Evangelist wants $54 million jet: ‘Jesus wouldn’t be riding a donkey’

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

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

As of 8:30 a.m. the post had garnered 132 comments, many of which were griping about the preacher asking for help from followers to buy the jet - his fourth - that retails new for at least $54 million.

Jesse Duplantis, who runs a Christian ministry headquartered in Destrehan, asked for the donations in a video posted on his website last week.

The 68-year-old minister, whose sermons are broadcast around the world, said God had not only spoken to him but also specifically identified the three-engine business jet by name.

By flying in the new plane, Duplantis says it will save money and not pay for "those exorbitant prices with jet fuel all over the world". Of course, Duplantis has already had three private jets over the past several decades.

He says he needs the funds for the newest ministry plane because he used up his previous three jets by "burning them up for the Lord Jesus Christ".

Duplantis acknowledged that the fundraising drive might ruffle feathers.

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He addressed the possible controversial nature of his request, according to KTLA sister station WGNO in New Orleans: "Now some people believe that preachers shouldn't have jets".

In the video, Duplantis said he would not own the plane personally, according to USA Today. "I'm interested in preaching the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ". He has an estimated net worth of $40m and has previously called God his "sugar daddy", PJ Media reports. "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.

"We don't hide nothing whatsoever at all", he says in the video. "It's gonna reach people".

In January another televangelist, Kenneth Copeland, announced the blessing of a Gulfstream V. Both he and Duplantis defended their jets in 2015. He then asked his followers to "pray about becoming a partner to it".

I really believe that if Jesus was physically on the earth today, he wouldn't be riding a donkey.

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