Reputed American televangelist Creflo Dollar made the opening presentation of his three-day Empowerment Prosperity conference to scores of Barbadians at the Wildey Gymnasium last night, telling them he was going to detox them from bad religion.
The crux of his message was aimed at eliminating the confusion when it comes to mixing the requirements of the Old Testament with those of the New Testament.
Dollar, whose wife Taffi will also be making presentations, argued that while there are a lot of people who say they are Christians, they do not know the Word of God.
He dismissed the notion that a person was either an Old Testament Christian or a New Testament Christian.
“The New Testament is Jesus Christ revealed. The Old Testament is Jesus Christ concealed. Until you put on New Testament glasses, you would not be able to understand and see what you need to see in the Old Testament. And so, tonight and tomorrow morning, Taffi and I are going to take you through what we call a detox. We are going to detox you from bad religion,” the evangelist declared to loud applause.
Dollar said his approach to this Empowerment Prosperity conference would be different to traditional meetings.
“This is not one of those meetings where I am going to be preaching and sweating and waiting on you to give me a grade. It’s one of those meetings where we’ve got to convince you of the Word of God, that something has been drastically missing in your understanding of the Word of God and who God is.”
Citing a series of scriptures, Dollar informed those attending the meeting that the 10 Commandments no longer determined their relationship with Jesus Christ.
He insisted that the only aspect of the commandments which Jesus directs people to embrace was “love God with all your heart and soul and mind, and love your neighbour as yourself”.
Dollar reasoned that if a person loved God and loved others as themselves, they would not do any of the things prohibited by the commandments.
Dollar chided church leaders for perpetuating what he termed compulsive Christianity disorder, where people are constantly condemned and forced into fear when they go to church.
“People need to be free from this doctrine,” he said.
The Empowerment Prosperity conference concludes tomorrow with two sessions, one at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m., at the Wildey Gymnasium.