"Grassley's investigation exposed numerous high expenditures for purchases that were clearly not in the public interest," said Roy Speckhardt, executive director of the American Humanist Association. "When institutions of any kind aren't held accountable there will be abuses. And when there's no oversight of church finances we're going to see lavish spending by some preachers."
The six mega-churches that were investigated preach versions of the "prosperity gospel," an evangelist teaching which adheres to the belief that God blesses his followers financially. The purchase of mansions, lakeside properties, private aircrafts, and related operating expenses were all accounted for under the churches' tax exempt status, and thus indirectly supported by taxpayers.
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