US Pastor Appeals For Donations To Acquire $54m Private Jet

Jesse Duplantis a Louisiana-based televangelist is asking his followers to help fund a $54 million jet

Jesse Duplantis a Louisiana-based televangelist is asking his followers to help fund a $54 million jet

A Louisiana televangelist is asking his followers to fund a $54 million private jet - his fourth plane - so he can preach the gospel all around the world without having to stop for fuel.

He said that God told him he should have a jet but not personally pay for it.

Duplantis preaches "prosperity gospel", an interpretation of Christianity which holds that God rewards the faithful with material wealth. One person pointed to the fact that Duplantis said in the video that donating was optional.

In the video, Duplantis says God told him, "I want you to believe in me for a Falcon 7X". And all of them have been paid for by his Jesse Duplantis Ministry. But his latest request has hit the news waves, due to its objective and price tag: A $54 million private jet. "If I can do it in one stop, I can fly it for a lot cheaper, because I have my own fuel farm, and that's what's a blessing of the Lord".

"I used them - and just burning them up for the Lord Jesus Christ".

He guided viewers through his history of owning private jets, noting that his current Dassault Falcon 50 is 12 years old and no longer serves his needs.

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It's not unusual for longtime preacher Jesse Duplantis to make videos calling out to his supporters asking for help with resources for his ministry.

"And I said, 'What do you mean?'" It's going to reach people.

In 2015, Duplantis appeared in a video with fellow televangelist Kenneth Copeland where they defended their need for private jets.

"Jesse, I didn't ask you to pay for it". He said that tells him that the end time is "coming fast ladies and gentlemen".

"You can't manage that today", Copeland said, according to USA Today.

"We're believing God for a brand-new Falcon 7X, so we can go anywhere in the world one stop", he said. Copeland said their fame made it hard to travel with the public because of the number of people who would come up and ask for prayers. "You get in a long tube with a bunch of demons, and it's deadly".

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