Opinion: Hold Christian Leaders Accountable For What They Say

In an article titled: “Jesse Duplantis Claims Donations Can Speed the Return of Christ” there are several concerning things that came to light if these quotes are accurate and in-context.

Please don’t get me wrong, I’m not talking about wealthy pastors and ministries – even though that discussion could take place. I will say that I believe every pastor, evangelist, ministry leader should be paid a fair salary and allowed to increase their earnings through other mean like writing and selling books.

However, to hear the following quotes just makes me cringe:

He said, “I honestly believe this, that the reason why Jesus hadn’t come is because people aren’t giving the way God told them to give.”

Later, Duplantis went on to explain his belief that amassing his wealth would speed the return of Christ. He said, “I really believe this, if people would call this number and put this victory all over the world…the Father, he would say, ‘Jesus, go get ‘em.’ Because, you see, he wants to see us just as much as we want to see him.”

To that end, Duplantis concluded, “So I don’t have a problem giving. I don’t have a problem receiving. It doesn’t make any difference. I’ve just made up my mind. I want Jesus to come.” The implication being that donations to VICTORYthon would make that happen more quickly.

ChurchLeaders.com is where this information comes from, and as church leaders, we need to be held accountable while we do our call to hold others accountable. Unscriptural talk as attributed to Jesse Duplantis above has no place in our Christian endeavors.

The implication that God is waiting on man seems to be counter of the word in Matthew 24:36, “But about that day or hour no one knowsnot even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.

My Take on Jessie Duplantis’ Efforts To Get A $54 Million Jet

To say that I am disgusted by the entire Jesse Duplantis and a $54 million dollar jet issue would be a major understatement.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not against ministers of the Gospel of Jesus Christ being blessed financially, but there is just too much wrong with this situation.

“Now some people believe that preachers shouldn’t have jets. I really believe that preachers ought to go on every available voice, every available outlet, to get this gospel preached to the world,” Duplantis said in a video posted online last week, according to The Christian Post.

Take a look at this news report and pay attention to what Jesse himself has to say. I chose a secular site for the video to show the reaction from that standpoint.

Notice at one point he says the plane is not for him, but for the ministry itself. HOWEVER THEN a little later, he calls it “my plane”.

I suppose my biggest complaint of this whole story is this quote:

“I really believe that if the Lord Jesus Christ was physically on the Earth today, he wouldn’t be riding a donkey,” Duplantis said. “He’d be in an airplane flying all over the world.”

Here is what I believe. Quite possibly, if Jesus was walking on the earth today as he did over 2,000 years ago, he would be riding on a plane. However, I believe that Jesus would be riding a commercial airline and riding coach (not 1st class) along with the common people. I truly believe that he wouldn’t be in a $54 million private jet.

My other big problem with this is the image it makes to non-Christians and to those who are not so strong in their faith. I understand the belief that God is capable of anything and that faith in that belief is important. However, this just leaves a bad taste in the mouths of Christians and non-Christians alike.

Interesting too was Duplantis’ take on the negative publicity. When you watch what he says about this, he sure talks a lot about himself. To me, when it’s about I and not HE, then it’s normally a problem.

I hope that Jesse Duplantis Ministries leads huge numbers of people to the Lord. I just believe that this topic doesn’t pass the “smell test” and it just stinks.

Ed Boston

Ed Boston Podcast Network