United States preacher asks followers to fund $54m private jet

Geneva Stokes
May 30, 2018

Destrehan, La. - A televangelist in Louisiana with viewers across the globe is asking his followers for money so he can buy a $54 million private jet.

Jesse Duplantis Ministries has three private jets, but Duplantis says he needs one more.

The Times-Picayune reports that Duplantis made the pitch to his followers in the May 21 edition of his weekly video address.

In 2016, Duplantis defended his use of private jets, noting that commercial airlines won't allow you to unbuckle your seat belt and stand up to speak to God.

Duplantis preaches "prosperity gospel", an interpretation of Christianity which holds that God rewards the faithful with material wealth.

Duplantis explains his 40-year-old ministry has owned three private jets in the past.

"It is his mission to reach every soul of the 7 billion people that now inhabit the earth, making sure that each one has an opportunity to know the real Jesus", the Duplantis biography on Amazon explains.

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Televangelist and prosperity gospel minister Jesse Duplantis is under scrutiny for asking donors to pay for a new multi-million-dollar jet he says he needs to spread God's Word.

"He said, 'Jesse, you wanna come up where I'm at?'" according to Duplantis. "Now some people believe that preachers shouldn't have jets". I don't want to learn how to fly it, I'm not interested in that. "I've used em, and just burning them up for the Lord Jesus Christ".

"A table setting for a meal sits inside a Falcon 7X business jet, manufactured by Dassault Aviation SA".

"And I said, 'What do you mean?'" People coming up to him, he had become famous, and they wanted him to pray for them and all that. "It's gonna reach people". This dope-filled world - and get in a long tube with a bunch of demons.

He goes on to show a picture of the fictional star ship "Enterprise" from the series "Star Trek", joking that he plans to be in one someday.

" 'Jesse, I didn't ask you to pay for it, I asked to believe for it, ' " Duplantis added.

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