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Why Franklin Graham’s salary raises eyebrows among Christian nonprofits

Franklin Graham, son of evangelist Billy Graham, addresses the crowd at the Festival of Hope, an evangelistic rally held at the national stadium in Port-au-Prince, on January 9, 2011. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Allison Shelley *Editors: This photo may only be used with RNS-FRANKLIN-GRAHAM, originally transmitted on May 20, 2015 or with RNS-CRUZ-COLUMN, originally transmitted on June 9, 2015, or with RNS-GRAHAM-REPUBLICAN, originally transmitted on Dec. 22, 2015.
Franklin Graham, son of evangelist Billy Graham, addresses the crowd at the Festival of Hope, an evangelistic rally held at the national stadium in Port-au-Prince, on January 9, 2011. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Allison Shelley *Editors: This photo may only be used with RNS-FRANKLIN-GRAHAM, originally transmitted on May 20, 2015 or with RNS-CRUZ-COLUMN, originally transmitted on June 9, 2015.

Franklin Graham, son of evangelist Billy Graham, addresses the crowd at the Festival of Hope, an evangelistic rally held at Haiti’s national stadium in Port-au-Prince, on Jan. 9, 2011. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Allison Shelley *Editors: This photo may only be used with RNS-FRANKLIN-GRAHAM, originally transmitted on May 20, 2015, or with RNS-CRUZ-COLUMN, originally transmitted on June 9, 2015, or with RNS-GRAHAM-SALRAY originally transmitted on August 18, 2015.

(RNS) Franklin Graham’s annual compensation of $880,000, revealed in a Charlotte Observer story, has some worrying that too many top Christian nonprofit leaders as well as pastors are seeing themselves as CEOs instead of as God’s servants.

Graham, son of renowned evangelist Billy Graham, is head of Samaritan’s Purse, an international relief agency based in Boone, N.C.

“Basically they are saying if Satan pays well, God should pay better,” said Maria Dixon, a Southern Methodist University professor of corporate communications and public affairs. Dixon, a United Methodist Church deacon and a minister’s wife, specializes in studying and helping nonprofit religious organizations.

CEOs at the top 50 U.S. charities, including Samaritan’s Purse, earn in the $350,000 to $450,000 range, which makes Graham’s $622,000 salary from his aid organization alone about 40 percent to 50 percent higher than average, according to a Forbes story. He receives the rest of his $258,000 compensation as CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.

"Earning more than his peers," comparing Franklin Graham's salary to other CEOs of larger relief agencies. Graphic by David Puckett, courtesy of The Charlotte Observer

“Earning more than his peers,” comparing Franklin Graham’s salary to that of other CEOs of larger relief agencies. Graphic by David Puckett, courtesy of The Charlotte Observer

A spokesman for Franklin Graham said his compensation was determined by independent commissions that compared similar organizations’ top salaries. Graham was not available to answer questions.

By contrast, pastor salaries at the nation’s biggest Christian churches are much lower for all but a select number. Only 3 percent of churches with more than 1,600 people in attendance pay senior pastors more than $300,000, said Warren Bird, research director at Leadership Network.  At the other extreme, a recent study by the National Association of Church Business Administration found that the average American pastor with a congregation of 300 people earns a salary of less than $28,000 a year.

In a 2011 comparison of megachurch pastors’ salaries, two senior pastors made $1 million and $1.1 million. Others were a fourth to less than half of that.

Among the exceptions: Southern Baptist the Rev. Ed Young, senior pastor at Fellowship Church in Grapevine, Texas, pulled in well over $1 million, according to a 2012 Dallas television news report.  And in 2013, his last year as pastor at Seattle’s Mars Hill Church, the Rev. Mark Driscoll was drawing a $607,000 package, with a $150,000 raise promised.

 "Franklin Graham's compensation from Billy Graham Evangelistic Association - a timeline," graphic by David Puckett, courtesy of The Charlotte Observer

“Franklin Graham’s compensation from Billy Graham Evangelistic Association — a timeline,” graphic by David Puckett, courtesy of The Charlotte Observer

The word “CEO” is often used when speaking of megachurch pastors who oversee multimillion-dollar budgets, manage media empires and publish best-selling books. “He could have been a CEO in any corporation in America” is an oft-repeated phrase among proud church members.

Pastors make sure well-heeled businesspeople are on their boards, said Jim Henderson, co-author of “Question Mark,” a new book tracing the downfall of Mars Hill’s Driscoll.


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“These guys make phenomenal amounts of money. So when it comes time to set the pastor’s salary, what seems like an ungodly amount of money to the rest of us, seems normal to them,” Henderson said.

A prosperous church with business executives on its board might ask “How embarrassed would we be to pay our pastor a lot less than I make?” said historian Joel Carpenter, director of the Nagel Institute for the Study of World Christianity at Calvin College.

But donors to Christian charities may think differently.

Grant Wacker, author of “America’s Pastor: Billy Graham and the Shaping of a Nation,” said he had just read the Observer story about Franklin Graham’s compensation when he received a solicitation for money from Samaritan’s Purse.

Compensation in the mid- to high-six figures “is on the generous side for anyone who is asking for other people’s money,” the professor emeritus at Duke Divinity school said a bit wryly. “It’s eyebrow-raising.”

Mainstream evangelicals generally expect money they give to be used frugally, Wacker said. Big salaries come with questions.

“Does he live ostentatiously or does he give it away?” asked Wacker.

Franklin Graham, who is 63, has said he wants to make enough money to be able to work for free when he turns 70.

By contrast, California megachurch pastor Rick Warren has been giving away 90 percent of his income for years, as part of a strategy he calls “reverse tithing.”

Such outside comparisons are considered good practice for nonprofits, but the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability asks for more.


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“Compensation-setting practices should be consistent with generally accepted biblical truths and practices,” according to its guidelines.

“It’s a moral issue particularly for a man of faith,” Pablo Eisenberg, a senior fellow at the Georgetown University Center for Public & Nonprofit Leadership, told the Observer. “And also you have to remember that (compensation is) partly paid for by the taxpayer. In a sense, we the taxpayers are subsidizing Frank Graham’s salary and his relatives who are paid.”

Nonprofits are governed by the federal nondistribution constraint, which specifies that in return for tax-exempt status, they will use donations for the good of clients and not distribute excessive amounts to those who oversee the organization, Dixon said.

“I don’t have a problem with people like Franklin making so much money as long as the janitor is making $60,000 to $80,000, a good living wage,” she said.

Not all of the big Christian charity CEOs are making huge salaries.

Lutheran Charities, a $21 billion organization, pays $181,858 to its highest-paid employee. At Cru, the college campus ministry, the highest salary is $150,787, according to Forbes magazine.

CEO Steve Stirling at MAP, a $349 million international Christian aid organization, made significantly more than his current $200,000 total compensation at other jobs, both for-profit and nonprofit.

“I did take a reduction in salary from my previous job,” he wrote from Ghana, where he is working this August.

Why? “Because MAP is a Christian organization, and I strongly believe in the mission.”

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  • Who said, “give away all that you have and follow me.”?

    Who said, “give me all that you have and follow Jesus.”?

    Who said, “it is easier for a camel to enter the eye of a needle and it is for Rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven.”?

  • He is paid what the Market will bear. It is as God Almighty has willed it. The Market is part of God’s creation as much as the seas and the trees, and it works as they do: by His perfect design.

  • “…the average American pastor with a congregation of 300 people earns a salary of less than $28,000 a year.”

    Does that figure include roundabout forms of compensation, such as the famous tax-free “parsonage allowances” that can be used to pay for luxurious mansions?

  • Some other comparisons:

    Glen Beck, $32 million in 2010, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/04/08/glenn-beck-earned-32-mill_n_529903.html

    and from guidestar.org

    Rev. Franklin Graham $800,000+/yr.
    Rev. Billy Graham, $400,000/yr
    Rabbi Bradley Hirschfield $331,708/yr
    Rev. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite, $200,000/yr
    Erica Brown $134,221/yr
    Eboo Patel $120,000/yr and his “non-profit’s” investment portfolio of $1.2 million
    Imam Rauf and his wife Daisy, $400,000/yr/ea estimated
    Susan Jacoby ????

    And many “non-profits” are tax dodges fronting as religious groups i.e. Dividends, interest and capital gains on stocks and bonds held by “non-profits” are tax-exempt.

    Dr.Shriver’s salary at the Special Olympics, is $235,514/yr. which includes benefits. Twelve other directors/managers make on average $175,000/yr.

    Special Olympics has/had $38,145,655 invested in the Christmas Records Trust. Said trust apparently lost $18,757,600 in value in the 2007-2008 time period.

  • In addition, who said “you received free; give free? (Matthew 10:8). He is evidently not following Jesus’ counsel.

  • I don’t see any justification for the salary, unless of course he spends most of it traveling with his ministry. We would probably need to know more. But IF this is just pure personal salary, and he is not giving most of it away to charity, or spending it on his Church ministry, then something is wrong there. For example, the pope receives no salary, but his living expenses are paid for by the Vatican.

  • it’s called the idolatry of the mirror
    a bit of narcissism, and you actually believe that you’re being paid what you’re worth, rather than what you can twist out of your church or other non-profit

  • Contrast this to the salary of the average Catholic priest, which is about $24,000/year (not including free rent at the house owned by the parish). The salary for the average Catholic bishop is about $40,000/year.

  • This is an outrage. My father-in-law was a minister, had a (leaky) house provided by the church, and donated at least 50 percent of his (modest) salary back to the church and other charities. When people were sick he was there, when someone was hungry they came to his house, and when someone had a personal issue he was a friendly counselor. There are good ministers out there, a group which does not include the money-grabbing Grahams.

  • Franklin Graham is regularly making commentary on the secular government, laws, supreme court decisions etc. He makes his comments and judgments from the platform of a “Christian Leader” within the USA culture and society. It is fair to judge him and his finances comparatively to other Christian ministries and leaders and from the point of view of Biblical references to wealth, income, charity etc. He and his organization need to be fully transparent about his income and expenses. Does he give large amounts to charity? Does he pay his own travel expenses for Samaritan’s purse? Does he pay his assistant-personnel for office and travel out of his own pocket? If they can show such a defense, then why not disclose these things? Other wise, if he is receiving close to a million dollars annually just for his personal use / income, then SHAME on him and the ministry.

  • Yes, it would. The ministerial housing allowance doesn’t provide additional compensation. It would allow those pastor’s to designate a portion of their whopping $28,000 as housing expense and have it sheltered from income tax. There’s not much tax to begin with on a $28K salary after standard deductions, so they might end up saving a couple hundred bucks.

  • John T’s comment says it all!
    There is absolutely no excuse for clergy receiving high salaries. Some may have families to care for but it should be done modestly and based on Biblical principles. Otherwise it is a scandal to us all!

  • Do you know what Sr. Donna Markham, OP makes in total compensation as the newly elected President & CEO of Catholic Charities USA.

  • Robert Morris, Sr Pastor of USA’s 3rd largest church (Gateway-Southlake, TX) collects over $1 million church compensation plus $325K/yr in outside fees & book royalties; now says God told him to ditch his home church on Sundays. He also partners with Creflo Dollar selling DVD packages for $1200 each on James Robison’s TV show, running on Marcus Lamb’s Daystar network. College dropout, bought University from Jack Hayford using Gateway tithes and offerings, gets honorary Doctor of Letters, upgrades it himself to Doctor of Literature. Books were ghostwritten.

    https://shar.es/1tOm9J

    Read the comments for more disclosures on how Morris deceives everyone for huge personal income only working 35 minutes a week.

  • The salary issue would not be an issue if Billy Graham’s organisation hadn’t been letting people go for the reason of not having enough money.
    Just hope that the journalists would “dig deeper” and reveal how many long time workers were laid off at the same time when Franklin was getting a generous compensation.

  • Perhaps Franklin could contribute some of his compensation to help fund the interment camps for American Muslims that he suggested early last week.

    Having spent a fair amount of time in Boone, NC—where Samaritan’s Purse is located—over the past 20 years or so, I can assure you that Mr. Graham is not the only well-compensated executive for his group.

  • Though the issue of how much these pastors get paid is important, what is maybe even more important is what they do with the money they’ve been given. If they are tithing at least a tenth before tax and being generous toward others for God’s sake with the rest, then make all you can! But if they are cheating God and being selfish with the rest then I pray that God will have mercy on their souls come Judgement day.

  • The salary reminded me of the Titus 1: 11 “Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not ,for filthy lucre’s sake.” he gives Christianity a bad name.

  • Christians have been giving Christianity a bad name since the first querulous old man wagged a shaky finger at a fellow parishioner and screamed “HERETIC!”

  • Another comparison: In his last season as football coach at Ohio State University in 1978, Woody Hayes was paid a salary of $43,000.

  • I don’t think it’s inherently wrong to pay him that much if his organization takes in that much money, but if I were in his shoes, I would take a lot less, because appearances matter.

  • Well, Ben, you’re assuming that this behavior is the sole province of (1) old (2) Christian (3) men. Often that’s the case…..but not always.

  • IN other words, there are modern equivalents of this as well.

    Among them is a curious thing called political correctness.

  • But it IS wrong, Jack. Jesus himself said so. I think 800K a year makes him rich.

    And “it is easier for a camel…”

    well, you know the rest.

  • Right, Ben….But that doesn’t mean it’s wrong to be rich. It means that those who are rich tend to trust in their riches rather than in God, making their money into a god.

    It is a cautionary word for any good thing we have — that we may trust in it and not in Him.

    Intellect is another example, of course. But that hardly makes being intellectual a bad thing.

    Bottom line is that the “haves” in life — whether it be money or intellect or looks or any other good thing — are in bigger danger than the rest of the population of trusting in what they have and making it into a god.

    For me, I don’t need much and I give it away…..But each of us is tempted to make something into a god…..If it isn’t money, it’s something else.

  • His “ministry” being largely politically lobbying efforts for attacking 1st Amendment religious freedoms and promoting abuse of rule of law by Christians.

    Samaritan’s Purse is notorious for dealing in bad faith with local supporting organizations and blatant proselytizing as part of their “aid”. Franklin Graham even found a way to act like a raging dillhole in charitable works

    http://www.examiner.com/article/no-pay-no-play-with-samaritan-s-purse-operation-christmas-child-toys

    http://www.theguardian.com/society/2002/dec/18/guardiansocietysupplement7

  • I’m a bit disappointed in this article written by people of “faith”. Sure looks like some folks (eerily similar to those grumbling in Matt 20:11 regarding His pay schedules) in the faith need to answer Jesus’ question in Matthew 20:12.

    It’s not up to you to decide His will.

  • Franklin Graham is a hypocrite in several ways. He makes blatant statements about President Obama (for purely political reasons) that he knows are not true. This, of course, is bearing false witness, but I guess the 10 Commandments don’t apply to the holier-than-everyone else Graham family. The sister, Anne Lotz, does the same. Both are virulent Muslim haters.
    Billy Graham palled around with the criminal Nixon until Nixon died, never once, apparently, trying to bring Nixon to Christ. Then Graham had the cajones to preach Nixon’s funeral as if the crook was the Second Coming.

  • It is one thing to question the salaries of high paid Christian leaders but it is not up to us to judge them. God is the only one who will judge them. Many seem to forget what christian charities do throughout the world. Outside of “first responders” who are the first to provide aid in disasters? It is Christian organizations. Where do people turn to in disasters? Christian organizations. It is good to question compensation but let’s remember our obligations to God and humanity.

  • I live in Alaska. My knowledge of the tremendous relief & mission work Franklin & his organizations are responsible for is first hand. The outreach is incredible. More Alaskans have been helped by his outreach here than all the other ministries put together & that might include the non-ministry State of Alaska. Example: half the village of Hooper Bay way out west burned down several years ago. The State sent out a bunch of stuff to help & it sat around for 2 plus years & was never put to use, typical Govt bungling. Much deteriorated & what was used served stupid purposes. Like refrigs being used for clothing.
    Nothing was rebuilt. People were crowded in with other families. It was awful. Until Franklin heard about it & rallied his organization to a dedicated effort that in one Summer saw the town rebuilt & literally revived from the pits. And it didn’t end there. A huge rec hall was built to provide a place for kids to gather & be kids. Play games. Eat burgers. Watch TV. And a…

  • Rick Warren does reverse tithing and gives 90% back to Christian causes? That makes no sense tax wise, you can only take a deduction for up to 50% of your adjusted gross income. Better to have his church keep the 90% and and have him and his elder board give the money away directly from the church coffers. Sounds like he needs a new accountant.

  • Rick Warren does not accept a salary from his church. His income is entirely from book royalties, of which, he gives 90% away.

  • How does one say if 880k is right or wrong. My guess is most people would like to have that as a salary, kind of like winning the lottery.

    If one gets his eye on mankind, we will see nothing but failure. We have had a miserable existence. A story like this just throws gas on the fire.

    So the focus is on Jesus. What are you going to do with Him? Worrying about FG salary is peanuts compared to a eternal question.

  • You are right, to a starving Christian, Muslim, Atheist, ad infinitum….is isn’t peanuts.

    The article mentions 880k, you mention 662k…..to a starving person 5k is not peanuts. So then the question gets to be what is too much? And there are probably as many responses as amounts.

    FG’s salary is really the business between he and his God. I guess it could be your business also, you could say “raise his salary” or “I am not giving anymore”.

    But the comment I made I still believe is the most important that any human can ask…….and that has to do with eternity and destiny. Not sure if the verse fits, but I think so…..”Man shall not live by bread alone”.

    I certainly am not defending FG’s salary, nor am I being critical of it.

    So for the super wealthy or the super poor, and all in between……will we repent and have the humility to receive God’s eternal gift of Jesus and His work.

  • Jesus and all of the Apostles already gave us the examples of how you should place our priorities and how we should share and spread the Gospel. The gospel was never given to Pastors only to spread, it was given to all believers. That is our job here on earth.
    Jesus said; “If you will not profess me before men, I will not profess you before my Father.”
    Clear as can be!
    We were never meant to be made millionaires off God’s Word. The Apostle Paul proclaimed;
    “For I take nothing for it.” (Sharing and spreading the Gospel)
    Worldly riches deceive us away from God and Christ, not towards him.
    Those who do this will stand before the judgment of Christ and he will say; “Part from me for I never knew you.”

  • Well how come he doesn’t give all his money away. Don a robe and pick up a staff and put on sandles, and get a little alms bowl, and start walking from village to village like a real holy man?

  • What this tells me is that if these pastors of large churches can get that many people in the door that allows them to even “make” that kind of money…..I would question whether or not they are actually preaching the full blown conviction, repentance before salvation through the blood of Jesus Christ Gospel…..or….are they just dealing out what itching ears want to hear…hindered from speaking conviction to their congregation out of fear of most of them leaving. Because the gospel…the “true” gospel…is foolishness to the world and the world wants nothing to do with it…. wide and broad is the road that leads to destruction and “Many” there are that go that way…..but narrow is the road and small the gate that leads to salvation…and few there are that find it. I’ve seen some of the performances on youtube that these mega churches have to put on for their congregants just to keep them entertained enough to want to come back next week. It’s like a free ticket every week to the next cirque du soleil. We’re not supposed to look like the world folks…we’re supposed to be different and God isn’t going to make His biggest moves in a super mega church with a celebrity pastor at the helm…because God “never” works that way….and anyone who actually opens up the bible and reads it would know that. God does His best work through the small and weak….to prove “His” strength and “His” Power. Read your bible folks…if you’re serious about finding the Lord don’t depend on someone else to read and interpret it for you. Otherwise you won’t be able to discern when what you’re hearing is really of God.

  • The question we should be asking is not, “How much does Franklin Graham make,” but “How much of his salary does Franklin Graham plow back into his ministry?” He doesn’t strike me as the type to indulge himself in fancy cars and luxurious homes.

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  • Why route it that way? Max Lucado quit taking a salary after becoming a succesful Christian author. Your comment looks like an excuse to me.

  • Jesus didn’t have comforting words for the rich, and that’s not even addressing teachers of the Word. I don’t think I want to send shoeboxes at Christmas anymore.

  • What the heck is wrong with his salary? The bible says God has plans for us to prosper! He doesn’t say we are to take a vow of poverty…judgemental christians..God will ask him how he spent his money at judgement and none of you know how he does spend it..if he spreads the word of God and does what God tells him to do none of you have the right to judge him for it..I dont care if he made 30 million a year..how many of you give your excess away? And what things do you have to have in your life for you to consider having excess? Dont answer that cuz its NONE of my business, treat others accordingly!!

  • In an article from Washington Post in August 2015, the figure quoted was $880,000 for the previous year, $622,000 from the Samaritan’s Purse and $258,000 from the Billy Graham Evangelist Association. These figures, believe it or not, were brought down from $1.2 million in 2008 due to criticisms. My thought on this is that for a guy that receives $258,000 salary from BGEA, does he really need to pay himself $622,000 from the SP? When folks made their donations to SP, I’m sure all of them were believing most of their money would be used to help the poor and desperate people around the world rather than to be used to pay a six figure salary to a multimillionaire. I bet 99% of those donors are much poorer than Franklin Graham. I bet they are mostly hard-working, kind-hearted people who donated their precious gifts to help those truly in need.

    Franklin Graham, along with dozens of high-profile evangelists, are using God to serve themselves. Name of their game is prey, NOT pray.

  • Charlatan, money grubber just like Daddy. Can anyone imagine what this country could be like without Evangelical Christian influence in politics? Evangelicals are simultaneously the most inept, slow-minded and dangerous demographic out there. The first two adjectives reference the fact that they take the Bible literally, a position that is indistinguishable from mental illness. Dangerous…we all know why. SO tired of these demagogue mountebanks indoctrinating children, infecting our political process, and claiming this is a Christian country, a lie that is so easy to uncover, to even suggest it to be true is shameless.

  • God will sometimes use the egos and want for money in people. Thank God for many of the pastors on tv like Charles Stanley. They spread the good word of Christ to people who cannot get to church or even better, to people who have never gone.
    As for what these pastors should make? I believe that we usually earn what we are worth. Should athletes be awarded 100 million dollar contracts? Should actors make 20 million dollars per movie? Should politicians make tens or humdresds of millions of dollars from sources outside their salaries?
    God knows, not us! And God knows what’s in their hearts, not us!
    I personally think that the person who spreads the good word, and hope and love is doing a huge service for this world which is filled with adversities.

  • He makes about $650,000 a year but his net worth is less than $10 Million. Billy Graham’s net worth is @ $50 M.

  • So what r u saying?The Popes r more stupid because they don’t keep any of the profits.It’s pretty obvious these Popes and Priest don’t go hungry.

  • Whatever happen to that verse in the bible that preachers use to preach about it is easier for the camel to go through an eye of a needle that it is for a rich man to enter the kingdom of G.D? I bet all these rich preachers skip over that verse.

  • Don’t mix apples with oranges. Sports figures and Actors with Preachers/Actors.
    That live in the luxury of wealth provided by the income of the people who are often wondering how they will ever live on their SS Retirement. Some even are living from paycheck to paycheck. Others are old women who are giving as to the Lord while Rev.Mega Bucks is enjoying the good life with their donations and tithes. As for the money they make on books it’s a good thing the Writers of the New Testament Gospels didn’t charge for their books. These guys surely are not like the preachers in times past who preached repentance and salvation and often times lacked for the necessities of life and were dependent on the faithfulness of God to supply their needs physically, materially, and financially. Today a Mega Preacher can write a book and make a million. Write a dozen or more and leave an inheritance to your heirs that will insure the next two or three generations a comfortable life. I suggest that it might be a good thing tithing 90% back into the work of the Gospel and giving yourself 10%. Sort of like Reverse Tithing. Money and Power Corrupt not only in the secular word but especially in the world of the church. To accumulate wealth by the preaching of the Gospel has got to be a grievous thing to God. Will those that have mega incomes and those that have been faithful servants, some of them working a job to be able to pastor a church that really can’t afford a full time pastor receive the same rewards when God Says; “Well done my good and faithful servant”?
    I wonder.

  • Well Stephanie you sound like the wife of a Prosperity Gospel Preacher or maybe you are one
    that has been taken in by their false doctrine, No I do not believe that a preacher should live as
    a poor man nor do I believe he should live in wealth gained through the ministry. Please don’t throw up the old Don’t Judge Others line. We are not to judge by appearances we are to judge by the facts. And the facts tell us that these preachers, both men and women, are making merchandise of the gospel by the wealth they have accumulated though their ministry and
    celebrated position.

  • Why is it people only question the salary of a CEO of a non-profit, when it is Christian? I think if it is comparable to other non-profits we should not judge. Whether he is giving back to God is between him and God.

    I think that some pepole commenting here should remove the plank from their own eye before commenting because if the last time you gave anything was your change to a bell ringer at Christmas, you should not be commenting on what others are doing for the kingdom of God.

  • Wow, tell us how you really feel. Actually, I don’t have to imagine what this country would be like without evangelicals…I just have to look around…our country is filled with hatred as demonstrated by the many crimes (all kinds); we’re killing babies at alarming rates; our divorce rate is ridiculous; we have sexual immorality everywhere you look (tv, the news, politics, sexual human trafficing in our own backyards as well as pornographic addictions, suicides, and on, and on it goes)…

  • how do people like him support a president who bragged about sexually assaulting women and mocked disabled people? jesus would never support today’s republicans cutting 24 million people off of health care, cutting 800 billion from medicaid and raising medicare premiums on tens of millions of senior citizens to give the wealthiest huge tax breaks. jesus said the rich going to heaven is like a camel through the eye of a needle. i cannot understand for the life of me how anyone who calls themselves a christian could vote for trump.

  • it doesn’t matter what he strikes you as. the reality is that he makes an obscene salary and is into fancy cars and luxury homes.

  • exactly that graham makes 650,000 a year and has mansions while the pope lives in an apt with no salary. is it that hard for you to understand?

  • read the bible. why wold a real christian want to be filthy rich when jesus’s words clearly say a rich man going to heaven is like a camel through the eye of a needle? do you believe in money or in jesus? jesus makes it pretty clear you cannot believe in both.

  • The money the Franklins made from their books comes from the Franklin foundation buying their books (the money and royalties then goes into their personal accounts) then the books are given away as love offerings to people that contribute to their organization. Our contributions will no longer go to Samaritan’s Purse, but rather to our local church (Until our pastor starts to make $600,000 a year salary.

  • Your comment was not appropriate. It’s one thing to criticize a person but calling names is not what a Christian does.

  • You can defend the Pope, and the Catholic hierarchy in general, with all the loopholes you want. They surround themselves with opulence.

  • I’m not defending the preachers, but with respect to that teaching, He’s speaking to the fact that worldly wealth is oftentimes – not always, a corrupter of men’s hearts, leading them astray. One cannot serve both mammon and God. You can own lots of money or lots of money can own you. Wealth, in and of itself, is not the issue.

  • Franklin Graham, political evangelist, now makes $572,000 a year from Samaritan’s Purse. That’s in addition to the (at least) $669,000 he makes a year from the Billy Graham Evangelical Association. Who could possibly think this kind of money is justified?

  • Actually, when you add the Samaritan’s Purse salary and the Billy Graham Evangelical Assoc. salary, Franklin is making AT LEAST $1,234,000 every single year.

  • Goodwill’s CEO makes in the seven figures, and that’s why I don’t donate or shop at their “thrift” store any more.

  • Yeah, that’s why Rick Warren has at least TWO luxurious homes and several cars. I wouldn’t be surprised if he also has a yacht and a private plane.

  • Hey you can still get the panacea of all insurances Obamacare but you’ll pay for it yourself just like all of us do, whant you want is the insurance and someone like me pay for it. Here’s a hint, GET A JOB, Obamacare is afforadable obama and the Democrats couldn’t praise it enough, like I said it’s a panacea look it up you could work two jobs for such a wonderful insurance, you got insurance that was promised by obama that would be cheap, keep your doctor, don’t get mad at republicans we pay for ours also just not Obamacare I can’t afford the best insurance in the world even Biden said this is ******* Huge.

  • ~ JESUS THE COMMODITY ~
    ~ As Seen On TV ~ Televangelists, selling Jesus by the gram. Mega-churches ministered by evil men seeking wealth and power, deceiving those seeking spiritual guidance. Stealing their wages, stealing their souls and telling them how they want them to vote. All in the name of Jesus. ~ Anti-Christians ~ The scriptures flow as sweet as honey from their lips, seducing and robbing in the name of God. These are the ones Jesus spoke of that would come in the End Times and deceive many in His name. Anti-Christians: You will know them by their bigotry, their hatred, and their contempt for “others”.

  • The Christian Dilemma:

    The greatest threat to America, and indeed to the rest of world, at this point in history, comes from the staunch advocates of right wing ideology, and I must submit this warning to you: There is a grave problem with the right wing movement, in that; they seem to possess a distorted sense of entitlement. They’ve set themselves apart, and seem to think that their faith gives them the right to view the world from a platitude of conceit, through condescending eyes, and with a false sense of superiority. They actually believe themselves to be superior beings, with a manifest destiny and some strange notion that God is on their side. A people with a desire to conquer, under the false guise of Christianity, seeking to dominate in the name of Christ, their view of humanity being reduced to nothing more than a matter of “us” and “them”.

    What they fail to realize is; if the Christ you believe in leads you to view other humans as lesser beings, then you are a follower of the anti-Christ. The plain truth is; God doesn’t have a religion and God doesn’t discriminate. Any religion that professes to be the only true religion, or that they‘re special in the eyes of God preaches false doctrine. If the Spirit of God is truly with you, it will only be known by acts of “unconditional” love and charity. No religion can claim exclusive rights to God. He belongs to all that He has created, and to foster a belief in “us” and “them” is to divide humanity, not unite it.

    And so it will be, in The End, that those who have set themselves apart from their fellow man will find that they have set themselves apart from God. The worth of a soul will only be measured by how much it has loved, nothing more, nothing less. Woe to those who have taken the widow’s mite and built castles and empires in His name. They have incurred a great accountability, their suffering will be unending.

    Even Jesus will not claim to be Christian, but will only proclaim the glory of the Father. And when He returns they will shout: “Here we are Lord!” And He will respond: “I never knew you”. They have forsaken the Word and have become prisoners of the Numbers.

    Those who have put themselves first will be last.

  • ~ The Separation Of Church And Hate:

    There is a good reason why Church and State must always remain separate. Let’s get something straight, right from the start: A theocratic state is not a free state, and never will be. I’m sure it was never Jesus’ intention nor was it His will that anyone should be dominated in His name, the name of Christ. That is the will of men. To be accurate, the concept in itself is anti-Christian. You can only follow Christ by choice, not by legislation.

    It seems some people are more intent on casting stones at perceived sinners than propagating the love of Christ. ~ “Above all else, I command you love one another”. ~ This was the message that Jesus preached, and as far as I can see, the worth of a soul will only be measured as such. But I can assure you of one thing, when your time of judgment comes, you won’t be asked to recite scripture, but rather, if anything, the question will be: Did you get the message and live by it?

    For all of you people out there on the religious right, you should try to remember that looking for sins to condemn, and people to persecute in the name of God, is simply Satan’s way of keeping you from seeing what is good and praiseworthy. It’s Satan’s favorite means of deceit; getting people to hate and kill each other in the name of God and Christ Jesus. Twisting scripture to incite hatred and division.

    Understand this; that by doing so, you are defaming the name of Christ, associating Jesus with bigotry and hate. Jesus was never cursed with these feelings, these sins that you commit in His name. It’s widely agreed that He rose above it all, and to use His name for the justification of spreading contempt and hatred for anyone is true heresy. It isn’t Pro-Christ by any means, but clearly Anti-Christ.

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    ~ It doesn’t really seem to matter at this point whether you believe in God and Christ or not. What we have are Anti-Christians, the antithesis of the persona Jesus, and they are attempting, through legislation, to declare America to be a theocratic state and nation, legitimizing discrimination under the false guise of “religious freedom”. If you’re not one of the “chosen” you’re fair game for persecution, oppression and abuse. It’s a perfect “us” and “them” scenario. If you express opposing views to the “Order” or you’re a non-believer, or in any way perceived as a “sinner”, they’ll be coming for you.

    ~ Anti-Christians ~ The scriptures flow as sweet as honey from their lips, seducing and robbing in the name of God. These are the ones Jesus spoke of that would come in the End Times and deceive many in His name. Anti-Christians: You will know them by their bigotry, their hatred, and their contempt for “others”.

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