Despite Erroneous Material, Family Research Council Features David Barton at Event for Pastors

Once upon a time, Family Research Council promoted a video which featured a tour of the U.S. Capitol led by self-styled historian David Barton (see the original here). This Capitol tour video was filled with historical errors. Four years ago, 33 Christian historians and social scientists detailed those errors to FRC in a letter: April 23, 2013Dear Tony Perkins, Kenyn Cureton, & J.P. Duffy:Knowing of your desire to offer truthful and accurate information to the public, we the … [Read more...]

Joyce Meyer Ministries: Life Christian University’s Description of Earned Doctorate Does Not “Accurately Reflect the Information Correctly”

On October 7, I reported that evangelist Joyce Meyer claimed to have an earned PhD in theology from Life Christian University. She claimed to be a graduate on a promotional video still housed on the LCU website and said the degree was earned on her website. On October 11, I filed a complaint with the Missouri Attorney General's office in keeping with MO law which forbids the use of false and misleading degrees in connection with one's business or profession.Sometime after the initial post a … [Read more...]

Former Auditor: Over Past Two Years, Gateway Church Overspent Revenues by $23-Million

On Tuesday, I reported that Dallas-Fort Worth megachurch Gateway Church is laying off staff while spending millions on undisclosed non-operating expenses. In addition, the fourth largest church in America may have spent millions more than revenues for the second year in a row. According to former Big 4 accounting firm auditor Jason Watkins, Gateway's expenditures have exceeded revenues by nearly $23-million. The image below was supplied by Watkins.You can read Gateway's annual reports … [Read more...]

Gateway Church Issues Statement Confirming Staff Reductions

Earlier today, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram published a story with a statement from Gateway Church confirming the staff reductions I reported on Tuesday.  According to the statement from Lawrence Swicegood, executive director of Gateway Media, the church is going to "prune" staff to prepare for growth. I suppose that is one way to look at it, although I also suppose that the staff to be pruned might see it differently.The Star-Telegram report said that the church planned to reduce staff by 10 … [Read more...]

Glenn Beck Wants Transparency at Mercury One; Here’s How He Can Start

Today, on the second hour of his radio show, Glenn Beck spoke briefly about the charity he founded, Mercury One. Listen:Transcript: We're just going through an audit and I said to, Mercury One, I want the toughest auditors you can possibly find. Now that's Mercury One, I'm not even on the board of Mercury One but I went to the board and said, 'you guys should have the toughest audit and I want to see every page 'cause I'm raising most of the money for you. I want to see every page. And … [Read more...]

Spring Pledge Drive: So Far K-LOVE is Just Asking for Money

It is Spring Pledge Drive time at K-LOVE, and so far, the Christian mega station is just asking for money.During past campaigns, K-LOVE has used other non-profits to provide a misleading incentive to give. One year, donors were told a $40/month donation would trigger a the gift of a pair of shoes for a poor child. Another drive, the hook was a warm coat.  However, as it turns out, those shoes and coats would have been given anyway.So far this year, as far as I can tell, the pitch has not … [Read more...]

Layoffs Coming to Gateway Church Amid Millions in Spending

The fourth largest church in America is in the midst of what has been called a "pruning." According to sources in a position to know, Gateway Church is in the midst of gradually laying off one-third of current staff. According to sources who wish to remain anonymous to avoid repercussions, Gateway leaders are downplaying the layoffs, calling them a "healthy pruning." Without referring to the downsizing, Gateway is offering a resume writing workshop to help to those who have been "laid off or … [Read more...]

Via Glenn Beck and David Barton, Mercury One Declares War on Education

David Barton has been at war with higher education for many years. Glenn Beck gets involved from time to time but has decided to throw in with Barton's war in a big way via his charity Mercury One. For $375, students (18-25 years old) can go to Mercury One and learn history from Barton and Beck. According to Beck, when it comes to having historical answers, "I guarantee you the professors in college will have the wrong answer." Watch:According to the Mercury One website, students will be … [Read more...]