Piety, integrity, and humility are admirable traits. Ironically, such traits are rarely found amongst a specific subset of televangelists.
Texan televangelist Kenneth Copeland of Kenneth Copeland Ministries has his own private jet plane, according to a church announcement, courtesy of his ministry which purchased the “debt-free” jet plane for at least $6 million. Though the exact price they paid is unknown, it is likely closer to its original $36 million tag.
“Father we thank you so and I’m asking you now sir, according to your word, bless our partners beyond measure. Yes, in the name of Jesus. For you said in 2002, ‘I’m sending you new partners who are very strong financially and they will obey me. And I will increase your longtime partners and they will obey me,” Copeland, 81, said in a prayer of thanksgiving for the new jet.
Copeland had explained his “need” for the jet in a televised broadcast of “Believers Voice of Victory” on December 29, 2015:
“We’ve got to have this! The mess that the airlines are in today. I would have to stop — I’m being very conservative — at least, 75-80, more like 90 percent of what we are doing. Because we can’t get there! That’s why we are on that airplane. We can talk to God!.
“Now, Oral [Roberts] used to fly airlines. But even back then it got to the place where it was agitating his spiritual. People coming up to him, he had become famous, and they wanting him to pray for them and all that. You can’t, you can’t manage that today. This dope-filled world, and get in a long tube with a bunch of demons. And it’s deadly.
“I wanted to make that clear so the devil can’t lie to you and say, ‘See them there preachers spending all that money, just fat cats riding around.’ No, we’re not; we’re in business.“
Now, getting a plane funded by your donors is one thing. Unfortunately, maintenance, jet fuel and upgrades to the plane will not be directly supplied by God. According to Charlie Bollinger, Kenneth Copeland Ministries’ partner and volunteer, they will need $2.5 million more for upgrades that will apparently bring the plane up to FAA standards. A further $17 million will be needed to maintain the plane.
Bollinger urged Copeland’s donors:
“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.”
“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.”
Admittedly they are sowing their seeds, though it seems strange that televangelist donors enjoy precisely where these seeds are being sown.
“Now therefore, what have I here, saith the LORD, that my people is taken away for nothing? They that rule over them make them to howl, saith the LORD; and my name continually every day is blasphemed.” — Isaiah 52:5