Pastor asks for money for helicopter repairs


A Texas megachurch pastor, whose 'Aviation Department' advised him that upgrading the blades on his helicopter would save his church $50,000, recently caused an uproar for asking his congregation to help finance the upgrade with $52 'favor seeds.'

Bishop, I.V. Hilliard, of the New Light Christian Center in Houston Texas, reportedly sent out a controversial newsletter to his "Friends in Jesus" list, telling them that if they sow a $52 transportation seed toward the upgrade they would receive "breakthrough favor" within 52 days or 52 weeks.

"Does your car need repair or total replacement? Do you have a dream vehicle or luxury automobile you long to purchase?" noted Hilliard in the opening paragraph of the letter.

"Our Aviation Department has an opportunity that will save the ministry well over $50K if we will move on it right away. My Aviation Manager stated that while repairing our helicopter they discovered that if we upgrade our blades today, it will save thousands in the days to come," he explained.

Then while pointing to various biblical scriptures, Hilliard noted: "We have an urgent transportation need that the Lord said can be an opportunity for you to see His favor and His wisdom released to help you."

"Scripture teaches when you give to a Kingdom need, God will raise up someone to use their power, their ability and their influence to help you," he added.

"As I pondered and looked at the situation, I heard that still small voice of the Holy Spirit say 'tell your special partners who have special transportation needs' and their obedience will release favor for their needs and desires. I got excited and set down to write you!" noted Hilliard.

The Bishop's request however stirred a heated debate online as soon as it was made public.

"You sir, are proof that SUCKERS/SHEEPLE are born every day! Give that charlatan money $$? LOL Why? So he can buy more gold rings, bigger mansion, bigger cars, hire another maid, a Helicopter??? ? All under the guise of Gawd..LOL This atheist is glad he's an atheist!" wrote John R Costello on the Bishop's facebook page.

Apparently upset that some people think Hilliard's request is unreasonable, Pastor Eddie Daniels responded supportively to the controversy on the Bishop's facebook page.

"Concerning Bishop I.V. Hilliard: Simply put, the church's helicopter is under their maintenance responsibilities and not the sole responsibility of any one individual. Why does anyone feel coerced to be upset about the financial responsibility to spreading the ministry? Helicopters do not maintain themselves. They are not Transformers, neither Autobots nor Decepticons. Wake up church and get the world out of your affairs," wrote Daniels.

In response to a Fox News report on the request, the New Light Christian Center, issued a statement apologizing to anyone the request may have offended.

"New Light Church World Outreach and Worship Centers, Inc. regularly make appeals to Special Partners, Members and friends of the church for the support of various programs and services," New Light stated.

"Occasionally, it is not uncommon for an appeal to be directed toward specific Kingdom projects or specific needs. In this instance, the appeal was directed to our Special Partners and friends who are familiar with the Biblical principles upon which we base our faith. We sincerely regret if anyone was offended by this appeal in that it was not our intent."

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richit site profile image  

9/11/13 10:08 PM by richit

Great thread. Well I have sent the faith offering and now I can eagerly await the blessings to come find me in 52 days /weeks. So glad there isn't a dodgy small print disclaimer or else that would have been a dead give away for it to be a fraud.

Dirtyu D site profile image  

9/11/13 7:29 PM by Dirtyu D

Yes, you can study religion within a logical context. In fact, that is exactly what "religous studies" do.But more specifically I was clearly addressing your argument that religious studies inadvertently promote religious belief.It seemingly makes no sense, and your attempt to divert from that into a general attack on religion makes it seem you have no logical position to support it

mongrel 911 site profile image  

9/11/13 6:33 PM by mongrel 911

Logic in a discussion of religion? I agree.

Dirtyu D site profile image  

9/11/13 6:18 PM by Dirtyu D

Are you unaware the fact that many "myths" are based on and inspired by various historical events and figures?

Dirtyu D site profile image  

9/11/13 6:15 PM by Dirtyu D

it's to facilitate large scale baptisms. Funny that you need to turn such a thing into a negative. Fuck, this is a man who is even forced to remind his poor congregation not to buy knock-off gucci bags for his wife. the man clearly suffers for these people

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9/11/13 6:13 PM by mongrel 911

Maybe my error for not being more clear, is in reference to the original post pastor is fleecing flock for "love offerings" for his helo, many acted shocked. I find it offensive but not shocking as it occurs almost daily by religious figures. I personally think its a waste to even teach religion as it propagates the history and I think "beliefs". I comment about Tabor's waste of money is just that. Could I get 500,000 dollars in funds to search for Mjolnir? No, because it is truly a myth, toss in Jesus and the money rolls.

Odins_Fleshlight site profile image  

9/11/13 5:54 PM by Odins_Fleshlight

Why does he even have a pool? He ain't fooling.nobody!

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9/11/13 5:53 PM by Odins_Fleshlight


Dirtyu D site profile image  

9/11/13 5:52 PM by Dirtyu D

should read: " No, because i can clearly distinguish such mythologies from reality".

Dirtyu D site profile image  

9/11/13 5:50 PM by Dirtyu D

No, it's just a study of the the ideological principles of various religions and how they evolved, and does nothing to perpetuate belief in it. I mean, does knowing the story of Moses, zeus, or the Buddha make me any less of an atheist? No, because i can clearly distinguish such mythologies from religion.