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A United States televangelist has asked his followers to help fund his fourth private jet - because Jesus "wouldn't be riding a donkey".

Jesse Duplantis, a televangelist with viewers across the globe, says God told him he needs a new jet.

The Times-Picayune reports that Duplantis made the pitch to his followers in the May 21 edition of his weekly video address.

Duplantis said God spoke to him and told him to get a Falcon 7X so he can reach more people around the world.

"He'd be in an airplane preaching the Gospel all over the world", he said.

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Jesse Duplantis, the Destrehan evangelical minister who lives in one of the largest homes in all of St. Charles Parish, wants to buy a a new jet.

But flying the Falcon 7X, Duplantis says, will allow him to save money and not pay "those exorbitant prices with jet fuel all over the world".

According to the Jesse Duplantis Facebook page, Duplantis is scheduled to travel to New York, Tennessee, Michigan, Washington, Montana, California, and Alberta over the next month, with trips back to Louisiana in between. I don't want to learn how to fly it, I'm not interested in that.

"I used them - and just burning them up for the Lord Jesus Christ".

The Dassault Falcon 7X would certainly do the trick.

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Duplantis says he preached his first sermon in 1976, launched his ministry full-time in 1978, and released his first religious music album in 1979. "Because let me tell you something about it, it's going to touch people". "It's gonna reach people".

"The world is in such a shape, we can't get there without this", Copeland said of private aircraft.

The request from Duplantis doesn't come as a total shock, considering he was widely mocked along with fellow evangelist Kenneth Copeland a few years ago, when they recorded a video defending their use of private jets at the time. You can't, you can't manage that today.

Copeland explained that because they are famous, they would have people coming up to them and asking for prayers. "I asked you to believe for it".

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