Jesse Duplantis, Louisiana evangelist, wants private jet

Jesse Duplantis 68 asked for donations to buy a new $54million jet- despite already having three- in a video last week so that he could fly anywhere in the world with'one stop

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

You know, some people believe that preachers shouldn't have jets.

He is the latest aircraft-seeking preacher to draw raised eyebrows and outright condemnation from critics who say asking for a multimillion dollar luxury jet is not exactly what Jesus meant when he said "store up for yourself treasures in heaven".

The jet that Duplantis has his eyes on is the Dassault Falcon 7X, a three-engine jet that has an estimated net worth of $54 million.

"I really believe, if Jesus was physically on the Earth today, he wouldn't be riding a donkey", he explained. "Think about that for a minute".

Mr Duplantis added: "I'm not interested in learning to fly it, I'm interested in preaching the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ". Best of all, it can carry up to 16 passengers, so Duplantis doesn't need to be alone.

If successful, the costly purchase will be the fourth jetliner the ministry will own. In it, he says his current jet (the third his ministry has owned) no longer serves his needs.

Duplantis says that God asked him to believe he would provide the private jet.

Jesse Duplantis, the Destrehan evangelical minister who lives in one of the largest homes in all of St. Charles Parish, wants to buy a a new jet.

"Jesse, I didn't ask you to pay for it", God apparently told him. "Yes, but I can't go in one stop".

"He said, 'I want you to believe in me for a Falcon 7-X".


It's maybe no surprise then that big-name prosperity gospel preachers have a thing for jets.

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.

"You couldn't have done that over an airline", Copeland said.

"Glory to God! It's Ours!" the website said.

CNN has reached out to Duplantis for comment.

"I can't live long enough to travel by auto, or by ship, or by train, but I can do it by an airplane", he said.

Of course, Duplantis has already had three private jets over the past several decades. 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.

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

But if they're still not sold on the idea, Duplantis had one more thought.

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