Jesse Duplantis has been called many names – including a false teacher who propagates worldly, man-centered shallow gospel that consistently contradicts God’s word and the true gospel of Jesus Christ – but his recent request for a $54m jet from church funds is totally absurd and has been a subject of controversies.
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Duplantis, 68, attracted huge criticisms on social media following reports on his claim that a fourth jet is required to aid an efficient spread of the gospel to as many people as possible.
According to the Washington Post, Duplantis wants a Falcon 7X.
The prosperity preacher, in a YouTube video, prayed to God and his numerous followers around the world to empower him with the costly but necessary gift.
Duplantis also argued that God would use private jets to evangelize, including a statement that even Jesus Christ, if he lived in our days, wouldn’t be seen riding on a donkey.
His words: “God would be on an airplane preaching the gospel all over the world…Jesus, also, wouldn’t be riding a donkey.”
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Opinions are divided on Louisiana-born evangelist who preaches prosperity gospel. In August 1988, the controversial man of God claimed he was transported by a Chariot to Heaven, where he met and had direct conversations with Abraham, Jesus Christ, King David and Apostle Paul, SOJ-4 confirmed.
“I couldn’t believe that Jesus was taller than I thought He would be,” the pastor added at that time.
Duplantis also said in his biography that he has a mission to reach every soul of the 7 billion people that now inhabit the earth, adding that he wants to ensure that everyone gets an opportunity to know the real Jesus.
“We believe in God for a brand new Falcon 7X so we can go anywhere in the world, one stop,” he told people on This Week With Jesse, a regular video broadcast on his website.
“Now people say, ‘can’t you go with this one?’” he points to a picture of the plane he uses.
“Yes, but I can’t go it one stop. And if I can do it one stop, I can fly it for a lot cheaper, because I have my own fuel farm. And that’s what’s been a blessing of the Lord.”
Most people think the the famous preacher who strongly identifies with abundance messages isn’t wrong to say that Jesus abhors poverty.
God grants favors filled with earthly riches to those who are faithful, Duplantis argues, stressing that giving cash gifts to pastors is an investment in the life after death.
He owns the Pentecostal church Jesse Duplantis Ministries (JDM), which currently functions with international headquarters located in America and numerous branches spread across the United Kingdom and Australia.
Duplantis is also a co-founder, Christians United for Israel (CUFI).