Televangelist Says God Told Him He Needs $54M Private Plane

Televangelist Says God Told Him He Needs $54M Private Plane

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

A Televangelist based in New Orleans says God told him, his ministry needs a new private jet. "I really believe that preachers oughta have and go on every available voice, every available outlet to get this gospel preached to the world", he said in the video. "Think about that for a minute", Duplantis said. According to prosperity gospel preachers and believers, nice things like jets and cars and rent money are God's way of blessing people for a faithful life.

That same year, Duplantis appeared on Kenneth Copeland's TV show, where both televangelists said their private jets were essential for their missions.

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.

Although preachers owning private jets is not unusual, this particular appeal has caused controversy.

"I asked you to believe for it". "Yes, but I can't go in one stop".

"He stated 'earlier than you ask, I'll reply: Isaiah 65:24'".

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Dassault, who makes the three-engine Falcon 7X, describe it as "the benchmark for the 21st century business jet".

Mr Duplantis has copped some heavy criticism on social media for his request, being described variously as an "outrageous charlatan" and "hypocrite".

In a statement during his broadcast, Mr Duplantis claimed God told him directly to acquire a Falcon 7X. He's owned private jets before - three of them, specifically - but he's "burned them up for the Lord" in his extensive ministry, he says. "I drank a fifth of whisky a day, smoked a little dope a week, snorted cocaine, PCP, crystal meth, took trips and never left my house", Duplantis said in one interview. "I can't live long enough to travel by auto, or by ship, or by train, but I can do it by an airplane". Duplantis told viewers, "Pray about becoming a partner to it".

At least one person eager to get Duplantis into his new ride.

"You can't manage that today", Copeland said.

But if they're still not sold on the idea, Duplantis had one more thought.

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