From Monday Morning Insight –
Senator Chuck Grassley’s efforts to hold a group of televangelists accountable has decided that there would be no penalties for the group of preachers, saying that they were unable to make any conclusions about whether the ministries violated IRS rules.
Two of the ministries involved in the probe, Joyce Meyer Ministries and Benny Hinn Ministries say that they have made changes in their ministries because of the probe. Four others did not provide full information or cooperate fully. Those included Kenneth & Gloria Copeland, Creflo and Taffi Dollar, Randy and Paula White; and Bishop Eddie Long.
In the end, a long and expensive investigation that yielded little to no results. Go figure.
A couple of thoughts to lead off the discussion.
1. I don’t think the federal government has any business telling churches how to pay their preachers.
2. But that doesn’t justify fraud by church leaders. Contributors assume their donations are going to worthy causes, not to buying the preacher mansions and jets. Shouldn’t there be some disclosure to the congregation of how their money is being used?
In a smaller congregation, is it appropriate to disclose the preacher’s salary to the church? Is there a point where the salary should be disclosed.?