Louisiana televangelist seeks donations for $54M private jet

Jesse Duplantis the Destrehan-based prosperity gospel televangelist is shown in a still image from a video on his ministry's website

Jesse Duplantis the Destrehan-based prosperity gospel televangelist is shown in a still image from a video on his ministry's website

In a video posted to his website last week, Louisiana televangelist Jesse Duplantis called upon believers to "pray about becoming a partner" to his mission to purchase a $54m (£40.6m) Dassault Falcon 7X private plane.

The new plane costs $54 million, according to SherpaReport.com, a website dedicated to private aviation.

I really believe that if Jesus was physically on the earth today, he wouldn't be riding a donkey. "Think about that for a minute".

He can fly around the world on his current jet, but he can't do it without stopping to refuel.

In 2015, Duplantis and Copeland defended their use of private jets.

He regularly preaches to his audience on Trinity Broadcasting Network that God blesses people who please him with material wealth.

Do you believe God told Pastor Duplantis that he needs a $54 million jet?

A Louisiana televangelist is asking for followers for donations to buy a Falcon X luxury business jet, like this one parked in a hanger, on April 27, 2007.

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The Falcon 7x, with a range of 5,950 nautical miles, is needed "so we can go anywhere in the world in one stop", he explained. And by their logic sharing your wealth with the church will make God bless you even more.

The 68-year-old preacher said he had "burned up" his other three planes for Jesus Christ and now needs a fourth.

Now he has his eye set on a brand-new Dassault Falcon 7X, largely because of its fuel capacity.

During the segment, Duplantis mentions a time when he had to unbuckle his seat belt to be able to speak to God.

"We by no means ask you to offer one thing that me and Cathy do not give ourselves", he stated. "I can't live long enough to travel by vehicle, or by ship, or by train, but I can do it by an airplane".

He added: "It was one of many biggest statements the lord ever informed me - he stated 'Jesse, you wanna come up the place I am at?'" People coming up to him. You can't, you can't manage that today. "You get in a long tube with a bunch of demons, and it's deadly".

According to his Amazon author biography, he is the founder of Jesse Duplantis Ministries, which includes a weekly television program that reached 106 million American households.

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