From spiritual leader at six different locations of New Light Christian Center to providing affordable housing to low income residents in Houston...Bishop Ira V. Hilliard is a very busy man who's respected and loved by thousands.
Saiko Woods says, "I have nothing wrong with Christians being rich as long as their riches are being founded upon the scriptures or they earn it honestly."
There's no question Bishop IV Hilliard is a rich Christian...Federal records show he and his wife first Lady Bridget Hilliard owns their own jet...an aviation expert tells FOX 26 news this Hawker is valued at $2 million. It's housed here at Hooks airport in Spring. The hangar we're told owned by New Light and has a value of about $3 million. This is also where Bishop Hilliard keeps the church's Bell Jet Ranger helicopter with a value of about $1 million.
Woods says, "$52 dollars for 52 weeks or with 52 days, totally blasphemy."
This is Pastor Saiko Woods...He has a small church in Sugar Land called His Word His Way. Woods was heated when he heard about the email Bishop Hilliard acknowledged sending to some in his congregation. That letter asked for a pledge of $52 in order to raise $50,000 to replace the blades on the church's helicopter. In exchange the Bishop said those who gave would get a blessing from God for their dream vehicle in 52 days or 52 weeks.
Woods says, "I've seen this man's home I've seen where he lives you can't tell me you don't have $50,000 you can pay out of your own pocket."
Woods says that type of spiritual leadership sends the wrong message to those who are looking to remain faithful in the church. He says in this day and age of rich pastors and mega-churches some parishioners are being turned off and walking away from the house of the lord.
Woods says, "Gospel is the death burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Not you promising money blessings a bigger house a bigger car a jet whatever these things might be. it causes people to look at Christianity and to laugh at it or to make a mockery of it thinking Christianity is all about money."
As we first reported Friday Bishop Hilliard issued a statement saying if anyone was offended by his request he apologizes.