Televangelist asks followers to buy him a new private jet

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Televangelist asks followers to buy him a new private jet

#1  Postby Blackadder » May 31, 2018 8:31 am

https://news.sky.com/story/televangelist-asks-followers-to-buy-him-a-54m-jet-11390216

He already has a jet but it’s useless apparently because it has to stop to refuel. He needs to upgrade and he knows this because the Lord told him so.
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#2  Postby zulumoose » May 31, 2018 8:39 am

But - But - he must be right, mustn't he? I mean, if he were delusional about that conversation with Gawd, it opens up the possibility that he might be mistaken about other things. If I send in my $1000 I'll be confirming my faith and can put all those nagging doubts behind me where Satan belongs. The Lawd is with me.
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#3  Postby Mike_L » May 31, 2018 8:51 am

Should he not be borne on the wings of angels?
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#4  Postby I'm With Stupid » May 31, 2018 8:56 am

This must be that charitable giving that the religious are so much more likely to do.
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#5  Postby Alan B » May 31, 2018 9:07 am

And if his followers contribute to this nutjob's scheme, it just confirms the stupidity of some of the religious.

Although on second thoughts, he's not such a nutjob but a skilled conman in the same league as Trump.
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#6  Postby zulumoose » May 31, 2018 9:25 am

I think what marks the successful conman is that he knows how far he can push it. Everyone else under-estimates what can be asked for because we expect people to do things within reason, work to boundaries, have some suspicion. I think when many people reach that point of wanting to believe, of actively seeking confirmation, they go beyond what a critical person would think is possible in awarding trust.

That point when a stage hypnotist sorts the volunteers into who will work for him and who won't, I suspect the con-man can do that almost instinctively.
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#7  Postby Hermit » May 31, 2018 9:35 am

Copycat tryhard. Four years ago the aptly named televangelist Creflo Dollar exhorted his suckers to cough up 70 million bucks for a Gulfstream G650.

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#8  Postby I'm With Stupid » May 31, 2018 10:01 am

zulumoose wrote:I think what marks the successful conman is that he knows how far he can push it. Everyone else under-estimates what can be asked for because we expect people to do things within reason, work to boundaries, have some suspicion. I think when many people reach that point of wanting to believe, of actively seeking confirmation, they go beyond what a critical person would think is possible in awarding trust.

That point when a stage hypnotist sorts the volunteers into who will work for him and who won't, I suspect the con-man can do that almost instinctively.

Isn't there a strain of evangelism in America that's based around prosperity? The idea that you what you give away will be returned to you in greater amounts? How you get so far from Jesus' basic message and still call it Christianity is beyond me, but I guess nobody ever became powerful by throwing away all of their stuff. I'd imagine the churches that do preach that sort of thing die out pretty quickly.
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#9  Postby Thomas Eshuis » May 31, 2018 10:05 am

I'm With Stupid wrote:
zulumoose wrote:I think what marks the successful conman is that he knows how far he can push it. Everyone else under-estimates what can be asked for because we expect people to do things within reason, work to boundaries, have some suspicion. I think when many people reach that point of wanting to believe, of actively seeking confirmation, they go beyond what a critical person would think is possible in awarding trust.

That point when a stage hypnotist sorts the volunteers into who will work for him and who won't, I suspect the con-man can do that almost instinctively.

Isn't there a strain of evangelism in America that's based around prosperity? The idea that you what you give away will be returned to you in greater amounts? How you get so far from Jesus' basic message and still call it Christianity is beyond me, but I guess nobody ever became powerful by throwing away all of their stuff. I'd imagine the churches that do preach that sort of thing die out pretty quickly.

"Respect for personal beliefs = "I am going to tell you all what I think of YOU, but don't dare retort and tell what you think of ME because...it's my personal belief". Hmm. A bully's charter and no mistake."
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#10  Postby Hermit » May 31, 2018 10:42 am

I'm With Stupid wrote:
zulumoose wrote:I think what marks the successful conman is that he knows how far he can push it. Everyone else under-estimates what can be asked for because we expect people to do things within reason, work to boundaries, have some suspicion. I think when many people reach that point of wanting to believe, of actively seeking confirmation, they go beyond what a critical person would think is possible in awarding trust.

That point when a stage hypnotist sorts the volunteers into who will work for him and who won't, I suspect the con-man can do that almost instinctively.

Isn't there a strain of evangelism in America that's based around prosperity?

Prosperity theology is Calvinism on steroids. A chief justification for it is the parable of the talents, wherein making money is a virtue, a virtue, moreover, that god rewards with more money.

Just another example of the many irreconcilable contradictions in the teachings of the mythical Jesus. See Matthew 19:24

    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.
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#11  Postby Scot Dutchy » May 31, 2018 2:07 pm

That's the bible for you full of contradictions so every one is happy.
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#12  Postby zulumoose » May 31, 2018 2:12 pm

You can decide which colour of cherries you want to pick, the whole rainbow is there for the choosing.
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#13  Postby laklak » May 31, 2018 2:15 pm

Wannabe. Ernest Angley had a 747.
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Re: Televangelist asks followers to buy him a new private jet

#14  Postby i have no avatar » Jun 01, 2018 2:39 am

From the article:

Mr Duplantis then explained the new plane, which can carry eight passengers and three crew, meant he wouldn't have to "pay those exorbitant prices for jet fuel all over the world".


A rational follower (oxymoron) might ask: "Well, does your projected cost of fuel in these high cost regions over the next 10-20 years exceed $54 million? If not, aren't you being disingenuous?"
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#15  Postby laklak » Jun 01, 2018 3:14 am

Anyone who donates money to these charlatans is a wet brained imbecile and deserves to be fleeced. I have zero sympathy.
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