Kim Kardashian is a child of God. Sort of. When Kim and Kourtney were on Piers Morgan on Thursday night, Piers asked Kim about her charitable contributions, as welll as any tithing she might do to a church. Kim explained that she tithed to LifeChange Community Church, in Calabasas, which is a church that Kim’s mom Kris helped set up with a former evangelical preacher who was felled by a sex scandal several years ago, and built a second church based on “second chances”. Yep. That sounds about right. Oh, and Kim does donate to The Dream Foundation, which is a legitimate charity, not just some tax shelter set up by Kris.
They’ve conquered clothing, fragrance, books and reality television, and now the Kardashian have created their own church. Speaking to Piers Morgan, Kim Kardashian has revealed how she funded a church set up last year in Calabasas by her mother Kris Jenner.
The revelation came after Morgan asked the reality star if she knew how much she was worth, to which Kim replied: ‘Whatever it is, I give 10 per cent away to the church and that’s what I was taught. Every year. Absolutely.’
During the chat on his CNN show Piers Morgan Tonight, the host asked if Kim had ‘given away millions’, to which Kim confirmed: ‘Yeah.’
‘There’s a charity that I work with a lot that I donate money all the time – the Dream Foundation – and my mum has helped create a church, so we help fund that, it’s in Calabasas,’ she said.
The 30-year-old was referring to tax-exempt contributions to the LifeChange Community Church, which was founded by Kris and Reverend Brad Johnson. Johnson, who married Kim’s sister Khloe and LA Lakers player Lamar Odom during a televised ceremony in September 2009 watched by three million people, was working at a local Starbucks before embarking on the new venture with Jenner. The embattled pastor left his prominent position as leader of the Calvary Community Church in Westlake, California – where attendance surged to 5,000 under his tenure – in disgrace after his infidelities were revealed in May 2007.
The once-powerful Johnson found a saviour in Kris Jenner- the former wife of O.J. Simpson lawyer Robert Kardashian – and her cashed-up daughters. Kim chatted to Piers Morgan about her enormous newfound wealth, but said: ‘As long as we give back and help out any organisation that is close to our hearts. It’s not just (about) giving away, it’s about finding something that you really connect with. So many people ask us to donate money here and there and some things just don’t make sense to me, and I don’t feel connected or passionate about that certain thing. So when I find something it makes it so much more meaningful.’
And a church based on giving devotees second chances is something close to the reality star’s heart – after all, Kim’s rise to fame involved a leaked sex tape and a short stint as Paris Hilton’s best friend. Tattooed, charismatic Johnson worked alongside evangelical minister Rev. Rick Warren, who gave the invocation speech at President Obama’s Inauguration ceremony, in his early years. His fall from grace in 2007 was severe, causing him to attempt suicide three times after resigning from the Church.
Kris Jenner, who was a member of Calvary’s congregation, felt he deserved a second chance. ‘You went to church and you felt like he was talking to you,’ she said in an interview with the Ventura County Star. She tracked the disgraced 50-year-old down to a Starbucks he was working in to pitch him the idea for a new church.
‘People really do get a fresh start with God,’ Johnson told the Ventura County Star. Kourtney Kardashian, who stars alongside Kim in their new spin-off Kourtney and Kim Take New York, may be asking for some forgiveness after failing to match her sister’s charitable deeds.
Asked by Piers Morgan if she also gave 10 per cent to charity, Kourtney said: ‘I’m going to now – I was taught that too but I forgot about it!’
‘I don’t have as much money as Kim,’ she explained, saying her money mainly goes towards son Mason.
[From The Daily Mail]
It honestly doesn’t sound like Kim pays much attention to where her money is going in general, much less specifically to this church. This is what happens when your mother is your manager – you end up donating 10% of your income to your mom’s little pet project/tax shelter/churchy sex emporium. Yeah, I’m going to hell. You don’t even have to say it.
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