(CNN)A prosperity gospel televangelist from Louisiana says Jesus has asked him to buy a new private jet. And wouldn’t you know it, Jesus has real nice taste in planes.
“It was one of the greatest statements the Lord ever told me, he said, ‘Jesse do you want to come up where I’m at?’” the minister says. “‘I want you to bleed me for a Falcon 7X.’”
By “bleed,” Duplantis — er, Jesus — apparently meant “ask for donations.”
Duplantis goes on to tell his followers that jets, especially nice ones with good fuel efficiency, allow him and his ministries to reach more people around the world. And no, it wouldn’t technically be his, it would be the ministry’s.
“All it’s gonna do is it’s going to touch people, it’s going to reach people, it’s going to change lives one soul at a time,” Duplantis said of the aircraft.
“I really believe that if Jesus was physically on the earth today, he wouldn’t be riding a donkey,” he added with a chuckle.
In the video, Duplantis also shows his followers a photo of him standing beside his other three jets: a Cessna Citation 500, an IAI Westwind II, and a Dassault Falcon 50. Under the portrait is a quote, which he proudly reiterates: “It’s not about possessions, it’s about priorities.”
CNN has reached out to Duplantis for comment.
On its website Dassault boasts that the Falcon 7X combines “fighter jet technology with an elegant, whisper-quiet executive cabin.”
It’s maybe no surprise then that big-name prosperity gospel preachers have a thing for jets. To them, such luxury is not at odds with Jesus’ teachings of moderation and humility.
And Duplantis is not the only preacher claiming to be having conversations with the Almighty about mid-range business aircraft.
“The world is in such shape, we can’t get [to followers] without [private jets] . We’ve got to have them,” Copeland said.
Copeland noted that famed evangelical pastor Oral Roberts flew commercial, but the people on the planes “agitated his spirit” with their requests for prayers.
“You can’t manage that today,” he said.
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