Televangelist Jesse Duplantis says he “needs” a $54 million private Jet. Why? Because God told him to of course! He said he needs this jet to spread the Gospel, and implied that if Jesus were physically on the Earth today, he would have a jet.
My first question would be what kind of Gospel is Jesse Duplantis spreading that he needs a jet anyway? If jets were the best way to spread the Gospel, Jesus would have just waited to the jet age for the incarnation. Jesus obviously knew the best way to spread the Gospel: Teach the teachers to teach the teachers with the help of the Holy Spirit.
Apparently, Jesse has a different way: Name a ministry after yourself and make it all about you while getting rich in the process. What kind of Gospel does Jesse Duplantis spread anyway? The best I can figure out is that he asks for money to buy jets so he can travel to ask people for more money so he can travel to ask for more money. And some where in that busy travel schedule, he built a 30,000 sq foot mansion for himself.
In Matthew 19: 16-30 the young ruler asked Jesus how he could have eternal life. Jesus answered keep the commandments. When the young ruler had said he had kept all the commandments, Jesus told him to sell all of his possessions and give to the poor if he wanted to be perfect.
Maybe when Jesse says God told him to get this jet, Jesse knows he won’t be asked to advance to step two and sell all his stuff.