Jesse Duplantis in Galway – The Flight of capital or greed disguised

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The highlight reel:

The full recording can be downloaded here (82Mb mp3).

Notable moments:

0.00 : Kevin Sanford setting the scene which is about “building houses for God” to lead into the agenda of Jesse Duplantis which is that of looking for funds to “invest in evangelism”. He introduces Jesse.

In the first five minutes, Duplantis uses humour to get connected with the excited audience.

07:00 : He begins to connect with the Bible, in the process he ridicules theologians.

10:43 : He explains why he doesn’t struggles financially. “My source is my giving”.

15.13 : “When he blesses you with something that some people say ‘that’s greed’, it could be ‘growth’. It could just be growth instead of greed”. This is one of his key catchphrases for the session and repeats it many times over the hour and a half.

16.00 : He says he had a discussion with God on the plane that God gave him. He’s on his third plane but going to get a fourth.

17.30 : “Here’s where the Body of Christ has made a mistake for over 2,000 years. It’s not about ‘needs’ being fulfilled by God but rather tell him what you ‘want’. If you tell him what you want you destroy all your needs. That ‘greed’ could be ‘growth’.

20.50 : He used the Our Father prayer segment ‘thy will be done on earth’, repeating over and over to hammer his point home with the audience (that it’s okay to want things on earth). “I thought that was greed…could be growth”.

21.58 : Back to talking about his plane and how God wanted him to have it. His next plane will be a $32 million aircraft, then a $50 million one, with the aim of a Boeing 737 being his last one. Why? If he had it, he could bring the congregation with him to Ballymena (to his next gig tomorrow).

“It’s got nothing to do with needs. It’s got nothing to do with the economy of Ireland or Europe…It’s got to do with what you believe in your soul.”

Then back to the Bible to Psalm 35 Verse 27 and “paying for a righteous cause.”. Again, forget about the recession.

24.40 : “When you look good, God looks good. If you look bad, God looks bad” A typical statement from Prosperity Gospel thinking. He uses the recession in Ireland to suggest that the right thing to do is to look good even in such circumstances.

27.58 : “Poverty is a curse. The church wants you to be blessed so you can bless the church (and supply donations).

29:30 : “They came up with this other lie for over 2,000 years, the lie of ‘I’m not worthy’. I’m not worthy only works in church… If you don’t accept it anywhere else in the world, why do you accept it in church?”…”It’s not to do with greed, it’s to do with growth.”

31:47 : “When you get something from God or a person, there’s a sacredness to that…Why do you have to make an excuse for that blessing?…Why is it greed when you want something from God?”

He then begins to talk directly about money.

35.30 : “You know what God says about money? God says ‘money answereth all things’. Why? Because you live in an economic world… God understands money… Money is valueless until it becomes a seed.

39.30 : “Riches are made for use, not storage because when you start storing them you begin to trust them… I believe in saving money, not storing it.” He then connects to the Bible to justify his statement.

43.36 : “God supplies your needs so you can plant a seed.”

44.10 : “I don’t believe in that 36 or 100 fold… but I believe beyond it. I believe in the 1,000 fold.

He uses humour very cleverly to maintain the engagement of the audience who have now been listening intently for 45 minutes. He continues to do this to the end. He is a well-practised story teller and comedian.

53.03 : “It’s not about needs, it’s about wants and that’s not greed… God gives us richly all things and it’s okay to want things.”

55.36 : Back to talking about his plane, saying if you could get one, “But can you richly enjoy it? Can you take the heat from the church world and the secular world?”

More stories to get across his distinction between ‘needs’ and ‘wants’.

72.35 : “In 33 years of full-time ministry, I’ve never had a financial deficit…. Where there’s love, there’s giving.”

76.40 : Down to business. “I’m going to tell you what I want. $3 million. 3,000 people to give $1,000 so we can invest $3m in the world of evangelism… And that money is coming in by the handful because people trust us. God trusts us. In the 33 years of ministry, I’ve never had a scandal.”

80.33 : He talks about coming to Galway without asking for his expenses to be paid for by “you guys”.

81.33 : “Just by being in this country, I’m going to be blessed.” He then encourages them to give donations. “I’m asking you to give a good offering so we can reach people to change lives… You’re looking at a ministry that’s debt-free. I don’t know what debt is.”

86.05 : “It hasn’t anything to do about money. It hasn’t anything to do about need. It has to do with what God says and God says invest $3 million towards the world of evangelism… You’re writing a cheque? If you’re writing a cheque, make it out to Jesse Duplantis Ministries.”

3 Responses

  1. I would not have understood much of what Jesse Duplantis said on the video accept at the very end when he is looking for money, as a matter of fact, to buy himself a larger aeroplane. I can’t believe that people are taken in by this slick conman unless they are under influence and open to his manipulations. He has some neck to say that “the Body of Christ has made a mistake for over 2,000 years. It’s not about ‘needs’ being fulfilled by God but rather tell him what you ‘want’” and “Why is it greed when you want something from God?” and his manipulative use of another concept when he says “They came up with this other lie for over 2,000 years, the lie of ‘I’m not worthy’.”

    These interpretations clearly come from America with one purpose in mind when WANTING ‘other peoples’ money’ is sufficient reason to justify, without conscience and, in the main, is the driving forceful content of their ‘spiritual work’. It’s unbelievable really how he fools people into believing they do not provide for his personal ‘needs’ and ‘wants’ to travel to see them as, in the same breath, he talks them into providing for an aeroplane that will fly him around the world. He has deliberately led them into thinking him ‘worthy’ of such riches and their cognitive faculties, which are clearly out to lunch, are responding to his ability to entertain and manipulate their minds with his sales pitch.

    Where did he get the information to ask, do “You know what God says about money? God says ‘money answereth all things’. I have never heard this biblical quote before. Can someone tell me where I can find it?

    He says “God understands money… Money is valueless until it becomes a seed”. Is he saying that money is valueless unless it is used to donate to a church to save souls, or in his case, to a slick conman who, supposedly, would have us believe he had a one-to-one conversation with God and got the ok to ask the Irish people to contribute to the cost of his ‘wants’ to purchase another aeroplane?

    Talking about actually achieving his goal of purchasing it he says, “But can you richly enjoy it? Can you take the heat from the church world and the secular world?” Like the ‘mucky messiah’ Quinn he wonders if he has the gall to flaunt it and whether he will get away with it.

    He also says “Riches are made for use, not storage because when you start storing them you begin to trust them… I believe in saving money, not storing it.” What on earth is he on about? and then makes a liar of himself when he says “It hasn’t anything to do about money. It hasn’t anything to do about need. It has to do with what God says and God says invest $3 million towards the world of evangelism… You’re writing a cheque? If you’re writing a cheque, make it out to Jesse Duplantis Ministries.” Unbelievable!

    Sling your hook Duplantis. We don’t need another psychopath in Ireland who has no conscience about using manipulative techniques to satisfy greed in the name of religion or to make fools of the Irish and drain us of our resources. The Government need to WAKE UP! Religious freedom, how are ye!

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  2. When people invest in a good company, everyone calls them wise. Why is it that when people invest in God’s church they are called fools? I’ve known Jesse Duplantis Ministries for years, and as far as I’ve researched, everything I’ve heard him teach and the way I’ve seen him live his life and run his ministry is correct and in line with the Word of God. His ministry is very successful yes..because he has a lot of God-given supporters and for a ministry the size of his to continue to operate debt-free is practically unheard of these days! And when you live in obedience to God you are going to be blessed. That’s what my Bible says. Furthermore, unlike most traveling preachers, he insists on paying for all his own expenses when he visits a church to preach there. He does take an offering, but every penny of it goes back into his ministry, not his pocket. When you give an offering to a ministry according to my bible that is above your regular tithe, it is a seed (investment) into God’s kingdom (company). Every company here on earth that we might invest in could go belly-up at any given moment. But God’s Kingdom will never be bankrupt! I can’t think of a better investment to make. So I don’t understand why someone would call people fools for investing their money into what God Himself is doing through a ministry, especially a biblically sound one like Pastor Jesse’s that has been around for so long and free from scandal all these years. You won’t get any return from a company unless you make an investment and you won’t get any harvest from God is you don’t sow seed into His kingdom. Just wanted to put my two cents in here for what it’s worth.

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  3. It is hard to believe this is happening in Ireland. Jesse Duplantis is so clever with words and people are just chomping at the bit to give him money.

    How sad that these poor people are taken for fools after giving so much.

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