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  • WOULD JESUS REQUIRE a $54 MILLION PRIVATE JET?

    First of all, Jesus would not need a jet for any reason. When Jesus was on one side of the lake, they just immediately arrived on the other side. When The Lord sent Philip to a far way place, Philip just arrived in that place without traveling.

    I would have this question: If Duplantis claims he can attain anything by his great faith, then why does he need the jet to do so. Why not just pray to be where he wants to go like The Lord took Philip from one place to another in this passage:

    Acts 8
    36 As they traveled along the road, they came to some water and the eunuch said, “Look, here is water. What can stand in the way of my being baptized?” [37] 38 And he gave orders to stop the chariot. Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptized him. 39 When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord suddenly took Philip away, and the eunuch did not see him again, but went on his way rejoicing. 40 Philip, however, appeared at Azotus and traveled about, preaching the gospel in all the towns until he reached Caesarea.
    Duplantis claims that anyone that gives will receive up to 100 fold back from God in material riches. Then if he needs 54 million to buy his jet, he need only GIVE to the poor and then he should receive back from the Lord enough to buy his new jet.

    Why not sell one of his jets and give that money to the poor. Then by his doctrine that he preaches, he should receive back enough to buy the new one.

    I think Duplantis needs to practice what he preaches.



    WOULD JESUS Require a $54 MILLION PRIVATE JET?

    by J. Lee Grady


    Faith preacher Jesse Duplantis told the world last month that God

    wants him to own a $54 million Falcon 7X private jet. And he's

    challenging donors to help him buy it.


    "Some people believe preachers shouldn't have jets," Duplantis

    said in a video he posted online on May 21. "I really believe that

    if Jesus was physically on the earth today He wouldn't be riding

    a donkey. ... He'd be in an airplane preaching the gospel all over the world."


    The popular Louisiana minister, who is 68, is known for his folksy

    Cajun accent and downhome humor. But he was not cracking a

    joke when he announced his need for the pricey three-engine

    plane, which can fly up to 592 miles per hour. He was dead serious.


    Duplantis' request didn't go over well when his video went viral.

    Secular news reporters called him a charlatan. Some Christians

    condemned him as a con artist. In a social media post, gospel

    singer Kirk Franklin accused Duplantis of exploiting poor people.


    "Many of these 'ministries' [like Duplantis'] 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," Franklin said in an Instagram post.


    Duplantis' fans, however, weren't shocked by his request. They

    have helped him buy three previous jets. The jovial preacher,

    who lives in a $3 million, 35,000-square-foot mansion, believes

    financial prosperity is his reward for preaching the gospel. He

    tells his followers that they, too, can be rich if they give generously.


    In a response to the jet controversy, which was posted on

    YouTube this week, Duplantis said God clearly spoke to him

    about acquiring the jet to replace an older one. "The Lord said,

    "I didn't ask you to pay for [the plane], I asked you to believe

    for it." The evangelist is fully expectant that the money he

    needs will be provided.


    I won't be surprised if Duplantis gets his Falcon 7X. A wealthy

    donor is likely to fork over the entire $54 million. But as a traveling

    minister who has flown to 32 countries on commercial airlines-

    usually in cramped tourist class seats-I still don't believe

    Duplantis' theology about private planes is sound. In fact, I believe

    Duplantis is in danger of hurting the cause of the gospel.


    Here are the top reasons I wouldn't support his private jet plan:


    Private jets are a wasteful use of donor funds. Preachers can give

    you a litany of reasons why they need to fly direct to their

    destination: Time saved, less stress, no worries about lost

    luggage. (Not to mention more legroom!)


    But the Bible calls us to be good stewards of God's resources.

    Private aircraft cost an exorbitant amount of money compared

    to commercial flights because owners must provide service and

    upkeep on the vehicles. If a preacher insists on renting a private

    jet, the cost to fly from Fort Lauderdale to New York would be

    in the ballpark of $59,000, compared to a $652 ticket on a

    commercial plane. People who own private jets spend as much

    as $4 million a year just on maintenance.


    If an evangelist needs to fly to the most remote village of Borneo,

    and there are no commercial planes going there, then I can

    understand the need for a private plane. But Duplantis is not

    going to Borneo. According to his website, some of his upcoming

    meetings are in Nashville, Tennessee; Detroit, Michigan; and

    Tacoma, Washington. Even first-class seats on Delta Airlines

    to those locations are a fraction of the cost of private air travel.


    Ministers who demand luxury deny the core of the gospel. We

    are confronted every day by the reality of poverty and suffering in

    our world, and we know that true followers of Christ are called to

    give and share, not take and hoard. We also know that a preacher

    who gets rich off of the offerings of poor people is actually involved

    in exploitation-a sin which Scripture strongly condemns. When

    the skeptical younger generation sees this, they assume all

    Christian ministers are fakes and frauds.


    The world doesn't need a message of greed. The prosperity

    gospel became hugely popular during the 1980s, when many

    Christians in the United States were riding a wave of American

    capitalism. But many of the get-rich preachers of that era either

    landed in jail or fell morally, and we reaped a whirlwind of bad

    fruit. We were supposed to learn a lesson from that failed

    experiment. God blesses us not so we can become selfish

    consumers but so we can become selfless channels of His

    blessings to others.


    Jesus did indeed ride a donkey. If Jesus had used Jesse

    Duplantis' logic during His ministry on earth, He would have

    asked His disciples to collect money from the crowds to buy

    a gold chariot drawn by Caesar's best horses. But He didn't

    do that. He rode on the back of a rented donkey, the

    transportation of a poor man. He didn't require a first-class

    seat or a luxury vehicle.


    Jesus took the lowest seat and invited all of us to model

    servanthood. I pray we will rediscover humility. Let's show our

    cynical culture that God's ministers don't demand luxury treatment.
    Last edited by Lou Newton; June 7, 2018, 10:14 AM.

  • #2
    The Lord does not promise us material riches in this life. If one is going to believe what Jesus has said in the Bible, they need to read all of what The Lord said:

    LUKE 6

    20 Looking at his disciples, he said:

    “Blessed are you who are poor,
    for yours is the kingdom of God.
    21 Blessed are you who hunger now,
    for you will be satisfied.
    Blessed are you who weep now,
    for you will laugh.
    22 Blessed are you when people hate you,
    when they exclude you and insult you
    and reject your name as evil,
    because of the Son of Man.


    23 “Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, because great is your reward in heaven. For that is how their ancestors treated the prophets.

    24 “But woe to you who are rich,
    for you have already received your comfort.
    25 Woe to you who are well fed now,
    for you will go hungry.
    Woe to you who laugh now,
    for you will mourn and weep.
    26 Woe to you when everyone speaks well of you,
    for that is how their ancestors treated the false prophets.

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    • #3
      I read this warning, in the book of Isaiah, to those who build mansions for themselves:

      Isaiah 5

      8 Woe to you who add house to house
      and join field to field
      till no space is left
      and you live alone in the land.

      9 The Lord Almighty has declared in my hearing:

      “Surely the great houses will become desolate,
      the fine mansions left without occupants.


      Those who build mansions and hoard riches for themselves will eventually ruin the very nation that made them rich. When the rich take far more than their share, they eventually leave the poor with so little that the society collapses.

      Almost all people would be very thankful to be able to fly First Class and would not ask for a private jet to take them on their travels.
      Last edited by Lou Newton; June 12, 2018, 01:36 PM.

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