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Crystal Cathedral Falls Short of Fundraising Goal

The Christian Post reported that the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, Calif. attempted a “Miracle Faith Offering” program to raise money to avoid having to sell the church after bankruptcy proceedings. Unfortunately the amount raised fell short by quite a bit—about $4,700, when the amount needed was over $50 million. The Orange County Register quoted church spokesman John Charles saying the amount accumulated was “hundreds of thousands of dollars,” but court filings have shown otherwise.

The megachurch’s Facebook page requests that supporters sign up for prayer, seeking “God’s miracle that will save Crystal Cathedral.” The church filed for bankruptcy in October 2010 after lawsuits from unpaid vendors and creditors, coupled with a decline in revenue, required it. The church’s board of creditors will hold a vote on October 24 to decide if the property will be sold. Interested buyers include the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange, Chapman University, Hobby Lobby, and another local church.

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