'Jesus Wouldn't Be Riding A Donkey:' Televangelist Wants $54M Jet

Duplantis already has three jets. He joked that he wants the Star Trek enterprise

Duplantis already has three jets. He joked that he wants the Star Trek enterprise

"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", the 68-year-old Christian minister said the video.

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

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

He preaches the prosperity gospel, which says God shows favor by rewarding the faithful with earthly riches.

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In the video, Duplantis said he would not own the plane personally, according to USA Today.

In a video posted to his website last week, he asked his followers for help funding the aircraft, noting that God told him he should have a jet - but not pay for it.

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.

"Some people believe that preachers shouldn't have jets", he says. I don't want to learn how to fly it, I'm not interested in that. "We never ask you to give something that (we) don't give ourselves".

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In his "prosperity gospel", he preaches giving money to pastors and their ministries is a sort of investment and missionaries have encouraged their flocks to invest heavily in aviation.

An American televangelist is appealing for donations to fund the purchase of a $54 million business jet, saying that if Jesus was still preaching he "wouldn't be riding a donkey". It's going to reach people.

He goes on to show a picture of the fictional star ship "Enterprise" from the series "Star Trek", joking that he plans to be in one someday. "We can talk to God", Copeland said at the time. 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. "And I said, 'What do you mean?'" This dope-filled world - and get in a long tube with a bunch of demons.

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