Wealthy televangelists, or as some are referred to “Scamgelists, ” with outrageous claims are nothing new to Christian news. We’ve heard it all before—the mansions, the expensive cars, the private planes etc. But this is a new take on why famous pastors need private planes.
There are of course some legitimate reasons, such as their busy schedules including multiple speaking dates in a week that span different places throughout the U.S. It’s hard to find a commercial flight that can get you to that many engagements. One could say don’t make that many engagements then, but if the church as a whole feels like these speaking engagements are of the upmost importance for their ministry, then by all means they should feel free to start a fundraiser to buy a private plane and accomplish the work they want to do. I’m not going to judge them for choosing to buy a plane for ministry purposes, but that reasoning is not what these two pastors focused on.
Zack Hunt, blogger and writer, has written a blog piece called The Real Reason Televangelists Need Their Own Private Plans. He based his blog post off of a YouTube video featuring televangelists Kenneth Copeland and Jesse Duplantis, where the two pastors discuss the benefits of flying on private planes and why God wants them to.
Here are Duplantis and Copeland’s reasons for flying privately over commercially:
1. They can’t stand up on a commercial flight and talk to God out loud.
I'm pretty sure there are other ways to talk to God on a plane, but their point is that they prefer to talk to God this way when flying and because they have their own planes they can do it. I’m sure we’d all like a little more room on an airplane, but I don’t think I’d consider it a primary reason for purchasing a private plane.
2. Commercial planes are long tubes filled with demons.
Yes they actually said that. Well if that’s true I want a private plane too. Apparently we have been surrounded by demons every time we fly, and we never even knew it! In order to fly safely you need your own sanctuary, according to Duplantis and Copeland, aka a private plane. Private planes must be demon-proof. This is a worrisome justification for owning a private plane. And when I say worrisome I don’t mean I actually think there are demons on planes, although there could be. I don’t know where demons are at any given time, but I highly doubt that every person on a commercial flight is demon-possessed or sharing a seat with a demon.