Last week a police report read that Megachurch pastor Creflo Dollar was arrested for beating and even choking his teenage daughter. On Sunday, Creflo Dollar told his congregation that he did not abuse his daughter.
On Sunday, Creflo Dollar talked in front of the Word Changers Church International in College Park. He wanted to make sure that his congregation knows his side of the story reported last week. “I will say this emphatically: I should have never been arrested” said the pastor, adding that the police report was “exaggeration and sensationalism”.
The packed church reacted enthusiastic to their pastor’s words. In the end, Creflo Dollar is one of the most popular and important preachers in Atlanta, with a congregation of 30,000 members and a multimillion dollar centre. At the same time, Creflo Dollar is one of the most prominent preachers of the Prosperity Gospel.
A few days ago, Creflo Dollar was arrested following his daughter’s 1 a.m. call to 911. She told the Fayette County sheriff’s deputy she got into an argument with her dad over going to a party. The 15-year-old told the police that Creflo Dollar charged her and tried to choke her and punch her. According to the report, the preacher’s older daughter witnessed her sister getting abused and called on their mother, Taffi.
The report noted a scratch on the 15-year-old daughter’s neck, but during his talk with this congregation, Creflo Dollar said the mark was caused by eczema and had been there for 10 years now. He did however confess that conversations with the youngest daughter tend to get emotional.
“The truth is that a family conversation with our youngest daughter got emotional. And emotions got involved and things escalated from there” said Creflo Dollar. He also added he’d never abuse his children as the congregation started cheering for him “We’ve got your back!” and “We love you”.
It looks like Creflo Dollar’s speech in front of his congregation was effective. Many of the church’s members were sure that the allegations were blown out of proportions and apparently all it took was their preacher’s words to confirm that.