Jesse Duplantis’ Conversation With God
Jesse Duplantis is at it again with his incessant need to spend the money of the poor. In a video released by USA Today, Duplantis is seen in the video convincing people that God told him that he needs a new Falcon 7X so that they can make trips without making any stops. Apparently it’s too inconveniencing for him to land, refuel, and then takeoff. Duplantis’ “theological” defense of needing the jet is
“if Jesus was physically on the earth today, he wouldn’t be riding a donkey.”
(Video by USA Today)
This is not the first time Jesse has gone on the record about televangelists and their
greed need for private jets. In a 2015 segment on TBN he discussed the issue with Kenneth Copeland who also has private jets. In fact, he owns his own runway and owns multiple personal jets that he flies himself. He fancies himself a pilot.
What these televangelists lack in theological education they make up for with swindling.
Duplantis’ Flawed Theology & Terrible Logic
In Jesse’ conversation with Copeland, they rationalize that a private jet is needed for the following reasons.
- A public jet cannot go to all the locations that a private jet could
- Televangelists can’t take public jets because they are full of demon possessed people
- People who want prayer will distract them
- It’s deadly
Here are the issues with these laughable reasons.
1. A public jet cannot go to all the locations that a private jet could
This is clearly not true. If you are riding a private jet you will still need a runway. Those runways are accessible to all typically. The locations that require special access are usually accessed by puddle jumpers and 2-4 passenger planes. A Falcon 7X would never be able to land in a field or miniature runway. The jet is 75 feet long and has a wing span of 86 feet. This is no small plane.
2. Televangelists can’t take public jets because they are full of demon possessed people
Obviously this is bunk. Those people who are “demon possessed” are EXACTLY the people that these televangelists should be going to go help. Who did Jesus spent all his time with? It was the sick. Jesus actually said that His ministry was to the sick, not the healthy.
“It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” (Mark 2:17)
So, why are these televangelists so afraid of being surrounded by the very people they claim to be saving? Are we to assume that these people are no longer demon possessed once they step off the plane?
3. People who want prayer will distract them
It’s quite possible some people on the plane might want to talk to the popular pastors. But once against, this should be a blessing for the pastor, not a curse. Jesus never turned anyone away. Needy people are not a distraction for God’s servant, they are the people that God called the pastor to reach. God’s servants are meant to serve people so if that is what they are doing, how can that be a distraction from God?
4. It’s deadly
It’s clear that this was likely just an improvised line. Obviously, no televangelists are in mortal danger by being on planes with normal people.
Why Jesse Actually Wants A New Plane
The Falcon 7X jet is a luxury business jet. It’s creator, Dassault, provides the following description of the Falcon 7X.
From nose to tail, wingtip to wingtip, the Falcon 7X is pure elegance, efficiency, and performance. The following specifications physically define the world’s most technologically advanced business jet.
But let us do a simple thought experiment and imagine that Duplantis in sincere about the jet… or at the very least imagine that we are not capable of knowing why he wants the jet. How then can we explain Jesse’s multi-million dollar homes? How can we explain his luxury cars? Can we honestly say that he want’s these for the ministry? Of course not. He wants them because he’s human. Every human wants luxury items. It’s greed. It’s the human nature. Jesse Duplantis wants this 4th jet for the same reason he wants mansions, cars, and fancy clothes….. he’s a greedy human.
Now, I am a capitalist. I have no issue with wanting to live a life of luxury. However, he’s doing by lying to the needy and taking money from people who are often vulnerable and uneducated. Jesse preaches that his wealth is just the result of God’s blessing for doing the work of the gospel. But that seems to not line up with that same gospel.
If Jesse really believed in the scriptures he would have to answer the following questions.
- Does God hate poor countries?
- Are poor Christians bad Christians because they God has not blessed them?
- How do you account for the many who have given money but never received the promise of wealth?
- Why was Jesus poor?
- Why was Paul so financially humble?
- Why were virtually all the apostles poor?
- Lastly, how can they justify their wealth in the face of the following scriptures?
Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. . . . No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money. (Matt. 6:19–24)
The land of a rich man produced plentifully, and he thought to himself, “What shall I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?” And he said, “I will do this: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I will say to my soul, ‘Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.’” But God said to him, “Fool! This night your soul is required of you, and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?” So is the one who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God. (Luke 12:16–21)
But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs. But as for you, O man of God, flee these things. (1 Tim. 6:9–11)
Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.
Blessed are you who are hungry now, for you shall be satisfied.
Blessed are you who weep now, for you shall laugh.
Blessed are you when people hate you and when they exclude you and revile you and spurn your name as evil, on account of the Son of Man! Rejoice in that day, and leap for joy, for behold, your reward is great in heaven; for so their fathers did to the prophets.
But woe to you who are rich, for you have received your consolation.
Woe to you who are full now, for you shall be hungry.
Woe to you who laugh now, for you shall mourn and weep.
Woe to you, when all people speak well of you, for so their fathers did to the false prophets.
The Real Issue With The Prosperity Gospel
While we can blame Jesse for all kinds of bad theological ideas but it’s not just him. It’s the entire Word-of-Faith movement which most of us know as the Prosperity Gospel. The main issue that most Christians have with this false gospel is that the very thing that is drawing people to Christ is wealth. If you follow Christ you will have prosperity. If you give me (not the poor and needy) your money then God will
me you rich. The heart of the gospel is about being fulfilled by, identified by, and sealed by Christ alone.