Televangelist David E. Taylor’s taste for high end clothing and homes at the expense of church donations is being exposed in a new viral video.
Taylor is part of Joshua Media Ministries, who describes himself as “a friend of Jesus Christ, which allows him to serve in all the five-fold ministry offices as an apostle.” Taylor has received notoriety online for incorrectly predicting Super Bowl winners and for claiming that Jesus appeared with him on stage, forcing people to collapse and fall down. On his website he sells several books of Biblical prophecy, all part of his overall faith message.
In a deposition making the rounds as a result of a lawsuit, Taylor makes several specious claims about how he and his ministry have spent money donated by parishioners.
After being asked about a mansion he purchased and listed as an asset worth $2,844,000, Taylor describes it as a “resort” for the ministry.
Taylor describes the purchase of over $6,000 on clothes from Louis Vuitton as a necessity, because he appears at so many venues and sweats profusely on his clothing. A shopping trip at Versace in Bahamas for $3,500 on clothing is also described as a necessary expense as well.
In his defense, Taylor testifies that “Macy’s don’t have the kind of suits I wear” and argues that he needs the high quality belts that are produced by luxury manufacturers.
Another wild expense shows that the church spent $50,000 with a vendor called “Limo Land” to “cut” a Mercedes into a limousine.
On his IRS return, Taylor listed someone named Brooklyn Mitchell as his dependent – receiving tax breaks – but then he testifies in the hearing that he doesn’t know anyone by that name.
He used $6,000 that had been donated for the church in order to take his wife, family, and staff on a trip to Disneyland. Asked who has made the decisions for the church, Taylor passes the buck to “board members” for the church, but then on closer scrutiny he is unable to testify as to the identities of those same board members.