It's not unusual for longtime preacher Jesse Duplantis to make videos calling out to his supporters asking for help with resources for his ministry. But his latest request has hit the news waves, due to its purpose and price tag: A $54 million private jet.
His appeal talks about the three planes that he's "purchased for the Lord" in the past, and says that the problem with those models was that they required multiple stops for refueling. Not so, if he gets his reported wish of a Dassault Falcon 7X, which he says could get him "anywhere in the world in one stop."
"I really believe that if the Lord Jesus Christ was physically on the Earth today, he wouldn't be riding a donkey. He'd be in an airplane flying all over the world," the evangelist pleads. "I want you to believe in me for a Falcon 7X...pray about becoming a partner to it."
Where did this come from?
The request from Duplantis doesn't come as a total shock, considering he was widely mocked along with fellow evangelist Kenneth Copeland a few years ago, when they recorded a video defending their use of private jets at the time.
Commercial flying would require them to be surrounded by a "bunch of demons," they said.
For the sake of reminiscence, here it is in all its glory: