (Matthew 19:21). Jesus did not promise the young man more money, but spiritual riches in heaven. Neither did Jesus tell him to give the money to God, or the Temple, but to just get rid of it because money had become his god. This Jesus of the Bible is different than the one preached today.

After this, turning to His disciples, Jesus said: “Assuredly, I say to you that it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. And 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.” To which the disciples responded, “Who then can be saved?” (Matthew 19:23-25). If it is hard, in fact impossible, for a rich man to enter the Kingdom, then surely God would be contradicting Himself by making people rich. This is because God also said He is “not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance”  (2Peter 3:9). So, if the Lord wants people to be saved, and riches are going to keep them from getting saved, why then will He make them rich?

Jesus also said “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon” (Matthew 6:24). Mammon means money. Clearly serving God and money, greed and materialism, are mutually exclusive: You cannot serve money and God at the same time. Therefore the money god and the God of the Bible are two different gods. Jesus Himself places the two at opposites.

Paul confirms this: “But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition” (1Timothy 6:9). At the risk of oversimplification: “Everybody who wants to be rich will go to hell!” Is that too strong? No, it is exactly what it says. What else does it mean to drown in destruction and perdition? Clearly, the greed for money sends people to Hell. Who do you think is the master of the preachers who incite people to greed? God does not want any to go to hell, but the Devil does.

Paul continues: “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness” (1Timothy 6:10). Yes, I know. it is the love of money and not the money. But what exactly is it that the money preachers are appealing to when they promise people that God will make them rich? It is the love of money. It is not the love of God. If that were the basis of their appeal they would encourage people to just give their money to God and not expect anything back. But they are expressly appealing to, and encouraging, the love of money. So who promotes the love of money? God or the Devil? God’s messengers, or the messengers of Satan?

Just think about it a moment before you reach for the mouse to delete this message. Wait before you sit at the keyboard to fire off a message telling me I am a heretic. Yes, I agree that God blesses His children, meets their needs and teaches them to look to Him for their daily bread. But there is a huge difference between loving God and loving money.

Millions of people have become “Christians” because of the promises of health, wealth and happiness. But I wonder if they would have become Christians if God rather promised persecution, hardship and problems. But wait! What does the Bible promise?: “All who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution” (2Timothy 3:12). “In this world you will have trouble” (John 16:33 NIV). And “We must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God” (Acts 14:22).

Not only do we have promises of hardship as Christians, but the record of Scripture confirms that to be the case. Jesus was never rich and had to be buried in a borrowed tomb. Paul had a few seasons of abundance but mostly his life was pretty miserable: “From the Jews five times I received forty stripes minus one. Three times I was beaten with rods; once I was stoned; three times I was shipwrecked; a night and a day I have been in the deep; in journeys often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils of my own countrymen, in perils of the Gentiles, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren; in weariness and toil, in sleeplessness often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness” (2Corinthians 11:24-27). Does that sound like the kind of life preachers are offering today?

Look at the wonderful “prosperous” life the heroes of faith lived: “Others were tortured, not accepting deliverance, that they might obtain a better resurrection. Still others had trial of mockings and scourgings, yes, and of chains and imprisonment. They were stoned, they were sawn in two, were tempted, were slain with the sword. They wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins, being destitute, afflicted, tormented– of whom the world was not worthy. They wandered in deserts and mountains, in dens and caves of the earth” (Hebrews 11:35-38).

There are glaring differences between the promises of the Bible and those of the prosperity preachers. In fact, they are direct opposites.

It is very obvious that the god of the prosperity message is not the God of the Bible, and that those who preach that message are not messengers of God but of Satan. We must then ask whether their followers are really Christians.

If you have been following Jesus for what He can give you, then you need to repent and turn to the real Lord Jesus Christ who died for you on the cross. Ask Him right now to forgive you for following Him for things, when He already gave Himself as a sacrifice for your sins. God loved you so much that He gave His only begotten Son; but you want stuff?

Part 2: The Material Kingdom

Part 3: The Political Kingdom

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from A Little Leaven:

At least they’re honest, sort of. What they’re not exactly telling you is that the wealth that will be transferred is the wealth of the attendees of the conference. Their wealth will be transferred to the speakers of the conference under the pretense that if you give your wealth to them then God will give you more wealth in return. This is the “Christian” version of a ponzi scheme and its a total scam. God’s word doesn’t teach this nonsense.

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Clear evidence of when Pentecostalism goes completely off the rails! Even their denominational name shows how far off track they are!

What we consider the visible “church” with all its myriad of denominations is not the TRUE Church. Not to mention their adherance to the heretical “Prosperity Gospel” or Doctrine of Balaam.

from The Guardian:

One of the world’s largest and most controversial Pentecostal churches has been given permission to build a $200m (£130m) replica of Solomon’s Temple in Brazil’s economic capital, São Paulo.

The 10,000 capacity “mega-church”, which is the brainchild of Brazil’s

Universal Church of the Kingdom of God, will also house a replica of the Ark of the Covenant and be built according to “biblical orientations”.

According to the Estado de São Paulo newspaper, planning permission was granted this week and church officials say it should be completed in four years.

The 55-metre high temple, the equivalent of an 18-storey building, would tower over central São Paulo and be “twice the height of [Rio’s] Christ the Redeemer statue”, the blog [by leader and founder, Bishop Edir Macedo] said.

Founded in Brazil in 1977, the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God claims an estimated 8 million followers in 180 countries worldwide, with a TV channel and a free newspaper, the Folha Universal, which it says has a weekly print run of 2.5m. The church claims its leader’s blog receives up to 4m hits a month.

The church supports so-called “prosperity theology” – by which acts of faith including donations are rewarded with material wealth.

In 2009, São Paulo’s public prosecutor accused 10 senior members of the church, including Macedo, of siphoning off billions of dollars of donations to buy cars and property. Macedo, who denied the charges, owns a $45m private jet.

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