Monday, 22 October, 2018

Televangelist wants followers to pony up $54 million for 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
Leonard Rios | 30 May, 2018, 21:28

A USA televangelist has asked his followers to help fund his fourth private jet - because Jesus "wouldn't be riding a donkey".

Jesse Duplantis Ministries has already gone through three private planes, "burning them up for the Lord Jesus Christ", he said.

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

It would be the 4th plane for Jesse Duplantis, who is looking at the Falcon 7X, a private jet that nears the sound barrier, has an optional in-flight shower and a Bluetooth-enabled entertainment center.

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.

As the televangelist who preaches the controversial "prosperity gospel" explained to his followers in a video last week, if Jesus Christ walked the earth today, "he wouldn't be riding a donkey".

But flying the Falcon 7X, Duplantis says, will allow him to save money and not pay "those exorbitant prices with jet fuel all over the world".

"He said, 'Jesse, you wanna come up where I'm at?'" according to Duplantis.

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During his request for a new plane, Duplantis said he realized some people would remain skeptical.

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

Duplantis preaches the prosperity gospel, which holds that wealth is a reward for faith.

The televangalist is hoping his followers will donate $54 million to let him buy a private jet.

The Dassault Falcon 7X would certainly do the trick.

"We don't hide nothing whatsoever at all", he says in the video. "Because let me tell you something about it, it's going to touch people".

I really believe that if Jesus was physically on the earth today, he wouldn't be riding a donkey. It's going to reach people. "You get in a long tube with a bunch of demons, and it's deadly". Copeland said their fame made it hard to travel with the public because of the number of people who would come up and ask for prayers.

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