Prosperity Gospel Televangelist Jesse Duplantis is asking his millions of followers to donate money. Here’s the kicker – the ask is for $54 million to buy his fourth private jet.
“We believe in God for a brand new Falcon 7X so we can go anywhere in the world, one stop,” he said on his program, “This Week With Jesse” on May 21st.
He continued, “Now people say … can’t you go with this one? [pointing to a picture] 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.”
The plane is a luxury jet complete with a shower, blue tooth tech, and more amenities. Duplantis believes that if Jesus were here now, “He’d be on an airplane preaching the gospel all over the world.”
This fourth plane would also equal the same fleet as President Donald Trump.
Jesse Duplantis made this request knowing that he’d face criticism.
“So pray about becoming a partner toward it, if you like to and if you don’t, you don’t have to, but I wish you would,” he said in the show. “Because let me tell you something about it, it’s going to touch people. It’s going to reach people. It’s going to save lives one soul at a time…If you pray about it, I believe God will speak to you.”
Gospel artist Kirk Franklin had some harsh words for the prosperity teacher.
This is Jessie Duplantis. A televangelist who has four planes, and is now telling us that “Jesus” wants us to buy him another one. I’m posting this because now that we see popular culture stand up to the injustices in mainstream society, I believe the church should do the same for its own as well. WE should take the lead when there is an abuse of power that affects our message to the masses; our silence can be as loud as the bigotry and racism we see in the public square. Many of these “ministries” built their wealth on the backs of poor rural minorities that put their trust in the hands of “god’s shepherds” only to see the prosperity benefit those doing the preaching. Again, there are GREAT Christian leaders, and there is NOTHING wrong with having a plane… but if the burden falls on the less fortunate and GREED is the check written by those drowning in socio-economic rivers of systemic disparities, GOD is not flying that plane.
Jesse Duplantis is not alone with his private jet request. Creflo Dolla famously got roasted in 2015 for asking his followers for a jet. Before that, Kenneth Copeland faced detractors as well.