Televangelist seeks donations for $54 million private jet

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In a March 21 video in his weekly series This Week With Jesse, Duplantis stated "Now people say. can't you go with [a commercial plane]?"

Jesse Duplantis, who has owned three totally different jets in his life, stated though some folks consider preachers should not have jets, he thinks they must be on each out there outlet to unfold the gospel.

"Now some people believe that preachers shouldn't have jets.

I asked you to believe for it", he says God said to him.

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

He says the plane would give him the ability to "go anywhere in the world" - to preach the world of the lord, of course - without having to make forced stopovers.

And as you've already learned from reading this article, Duplantis doesn't plan on putting his own name on the check when he buys the aircraft - he expects his followers to pay for it.

In the video, the preacher recounted a conversation he said he had with God about the need for a plane.

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"I didn't ask you to pay for it", Duplantis says he was told by God.

In the video, Duplantis also shows his followers a photo of him standing beside his other three jets: a Cessna Citation 500, an IAI Westwind II, and a Dassault Falcon 50.

His site claimed that partners "sow financial seeds into the good soil of JDM to help spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the world".

Falcon 7X Business Jet on the Ramp.

"I said "what do you mean?' He said 'Before you ask I'll answer". "And that's what's been a blessing of the Lord", Duplantis said.

Duplantis, who runs a Christian ministry, claimed he bought jets in 1994, 2004, and 2006 "for God".

Earlier in his broadcast the evangelist reflected on his history of private jet ownership, revealing he purchased his first plane in 1994. I can't live long enough to travel by auto. Copeland said their fame made it hard to travel with the public because of the number of people who would come up and ask for prayers. I don't want to learn how to fly it, I'm not interested in that.

"You just can't manage that today, in this dope-filled world", Copeland said.