Local minister wants congregation to buy him $54 million jet

Local minister wants congregation to buy him $54 million jet

Local minister wants congregation to buy him $54 million jet

It comes a week after he posted a video on his vlog This Week with Jesse, claiming God told him the plane was vital for helping him spread the word of the Gospel.

"I said "OK" but the first thing I thought of is how am I going to pay for it, and then a great statement that he told me in 1978 flooded into my mind".

"He said, 'Jesse, you wanna come up where I'm at?'" Duplantis said.

Duplantis said his most recent private plane purchase was in 2006, but the new Falcon 7X would enable him to travel further without refueling.

As an aside, it was estimated the upkeep on these babies can cost as much as $765,000 a year.

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.

But Duplantis reckons it's not about comfort, it's about speed.

Mr Duplantis added: "I'm not interested in learning to fly it, I'm interested in preaching the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ". "And I said, 'What do you mean?'"

So it's actually super economical, guys.

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".

God instructed Duplantis to "preach the Gospel to every creature", he explained.

"I used them - and just burning them up for the Lord Jesus Christ". I don't want to learn how to fly it, I'm not interested in that.

In 2015, Duplantis and Copeland defended their use of private jets. "We can talk to God", Copeland said at the time. "The mess that the airlines are in today I would have to stop, I'm being very conservative, at least 75 to 80, more like 90 percent of what we're doing because you can't get there from here". "It's gonna reach people".

"You can't manage that today", Copeland said.

The Louisiana-based Christian preacher said he needs the jet "so we can go anywhere in the world one stop". "This dope-filled world. And get in a long tube with a bunch of demons".

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