When I think I’ve heard it all, I hear this news story. Apparently, the Rev. Dollar thinks that to fulfill the message of his ministry, he needs to buy a 68 million dollar luxury jet.
Earlier in the year, he posted a video called “Project G650.” In the video, he encouraged his followers to pony up $300 each so that he could purchase it. Supposedly they quickly took the video down according to the Huffington Post. I easily found it. You can see the video here. Basically, for the Rev. Dollar to go around the world “safely”, he needs that 68 million dollar luxury jet.
His board supports him. They made this statement in the published in the Huffington Post:
“A long-range, high-speed, intercontinental jet aircraft is a tool that is necessary in order to fulfill the mission of the ministry. 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.”
Well, whether you pay for it with individual $300 gifts or not, offerings will eventually pay for the high priced toy. Can you only imagine what 68 million dollars could do if put to use in ministry?
I know the missions team at our church travels all around the world by commercial airline and does very well. However, this is about the prosperity gospel and God’s responsibility to make you rich.
The prosperity gospel is about what we deserve as Christians. According to the PG, God wants all Christians to be prosperous. We are entitled to prosperity. Material wealth is a sign of God’s favor. That is pretty convenient considering the Rev. Dollar wants a 68 million dollar luxury jet.
I don’t have a problem with people in ministry acquiring wealth. I do have a problem with them acquiring wealth at the expense of the dollars that were originally intended to be used to spread the Gospel.
Here is the reality of giving. God is going to bless you when you give. Said another way, God is going to Bless you when you are faithful. It is not up to you to dictate ahead of time what that blessing might be nor is the blessing the reason for giving in the first place. The prosperity gospel has it all wrong.
Bob Brooks hosts the Prudent Money Radio Show heard weekdays Monday through Friday on 91.3, 97.5, and 99.9 in the Dallas Fort Worth Area. You can reach Bob at firstname.lastname@example.org