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!