Jesse Duplantis and Kenneth Copeland telling people to pay up if they want to see Jesus

The founder of Jesse Duplantis Ministries, who in 2018 already was accused by national news media outlets of asking his followers to donate money to him, so that he could buy a new $54 million private jet, the Dassault Falcon 7X is further well-known for preaching that people should give the church money.

Jesse Duplantis said that his organization, Jesse Duplantis Ministries, had already paid for three private jets by 2006, and that he had been using them by

“just burning them up for the Lord Jesus Christ.”

He also defended his choice by saying:

“I really believe that if Jesus was physically on the earth today he wouldn’t be riding a donkey.”

That might well be true, but I do hope his followers are not forgetting their preacher is not providing planes to Jesus.

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Duplantis, from the Christian Evangelical Charismatic movement, in 2009

The hardcore, right-wing evangelical preacher Jesse Duplantis has a new theory about why Jesus hasn’t returned yet. And he may find other preachers who claim the same as he does, that it is because people are not paying enough for their church.

Kenneth Max Copeland is also one of those evangelicals preaching the prosperity gospel, as Dupantis, both defending their use of private jets with the claim that commercial planes were full of “demons”. They also want their followers to believe they need those planes to spread the Good News of Jesus coming back soon.

Duplantis his church resides in St. Charles Parish, where some 95 percent of the residences remained without power for weeks after 2021’s Hurricane Ida. St. Charles Parish was one of the hardest-hit areas, though the preacher and his church were not there to help the people overcome their difficulties. His ministry’s perceived lack of response to helping the community, though every Sunday he did not mind telling people how hard it was necessary to give their church the necessary funds to do the work of the lord.

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Kenneth Max Copeland, American televangelist, and author associated with the charismatic movement and founder of Eagle Mountain International Church Inc. (EMIC), based in Tarrant County, Texas.

For him, it is certain Christ would soon come back to this earth, but people should pay up to make this possible. It started with the COVID-19 pandemic, which sparked renewed interest in the end of days. During the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, Copeland claimed that the pandemic had ended or would soon end and that his followers would be healed from the virus. The coronavirus was to be seen as a sign of the end-times. But the church members have everything in their hands. When they would pay enough to the church, their problems would soon be over. Copeland stated that followers should continue paying tithes if they lost their jobs in the economic crisis that the pandemic caused. He later made claims to have destroyed the virus and to have ended the ongoing pandemic.

Speaking at a recent four-day-long fundraising event for Kenneth Copeland Ministries — a live TV event called ‘Victorython’ — Duplantis claimed that Jesus has not returned because people aren’t generous enough with their donations to the church.

 

Strangely enough those churches of Duplantis and Copeland seem to have no problem at all to receive more and more money from their church members, of whom several really do feel the economic crisis and often have not enough money to pay for their own food, whilst they provide enough money for their ministers to live in all the luxury.

Published by Marcus Ampe

Retired dancer, choreographer, choreologist Founder of the Dance impresario office and archive: Danscontact-Dansarchief plus the Association for Bible scholars, the Lifestyle magazines "Stepping Toes" and "From Guestwriters" and creator of the site "Messiah for all". - Gepensioneerd danser, choreograaf, choreoloog. Stichter van Danscontact-Dansarchief plus van de Vereniging voor Bijbelvorsers, de Lifestyle magazines "Stepping Toes" en "From Guestwriters" en maker van de site "Messiah for all".

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