It does not matter whether or not it is American pastors with private jets or Nigerian pastors, what matters is that most of these pastors do not have any business purchasing private jets with church money when church members are still going to bed hungry.
The issue of living a lavish lifestyle has become the major stain on religion no matter the divide and it is quiet worrying to say the least.
Over here in Nigeria, it is no longer news that pastors are among the most deceitful people running things in the country, just like their counterpart, the politicians. I am not trying to say that we don’t have honest pastors in the country but the thing is they are in the minority.
They are the ones with the big cars and houses and to crown it all, now the increasing ownership of private jets. Despite the fact that they are presiding over congregations that are made up of some of the most poverty troubled individuals in the country and possibly the world.
But today is not about Nigerian Pastors. Today our beam is focused on God’s own country, America! We are gathered here today to talk about those American pastors with private jets, who believe that it is a necessity no matter the argument of those who think otherwise.
1. Jesse Duplantis
Jesse Duplantis is the first on our list of American pastors with private jets. He is a prosperity gospel preacher from the Christian Evangelical Charismatic tradition based in New Orleans, Louisiana, US. He is said to have a net worth of $40 million.
Already in possession of Three Private Jets (according to him, two have been donated to other ministries), Duplantis still went ahead to ask his followers to donate money to buy a new $54 million private jet, the Dassault Falcon 7X.
A demand that saw a great wave of criticism assail the prosperity preacher and in defense he countered with the following statement: “I really believe that if Jesus was physically on the earth today he wouldn’t be riding a donkey. Think about that for a minute. He’d be in an airplane preaching the gospel all over the world.”
Can you imagine that!
2. Kenneth Copeland
Second on our list is Kenneth Copeland, who is another prosperity gospel preacher associated with the Charismatic Movement. He runs the Tarrant County, Texas-based Kenneth Copeland Ministries (KCM).
I think Kenneth Copeland is in a league of his own. This is a man of God who couldn’t hold himself back from describing flying in a commercial airplane as “getting in a long tube with a bunch of demons.”
Copeland’s ministry owns at least three private aircraft, “Inside Edition” reported, including a $20 million Citation 10 and a Gulfstream V jet purchased from American movie director Tyler Perry. The pastor refused to say exactly how much he spent on the Gulfstream but said Perry made the plane “so cheap for me I couldn’t help but buy it.”
he has his own airport.
3. Creflo Augustus Dollar Jr
On to the first black American pastor on the list. He is the pastor, and the founder of the non-denominational World Changers Church International based in College Park, Georgia, a suburb of Atlanta.
His congregation boasted of having around 30,000 members, and $70 million in revenue (gross cash collections) for 2006 alone. His ministry’s nearly $20 million World Dome was built without any bank financing in 2007.
He owns two Rolls-Royces, a private jet (Gulfstream III jet, N103CD,), and high-end real estates such as a million-dollar home in Atlanta, a $2.5 million home in Demarest, New Jersey, and a home in Manhattan that he bought for $2.5 million in 2006 and sold for $3.75 million in 2012.
Not satisfied with his current flying vehicle Creflo would launch a campaign for a Gulfstream G650 worth $65 million, so he could “safely and swiftly share the Good News of the Gospel worldwide.”
A financial burden that was placed on the heads of 200,000 followers to each donate $300.00 towards the purchase of that luxurious jet. A demand that is currently on hold and out of public eyes due to the massive criticism it attracted.
4. Joyce Meyer
Finally a woman of God on the list. Joyce Meyer is a Charismatic Christian author and speaker and president of Joyce Meyer Ministries headquartered near the St. Louis suburb of Fenton, Missouri.
In November 2003, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch published a four-part special report detailing Meyer’s “$10 million corporate jet, her husband’s $107,000 silver-gray Mercedes sedan, her $2 million home and houses worth another $2 million for her four children,” a $20 million headquarters, furnished with “$5.7 million worth of furniture, artwork, glassware, and the latest equipment and machinery,” including a “$30,000 malachite round table, a $23,000 marble-topped antique commode, a $14,000 custom office bookcase, a $7,000 Stations of the Cross in Dresden porcelain, a $6,300 eagle sculpture on a pedestal, another eagle made of silver bought for $5,000, and numerous paintings purchased for $1,000 to $4,000 each,” among many other expensive items – all paid for by the ministry.
She is considered transparent in her financial dealings, so much that On December 18, 2008, her ministry received a “C” grade (71–80 score) for financial transparency from Ministry Watch.
At least she has just one of those flying toys!
5. Benny Hinn
There are others like Benny Hinn who flies a private jet that is in the name of the ministry, with no direct connection to his vault of personal possessions. But for a lot of people that is sufficient reason to group him into the same category with the others mentioned above.
But because i don’t have enough evidence and facts to write even a paragraph on most of them. I will be relying on the future to bring me the necessary bits and pieces with which to write a complete story on these particular American pastors with private jets.
So bookmark and remember to check back on future updates on this very controversial posts on American pastors with jets.
But what do you think?