Creflo Dollar says that his asking for his followers to help him purchase a $65 million dollar plane is part of the ‘Devil trying to discredit him.” In a sermon posted to the Dove channel on YouTube on Tuesday, Dollar says he never directly asked his congregation for money to buy the plane because he has more than enough supporters that would help him do it. And that if his critics knew what his ministry does, they wouldn’t question his desire to be able to travel the world comfortably to do it.
Dollar already has four private planes, according to a Senate committee investigation that looked into the tax-exempt status of his church and five others. One of the plane, an aging Gulfstream was put of out service after two near-mishaps in the air, according to Politifact.com.
Dollar’s publicist says that he wanted another, larger plane to assist with carrying larger cargos of food for overseas missions.
“The plane is not so Creflo Dollar can get on by himself and fly,” according to Juda Engelmayer of 5W Public Relations in New York, who represent Dollar.
In fact, according to Politifact.com, the Gulfstream G650, the preferred transport of the very rich, is not suited for large amount of cargo. His publicist declined to elaborate specifically on his earlier comments, but said that Dollar continues to have an active global ministry and that the plane fundraising effort has been dropped.