In his video pleading with people to help give to his $54mil plane, we do not hear a gospel presentation. I doubt he even knows what the gospel is (or rather, who!). As a Christian, I cannot stand by and not speak the truth - Jesse is a charlatan and a fraud, as are all his "friends" (Kenneth & Gloria Copeland, Benny Hinn, Kenneth Hagin, Joel Osteen). I pray that they hear the gospel and be saved. I think Kirk Frankin put it best in his recent Instagram post:
This is Jessie Duplantis. A televangelist who has four planes, and is now telling us that “Jesus” wants us to buy him another one. I’m posting this because now that we see popular culture stand up to the injustices in mainstream society, I believe the church should do the same for its own as well. WE should take the lead when there is an abuse of power that affects our message to the masses; our silence can be as loud as the bigotry and racism we see in the public square. Many of these “ministries” built their wealth on the backs of poor rural minorities that put their trust in the hands of “god’s shepherds” only to see the prosperity benefit those doing the preaching. Again, there are GREAT Christian leaders, and there is NOTHING wrong with having a plane... but if the burden falls on the less fortunate and GREED is the check written by those drowning in socio-economic rivers of systemic disparities, GOD is not flying that plane.What makes me so mad? He is using the "gospel" for his own gain. How is that even possible? Well, it's just like being a snake oil salesman. You know the story. Some unnamed fool rolls into town in his Conestoga wagon claiming his new miracle oil can cure anything from hair loss to impotence to heart trouble. You name it. Whatever you believe, it'll do it for ya. People, wanting to believe anything for a quick fix, jump at it like it's their last chance at life. And, what happens? Tar 'n' feather'im!
Yet, the same thing is happening with frauds like Jesse Duplantis and Creflo Dollar (remember his 2015 $65 million plan plea? Probably not. It got shut down pretty quickly after his initial request). The gospel is more than "I need a plane." The gospel saves from God's wrath. God, the creator of heaven and earth, has created humans who, almost immediately, rebel against God because he won't let us know what "evil" is. We are so foolish. Then, instead of squashing us like we deserve, he promises a savior to take the punishment for our sin. That was made manifest in Jesus.
Here's an article from Living Waters on our need for the gospel.