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Jets and Jesus

The last days we know by the accounts in scripture will be bizarre and difficult days. We often acquaint the last days to how the world will be behaving much of it in deception and delusion, but what about the Church? There are some who believe we need private jets in order to preach the gospel, and it has caught the attention of the national news media. This was on CBS This Morning: 

Jesse Duplantis, a televangelist based in St. Charles Parish, Louisiana, is asking his followers to donate money for a new $54 million private jet, "so we can go anywhere in the world in one stop.”


Later in the newscast they showed other prosperity gospel preachers talking about their own private jets for world travel.  CBN had a news article about this new endeavor by Duplantis and explained some of his rationale:

Duplantis explains his 40-year-old ministry has owned three private jets in the past.


"You know I've owned three different jets in my life and used them and used them and just burning them up for the Lord," he says in the video. 

Now the preacher is targeting the necessary funds for a Dassault Falcon 7X, with a $54 million price tag.

Duplantis explains his reasoning for wanting to purchase the new jet.

He says he could fly cheaper because he has his own fuel farm and he can avoid refueling stops. By flying in the new plane, Duplantis says it will save money and not pay for "those exorbitant prices with jet fuel all over the world."  

"I really believe that if Jesus was physically on the earth today, he wouldn't be riding a donkey," Duplantis says in the video, "He'd be in an airplane preaching the gospel all over the world."

Ministry is done in a variety of ways and at a variety of costs, yet like taxpayers, giving to the Lord’s work also has accountability. When I think of all the missionaries who work with little support and who make huge differences around the world, and then we have Jesse Duplantis who wants a $54 million jet. I have a word for Jesse, “you are not that important Jesse, no matter what your theology tells you, and you certainty haven’t earned the $54 million you want for your jet.”

 Jesse, I have another word for you. How about raising that $54 million and then give it away to missionaries and ministry leaders around the world who could use that money to reach people for Christ. 

When CBS did their morning expose’ on Jesse’s scheme to get a new jet, he seemed small and embarrassed to have his greed exposed. He was quoted as saying that Jesus rode on a donkey and if He were ministering today He would be riding on a jet. Jesse, your thinking is so contrary to the gospel and the nature of Christ. If Jesus rode on a jet, he would use public transportation and it would be coach and not first class. Jesse you show me where Jesus modeled the kind of ministry you represent. You tickle the ears of your listeners with slick sermons and funny stories, but in the end you are no different than an entertainer playing to religious audiences.

People who follow men like Jesse Duplantis, Kenneth Copeland and Creflo Dollar are deceived into thinking this style of Christianity is legitimate faith. Jesus didn’t own two or three mansion and travel in $54 million jets. What kind of gospel do these guys preach? They weren’t modeling their ministry philosophy after Jesus. 

But Jesus replied, "Foxes have dens to live in, and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place even to lay his head." Luke 9:58

Those who follow these men have to believe in a gospel that does not exist. It is a different gospel like Paul said in 2 Corinthians 11:4

For if someone comes to you and preaches a Jesus other than the Jesus we preached, or if you receive a different spirit from the Spirit you received, or a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it easily enough.”

This is a different gospel, and people readily accept it. They accept it because they do not know the heart of the gospel, the spirit in which the gospel is based. The gospel isn’t based upon prosperity; it is based upon sacrifice, the kind of sacrifice that is represented by the cross. How much of the cross was purposed for a $54 million jet? How much of the cross was budgeted for a gospel without sacrifice and without denial?  

Jesse Duplantis and his ministry cronies are preaching a different gospel and I for one believe they have a fake message that is being used to make fortunes for themselves and their families. 

Keeping it honest and truthful…K

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