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Deceit in a House of God


Deceit in a House of God: The Jinwright Trial and the Prosperity Gospel It's been one year since local ministers Anthony and Harriet Jinwright were convicted on several counts of conspiracy and tax evasion. Their story was one of ministers making six figure salaries, living in a glamorous house, driving expensive cars, and wearing tailored clothes, all paid for by their congregation and "love gifts" during speaking engagements around the country. This all happened while the church was $5 million in debt and the church building itself was crumbling. Somehow the congregation continued to believe their leaders, even after the IRS was involved, charges were filed and a trial commenced. On this edition of Charlotte Talks, we'll talk about what happened to Greater Salem Church at the hands of the Jinwrights, the culture of the church and the concept of "prosperity gospel", and what has happened to the Jinwrights and their congregation since the trial. Guests Rhiannon Bowman - Freelance Investigative Journalist, worked with Q City Metro to provide gavel-to-gavel coverage of the Jinwright Trial. Her feature in Charlotte Magazine about the trial appears in the May edition of the publication. Glenn Burkins - Founder, Editor and Publisher of Q City Metro, an independent online news source specific to Charlotte's African-American Community. Glenn is a former Editor at the Charlotte Observer, and is a former reporter with the Wall Street Journal. Rev. Dr. Rodney Sadler - Assoc. Professor of Bible at Union Presbyterian Seminary at Queens in Charlotte Add and read comments