Pastor Creflo Dollar: Satan Is Behind The Story That I Beat My Daughter
Prosperity gospel televangelist Creflo Dollar says that Satan planted the news story that he had punched and choked his daughter. Dollar was arrested on Saturday and charged with child abuse.
Dollar's daughter said she argued with her father over attending a party, investigator Brent Rowan of the Fayette County Sheriff's Office told CNN on Friday. Rowan said the daughter 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 blamed the devil for causing the controversy, saying that to discredit his message of "prosperity gospel," the enemy must discredit the messenger. Prosperity ministers preach that God rewards the faithful with wealth and spiritual gifts. Pastors such as T.D. Jakes, Dollar and Joel Osteen have become the Prosperity Gospel's most well known preachers, building megachurches and business empires with a message equating piety with prosperity. Dollar's church claims about 30,000 members and has an $18 million, 8,500-seat sanctuary about 15 miles from downtown Atlanta.During yesterday's sermon, Dollar told congregants that he'd improved his resume by going to jail: "Paul ... Jesus ... and Creflo."