When Jesus descended from heaven and set a physical footing on the 21st century earth, evangelist evangelist Jesse Duplantis told his followers, the savior would likely continue on the back of a donkey: "He would be the gospel in an airplane preach all over the world. "
And Duplantis believes that the light of the world would not settle for 30 inches of legroom or be scanned by the TSA.
Why should he choose something less than the Falcon 7X? , A private jet approaching the sound barrier, but also featuring acoustic acoustics technology, a Bluetooth-enabled entertainment center and an optional shower?
Duplantis says he needs about $ 54 million to effectively spread the gospel to as many people as possible, has asked the Lord ̵
He's the Newest Airborne Preacher, The Critics and the Direct Condemnation of Critics Saying They Ask for a Million Dollar Luxury Jet is not exactly what Jesus meant when he said, "Guess treasures for you in heaven."
But this is not the first time that Duplantis in the preacher private plane debate. The Falcon 7X would be the fourth jet of his ministry – all paid for with money drummed by supporters.
And before anyone asks, he already has an answer for unbelievers and critics who want to know why exactly his ministry demands a luxury jet, that would make his fleet as big as Donald Trump.
"We believe in God for a brand new Falcon 7x so we can make a stop anywhere in the world," he told People on "This Week With Jesse." a regular video broadcast on his website. The March 21 video carefully blended the gospel with a few insights into the economics of international aviation.
"Now people are saying … can not you go with this one?" He said, pointing to a picture of the plane he was using. "Yes, but I can not go out of one hand, and if I can do it, I can fly it a lot cheaper because I have my own fuel farm and that is a blessing from the Lord."
Duplantis did not give immediately Call back from the Washington Post, where he was looking for a comment.
In the video, Duplantis did not state on which business trips the plane would be used, because although he has hinted in the past that he has an extensive itinerary.
Dupantis is the founder of Jesse Duplantis Ministries, which features a weekly television program that reached 106 million US households, according to his Amazon biography. In 1997, he and his wife founded the Covenant Church in Destrehan, La., Just outside of New Orleans.
"It is his mission to reach every soul of the 7 billion people who now live on Earth and to ensure that they all have an opportunity to know the true Jesus – accessible, sympathetic, compassionate and full of them Joy – as he knows Jesus, "says the biography.
He preaches the Prosperity Gospel, which states that God shows favor by rewarding the faithful with earthly riches. Giving money to the leaders and their ministries is a form of investment.
And prosperity preachers have encouraged their herds to invest massively in aviation.
In 2015, TV revocator Crevlo Dollar was ridiculed for "projecting" G650, "a means to get a state-of-the-art Gulfstream G650 plane, funded by its 200,000 followers." According to Abby Ohlheiser of the Washington Post, Dollar said that he needs "one of the most luxurious private jets made today to share the gospel of Jesus Christ."
The campaign was ridiculed on the Internet, and dollars never made it into the US waiting list, which consisted mainly of billionaires
Kenneth Copeland, another wealthy evangelist who appeared on the screen with Duplantis, announced that his ministry had purchased a Gulfstream V-Jet probably cost millions. The announcement on Copeland's website showed that he wore a bomber jacket in front of a bright white plane.
"Glory to God, it's ours!" Said the website. "The Gulfstream V is in our hands!"
But the ministry needed more, he told his followers. The aircraft was "an exceptional value", but required another $ 2.5 million for upgrades. The ministry also had to build a new hangar, buy special maintenance equipment, and extend its runway to accommodate the new aircraft.
After asking the question, Copeland prayed in front of the camera that God blessed the contributors.
He and Dupantis defended their use of private jets in a widespread – and ridiculed – YouTube video.
"The world is in such a form, we can not get there without it," Copeland said of private planes. "We have to have that, the clutter in which the airlines are today, I would have to stop, I'm very conservative, at least 75 to 80, more like 90 percent of what we do, because you can not come from here . "" That's why we're in this plane, "he said. "We can talk to God."
Copeland said he was traveling with the preaching salvation preacher Oral Roberts, who was flying commercially, "getting to the point that it stirred his mind, people coming to him, and they want him to pray for them
"That's not possible today. This dope-filled world. And in a long tube with a bunch of demons.
During his request for a new plane, Duplantis said he had noticed that some people would remain skeptical.
He said there was no obligation, and there was only one surefire way to determine what God was from They Wanted: Prayer.
"So pray to become a partner, if you want and if you do not, you do not have to, but I wish you would do it," he said, "Because I'm giving you something tell about it, it will touch people. It will reach people. It will save lives, one soul at a time …
"When you pray about it, I believe that God will speak to you."