Preacher says God told him to get a $70 million private jet


"You know I've owned three different jets in my life and used them and used them and just burning them up for the Lord", he says in the video.

A prosperity gospel televangelist is asking disciples to "pray about becoming a partner" to his mission of obtaining a $54 million private jet.

The jet "costs about $54 million new", says USA Today, "although used ones are listed online for as little as $20 million".

He says that if Jesus were alive today, "He wouldn't be riding a donkey".

Specifically, God told Duplantis he needs a Dassault Falcon 7X, a three-engine private jet capable of carrying 12 to 16 passengers at speeds up to 700 miles per hour.

"Jesse, I didn't ask you to pay for it. I'm interested in preaching the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ".

Duplantis' solicitation comes four months after another televangelist, the Newark, Texas-based Kenneth Copeland, announced he had bought a new Gulfstream V jet.

Duplantis shows pictures of the three planes, which he describes as a Cessna Citation 500, an IAI Westwind II and a Dassault Falcon 50 purchased in 2006.

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He can fly around the world on his current jet, but he can't do it without stopping to refuel.

On the Jesse Duplantis Ministries website, donations are referred to as "seed" that helps the preacher reach the masses: "We value every seed and consider it a holy, precious thing".

The organization also runs Covenant Church in Destrehan and produces a weekly broadcast that airs on WGNO-TV in New Orleans and several religious networks.

God instructed Duplantis to "preach the Gospel to every creature", he explained.

He regularly preaches to his audience on Trinity Broadcasting Network that God blesses people who please him with material wealth. "It's gonna reach people".

His flight records show he took thousands of trips on his private planes. They also said that if they flew with us plebs, they'd be constantly bothered with prayer requests.

"Now people say ... can't you go with this one?" he said, pointing to a picture of the plane he uses. "You get in a long tube with a bunch of demons, and it's deadly".