They have nice cars….

Matthew Ashimolowo gets an annual income of $200 000 from the KICC….

I got this from another website, but before I tear into them I would like you to just read this below:

This is a list of the top 10 richest Pastors

1.Bishop T. D Jakes

Bishop Jakes lives in a $1,700,000 mansion, he has been called America’s best preacher and has been featured on the cover of TIME magazine. He is a writer, preacher and movie producer. Thomas Dexter “T. D.” Jakes, Sr. is the bishop/chief pastor of The Potter’s House, a non-denominational American mega church, with 30,000 members, located in Dallas, Texas. T.D Jakes wears custom made suits and sports a diamond ring the size of a coin. This man of God has been endowed with a $150 million net worth.

2.Bishop David Oyedepo

Bishop David Oyedepo is a Nigerian Preacher, Christian Author, Founder and Presiding Bishop of Winners Chapel known as Living Faith Church World Wide. Has been hailed as the wealthiest preacher in Nigeria with a total net worth of $150 million and properties like 4 private jets and homes in the United States and England. After the foundation of the Living Faith Outreach Ministry in 1981, it has evolved to be one of the largest congregations in Africa and has a flourishing mission in Nairobi.

3.E A Adeboye
This messenger of God was listed in an African magazine, NEWSWEEK, as the most powerful man in Africa and one of the top 50 global power elites in 2008/2009, among others such as President Barack Obama and Nicolas Sarkozy. Pastor Adeboye heads the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), something he has done for the last 28years. Amongst his posessions are private jets.

4.Benny Hinn

Israeli televangelist,Toufik Benedictus “Benny” Hinn has an estimated net worth of $42 million. He is best known for his regular “Miracle Crusades” – revival meeting/faith healing summits that are usually held in large stadiums in major cities, which are later broadcast worldwide on his television program, “This Is Your Day”. Hinn was born on December 3, 1952

5.Chris Oyakhilome

This is the man behind Believers’ Loveworld Ministries, a.k.a Christ Embassy.His church has an estimated net worth of $30 million – $50 million last year, the charismatic preacher was at the center of a $35 million money laundering case in which he was accused of siphoning funds from his church to foreign banks.

6.Creflo Dollar

American Bible teacher, pastor, and the founder of World Changers Church International, Creflo Dollar, has an estimated net worth of $27 million. As his name suggests, this preacher’s “manna” comes in form of the green buck.

7.Kenneth Copeland

He runs Kenneth Copeland Ministries, was one of several televangelists whose finances were investigated from 2007 to 2011 by Republican Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa.

According to an article by the Associated Press that ran in 2008, “His ministry’s 1,500-acre campus, behind an iron gate a half-hour drive from Fort Worth includes a church, a private airstrip, a hangar for the ministry’s $17.5 million jet and other aircraft, and a $6 million church owned lakefront mansion.

The article later added that while Copeland has not released up-to-date salary statements, “the church disclosed in a property-tax exemption application that his wages were $364,577 in 1995; Copeland’s wife, Gloria, earned $292,593. It’s not clear whether those figures include other earnings, such as special offerings for guest preaching or book royalties.”

8.Billy Graham

American evangelical Christian evangelist, William Franklin “Billy” Graham, Jr., has a net worth of $25 million. The Southern Baptist evangelist rose to celebrity status as his sermons started getting broadcast on radio and television. Graham was born on a dairy farm near Charlotte, North Carolina in 1918, he has conducted many evangelistic crusades since 1948 . He is now a world renowned televangelist raking in millions of dollars.

9.Matthew Ashimolowo

Ashimolowo, the owner of Kingsway International Christian Centre (KICC) gets an annual income of $200,000. Having his humble beginnings as a priest in Foursquare Gospel Church, a Nigerian church that sent Ashimolowo to open a satellite branch in London. Pastor Matthew had other ideas and decided to set up his own church instead. Today, his Kingsway International Christian Center is reportedly the largest Pentecostal church in the whole of the United Kingdom

10.Temitope Joshua

Synagogue Church Of All Nations (SCOAN) has an estimated net worth: $10 million – $15 million Nigeria’s most controversial clergyman is also one of its richest and most philanthropic. T.B Joshua heads the Synagogue Church of all Nations (SCOAN), a congregation he founded in 1987, which accommodates over 15,000 worshippers on Sundays.

So having had a look at that wonderful list of these guys with private jets and the like, I wanna pose a question. Is church a business or is it church? I am going to try and NOT be careful and NOT mince my words. For those of you who don’t know I am Roman Catholic. So in a sense very “traditional” in the way that I worship. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying the Roman Catholic church is perfect. It’s got its good and bad. I believe all religions have some good and some bad. The hope is the good outweighs the bad. Unlike Scientology which is like a video game. The story is just…. epic. Xenu, space, dianetics, space ships. Its like a movie. Maybe THAT’S why so many celebrities subscribe to it! Its their real life movie!

But THIS WASN’T SUPPOSED TO BE ABOUT SCIENTOLOGY (I will do the next one on Scientology after I do some extensive (replace with wikipedia) research.)

The advent of the whole Pentecostal Church thingy is very confusing. All these guys heal people, and make them walk. Truly wondrous things they APPARENTLY do. I am a HUGE sceptic about that stuff. The Pentecostal thing in general makes me nervous. It (Bear in mind that this is my own opinion. I am not saying this is the way it is. I am simply saying this is the way I feel.) scares me to be honest. All these guys are self proclaimed prophets. Of course depending on your personal view of the Bible doesn’t it make it a bit confusing when you see some the above named characters net worth (I’m not talking about Xenu and his spaceship. The pastors. Keep up!!)? What’s funny is that very few of them are described as philanthropists (phi·lan·thro·py (f -l n thr -p ). n. pl. phi·lan·thro·pies. 1. The effort or inclination to increase the well-being of humankind, as by charitable aid or donations). I would think that they would be at the fore front of giving back.

I will bring it closer to home with two particular “Prophets”. Angel and Makandiwa. They command a HUGE following. One of my work colleagues is a Makandiwa-ian. She LOVES him. Its quite scary. I’ve never heard someone defend someone she doesn’t ACTUALLY know as if he is her twin brother. And I’m Like…

ImageThis guy stands and speaks. And people believe. Word for word. Down to their bone marrow. There is no question. When these people are being healed, where are they coming from? Were they actually sick? Sure its easy to argue that faith doesn’t ask these sort of questions. Maybe I’m a Roman Catholic Scientist (If you know what I mean). It’s just too convenient and suspect IMO.

But the thing that gets me about Ubert and Makandiwa, is that a lot of their followers aren’t the most well off. But the cars these two gents drive? It would make you think they are the head of a multi-million dollar organisation. Come to think of it, their churches are probably worth in the millions. Where does the money come from? The followers. Where does it go? Probably a complicated process INTO the church. Who is the Church? The leaders themselves (In this case Ubert and Makandiwa ARE their churches). For a man of the cloth do they need all the materiality they have around them? Some argue that the work they do preaching the Word gives them the right to buy these things.

It’s something I will never understand. I have listen to some of the international dudes talking while watching TV with my mum. They don’t say anything amazing really. Some of the stuff made sense to me and I kind of agreed with their thought process. I did notice one thing. These guys are VERY good orators. If you listened to them for long enough I think they could convince you of Xenu and his/her/it’s (As Xenu is an alien I can’t comment on what sex it is) spaceship. In fact THANK GOD that these Scientologists haven’t tapped into some of these Pentecostal guys. Imagine that….

Religion does not help me. The faith that others give to what is unseen, I give to what one can touch, and look at – Oscar Wilde