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Creflo Dollar Arrested

11 Jun
Dr. Creflo A. Dollar

Dr. Creflo A. Dollar (Photo credit: iandavid)

While I was away celebrating 40 years of covenant marriage with the wife of my youth, the blogosphere has  been buzzing  with the arrest of Pastor Creflo Dollar here in Atlanta,Ga. As a late comer, I would like  to address an issue that should deeply trouble all of us who have a heart for righteous judgment.

Creflo Dollar recently and erroneously called for members of Bishop Eddie Long‘s Church to stay with their Pastor even though he had been charged with sexual abuse by three separate men  and eventually paid “behind closed doors hush money” to his  accusers.

 What was  Dollars basis for giving such antinomian counsel?

Creflo told his congregation:”That preacher’s still anointed to do what he was called to. He just had a wreck. The blood will take care of his issue just like it will take care of yours,” Dollar stated. “And I just can’t believe that people would leave their preacher because he had a wreck, instead of praying for him.”

With Creflo’s arrest for allegedly choking and physically abusing his young daughter, his congregation appears to be abiding by the “Dollar  Doctrine” by giving him an enthusiastic ovation as he took the pulpit on Sunday and congregants were  heard yelling: “We love you!” and “We’ve got your back!”

I find this to be a tragically dangerous and woefully inappropriate  response on the part of the congregation. Assumed innocence demonstrates naiveté at best.

Here are extracts from Peacemakers regarding two errors that every church should advisedly avoid:

Under-protecting a Leader

The first error is to under-protect the leader who is questioned or accused of wrongdoing. Under-protecting a leader may involve allowing gossip and rumors to spread unchecked, jumping to conclusions about a leader’s guilt, or failing to give him a meaningful opportunity to defend himself. It may also involve expecting or allowing a leader to spend significant amounts of time responding to trivial or unsubstantiated criticisms, often about style rather than substance, voiced by a few dissatisfied people.

These patterns can lead to a “culture of criticism” that will wear down most leaders. When leaders are subjected to ongoing criticism, their credibility is needlessly eroded; this can diminish trust, commitment, and enthusiasm throughout their church or ministry.

Over-protecting a Leader

The second error that many churches and ministries make is to over-protect their leaders. They develop a self-confidence and blind loyalty that compels them to become defensive and automatically “circle the wagons” when a leader is questioned or accused of wrongdoing. They assume the challenge must be unfounded and immediately look for ways to minimize it or explain it away. They may rely on second-hand information or simply accept the leader’s interpretation of his accuser’s words and motives. And sometimes in an effort to justify or protect the leader, they attempt to silence, find fault with, or otherwise discredit or penalize the person who brought the accusation. As Jesus would put it, rather than humbly seeking to discern the “planks” in their leader’s or their own eyes, these leadership teams jump immediately to pointing out the “specks” in the eyes of others (Matt. 7:3-5).

This excessively protective pattern can create a “culture of denial,” where differences and problems are automatically minimized or concealed.

read more:

 http://www.peacemaker.net/site/apps/nl/newsletter3.asp?c=aqKFLTOBIpH&b=1084263

  https://antagoniz.wordpress.com/2011/06/30/creflo-dollar-perverts-the-grace-of-god/

 http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/06/10/creflo-dollar-denies-punching-choking-daughter/?test=latestnews#ixzz1xVtY4Ru4

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6 Comments

Posted by on June 11, 2012 in Accountability, antinomian, charismatic, error, influence

 

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6 responses to “Creflo Dollar Arrested

  1. Terri

    June 11, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    Speaking on behalf of the pk in this scenario, I’d like to say I’m apt to believe her since she had a witness (her sister). The officer would have blown it off if he had spanked her only. She had scratches and bruises. anyone but $$$ would have faced public shame. How much courage would it take to call 911 on not only a man but an empire. Do you think this girl will be headed back to church any time soon??

     
  2. Brent Vermillion

    June 11, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    I agree that he gave bad counsel regarding Eddie Long. That whole situation is shameful and I would encourage people to not sit under a pastor who seemingly abused young men sexually and then paid hush money to make it go away. At the same time we still don;t know what went on with Creflo and his 15 year old daughter who wanted to run off to some party to get jiggly wit it. It may be that he over-reacted. it may be that she hit him first or initiated the altercation and he lost it. Whatever happened I think we would be wise to withhold judgment until the details are known.

     
  3. RGH

    June 11, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    ‎1 timothy 3 requires a ministers home to be in order and his governance honored christianly by his children. The alledged “physical abuse” supposedly verified by her 19 yr old sister says Creflo has some serious home issues that need all o..his attention. Either way,guilty or not, this incident reveals he has some serious “governance problems” that neceesitate “his undivided attention” so I would counsel him to take an extended sabbatical or leave of abscence. He must get ppriorties staraight.What has he profited if he gains a mega-church congregation but loses his on children.

     
  4. Prince babawale matthew adekunle

    June 12, 2012 at 1:29 am

    Christianity is now far gone beyond the expectation of God.let us follow the righteous word in d bible and emulate our lord jesus

     
  5. lynne henderson

    June 12, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    I AGREE THAT DR. DOLLAR SHOULD TAKE A SABBATICAL UNTIL HIS SUPPORTERS UNDERSTAND CLEARLY WHAT HAPPENED AND AN ATTEMPT OF RECONCILATION IS
    MADE WITH ALL OF HIS FAMILY. HE IS HUMAN, ALMOST ALL OF US HAVE “MOMENTS”
    THAT WE WISH HAD NOT HAPPENED. MY SON, NOW 40, DECIDED NOT TO BE A PART OF OUR FAMILY ANY MORE AND HE HAS OUR PRECIOUS GRANDSON, NATHAN. I PRAY DAILY THAT ONE DAY HE WILL WALK THRU OUR DOOR WITH HIS FAMILY WITH HIM. RELATIONSHIPS ARE NOT EASY, ESPECIALLY WITH TEENAGERS AND IN THE 20’S. THANK YOU LORD, THAT YOU KNOW WHAT HAPPENED AND WHAT THE FUTURE HOLDS. I WILL BE PRAYING FOR THESE SITUATIONS….I WATCH DR. DOLLAR ON T.V.

     
  6. rcadow

    June 15, 2012 at 10:24 am

    Dr. Hanner, I feel the entire world is taking this approach toward all moral and ethical issues. I won’t fret over any of it, because this things must take place and are a sign of the times, but to see it happening in the Body of Christ. And now the words Jesus spoke have even more credence. “Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Many will say, Lord, Lord, … And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.” Matthew 7. This continued type of news should grieve all of our hearts. Prayer and repentance are their only hope.

     

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