Some of you may have heard, since it’s been all over the news, that televangelist Jesse Duplantis has asked for donations to buy a $54 million dollar jet. Now, I know that sounds crazy, but if you’re familiar with Jesse Duplantis’ ministry then you may already know that he is what is considered to be a ‘prosperity preacher’ which means in the simplest terms that he preaches that the more money believers give to the church, the more God will bless them.
To preachers like Jesse Duplantis and Creflo Dollar, luxuries – like private jets – are not at odds with Jesus’ teachings of moderation and humility. Jesse Duplantis explains this in this video that we’re about to get in to, and then we’ll get into what gospel artist Kirk Franklin had to say about all of this.
So that is Jesse Duplant’s explanation of how this $54 million dollar jet will be purchased and used. And here’s what Kirk Franklin had to say. Kirk posted a photo of an article about Jesse Duplantis’ requests for donations for the jet and he captioned it:
This is Jessie Duplantis. A televangelist who has four planes, and is now telling us that “Jesus” wants us to buy him another one. I’m posting this because now that we see popular culture stand up to the injustices in mainstream society, I believe the church should do the same for its own as well. WE should take the lead when there is an abuse of power that affects our message to the masses; our silence can be as loud as the bigotry and racism we see in the public square. Many of these “ministries” built their wealth on the backs of poor rural minorities that put their trust in the hands of “god’s shepherds” only to see the prosperity benefit those doing the preaching. Again, there are GREAT Christian leaders, and there is NOTHING wrong with having a plane… but if the burden falls on the less fortunate and GREED is the check written by those drowning in socio-economic rivers of systemic disparities, GOD is not flying that plane.
So what do you think? Based on your beliefs, do you think God is leading Jesse Duplantis to ask his followers to purchase this $54 million jet? Or do you agree with Kirk Franklin that this is an abuse of power on the part of Jesse Duplantis and that God is not in this?
Leave a comment and let me know!