Nov 10th 2007 10:39PM I am a christian. I believe that as the bible says that i shall know the goodness of the lord while I am here in the land of the living. I believe that while there is nothing wrong with financial prosperity and the attainment of material wealth, an accountability must be given. None of the pastors who were asked to give an accout of how donated dollars are being used are above god or the law. Let's face it, billions are dollars are being donated and entrusted to these pastors, I tithe regularly myself and while i give freely unto the Lord, I exspect my donations and gifts to be used to appropriately. These ministers should welcome scrutiny not hide behind the first admendment. If it is true that 23,000.00 dollars was used to buy a toilet,that homes were purchased under the cloak of a nonprofit organization and then used for personal gain, then an account needs to be given to me, the church and the senate finance committee that governs the tax laws under which this money is exempted. Please understand, I believe that pastor Dollar, E.Long and the others should live blessed and abundant lives, and they should be compensated for their work in the ministry. However these people are not god, they are men and women,are prone to the same temptations as you and I. Independent oversight of the finances of a ministry is essential. It is God with whom are trust should be, not man. Man is prone to human error and greed. So while my prayers go out to these pastors, I welcome the senate inquiry. as the bible says "if god is for you, who can be against you".
If the record keeping is right, they have nothing to be concerned about. Lets shake the tree, and see what falls out. I applaud the senators inquiry and hope that it brings about change inwhich the christian church handles the billions of dollars it receives from hardworking, bible believing christians such as myself. As the bible says only a fool, does not welcome corrections.