June 8th, 2012
12:22 PM ET

Police arrest Georgia megachurch pastor after disturbance at home

By John Murgatroyd and John Blake, CNN

Atlanta (CNN)– Megachurch pastor Creflo Dollar was arrested in suburban Atlanta for an alleged assault on his 15-year-old daughter, police said Friday.

Deputies in Georgia's Fayette County responded to a call about a domestic disturbance about 1 a.m. Friday. Dollar's daughter said she argued with her father over attending a party, said Investigator Brent Rowan of the Fayette County Sheriff's Office.

The daughter says the argument got physical.

She 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.

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Dollar's daughter was able to get away and dial 911, Rowan said.

Deputies noticed a scratch on the daughter's neck and arrested Dollar on charges of simple battery, family violence and child cruelty.

Deputies also spoke with another daughter, 19, who corroborated her sister's account of what happened.

Dollar was booked into the Fayette County jail early Friday. A judge set his bail at $5,000 during a morning hearing, and he was released.

Dollar said in a statement released to the media from his attorney, "As a father I love my children and I always have their best interest at heart at all times, and I would never use my hand to ever cause bodily harm to my children. The facts in this case will be handled privately to further protect my children. My family thanks you for your prayers and continued support."

Dollar is a senior pastor of World Changers Church International in suburban Atlanta, which claims about 30,000 members and has an $18 million sanctuary that resembles a golden-domed spaceship atop a hill.

He built an international religious empire, with broadcasts of his sermons beamed worldwide and speaking engagements in Europe.

A barrel-chested man who favors impeccably tailored pinstripe suits in the pulpit, Dollar preaches the Prosperity Gospel, a message that says God will bless faithful Christians with wealth and debt-free living.

Since he started his ministry in an elementary school cafeteria in 1986, Dollar has earned both praise and criticism.

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Supporters say he has preached a message that's financially empowered his parishioners and challenged the idea that Christians should be ashamed to be rich.

Critics call him "Cash-Flow Dollar," a pulpit prima donna who once refused to allow parishioners to touch him. They say his message perverts the Gospel.

Dollar has had brushes with the law before, according to a lengthy 2000 profile in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

He was once cited for contempt of court for refusing to give a deposition during the divorce proceedings of boxer Evander Holyfield, who attended his church, according to the AJC.

The AJC profile also said that 100 police officers were admonished for receiving $1,000 apiece from Dollar. Dollar sent the money to honor the officers' community service, but the act was criticized because it came a month after two traffic tickets Dollar received were downgraded to warnings, the profile said.

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soundoff (3,399 Responses)
  1. Jewish mom

    nonbelievers... keep attacking Christians now, wait few years until Islam will continue to grow and take over this nation like they've done in Europe and spread their sharia law

    June 9, 2012 at 1:03 pm |
    • JWT

      There is neasoto ignore the haye and bigotry of some christians just because some muslims are as bad.

      June 9, 2012 at 1:28 pm |
    • JWT

      Reason to and hate.

      June 9, 2012 at 1:31 pm |
  2. BB

    Money in the name of God. Money in the name of Hate, Money in the name of intolerance. Shame on this megachurch. Do I need to say more? The love of money is the root of all evil. Follow the money.

    June 9, 2012 at 1:02 pm |
  3. Mr. Bean

    LOL @ atheism

    only sick people worship satan

    June 9, 2012 at 1:01 pm |
    • Thade

      LOL @ U for sitting on your knees for hours on end and talking to yourself.

      June 9, 2012 at 1:04 pm |
    • Mr. Bean

      Who said I pray for hours?
      When I pray for maximum a minute, I stand up.

      June 9, 2012 at 1:08 pm |
    • JWT

      Nothing wrong with being a satanist. But atheists do not worship satan.

      June 9, 2012 at 1:29 pm |
  4. Rainer Braendlein

    Ain't that a calamity that today the world is filled with sects and cults like World Changers Church?

    Who is responsible for that?

    Responsible for that is our current establishment (worldwide). The prominent people of our societies no matter whether they belong to the administration, education system, economy, etc. see no reason to give the One Holy Christian Church the high rank, which she has deserved.

    Consequently, many ordinary people are at a loss concerning the question, what the real faith is. People go from one cult to another cult and from one sect to the next one. Reason: They never got any education about what the true Church is. Of course, in sects and cult and false churches people suffer a lot of spiritual damage and even death.

    What is the true Church?

    It is the Church, which keeps the One Holy Sacramental Baptism and teaches that baptism is the gateway to a life of love and righteousness in Christ. Of course, the Sacramental Baptism must get received by faith, in order to become effective. Baptism is not a magical or mere mechanical act.

    What is the object of baptism?

    The death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. One may have heard the gospel: God, the Father, delivered God, the Son, for our sins and raised him from the dead for our justification. To a certain extend we may be able to grasp this message by reason, but very little. In order to really grasp the gospel and to become true believers, we have to get baptized. At baptism we get metaphysically connected with Christ's death and resurrection. Christ's death and resurrection gets maken present by baptism, so that it becomes easy for us to belief. We die with Jesus on the cross and leave the sepulcher together with him at baptism. This is a spiritual reality, which cannot be explained by science, because it is a divine miracle beyond natural laws. However, the consequences of baptism are phantastic: After baptism we have died for the sin and entered Christ. These are two facts of health, which we should remember for ever and daily. In Christ we are able to do works of righteousness and love, despite our sinful, selfish, egoistic nature or body (the sin dwells in our limbs, St. Paul says).

    This is the miracle of all miracles that the Son of God or the Holy Spirit is stronger than our sinfulness and helps us daily to overcome our personal sin by the power of Jesus' death and resurrection. Daily we should ask Jesus for help and to bring to life our body, which is dead in itself. Jesus should be our new life in a real sense (spiritual and physical).

    Has such a church ever existed?

    Yes, such a church has existed several times in history.

    The Church exists since Pentecost, when God sent the Spirit, through which God will rule the Church.

    The first three centuries after Christ the Church was persecuted by the Roman Empire, which wanted to remain pagan and worshipped the Greek idols, although God had visited the earth in the person of Jesus Christ, of which they had historical accounts, of course, from Palestine. The emperors of the Roman Empire up to 300 after Christ were complete morons.

    About 300 years after Christ there was a great turn. The pious emperor Constantine the Great acknowledged Christianity as legitimate religion of the Roman Empire (civilized world) by the Edict of Milan. Up to about 600 after Christ the Roman Empire or later Eastern Roman Empire (under Constantine the capital shifted from Rome to Constantinople or Byzanz, which is today Istanbul) had got only one lawful Church and everybody knew, where he could find the presence of the real God, which has made heaven and earth.

    Yet under Constantines rule a dangerous heresy broke out, called Arianism, which denies the divine sonship of Jesus Christ and regards him as a mere creature. Later the heresy of monophysitism broke out in the East of the Empire and disturbed the peace of the inhabitants of the Eastern Roman Empire. However, it was yet still clear, what the legitimate Church was, which got defined by the councils of Niceae and Chalcedon and others. The Byzantine emperors were always concerned to have a Church according to God's will.

    Yet, arround 600 after Christ the worst calamity of all history occured, when papacy was established by an edict of the criminal emperor Phocas, which was an ancient Hitler. At the same time Muhammad started to preach Islam in Arabia, which was maybe a reaction to papacy.

    In the course of time the Church of Italy, which was led by the pope, separated from the Ecu-menical Church of the Eastern Roman Empire, which was the legitimate Church of Christ. 800 after Christ Charles the Great was falsely crowned emperor of the Holy Roman Empire (territory: Europe) by the pope and for a period of time there were two emperors on eath: one resided in Constantinople (this was the legitimate one) and one in Trier or Aachen/Germany, which was the false one. Hence, the pope and Charles the Great have established a pseudo-civilisation with a satanic church, the Roman Catholic Church. The successor of the Holy Roman Empire is simply Europe, which is still a pseudo-civilisation, because it has no legitimate Church. There were only two short periods of time, when even in Europe a true church emerged: during the lifetime of Luther and Bonhoeffer, which were faithful Protestants and Refomers.

    How is the current situation?

    Many ordinary people have realized that the Catholic Church is a dunghill and forsake her. Yet, the problem is that they mostly land and end up in sects like World Changers Church, which promise true Christianity, but are as false as the Roman Catholic Church.

    Solution: We need a free, international (not predetermined by the pope-rat) council of all theologians and historians, in oder to figure out again and define, what the real Church is. Today it may be appropriate to refom the Protestant Churches, in order to gain the true Church again. This would be a very happy state of the world and mankind, when people knew again, where they could find God certainly. In ancient times people went to Jerusalem and found God's presence in the Jewish Temple. That was a good state. The Christian Church should become known as God's new Temple, where God certainly dwells and where people could find him and get in peace with him.


    June 9, 2012 at 1:01 pm |
  5. TG

    Mr Creflo Dollar (it is apparent that his last name is what he is after) is both a hypocrite and a liar. His church goers are "suckers" for his "prosperity" message, for they too are greedy, just the Jewish religious leaders were in Jesus day. Luke 16:14 says that "the Pharisees, who were money lovers, were listening to all these things, and they began to sneer at" Jesus, after he told the crowd that "no house servant can be a slave to two masters; for, either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will stick to the one and despise the other. You cannot be slaves to God and to riches.”(Luke 16:13)

    By being abusive toward his own daughters, he has shown another side of himself, that of rage, to the point of wanting to put to death his daughter. One of the features of the "fruitage of the spirit" is self-control" as well as "mildness", with agape love being at the forefront.(Gal 5:22, 23)

    He however, has no grasp of these. Just as are most religious leaders, wanting power, prominence or money, he has done his part in showing what he is underneath, as a "wolf in sheep's clothing".(Matt 7:15) As part of the "man of lawlessness" who "sits down in the temple of The God, publicly showing himself to be a god"(2 Thess 2:3, 4), he has shown his true colors.

    June 9, 2012 at 12:53 pm |
    • James AL

      TG, your statement is totally unfounded. You have no proof that Pastor Dollar abuses his children. I think quite the opposite. If he were abusive to them there would be some record of it before now. As to your slander of his ministry, that is just plain wrong! You probably even say SINFUL.

      June 9, 2012 at 2:07 pm |
  6. Lutricia Dorsey

    Pastor Dollar,
    I pray for your family. Put your daughters in a shelter or group home for a few months. They need to live like the real world (no money). Your children living under your roof can’t say they don’t want to talk to parent anymore. They will be calling you begging to return to the mansion. There will be no more arguments or misunderstandings in your household anymore. These teenagers need a reality check.

    June 9, 2012 at 12:53 pm |
    • Thade

      Like being punched by a grown man. Is that the reality check you are talking about? Men hitting underage females with their bare knuckles. What reality do you live in, bronze age palastine?

      June 9, 2012 at 12:57 pm |
    • James AL

      Quit exaggerating, Thade! There is nothing in the story that says he punched his daughter in the face. Even if it were part of the alegation, let it be proven in a court.

      June 9, 2012 at 2:12 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Yeah, James, way to split hairs. "She 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."

      Get a clue, dear. Does this sound like the actions of a loving parent?

      June 9, 2012 at 2:15 pm |
    • Ruby

      The Earth's climate, whehetr warming or cooling, is not the simple thing that we seek.The Earth's climate, she's as fickle as they come, perched on a hair trigger.Doesn't seem to take a whole lot to run it hot or cold, whehetr it's sunspot activity, volacanoes cooking off, massive dumping of CO2 into the atmosphere, etc.The whole geologic record going back 4 billion years seems to imply that while at any given point in time you can have large climate swings, on the whole it has been cooling since the Earth formed. There was even an ice age some 3.x billion years ago. So the Earth's climate, she's fickle and easily moved about and it's probably been that way from the beginning.What might this mean? If we knew what we were doing, global climate moderating is possible.But make a change in the midst of a misread trend and you might get an Ice Age or a PETM.The Lag time of Co2 rising after warming in light of the climate cooling 30 yrs after the onset of Maunder Minimum seems to say that there is great momentum in play in the climate engine, but it does reverse directions in a few decades.The Sun also may have the same general tendency of many decades.Who is to say that the Sun's magnetic hiccups of many maxima followed by inconsistent minima is not due to the Sun's travelling through galactic lines of force? Might be something to look at. Or it could be that the Sun has it's own massive inertia to overcome long after the forces that drove the stop are spent.But every time I see these plotted graphs I have to think that they are really showing us symptoms instead of telling us what is causing the change.I'm grasping at the straws here, because there really isn't much else to reach for.One thing is for sure: This sunspot delay/crash has just wiped out all our theories. We have precious little idea of what comes next.

      September 7, 2012 at 2:41 am |
  7. jake

    This moron is just another example of the blind religious freaks in this country. Good thing i'm an athiest. Oh and ya i'm wealthy, very happy and i sleep very well at night thank you very much....Idiots!

    June 9, 2012 at 12:52 pm |
    • John

      Yeah good thing you will end up in hell. Right?

      June 9, 2012 at 1:03 pm |
    • joe

      You will sleep well until you die and enter eternity.

      June 9, 2012 at 1:05 pm |
    • Get Real

      John and joe,

      And your verified evidence for this is...?

      June 9, 2012 at 1:07 pm |
    • sqeptiq

      The evidence is a book "written" by nomadic sheep herders who couldn't read or write, but just passed down stories from generation to generation. But TOTALLY accurate history.

      June 9, 2012 at 4:16 pm |
  8. trey

    Man we like to see the mighty fall, but slow to offer any grace – "there for the grace of God go I"

    June 9, 2012 at 12:52 pm |
    • colleenarn

      really......fall from grace this man has choked, hit and threw his 15 year old daughter corrobrated by his 19 year old daughter, a man of God. Well he needs to sit back and let this child live somewhere else because there going to find this child dead.

      June 9, 2012 at 1:13 pm |
    • trey

      yep It's called being human. Not condoning it but it speaks to the fact that none of us, not one is capable of perfection. So we have laws and consequences, that reign in bad behavior whether you are a believer or not.........

      June 9, 2012 at 1:27 pm |
  9. Sad but true


    Few 100% true Reasons why Atheism is TERRIBLE and unhealthy for our children and living things:

    † Atheism is a religion that makes you angry, stupid, brainwashed, ignorant & blind.
    † Atheism is a disease that needs to be treated.
    † Atheism makes you post stupid things (90% of silly comments here on CNN blogs are posted by closet Atheists)
    † Atheist are satanic and have gothic lifestyle.
    † Atheists are misguided and causes problem in our religious & public society.
    † Atheists are mentally ill, that's why they have no faith.
    † Atheism won't take you to kingdom of heaven and paradise.
    † Atheism making you agree with Stalin, Hitler (Denied his faith later), Mao, Pol Pot & other terrible mass murder leaders.
    † No traditional family lifestyle, no holidays, no culture, boring and feeling 'outsider'
    † Atheists are angry, drug additcted and committ the most crime.
    † Atheist try to convert people over internet because they feel "safer" behind closet.
    † Atheists do not really exist, they just pretend that they don't believe in God and argue with religious people.
    † Atheists have had terrible life experience, bad childhood and not being loved.
    † Most Atheists are uneducated... No Atheists could run for presidency.
    † Atheism brought upon the French Revolution, one of the most evil events of all of history.
    † Atheism cannot explain the origins of the universe, therefore God exists.
    † All atheists believe in evolution, which means they don't believe in morality and think we should all act like animals.
    † The Bible says atheism is wrong, and the Bible is always right (see: Genesis 1:1, Psalms 14:1, Psalms 19:1, Romans 1:19-20)
    † Countries where Atheism is prevalent has the highest Suicide rate & Communist countries = Atheism!
    **Only 2-3% of the U.S. are Atheists/Agnostics VS. over 90% who believe in God (80% Christians) in the U.S.**

    † † Our Prayers goes to Atheists to be mentally healthy and seek their creator † †

    PS! the USA is a Christian nation and will always be. You know it's true and stop being ignorant and arrogant!


    June 9, 2012 at 12:51 pm |
    • andros

      it's a terrible shame you feel you have to lie for your god.

      June 9, 2012 at 12:53 pm |
    • CJ

      Look up the Treaty of Tripoli (1797). And the faiths of the founding fathers. I think you'll be surprised to learn that only about 75% of them were even Christian...

      June 9, 2012 at 12:55 pm |
    • Thade

      Cool you keep thinking that while we are busy putting remote control robots on mars, and reducing child mortality mr theist.

      June 9, 2012 at 12:59 pm |
    • jake

      Good one..maybe you should take your comedy routine on the road. I know i laughed my butt off reading it. Thank you for the giggles, it got my saturday morning off to a good start. As you know us athiests do have a great sense of humor. Now while you have your face buried in the all mighty fictional book trying to find a reason to live, my family and i are going shopping to maybe get some new shoes, probably have lunch at a nice cozy cafe and then come home and relax. After that i'll mow my lawn and clean the pool. Got more family coming over tonight to get together and just be with each other. And guess what...were still going to be here tomorrow and the next day and the next day and the next. My family is very close and we love each other very much because we believe in one thig...reality.

      June 9, 2012 at 1:03 pm |
    • John

      Jake.... being a Christian doesn't mean you have to read the bible 24/7 and go to church every Sunday.

      June 9, 2012 at 1:05 pm |
    • Dart

      I'm a Christian and don't believe any of that crap. lol
      This must be from the 1950's or something.

      June 9, 2012 at 1:07 pm |
    • non believer

      Your f-g moron, I'm well educated, from your reading a lot better. I don't break the law, do drugs, beat children, rob or steal, I raised for 4 beautiful, wonderful children who don't drink, smoke or do drugs and all without the nonsense of religion. i taught them right from wrong and let them choose if they wanted to go to school being what is required, they are all law abiding citizens who have careers, jobs and support them selves, no we are not rich and we don't live off the government, nor steal or shoot a neighbor. You need to find out what a true atheist is all about before your preach your uneducated beliefs. Your a true fool, who per you posting is truely uneducated, and also none of us are Gothic nor have been.

      June 9, 2012 at 1:14 pm |
    • Don in Louisiana

      You may have set a world record for the highest number of grossly dishonest statements packed into a single post on the internet, and, believe me, that's saying a lot.

      This doesn't even mention that your list is delusive, ill-informed and lazy to boot.

      June 9, 2012 at 1:16 pm |
    • sqeptiq

      Sounds like a list written by prepubescent boys to explain why girls can't be in the clubhouse.

      June 9, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
  10. JR Taylor

    This man is a "Christian"? I just LOVE it when "Christians" twist the words of the Bible to suit their own sadistic, fanatical tendencies... Yes, the Bible DOES say honor thy Mother and thy Father and it DOES say spare the rod and spoil the child.. But I don't recall reading ANYWHERE in the Bible where it says to kick your child or beat them black and blue, nor does it say that it is okay to choke, or kill your child. I was raised in church and I have read my fair share of the Bible. I STILL say that some people twist the Bible to get out of it what they want to justify A LOT of FANATICAL behavior. I have never been opposed to correcting my sons when it was and still is sometimes necessary, but I have NEVER beaten my children or left a bruise of ANY kind on them. People who do this are SICKENING CHILD ABUSERS that when the kids are gone sometimes end up being spouse abusers... Check the stats...

    June 9, 2012 at 12:50 pm |
    • Thade

      Jesus said it is better to tie a rock around your neck and drown at the bottom of the sea than to harm children.
      They never mention this one when they are advocating beating underage females with their fists.

      June 9, 2012 at 12:54 pm |
  11. Woman of purpose

    Tell me this what does his church and how big it is and the clothes he wears has to do with what happened I'm not understanding can someone help me and shine some light on this please

    June 9, 2012 at 12:49 pm |
  12. gary

    It is never OK to hit a child.

    June 9, 2012 at 12:47 pm |
    • cmar

      Yes it is ok to hit a child. I am a divorced African American mother or two teen aged boys . They are 17 and 15 years old. I will not tolerate them mouthing off and being disrespectful in any situation. I will lay them out with my handy dandy frying pan in a minute. I will not lose them to the streets and in fact my oldest is ranked number 5 in his senior class and my youngest is a first chair musician in the school orchestra. This comes from discipline. I like how people cry don't hit a child and then years later when they have raised and spoiled monster/sociopath, everyone wonders what happened to that kid and blame the parent.

      June 9, 2012 at 1:13 pm |
    • JWT

      Well cmar we can see why you are divorced. I feel so sorry for your kids that you have custody.

      June 9, 2012 at 1:36 pm |
    • TruthPrevails :-)

      cmar: We can only hope that one of these days those boys realize that what you are doing is abuse from your own anger and not love for them and they have you charged with felony child abuse and then while you're sitting behind bars for 6 years we can hope that your cell mate Big Bertha is given a frying pan to knock you over the head daily to see how you like it. People like you should never be allowed to raise kids...I sincerely hope that once those boys leave they never speak to your abusive ass again.

      June 9, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
  13. Thade

    Funny how all these "christian Republicans" are on here advocating hitting children with their closed fists, and foreign objects, while qouting scripture. , but ignoring the verse where Jesus said it is better to tie a rock around your neck and drown at the bottom of the sea than to harm children.

    June 9, 2012 at 12:47 pm |
  14. gary

    religion makes people sick. Pastors think they are "god" .. (god is really just pretend) Religion is used as an excuse for so much evil.

    June 9, 2012 at 12:46 pm |
    • sam stone

      they may think so, gary, but largely because people listen to them. if everytime a pastor attempted to preach, they were laughed at and ridiculed, they would soon shut the f up

      June 9, 2012 at 12:47 pm |
  15. LT

    Creflo is not a wolf in sheep's clothing just because he got physical with his daughter. He acted pretty much the way any father would act when his (under age) daughter shows up at midnight from a party which she was denied permission to attend. It's as simple as that.

    June 9, 2012 at 12:45 pm |
    • sam stone

      You are right. There are probably many other reasons that he is a wolf in sheep's clothing. But, as long as people listen to him, and donate money, he will continue with his rhetoric

      June 9, 2012 at 12:49 pm |
    • Thade

      By hitting your undeveloped daughter with your close fists? Um sorry MR.Bronze-Age most MEN dont hit women with their fists let alone their own daughters.

      June 9, 2012 at 12:49 pm |
    • andros

      No, most sane people ground the kid, not beat the crap out of her.

      June 9, 2012 at 12:52 pm |
  16. camp

    He is under the same scrutiny, and laws as eveyone else, It's a tough job being a parent

    June 9, 2012 at 12:44 pm |
  17. Mo

    Funny how that party lifestyle this girl want so bad works out. Only 15-years old and wants to go to a party bad enough to get into an argument leading to a physical altercation. When she gets pregnant from living the party life she'll be sooooo sorry and want to revert back to being a little girl again and start listening to adult reason.

    June 9, 2012 at 12:40 pm |
    • Thade

      And I suppose you never wanted to go to a party at 15. You must of came out of your mothers womb being 30 yrs old with all the mature wisdom bestowed upon you. Glad you support hitting underage women with your bare fists.

      June 9, 2012 at 12:52 pm |
  18. Dart

    Whoever told you that being a Christian mean you have to be perfect is a moron.
    They are human and make mistakes like everyone else.

    June 9, 2012 at 12:39 pm |
    • Tard

      Exactly! Like when Christians molest children, or beat on their kids, or swindle from society in the name of church and God. Hey..... it was just a mistake...... didn't mean no harm by it. Morons are everywhere eh Dart?

      June 9, 2012 at 12:52 pm |
    • Dart

      Like when HUMANS molest children, or beat on their kids, or swindle from society?
      Hey..... it was just a mistake...... didn't mean no harm by it. Morons are everywhere eh Dart?


      June 9, 2012 at 12:54 pm |
  19. JWT

    Frankly jeremiah i don't give a darn what jesus said.

    June 9, 2012 at 12:36 pm |
    • *Diane

      You will wish you never made that statement when you meet Him face to face

      June 9, 2012 at 12:45 pm |
    • TWJ

      And the rest of humanity won't ever give a darn about what you say.

      June 9, 2012 at 12:47 pm |
    • sam stone

      Diane: Empty proxy threats are laughable

      June 9, 2012 at 12:50 pm |
    • Get Real


      And your verified evidence for that "meeting" is....?

      Millions (billions?) of ancient Egyptians for thousands of years thought that they were going to "meet" the goddess Ma'at for judgment after they died. Did they?

      June 9, 2012 at 12:51 pm |
    • JWT

      No Diane I won't ever regret saying the truth.

      June 9, 2012 at 1:06 pm |
    • JWT

      No reason why they should TWJ. But one day I may be a god and they will care then. Although they shouldn't.

      June 9, 2012 at 1:08 pm |
    • sqeptiq

      JWT, you have to be a mormon before you can become a god.

      June 9, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  20. Jeremiah Diehl

    Jesus said to watch out for wolves in sheep's clothing

    June 9, 2012 at 12:34 pm |
    • James AL

      Jeremiah, you have very little understanding of the Bible as it relates to discipline of a child. As for the 'wolf in sheeps clothing' comment; Pastor Dollar showed more Christian responsibility and love than most parents who let their underage child go to the party or come from a party at 1 a.m. in the morning. So, wolf, I think not!

      June 9, 2012 at 12:56 pm |
      • Jeremiah Diehl

        I have no problem with discipline. Choking, punching and beating your child with a shoe is not discipline. And please don't bother quoting "Spare the rod, spoil the child" at me. The rod stands for authority. The verse does not imply beating a child but represents one's authority in the home. Parents must stand strong as the rulers of the house and set rules and boundaries.

        June 15, 2012 at 12:20 am |
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