Jesse Duplantis, Destrehan televangelist, seeks donations for $54 million jet

Louisiana televangelist seeks donations for $54M private jet: report

US preacher asks followers to help him buy $78m private jet

Jesse Duplantis, 68, a Christian minister based in Destrehan, Louisiana, about 25 miles east of New Orleans, made the appeal in a video posted last week on his ministry's website, reported the Times Picayune on Monday.

Jesse Duplantis, a televangelist with viewers across the globe, says God told him he needs a new jet.

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

He told his followers if Jesus sets his foot on Earth today, he wouldn't be riding on a donkey, but instead, "He'd be in an airplane preaching the gospel flying all over the world". "Think about that for a minute".

In 2015 Duplantis and televangelist Kenneth Copeland defended their use of jets in an appearance on the same program, saying they can not preach the gospel worldwide using commercial airlines.

In it, he explains that his current jet - the third his ministry has owned - no longer serves his needs.

"[God] said, 'I want you to believe me for a Falcon 7X, '" the evangelist said.

Duplantis has not clarified how he would spread his version of the gospel or help his followers with the purchase of his fourth private jet, but we've reached out to the ministry for comment and will update if we hear back.

"We never ask you to give anything that me and Cathy don't give ourselves", he said. I don't want to learn how to fly it, I'm not interested in that.

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It's maybe no surprise then that big-name prosperity gospel preachers have a thing for jets.

The cabin can seat up to 19, but most Falcon 7X models are configured to seat 12.

"You couldn't have done that over an airline", Copeland said.

In a statement during his broadcast, Mr Duplantis claimed God told him directly to acquire a Falcon 7X.

He wouldn't live long enough to get to everywhere he needed by using cars, trains or ships.

He says he could fly cheaper because he has his own fuel farm and he can avoid refueling stops.

"People coming up to him, he had become famous, and they wanted him to pray for them and all that", he continued.

"You just can't manage that today, in this dope-filled world", Copeland said.

Duplantis and Copeland produced a video in 2016 arguing, once again, that televangelists need private jets in order to save as many souls as possible, according to the Washington Times.

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