LATEST ON CREFLO DOLLAR’S ALLEGED ASSAULT UPON HIS DAUGHTER

Recent events like the Elephant Room 2 further ushering Word Faith prosperity preacher T.D. Jakes into the mainstream of professing Christendom also opens wider the door for others, e.g. Creflo Dollar.

I’ve told you before that Dollar’s been appearing on the Life TV Today program of James Robison for years now.1 This is the same program that wildly popular Southern Baptist Beth Moore is on every Wednesday.

Apprising Ministries continues to warn that anyone willing to look at the evidence will clearly see that heretical Word Faith teachers like pastrix Christine Caine are advancing into the heart of the Christian community.

Creflo Dollar is without question 1) a WF prosperity/positive confession preacher and 2) an absolute superstar among their spiritually sordid ranks. I find it sad that such as these are now slithering into evangelicalism.

This particular incident begins with Word Faith Heretic Creflo Dollar Arrested For Battery And Cruelty against his fifteen-year-old daughter. Last Friday morning Fox 5 News Atlanta reported:

Reverend Creflo Dollar, the well known pastor of an Atlanta-area mega church, has been arrested on a family violence charge. Fayette County deputies arrested the 50-year-old pastor at his home on Sandy Creek Road Thursday night.

The arrest warrant alleges Dollar “intentionally caused physical harm to his teenage daughter by grabbing her around the neck and choking her.” The warrant states the incident caused a scratch on the right side of the girl’s throat. (source)

John Murgatroyd and John Blake of CNN also produced this report and video following:

Dollar’s daughter said she argued with her father over attending a party, said Investigator Brent Rowan of the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office. The daughter says the argument got physical.

She told the deputies that her father charged her, put his hands around her throat and began to choke her, according to a police report. She said he then slammed her to the ground, punched her and beat her with his shoe.

Dollar’s daughter was able to get away and dial 911, Rowan said. Deputies noticed a scratch on the daughter’s neck and arrested Dollar on charges of simple battery, family violence and child cruelty.

Deputies also spoke with another daughter, 19, who corroborated her sister’s account of what happened. (source)

If interested, the reader can peruse the actual Fayette County Sheriff’s Office deputy’s report itself by clicking here. The story then took another odd twist in Word Faith Preacher Creflo Dollar: “I Shouldn’t Have Been Arrested”.

There I told you that Dollar addressed his arrest from his pulpit last Sunday morning. Dollar told his adoring faithful that the allegations within this report were made up with nothing but “exaggeration and sensationalism.”

Remember now, the law enforcement document contains the testimony of Dollar’s two involved daughters. This means the supposed “exaggeration and sensationalism” would have originated with them; and not the deputies.

Below you can now see for yourself what Creflo Dollar, one of the most notorious of all Word Faith preachers, said to his church congregation that morning:

As I watched this, my first thought was, “Methinks thou dost protest too much.” I also realize we live in a nation awash with the false philosophy—in the end it’s all it is—of postmodernity which can’t find its face with its hand.

We’re supposed to jettison our God-given reasoning abilities and then bend over backward to give everyone the benefit of the doubt. Just coincidentally (?) doubt and obfuscation are the classic hallmarks of postmodernism.

If I may be allowed a quick aside, after-all I am a preacher; I happen to think that the hiss of this foolish way of thinking goes all the way back to the Garden of Eden:

Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?” (Genesis 3:1)

Returning to the matter at hand; let me remind you of something that’s largely missing in the visible church today, and that is:

Open your mouth for the mute, for the rights of all who are destitute. Open your mouth, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy. (Proverbs 31:8-9 )

Church leaders are supposed to speak up for those who can’t speak for themselves; i.e. to give them voice, yet too often the cult of celebrity rules in the Christian community today in contradistinction e.g. to James 2:1-9.

With this in mind then, did you notice that his congregation treated Creflo Dollar as if he had performed an act of heroism? Dollar tells them: “All is well in the Dollar household.” However, we have to wonder; is it really?

By saying the Sheriff’s report contains false information, Creflo Dollar has essentially accused his daughters of lying; unless he believes the deputies made the information up. Could Dollar’s daughter’s have lied? Of course.

I was head football coach at a high school for years. Trust me, I’m well aware of how teenagers can be; being that I coached in what I called a parentally challenged area, I also know how parents can act when frustrated as well.

So in closing this, for now, I point you to Creflo Dollar’s daughter’s 911 tape: ‘Not the first time’ by Christian Boone of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution who tells us:

The daughter of megachurch pastor Creflo Dollar Jr. told a Fayette County 911 operator Friday morning that she felt “threatened” being in the house with her father, adding their alleged violent altercation was not unprecedented. (source)

The June 12th CBS News Crimesider piece Daughter of Creflo Dollar, megachurch pastor, says alleged abuse ‘was not the first time’ during 911 call then adds:

The 15-year-old daughter of megachurch pastor Creflo Dollar Jr., who told an emergency dispatcher she was punched and choked by her televangelist father, also said she felt “threatened” in the house and “it was not the first time it’s happened,” according to an audio recording of the 911 call. (source)

One would think this should be looked into by the elders of Dollar’s church before he’s simply given a pass merely because Dollar says everything’s okay. Especially when we consider:

After a brief investigation at the Dollar family’s home on Sandy Creek Road, Fayette Sheriff’s deputies arrested the 50-year-old reverend and charged him with simple battery, family violence and cruelty to children. (source)

Certainly people are presumed innocent until proven guilty; however, let’s also keep in mind here that those Fayette Sheriff’s deputies obviously felt they had probable cause to arrest Creflo Dollar after their investigation.

Dollar’s defense thus far is using Scripture to make it seem as if he’s been attacked by Satan as well as essentially resorting to ad hominem and attacking the credibility of his own daughters and the law enforcement officers.

It looks to me like Creflo Dollar seems to want to sweep this under the carpet. At this point, we don’t know what actually happened; but apparently it’s not the first time something like this has happened in the Dollar household.

Let us be praying that the Lord will bring the truth to light so those in sin may find forgiveness and restoration.

Further reading

Endnotes

  1. e.g. WF PASTRIX PAULA WHITE: AS PAUL IS TO TIMOTHY, SO T.D. JAKES IS TO ME