Televangelist wants followers to pony up $54 million for private jet

02 June, 2018, 03:37 | Author: Diane Mills
  • Louisiana televangelist seeks donations for $54M private jet: report

The preacher opened up about his need for a new jet on a weekly video message posted on the Jesse Duplantis Ministries website.

Jesse Duplantis has owned three private jets throughout his life and says he is "burning them up for the Lord" and needs a new one.

"Now some people believe that preachers shouldn't have jets", he said in the video.

Mr Duplantis went on to counsel that if Jesus was on Earth immediately, he would even be travelling in a jet. "Think about it for a minute. He'd be in an airplane preaching the gospel everywhere in the world".

Duplantis' video comes after another televangelist, Kenneth Copeland from Texas, purchased a Gulfstream V jet for $36 million.

Duplantis shows pictures of the three planes, which he describes as a Cessna Citation 500, an IAI Westwind II and a Dassault Falcon 50 purchased in 2006.

He also has an answer for nonbelievers and critics who want to know why his ministry needs a 4th plane, especially a luxury jet.

By flying in the new plane, Duplantis says it will save money and not pay for "those exorbitant prices with jet fuel all over the world".

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A Louisiana televangelist is convinced that God wants him to own a fourth private jet ― and he's calling on others to donate toward that lofty goal.

"He said, 'Jesse, you wanna come up where I'm at?'" Mr Duplantis said. "Yes, but I can't go in one stop".

His site claimed that partners "sow financial seeds into the good soil of JDM to help spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the world".

The Dassault Falcon 7X would certainly do the trick. And with a ride like that, spreading the word of God would be a piece of pie, as Duplantis claimed.

"We by no means ask you to offer one thing that me and Cathy do not give ourselves", he stated.

Born and raised in New Orleans, Duplantis performed in the 1970s under the stage name Jerry Jaxon with the rock band Summer Wine.

HuffPost has reached out to Jesse Duplantis Ministries for comment. I can't live long enough to travel by vehicle. People coming up to him, he had become famous, and they wanted him to pray for them and all that. "This dope-filled world. And get in a long tube with a bunch of demons".

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