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William H. Curtis, senior pastor of the 10,000-member Mount Ararat Baptist Church in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has drawn major criticism after his $230,000 Bentley Bentayga SUV was photographed outside the church.

“If ya pastor driving a Bentley truck … he’s sucking ur community dry with hope and tithes,” wrote Jarrell Taylor in a Facebook post sharing his photograph of the Bentayga in a parking space outside the church reserved for the pastor.

While the pastor’s assistant acknowledged that the church had received many reactions to the pastor’s vehicle, she reported to the Christian Post that a response would not be likely.

According to the church’s website, Curtis has served as the senior pastor at Mount Ararat Baptist Church since 1997 and is also an instructor at the United Theological Seminary in Ohio and co-owner of The Church Online, a technology and full-service marketing firm.

Under Curtis’ guidance, the church participates in a Community Tithe Program, which returns more than 10 percent of the congregation’s weekly offerings to other small churches, para-church ministries, and nonprofit organizations.

Samuel Cruz, associate professor of Religion & Society at the Union Theological Seminary in New York City, shared with The Christian Post on Friday that “the Gospel was good news to the poor and I don’t know how owning a Bentley that’s worth $230,000 contributes in any way to the furtherance of the Kingdom and also how that could be justified.”

“To own a car that expensive you have to be among the top 10 percent of income earners or even higher of these United States of America, and I can’t consider how preaching could lead someone to so much wealth,” Cruz continued.

Noting that Curtis also earns income from his marketing firm, Cruz added that “at a minimum, I think that for a pastor to go to his church in a car that is worth twice the median of what homes are worth in his neighborhood, it shows me that this person has no common sense.”

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“The truth of the matter is that the devil is not terribly frightened of our human efforts and credential. But he knows his kingdom will be damaged when we lift up our hearts to God.”

~ Jim Cymbala, Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire, 56.

“Our prayers may be awkward. Our attempts may be feeble. But since the power of prayer is in the one who hears it and not in the one who says it, our prayers do make a difference.”

~ Max Lucado


“The potencies of prayer hath subdued the strength of fire; it hath bridled the rage of lions, hushed the anarchy to rest, extinguished wars, appeased the elements, expelled demons, burst the chains of death, expanded the gates of heaven, assuaged diseases, repelled frauds, rescued cities from destruction, stayed the sun in its course, and arrested the progress of the thunderbolt. Prayer is an all-sufficient panoply, a treasure undiminished, a mine which is never exhausted, a sky unobscured by clouds, a heaven unruffled by the storm. It is the root, the foundation, the mother of a thousand blessings.”

John Chrysostom (347-407)


“Prayer does not equip for greater works—prayer is the greater work”

~ Oswald Chambers



“Nothing short of an outpouring of God’s Spirit will revitalize and empower an impotent and anemic church to display once again His glory to a lost world.”

~ Del Fehsenfeld Jr.


“Hear me clearly. I have never seen successful and sustaining change take place in a church without prayer. Never. Not once!”

~ Thom S. RainerWho Moved My Pulpit36.

Who Moved My Pulpit? Leading Change in the Church   -     By: Thom S. Rainer


“All revival begins, and continues, in the prayer meeting. Some have also called prayer the “great fruit of revival.” In times of revival, thousands may be found on their knees for hours, lifting up their heartfelt cries, with thanksgiving, to heaven.”

~ Henry Blackaby



“Our prayers may be awkward. Our attempts may be feeble. But since the power of prayer is in the one who hears it and not in the one who says it, our prayers do make a difference.”

~ Max Lucado

Max Lucado


“Prayer girds human weakness with divine strength, turns human folly into heavenly wisdom, and gives to troubled mortals the peace of God. We know not what prayer can do.”

~ Charles Spurgeon

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