Popular televangelist, Jesse Duplantis is currently being dragged on social media for saying they could speed up the return of Jesus by donating money to a fellow minister’s church.
The New Orleans-based preacher known for his extravagant lifestyle, made the comment while appearing alongside televangelist Kenneth Copeland for a church fundraiser, alleging that God’s will was for people to give money to ministers like himself.
He said, ‘I really believe that if people would call this number [to donate]… the father would say, ‘Jesus go get ’em’. He wants to see us as much as we want to see him, so what is hindering all these things is because people are not doing, in the financial realm, what God’s called them to do.’
Duplantis also responded to lingering criticism he has faced over the years on his use of a private jet, which he earlier defended by saying commercial planes are full of ‘demons’, telling viewers, ‘People ask me if I have a private jet, I say, ‘Yes, and you can have it the day after The Rapture, because Jesse is going to heaven’.’
Christians alike have called out the pastor since the video started circulating, labelling him a ‘grifter’ and a ‘snake oil salesman’.