Televangelist Thanks His Supporters For Buying Him A Gulfstream Jet
Televangelist Kenneth Copeland raised some eyebrows back in 2015 when he and Jesse Duplantis defended Rev. Creflo Dollar's plea for his congregation to buy him an airplane.
Well, Copeland is back on the airplane topic, but this time he gets to talk about his own: the pastor purchased a “debt-free Gulfstream V” from media mogul Tyler Perry.
Per Copeland's website (emphasis his):
First, the Holy Spirit confirmed to Brother Copeland that the Gulfstream V was the plane the Lord had set aside for KCM. Right away discussions began, and Brother Copeland developed a wonderful personal relationship with the seller, Christian businessman and movie-maker Tyler Perry. Soon a contract was signed, a cash deposit was paid, and the aircraft was brought to Dallas for a very thorough pre-buy inspection process, which has wrapped up in November. And praise God, it was actually during THANKSGIVING week that the purchase was completed, the title was signed, and thanks to the CX Team*, the cash was in the bank to mark it \*paid in full**! Hallelujah, it’s done!\
But is it truly done? It would appear not, for the very next paragraph continues (emphasis his):
But our work as the Elite CX Team is not done. Overall, this Gulfstream V is in outstanding condition and is an exceptional value; however, before it goes into regular service for KCM, we want to upgrade the avionics to meet new standards the FAA will require in the near future. We also need to reconfigure the interior to better serve KCM’s needs for international flights. In the next few weeks, the avionics and interior work will commence. The cost of these upgrades is approximately $2.5 million. So, as Elite CX Team members, we need to set our faith NOW on receiving that additional seed so that we can sow it within the next three to four months*, as the upgrades are completed.*
Wait. There's more:
Beyond the purchase of the Gulfstream V and its upgrades, remember that the overall Mission 3 goal is $17 million. By sowing the balance of those funds as the CX Team, we will be sowing toward: the construction of a new hangar, upgrading the existing runway, and purchasing special GV maintenance equipment.
The website entry wraps up with a couple of verses from Mark 11 - in which Jesus throws money changers out of the temple - as Copeland encourages his members to give more with faith they in turn will receive:
17 He said to them, “The Scriptures declare, ‘My Temple will be called a house of prayer for all nations,’ but you have turned it into a den of thieves.”
No not that one - these two, pulled out of context:
22 Then Jesus said to the disciples, “Have faith in God. 23 I tell you the truth, you can say to this mountain, ‘May you be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and it will happen. But you must really believe it will happen and have no doubt in your heart.