Prosperity Preacher Kenneth Copeland Acquires Private Jet Bought With Followers’ Money, Has Goal of Raising $17 Million

FORT WORTH, Texas — Prosperity preacher Kenneth Copeland recently acquired a Gulfstream V private jet, which his staff says is “debt free” because of the donations of his followers. The announcement has drawn both applause and outrage.

Copeland’s organization announced on Jan. 12 that the 81-year-old took possession of the jet, which he purchased from actor, comedian and gospel songwriter Tyler Perry.

“[T]he Holy Spirit confirmed to Brother Copeland that the Gulfstream V was the plane the Lord had set aside for KCM,” claimed Charlie Bollinger, who identified as a volunteer Elite CX Team Leader. “Right away discussions began, and Brother Copeland developed a wonderful personal relationship with the seller, Christian businessman and moviemaker Tyler Perry.”

“Soon a contract was signed, a cash deposit was paid, and the aircraft was brought to Dallas for a very thorough pre-buy inspection process, which [was] wrapped up in November,” he continued. “And praise God, it was actually during Thanksgiving week that the purchase was completed, the title was signed, and thanks to the CX Team, the cash was in the bank to mark it paid in full!”

The Elite CX Team is a group of Copeland supporters who purpose to assist the prosperity preacher financially with his stated projects. Copeland points to a 2002 “prophecy” given by friend Keith Moore of Faith Life Church in Branson, who stated that the Lord was going to raise up wealthy supporters to back Copeland.

“Thus saith the Lord: I am rallying and raising up support to you. It will far surpass all you have previously seen or known,” Moore said. “I’m joining to you new partners who are very strong financially, and they will obey Me. I’m prospering your longtime partners with supernatural increase and they will obey Me.”

Copeland opined in a video posted to YouTube that he believed that the prophecy was coming to pass with the purchase of the Gulfstream V.

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While it is unclear as to how much was paid for the jet, Bollinger notes that another $2.5 million is desired to upgrade the avionics in light of soon-coming FAA standards, and that the ultimate goal is to raise $17 million, which will include constructing a hanger for the plane.

“[E]arlier this year when the CX leadership team met to pray and hear from the Lord, the word we heard was harvest. Yes, harvest, harvest, harvest!” he wrote. “The Lord reminded us that, through our CX Team giving, together we have sown into KCM a Citation X, a state-of-the-art HD TV truck, and now we’ve sown a Gulfstream V—all of which are producing a bountiful harvest for every single team member.”

Read the post on the KCM website in full here.

As previously reported, in 2015, Copeland asserted on his television broadcast, “The Believer’s Voice of Victory,” that he flies on a private jet to avoid being bothered by “demon” passengers.

“Oral [Roberts] used to fly airlines,” he said. “But even back then it got to the place where it was agitating his spirit—people coming up to him, he had become famous, and they wanted him to pray for them and all that. You can’t manage that today [in] this dope-filled world, and get in a long tube with a bunch of demons. And it’s deadly.”

While he said that he didn’t want to fly with a “bunch of demons,” moments later, Copeland contended that he needed a private jet to help reach the lost.

“We’re in soul business here. We’ve got a dying world around us. We’ve got a dying nation around us,” Copeland proclaimed. “We can’t even get there on the airlines.”

Last month, in the midst of a series on “supernatural wealth transfer,” his organization posted to social media the exhortation to make the faith confessions, “The wealth of the sinner comes to me now,” “The Lord is increasing me more and more,” and “I call in the harvest on every seed sown.”

The announcement of the purchase of the Gulfstream V has generated mixed reaction, with some praising God for the plane and others lamenting that the money was not used to help the poor and hungry.

“My Father God is raising me to become like the Elite CX Team partners, moving His kingdom forward through prosperity. Hallelujah!” one commenter wrote.

“I am so happy it is here. I know God is going to use you and the plane to bless so many people. I am praying and believing for finances for the hanger and the runway,” another stated.

“Reminds me of the man who said, ‘I will pull down my barns and build bigger ones,'” a third wrote, referring to Christ’s words in Luke 12. “And, oh yes, whilst half the world goes to sleep each night with an empty stomach. Keep on your blindfolds all you gullible people who give to this scam. What a shame.”

“So somehow sowing the Gospel of Christ crucified and reaping a harvest of righteousness has become sowing money into an organization and reaping a harvest of sweet vehicles for said organization and its leader?” another asked.

Jesus said in Luke 12:15, “Take heed, and beware of covetousness, for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.”

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  • Lemmylemon

    The money could have bought alot of food and winter coats for the less fortunate.

    • LynnRH

      And he may have already bought a lot of food and winter coats for the less fortunate. How do we know that he hasn’t? And we could sure say the same about ANYBODY else in this world who is rich, couldn’t we? I don’t know if you have your own business but if you do and it was a very, very successful business and you made a lot of money, would you live a very simple life and spend your millions of dollars to help the less fortunate? Or would you buy yourself a small plane, yacht, go traveling around the world?

      • Lemmylemon

        I am in no way rich, but if I was the less fortunate would come first.

        Matthew 19:24 (KJV)
        And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.

        • ♥LadyInChrist♥InGodITrust♥

          25 When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astonished and asked, “Who then can be saved?”
          26 Jesus looked at them and said,”With man this is impossible,” but with God all things are possible.
          Even though it is hard for a rich person to saved, it is not totally impossible. Although some will most likely choose money over God…..

          • Lemmylemon

            So that’s why you come here?
            To play I’m more Christian than you. You must be one of those Christian forum fanatics.

          • ♥LadyInChrist♥InGodITrust♥

            May God heal your anger you feel at me for typing the rest of God’s Word.
            Be at Peace.

        • ♥LadyInChrist♥InGodITrust♥

          Because of your anger I am removing the Bible ScriptureGod’s Word that I typed.

        • LynnRH

          “I am in no way rich, but if I was the less fortunate would come first.”
          I agree with you as I have written in a couple of posts above already. But as I said in my comment that you replied to, KC may already be using a lot of his money to help the less fortunate. How do we know that he isn’t?

          As far as the scripture you posted, God isn’t against someone being rich. He just expects those who are more fortunate to help those who are less fortunate. King David and his son King Solomon (for example) were rich. But found favor with God. God said David was a man after His own heart.

          • getstryker

            Yours is an excellent and totally biblically accurate comment – thank you! May God Bless you and yours.

      • getstryker

        I’m always amazed at how quickly the demons of jealousy and self-righteousness raise their ugly heads in the words and deeds of those with NO belief or spiritual discernment. How quickly they try to ‘weaponize’ bible verses to support their claims. Scoffers and critics bemoan the fact that religious leaders build a building, buy a plane, own an expensive home and yet, these same individuals sit silently when the crooked politicians they support receive huge campaign donations in return for ‘favors’ or spend millions of taxpayer dollars on their all to frequent vacations, or actively support immoral causes and commit crimes against the American people. Where is the outrage there? If people of faith did not believe in their leaders, they certainly would not follow or donate to their ministries. They make a free-will choice to do so whether the critics agree with them or not. It’s a free country – (and it stays that way because of people of faith) . . . critics & scoffers – live with it!

      • getstryker

        Excellent comment and absolutely correct!

    • ♥LadyInChrist♥InGodITrust♥

      And could have helped homeless families and homeless Veterans.

    • ♥LadyInChrist♥InGodITrust♥

      I tried to stand up for you on this one, Now I regret it

  • james blue

    This is NOT a holy man,

  • Preachers like him are our own worst enemies. I pity America without pastors with the power of those who have preceded them.

  • PastorBarb Maynard

    I am not a follower of KC, but in his defense–think about the mega churches and how much they cost to get to the people–KC needs this plane to get to his congregation! I prefer to follow someone leading us into the riches of the KING instead of someone driving a 1981 Toyota that they can’t keep gas in! They can give to the needing –only if they can get to them.

    • Amos Moses – He>i

      KC is not a pastor ……. pastors care about their flock on an individual basis …. KC does not know them nor does he want to …….

      • I had a conversation similar to what you just typed with a pastor. I recommended he cancel some of his “business” meetings (or let someone else attend those) and he tend to the sheep, y’know, shepherd the flock. I obeyed God. What he does at this point is between him and God.

        *I, for one, NEVER wanted a rock star as a pastor.

    • John Rickett

      It says Pastor, what are you a pastor of. I am glad you would rather fallow a false prophet in to riches in this world, sense you Love money so much you can try to buy your way into Heaven as Jesus said. But you and him are head to the place of the dead, repent, or the prophets in Heaven will speak out against you when you try to enter, you know sense you call your self a teacher of God.

    • John O

      Jesus rode a donkey, not a race horse. we all got a choice.

  • bowie1

    “Oral [Roberts] used to fly airlines,” he said. “But even back then it got to the place where it was agitating his spirit—people coming up to him, he had become famous, and they wanted him to pray for them and all that. You can’t manage that today [in] this dope-filled world, and get in a long tube with a bunch of demons. And it’s deadly.” I know it was difficult for him but then Jesus had the same situation where all kinds of people were after him to heal their diseases and the like. It seems people like Copeland only really want to “preach to the choir” but he may have to preach to the “demons” too.

    • Chet

      In that those “demons” are oftentimes plain ol’ down and out sinners in need of hearing God’s love for them and Jesus saves from the guttermost to the uttermost, no exceptions, no turn-aways… The other “demons” who think they’re okay just as they are because they “believe in God”…

  • Reason2012

    “[T]he Holy Spirit confirmed to Brother Copeland that the Gulfstream V was the plane the Lord had set aside for KCM,

    For him to claim it’s the will of God and the Holy Spirit said so to for him to spend millions on a plane instead of supporting missionaries, other churches, start up churches and more with the same money shows this man is a flat out deceiver. It’s that simple.

    Jesus warned there’d be wolves in sheep’s clothing – it’s not like it would be obvious, because:
    They dress like Christians.
    They act like Christians.
    They talk like Christians.
    They read the Bible like Christians.
    They have Christian “clothing”.

    Then how will we know? By their fruits.

    “[Jesus said] Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. 16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? 17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. 19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. 20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.”
    Matthew 7:15-20

    A pastor claiming God / the Holy Spirit said it’s God’s will for him to spend millions on that jet for him instead of for things churches are supposed to use the money for are the fruits that expose him.

    If he is saved, he’s too carnal to be trying to be a “pastor”, but he’s also deceived or a deceiver as there’s no way God “confirmed” that’s his will to use that money for.

  • michael louwe

    This is like Jesus Christ misusing Church money to buy his own horse and boat for His missionary travels around Judea, so that He did not have to walk or sail with “demons”.

    This is like Paul misusing Church money to buy his own ship for his missionary journeys to Greece and elsewhere, so that he did not have to travel with “demons”/passengers.

    • Coach

      Sarcasm? Or are you just making something up to oppose the gospel?

  • Daniel Standeford

    I can’t say I’m overtly Pentecostal nor charismatic but I believe Kenneth Copeland to be a faithful Spirit led minister of Jesus and my brother in Jesus Christ. The purchase of the aircraft is between him, the Lord AND those who faithfully support his ministry and who are probably much more informed of the breadth of the KC ministries than those who take issue with his purchase of an aircraft. After all, he is a pilot and was Oral Roberts personal pilot.

    • LynnRH

      I agree. I know I’ve seen many people in this world that are very successful in their careers and make a lot of money. Many of them have huge homes, expensive automobiles, planes, boats, etc. I personally feel I would rather live more simply and use my extra money to help bless others. But i’m not saying Kenneth Copeland doesn’t bless others with his money. I’m just saying there’s soooo many good, worthy organizations out there to help the less fortunate that i’d love to be a part of. I can live simply and be happy. As a matter of fact……I do! LOL

  • This is all through Eagle Mountain International Church which operates in total secrecy, is not required to file an annual report with the IRS and is essentially audit-proof due to an act of Congress..

    We all paid for this bloody plane because those donations that funded the toy are tax-deducted.

    • Denny

      Boo hoo.
      Move to North Korea. It is officially atheist.
      Also, Saudi Arabia bans Christianity.
      Start packing.

  • ChuSez

    Another lying hypocrite out to fill his own pockets.
    False prophets with huge profits, and a stench in the nostrils of God.

  • TheKingOfRhye

    I so often hear people asking “what would Jesus do?”

    Somehow I don’t think “buy his own private jet” would be one of the answers.

    • calduncan

      Jesus told you that?

      • Enniscorthy

        Gee, does he NEED to?

      • TheKingOfRhye

        Well, I can’t say he’s ever spoken to me. If he had, I probably wouldn’t be an atheist. That’s just the general sort of impression I’ve gotten, though. I mean, there’s stuff like Matthew 6:19, “lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth” and other verses like that.

        Also, this has really nothing to do with this discussion, but speaking of Matthew 6, I do particularly like the first few verses. “But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth”….I was actually at a church service around this last Thanksgiving time (believe it or not) and heard the pastor speak about that, and I thought it was a pretty good message.

        (Yep, folks, strange as it might seem, even some atheists like some of the things the Bible has to say…)

        • calduncan

          Religious people donate more to charity than atheists,
          so you are in no position to quote Jesus on the subject of compassion.

          Typical atheist. “Jesus hates the same people I hate!”
          Hate is the only emotion you characters have got. Sad and emotionally retarded creatures.

          • TheKingOfRhye

            Religious people donate more to charity than atheists

            That may be true, but did you know that the two biggest philanthropists is the world – by far – are atheists?

            so you are in no position to quote Jesus on the subject of compassion.

            So, because religious people may donate more than atheists in general, you’re going to judge me – one atheist – you’re going to come to a judgement about my ability to understand compassion? You’re going to judge one individual of a certain group based on your conception of the group as a whole? That’s just nothing but prejudice. I mentioned going to church….you wanna know why I was there? I was volunteering while I was staying at the nearby homeless shelter.

            Typical atheist. “Jesus hates the same people I hate!”

            Funny, there’s some Christians I’ve seen who seem to think that way. I recall those Westboro folks with the signs they liked to carry….

            (Please note I am NOT saying those people are representative of all, or most, Christians)

            Hate is the only emotion you characters have got. Sad and emotionally retarded creatures.

            I don’t know what it is I said that you could possibly take as an expression of hatred.

      • TheKingOfRhye

        Is what I said wrong? If so, how?

    • getstryker

      A ‘man’ that can ‘walk on water’ hardly needs a jet!

    • MT Wrapper

      Jesus has a flying saucer

      • TheKingOfRhye

        I think I read about that in the National Enquirer many years ago, or maybe it was the Weekly World News.

  • Charlene

    I don’t understand all the malice on this thread. I’m no fan of Copeland, but the fact is that his ministry is supported by voluntary donations. If people choose to donate, that is no one’s business but their own. I do know people who say they came to Christ by watching his programs. God uses all kinds of people. There are much bigger issues confronting Christians than this. Focus on your own sins and imperfections, like the New Testament says.

    • Tonya Elise

      i totally agree. I liked him yrs ago. i have moved on but, still he is good. how again is the real news? it is not like Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker or Jerry flawell or Jimmy Swaggart.

      • Chet

        Hmmm, let’s see here. Jim Baker confessed his sins and paid for same in jail. Tammy Faye left this world for glory some time ago now. Brother Falwell went to heaven in 2007, if memory serves. So then, what’s your beef with him? And some 30 years ago, brother Swaggart confessed his sin to the Lord and to his wife and the entire mocking world, which still does so. He is again preaching the good news gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ of Calvary. So, your point is, what?

  • John O

    i personally have been misled by the other Jesus in Matthew 7:21-23 (ESV)
    21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.
    22 On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’
    23 And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’

    as u all know in the end times satan can raise the dead to fool the people of God. God is in charge, even when we are fooled for HIS purpose. thank u Jesus.

  • Croquet_Player

    And all tax free, because he runs a church.

    • getstryker

      Yes, that’s right – ‘tax free’ – Remember that ole U.S. Constitution, 1st Amendment . . . the part that says: “Congress shall make NO law . . . ” Churches are EXEMPT from Federal, State & local income & property taxes.

      • Croquet_Player

        Yes they are. A dream loophole for scam artists.

        • getstryker

          Whether someone is a ‘scam or not’ is a decision that people of faith will decide for themselves with THEIR faith & THEIR pocketbooks. That decision is theirs, NOT yours. Tax Free? – you betcha . . . It’s been that way for over 230 years! 😉

          • IzTheBiz

            Be more concerned about the state of your soul than his jet. Christians pay taxes. You, alongside Kenneth copeland will stand before the judge of the universe. He will have to answer for his jet, as you will answer for rejecting his son!

          • getstryker

            Interesting, a legalist – tell us, do YOU speak for God? How do you know that Kenneth Copeland is not doing just as the Lord has actually instructed him? Who are you and by what authority do you even question Copeland’s decisions, his walk, his mission or his methods? He, as well as I, fully understand that soon, all mankind will stand before God for judgement. Tell me, how will God judge you for your apparent anger, jealousy and animosity toward Mr. Copeland? You know nothing of me! How will you respond when the Bible says: Judge not? Who are you to judge Copeland or my Christian relationship with the Lord? Since it’s His approval that we seek and NOT yours, I think I will simply put this issue to rest with the following statement: “May the God that will judge you someday bless you and yours!” Good bye and good luck.

    • Denny

      Pastors pay income taxes. You are ignorant.

  • steve carter

    I have met Kenneth Copeland and his brother. Did some work on the power plant that was built to defer the high electrical cost of production studio. These are good people serving God any way they can. He is also a good businessman. I know there will be negative comments about buying jets but how do you spread the word on the road?
    Why are there so many professionals that support the Church ? Because it is giving back and doing good for lots of folks. I am not a member of his church.
    Just an outsider with an honest humble opinion. I have witnessed some of the good things they have accomplished.

  • airstart

    I believe Copeland is a Charlatan, his name it and claim it heresy is as old as humankind. Jesus and the Apostles did not preach prosperity, materialism, or anything worldly. There’s an abundance of false teachers, most of them have TV shows with the primary purpose of raising money. It’s sad that modern religious folks can’t see the truth, it’s even sadder that they are so Biblically illiterate they will swallow H/L/S anything a “so called” Christian preacher declares. ie send me money and God will prosper you.

  • Tonya Elise

    i totally agree. I liked him yrs ago. i have moved on but, still he is
    good. how again is the real news? it is not like Jim and Tammy Faye
    Bakker or Jerry flawell or Jimmy Swaggart. Focus ON YOU OWN SINS. And Not hate .. Every christian is Still a SINNER, Yes, even you !. i do not see this as a Sin. judge not lest Ye be Judged..

  • MT Wrapper

    Pastor Arnold Murray taught the Bible for over 60 years and never took one dime for it. He bought his own plane

  • Vanessa Loy

    Catholics gave the world hospitals, nursing homes, orphanages

    Jews gave the world hospitals, nursing homes, orphanages

    Presbyterians gave the world hospitals, nursing homes, orphanages

    Adventists gave the world hospitals, nursing homes, orphanages

    Baptists gave the world hospitals, nursing homes, orphanages

    Methodists gave the world hospitals, nursing homes, orphanages

    Prosperity Charismatics have given the world…. pastors who own private jets, live in mansions and hobnob with celebrities, but have yet to develop hospitals, nursing homes or orphanages .

    One of these things is not like the others.