Two well-known televangelists defended their luxury jets late last month in part by contending it would be impractical to fly on a commercial airline "with a bunch of demons."
Kenneth Copeland and Jesse Duplantis argued on Dec. 29 during "Believer's Voice of Victory" that having their own planes was vital to their work.
Duplantis recalled a story where he was flying on an airline and had to unbuckle his seatbelt to speak to God.
"You couldn't have done that over an airline," Copeland noted.
"No sir, no way," Duplantis agreed.
"Stand up and say, 'What did you say Lord?'" Copeland said. "You can't do that. No, no. This is so important and those of you that are just now coming into these things in the first place: Jesse and I and others ... the world is in such a shape, we can't get there without this."
He continued, "We've got to have this! The mess that the airlines are in today. I would have to stop — I'm being very conservative. At least, 75-80, more like 90 percent of what we are doing. Because we can't get there!"
"That's why we are on that airplane. We can talk to God!" Copeland added.
The televangelist then explained flying commercial was a hassle because other passengers would likely bother them with prayer requests.
"Now, Oral [Roberts] used to fly airlines. But, even back then it got to the place where it was agitating his spiritual. People coming up to him, he had become famous, and they wanting him to pray for them and all that," Copeland said. "You can’t, you can't manage that today. This dope-filled world, and get in a long tube with a bunch of demons. And it’s deadly."
"So anyway, I wanted to make that clear so the devil can't lie to you and say, 'See them there preachers spending all that money, just fat cats riding around.' No, we're not; we're in business."
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