“I really believe that if Jesus was physically on the Earth today he wouldn’t be riding a donkey. Think about that for a minute. He’d be in an aeroplane preaching the gospel all over the world.”
I don’t think he was seeking the kind of airtime he is getting, but a certain “televangelist” sure is making news headlines all over the world. Perhaps he should have thought for more than a minute about what he was going to say, ask for … and attribute to God!
Using “what Jesus would ride” if he were here? To justify a $54,000,000 jet!
I’ll tell you one thing that I know Jesus wouldn’t do – he wouldn’t devour houses to satisfy a covetous nature disguised as an answered prayer and some supposed test of faith! (Matthew 23:13-15; Luke 12:14-20)
““He told me: ‘Jesse, you want to come up to where I’m at?’ He said: ‘Before you ask, I’ll answer: Isaiah 65:24.’ He said: ‘I want you to believe me for a Falcon 7X.’” He said he then wondered how he was going to pay for the jet, then claimed God told him: “Jesse, I didn’t ask you to pray for it. I asked you to believe for it.”“
Whether we realize or not, this kind of behavior does damage to the truth of the gospel. It will not mock God but it does mock the truth and tarnishes it in the eye’s of the general public. Some people know better but it still provides fodder for the religion resenting groups of the world, and I understand why.
Using Jesus to justify the purchase of jet makes as much sense as using Jesus to justify eating lobster!
I don’t think Jesus had a problem riding with beautiful horses when he rode a donkey into Jerusalem. No, I think he was more concerned with doing the Father’s will, identifying himself through the fulfillment of scripture, and displaying a spiritual nature that cannot and will not be identified through the impressive possessions of the world.
“Then He said to them in His teaching, “Beware of the scribes, who desire to go around in long robes, love greetings in the marketplaces, the best seats in the synagogues, and the best places at feasts, who devour widows’ houses, and for a pretense make long prayers. These will receive greater condemnation.” Now Jesus sat opposite the treasury and saw how the people put money into the treasury. And many who were rich put in much. Then one poor widow came and threw in two mites, which make a quadrans. So He called His disciples to Himself and said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you that this poor widow has put in more than all those who have given to the treasury; for they all put in out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all that she had, her whole livelihood.”” (Mark 12:28-44 NKJV)