Televangelist says God told him he needs a $54 million jet, asks followers to pay for it

A Falcon 7X jet.
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A prosperity gospel televangelist who already owned three private planes said God told him he needs a Falcon 7X, and he's holding out for his supporters to give him the $54 million necessary to add a fourth jet to his fleet.

Jesse Duplantis is based in Destrehen, Louisiana. In a video posted online last week, CBS News reports, Duplantis urged his followers to "pray about becoming a partner," saying that if he had the three-engine jet, he could fly "anywhere in the world in one stop," easily spreading his message. "I really believe that if the Lord Jesus Christ was physically on the Earth today, he wouldn't be riding a donkey," he said. "He'd be in an airplane flying all over the world."

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Catherine Garcia, The Week US

Catherine Garcia is night editor for TheWeek.com. Her writing and reporting has appeared in Entertainment Weekly and EW.com, The New York Times, The Book of Jezebel, and other publications. A Southern California native, Catherine is a graduate of the University of Redlands and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.