Jesse Duplantis has owned three different jets. But he needs a new one, he claims—for the sake of evangelism and economy.
The very first jet Duplantis “purchased for the Lord” was in 1994. The plane Duplantis is currently using was purchased in 2006. Duplantis wants a new Falcon 7X “so we can go anywhere in the world nonstop.” He also says the new plane will allow him to fly cheaper because without needing to refuel he can utilize his “own fuel farm.” Jet fuel prices all over the world are “exorbitant,” Duplantis explains in a video to supporters. In the past, Duplantis has spoken about the rough conditions one encounters flying on commercial airlines. Conditions which sometimes include encountering demons and being shaken on a soul level.
The televangelist says God told him to believe for Falcon 7X. When he asked God how he was going to pay for it, Duplantis says God told him, “Jesse, I didn’t ask you to pay for it. I told you to believe for it.” You may be wondering how much Duplantis has to “believe for” in order for this forth jet to materialize. It’s about 54 million according to the SherpaReport.
Duplantis admits he is a “blessed man” and he claims he doesn’t hide anything from his supporters. He anticipated some might criticize him because of his request, but says, “I really believe that preachers ought to go on every available voice, every available outlet, to get this gospel preached to the world.”
The televangelist said he doesn’t ask for anything he and his wife don’t give themselves. He also wants to emphasize that he doesn’t personally own the plane. It belongs to the ministry, he explains.
“All it’s going to do is touch people. It’s going to reach people. It’s going to change lives.” Additionally, Duplantis really believes “if Jesus were on the earth today, he wouldn’t be riding a donkey.”
And while he doesn’t want to tell anyone to do something they don’t feel comfortable with, he says, “If you pray about it, I believe God will speak to you about something, and you’ll be blessed by it.”
Duplantis certainly isn’t the only preacher who utilizes a private jet “for the Lord.” When he’s not telling people they will be responsible for every baby aborted if they don’t vote, Kenneth Copeland has also talked about his need for private transportation.