(SNO) – Sixty-eight-year-old American televangelist Jesse Duplantis is seeking donations to purchase a US$54 million Dassault Falcon 7X jet to do business, pointing out that if Jesus was on Earth preaching he “wouldn’t be riding a donkey,” according to an AFP report.
Duplantis made the appeal for the jet in a video for his followers.
“Now some people believe that preachers shouldn’t have jets. I really believe that preachers oughta have and go on every available voice, every available outlet to get this gospel preached to the world,” he said in the video.
The Louisiana-based Christian preacher said he needs the jet “so we can go anywhere in the world one stop”. According to AFP, the eight-passenger Falcon 7X can fly from Paris to Tokyo or Shanghai to Seattle on a single tank of fuel.
In the video, the preacher recounted a conversation he said he had with God about the need for a plane.
“He said, ‘Jesse, you wanna come up where I’m at?’” Duplantis said. “And I said, ‘What do you mean?’
“He said, ‘I want you to believe in me for a Falcon 7X,’” Duplantis said.
“I can’t live long enough to travel by car, or by ship, or by train, but I can do it by an airplane,” he said.
“I really believe that if Jesus was physically on the Earth today he wouldn’t be riding a donkey,” he said. “He’d be in an airplane preaching the gospel all over the world.”
The AFP reported that the preacher has already gone through three private lanes – “burning them up for the Lord Jesus Christ”.