Creflo Dollar’s Board of Directors Backs Private Jet Request

When televangelist Creflo Dollar put out a call for his followers to buy him a $65 million Gulfstream G650 private jet, he was greeted by a torrent of well-deserved mockery. Now the board of his World Changers Church International has put out a statement defending him and saying they’re going to get that jet for him one way or another. Their rationalizations are rather amusing.

Our community is centered on biblical principles directly from the Word of God. There is no area of the organization that does not base its foundational principles and operational guidelines on what the Bible has to say to us about God’s love and His grace. We understand that others may interpret biblical truths differently – the freedom to worship as one chooses is a fundamental hallmark of a free society – but wish to assert our God-given right to practice what we believe. This is our faith, the very basis for what we believe, and it is not necessary that we justify it.

Good for you. Now if anyone was actually questioning your right to practice what you believe, it might actually be relevant. But no one is doing that. They’re criticizing you for spending that much money on a private jet while claiming to follow a savior who didn’t have a pot to piss in and commanded his followers to sell all they have and give it to the poor. And for lying to your credulous followers and telling them that if they just send you money, God will reward them ten-fold or a hundred-fold. You’re a bunch of con artists.

It is our belief that this ministry is called to serve people globally – to literally change the world according to the Great Commission – and our infrastructure and operational plan reflect the worldwide nature of that assignment. Our pastors share the gospel of Jesus more than 300 times per year – in churches, arenas, venues, convention centers, stadiums and other facilities across the entire planet – and are committed to aggressive travel schedules that cannot be fulfilled via any means other than private aircraft. A long-range, high-speed, intercontinental jet aircraft is a tool that is necessary in order to fulfill the mission of the ministry. In light of an unfortunate accident that recently resulted in the ministry’s aircraft being declared a total loss, it is our intention to purchase another airplane at a time, place and price of our choosing…

We plan to acquire a Gulfstream G650 because it is the best, and it is a reflection of the level of excellence at which this organization chooses to operate. We, the World Changers family, so value the lives, the safety and the well-being of our pastors and leaders that we wish to provide to them the best air travel experience possible.

Yeah, we wouldn’t want your multi-millionaire pastor to stoop so low as to merely fly first class on any of the hundreds of flights that leave this country for foreign destinations every single day. Only the best for our little grifter!

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  • John Pieret

    It says right in the Bible “serve God and mammon.” Matt. 6:24.*

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    *Of course, it needed just a little editing.

  • http://motherwell.livejournal.com/ Raging Bee

    This sort of religious con-game needs a new name. How about “Christomammonism?”

  • Mr Ed

    I bought a round trip ticket to Spain for $1,200. If Dollar bought 300 tickets a year and forwent frequent flyer miles he could do it every year for 180 years. This doesn’t include the maintenance and operational cost of the gulf stream. If he really wants a world wide ministry he’d fly coach and fly four or five times as many ministers.

  • Alverant

    I think “God” promised the board something too.

  • daved

    I’m sure there’s a Bible verse somewhere in which Jesus commands his followers to use the most luxurious possible alternative (the G650 is the most expensive bizjet on the market).

  • caseloweraz

    The WCC BOD: It is our belief that this ministry is called to … literally change the world according to the Great Commission…

    Would that be the Great Commission of 10 percent of sales which is promised by the Prosperity Gospel?

  • caseloweraz

    Maybe Creflo should take a leaf from Tom Jones’s book (the singer, not the Henry Fielding character) and do a version of “I Who Have Nothing.”

    I (dramatic triple chord) I who have no jet…

    Must crowd into…

    Commercial planes…

    Where there’s no room for my knees

    And all that they serve you is peanuts!

  • keithb

    IIRC, the original justification was that this jet could be used to carry relief supplies as sort of a cargo plane. However the plane has a cargo capacity of only hundreds of pounds, i.e., the few passengers and their luggage. It was that lie that caused a lot of the criticism.

  • caseloweraz

    Even if the Gulfstream had a huge cargo capacity, I don’t see that as justifying the expense. The WCC could get a lot more lift for their lucre by chartering suitable planes when they need to — even a turboprop C-130 Hercules, non-luxurious though it is.

    This is one of three outfits I found in a brief search that do such charters:

    http://www.aircharterguru.com/lockheed_l100_382_her/

  • Trebuchet

    He should name it “Camel” and demonstrate that it can fly through the eye of a needle.

  • moarscienceplz

    I wept because I had no shoes, until I saw a preacher who had no private jet.

  • http://cheapsignals.blogspot.com Gretchen

    And for lying to your credulous followers and telling them that if they just send you money, God will reward them ten-fold or a hundred-fold.

    Isn’t that demonstrable fraud? Shouldn’t at least some (former) followers have sued and won by this point?

  • http://artk.typepad.com ArtK

    They approve because they know that they’ll get to ride on it. They’re just looking out for themselves.

  • http://mostlyrational.net tacitus

    Creflo Dollar can’t hold a candle to Kenneth Copeland:

    See if you can watch this report without letting your blood boil:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ksvEPpi-MTk

  • http://www.facebook.com/eo.raptor.3 eoraptor

    C-130’s? Pshaw! The Anatov An-225 can be charted! I thought I’d seen everything until I saw an Anatov fly…

  • http://drx.typepad.com Dr X

    “It is our belief that this ministry is called to serve fleece people globally.”