Popular televangelist Jesse Duplantis, the leader of Jesse Duplantis Ministries, is asking followers 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.
The object of the preacher's desire is a new Dassault Falcon 7X, a three-engine jet, and this will be Duplantis fourth private jet. 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.
"I really believe that if Jesus was physically on the Earth today, he wouldn't be riding a donkey," he says in the video "He'd be in an airplane preaching the gospel flying all over the world." When Duplantis worried about the price, God told him, "Jesse, I didn't ask you to pay for it, I asked you to believe for it."
Duplantis preaches a "prosperity gospel," in which God blesses people who please him with material wealth, to an audience on Trinity Broadcasting Network, which claims to be the largest Christian TV network in the world.