2018-05-29 13:25:52 UTC
A Louisiana televangelist is asking followers to donate money for a $54 million
private jet that will go anywhere in the world in one stop.
Jesse Duplantis, 68, a Christian minister based in Destrehan, about 25 miles
east of New Orleans, made the appeal in a video posted last week on his
ministrys website, reported the Times Picayune on Monday.
"I really believe that if the Lord Jesus Christ was physically on the Earth
today, he wouldn't be riding a donkey," Duplantis says in the video. "He'd be in
an airplane flying all over the world."
He claims his Jesse Duplantis Ministry had paid cash for three private jets and
had been "just burning them up for the Lord Jesus Christ."
The preacher has set his sights on a brand new Dassault Falcon 7X, a
three-engine jet with a range of 5,950 nautical miles.
The problem with his previous jets, Duplantis claims, is that they required
frequent fueling stops, while the $54 million spent on a Dassault Falcon 7X will
in fact prove a money-saver as it allows him to avoid paying those exorbitant
prices with jet fuel all over the world.
In the video, Duplantis says God told him: "I want you to believe in me for a
Falcon 7X." He tells viewers: "Pray about becoming a partner to it."
Duplantis preaches the prosperity gospel, which holds that wealth is a reward
for faith. He is not the only televangelist spending big on private jets.
In 2015 Texas televangelist Kenneth Copeland purchased a Gulfstream V jet for
Both defended their use of private jets in an appearance on Copelands
television show, arguing that commercial flights were full of "a bunch of
demons" that impeded their schedule.