Televangelist asks followers to buy him a $54m jet

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

Mr Duplantis justified the request by saying that Jesus had told people to "go into the world and preach the Gospel to every creature, now how we gonna do that?"

A 2017 write-up on SherpaReport.com, a website focused on private aviation, said the list price for a new Falcon 7X was $54 million.

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

In a video address posted to his website, Mr Duplantis explained that Jesus "wouldn't be riding a donkey" in the present day. "Think about that for a minute".

Duplantis preaches "prosperity gospel", an interpretation of Christianity which holds that God rewards the faithful with material wealth.

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Although preachers owning private jets is not unusual, this particular appeal has caused controversy.

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"I asked you to believe for it".

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The 68-year-old preacher said he had "burned up" his other three planes for Jesus Christ and now needs a fourth.

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Falcon 7X Business Jet on the Ramp. "I drank a fifth of whisky a day, smoked a little dope a week, snorted cocaine, PCP, crystal meth, took trips and never left my house", Duplantis said in one interview. And with a ride like that, spreading the word of God would be a piece of pie, as Duplantis claimed.

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

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.

Earlier in his broadcast the evangelist reflected on his history of private jet ownership, revealing he purchased his first plane in 1994. Duplantis told viewers, "Pray about becoming a partner to it". "Stand up and say, 'What did you say, Lord?'" It's gonna change lives, one soul at a time.

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