US probes two Nigerian pastors

Date: 22-02-2010 8:12 am (14 years ago) | Author: Daniel Bosai
- at 22-02-2010 08:12 AM (14 years ago)
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Two of Nigeria’s  most popular televangelists are among six high profile preachers under investigation by American authorities for making false miracle claims and allegedly spending  church funds  without approval.

The probe is headed by Sen. Charles Grassley, the Iowa Republican on the Senate Banking Committee, over whether the pastors  complied with IRS rules for nonprofit’s. The tax exempt  non - profits are not allowed to spend  funds  for non - religious purposes but  Grassely  has accused the pastors of dipping their hands in church funds to  maintain lavish life styles, including  luxury private jets and summer homes.

The Nigerian pastor  include  a prosperity preacher  whose members  include some serving and former heads of state and  another  with  high profile government officials as members. He recently bought  a personal jet. Senate sources said the probe was launched when  members of their American  branches petitioned  the authorities over the use of church funds by the men of God.

The  investigation  may have claimed its first victim as the wife of televangelist Benny Hinn filed for divorce from the high-profile pastor, whose reputation as an advocate of prosperity gospel has attracted millions of followers and criticism from lawmakers and watchdog groups over his lavish lifestyle. Suzanne Hinn filed the papers in Orange County Florida  Superior Court, citing irreconcilable differences, after more than 30 years of marriage.

The papers noted the two separated on January 26 and that Hinn has been living in Dana Point, a wealthy coastal community in southern Orange County. “Pastor Benny Hinn and his immediate family were shocked and saddened to learn of this news without any previous notice,” Benny Hinn Ministries said  in a statement. “Although Pastor Hinn has faithfully endeavored to bring healing to their relationship, those efforts failed and were met with the petition for divorce that was filed without notice,”  the statement said.

Hinn is one of the best known advocates of the prosperity gospel, which teaches that Christians who are right with God will be rewarded with wealth and health in this lifetime. His TV broadcasts on the Trinity Broadcast Network, a Pentecostal broadcasting juggernaut, and other TV networks are seen by millions of people around the world nearly everyday. He travels the globe in his ministry’s plane, named Dove One, holding events he calls “Miracle Crusades” that include spiritual healings.

Hinn has never fully publicly disclosed how he spends the money he raises, but his vast ministry is believed to be a multimillion-dollar operation. There was no mention of finances in the court filing, which listed three recent Southern California addresses for the family. Over the years, Hinn has been the target of intense criticism from fellow Christians and watchdog groups who call his teachings false and accuse him of raising money only to enrich himself.

Source: sunnewsonline.com


Posted: at 22-02-2010 08:12 AM (14 years ago) | Addicted Hero
- Lammaheart at 22-02-2010 11:47 AM (14 years ago)
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Hmmm dis is serious oooooooo, I fink we shuld we should have facts b4 posting some fins ooooo. It could be not 2ru and the other way round.
Posted: at 22-02-2010 11:47 AM (14 years ago) | Newbie
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- black_samurai at 22-02-2010 01:04 PM (14 years ago)
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Quote from: Lammaheart on 22-02-2010 11:47 AM
Hmmm dis is serious oooooooo, I fink we shuld we should have facts b4 posting some fins ooooo. It could be not 2ru and the other way round.

what o you mean by having facts? Do you need the pastors to tell you b4 you know they enrich themselves instead?
What would a pastor need a private jet for? Especially in a congregation where 70% of the youths are unemployed, parents not rich enough to send their kids to school, etc..

Posted: at 22-02-2010 01:04 PM (14 years ago) | Upcoming
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- mumstick at 22-02-2010 01:17 PM (14 years ago)
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Haba! Naija pals! We can do better than this. why post story if we are not ready to go the whole hog? We dey fear? What of mr  hinn wey u disclose? dis naija tory too dey beg for answers.please do more. as for mr hinn,God forgive me o! but why him  be carpenter but e no put door for him house?! Embarrassed am toally embarrassed for him.I wonder wetin e do madam as she vex wan comot,abi na another Tiger in the Woods? Grin
Posted: at 22-02-2010 01:17 PM (14 years ago) | Newbie
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- solid_solid at 22-02-2010 01:42 PM (14 years ago)
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nothing do him................... na
Posted: at 22-02-2010 01:42 PM (14 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- just2sexy at 22-02-2010 02:36 PM (14 years ago)
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not only hinn many of our pastors here in naija should be probed too

Posted: at 22-02-2010 02:36 PM (14 years ago) | Hero
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- ajanni at 22-02-2010 03:56 PM (14 years ago)
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and what has this got to do with nigeria ? thats america . yankee,s problem of curse
Posted: at 22-02-2010 03:56 PM (14 years ago) | Grande Master
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- Toks-E at 23-02-2010 01:09 PM (14 years ago)
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its abt time..som1 put a 4ckin check on those fake ass pastors

Posted: at 23-02-2010 01:09 PM (14 years ago) | Addicted Hero
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- omibanks at 24-02-2010 02:44 AM (14 years ago)
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oga pastor
Posted: at 24-02-2010 02:44 AM (14 years ago) | Upcoming
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- spekay at 24-02-2010 02:56 AM (14 years ago)
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this is an omen for addicted church goers .  beware of 10 %-ers   Hey?

Posted: at 24-02-2010 02:56 AM (14 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- omatu at 24-02-2010 08:10 AM (14 years ago)
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@poster
I did not read the names of the two Nigerian pastors that are being probed?
Posted: at 24-02-2010 08:10 AM (14 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- waco at 24-02-2010 09:58 AM (14 years ago)
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Tell us the Nigerian pastors

Posted: at 24-02-2010 09:58 AM (14 years ago) | Hero
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- zolazola at 24-02-2010 10:06 AM (14 years ago)
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you be pastor?
i no know now
Posted: at 24-02-2010 10:06 AM (14 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- Cuteddy at 24-02-2010 11:36 AM (14 years ago)
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Na today? e don tey fake pastors dey, weda 4 Yankee or Naija. Na only God knw who dey truly serve am.
Posted: at 24-02-2010 11:36 AM (14 years ago) | Newbie
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- Starlette at 24-02-2010 11:51 AM (14 years ago)
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My fellow naija, do not judge so dat our heavenly father will not judge.

Posted: at 24-02-2010 11:51 AM (14 years ago) | Upcoming
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- Enockia at 25-02-2010 01:37 AM (14 years ago)
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life is in turns it's his turn

let him flex

Posted: at 25-02-2010 01:37 AM (14 years ago) | Upcoming
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- waco at 25-02-2010 11:20 AM (14 years ago)
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OK

Posted: at 25-02-2010 11:20 AM (14 years ago) | Hero
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- Blaze91 at 22-09-2011 02:05 AM (12 years ago)
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 Huh? Huh? Huh? Huh? Huh?
Posted: at 22-09-2011 02:05 AM (12 years ago) | Upcoming
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