Televangelist Jesse Duplantis has asked followers for a $54 million personal jet
Televangelist Jesse Duplantis has asked his followers for charitable donations to help finance a $54 million personal jet for travel purposes - a request that many have criticised as excessively materialistic. Duplantis has stated that the Falcon 7X will give him the means to spread the word of God more efficiently around the world.
The three-engine plane Duplantis has his heart set on is capable of carrying up to 12 passengers, can fly at speeds of up to 700 miles per hour, and boasts an impressive max range of approximately 6,000 miles. This will be the fourth private plane owned by Duplantis' ministry if his request for financial aid pays off. Apparently, the other three models are neither fast enough nor sleek enough to meet the rigorous demands of the celebrated gospel preacher.
He recently stated: "Now, some people believe that preachers shouldn't have jets. I really believe that preachers ought to ... have every available outlet to get this Gospel preached to the world ... if Jesus was physically on the Earth today, he wouldn't be riding a donkey ... All it's gonna do is touch people. It's gonna reach people. It's gonna change lives, one soul at a time. I don't want to learn how to fly it, I'm not interested in that. I'm interested in preaching the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ."
Duplantis has previously defended his need for personal jets by stating that they belong to his ministry and not him. He has also stated that commercial flights are unsuitable for him for three reasons. Firstly, his fame means that he is often bothered by members of the public. Secondly, he is unable to stand up to pray because of seatbelt regulations. And lastly, because of the presence of "demons" on commercial flights.
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]? Yes, but I can't go it one-stop. And if I can do it one stop, I can fly it for a lot cheaper, because I have my own fuel farm. And that's what's been a blessing of the Lord."
Duplantis is the founder of the eponymous Jesse Duplantis Ministries, which has its international headquarters in America, as well as branches in the United Kingdom and Australia. He has been preaching sermons for over 40 years, and spreads his message via webcast, television, and the numerous books he has authored.