US televangelist appeals for donations for $54 million private jet

Duplantis already has three jets. He joked that he wants the Star Trek enterprise

Duplantis already has three jets. He joked that he wants the Star Trek enterprise

"We're believing God for a brand new Falcon 7X, so we can go anywhere in the world in one stop".

The 68-year-old minister, whose sermons are broadcast around the world, said God had not only spoken to him but also specifically identified the three-engine business jet by name.

In the video, Duplantis said God told him, "I want you to believe in me for a Falcon 7X".

Jesse Duplantis, who runs a Christian ministry headquartered in Destrehan, asked for the donations in a video posted on his website last week.

And he seems to think everyone's favourite son of God would do the same thing.

If Jesus was physically on Earth today, "he wouldn't be riding a donkey", the televangelist said.

As we learned from a yarn from Nick Copley for The Sherpa Report, the extremely-specific plane request from the spirit in the sky is not cheap.

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As an aside, it was estimated the upkeep on these babies can cost as much as $765,000 a year.

But Duplantis reckons it's not about comfort, it's about speed. "He'd be in an airplane flying all over the world".

He is the latest aircraft-seeking preacher to draw raised eyebrows and outright condemnation from critics who say asking for a multimillion dollar luxury jet is not exactly what Jesus meant when he said "store up for yourself treasures in heaven".

So it's actually super economical, guys. You know, some people believe that preachers shouldn't have jets.

In the video, Duplantis said he would not own the plane personally, according to USA Today.

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".

In his "prosperity gospel", he preaches giving money to pastors and their ministries is a sort of investment and missionaries have encouraged their flocks to invest heavily in aviation. I don't want to learn how to fly it, I'm not interested in that. "We never ask you to give something that (we) don't give ourselves". It's going to reach people. He said that tells him that the end time is "coming fast ladies and gentlemen". People coming up to him, he had become famous, and they wanted him to pray for them and all that.

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