RW Preacher Needs Private Jet Because ‘Demons Fly Commercial’ (VIDEO)

During a recent episode of Believers Voice of Victory, two of the right-wing’s most popular charlatans TV psuedo-preachers spent more than five minutes discussing why they have to fly on private jets.

According to Kenneth Copeland and Jesse Duplantis, you cannot talk to God without a private jet.

Duplantis started off the segment by talking about how “God spoke to him” during a recent flight on the private jet he purchased tax-free, with donations sent to him by his gullible followers.

Not surprisingly, Duplantis says this great miracle happened after he had just finished preaching with Creflo Dollar, another right-wing preacher who made headlines after spending $65 million on a private jet.

During the segment Duplantis claimed that when God spoke to him, he was so moved that he threw off his seat belt and jumped to his feet, shouting stuff back to God.

Just about the time Duplantis was getting around to sharing a verse from the Old Testament book of Amos, Copeland cut him off. Not wanting to get off topic by talking about the Bible, Copeland asserted that a “conversation with God” could never have happened on a commercial flight.

“You couldn’t have done that on an airliner. Stand up and say “What’d you say, Lord? Okay? No? Yeah? And the guy sitting over there, saying, “What the hell does he think he’s doing?” You can’t do that! No, no…”

So he’s either saying that God is not able to communicate with people who fly commercial, or he’s saying that “true believers” (supposedly like these two loons) would be forced to ignore the actual, presumably-booming voice of God, if he tried to talk to them on a commercial flight.

Really? So these two “great religious leaders” would basically be like “Nope, sorry God, people are looking. Guess you should’ve given me a private jet like Creflo Dollar’s, hmm?”

Copeland and Duplantis got around to talking about the private jet of Oral Roberts, before claiming that a private jet is hugely important because it “protects the anointing.”

And after all of this, we finally get to the heart of the matter, which is that demons are now occupying all of the commercial flights.

After mumbling something about a “dope-filled world,” Copeland explained that he just cannot “get in a long tube with a bunch of demons.”

Interestingly, during the segment, Copeland also told his audience that without his private jet, he would have to stop doing 90 percent of whatever it is that he is supposedly doing. If you look it up, you’ll find that what he’s doing consists mainly of flying around the country in his private jet, bilking old people out of money. So yes, I guess that does make sense.

Here’s the video segment, courtesy of Jeffre2012 on YouTube.

Predictably, a recent Senate investigation into Kenneth Copeland Ministries did not reflect well on the televangelist. As WFAA reports here, Copeland and his wife Gloria were less than cooperative, refusing to provide much of the information that was requested.

Nonetheless, the investigation, which was led by Republican senator Charles Grassley, turned up a lot of questionable financial activities.

According to the report,

“the committee was able to uncover was an extravagant lifestyle featuring a $6 million mansion and an aircraft.

Auditors were able to determine that in 1995, 15 Copeland family members were on the church payroll, earning salaries totaling $1.5 million.

The Copelands’ salaries then totaled more than $600,000.

The audit was able to determine that their $20 million jet was used for personal reasons including vacations and shopping trips.

The Copelands were also accused of operating for-profit businesses on church property. Also, Copeland allegedly received an estimated $2.1 million birthday gift from supporters urged to contribute to the cause.”

During the 2008 election cycle, presidential candidate Mike Huckabee was all too happy to take advantage of the financial support of Kenneth Copeland Ministries. Considering that the Huckster got where he is today by exploiting the same segment of the population, this shouldn’t come as any big surprise.

As KTBS reported,

 “A Christian nonprofit group says a Texas televangelist turned a national ministers gathering into a fundraising chance for GOP presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette today reports the Trinity Foundation, a charity that monitors televangelists, viewed a live Internet broadcast of the event. The foundation reports the fundraiser took in $111,000 and generated pledges nearing $1 million. The fundraiser was held at the Kenneth Copeland Ministries campus in Newark, Texas.”

All of this, while Kenneth Copeland Ministries, and others that operate in the exact same way, enjoy nonprofit status, escaping the responsibility of taxes.

The real problem is that it’s perfectly legal for religious “nonprofit” organizations to operate this way.

As John Oliver explained back in August, televangelists like Kenneth Copeland rake in billions of dollars in tax-free money, yet do little to nothing to that might actually be considered “charitable work.”

Watch the video from Last Week Tonight with John Oliver below:

Featured image screen capture via Jeffre2012 on YouTube