Televangelists are often controversial figures in current society as some feel they use religion to financially exploit their followers. Others feel that these individuals are doing God’s work spreading the gospel. Jesse Duplantis, who is the founder of the Jesse Duplantis Ministries, has asked his followers to help pay for a $54 million private jet.
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Duplantis claims that he will be able to spread the gospel without making any stops to refuel as this plane comes with its own fuel farm. Ironically, the 68-year-old already has three other private jets that he paid for with cash he received after he used similar crowdfunding tactics.
In a five minute long video, Duplantis argues that he “needs” the Dassault Falcon 7X as it will mitigate the amount of money he has to pay for refueling across the world.
“You know I have owned three different jets in my life and I use them and just burning them up for the Lord, Jesus Christ,” he said. “Some people believe that preachers shouldn’t have jets. I really believe that preachers ought to be able to go on every available voice, every available outlet to get this gospel preached to the world.”
Duplantis told his congregation that God told him to “believe” that he would receive the luxury private jet, and his followers would believe in the cause as well, the Daily Mail reported.
To further sell his agenda, the elderly man claims that if Jesus was still alive he “wouldn’t be traveling on a donkey.”
“He’d be in an airplane preaching the gospel all over the world. Let me just say this. We’re believing God for a brand new Falcon 7X, so we can go anywhere in the world in one stop,” he told his viewers.
Duplantis got ahead of the negative comments by stating: “Now people say, ‘My lord, can’t you go with this one?’ “Yes, but I can’t go in one stop.”
Duplantis isn’t the only televangelist to ask for private luxury jets from his viewers. Previously, fellow televangelist, Kenneth Copeland, pleaded with his followers to help him purchase a $34 million private jet.
After the massive purchase, Copeland said: “Do you see this? I hope you do. You bought it. You and Jesus.”