Televangelist says God told him he needs 4th private plane

Televangelist says God told him he needs 4th private plane

Televangelist says God told him he needs 4th private plane

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

In a video posted to his ministry's website last week, Jesse Duplantis, who is based in Destrehan, Louisiana, announced that the Jesse Duplantis Ministry has already paid for his three private jets in cash.

Duplantis explained that God told him he didn't have to pay for it, he had to believe for it.

"I want you to believe in me for a Falcon 7X", Duplantis said, according to the Times-Picayune.

Now the preacher is targeting the necessary funds for a Dassault Falcon 7X, with a $54 million price tag.

The Falcon 7X would be the TV preacher's fourth private plane since founding the Jesse Duplantis Ministry in 1978.

Duplantis acknowledged that the fundraising drive might ruffle feathers.

"All it's going to do is touch people, it's gonna reach people, it's gonna change lives one soul at a time".

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Duplantis added that if Jesus were alive today, "He wouldn't be riding a donkey". He'd be in an airplane preaching the gospel all over the world. He has an estimated net worth of $40m and has previously called God his "sugar daddy", PJ Media reports.

He appeared in a video in 2015 with another televangelist, Kenneth Copeland, to defend their use of the planes.

Duplantis explains his 40-year-old ministry has owned three private jets in the past.

A Louisiana televangelist is asking for followers for donations to buy a Falcon X luxury business jet, like this one parked in a hanger, on April 27, 2007.

"The world is in such a shape, we can't get there without this", Copeland said of private aircraft. It's going to reach people.

"If you pray about it, I believe God will speak to you". You can't, you can't manage that today. "This dope-filled world. And get in a long tube with a bunch of demons".

He goes on to show a picture of the fictional star ship "Enterprise" from the series "Star Trek", joking that he plans to be in one someday.

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