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Duplantis is now asking for money to pay for a Dassault Falcon 7X, a large-cabin business jet manufactured by Dassault Aviation that contains three engines and can carry 12 to 16 passengers. Duplantis and his wife also founded the Covenant Church in Destrehan, Louisiana, in 1997.

Angry comments flooded most of the recent posts on the page, especially a post quoting a bible verse that was sent out about 2 a.m. Wednesday.

A popular televangelist says God told him he needs a fourth private jet and he's asking followers to help him pay for it, USA Today reports.

In a video series on his website called This Week With Jesse, the preacher said he needs a jet so that he can be free to preach the gospel all over the world.

Flying a Falcon 7X instead of the Falcon 50, he said, will allow the ministry to save on gas because it can fly further and won't have to rely on global airport fuel.

"He said, 'I want you to believe me for a Falcon 7X.' So I said, 'Okay'".

During his request for a new plane, Duplantis said he realized some people would remain skeptical. "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.

Duplantis explains his 40-year-old ministry has owned three private jets in the past.

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Despite the media attention, no official statement has been made regarding the jet or its funding.

"Now people say ... can't you go with this one?" he said, pointing to a picture of the plane he uses.

He said there was no obligation, and there was only one surefire way to determine what, exactly God wanted them to do: Prayer.

"It is his mission to reach every soul of the 7 billion people that now inhabit the earth, making sure that each one has an opportunity to know the real Jesus", the Duplantis biography on Amazon explains.

The problem with his previous jets, Duplantis claimed, is that they required frequent fueling stops, while the $54 million spent on a Dassault Falcon 7X will in fact prove a money-saver as it would allow him to avoid paying "those exorbitant prices with jet fuel all over the world".

Duplantis' video comes after another televangelist, Kenneth Copeland in Texas, purchased the Gulfstream V jet for $36 million.

However, when he anxious about the price, God said, "Jesse, I didn't ask you to pay for it, I asked you to believe for it", Duplantis added. He said that tells him that the end time is "coming fast ladies and gentlemen". Copeland said their fame made it hard to travel with the public because of the number of people who would come up and ask for prayers.


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