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

A Louisiana-based televangelist is asking his adherents to donate fund for a $54 million jet that they are able “go anywhere in the world in one stop, ” The Times-Picayune reported.

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

“You know I’ve owned three different planes in my life and used them and used them and only burning them up for the Lord, ” Duplantis says in a video posted to his ministries’ website.

Duplantis is now reportedly seeking the funds for a Dassault Falcon 7X, worth $54 million.

The problem with the previous airplanes, he says, is that they require multiple stops to refuel. But flying the Falcon 7X, Duplantis tells, will allow him to save money and not pay “those exorbitant costs with jet fuel all over the world.”

I truly believe that if Jesus was physically on the earth today, he wouldn’t be riding a donkey … He’d be in an airplane preaching the gospel all over the world.

– Jesse Duplantis

“I really believe that if Jesus was physically on the earth today, he wouldn’t be riding a donkey, ” Duplantis tells in the video, “He’d be in an airplane preaching the gospel all over the world.”

Duplantis’ video comes after another televangelist, Kenneth Copeland in Texas, purchased the Gulfstream V airplane for $36 million.

Both televangelists defended their use of private airplanes during a joint appearance on Copeland’s program, saying that commercial airlines filled with “a bunch of demons” that get in the way of their busy schedules.

Bradford Betz is an editor for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @bradford_betz .

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