TV show 20/20 sued by pastor after ‘corrupt preachers’ story airs

It’s a fine line between teaching about the abundance of a Christian life and exalting a congregation toward personal wealth. I believe that the abundance we can truly count on is God’s love and blessing in a relationship with Him. So, the accumulation of money could and could not necessarily be part of the equation or of His grace.

Prosperity-driven churches may not always be what they appear to some…God’s church works in more ways than we can understand. That said, the following story pits a feature-news show’s blind desire to produce a corrupt preachers story versus a pastor and his prosperity teachings.

Preacher sues ’20/20,’ alleging defamation
By ALANA SEMUELS, Los Angeles Times

The Rev. Frederick K.C. Price may have two Bentleys, but a spokesman for his 22,000-member church says his Palos Verdes house doesn’t boast 25 rooms and he definitely doesn’t own a helicopter. A lawsuit Price filed Tuesday claims that ABC’s “20/20” defamed him when it suggested otherwise, portraying him as a “hypocrite and thief” who financed an extravagant lifestyle with church funds.

Price, founder of the Crenshaw Christian Center, was featured in a “20/20” segment about well-heeled televangelists titled “Enough!” that the suit says “devastated, embarrassed and greatly humiliated” the 75-year-old. The suit also names Walt Disney Co., which owns ABC, and “20/20” co-anchor John Stossel.

In the March 23 segment, “20/20” ran a clip from a sermon Price delivered 10 years ago and displayed a still photo of the preacher as Stossel interviewed an activist who keeps tabs on how ministries spend congregants’ donations. The suit calls the use of the clip “one of the most outrageous instances of ‘out of context’ editing in the history of television.”

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