One thing that most of us know about Jesus was that he was a poor man of humble beginnings. A carpenter from a small town, he likely never had a lot of money. As an adult, he placed little emphasis on material wealth and encouraged his followers to do the same, even encouraging people to sell everything they had, give the proceeds to the poor and follow him.
“Jesus said unto him, If thou wouldest be perfect, go, sell that which thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, follow me.” (Matthew 19:21)
Jesus himself claimed to have no place to live, being voluntarily homeless, in addition to being poor.
“And Jesus saith unto him, The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head.” (Matthew 8:20)
How different it is with the likes of Peter Popoff.
According to the website Christian Issues, Peter Popoff has lived in homes with values far beyond the reach of most of the people that donate money to him. You can find the pages relevent to Peter Popoff here.
Courtesy of Brian Karjala, I present to you the assorted homes that Peter Popoff has purchased in recent years. I would like to than Brian for having done the research, at his own expense, and for allowing me to use the information he has gathered. Without people like him, this effort would be far more difficult. To his credit, Brian runs the website Christian Issues and accepts no donations from anyone to support his work. Everything he does, he does out of a concern for the Church and its people.
Now, as for Peter Popoff’s homes and condos:
In Claremont, CA, there is a home with 5 bedrooms, 5 baths and 4,891 sq ft. This home is now for sale and you can buy it, if you have $1,300,000 laying-around. Okay, five bedrooms I can figure-out, but five bathrooms? Who the hell needs five bathrooms?
Popoff took out a deed on a condo in Newport Beach, CA consisting of 3 beds, 2.5 baths, and 1,596 sq ft. This condo is also for sale at the bargain price of $695,000.
In 2004, he took out a deed on another house in Upland, CA valued at $939,500. Popoff seems to like this one, since it is not for sale at the moment. It has 3 beds, 3 baths and 4,586 sq ft.
Of course, Popoff doesn’t need to take the bus home from work since he drives a 2006 Porsche convertible worth $90,000.
It makes me wonder about how Jesus might feel about Peter Popoff, preaching in His Name, yet living a lifestyle more akin to a member of royalty.
Now, this is not unique to Popoff, by any means. There are and have always been ministers of the Gospel who lived in luxury while their followers were mostly poor. You’ll find it in nearly every denomination of the Christian Church.
But, Popoff is one “minister” who got caught red-handed and exposed on national television. His material possessions are such that it makes you wonder exactly how much of a connection he really has with that humble carpenter from Nazareth.