“It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” Those Biblical words are recorded and serve in an analogy from all the great Prophets of Allah that wealth and power do not grant an individual access to “the kingdom of Heaven.” Instead, it is humility and helping those less fortunate (among other things) that might allow someone to ascend after death. This task in Islam is fulfilled via Zakat and Sadqah, distributed directly amongst the more disadvantaged within the society.
Unfortunately, when it comes to Christianity, the leaders of popular churches seem to have not received that Biblical memo and through their “God’s word” have amassed insane amounts of wealth. The question is: will that help them get into Heaven?
Here below are some info on Christian pastors:
Son of pastor Billy Graham, William Franklin Graham III is the president of Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Samaritan’s Purse. Graham was collecting $1.2 million per year.
With the help of 25,000 weekly members, Charles E. Blake has cashed in a salary of $900,000 per year.
One of the most charismatic Christian leaders, Richard Rossi’s net worth has not officially been revealed but it’s been estimated around $1,000,000. Rossi and his wife Sherrie created the Eternal Grace, which offered ministry services to actors and artists.
Beginning his ministry in a school cafeteria with eight members in 1986, Creflo Dollar has since grown his fellowship to 30,000. Gaining much of his fame from his nondenominational ministry, Dollar’s World Changers Church International just opened its second location in the Bronx, New York. With countless speaking engagements and a best-selling book, Dollar definitely enjoys his $27 million in earnings.
Back in the 1940s, Paul Cain was one of the youngest ministers of the Voice of Healing Revival. After being accused of homosexuality and public intoxication numerous times, it wasn’t until 2005 that Cain admitted in an online letter of confession of his struggles. He has cashed $1 million.
After being ordained in the 1950s, Jimmy Swaggart became a popular pastor beginning with his radio network reaching a larger audience. Although Swaggart was a well known pastor, his public image declined with his confirmation of the sex and prostitution scandals in a “I have sinned” speech. Somehow Swaggart regained his followers and high earnings, eventually making over $1.5 million.
A popular and controversial pastor, Al Sharpton is largely known as a civil rights activist and fought alongside Jesse Jackson. Claiming he was ordained at just nine years old, Sharpton became a Baptist minister in 1994. Making most of his earnings through television and radio appearances, Sharpton has earned about $5 million.
Popularly known for his syndicated radio broadcast called In Touch Ministries, Charles Stanley began his ministry work back when he was 14 years old. With his program being translated in over 100 languages, Stanley has cashed in a salary of $73,000,000 a year.
Gospel singer and actress, Juanita Bynum is a Pentecostal televangelist that consistently appears on the Trinity Broadcasting Network. Fulfilling her role as an empowerment coach, Bynum travels throughout the United States and speaks to audiences. She has an income of $10 million.
Unlike his religious counterparts, R.C. Sproul created an international radio program “Renewing Your Mind” and launched the Reformation Network. What are Sproul’s thoughts on the salary of pastors? He wrote a blog stating that we should “Pay him well enough that he is able to give with great generosity.” He has an income of $2 million.
Senior Pastor at the New Creation Church, one of Asia’s biggest churches, Joseph Prince has taken his mission to books, CDs, and DVDs. Although the church did know reveal him as an employee, it’s evident that Prince has a key role in the church’s annual income of $44.7 million.
Leading the largest church in the United Kingdom, Matthew Ashimolowo has an estimated net worth in the range of $6-$10 million. Ashimolowo converted to Christianity at the age of 20 and is now the Senior Pastor of Kingsway International Christian Centre. With over 12,000 members, Ashimolowo has taken his mission to his popular international radio and television program called Winning Ways.
Most recognized for his role on the ABC sitcom Growing Pains, Kirk Cameron transitioned his career from show business to ministry. Cameron partnered with Ray Charles, a New Zealand evangelist, to co-found The Way of the Master Ministry. The two co-founders continue their teachings through television and radio programs, as well as their free summer camp called Camp Firefly. Cameronâ€™s success on and off screen has landed the former actor at a worth of $20 million.
Nigerian evangelist Temitope Joshua is one of the most controversial and richest pastors. Claiming to be a miracle worker that can heal anything from cancer to HIV, Joshua founded the Synagogue Church Of All Nations and cashes in a net worth between $10-$15 million.
Heading the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Newsweek listed Enoch Adeboye in the top 50 global power elites in 2008. The church is so popular that it has 14,000 branches in Nigeria alone, naturally Adeboye is cashing in and enjoying his private jets. His income is over $50 million.