Every time I see a video of a preacher buying a private jet in the name of “the Lord” my stomach turns and I figure it can’t possibly get more ridiculous, but then it does. This week prosperity gospel televangelist Jesse Duplantis is back to ask for a new $50 million jet. This is the fourth private jet that he’ll have used over the years.
In this five minute video he asks people to donate, and I just can’t actually believe this isn’t a parody. Here are some of my favorite quotes from him:
- “You know I’ve owned three different jets in my life and I’m just burning them up for the Lord Jesus Christ.”
- “This is the very first plane I purchased for the Lord.” (pointing to a picture of his first plane)
- “One of the greatest statements that Jesus ever told Jesse is ‘you want to come up where I’m at? I want you to believe me for a Falcon 7X'”
- “If Jesus were alive today he’d be in an airplane preaching the gospel”
On top of all that, he’s claiming he not only wants the new jet so he can travel anywhere in the world in one stop, but also to save money. The Falcon 7X can go anywhere in the world in one stop, and with other jets you have to “stop and pay those exorbitant prices for jet fuel all over the world.”
Here’s the video, for anyone who is interested:
Of course Jesse isn’t the first guy to “believe the Lord” for a private jet. Jesse’s good friend Kenneth Copeland took delivery of a debt free Gulfstream V earlier this year, and was grinning ear to ear.
In the past Jesse and Kenneth have even made a video explaining that they need to fly private because there are demons on airlines, and also because fans come up to them and “agitate [their] spirits.”
WHAT IS WRONG WITH THE WORLD?!?
(Tip of the hat to Mike, featured image courtesy of Anna Zvereva)