Dollar Wants Your Dollars For a New Gulfstream Jet

Creflo Dollar, the prosperity gospel-preaching televangelist con man, has more than his fair share of audacity and chutzpah. His old private jet stopped working — apparently they didn’t pray hard enough — so now he wants his congregation to pay for his new $65 million Gulfstream jet. So he can do the Lord’s work, of course.

Apparently, the right reverend was traveling on his old private jet when the aircraft experienced engine failure. Fortunately, the pilot was able to land safely without any injuries or fatalities, but the incident was so frightening, Dollar felt compelled to reach out to his flock.

His G650 plea reads, partially, as follows:

We are asking members, partners and supporters of this ministry to assist in the undertaking of an initiative called Project G650. The mission of Project G650 is to acquire a Gulfstream G650 airplane so that Pastors Creflo and Taffi and World Changers Church International can continue to blanket the globe with the Gospel of grace. We are believing for 200,000 people to give contributions of 300 US dollars or more to turn this dream into a reality—and allow us to retire the aircraft that served us well for many years.

To which, the question has to be asked: Is American Airlines closed? Did Delta go on break?

But if he really believes that prosperity gospel bullshit that whatever you give God will give back to you ten-fold or a hundred-fold, shouldn’t he be giving money to others instead? Of course not, because he doesn’t believe it. He’s a con man and this is how he fleeces the ignorant and the credulous.

Update: Dollar has pulled the donation page from his website. Apparently he figured out, a bit too late, that asking for $65 million for a private jet while pretending to follow a man who told his followers to sell all they have and give it to the poor, and that if they have two cloaks and another has none, they should give it to him, was a bad idea.

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  • colnago80

    Sometimes it appears that P.T. Barnum’s comment that there is a sucker born every minute is a substantial understatement.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    Creflo

    Gesundheit.

  • http://www.gregory-gadow.net Gregory in Seattle

    And it has to be tax-free, because religious freedom.

  • tbp1

    You could buy a lot of first-class airline tickets for $65M.

  • matty1

    We are believing for 200,000 people to give contributions of 300 US dollars or more

    Believing for? I don’t think English works that way

  • Pierce R. Butler

    Think how many more sheeple would believe if Dollar (and his entourage) levitated intercontinentally from gig to gig.

    Go, Creflo, go!

  • Childermass

    I support this guy getting wingnuts to fund as extravagant lifestyle as possible.

    This is money that won’t be used to donate to causes that do actual harm like teaching creationism, supporting bigotry, electing wingnuts, etc.

  • daved

    The G650 is just about the fanciest bizjet you can buy. Most passengers, longest range, etc. Guess dear Creflo couldn’t be satisfied with a new Learjet or some more modest aircraft.

  • Johnny Vector

    tbp1:

    You could buy a lot of first-class airline tickets for $65M.

    In fact, a first class ticket on United from New York to Tokyo, one week from today, is $24,000. For $65M you could spend the next 14 years doing nothing but flying back and forth between Tokyo and New York. 12 hours flying and 12 hours on the ground waiting for the return flight, every day for 14 years. In case those heathens at Narita airport have a burnin’ need for Jesus.

    Of course that doesn’t take into account the $3000/hr operating cost of the G650, or the half a million in yearly fixed costs, which adds another $75,000 to each trip.

    He must have some serious ministerin’ to do.

  • http://mostlyrational.net tacitus

    I still remember, years ago, watching Jesse Duplantis and Kenneth Copeland brazenly comparing the interior decor of their private jets with each other in front of a studio audience. This was before social media was a thing, so there was virtually no risk of blow back unless the news media got hold of it, which they rarely did.

    I guess television evangelists are going to have to learn to hide their profligacy a little better in the age of Twitter and Facebook.

  • lorn

    Wonder of wonders. Creflo Dollar is a minister. He has several congregations. Somehow these congregations just happen to be at such distance that they seemingly require that he have a Gulfstream. Unfortunately his present Gulfstream has developed problems and he now feels he needs a new Gulfstream.

    As a practical matter having a private jet, and so the ability to avoid almost all of the security, several hours of security theater per trip, makes travel much more efficient and comfortable. There is that. But there is also something more.

    The prosperity gospel says that God shows his agreement with the individual by showering them with wealth. That the closer you are to Gods will the richer you become. A $65 million jet would be proof, both externally and internally, that Dollar is much closer to God than most everyone else. Of course RHIP and toiling in the groves allows one to pick the ripest fruit …

    The Real question I have is why he has to have congregation so far apart? What is it about those congregations that only Creflo Dollar can minister to? Certainly there are other preachers. What is so special about Dollar?

    I suspect the answer comes from the history of deep south preachers which suggests that the most special part of most high dealing southern preachers is their dick.

    The distance between congregations allows him to have multiple sexual partners who believe that they are his one and only. The distance protects the illusion from both the object of his desires and his congregation. The Gulfstream allows him to arrive rested and refreshed. It also allows him to cross distances in a manner unavailable to his partners even as it is a tool in their seduction.

    Impress a pretty young thing with just how close you are to God and …

    I suspect that it is only a matter of time before we see Creflo Dollar dealing with accusations of financial and sexual impropriety. It is the one of the great southern traditions.

  • caseloweraz

    I believe it’s at the beginning of In Like Flint, a funny film starring the late James Coburn, that Derek Flint is arranging to fly somewhere in his private jet. He asks the pilot, “Did you empty the ashtrays?”

    “No, I got you a new plane!”

    Flint grins.

    I used to think this was some sort of in-joke. I guess it still is, in some sense — but more of an outrageous scam. It would cost less, and take less time, to put new engines in the old plane than to raise the money for, and purchase, a new one. That’s ignoring the question of whether C.D. needs a private plane in the first place.

  • felidae

    At least he is being upfront about where the money would go–standard practice for these grifters is to ask for money to support missionary outreach in Africa or something, then use the money for the private jet. I give him points for honesty

  • thephilosophicalprimate

    My friend George Chidi argues that Dollar’s jet-begging routine wasn’t a mistake at all, but a time-honored (and effective) technique which drums up heightened donations from the true believers.

    See here: “http://www.atlantamagazine.com/news-culture-articles/commentary-the-brilliant-strategy-of-rev-creflo-dollars-request-for-a-60-million-private-plane/

  • Dave Maier

    I think the most important thing to remember here is that if Creflo Dollar’s daughter marries Walid Shoebat and the happy couple has a baby boy whom they decide to name after her dad, then that multiply-unfortunate child will have to go through life introducing himself thus: “Hi, I’m Creflo Shoebat.”

    That is all.

  • http://www.ranum.com Marcus Ranum

    PT Barnum also said “Never give a sucker an even break”

    Which, I suppose, means “screw them hard then screw them hard again then screw them harder.” Fundies like it.

    He’s probably pissed that he missed the Bush administrations handouts for “faith based” community efforts. With the billions thrown at new church parking lots and abstinence education he could have buried the gulfstream in there as a line-item.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    Dave Maier “…then that multiply-unfortunate child will have to go through life introducing himself thus: ‘Hi, I’m Creflo Shoebat.'”

    The Star Wars character?

  • royandale

    Actually, it was W.C. Fields who said “Never give a sucker an even break,” but your point is taken.

  • culuriel

    Maybe he took it down because he’s already collected enough in donations. Not sayin’ that’s a good thing.

  • royandale

    “…because he’s already collected enough in donations.”

    There’s an “enough” with this guy?

  • sigurd jorsalfar

    … but the incident was so frightening …

    Sounds like a man who lacks faith in his god.