Tax-Exempt Ministries Avoid New Regulation

Prosperity Gospel A three-year investigation into financial improprieties at six Christian ministries whose television preaching bankrolled leaders’ lavish lifestyles has concluded with the formation of an independent commission to look into the lack of accountability by tax-exempt religious groups.

The investigation report issued this week details the ministries’ luxury homes and cars, trips on private jets and expensive gifts, including two Rolls Royces that a third party reported was given to the Dollars as a gift from the church. [Read more...]

Televangelists Benny Hinn and Paula White deny affair

Benny Hinn and Paula White Without Walls International Church senior pastor Paula White and worldwide televangelist and faith healer Benny Hinn posted statements on their websites recently denying a National Enquirer report that they are romantically involved.

The tabloid’s article includes photos identified as Hinn and White holding hands on a supposed “romantic trip to Rome.” [Read more...]

Without Walls pastor vows to fight foreclosure threat; may sue newspaper

Randy-White In a service notable for its unusual content, the Rev. Randy White, pastor of Without Walls International Church, laid bare the church’s financial situation Sunday and its bid to stave off foreclosure of its two campuses.

In his 90-minute sermon, White devoted 30 minutes to talk of the foreclosure proceedings. He spent an hour rebutting a series of articles written by the Tampa Tribune about the church over an 18-month period. White said the coverage had cost the church and its affiliates, which include Paula White Ministries, millions of dollars. [Read more...]

Financial Walls Closing In On Without Walls International Church

Paula and Randy White The future of Without Walls International Church is in question now that a credit union wants to foreclose on the megaministry.

The church defaulted on a $1 million loan due in August, prompting the California-based Evangelical Christian Credit Union to file foreclosure proceedings Tuesday.

For months there have been signs of financial struggles at Without Walls.

In August, the church’s financial controller resigned resigned after Randy White ordered him to pay White’s $24,000 American Express bill, even though it would mean the ministry couldn’t make payroll for the week. [Read more...]

Grassley will not give up on investigation into finances of televangelists

Televangelists Media-based televangelists benefiting from tax code exemptions are warned — Sen. Chuck Grassley is a terrier-like congressional inquisitor with time and a big stick on his side.

“I am not threatening them, at this point,” the Iowa Republican said. [Read more...]