Jesse Duplantis, American prosperity preaching televangelist, is the latest preacher to draw raised eyebrows from critics after he appealed to his followers to donate money to help him purchase a new $54 million private jet saying, “the Lord said ‘I want you to believe Me for a Falcon 7X.'”
“If Jesus was to descend from heaven and physically set foot on 21st century earth,” Duplantis told his followers in his video appeal, “the Redeemer would probably pass on riding on the back of a donkey; he’d be on an airplane preaching the Gospel all over the world.”
if Jesus was physically on the Earth today he wouldn’t be riding a donkey
By this logic God himself wouldn’t choose anything less than the Falcon 7X; a private jet that nears the sound barrier but also has noise-limiting acoustic technology, a bluetooth-enabled entertainment centre and an optional in-flight shower!
Having already gone through three private planes, “burning them up for the Lord Jesus Christ,” Jesse Duplantis Ministries is now appealing for a fourth, “so we can go anywhere in the world one stop,” according to Duplantis so he can efficiently spread the gospel.
He is the latest aircraft-seeking preacher to draw raised eyebrows and outright condemnation from critics who say asking for a multi-million dollar luxury jet is not exactly what Jesus meant when he said “store up for yourself treasures in heaven.”
Embarrassed & ashamed that this “pastor" is using the name of Jesus to satisfy his own greed. Please do not think he represents all US clergy. Quite a few of us work multiple jobs & live at poverty level so we can preach the Word the God. #JesseDuplantis https://t.co/p0p98aQsGU
— Chris Elrod (@ChrisElrod) May 29, 2018
No @jesse_duplantis , Jesus would no ask money for a private jet. Jesus would walk in sandals, and if he met a person without shoes, he would give his!
You are just a shameless greedy con-man and your followers are your prey. #JesseDuplantis
— Doh (@DohMtl) May 29, 2018
In 2015, televangelist Creflo Dollar was heavily mocked for starting “Project G650,” a means of getting a state-of-the-art Gulfstream G650 plane of his own, financed by his 200,000 followers. According to The Washington Post’s Abby Ohlheiser, Dollar said he “needs one of the most luxurious private jets made today in order to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ.”
The campaign was widely ridiculed online, and Dollar never made it to the waiting list, which consisted mostly of billionaires.
During his request for a new plane, Duplantis said he realised some people would remain sceptical. He said there was no obligation, and there was only one surefire way to determine what, exactly God wanted them to do: Prayer.
“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. “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.”
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