United States televangelist appeals for donations for $54m jet

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

A U.S. televangelist has asked his followers to help fund his fourth private jet - because Jesus "wouldn't be riding a donkey". "I really believe that preachers ought to go on every available voice, every available outlet, to get this Gospel preached to the world".

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.

He added he was hesitant about the purchase at first, but said God had told him: "I didn't ask you to pay for it".

"If you pray about it, I believe God will speak to you".

Duplantis said God told him he needed the plane "in one of the 'greatest statements the Lord ever told me'".

"It is his mission to reach every soul of the 7 billion people that now inhabit the earth, making sure that each one has an opportunity to know the real Jesus", the Duplantis biography on Amazon explains. But the trouble is, he's "just been burning them up for the Lord Jesus Christ".

"You can not make this insanity up", Akin wrote on Twitter.

With his ministry's private jet now 12 years old, a popular televangelist based in Louisiana is asking for donations to purchase a new one.

He can fly around the world on his current jet, but he can't do it without stopping to refuel. "This is why the prosperity gospel is no gospel".

Fellow prosperity gospel ministers Creflo Dollar and Kenneth Copeland have also come under fire in recent years for calling on fellow Christians to fund multi-million dollar private jets.

He addressed the possible controversial nature of his request, according to KTLA sister station WGNO in New Orleans: "Now some people believe that preachers shouldn't have jets". 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 can't, you can't manage that today. "It's gonna reach people".

A Louisiana-based televangelist is asking his followers to donate money for a $54 million jet that can "go anywhere in the world in one stop", The Times-Picayune reported. "You get in a long tube with a bunch of demons, and it's deadly".

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