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As far as I am concerned a preacher should travel by strapping his ass into an economy class seat. After all, the money that he receives — including his expenses — is derived from tax-deducted contributions. As a member of the clergy he can also receive —free of income tax — a housing allowance or parsonage. Traveling by private jet is always substantially more expensive than flying commercial.

In addition to fuel, each hour of flight time has a discernible maintenance cost and, of course, a private jet has to be flown by people who get paid. I can think of far better ways to spend those deducted dollars than on private jet travel. Apparently this narrative is from 1975 but the editor of Charisma wants people to believe it and re-published it today, Thursday.

The speaker was Kenneth Copeland. As soon as he read that verse from the 13th chapter of Romans, I looked at Mary Jo. We knew it was meant for us.

Brother Copeland said he believed it is the will of God that no one should owe any debts.

Then, he told how the Lord had delivered him from debt. Not only that, but he had claimed a jet airplane in faith to do the Lord’s work. He had owned a small Cessna four-seater and God impressed him to give it to another evangelist.

“But what will I use for a down payment on the jet?” Brother Copeland said that he argued with God.

The Lord said, “I am your supply.”

So he gave it away. Soon God provided him a jet. He had flown it to the Cocoa Beach meeting. And, on top of everything, the jet was completely paid for!

I must be doing something wrong. I never seem to be able to chat up a deity, let alone have one provide me with anything of value. Evangelical-land is a very strange place indeed.

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By David Cary Hart

Retired CEO. Formerly a W.E. Deming-trained quality-management consultant. Now just a cranky Jewish queer. Gay cis. He/Him/His.