Republican Sen. Charles Grassley has reportedly asked six Pentecostal ministries to give him every credit card receipt for the last five years.
While fully 16,000 corporations operate their own aircraft and 60,000 more have part ownerships as well as leases, Grassley’s investigation of the six ministries was prompted by the fact that they owned private jets.
He also has asked at least one of the ministries to give him the name of every musician or speaker who has ever stood in his pulpit in the last 40 years. But the jets were what provoked the investigation. The senator insists that true Christians should ride donkeys as Jesus did when he entered Jerusalem. (Google for the senator’s live comments.)
The senator, as a practicing Christian, surely does the same, for there is nothing in his theology that distinguishes between ministers of the gospel and practitioners.
The question is this: If it is inherently carnal, sinful and materialistic for a Pentecostal ministry to own a jet, why is it lawful and acceptable for other religions and ministries to have them?
Billy Graham and the Mormon Church are just a couple that come to mind. And if Jesus and his 1st century transportation is the point of reference, then should we expect Grassley to go after all those thousands of other ministries that lease jets? What about every major religious organization in America? …