Greatness is often found in simplicity. Happiness often comes in small packets. However, this doesn’t seem to be the case for this billionaire from Brazil. You will be surprised to know that the billionaire in question is actually a pastor whose job is to promote holiness among the people by embracing abstinence from the fancy lifestyle.
Edir Macedo Bezerra is a Brazilian evangelical leader who is popularly addressed as “Bishop” Edir Macedo. He is the chairman and owner of Brazil’s second-largest television network. Shockingly, he has been accused of using donation money for his personal luxuries.
Edir Macedo doesn’t shy away from flaunting his lifestyle. Questions arise on the source of his wealth. It was quite unbelievable when he was accused of using the donations received from his poor followers to buy jewelry, TV stations, and other businesses for himself. The São Paulo Public Ministry released a statement saying,
It was proved that the money from donations, instead of being used for the maintenance of services, was diverted to serve the private interests of the accused
Edir Macedo along with few others founded the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God (UCKG) IN Rio de Janerio, Brazil. The man is popular for a number of controversies he has been a part of and his lavish lifestyle which propagates his theological teachings as well.
According to his autobiography ‘Nothing to Lose’, it is mandatory for him show off in order to keep people’s belief in his great work. A quote in the autobiography goes like,
If I preach prosperity and my clothes are ragged, who will follow me?
The Universal Church of the Kingdom of God believes that people should donate the money equal to the wish they ask to come true. For instance, if one has to buy a car or any other thing, then the believer must donate comparably. The billionaire pastor has also spent time in jail when he was accused of deception or quackery.
This just goes to show, religion can be, and is, used to cheat people all over the world. They don’t call it “blind faith” for nothing!