A jet, not a donkey, would today be Jesus's mode of travel

A jet, not a donkey, would today be Jesus's mode of travel May 30, 2018

Hop over to televangelist Jesse Duplantis’s website, and there you find a video of him asking 1,000 supporters to donate $1,000 dollars each to help upgrade the cameras used by his ministry because the Lord wants him to ‘launch into new territories.’ In total, the ministry needs $1.5-million for new equipment.
But that amount is mere  chump change compared to the appeal he’s launched for a Dassault Falcon 7X, a three-engine private jet capable of carrying 12 to 16 passengers at speeds up to 700 miles per hour.
According to this report God want him to have new wings at a cost of around $54-million dollars new, and he’s looking to the faithful to fund it.
Said Duplantis:

Now, some people believe that preachers shouldn’t have jets. I really believe that preachers ought to … have every available outlet to get this Gospel preached to the world. If Jesus was physically on the Earth today, he wouldn’t be riding a donkey. He’d be in an airplane preaching the Gospel all over the world.

Duplantis said God told him he needed the plane in one of the greatest statements the Lord ever told me.”

He said, ‘Jesse, you wanna come up where I’m at?’
And I said, ‘What do you mean?’
He said, ‘I want you to believe in me for a Falcon 7-X.’
So, I said, ‘OK.’ But the first thing I thought of: ‘Well, how am I going to pay for it?’

Duplantis said he then recalled something God told him in 1978.

Jesse, I didn’t ask you to pay for it, I asked you to believe for it.

The charlatan explained that he wouldn’t personally own the plane. Rather, the plane would be owned by the ministry and would be used by the next person to take it over after his death.
God alleged instructed Duplantis to “preach the Gospel to every creature”.

Now how we gonna do that? I can’t live long enough to travel by car, or by ship, or by train, but I can do it by an airplane.
All it’s gonna do is touch people. It’s gonna reach people. It’s gonna change lives, one soul at a time. I don’t want to learn how to fly it, I’m not interested in that. I’m interested in preaching the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.

He showed off a photo of the three planes currently owned by his ministry, bearing the caption:

It’s not about possessions, it’s about priorities.

Duplantis also said he was excited about the US moving its Israeli embassy to Jerusalem. He said that tells him that the end time is:

Coming fast ladies and gentlemen.

Hat tip: AgentCormac

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  • gedediah

    Must be tempting for these guys to test how far they can go. How about a private island so they can spend undisturbed quality time with the lord?

  • Rob Andrews

    Jesus was supposed to have been born poor. But one of the gifts brought to him by the 3 wise men was gold. So maybe he would have a jet. LOL
    Actually most of these televangelists are rich. 60 Minutes TV show, did an expose on Benny Hinn and his all property.

  • AgentCormac

    ‘If Jesus was physically on the Earth today, he wouldn’t be riding a donkey. He’d be in an airplane preaching the Gospel all over the world.’
    Which does kind of beg the question, why didn’t god, in his infinite wisdom, hold back on sending his son to spread the word until we had 700 mph jets, instant communication and 24/7 news channels? What a bunch of crooks the religious are – and what gullible, unthinking fools their follows must be.

  • Terry

    Fools and their money are easily separated.

  • andym

    I don’t see him as any more or less a charlatan than the rest of organised religion.He’s just a bit late to the party. Wouldn’t be the first religious shyster to have his own jet.

  • Rob Andrews

    What you said reminds me of something Chris Hitchens thinks is the best proof for the non-existence of God–at least the Hebrew god. As follows:
    Humans have been around for about 100,000 years. During which there was great suffering. God the father was in heaven looking down on this and did nothing about it; according to the bible. Then about 5000 year ago he decides to intervene on behalf on JUST ONE people who are slaves in Egypt. Never mind about the suffering of the rest of the world, that was going on for 95,000 years!!! His next few interventions–for the same people– bring us to the time of Christ, when he sends his only son to be executed in some obscure Roman province.
    This shows how really small and provincial the great omnipotent Yahweh is. Clearly an invention of the Hebrews.

  • AgentCormac

    @Rob Andrews
    Once you start looking at the whole thing objectively, it takes about 30 seconds to realise what an utterly transparent piece of fiction the whole thing is. I was about 13 years of age when I came to the conclusion that the bible stories I was being encouraged to believe at school were total nonsense. And I haven’t read or heard a single argument since that would make me think otherwise. Indeed, thinkers such as Hitchens have merely articulated, far better than I ever could, what has always seemed blatantly obvious to me.
    Sadly, however, there are still plenty of snake oil salesmen like Duplantis who will prey on the millions out there who simply feel the need to believe in something that gives their lives ‘meaning’, who can’t be bothered thinking for themselves, or have been so brainwashed from birth that they don’t dare question anything at all.
    And like all good evangelists, Duplantis will be there to take every last dime out of the pockets of the credulous.

  • asif hameed

    why he did not ask money direct to God , he probably knows that there is no God so he ll not receive any money

  • Robster

    Just how silly are Duplantis’ followers? These crooks, like most of their ilk rely on the many failed ignorants that seem to feel the need for persons like this to steer their lives. It is so mind blowingly dodgy yet there’s lots prepared to fund this fools playthings. Yuk. Can’t really have sympathy for any of them.

  • AJ

    Jesus has been busy. In Hong Kong, he told a Chinese woman that she didn’t take some (illegal) photos in a law court.
    “Tang, who had been arrested on Tuesday for failing to pay her bail money, told Justice Andrew Chan that she had talked to Jesus and he told her “he didn’t think she took the photos”.
    The judge also asked if she suffered from any mental illness, and she replied ‘absolutely not’.”
    Source: RTHK News

  • barriejohn

    Guess what? If you “give to God” (i.e. send money to Duplantis), he will protect you from recession and depression. The more you give, the more you will receive. If this isn’t working in your life, what can you do? Simple – just send off for this little lot:
    In a way you have to admire their audacity!

  • Vanity Unfair

    It’s interesting that God prefers a French ‘plane.

  • Stonyground

    I really can’t find any sympathy for the kind of people who give money to such obvious charlatans. Imbeciles who fully deserve to be separated from their cash. I’m not even that bothered by this guy getting stinking rich off the back of such fools. I think that it was the bad guy in The Magnificent Seven who said “If God doesn’t want them to be shorn, why did he make them sheep?”

  • Stephen Harvie

    “Blessed are the gullible for they shall be poor but rich in Christ while others have private jet aeroplanes paid for by their stupidity”