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Evangelical Watchdog group Says Oversight is Needed

Evangelical Watchdog group Says Oversight is Needed
By: Associated Press

WINCHESTER, Va. (AP) - None of the ministries being investigated by Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley belongs to the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability.

If they did, ECFA President Ken Behr says they'd be asked some of the same questions -- about the independence of their governing boards and whether tax-exempt donations are properly spent on evangelists' lavish lifestyles.

Behr says non-profit means "not for profit," so preachers shouldn't be in ministry to get rich.

Grassley, the ranking Republican on the Senate Finance Committee, has given the ministries of Randy and Paula White, Joyce Meyer, Kenneth Copeland, Benny Hinn, Creflo Dollar and Eddie Long until December 6th to explain their expenditures.

Behr says the ministries will likely survive the probe if they're open and transparent.

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