10 Prosperity Preachers in Great Financial Controversies

10 Prosperity Preachers in Great Financial Controversies

Christian Faith By Jul 20, 2023 No Comments


Prosperity preachers and pastors are the most greedy and selfish people in the world. They only care about themselves, and not the people that are following them. They have zero sympathy for poor people whom they are taking money from because they only care about THEM.

1Ti 6:9-10  But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. 
For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. 

And, many of these preachers have used manipulations, deceit, and fake promises to extort money from their members, and their followers.

Therefore, because of their greediness, many of them have been involved in financial crimes against their members, and followers which has led to government intervention.

These are the names of the prosperity preachers and pastors that have been involved in financial controversies and fraudulent activities. And some of the reports have just been an allegation, but they have not been charged to court nor convicted of financial crimes.

Jim Bakker:

In the late 1980s, Jim Bakker, the founder of the PTL Club, was convicted of fraud and conspiracy charges. He was accused of using his ministry to defraud followers by selling lifetime memberships to a luxury resort that was never built.

Benny Hinn:

Benny Hinn, a prominent televangelist known for his healing crusades, has faced scrutiny regarding his finances. While he has not been charged with any criminal offenses, there have been allegations of excessive personal spending and misuse of funds raised for his ministry.

Todd Coontz:

Todd Coontz, a televangelist who promoted the prosperity gospel, was indicted in 2017 on charges of tax evasion. He was accused of failing to report millions of dollars in income and using ministry funds for personal expenses like luxury vehicles and vacations.

Eddie Long:

Eddie Long, the late pastor of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, faced allegations of financial impropriety in the late 2010s. Lawsuits accused him of coercing church members into making financial investments in a company that later collapsed. He was also involved in sex scandal with a church member, but he later died at age 63 in 2017

Robert Tilton:

Robert Tilton, a televangelist known for his “Success-N-Life” program, faced accusations of financial misconduct in the early 1990s. He was criticized for using deceptive tactics to solicit donations and was investigated by multiple media outlets.

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Creflo Dollar:

Creflo Dollar, the founder of World Changers Church International, has faced criticism for his extravagant lifestyle, including owning private jets and living in luxurious properties. However, he has not been charged with any financial crimes.

Kenneth Copeland:

Kenneth Copeland, another televangelist known for preaching the prosperity gospel, has come under scrutiny for his opulent lifestyle and the tax-exempt status of his ministry. He has been accused of using ministry funds for personal gain. And he has been confronted by T.V station to explain how he got money to buy a private jet, but the response will leave shock you.

Paula White:

Paula White, a prominent televangelist and spiritual advisor to former President Donald Trump, has faced criticism for her financial practices. There have been allegations of soliciting donations from followers to fund extravagant living and lavish spending.

Mike Murdock:

Mike Murdock, a prosperity preacher, and televangelist, has been involved in controversies related to his fundraising tactics. Critics have accused him of using emotional manipulation to solicit donations from followers.

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Joyce Meyer:

Joyce Meyer, a well-known prosperity preacher, and author, has faced allegations of financial impropriety. In the early 2000s, there were controversies regarding her extravagant lifestyle and the use of ministry funds for personal expenses.

These are the names of prosperity preachers in great financial crises and controversies which many of them have been charged and so have not.


While financial controversies have arisen in some cases involving prosperity preachers, it’s important to recognize that not all prosperity preachers have faced such charges. And, I believe that there is nothing wrong with a pastor teaching his members Biblical giving, but coercing them to give is unbiblical.

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