Televangelist Kenneth Copeland Buys Gulfstream Jet from Tyler Perry — for CASH
Televangelist Kenneth Copeland announced on his website this week that
his duplicitous fleecing operation Kenneth Copeland Ministries (KCM) has taken possession of a Gulfstream V airplane. (HT: Christian Daily Reporter)
"What a wonderful gift!" Elite CX Team Leader Charlie Bollinger wrote about the purchase on his KCM blog. "We knew the Gulfstream V would come quickly, and now we have it. And it’s all because of you, the faithful KCM Elite CX Team members–combined with the blessings of a FAITHFUL GOD!" Copeland didn't disclose how much the "ministry" paid for the GV.
KCM explained that the Holy Spirit had confirmed that the Gulfstream V was "the plane the Lord had set aside" for the organization. (Because, you know, God has a giant hangar in the sky from which he sends extravagant gifts to good little televangelists or something!)
"Right away discussions began, and Brother Copeland developed a wonderful personal relationship with the seller, Christian businessman and movie-maker Tyler Perry. Soon a contract was signed, a cash deposit was paid, and the aircraft was brought to Dallas for a very thorough pre-buy inspection process, which has wrapped up in November," the "ministry" wrote, noting that they had enough money in the bank to pay for the plane in cash.
KCM announced their intent to purchase a new plane, explaining on the blog that the original goal "was to receive enough contributions by Dec. 15, 2016, to purchase a second Citation X at a greatly discounted price of approximately $17 million." But, alas, God intervened. "The Lord spoke to Brother Kenneth saying, You’re believing for the wrong airplane. The Citation X is too small; you have already outgrown it. The second Citation X will come, but at a later date," according to the blog. "Brother Copeland said he received a word from the Lord to purchase a different and larger airplane—one with more seating capacity and larger fuel volume. So, the Lord has shifted our priority to a Gulfstream, which is a larger airplane." [Emphases original.]
Copeland notes that while the Gulfstream is in outstanding condition, the ministry will need to upgrade the avionics and will also need to "reconfigure the interior to better serve KCM’s needs for international flights." The cost for the upgrades will be approximately $2.5 million (nothing but the best for God's favorites!). Copeland told his followers, "We need to set our faith NOW on receiving that additional seed so that we can sow it within the next three to four months, as the upgrades are completed." They are seeking additional funds to lengthen their runway and build a new hangar, according to a video posted to the blog.
"I know that for every Elite CX Team member, the Lord will send a blessing on your barns and on everything you put your hand to. The Lord your God will bless you in the land He is giving you (Deuteronomy 28:8). And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28)," Bollinger wrote.