Sometimes I think I’ve seen everything… then something like this comes along and resets my expectations in terms of just how far we can go to rationalize our wants versus God’s call to us…
Christians gather around the world each Christmas to sing about ”poor baby Jesus” asleep in the manger with no crib for his bed.
But when the Rev. Creflo Dollar looks inside that manger, he doesn’t see a poor baby. He sees a baby born into wealth because the kings visiting him gave him gold, frankincense and myrrh. He sees a messiah with so much money he needed an accountant to track it. He sees a savior who wore clothes so expensive that the Roman soldiers who crucified him gambled for them.
Dollar sees a rich Jesus.
”He was rich, he was whole, and I use those words interchangeably,” says Dollar, senior pastor of World Changers Church International, a 23,000-member church in College Park, Ga., which broadcasts to six continents.
There’s much more along these lines at the link above. And Creflo isn’t the only person who’s making these sorts of claims about who Jesus was. Thankfully, the unanimous teaching of the Church’s traditions as well as numerous verses from Paul’s epistles make it pretty easy to refute these sorts of claims.
I find it more interesting though that people have managed to make consistent theology of it. It’s a sign of just how wrongly we can reason when we decide in advance what God is saying rather than intentionally placing ourselves in the presence of the living God and leaving our own preconceptions of God at the door.