"Father we thank you so and I'm asking you now sir, according to your word, bless our partners beyond measure. Yes, in the name of Jesus. For you said in 2002, 'I'm sending you new partners who are very strong financially and they will obey me. And I will increase your longtime partners and they will obey me," Copeland, 81, said in a thankful prayer upon acquiring the jet.
"And you will not come short. And you will not fail. And you will not lack. And you will not come behind and you will not be diminished. Praise God."
While the newly acquired Gulfstream V jet "is in outstanding condition and is an exceptional value," KCM partner and volunteer Charlie Bollinger said it will need $2.5 million in upgrades and maintenance to meet new FAA standards.
"So, as Elite CX Team members, we need to set our faith NOW on receiving that additional seed so that we can sow it within the next three to four months, as the upgrades are completed," Bollinger urged donors.
Bollinger continued to explain the extra $17 million necessary to maintain the new aircraft and encouraged donors to prepare to give that amount as well:
"Beyond the purchase of the Gulfstream V and its upgrades, remember that the overall Mission 3 goal is $17 million. By sowing the balance of those funds as the CX Team, we will be sowing toward: the construction of a new hangar, upgrading the existing runway, and purchasing special GV maintenance equipment."
In defense of the practice of millionaire preachers' penchants for luxury aircraft, Copeland and co-host Jesse Duplantis explained the importance of private jets in a December 29, 2015, television broadcast of "Believers Voice of Victory." The pair explained that private jets were crucial for their business in order to pray in privacy and avoid literal demons aboard commercial airplanes.
"We've got to have this! The mess that the airlines are in today. I would have to stop — I'm being very conservative — at least, 75-80, more like 90 percent of what we are doing. Because we can't get there! That's why we are on that airplane. We can talk to God!" Copeland said.
"Now, Oral [Roberts] used to fly airlines. But even back then it got to the place where it was agitating his spiritual. People coming up to him, he had become famous, and they wanting him to pray for them and all that," Copeland explained. "You can't, you can't manage that today. This dope-filled world, and get in a long tube with a bunch of demons. And it's deadly.
"I wanted to make that clear so the devil can't lie to you and say, 'See them there preachers spending all that money, just fat cats riding around,'" Copeland explained. "No, we're not; we're in business."