I had to share the videotape below of two leading televangelists, Kenneth Copeland and Jesse Duplantis, as they explain why flying private jets is not just personally enjoyable but actually biblically required. It turns out that the luxury jets not only place them closer to God and allow to them speak directly with him but avoid “a long tube with a bunch of demons.”
When Duplantis starts to tell a story about speaking with God in his private plane, Copeland seems to immediately realize that the image of televangelists flying around in luxury jets might not sit well with the flock (or critics who regularly write about multi-millionaire televangelist and their mansions and expensive lifestyles). Copland interrupts to explain that this is all part of the spiritual mission and that ministers really cannot talk to God on commercial planes.
“You couldn’t have done that on an airliner. Stand up and say “What’d you say, Lord? Okay? No? Yeah? And the guy sitting over there, saying, “What the hell does he think he’s doing?” You can’t do that! No, no…”
They then go on to explain that their flying around in private jets “protects the anointing” in this “dope-filled world.” Copeland emphasized the horror of their having to take a seat and commune with God “in a long tube with a bunch of demons.”
What is amazing is that I think many would understand if these millionaires just said “Look I have the money and flying in private jets is a lot easier and nicer.” No demons. No private calls from God. Just convenience.
I was personally disappointed that they did not expressly deal with the legroom needed to speak to God but I will assume that that personal pet peeve of mine was subsumed in the stories of having to jump up and speak with God.
Of course, TWA used to have the slogan: “They have just one mission . . . yours.” That is a bit better than the old Braniff slogan “When you’ve got it, flaunt it.”