Televangelist to Followers: Send Money, I Need $54M Jet


A Louisiana preacher is making headlines for asking his followers to help fund an extravagant purchase: a $54 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", Duplantis says in a video posted to his ministries' website.

The Times-Picayune reports that Duplantis made the pitch to his followers in the May 21 edition of his weekly video address.

Jesse Duplantis, 68, a Christian minister based in Destrehan, about 25 miles east of New Orleans, says his ministry has paid cash for three private jets.

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

He stresses that the new plane would be owned by Jesse Duplantis Ministries and would remain its property even if he were no longer affiliated with the organization.

According to the Jesse Duplantis Facebook page, Duplantis is scheduled to travel to New York, Tennessee, Michigan, Washington, Montana, California, and Alberta over the next month, with trips back to Louisiana in between.

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Duplantis explains his reasoning for wanting to purchase the new jet.

"The prosperity of gospel which many of these ministers are preaching is simply not the gospel of Jesus Christ - it is false gospel", said Jim Wallis, the founder of Sojourners, a prominent Christian community.

Duplantis preaches the prosperity gospel, which holds that wealth is a reward for faith.

A Dassault Aviation Falcon 7X takes part in a flying display during the 49th Paris Air Show at the Le Bourget airport near Paris, June 22, 2011. He said that tells him that the end time is "coming fast ladies and gentlemen". "Because let me tell you something about it, it's going to touch people".

" 'Jesse, I didn't ask you to pay for it, I asked to believe for it, ' " Duplantis added. It's going to reach people. "Yes, but I can't go in one stop". "Pray about becoming a partner to it".

"You can't manage that today", Copeland said, according to USA Today. "You get in a long tube with a bunch of demons, and it's deadly".