Preacher Jesse Duplantis and his private jet
"I really believe that if Jesus was physically on the earth today he wouldn't be riding a donkey. Think about that for a minute. He'd be in an airplane preaching the gospel all over the world," Duplantis said.

Popular televangelist Jesse Duplantis apparently has quite a broad definition of "charitable giving." The Louisiana-based preacher recently asked his thousands of followers to make donations out to him for the express purpose of purchasing a $54 million private jet.

Duplantis explained that God wanted him to have the plane, as he needs it to spread the Christian message around the globe as effectively as possible.

"Now some people believe that preachers shouldn't have jets. I really believe that preachers ought to go on every available voice, every available outlet, to get this gospel preached to the world," he said.

But when it comes to actually paying for the private jet, God apparently made it clear that wasn't his responsibility. Duplantis claims God told him: "Jesse, I didn't ask you to pay for it. I asked you to believe for it."

**Would Jesus Approve?


Duplantis has been roundly criticized in the media this week, as many people see the request as a blatant attempt to exploit gullible followers into financing the preacher's extravagant lifestyle. Given the church's long history of milking believers for all they're worth, the story left a bad taste in many people's mouths.

Plus, critics point out, the idea of a man of God flying around in the lap of luxury is antithetical to the very biblical messages he claims to live by. How "holy" is it to travel by private jet, really? Wouldn't that money do a lot more good going to a worthwhile charity?

However, Duplantis doesn't see it that way. In fact, he readily compares himself to a modern version of Jesus to justify the controversial jet request:

"I really believe that if Jesus was physically on the earth today he wouldn't be riding a donkey. Think about that for a minute. He'd be in an airplane preaching the gospel all over the world."

Flying High

It's not clear how much money has been raised so far, though it's worth pointing out that this behavior is nothing new from the preacher. In fact, this would be Duplantis' fourth private plane all paid for by his followers. He claims this latest plane, the "Falcon 7X", will allow him to spread the gospel like never before: "We believe in God for a brand new Falcon 7X so we can go anywhere in the world, one stop," Duplantis said in message to his followers.

While he's clearly very convincing (you'd have to be, in order to get that many donations), not everyone is buying the message. One Twitter user criticized his greed by citing the Bible:

Another accused him of being dishonest about his motivations:

Prosperity Gospel

Jesse Duplantis is famous for preaching what's commonly known as the "prosperity gospel." Essentially, this is the idea that religious belief and financial success are directly related, and a person's wealth is just an expression of God's will. Don't scorn the ultra-rich, the thinking goes, they're obviously just holier and more in touch with God!

Judging by Duplantis' growing fleet of airplanes, not to mention the size of his house (seriously, Google it), he must have generated a boatload of favor with the big guy upstairs. Whether he will remain in God's good graces is yet to be seen.

[Update 6/5]: Amid growing criticism, Duplantis has since backtracked a bit. In a newly released video, the preacher told his followers: "I never raised money for the plane. I put it in our magazine and said believe God with me. There's a vast difference between 'believe in God' and asking for money."

However, if people offer up donations voluntarily, he says he won't turn them down. "A lot of people have called me and said 'I want to get involved in that new plane,'" Duplantis explains.



  1. Natalia's Avatar Natalia

    I do think that he needs to see a therapest. Oy very.

    1. Janice A Ellery's Avatar Janice A Ellery

      Sociopaths rarely respond to therapy. He needs to start a live-in jail ministry. We know who he follows.

      1. Carol W Waldenburg's Avatar Carol W Waldenburg

        absolutely true re: sociopaths . . .

      2. Devora Lillian's Avatar Devora Lillian

        This man Is Not Jesus! Ridiculous comparisons re: donkey The donkey represents humility Obviously this man has not humility in his heart. Ugh!

        1. Ron Cummings's Avatar Ron Cummings

          Jesus would probably ride a bike in todays world.

          1. Dr asha sharma's Avatar Dr asha sharma

            This had nothing to do with religion is is personal greed and is sinful

          2. A druid's Avatar A druid

            a holy davidson?

      3. Christian's Avatar Christian

        The Pope has a whole city, a stockroom full of Gold , Art , and History, a small private army, and is the largest land owner on Earth.

        But no one questions the behavior of him or his priests...

        1. Carl Elfstrom's Avatar Carl Elfstrom

          You are confusing the Pope with the Roman Catholic religion. None of the stuff you mentioned belongs to the Pope himself.

    2. Dragon Priest's Avatar Dragon Priest

      I remember when Oral Roberts said God was going to kill him if people did not give him several millions. If I remember, Jesus did not need a single dime to do his job. Why do these false prophets need with so much money? Could they live as he did?

      1. Carl Elfstrom's Avatar Carl Elfstrom

        Atleast Jim and Tammy Faye Baker had Uncle Henry.

    3. Carol W Waldenburg's Avatar Carol W Waldenburg

      This is beyond greed and pride - it's pure narcissism. Disgusting.

      1. Christian's Avatar Christian

        He's not asking for enough.

        We Christisans forget our History.

        We are the Pilgrims.

        He should be literally asking for a whole Planet.

        It is time for Christians the soread the gospel to MARS.

        Untied in Christ - we shall colonize the Red Planet, teraform it and Venus too.

        God Created life and the first commandment is to GO FORTH AND MULTIPLY.

        Our God Demands we take His creation and gift it to all the planets and spread the good news of Christ Jesus to the whole Galaxy.

        A jet ? Too small.

        ASK FOR MORE.

        1. Carl Elfstrom's Avatar Carl Elfstrom

          What makes you think we're all Christians ? I hope you don't think this is a christian minister's blog. Blessed be !

          1. Carl Elfstrom's Avatar Carl Elfstrom

            It would be easier to think of the right spell to cast, once you've been initiated. Blessed be !

  1. Barry's Avatar Barry

    As I read in another article.

    CON AIR !

    Needs a different job.

    1. Rev. Rene's Avatar Rev. Rene

      Let's not be harsh and judgemental! This "man of God" quite obviously feels he needs to touch and see someone, even if this someone is in Africa, or Paris, or London, or maybe see the heathens in Berlin! And for sure he is the only one who obviously has the mental capacity to fix the religious problems of the world and this takes a plethora of buildings, Rolls Royces, and any staff he feels needs to come along to provide a modicum of human comfort, such as several dancing girls, maybe?. (All suitably baptized and washed in the blood of the lamb!) But fear not, God will provide when He sees fit, so therefore there is no reason to be alarmed if you will only believe in Him!!!

      1. Marilyn E Gibson's Avatar Marilyn E Gibson

        If you're not being sarcastic I'm going to pray for your soul cuz you are totally off-base here darling and to call yourself a Rev. Is sickening... before you shoot your mouth off I'm an ordained minister who can see the world from a broader view than this sickness

        1. Dr. Dorothy Rutherford-Steiss's Avatar Dr. Dorothy Rutherford-Steiss

          The Rev is being very sarcastic. And funny. And clever. I thank Rev Rene for the comments.

        2. Rev. Rene's Avatar Rev. Rene

          Ms. Gibson, I thank you for your prayers. And of course I was being sarcastic, and I can call myself a reverend because I am. The sickness, darling, is in the preachers who think the flock are goats to milk, not sheep to be a shepherd to! I perfectly understand with my "broad" view this may be upsetting to some, but let us not be deceived by hucksters calling themselves "evangelists!!!

        3. Dragon Priest's Avatar Dragon Priest

          HELL IS FULL TO THE BRIM WITH TELEVANGELISTS, Preachers, reverends, etc AND CHRISTIANS WHO FELL FOR THE BIGGEST LIE THE WORLD HAS KNOWN. Being a Reverend means diddly squat if you think this crap will save you or even take your inequities away. That is not how it all works.

      2. Catherine Ohrin-Greipp, MSW, ADS, OM's Avatar Catherine Ohrin-Greipp, MSW, ADS, OM

        Really funny post! Remember this cult leader already has at least one jet left and he and his buddy in crime, Copeland, stated on their program that riding on a commercial airline would be too difficult because of "the drug infested world and the planes are full of demons." So much for spreading "the word" to the masses. What a perfect place to start...commercial airline full of druggies and demons, he could convert them. But the reality is he is a fraud as are all of these dirtbag tv evangelists, con men....all they want is money so they can live their lavish lifestyles. So this creep who lives in a 35,000 square foot mansion is going to preach to the poor??? Doubt it.

        1. Carol W Waldenburg's Avatar Carol W Waldenburg

          Good word = CULT!

        2. cbcuff's Avatar cbcuff

          Yet another example of America out of control, encouraged by a President out of control. I know this is not news, as there have been Evangelical con artists around for decades. Why are not more of them in jail, where they belong? A DUI stays on your 'record' and can bring a lot of hardship into your life depending on what state you reside. Scam people out of billions of dollars...lie, cheat and steal, ruin families financially, dodge taxes, emotionally abuse the vulnerable, threaten and shame those who oppose..... These people are a disgrace to the race. I like the idea of including them in the Americas Most Wanted (oxymoron maybe??)

      3. Carl Elfstrom's Avatar Carl Elfstrom

        I guess some people are better at direct sales and some get call reluctance when talking on the phone. I suppose the same thing would apply to the internet.

      4. Wilie34's Avatar Wilie34

        If God wanted him to fly He would have given him wings or some other supernatural power.!????

    2. James's Avatar James

      Con-Air ? LOL. \

      1. Carol W Waldenburg's Avatar Carol W Waldenburg


    3. James's Avatar James

      Would like to see the past 30 years of community support returned to "the ppl". AKA, the books & minutes of his ministry. As Dire Straits put it... Your Money For Nothing.

      1. Carl Elfstrom's Avatar Carl Elfstrom

        Yeah but James, does the little... wear an earring and makeup, and is that his own hair ?

        1. Carol W Waldenburg's Avatar Carol W Waldenburg


  1. Lori's Avatar Lori

    If his followers are that easily lead, then they need the therapy. Some people have a strange need to identify with these preachers. It's definitely not with Jesus.

    1. Carl Elfstrom's Avatar Carl Elfstrom

      I think it's called being a self-defeatist, and might have something to do with having an inferiority complex. So they put this joker on a pedestal above them, and practically worship him.

  1. Catherine Ohrin-Greipp, MSW, ADS, OM's Avatar Catherine Ohrin-Greipp, MSW, ADS, OM

    The cult followers who support this con artist are spiritually bankrupt folks, who need to believe in some external force in order to give their lives some meaning. His cultists actually fall for his sales pitches. How pathetic this "preacher" is to take advantage of others to justify his insatiable greed. Brainwashed sheeples.

  1. Wayne Stevens's Avatar Wayne Stevens

    Well I guess we all deserve her own jet then right I don't think so

  1. Gary Hynous's Avatar Gary Hynous

    This guy is just another preacher abusing his flock. Bye the way, I need a new Rolex so I can make it to work on time. Any contributions will be gratefully and humbly accepted. Why oh why can't people see through this charlatan. This kind of flagrant violation of innocent people's rights gives ministers a bad name. He should be defrocked at least.

    1. Carl Elfstrom's Avatar Carl Elfstrom

      I can't imagine what anyone could do to help these poor fools, other than pray for them.

      1. Carl Elfstrom's Avatar Carl Elfstrom

        P.S. That is, pray for them when we're through laughing at them. Still, there's one born every minute. Some people have to learn the hard way. Hopefully they'll learn from this and not make such a mistake again. They've got a lot to think about while living at a homeless mission, while the minister is flying up above, throwing kisses from Jesus at them.

        1. Carl Elfstrom's Avatar Carl Elfstrom

          It's not a good idea to trust Christian ministers.

          1. Lori's Avatar Lori

            Hey. Where can I get a gig like that!!!!!! Blessed be!

        2. Carolyn's Avatar Carolyn

          I read a description of Heaven our Father's home and in Genesis how His Power created the earth. God see the homeless in the missions but you complain about Jesse. Check his ministry and find out how many millions go to the homeless, hungry in the US and abroad. Is there a higher office on earth than the 5 fold ministry? I see people telling jokes and singing being provided for by people buying tickets to concerts. NFL and NBA players rich cause they can handle a ball, actors and actresses make $54 million one or two movies. It's okay for them to be rich and we give them donations buying movie tickets. They never even mention our Lord.

  1. Bob's Avatar Bob

    He should be grounded. Because he is certainly not "grounded " in the mind of Christ.

    1. Carl Elfstrom's Avatar Carl Elfstrom

      Lori, you probably ought to buy a minister's shirt with a white coller from ULC, as well as a bible, and a cross to wear around your neck. You're already ordained so you can preach whatever you want to unsuspecting fools, and in practically no time you'll be flying around in your own jet.

      1. Carl Elfstrom's Avatar Carl Elfstrom

        P.S. The main thing is you must not have a healthy, moral conscience. Good luck !

      2. Dragon Priest's Avatar Dragon Priest

        This is why christianity in America will be no more in the future. I give it about 100 years tops. And once it happens, it will be good for this Nation.

        1. Carl Elfstrom's Avatar Carl Elfstrom

          Ole !

  1. Val jester's Avatar Val jester

    Jeremiah 23:1-4 ESV / 262 helpful votes

    “Woe to the shepherds who destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture!” declares the Lord. Therefore thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, concerning the shepherds who care for my people: “You have scattered my flock and have driven them away, and you have not attended to them. Behold, I will attend to you for your evil deeds, declares the Lord. Then I will gather the remnant of my flock out of all the countries where I have driven them, and I will bring them back to their fold, and they shall be fruitful and multiply. I will set shepherds over them who will care for them, and they shall fear no more, nor be dismayed, neither shall any be missing, declares the Lord.

    1. Carl Elfstrom's Avatar Carl Elfstrom

      Val, you must live in Israel. I believe in the god of the United States. He works much better in this country than the god of Israel.

      1. Carl Elfstrom's Avatar Carl Elfstrom

        As long as those lambs end up on the refrigerated shelf at Kroger I don't care how they got there.

    2. Christian's Avatar Christian

      News flash: We Free Men that are well armed and well trained, and we love our Brother Jesus.
      We are not livestock. We do not kneel. We stand our ground, greatful for Jesus' gift of salvation and teaching us to be loving men. Live in FREEDOM, Salvation Liberty and Justice.

    3. Wilie34's Avatar Wilie34

      VAL, The God of Israel means you are in the old testament, the Jewish religion. Jesus, means means you are in the new testament, CHristian religion. Even though Jesus was raised in the Jewish religion and a Jew! F.Y.I. ???

      1. Carol W Waldenburg's Avatar Carol W Waldenburg

        AH, Willie, the God of Israel is the God everlasting - that is our GOD - the ONE. Don't know where you studied the bible, but F.Y.I we believe in the one everlasting God that created heaven and earth in Genesis and gave us salvation through the son in the New Testament scriptures . . .

  1. Janice A Ellery's Avatar Janice A Ellery

    God is telling me you are a fake. Repent, sell all your jets a million dollar mansion and donate the money to a real church.We know who you are following and it is not Jesus.

    1. Dragon Priest's Avatar Dragon Priest

      Anyone who has a direct personal connection to the Divine in all of us can spot these wolves in sheep's clothing a mile away. You don't need religion or even a bible to do this. You would be surprised what it can teach you.

      1. Minister Carey's Avatar Minister Carey


      2. Carol W Waldenburg's Avatar Carol W Waldenburg

        TRUE THAT.

  1. Rev. Dr. Gordon Francis Blaney Jr.'s Avatar Rev. Dr. Gordon Francis Blaney Jr.

    Shameful! Mother Theresa didn’t need private transportation to spread the word and nature of the good book!

  1. Lynn Gideon's Avatar Lynn Gideon

    Touch not God's anointed. Judge not lest you be judged. By the same measure you judge, you will be judged again(double)). BYITNOJ

    1. John Owens's Avatar John Owens

      I wouldn't lay a hand on him, but I also wouldn't give him one cent. Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey. Paul walked and rode on ships.

      1. Tom B's Avatar Tom B

        John...agreed...he is a ludicrous, manipulative person...even if he actually believed what he is saying, he is do not bring people closer to God through preaching and evangelism...this also reminds me that religions should be taxed like any other entities...Peace...Tom

  1. budstilwell's Avatar budstilwell

  1. Diane Baum's Avatar Diane Baum

    the wolf in sheep's clothing has arrived. Jesus didn't need anything fancy to spread God's Word of love and neither should any one of us! Give what you have to those who have not! "He who loses himself for My sake shall find it, but he who tries to save himself will lose it." Says so in all four Gospels. Maybe he needs to read that part.

  1. John Owens's Avatar John Owens

    I wonder where this charlatan thinks he can go and preach with a private jet that he can't preach on Facebook Live or YouTube. Admittedly not everyone on the planet has access to those, but anyone you can reach by flying a $54,000,000 jet also has access to the internet. Anybody who gives him money needs their heads examined.

    1. John Owens's Avatar John Owens

      This is most likely one of those people to whom Christ will say, "Depart from Me, ye that work iniquity. I never knew you," but then again, he might repent.

  1. Jim's Avatar Jim

    If the people who follow this guy want to give him money for a jet so be it. Ask and ye shall receive. I think you would have to be nuts to give money to this guy but hey, if it makes these folks feel good to do it. Kinda reminds me of the Jones followers.

  1. Gary Hynous's Avatar Gary Hynous

    I think it was W.C. Fields that said "There's a sucker born every minute." . When I see a person like this, you know what I think of...Jim Jones and his misled, duped followers drinking the poison Koolaid. We need to listen to every word critically...not necessarily criticizing what the person is saying but evaluating the content of the message and then deciding whether the speaker is right on, self serving or full of c...p.

    1. Jim's Avatar Jim

      I think that was P.T Barnum.

      1. Carl Elfstrom's Avatar Carl Elfstrom

        I've always said there's a fool born every minute, so y'all can quote me too.

  1. howard masters's Avatar howard masters

    this is a travesty and is why people are leaving churches in droves Jesse is a very good example of why. why not ask for a free pass to heaven while your at it. I'm amazed at how people can be fooled into believing this man. he is no angel to be sure. think before you give to this kind of thing. praise God.

  1. Elder Freddie Bell's Avatar Elder Freddie Bell

    I believe God would prefer he fly coach

    1. Rev. Theo. Klebes's Avatar Rev. Theo. Klebes

      I would prefer he just go fly a kite!

      1. Carl Elfstrom's Avatar Carl Elfstrom

        My god would have him hitch hiking on the highway.

        1. Carl Elfstrom's Avatar Carl Elfstrom

          P.S. God told me to tell him that, but does he always beckon to the word of God, or only the voices he hears ?

    2. flugo's Avatar flugo

      He's a 'fly in the ointment'!

    3. Carl Elfstrom's Avatar Carl Elfstrom

      He could even wait for cancellations at the airport, then he could fly to a lot of different places where he could preach, free of charge.

    4. Christian's Avatar Christian

      He doesn't ask for enough. He should ask for a Space Station and orbital city. Amything is Possible with God. This is a dying world, transform ourselves to immortal life and live among the stars. We are the Pilgrims of the Almighty. We will take this Galaxy as our new home.

  1. Frank Villari's Avatar Frank Villari

    As a serious con man, perhaps prison time might give him a moment of pause to consider his constant sinning against the gullible faithful. Just because they're stupid is no reason to take advantage, Jesse.

    1. Carl Elfstrom's Avatar Carl Elfstrom

      After years in prison he could also change professions, and be a very successful drag queen.

      1. Carol W Waldenburg's Avatar Carol W Waldenburg

        Love it. And wold certainly reach a certain population that has been underrepresented I am sure . . .

  1. Ian Shaw's Avatar Ian Shaw

    He probably wants the jet so not to move among them but just look down on them.

    1. Carol W Waldenburg's Avatar Carol W Waldenburg

      Preach it!

  1. smee's Avatar smee

    Another one trying to line his own pockets at the expense of the less well off. To put it rather crudely, A First Class, Top Notch ASSHOLE. What a blatant, obvious conman, with his head so far up his own ass, he is unable to see his own stupidity. An embarrassment to his own family.

  1. pops's Avatar pops

    let the man eat cake

    1. Carl Elfstrom's Avatar Carl Elfstrom

      And make that cake with exlax.

  1. Maria Krantz's Avatar Maria Krantz

    How many of these evangelists eventually get found out for what they are. Look at Texas during their floods when the evangelist there refused to open his doors to victims. After all thr y just got new carpeting he didn't want to get dirty. Would Jesus want a jet? I doubt it. He would not have asked for money in the first place and would live simply as most of us do. Remember Jesus tossing tables of the moneychangers? Being angry that money was their ultimate goal?

  1. Michael Terry's Avatar Michael Terry

    Jesus would still walk just like he always does. Everyday he carries us on his 2 feet. Jesus lives in all of us who choose him. A "plane" what a joke. This pastor obviously has little faith in our savior that the message can be carried in something other than a plane.

  1. howard kirkpatrick's Avatar howard kirkpatrick

    I'm sorry the 54million could help a lot of people with food ,clothes etc. There cheaper planes out there. As far as god telling him . dont want to be him on judgement day

  1. Marshem's Avatar Marshem

    “If Jesus were here today, He would not be on a donkey.” I agree with this statement. However, if Jesus were here today He would not be demanding to have His own jet either. He probably would not have His own car. He would be using public transportation because he wants to be with people.

  1. Reverend Robert's Avatar Reverend Robert

    In this high-tech digital age there are so many ways to spread the good word without the extravagant expense of private flight. The good Reverend believes he has pulled the wool so far over their eyes that they can no longer see what he is really is not spreading the love of God.

    1. rev. Regina's Avatar rev. Regina

      So...... the "good" Rev is comparing himself to Jesus???? I beg to differ

  1. CRAIG's Avatar CRAIG

    I can't add anything else to the discussion other than what's already been said...except maybe: A fool and his/her money are soon parted...

    1. Christian's Avatar Christian

      We are the Pilgrims of Christ. We will take the Gospel of Jesus to all the Galaxy. One planet is not enough. A $54M jet ? No.

      Ask for a $540 Trillion Teraforming of Mars and orbital cities.

      Love Jesus : ALL Things are possible with God.

      And build giant broadcasting towers pointing towards all the closest stars. Transmit the New Testament day and night.

      Light Speed is too slow. It will take years to reach the closest star.

      Overcome this island of C-space. faster than light travel and communications are possible. We just have to Believe. REALLY BELIEVE.

      The answers for science are out there, as the answer for Love is in our hearts.

  1. Barb Lanier's Avatar Barb Lanier

    Jesus didn't care about material possessions he said to one man to go sell all his possessions and follow him if he wanted to be a disciple and when the guy couldn't he told his disciples it's easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven.

  1. Michael Z Archangel's Avatar Michael Z Archangel

    The Kingdom of God does not mean eating and drinking. It means Spirit and Peace and God’s Righteousnous. ........(nuff said)

    1. Carl Elfstrom's Avatar Carl Elfstrom

      H.A.L.T.. Never let yourself get too hungry, angry, lonely, or tired, or you won't feel very spiritual, even if you're in the Summer land. As above so below.

  1. Ray Plate's Avatar Ray Plate

    I think Jesse Duplantis is the one who wants this jet so much that he just thinks God wants him to have it. Besides there very well be other non-Christian reasons he wants it.

  1. Pstr Wm. Dowell's Avatar Pstr Wm. Dowell

    The Lord owns the cattle on a thousand hills if he was really meant to get this plane the Lord would just provide a way for him the fact that he's asking the public and using religion to get it is very distasteful and dishonest

  1. Jarred's Avatar Jarred

    Correct, Jesus would be using an airplane to travel to spread his word, but he would ride coach so he could talk with his people.

    1. Carl Elfstrom's Avatar Carl Elfstrom

      Wouldn't he do better in a horse driven cart, with a megaphone.

    2. Christian's Avatar Christian

      It would be better for Jesus to own a whole airline. Fly as he wants and provide great service for the travelers of this world.

      Saint Christopher Lifts Up Christ, We Pilgrims will carry the Love of Jesus to the whole Galaxy and beyond.

      Ask for a orbital city with 144,000,000 citizens.

      Earth is the Manger. The Solar System is just the barn.

      The Milky Way Galaxy is Israel.

      Lord Jesus will conquer the Universe.

  1. Gregg's Avatar Gregg

    Jesus don't need no stinkin jet, he himself said he was coming on a cloud.

  1. Larry Smith's Avatar Larry Smith

    IF Jesus were alive today??? Jesus IS ALIVE fool!!

  1. Sara Rawlins's Avatar Sara Rawlins

    If Jesus was in "actual" human form today, and not spititual, he would probably go coach or better yet, wait to be bumped off a plane and be rewarded with money to take a later flight (which we all know he would give that money to the poor and sick). The fact that this "preacher" has other planes tells me that he is just too damn greedy. Even old trump only has one plane (and I'm not talking about Air Force One, because that one belongs to the government). Maybe if this dude traded in his other jets, he might be able to afford the brand new shiney jet and who knows, he just might get the new one next to nothing for the trade-ins. Again this is the old "There's a sucker born every minute" schuckster, fleecing his flock for his gain.

    1. Carl Elfstrom's Avatar Carl Elfstrom

      Jesus has already been back, more than once. Don't forget about St. Germaine and the Summit Light house. Also Google the Royal Teton ranch, and read books by Brad and Francie Steiger.

  1. sheryl A clyde's Avatar sheryl A clyde

    Well I take it that TV preachers don't bother to read what Christ said anymore or he would not have made such a foolish statement. Christ said: Matthew 6:24 No one can serve two masters: Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.

    1. Carl Elfstrom's Avatar Carl Elfstrom

      And you do have to serve somebody, according to Bob Dyllan.

  1. Bill Fox's Avatar Bill Fox

    Jesus will be riding on a horse. Revelation 19:11-16 English Standard Version (ESV) The Rider on a White Horse 11 Then I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse! The one sitting on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he judges and makes war.

    1. Carl Elfstrom's Avatar Carl Elfstrom

      War is not righteous. You better find another book to read.

  1. Father Fred's Avatar Father Fred

    It's very convenient for Jesse Duplantis to make this request. My gut tells me that he's stage pastor, one who would not come down into the unwashed masses unless a camera is rolling and people were doling out money. I have very little respect for his actions.

  1. Liz Raab's Avatar Liz Raab

    What’s wrong with using social media the World Wide Web to preach??

    1. Christian's Avatar Christian

      Nothing, except it's banned - think about what that means. The internet is built for all humans to communicate. Except LOVE and GOD and TRUTH are censored Out. Censorship turns the Internet into a digital hell, avoiding God. So I always try to bring the truth everywhere I go:
      God is Love. Love LOVE with all your heart mind body & soul. Love everyone. Love yourself. Love even your enemies. And Love can turn their hearts and make them your friends. That's the teaching of Jesus: LOVE is always the answer to every question. Bypass the mythology and theology mumbo jumbo. Life is our Eden. Jesus undid all sin. We just have to accept it. God is Love, and Love LOVES you very much. GOD BELIEVES IN YOU.

  1. Carl Elfstrom's Avatar Carl Elfstrom

    Like John Owens said earlier he wouldn't have to fly anywhere to do that. He could get a mailing list and send letters. Or why not call people on the phone. Then again, if he would stay in his church like most ministers do people who wanted what he was preaching would come to him. What's the sense in wasting his breath on nay sayers anyway.

  1. John's Avatar John

    When i'm feeling down, I tune my TV to the 'religious' channels for a good laugh. Here in the UK we have a number of channels that appear to re-run old broadcasts. Last night, I watched Dr Mike Murphy appeal for a $58 monthly seed and he was praying for me to make that commitment. A few minutes later, he referred to the current President as being George W Bush. I found it a amazing that he was praying for me to make that commitment that long ago. Needless to say, I won't be 'sewing that seed'. Nor will I be sending for Peter Poppof's miracle spring water or miracle prayer cloth or any of the other 'free' resources these 'blood suckers' offer. I have my bible and that is all I need

  1. jhelms's Avatar jhelms

    I believe Jesus' main mode of transportation was his sandles and the occassional donkey. How can a man of God, in good conscience, take money from poor people and not use it for ministry. Rather he would use it to by material things that place him deeper in the lap of luxury. At the very least I think his actions are reprehensible and totally disgusting. It is not my place to judge so all I will say is I could never see myself twisting scripture and manipulating people for personal gain.

    1. Christian's Avatar Christian

      He spreads more Truth like this.

      Thousands of people have heard this story and shocked they say, "he shouldn't spend that money on luxury toys, he use that money to help the poor!"

      To which we can all say, "go and do likewise."

      How many Americans have plenty of shoes, several TVs, two or three cars, boats, quads, jet skis, snow mobiles, etc - while children go hungry ?

      Such is life.

      Compasion must be freely given without grudging .

  1. Christian's Avatar Christian

    To each his own, he should ask the Bill Gates, Donald Trumps, and Warren Buffets of the world to gift to him a jet.

    Don't ask the widow with 2 cents.

  1. I.S. Johnson's Avatar I.S. Johnson

    We should be greatful to Mr. Duplantis. He is doing the world a great favor by showing that there really are Wolves in Sheep's Clothing, Whited Seplecurs on the hillside and those who are still willing to use faith as a dodge to get rich. The gospels in the new testament are quite clear on Jesus of Nazareth's position in regard to material possesions. To follow the Christ he said you had to give up worldly possesions and follow. He said all that is of this world will moulder and rot in time. Only the soul is eternal. This is just my opinion, all religous organizations who preach the "Prosperity Doctrine" in fact follow the doctrines of Belial. To point, when jesus went into the desert to face his temptations and was visited by the old man, who is commonly belived to have been Lucifer/Belial, he offered Jesus all the kingdoms of the world to deny his father and worship him. In order for this temptation to have been a true temptation it requires that the prize offered could in fact be given. If Lucifer/ Belial did not have dominion over all the kingdoms of the world his tempation would mean nothing. Lucifer/ Belial has dominion over the material wealth of this world until the return of the Christ. Therefore those who preach, attend to and hold their faith in the "Prosperity Doctrine" are in fact the Church of Satan. Read the Satanic Bible written by Anton LaVey and you will see the highest holy day of the Satanic Church is your own birthday. Narcissism is the foundation of the Satanic Faith. Selfishness, Self-centeredness, greed and each AGAINST the other are the joys of evil. Perhaps the "God" Mr. Duplantis is speaking with is much closer than in Heaven. Each souls' purpose here is to face a challenge to learn and in so doing overcome ourselves. Our greatest struggle is to overcome our own EGO. Just look around and you may notice a large percentage of the population seems to be struggling with this concept or is completely oblivious to it. Perhaps rather than an ARK to save us we should build a giant wooden hand with which we can Slap Humanity back to REALITY. If that does not work we could bake a big pie. Everybody loves pie. I hear the dark side is handing out cookies.

    Hangin with the hopeful,

    I.S. Johnson

  1. Mark's Avatar Mark

    While I realize that wealth can come from God or the devil, I have a lit problems with the broke mentality of Christians. There are many wealthy Christians out there doing good things and yes I believe that if God wants Mr Jesse to have a jet he'll provide. Quit following that broke dude in the VW van. He is not " more holy" cuz he's broke.

  1. Red's Avatar Red

    If God really wanted him to have it, why is he paying money for it? Shouldn't it just show up for free on his doorstep?

    1. Dan's Avatar Dan

      That's a good point actually... if God is all powerful then why is this guy begging for money from his followers? Total scam...

  1. John Owens's Avatar John Owens

    A) I don't believe God really cares whether or not this man has an airplane at all, nor even pays any attention to his pathetic, egotistical, narcissistic, self-important, self-indulgent life, or anything the man says or does, since he is a fake prophet, preaching a fake gospel, a fake version of God, and a fake version of Jesus.
    B) I think he needs a sadistic proctologist to teach him something about humility.

  1. Gary Hynous's Avatar Gary Hynous

    Hi John, I doubt a proctologist could help this self centered jerk. After all, his head is already up there in that warm, dark, smelly place. Exactly where it should be.

    1. John Owens's Avatar John Owens


  1. thepoliticsofself's Avatar thepoliticsofself

    How do you really think Jesus would feel about any form or earthly riches or being lavish and wealthy? How about we consult what the Holy Bible says:

    Matthew 19:24

    "And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God."

    This was quoted as being Jesus' words to his disciples. It goes on to say...

    25 When his disciples heard it, they were exceedingly amazed, saying, Who then can be saved?

    26 But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.

  1. John Owens's Avatar John Owens

    So, what is the update on this article? Did the false prophet get his stupid airplane?

    1. John Owens's Avatar John Owens


  1. John's Avatar John

    I really think it's sad that some people use religion to enrich themselves, but I guess it has been going on since the beginning of time. I just wish that the followers of these people could see through the deception and turn away from them.

  1. Tania Liddle's Avatar Tania Liddle

    If God really wanted him to fly...he would provide a pair of many tv evangelists and other organisations take advantage of those who listen or attend.. Some over charge for the slightest thing... Local CofE..£250 to ring bells on entry or leaving for Weddings and funerals...the bells are press a button.. Charge for Baptism... Charge seperately for funeral Service and blessing at either graveside or Crematorium.. Additional fees for whatever they can find...miscellaneous.... Funeral fees run into thousands in the UK...and why because some Churches are really greedy.. Why did Jesus clean out the money changers and the Temple grounds in Jerusalem...because they were abusing the people who for for that.. In some respects some Churches are the same today.. They are treated as a business and get as much money as they can from those who attend...some are more blatant than others in their monetary requests.. The Church was never intended to be that... This is one of the reasons I got Ordained and started a small home Church...I am fed up with people being taken for a ride by greedy ministers people who haven't got the money to line the pockets of money grabbing Churches and ministers are treated with disdain or bullied into leaving local Churches because they don't have the same wealth as some and made to feel worthless because they can't afford extortionate fees. Church should not be about extortionating funds out its members..

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