Tuesday, November 20, 2007
D.E. Paulk is Not Only The Son of Preacher Man, Earl Paulk, He is Also His Nephew! Update 12-7 Other Preacher Under Attack
By most accounts, Earl Paulk for many years apparently had a pretty good gig (an 80-year-old archbishop of the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit at Chapel Hill Harvester Church.) Paulk apparently was not only made a decent living, but also enjoyed a great deal of power among his followers. There may also have been other "perks" that came with the job. As is often the case, with power, comes sex. Apparently the leader of the Atlanta church was not an exception to this phenomenon as he not only slept with his brother Don's wife, he actually fathered his nephew, D.E. Paulk.
Archbishop Paulk revealed the secret to his congregation after a recent court-ordered paternity test confirmed the DNA link. Paulk could be in trouble with the law for lying under oath about the affair in a deposition. (34-year-old D.E. Paulk might constitute living evidence of the lie!) Cobb County district attorney's office and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation are apparently investigating Earl Paulk for possible perjury.
Archbishop Earl Paul, his brother and the church are apparently being sued by Mona Brewer, a former church employee who claims Earl Paulk manipulated her into an affair from 1989 to 2003 by telling her it was her path to salvation. (Earl Paulk apparently admitted to the affair last January.) However, in a 2006 deposition the archbishop allegedly said under oath that the only woman he had ever had sex with outside of his marriage was Brewer. The paternity test screams to the contrary!
D.E. Paulk, was anointed head pastor a year and a half ago. The church began in 1960. It now covers a 100-acre spread with a collection of buildings and a neo-Gothic cathedral. At its peak in the 1990s, it claimed 10,000 members and 24 pastors. By collecting tithes of 10 percent from its members, the church was apparently able to build a Bible college, two schools, a worldwide TV ministry and a $12 million sanctuary.
No one said salvation was cheap $$$
Update 12-7-07 Scrutiny of church finances may have only just begun. Senator Chuck Grassley sent questions to a half-dozen high-profile ministries asking about salaries, perks and private jets in a quest to determine whether tax emempt rules had been broken. Georgia megachurch pastors Creflo Dollar and Bishop Eddie Long have objected to the request. Long, of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia, Ga., issued a statement that the senator's request "clearly disregards the privacy protections of the Church under law and appears to cross the line of Constitutional guarantees for churches" Questions about constitutional protections given to churches seems to be a common objection. Texas-based faith healer Benny Hinn has asked for more time to respond. Preacher Creflo Dollar apparently thinks the inquiry shoud be handled by the IRS. Preacher Joyce Meyer, gave detailed financial and board oversight information for the inquiry. So have Kenneth Copeland and his wife Gloria.