Preacher wants $54 MILLION to buy himself a plane.

Jesse Duplantis, the Destrehan-based prosperity gospel televangelist with a global reach, is asking disciples for money to buy a jet that costs $54 million “so we can go anywhere in the world in one stop.” He seeks the donations in a video posted last week on his ministry’s website.

“I really believe that if the Lord Jesus Christ was physically on the Earth today, he wouldn’t be riding a donkey,” Duplantis says in the video. “He’d be in an airplane flying all over the world.”

He says his 40-year-old Jesse Duplantis Ministries has paid cash for three private jets and been “just burning them up for the Lord Jesus Christ.” The most recent purchase was in 2006, he says.

Now he has his sights set on a Dassault Falcon 7X, a three-engine jet with a range of 5,950 nautical miles. Its customizable cabins accommodate 12 to 16 passengers. A 2017 write-up on SherpaReport.com, a website focused on private aviation, said the list price for a new Falcon 7X was $54 million.

In the video, Duplantis says God told him, “I want you to believe in me for a Falcon 7X.” He tells viewers: “Pray about becoming a partner to it.”

Duplantis’ solicitation comes four months after another televangelist, the Newark, Texas-based Kenneth Copeland, announced he had bought a new Gulfstream V jet. That aircraft, when first sold in 1998, carried a $36 million price tag, The Christian Post reports.

In 2015, Duplantis and Copeland defended their use of private jets. In a segment on Copeland’s television program, they argued that commercial planes were full of “a bunch of demons” that will bog down their busy schedules with prayer requests, The Washington Times reported.

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  1. Dirtbags like this give organised religion a bad name. He should be tarred and feathered pour encourager les autres.

  2. Leonard Jones says:

    I used to love to watch these fraudsters on TV. And again, Frank Zappa song
    came to mind:

  3. Deplorable B Woodman says:

    A fool and their money……………

  4. bogsidebunny says:

    My 85% rule fits in here perfectly. Years ago I figured most people were stupid. Then I figured I was stupid too. I fixed my stupid problem. Too bad most of the others are still burdened with the stupid baggage.

    Fuck all Ideologies aka: religions. You need them? Your weak besides being stupid.

  5. grayjohn says:

    Televangelists are criminals and con artists preying on the elderly, and the gullible.

  6. JC says:

    My wife, for some reason, likes Joel Osteen. I listened to one of his ‘sermons’ and had him pegged as a fraud. If you have to go on TV to preach, you aren’t doing it for the glory of God. At that point it’s about getting rich off of other people’s stupidity.

    Reminds me of the joke “Put one hand on your heart, and your other on your pocketbook, and say I believe!”

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