Televangelist Kenneth Copeland is thanks Jesus Christ and his donors for purchasing for him a multimillion-dollar Gulfstream V jet. The famed preacher bought the plane from actor and filmmaker Tyler Perry without disclosing the amount of the purchase. Now the ministry is lifting more prayers for $2.5 million worth of upgrades to the plane, and $17 million for a hangar.
Kenneth Copeland once called flying in a commercial airplane "getting in a long tube with a bunch of demons." Copeland, who is 81, joins the high-flying ranks of celebrities including Jim Carrey, John Travolta and rapper Soulja Boy, all of whom are said to own or have owned one of the highest performance private jets in the world, according to the Daily Mail.
"Father we thank you so and I'm asking you now sir, according to your word, bless our partners beyond measure. Yes, in the name of Jesus. For you said in 2002, 'I'm sending you new partners who are very strong financially and they will obey me. And I will increase your longtime partners and they will obey me," Copeland, 81, said in a prayer of thanksgiving for the new jet.
"And you will not come short. And you will not fail. And you will not lack. And you will not come behind and you will not be diminished. Praise God," he said of his donors.
On the December 29, 2015, television broadcast of "Believers Voice of Victory," hosted by Copeland and Jesse Duplantis, the ministers explained that private jets were important to their business to help them, among other things, pray in privacy as the Lord leads and avoid unnecessary demons.
"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 said.