Times are tough these days. National unemployment is reaching 10 percent. And the dreary hand of the economy has touched the Church as well.
Neighborhood congregations can’t give like they used to do, and even megachurches are feeling a pinch in their linen and crushed velvet pockets.
But, thank Gawd, we have stories like that of David Cerullo and his trifling behind to let us know that just when you think the Church is uniting, we should tap on those brakes before we run our collective car through a stained-glass window.
At a time when Inspiration Networks has been cutting jobs, freezing wages and even adjusting the office thermostat to save money, the chief executive of the Charlotte-area broadcaster has invested about $4 million in a lakefront home under construction in South Carolina.
So, let me get this correct: More than half of Cerullo’s staff was sent packing without a severence check, yet, this dude still has enough cash flow to build – as the story reads – “one of the priciest homes in Western S.C.” Stay Classy, David.
It seems this false profit is one of – if not, the – highest paid evangelist in the world making a cool $1.5 million annually. You know, because God wants to “provide,” right?
What’s the use, dude? Really?
David Cerullo is one of the reasons the unemployment rate is through the roof, and yet, he is trolling Home Depot to lay Italian tile in his kitchen. And if that’s not bad enough, get this spin control:
A network spokesman did not respond last week to repeated calls and e-mails requesting comment about the new house. In a March interview, Cerullo defended his salary and said he’s turned down recommendations that he be paid more. He said that appeals to donors are based on the Bible, and 80 cents of every dollar donated is spent to spread the Gospel.
A couple of things about that retort, slick:
- Who in the world would want to pay a evangelist more than that? What board of yes men… er, advisors would agree you are doing such a kick butt job that you need more cash when so many folk around you have so very little?!
- So, 80 cents of every dollar is spent to spread the Gospel. Technically, sure you can sleep well on that drivel. But um, do you mean your fancy, shmancy jet? That’s helping the spread. What about your tailor-made suits? Well, a brother has to look good spreading it. And, then there’s the staff you fired (yeah, I keep going back to that one). Them unemployed folks begging God for answers means you have success stories. Sounds like ministry to me. (sigh).
Yeah, that’s spreading it thick, all right.
Wall Watchers, do frauds like this really deserve tax-exempt status? Then why not more of the real people in the Church speak out for those – namely those without a gig thanks to Dimwit Cerullo – who can’t?! Where are we?
Okay, so here’s your challenge… do something for those who can’t do for themselves.
Here’s the link for David’s media folk. Use it.
And then, there’s the only person in America who may be able to put a stop to this madness, Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa).
A while back, we posted on the Wall about Grassley’s televangelist witch hunt. Now while some of it is fishy and he is one ill-tempered curmudgeon, at least he is doing something.
If a preacher earns it in the for-profit arena, great. If he earns it in a non-profit arena, isn’t that an oxymoron?!
Here’s his link for some contact. Let him know what you think about the travesty going on in South Carolina. And if you can’t tell him your educated opinion, at the very least, read to the man:
Jesus said, “How difficult it will be for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!” His disciples were astonished, as many in the “prosperity” movement should be. So Jesus went on to raise their astonishment even higher by saying, “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.” They respond in disbelief: “Then who can be saved?” Jesus says, “With man it is impossible, but not with God. For all things are possible with God” (Mark 10:23-27).
Now, before you begin scribing your pontification about how God wants us blessed… listen to this. That parable wasn’t just speaking about the money in this cat’s 401K or savings account. It was about the attitude of his heart. Money came first. Greed came first. Not God, nor his people.
Same goes for this pulpit pimp who is lounging while those he let go are languishing.
And believe me, with that kind of jackleg pimped-out attitude, it’s going to be very difficult to get into the kingdom of God. Now, spread that, David.