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Copeland’s Financial “Titanic” is Sinking Faster

Kenneth Copeland, investigated on CBS's Inside Edition (click the image to play the video)

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Copeland’s Financial “Titanic” is Sinking Faster

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(Updated and dramatically expanded July 3, 2011): This is an important update post for all our advocates because we have two sets of major developments to share with you:

First, as many of you may have heard by now, there is a new CBS “Inside Edition” investigative report about Kenneth Copeland which aired this past May 24th, 2011. The investigative team did a great job exposing the lavish lifestyle and hypocrisy of Kenneth Copeland (and to a lesser degree, Creflo Dollar). If you have not already watched this excellent report, then we highly recommend that you do so by clicking on the following still image from the program:

Kenneth Copeland, investigated on CBS's Inside Edition (click this image in order to play the video)

Kenneth Copeland, investigated on Inside Edition (please click on the above image in order to play the video)

One of the most interesting things Copeland did within the video above was when he was caught lying to the reporter toward the end of the news report. The video shows Kenneth claiming that, “we are open…” (i.e. transparent, honest, have nothing to hide, etc.). But when the reporter then asked two legitimate and sincere questions, “Why do you need a fleet of jets [when] you are a minister?” and “How many jets do you have?” Kenneth demonstrates how “open” he really is by barking back, “That is NONE of your business!” and storming off in a rage.

Of course, Kenneth is merely demonstrating why Kenneth Copeland “Ministries” (KCM) has an appalling “F” transparency grade with MinistryWatch.com when he does such hypocritical things. Seeing him getting caught lying on camera merely helps to emphasize the fraudulent and deceptive nature of that organization (which we have documented repeatedly on this website within many posts).

So the above video is a very well-done investigative report of the Copelands’ lavish lifestyles and systemic deceit. Nevertheless, despite the fact that the Copelands obviously “live large” (as Deborah Norville stated within the video above) by devouring the wealth and income of their ignorant supporters, things are NOT really at all that well financially at KCM these days, as my next point explains…

Evidence That KCM’s “Titanic” is Sinking

As we explained within our highly publicized press release from August 6, 2010, Why is Kenneth Copeland Desperate for Donor Cash?, things are not going all that well at the Copeland-Corral near Fort Worth, Texas. Behind the high security fence surrounding the cult’s compound, it would seem that their supposed financial “battleship” is turning out to be another “Titanic” that will soon head toward the ocean’s floor.

Before we move on to view the latest information, will will first review older evidence that the financial “ship” of Kenneth Copeland “Ministries” (KCM), a.k.a. Eagle Mountain International “Church” (EMIC), as been “taking on water” since 2008.

Note: We and our many advocates consider the words “ministries” and “church” to be merely alleged by the Copelands, as it has become demonstrable that they are really “wolves in sheep’s clothing” and not biblical ministers. Therefore, we put those words in quotation marks whenever citing the various names of their family business (a.k.a. “ministry”).

“Torpedoed!”

Kenneth Copeland boasted on January 23rd, 2008 that he is personally a billionaire. He continued, “Now don’t tell them senators about this…the last accounting of it, this has been two, three years ago…there would probably be at least another $150 million added to this, because our income last year [2007] was over $100 million..there has been over $1.3 billion come into this ministry.” That totals $1.45 billion by 2007.

However, shortly after the Senate Finance Committee investigation and U.S. economic recession began in late 2007, evidence emerged that suggested strongly that their financial position had changed dramatically:

  • Kenneth Copeland started sending his children, grandchildren, and in-laws, out in 2008 to churches and conference around the country to rally support for KCM.
  • On March 11, 2008, KCM announced that they were relocating their “West Coast Believer’s Convention” (WCBC) to Long Beach, California for their 31st WCBC annual event after a previous 30-year run in Anaheim, CA. This was probably a cost-cutting measure, given the very high expense of holding meetings the Anaheim area.
KCM "News Room" Press Release, dated March 11, 2008. Accessed July 3, 2011.

KCM “News Room” Press Release, dated March 11, 2008. Accessed July 3, 2011. (click to enlarge)

  • However, their 32nd such convention in 2009 proved to be their last, as they quietly cancelled the WCBC entirely! This would seem to be a consolidation of their summer conventions into the single centrally-located “Southwest Believer’s Convention” (SWBC) in their hometown of Fort Worth—which would be significantly cheaper to maintain, given the fact that most of their staff and equipment is local. They also moved this event earlier in the vacation season from its previous slot in August to early July, in order to use the former WCBC time slot instead for Texas. (Note: This year’s SWBC runs from July 4 – 9, 2011; and the 2012 SWBC is tentatively scheduled for July 2-7, 2012.)
  • Soon after, KennethCopelandBlog.com began in early 2010 to publicize and document some of the probable frauds committed by KCM in regard to their Angel Flight 44 multimillion dollar deception and subsequent Haitian earthquake relief failures. Almost immediately, there was a significant increase in Copeland family appearances on Christian television shows; and new “Behind the Mission” donor recruitment conferences were scheduled in cities around the United States. It would seem that financial panic was driving their expanded itinerary.

And now for the more recent points of interest…

It’s Sinking Even Faster Now…

Additional information has been coming to light of late. Brave and honorable whistle blowers have contacted us here at KennethCopelandBlog.com to inform us of issues related to the fact that the financial “Titanic” of KCM appears to be “sinking” even more quickly.

  • We were also informed by a whistle blower that in March of 2010, John Copeland called a staff meeting within the KCM “chapel” building. At one point he reportedly said to the employees, “We are all family here, right? So please keep this confidential because we don’t want this getting out into the media.” John then informed them that the alleged “ministry” was about $4 million in debt.

These two reports from our whistle-blowers also seems to be substantiated by KCM’s own behavior:

  • For example, in August of 2010, KCM drastically reduced their media budget by almost completely eliminating their Sunday BVOV television broadcast. They simultaneously renegotiated many of the weekly broadcasts onto the cheapest station within that viewing area, as this whistle-blower informed us:

Yes, I am referring to the Lansing/East Lansing, MI area. I recorded BVOV every morning on WLAJ-TV here at 6:00 a.m. to watch when I got home from work at night. This week, it was replaced with infomercials. Also, this past Sunday on BVOV on another local channel, WSYM, Fox 47, there was a crawler that said that BVOV would no longer be seen on WSYM after August 29th. I’ve asked the other local stations, and I don’t find anyone picking it up, for the first time in my memory that BVOV won’t be on in our local area. It is still listed on the KCM site as being on WLAJ, but that is not accurate. I do read your blog and remembered what you had written about the sudden appearance of these “Behind the Mission” meetings, and drop in donations, and wonder if that is why BVOV isn’t being broadcast locally , at least for this Fall. Thank you for all the factual information you are providing about the Copelands in your blog. It is greatly appreciated.

And then a few days later this same whistle blower explained:

I noticed this morning that the station that is dropping the Sunday BVOV, effective 8/29, has apparently picked up the daily broadcast on it’s station at 8:00 a.m….This is not reflected on the KCM website, and no one still has picked up the Sunday broadcast that this same network dropped.

Of course, KCM had to explain this sudden BVOV broadcast shuffle to their viewing audience. Citing alleged and unpublished “extensive surveys” of KCM’s “partners and friends” (which nobody has ever received to date according to the now-former KCM partners that we have heard from), KCM actually tried to spin this obvious cost-cutting effort as a benefit to their partners. However, this brings the following question into focus:

If (and this is a big “if”) KCM is a real Christian “ministry,” and their BVOV broadcasts are filled with genuine teaching from God’s Word, then how could they justify such cancellations as some sort of a “benefit” to their viewing audience when they are reducing the amount of “beneficial” programming that people can watch?

Obviously, they cannot. It was surely a cost-cutting effort—a fact which the relocation of their weekly broadcast to another local station also seems to attest. Gloria Copeland’s brother owns the media company that negotiates their air time purchases, and it would seem they put him on an emergency budget reduction effort in order to help save their financially sinking “Titanic.”

(Rich Note: Among other things, I have a Certificate in Financial Management from Cornell University; so my analysis of KCM’s behavior is founded upon copious facts—some of which we must keep confidential in order to protect our sources—as well as upon educational expertise.)

You can read KCM’s press release “spin” on these issues by clicking on the following image:

KCM Announces their Sunday Broadcast schedule cutbacks as a "benefit" to the partners instead of a budget reduction.

KCM announces their Sunday broadcast schedule cutbacks as a “better service” to their partners, rather than admitting that it was intended to seriously reduce their media budget to offset declining revenues from donations and product sales. (click to enlarge)

  • Additionally, on September 23, 2010, KCM forced over two dozen veteran employees to resign. The employees are known to have ranged in tenure from as little as 8 years to as much as over 30 years of service. One of our whistle blowers wrote:

[One woman] has worked there 21 years and just bought her first home in April [of 2010]…she is a single mom with a heart of gold…another person…was [similarly] let go – 30+ years [working for KCM].

This group of about 20 employees were all brought into the executive offices of KCM on the same day, to meet with John Copeland. Several others were separately marched about that same time into the Human Resources department, to be told instead by an HR manager.

Regardless of which “messenger” brought the “love message” to them, however, each of them were told the “reasons” they were then considered “sub standard” or “unacceptable” for employment at KCM (i.e. the trumped-up reasons why they were being forced out of employment). They were then “offered” four-month severance pay packages under the condition that they would sign draconian confidentiality agreements that prohibited them from talking with the media or anybody else (such as the founders of this website, KennethCopelandBlog.com). A PDF made from scanned copies of one such agreement can be downloaded by right-clicking on the following image, and saving the target file to your computer:

The Kenneth Copeland "Ministries" Draconian Severance Pay and Confidentiality Contract

The Kenneth Copeland “Ministries” draconian Severance Pay and Confidentiality Contract. Does this document seem to fit well within KCM’s rhetoric of “walking in love” toward people? Right-click to save the file to your computer.

If you read the “terms” you will see that KCM expected them to sign away nearly every right afforded to them by the U.S. Constitution, Federal law, and Texas State laws. Understandably, the employees were experiencing a mix of shock and feelings of betrayal, coupled with fear for their own financial futures. Under such high-pressure circumstances, all the employees that we are aware of accepted the “terms” within a few days (many on the spot) and actually signed the above agreement in order to receive their four more months of pay and flee the madness.

The legality of such a draconian contract is certainly questionable, but what is known are the fear tactics used by KCM to pressure them into signing such an agreement: They would be “sued” by the “ministry” and forced to return the four-months severance pay, if they talked to us, the media, or anybody else, about this situation.

Adding further insult to injury, these employees were replaced and their positions were not eliminated. Almost as soon as the door hit these veteran employees on their backsides, new employees hired at roughly $8/hour stepped in to fill their shoes. In short, the higher-paid veteran employees were run out of KCM so that cheaper labor could replace them, thus cutting the KCM/EMIC payroll budget. (Of course, nobody seems to know if the Copelands and their family volunteered to take any pay cuts to help alleviate the payroll expenditures. However, most people knowledgeable about the situation have expressed doubt that the Copelands ever did.)

  • The very next day, John Copeland (who conducted the meeting in which the 20 employees who were fired in the executive offices) hopped into the family jet (commonly referred to as the “ministry” jet) to join his parents at an invitation-only golf tournament at the ritzy Waldorf Astoria resort. This was not a publicized event; and the Facebook posts made by a couple of people who attended seem to suggest that this was likely a fundraiser:
Cheryl Ingram "Tweets" from the KCM golf tournament (click to enlarge)

Cheryl Ingram uses her mobile phone to post on her Facebook page from the KCM golf tournament (click to enlarge)

Charles Asbridge "Tweets" from the golf course too, while demonstrating his lack of reverence and piety in prayer (click to enlarge)

Charles Asbridge uses his mobile phone to post on Facebook from the golf course too, while demonstrating his own lack of reverence and piety in prayer (click to enlarge)

The references to KCM, “partners,” and explanations KCM’s “outreach,” tend to all suggest a “soft sell” tactic being used to “wine and dine” the attendees in order to raise money at this private golf tournament, held at a ritzy resort in Florida.

Thus, in summary, the following financial details about KCM’s financial Titanic seem to be validated and verified:

  • KCM was likely about $2 million in debt by the close of 2009. (Note: KCM is known for teaching “how to live debt free” supernaturally, and they consider debt in all forms to be under “the curse of the law.”)
  • KCM’s debt had increased to about $4 million by March of 2010.
  • Drastic television/media budget reductions were made in August of 2010 in an obvious effort to offset budgetary shortfalls.
  • Payroll expenses were cut in September of 2010 (and probably at other times also) by replacing higher-paid veteran employees with lower-wage workers. (Note: We have been informed that the veteran employees ALSO lost their retirement benefits through this action, thus reducing KCM’s retirement expenditures as well.)
  • A private Waldorf Astoria golf tournament was held immediately after the axing over 20 employees, in what appears to be a fundraising effort.
  • And all of the above suggests that KCM revenues through donations and product sales have fallen drastically from their 2007 high of “over $100 million” (as stated by Kenneth Copeland at the 2008 Minister’s Conference).

In short: The “godfather of prosperity” is going broke…and that, very quickly.

But is this in agreement with Kenneth Copeland’s “prophecies” about prosperity?

Ironic Proph-e-Lies (i.e. False Prophesies)

Kenneth Copeland “sells” himself as a “prophet” of God. Considering the content of his “prophecies” however, many people consider him as just making those things up out of his own head. Even a supporter of Kenneth’s that emailed me said, “I think that Kenneth ‘thinks’ that he is a prophet.” (Whenever a “spirit” does seem to manifest through him, however, the often heretical content of these prophesies tends to suggest that it is NOT the God of the Bible that is speaking through Kenneth at such times. Thus, that would qualify him as a false prophet if he is a “prophet” at all.)

Regardless, around the turn of nearly ever year, Kenneth kicks things off with the latest “prophecies” about the New Year. Ironically, he seems to be right on some of these…but NOT in the “positive” ways that he seemed to originally intend:

    • Kenneth declared on November 11, 2006, that 2007 would be “The Year of the Open Door.” This turned out to be true, in a rather bizarre twist of irony:
      • Senator Grassley and the Senate Finance Committee “opened the door” in November 2007 on the SFC investigation of six televangelists; KCM was one of those subjected to this public scrutiny.
      • In the previous month of October, the stock markets began their precipitous fall, as the “flood doors” of Wall Street began to burst and put systemic pressure on the world’s financial systems…to include KCM’s own budget.
    • Then Kenneth declared on December 31, 2007, that 2008 would be “The Year that the Lord has Designed.” That sort of turned out to be true too:
      • KCM revenues began to fall significantly, as the economy weakened ever more—and more negative media exposure came to KCM. This seemed to demonstrate God’s “designed” judgment upon that errant organization.
      • We launched KennethCopelandBlog.com in October 2008 at the Lord’s direction and according to the design that He put in our hearts. (Though this website is certainly not perfect, it has proven to be quite effective, and has been blessed by the Lord.)
    • Of course, 2009 was supposed to be the year that “The Glory Will Shine.” That one had some ironic fulfillment too:
      • KCM’s revenues fell even more, until they were about two million dollars in debt by the year’s close.
      • Long-time KCM executive, Craig Atnip, “jumped ship” off of KCM’s sinking Titanic.
      • KCM shut down the West Coast Believer’s Convention in 2009 after 32 continuous years of annual meetings, and has never had one again.
    • Kenneth then seemed to be running out of steam trying to get the “year” prophesies right. So in 2010 he waited until August to tell everybody, “Everything is Going to Be Alright!” Of course, several things were going on at the time, and one has to wonder if he was just proph-e-lying again…or trying to encourage himself that things might get better:
      • KennethCopelandBlog.com began to issue press releases in January 2010 to draw attention to KCM’s frauds.
      • Christian Today reports on AF44 controversy in February 2010.
      • John Copeland told KCM employees in March 2010 that KCM/EMIC was about four million dollars in debt.
      • The BVOV broadcast budget was slashed in August 2010.
      • Veteran employees were “axed” in September 2010.
      • And an invitational golf tournament was organized that same month—seemingly to raise funds.
  • Now Kenneth has decided to cover all his bases. So on November 11, 2010 he proph-e-lied that in 2011 “It will be a time of changes. It’ll be the best of times and it’ll be the worst of times.” (Well, that about covers it all, does it not?)

(Click here to see the list of Copeland’s “best” proph-e-lies, i.e. those that the KCM staff lets you read, and not the weirder ones…some of which we may publish later for them.)

The Bow is Going Down

The Titanic, as it begins to sink bow-first.

The Titanic, as it begins to sink bow-first.

Anyone who has seen images of the Titanic as it sank have likely seen pictures of its bow starting down into the water, its stern (back of the ship) rising up into the air with all the lights on, and life boats frantically rowing away to avoid being pulled under by the suction once the ships final dive began. Everyone with any sense could see what was about to happen. However, meanwhile, the band played its music and the songs continued on board until the inevitable began.

Similarly, KCM seems to be close to the inevitable.

In truth, the entire foundation of the Copeland financial empire is a religious fraud, coupled with an illusion:

  1. The false doctrine of instant riches through “seed sowing” is the fraud they sell to greedy and/or desperate people, who are looking for a quick fix to their money problems. People buy KCM products, attend KCM/EMIC meetings, and “sow their seed” into KCM’s rotten “ground” and hope in vain for a “harvest” with which to pay their bills—or even to fund their own opulent lifestyles. Meanwhile, only the Copeland family’s lavish living continues to be funded through this scam, while the people who gave are generally only poorer for their “donations.”
  2. The illusion is that the Copelands live large by their own “seed sowing,” and that their opulence is because of their “giving.” This is what sustains the money-machine for the family. Thus, the need to hide any and all financial “hiccups” KCM experiences is extreme, because once the public finds out that it DOES NOT WORK for the Copelands as advertised, then the money spigots will immediately turn off completely—and the “Titanic” will begin its dive for the ocean floor.

And as the word spreads regarding these facts, the donations and products sales will dry up even quicker, accelerating the inevitable financial collapse of KCM as their failed “prosperity gospel” becomes more and more obvious to the Christian public.

Since the Copelands and their “wolf” friends do not seem to be very enthusiastic about repenting of their multiplied lies, frauds, and heresies, then it would seem that such a collapse would certainly be best for the Body of Christ because it would eliminate at least one “wolf den” from the scene.

We also encourage everyone who reads this to spread the word throughout the Internet. Please consider using the “Tell Others About This Article” features within the column to the right, or the “Share/Save” button below, to notify others of these developments. You can also “re-tweet” and “like” this article using the special buttons at the top and bottom of this page. The more these issues are exposed publicly, the quicker the frauds. lies, and heresies, of KCM will come to an end.

Our sources have told us that KCM was operating just barely in the “black” prior to the Inside Edition investigative report posted above. That means that after all their cost-cutting and donor recruitment efforts, their inflows (revenues) were just barely enough to cover their outflows (expenses). Thus, it is probable that KCM still has much of those multiplied millions of dollars of outstanding debt.

And with the recent CBS report above and our own continuous efforts here on KennethCopelandBlog.com, we believe that their precarious financial position is already plummeting downward once again.

Again, the more these issues are exposed publicly, the quicker the frauds. lies, and heresies, of KCM will come to a very inglorious end.

Lastly, Donna and I would like to express once again our sincere gratitude to all our advocates. Your personal notes to us—and willingness to spread the word about this website so far and wide—has been a real source of encouragement. Thank you.

Always in Jesus,

-Rich & Donna Vermillion

Leroy’s Love of Lucre

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Leroy’s Love of Lucre

by Donna Vermillion

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The primary purpose of KennethCopelandBlog.com is to bring to light the unscriptural weirdness of Kenneth Copeland “Ministries” itself (aka KCM). However, the Copelands have surrounded themselves with the other preacher wolves also. By looking at the people the Copelands openly endorse and with whom they freely associate, we can learn volumes about KCM’s corrupt character.

Kenneth Copeland and Leroy Thompson, pictured on the set of the BVOV Broadcast (click to enlarge)

Kenneth Copeland and Leroy Thompson, sitting on the set of the BVOV Broadcast (click to enlarge)

One such “associate” of KCM is Leroy Thompson, who is famous for his supposed “prophetical” (it should be called “prophetic,” but Leroy says it wrong) Money-Cometh teaching. (I briefly introduced him already within my article entitled, How to Go to Hell with a Positive Attitude.)

When Leroy “preaches” his absurdly goofy message in churches and wherever else, he insists that people hold out their arm and pretend to “pull the handle” 3 times, similar to a slot machine motion. (Shamefully, my husband and I have been in a couple of those abominations…I cannot really call them “services.”) The people might as well clap and shout, “Come on big money!” as they spin the wheel of greed. The video below demonstrates what I am talking about:

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Well, that was just the warm-up. Here’s video number two, complete with a demonstration as to what to “confess” while pulling the slot machine lever (you know…so they can hit the “jackpot”):

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Did you really notice what Leroy says in that second video above:

Tonight, is breakthrough night. Tonight, my bills are being paid. Tonight, my money is coming to me. Tonight, I deny being broke…I’ll never be broke another day in my life.

Did you notice that he emphasized, “I” and “my” and not “you” and “yours” within his statements? Obviously, with people coming up to throw money at his feet, it was Leroy’s “breakthrough night” because his bills were being paid, and his money was certainly coming to him! No wonder he denied being “broke” (i.e. financially destitute) with so many gullible people throwing money at his feet. Yep. The “flock” was surely getting “fleeced” in that service!

What’s Up, Doc?

To his credit, Mr. Thompson does have a cereal-box doctorate from somewhere. (I am not sure how many box tops he had to collect to get it…but he got one!) So Kenneth calls him—and Leroy calls himself—”Dr.” Leroy Thompson. Now, I don’t see any real reason for using such an honorary title, since even my ten-year-old son shows more godly wisdom and knowledge of the scriptures then Leroy does. But…I don’t mind using the “Bugs Bunny” version for him (Rich says that Leroy talks sort of like Elmer Fudd anyway).

On a side note: I know some people think that I am just flat out mean when I poke fun at such people and the ungodly things they do. When I took a jab at Gloria Copeland’s lavish shopping trips in the “ministry” jet within the post I wrote called, John Copeland’s Inheritance Money, that was more than some Copeland groupies could stand. But at least I didn’t declare “holy war” on her like Kenneth did on Senator Grassley in 2008—which he did at an exclusive KCM Minister’s Conference, where he thought ONLY his faithful fans were listening. (Now that would have certainly been way out of line for me to do…wouldn’t it have been, Kenneth?)

Moreover, I do have biblical grounds to “mock” people who make such a “mockery” of Christian ministry:

The LORD’s curse is on the house of the wicked, but he blesses the home of the righteous. He mocks proud mockers but shows favor to the humble and oppressed. The wise inherit honor, but fools get only shame.

(Proverbs 3:33-35, NIV, emphasis mine)

And to demonstrate that I have the prerogative to imitate my Father in these matters:

THEREFORE BE imitators of God [copy Him and follow His example], as well-beloved children [imitate their father].

(Ephesians 5:1, AMP, emphasis mine)

Where Does Judgment Begin?

What the Copeland-worshipers do not seem to truly realize is that we live in a prophetic (not prophetical) time. Judgment MUST come to the house of God—and the Bible says that it MUST actually begin there, and not out in the world:

For the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel of God?

(1 Peter 4:17, NKJV, emphasis mine)

Of how much worse punishment, do you suppose, will he be thought worthy who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, counted the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified a common thing, and insulted the Spirit of grace? For we know Him who said, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. And again, “The LORD will judge His people.” It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

(Hebrews 10:29-31, NKJV, emphasis mine)

Who will God “repay”? Those among “His people” who have insulted the Spirit of grace. Oh, the pimp-preachers have major “vengeance” coming towards them:

But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord who bought them, and bring on themselves swift destruction. And many will follow their destructive ways, because of whom the way of truth will be blasphemed. By covetousness they will exploit you with deceptive words; for a long time their judgment has not been idle, and their destruction does not slumber.

(An excerpt from 2 Peter chapter 2, NKJV, emphasis mine)

It is a “fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.”

Despite such plain and simple warnings from the Bible, there are too many people being led astray and “fleeced” by those who are in the “ministry business,” who devour widows’ houses and preach for filthy lucre. These false prophets, false teachers, and false pastors, are not at all accountable to anyone—or so they think. (There is One Who will hold them to His righteous standard.)

So what these wolves do must be mocked and exposed at every turn—for the sake of those who have given and given and given to these ministers of Mammon (which is really the “god” they really serve):

No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and Mammon.

(Matthew 6:24, NKJV, emphasis mine)

The well-meaning followers think that one day, if they “keep on standing” (i.e. believing for their “harvest” based on this false teaching), and “keep on giving” (which is always pushed so that the gullible may remain “faithful” in their donations to the wolves), they will receive their own financial windfall. They think they will eventually hit the “jackpot”…especially if they keep on “pulling the handle” like Leroy says!

These wolfish motivational speakers that prey (not “pray”) on their followers take God’s precious Word and twist it to support their covetous lifestyles. They claim that if you “sow” (flush) money into their “ministry” (empire), you can be a “partaker of their anointing” (what anointing?) and will, as a result, one day live lavishly like they do. (WOW! What a deal!) If you get big enough, you might even be able to get one of those “Coo-coo-for-Cocoa-Puffs” doctorates like many of them have.

Weapons of “Cash Destruction”

Lucre-loving Leroy and his jet

Lucre-loving Leroy “prays” over his new jet as he tries to look spiritual for the camera in the midst of his covetousness (click to enlarge)

So, what’s up, “Doc”? If “Money Cometh,” then why is “Dr.” Leroy doing such a strong pull for money on his website for a new jet? Well, he says on that page that “God” told him to get a loan on it. He said he could have put more money into the deal as a down payment (he has to brag a bit while giving the testimony), but he got a loan for part of the jet (comically called “Weapon of Prosperity II”…replacing his “Weapon of Prosperity I” which we guess may now be too small for his ego to fit into). Of course, this was all supposedly done in obedience to “God.” Leroy says this about it:

I didn’t know why God didn’t want me to put more money down on the aircraft until spending time with Him in prayer about it. Now I know why God wanted me to put down a certain amount. With the economy in the condition that it’s in, those that know the laws of sowing and reaping are looking for good soil to plant seed. The mission of the Weapon of Prosperity II makes taking part in this debt cancellation a good place to sow seed.

Leryo's Lucre Chart

Leroy’s Lucre Chart: He even sets up a payment plan for those gullible people who happen to also be too stupid to do the math for themselves. What a deal! (click to enlarge)

So if people “sow” into cancelling the “I’ll-never-be-broke-another-day-in-my-life” pimp-preacher’s 8.5 million dollar debt, then somehow these donors will get their own debts cancelled too? How? Should they expect people to run up and throw money at their feet after throwing it at yours, Leroy? Should they also “pull the handle” at the same time that the people drop the cash next to their sneakers? But what if they forget to do that part, Leroy? Does it still work?

Sorry, Leroy, but I think it would be more scriptural and intelligent to invest into gold and silver or something else that would actually help my family, than to put my “seed money” into your luxurious jet.

By the way, that loan is pretty embarrassing to your buddy Kenneth Copeland, isn’t it? Copeland says God told him that we should get out of debt and stay out. He even rebuked his son-in-law, George, on the BVOV broadcast for getting a mortgage on his home. And now here you come, Leroy, telling everyone that the Lord told you to get a loan on the jet so that His people could pay it off for you?

Well, any sane person would tell you that you can forget it. You can take comfort in one thing, though, Leroy. You can count on Copeland never rebuking YOU on his broadcast for your going into debt like he did to his son-in-law. Your checks are FAR too valuable to him—especially now, when his financial and ministerial “ship” is sinking like the Titanic. He might have to cut back even more on his TV schedule if you stopped subsidizing him with your gambling proceeds (oops, I mean “offerings”):

KCM Announces their Sunday Broadcast schedule cutbacks as a "benefit" to the partners instead of a budget reduction.

KCM announces their Sunday broadcast schedule cutbacks as a “benefit” to their partners, rather than admitting that it was intended to seriously reduce their media budget to offset declining revenues from donations and product sales. (click to enlarge)

Oh, and if the advocates of KennethCopelandBlog.com are not already about to lose their last meal over Leroy’s antics above, here is another wonderful “prophetical” word Leroy got concerning himself from his “atta-boy” god (aka, Leroy talking to himself), who supposedly said this to him:

…You’ve been faithful over your small jets…” [I would like to know what that is supposed to mean. Faithful? Most of the time, the wolves' jets are put in the name of the ministry, but in practice, those "ministry tools" belong ONLY to the wolf in charge. So what's the measure of "faithfulness" here? Maybe Leroy can go back to "prayer" and get some more specifics for us. Back to Leroy's words:] “…Now I am about to give you a bigger one. So receive it as a Gift With A Mission! GET READY TO RECEIVE!” [Just curious, Doc, but do you ever get anything useful in your "prayer time"?]

Unfortunately, the “mission” Leroy is bragging about has nothing to do with The Great Commission. It is really much closer to an envelope-stuffing scam or a pyramid scheme. (You could not really compare what Leroy does with a multi-level marketing program, or MLM, because those actually give people something for their money.) The money being “sown” into Leroy’s life is from covetous people motivated by their own greed, who are equally ignorant of the Bible. The only thing this accomplishes, however, is to perpetuate Leroy’s lifestyle.

It is like a circular thing: See people donate to Leroy. See Leroy fly around in a ridiculously luxurious jet. See him fly to talk to more people about giving money to him so that he can fly even more. (It seems that P.T. Barnum was correct when he said, “There’s a sucker born every minute.”)

WHERE’S THE GOSPEL in all of this? If you look at the “Doc’s” website, you will see a tremendous emphasis on “sowing” into Leroy’s “good ground,” and woefully little concerning the REAL GOSPEL and eternity. Thankfully, some people have already realized that Leroy and his throng of subordinate “wanna-be-just-like-him” junior cult-leaders are nothing more than covetous wolves. When such honest people do wake up, they are quick to realize that the Bible does NOT emphasize material wealth “here and now” but eternal wealth, which can ONLY come through repentance, faith in Jesus Christ, and a sincere life of faith that focuses upon the Savior:

Therefore, King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision, but declared first to those in Damascus and in Jerusalem, and throughout all the region of Judea, and then to the Gentiles, that they should repent, turn to God, and do works befitting repentance.

(Acts 26:19-20, NKJV, emphasis mine)

IF THEN you have been raised with Christ [to a new life, thus sharing His resurrection from the dead], aim at and seek the [rich, eternal treasures] that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. And set your minds and keep them set on what is above (the higher things), not on the things that are on the earth. For [as far as this world is concerned] you have died, and your [new, real] life is hidden with Christ in God.

When Christ, Who is our life, appears, then you also will appear with Him in [the splendor of His] glory.

So kill (deaden, deprive of power) the evil desire lurking in your members [those animal impulses and all that is earthly in you that is employed in sin]: sexual vice, impurity, sensual appetites, unholy desires, and all greed and covetousness, for that is idolatry (the deifying of self and other created things instead of God).

(Colossians 3:1-5, AMP, emphasis mine)

Sadly, people like Lucre Leroy think they can do all this in the name of God, and then get top billing in Heaven when they get there. Oh, the arrogance of these false preachers! Let’s cry out to God in prayer for Him to save these wolves (and their gullible prey) from Hell’s flames.

Mr. Thompson, I urge you to turn, to repent. Even the late Kenneth E. Hagin tried to warn you how ungodly your “prophetical” message had become, and you should have listened to him. Your money—and your “Weapon of Prosperity II”—will do you no good when you are faced with eternity. It will not profit you in the day of wrath. Heaven is one place your jet can NEVER reach, (no matter how much you confess it):

So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth. Because you say, ‘I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing’—and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked—I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent.

(Revelation 3:16-19, NKJV, words of Jesus in red, but emphasis mine)

 

Mr. Thompson… judgment cometh.

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How to Go to Hell with a Positive Attitude

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How to Go to Hell with a Positive Attitude

by Donna Vermillion

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“Your Best Life Now!” To many people, this catchy title to a famous book seems like good news. But do you (and that means you, too, Joel Osteen) know what that statement really implies?

Think about it. If your best life is now, then Hell is in your future…forever. But, hey, such “preachers” promise that you can have a smooth ride on that Hell-bound highway! And at least the ones conducting the positive-mental-attitude “church” meetings can ride in style, because they receive the money that “cometh” from their attendees.

By the way, have you ever listened to that brilliant “Money Cometh!” teaching of Leroy Thompson in which he describes his “prophetical word”? (Those are his words not mine—you would think he would at least get the word “prophetic” right.) That strange doctrine, which was supposedly spoken to him by God in a grocery store checkout line, tells you that all you have to do is “pull the lever” three times (similar to a slot machine motion with your arm), and your money will come! For extra credit in the spirit, however, please make sure you write “Money Cometh!” in the memo field of your check. Don’t worry, though, if you have to put it on a credit card. Leroy’s god (with a little “g”) accepts those too. (It is also interesting to note about Leroy that when his mentor—Kenneth E. Hagin, who originally gave him his “big break” in ministry, which made Leroy a popular speaker—tried to get him to correct his errant “Money Cometh” tripe, Leroy would have nothing to do with it. In fact, Leroy would not even show up for the meeting.)

Such “ministers” are a lot like those guys who teach seminars about how to become a real estate billionaire guru. They pump you up with their motivational speaking, and they teach you that you need to do certain things in that field so that you can have the financial success they have. The only catch is that they make more money from selling seminar tickets, books, and audio and video sets, than they do by applying the principles that they are peddling to others.

Don’t get me wrong. I know that it is God’s will for His children to prosper and be in health. But 3 John 2 says that it is only when their souls prosper that it can happen God’s way. The Bible also says that prosperity will destroy a fool (Proverbs 1:32, KJV). Why? Because a fool will allow that money to become his god, and there is no way for a person to serve both the true and living God and Mammon simultaneously (see Matthew chapter 6). Unless a person is serving the Lord with all their heart, soul, mind, and strength, to the best of their ability and knowledge of the Word, financial prosperity will lead to his/her complete ruin.

Unfortunately, there has been a twisting of people’s priorities (to put it semi-nicely for the benefit of those who don’t like my “tone”). Positive-mental-attitude preachers have steered countless church attendees (some saved, some not) into putting money—and teachings related to money—ahead of the weightier matters of the heart. It gets to a point where some see financial gain as a sign of godliness:

If anyone teaches otherwise and does not consent to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which accords with godliness, he is proud, knowing nothing, but is obsessed with disputes and arguments over words, from which come envy, strife, reviling, evil suspicions, useless wranglings of men of corrupt minds and destitute of the truth, who suppose that godliness is a means of gain. From such withdraw yourself.

Now godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content.

(1 Timothy 6:3-8, NKJV)

You would think that Lucifer’s fall, caused by him being lifted up in pride because of the multitude of his merchandise, would have taught these people something (see Isaiah 14:12-21 and compare it with Ezekiel 28:12-19). Alas! They seem unaware of that lesson from Scripture.

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Money-Minded Doctrines

When money is someone’s “god,” even their prayers and dedications directed towards God Almighty are almost always tied to money in some way. And the “counsel” that these people think that they are getting from the God of the Bible during their “prayer” time is just plain weird.

For example, when my family and I were attending Eagle Mountain International Church (EMIC), there was a time when Pastor George Pearsons “confessed” something to the congregation. I guess we were all to think that this was a serious sin. His confession was that he was not “believing God” for a nice enough automobile. Once he “completely repented” (not his words, but mine for emphasis), he came to the conclusion that God wanted him to have a Lexus SUV.

Boy, I guess he was able to sleep like a baby after admitting to such a horrendous sin! And what humility to confess it in front of the whole congregation! (Of course, these are the same people who George expected to donate toward that project.)

What a guy. Never mind what real sins the man may have had behind the scenes that he really needed to repent of (in order to be truly right with such a holy God).

I also remember something that occurred during one of the daily Believer’s Voice of Victory broadcasts. Kenneth Copeland had George Pearsons on there as his guest, and the topic of their discussion was about getting out of debt. Kenneth humiliated George on international television by very critically and derogatorily asking George why he and his wife, Terri (Kenneth’s daughter from his first marriage), had gotten a mortgage on their home. Heaven forbid!

Sadly, it seems that with Kenneth, it’s okay to commit fraud by receiving donations from people for a certain project, and then to never do the project. (Except of course when the money is taken up for the purpose of buying a new jet for the chief preacher. Kenny will always follow through on those promises!)

But, “by George,” if you are getting a loan to buy a home for your family so they won’t be on the street or stuffed into an apartment, oh, what an embarrassment you are to Kenneth! George was completely messing up Ken’s debt-free marketing propaganda. (Hey, it could have hurt sales!)

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Home of Hypocrisy

To my knowledge, Kenneth Copeland himself has never publicly mentioned the fact that the huge mansion he and Gloria live in on KCM’s ministry property is the official “parsonage” of EMIC. This was uncovered by Senator Grassley’s Senate Finance Committee investigation, and even briefly admitted to on a KCM “frequently asked questions” page (which confession was later removed…it seems that they mistakenly got a little “too” transparent with their financial affairs, at least within their own minds).

Excuse me, but Kenneth has admitted publicly that he is not called to pastor. Uh, so why are he and Gloria in the “parsonage” while the actual pastors of the church, George and Terri, have to fend for themselves? Let me get this straight: The actual pastors had to get rid of their home that was attached to an embarrassing mortgage—and scrape along for years to try to fix up some old house—just so that they would be living in a “paid-for” home to please Kenneth? (Not that they are broke, by any means; but paying cash for a house can take a chunk out of anyone’s budget.)

Yep. Kenneth and Gloria are definitely having their best life now.

Can you see how sick this is? Since Kenneth is a self-professed “billionaire”—and having his best life now—then why doesn’t he share some of that “good life” with his own daughter and son-in-law by buying them a house? It seems to me he could have at least sectioned off a quarter of the mansion “parsonage” that he and “Pastor” Gloria (just kidding about the title) live in, so that they could try to help George and Terri to maintain the “debt-free lifestyle” that Kenneth demands of them.

But I digress…

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Do You Want Mammon or Salvation?

If you are a Christian—which means that you have turned from iniquity and received Jesus as Lord of your life (i.e. you really endeavor to do what He commands)—then you will not even pray that God would give you your “best life now.” If Heaven awaits you, then an honest prayer for the best life would not result in you having more luxury; but it would rather result in you dropping dead on the spot!

It is in being absent from the body that you are then present with the Lord (2 Corinthians 5:6-8), where you will surely receive your ultimate “best life.” So are you praying to die? I haven’t seen that printed on any Scripture promise cards.

I know this sounds hard, folks, but this kind of straight-shooting teaching can keep your heart pure…if you welcome it. Please do not take this lightly. We are talking about eternity. We are talking about Heaven or Hell.

God does tell us to “ask” and promises that we will “receive.” So there is nothing wrong with talking to Him about any needs that we have—or even some things we desire, like being able to take the family on vacation. However, there are some conditions:

You ask, and receive not, because you ask amiss, that you may consume it upon your lusts.

(James 4:3, KJV, modernized for better translation)

Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence toward God. And whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do those things that are pleasing in His sight. And this is His commandment: that we should believe on the name of His Son Jesus Christ and love one another, as He gave us commandment.

(1 John 3:21-23, NKJV)

If you find yourself taking up the majority of your prayer time with requests for a better this and a better that, to the point where you are getting into excess and are losing sight of eternal things (i.e., people getting saved, or your heart being regularly examined in the light of God’s Word to keep it clean), then you have gone too far into trying to receive your best life now, on this earth. You are certainly not being “pleasing in His sight” when you are just begging for things that you can “consume upon your lusts.”

I admonish you strongly and in love to please consider your ways, and to consider your prayers. If you know you have been born into the family of God, then you will be certain that your best life can never be here on this earth, for that is only for those who are Hell-bound. On the contrary, your best life as a Christian is in your future:

Therefore, brethren, we are debtors—not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together.

For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.

(Romans 8:12-18, NKJV)

And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”

Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” And He said to me, “Write, for these words are true and faithful.”

(Revelation 21:3-5, NKJV)

However, please note the following warning also (which is only one of several just like it in the Bible):

For this you know, that no fornicator, unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God.

(Ephesians 5:5, NKJV)

There is a saying that the road to Hell is paved with good intentions. That can be true. But what I am seeing today is that the highway to Hell is also being paved by simply keeping “a good positive attitude” about the “rotten here and now;” and by trying to just pull some promises out of the Bible in an attempt to make the person’s prayers sound scriptural.

The Kingdom of God is not about material things, but it is righteous, peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost (Romans 14:17). All three of those things come from the heart.

Don’t accept some pitifully cheap “Prosperity-Cult” substitute that tries its best to get you so focused on carnal things that you lose sight of eternal things, which is what the Bible tells us to set our minds on:

If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.

(Colossians 3:1-4, NKJV)

In the big picture, it is irrelevant whether you are “positive” or even “prosperous” in THIS life. The main thing is to make sure that you are truly born again, and will prosper in the NEXT life.

So let me encourage you in closing—whether you profess to be a Christian or not—to also read Rich’s salvation message on his (biblical) financial ministry website, which is entitled, The Supreme Value of Righteousness. If you really possess that true treasure, then the temporal “wealth” of this world will seem very trifling to you in comparison.

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—Donna Vermillion

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Over One Hundred Thousand

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Over One Hundred Thousand

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A quick note of update and encouragement to the growing army of advocates for KennethCopelandBlog.com: About a month ago we surpassed 100,000 page views for this website as we call on Kenneth Copeland, his dysfunctional family, and his alleged “ministry” to simply repent. (Now are are expanding that call to repentance to include that they be born again, for we have come to the regrettable conclusion that they have never been saved, given their fruit for over 40 years.)

Moreover, this milestone was not achieved by North American traffic alone. Our site has been visited by 164 countries within the last year alone (i.e. prior to this posting). Many of these visitors utilize our foreign language translator, so people all over the world in many different languages are finding out about the fraud, deception, and heresy of this dangerous group.

All our website’s visitors are being warned, and the Christians are being called to prayer. It is my family’s hope, and the hope of many of our advocates, that the Copeland family’s salvation will be secured soon—and the salvation of many of their cult members as well. Regardless, many people are being warned about these wolves, and the “sheep’s clothing” has been revealed to be mere show and pretense:

Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles? Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.

(Matthew 7:15-20, NKJV)

It is fascinating to note that the Greek word of the original New Testament text translated as “ferocious” above (and as “ravening” in the King James Version) is the word harpax, which literally means a “robber, extortioner.” In other words, one of the key signs of a “wolf” according to Jesus is their self-serving and covetous nature, which is willing to “rob” or even “extort” in order to get what they crave. (Of course, lying to people about the robbing and extortion would seem to be an associated and expected sin by such people as well.)

The Copelands “sell” their false teaching of “prosperity” by appealing to the needs and/or covetousness of others. Their “gospel of greed” is patently unbiblical, and they do not even try to live by it themselves. Instead, they live off of luxurious perks and extravagant salaries FUNDED primarily by the sales of their errant materials and the donations of trusting (but ignorant) people. In short, they are “ravening wolves” who feed on God’s sheep, as well as the “goats” who happen to wander into their wolf pack’s feeding frenzy.

We document that fact with regard to the Copelands’ Angel Flight 44 fraud on this website in particular (which alone was an estimated $2-4 million influx into their general fund, from which they draw their salaries). However, there are many more that the Grassley investigation have pulled out of hiding, and we are thankful for what the Lord did through the Televangelists Probe.

Thus, while many websites on the Internet today confront the heresies and doctrinal errors of the Copeland family, precious few do what we do here at KennethCopelandBlog.com: Namely, document the “wolfish” nature of that corrupt family by exposing their multiple frauds and documented lies. So while many of our brethren are doing a wonderful job exposing their false teaching, we feel our main responsibility and contribution to the Body of Christ is to expose their “ferocious” nature as wolves, devouring the wealth of others in order to consume it upon themselves. This might change in the future, however, but up until now, this has been our focus.

So a hearty “Thank you!” to all the advocates of our redemptive project who have emailed the links to our articles to others, and who have posted our material on your own blogs and websites for others to find. Over 100,000 page views from over 164 countries of the world reveal that we are getting the message out to a whole lot of people.

Together, we are all surely doing our part—as Jeremiah did in his day within Jerusalem—to call the Copeland family and their alleged “ministry” to account. Hopefully, they will eventually repent (unlike most of the people Jeremiah confronted). However, regardless, let’s keep trying to warn others away from them, and to win souls for Christ.

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Always in Jesus,

-Rich Vermillion & family

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Kenneth Copeland’s ‘Bad Confession’

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Kenneth Copeland’s ‘Bad Confession’

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In an effort to provide the advocates of KennethCopelandBlog.com (and the general Christian public) with an update regarding the status of the Angel Flight 44 fiasco, we have some interesting new news to report.

Kenneth Copeland has confirmed (accidentally) part of our last press release on this subject, Did Kenneth Copeland Just Commit Another Aid Fraud? For someone with a history of teaching on the power of words, one cannot help but notice how this careless written “confession” might be deemed by Kenneth Copeland Ministries (KCM) to be somewhat unhelpful to their nefarious agenda (especially since we are drawing attention to it).

However, before I get into that, let me give a quick overview of what has occurred to date:

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A Quick Overview:

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As those familiar with this website already know, KCM had not lifted a finger to fulfill any of their promises regarding the formation of the Angel Flight 44 ministry (AF44) — that is, until we began issuing press releases concerning this matter in 2010. However, for the benefit of those unfamiliar with the AF44 fiasco (and as a reminder for our long-time advocates) here is a quick historical recap. Please pay special attention to the dates and time frames as you read:

  • Throughout the latter half of 2006 and into the first half of 2007, Kenneth Copeland publicly and repeatedly promised this new aviation ministry with the very noticeable context of “God told me to do this” included. These statements were augmented by KCM literature as well. See our post The AF44 Miracle and Kenneth Copeland’s Promises for the details, including video footage of Copeland making the promises (with much fanfare).
  • In April, 2007, KCM sent a “partner letter” offering of the book I wrote, Angel Flight 44, to their entire partner base. I estimate that this event alone added a minimum of $1.24 million into their GENERAL FUND (i.e. not into the defunct “AF44 fund” or their subsequent “relief fund”). See our posts Angel Flight 44: The Book and Angel Flight 44: The Money for all the details.
  • During May and June of 2007, I began to become very concerned regarding whether Copeland, Glen Hyde, and KCM, were going to carry through on their promises due to their obvious inactivity regarding the formation of the new “Angel Flight 44 ministry.”
  • By July, 2007, I was very alarmed and sent Glen Hyde this email on July 19, 2007 about the matter. When the inactivity continued, I then sent Glen Hyde this stronger email a month later on August 16, 2007. (Note: I have never made these emails available to the public before, so these documents are brand new downloads for your review. They have also been partially redacted in order to keep especially private information — such as email addresses and the personal financial information about Glen Hyde — hidden from view for obvious privacy considerations.)
  • Things escalated into hostilities between me and Glen Hyde over my constantly increasing insistence that he and Kenneth Copeland perform their promises. This eventually resulted in my directly confronting these matters with KCM (and everyone involved) through a 31-page document hand-delivered by KCM security to everyone in January, 2008. This was followed up seven weeks later with a fax to KCM’s executive offices in March, 2008. To date, the only contact I have received from KCM regarding these matters directly is the voicemail left for me by Eileen Lawton, personal assistant at that time to John Copeland. That voicemail can be heard on our FAQ page here.
  • Subsequently, all NEW editions of the Angel Flight 44 book were removed from the market in April, 2008 (though used copies still circulate on Amazon.com even today).
  • Seven months after our last correspondence to KCM, we launched KennethCopelandBlog.com in October, 2008 in order to emphasize to them that these issues were not going away. However, since we were reluctant to divulge the information we had (as our purpose was their repentance and not their harm) we did NOT initially populate the blog with the details of this apparent fraud. Only the introductory posts on the Table of Contents page, along with the posts about Senator Grassley’s televangelist investigation and Kenneth E. Hagin’s previous Rebuke of Copeland were included at that time. Our sources have indicated that serious “damage control” measures were subsequently implemented at Kenneth Copeland Ministries and Eagle Mountain International Church (EMIC). Nevertheless, nobody from KCM ever bothered to contact us to address or resolve these issues.
  • Fourteen months after launching the website we began fully populating the Mysterious Disappearance of Angel Flight 44 section of this blog (in January, 2010 )with text, downloads, videos, and details; and we began issuing press releases about this apparent public fraud. As a result, KCM no longer ignores us or these issues. However, they have never tried to contact us, nor have they shown ANY signs of remorse or biblical repentance for their apparent fraud and deceit.
  • In March of 2010, KCM finally threw together a quasi Angel Flight 44 “ministry” as part of a major effort to quell the negative media exposure these issues had brought them. You can read about their belated efforts within our posts The Miraculous ‘Reappearance’ Of AF44 and Copeland’s Haitian Deception, as well as on Christian Today Reports on AF44 Controversy (where you can click over and see what an independent reporter discovered about these matters).
  • We have even waited four months since our last post on this topic (in March, 2010) before filing this newest update (which is based in-part upon an event that occurred last April).
  • Lastly, at the time this update was posted (July 22, 2010), there had been NO new announcements from KCM regarding Angel Flight 44 or KCM’s Haitian relief efforts posted on their website. This confirms to us that their efforts were merely “damage control” and a publicity stunt rather than a true commitment to that mission (though we do not doubt they will add something soon, now that we have posted this observation here on KennethCopelandBlog.com).

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This entire journey of confrontation began over three years ago this month (July, 2010). We have prayed intensely over each and every step that we have taken; and we have always ensured that we are following biblical protocols with our every action.

Moreover, we have obviously shown great restraint to date as we have been very slow (and even reluctant) to publicize the evidence indicating Kenneth Copeland and KCM’s frauds in these matters. Again, our objective has always been their repentance and NOT their harm. With so much time having elapsed, however, we can surely say as Isaiah did:

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All day long I have held out my hands to an obstinate people, who walk in ways not good, pursuing their own imaginations… (Isaiah 65:2 NIV, but see also Romans 10:2)

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On their part, Kenneth Copeland and his family, along with KCM in general, have surely been models of hypocrisy and contradiction. For example, Kenneth Copeland repeatedly said that “God” instructed him to form the new AF44 ministry. However, in their first press release in response to our own regarding these matters, KCM spokesperson, James Tito, wrote:

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The ministry decided that the best use of resources would be to start a disaster relief fund, and to determine the best course of action on a case by case basis. (KCM Press Release dated January 26, 2010)

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There is a VERY significant contradiction between what Kenneth Copeland said in 2006-2007 (which you can view yourself in the videos, as mentioned above) and what KCM said after we called them out into the public spotlight in this matter in 2010. These two contradictory assertions can ONLY be reconciled logically by adding one or more of the following three explanations:

  1. Kenneth Copeland’s “god” is not the omnipotent and omniscient God revealed in the Bible. (In other words, Copeland’s “god” seems to be confused and incompetent.) Or…
  2. Kenneth Copeland does worship the God of the Bible, but he and KCM were in complete disobedience to God’s instructions because they thought they had a “better” plan than He did. (That is, until recently. Now they are in partial disobedience in that they have not yet publicly confessed their guilt and repented of their previous disobedient inaction). Or…
  3. Kenneth Copeland simply lied when he said, “God” told him to do this. (So when Copeland changed his mind about the matter, he had to cover it up lest someone think that he might not be a true prophet after all.)

One cannot reconcile these two contradictory positions of Copeland and KCM apart from applying one (or more) of the above logical propositions as well. Obviously, number two would be the least damning; but regardless of which of the three one might apply, it is obvious from them all that the Copelands have significant need to repent.

(Note: I  will refrain from giving you my opinion as to which of the the three might apply to this situation, but you are certainly welcome to form your own conclusions in this matter.)

Regardless of how we reconcile such contradictions as the one example given above: Since the Copeland family (and KCM in general) seem determined NOT to “come clean” publicly and to truly repent of the AF44 fiasco that we have addressed (and the many sins committed therein), it seems that we might have to ONCE AGAIN expand KennethCopelandBlog.com’s public confrontation beyond what we have to date (and very soon).

However, let’s just keep our discussion limited to this particular AF44 update for the time being…

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Most Recent Events:

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Returning to discuss Kenneth Copeland’s (inadvertent) written confession of guilt…

In a very ironic twist to this ongoing AF44 saga, KCM sent out ANOTHER partner letter regarding their alleged “Angel Flight 44 Ministry” this past April, 2010 — exactly THREE YEARS after their first AF44 “partner” mailing wherein they took in a minimum of $1.24 million into their general fund !!!

Never being ones to let a good opportunity for raising cash slip them by, KCM’s NEW Angel Flight 44-related mailer has once again all the key ingredients to raise funds from their mailing-list base through yet-another AF44 “promise.” You can download scanned full-copies of both the original April, 2007 mailer and this latest April, 2010 mailer below for your full review and comparison:

KCM April, 2007 Partner Letter, with Donor Card and Flyer insert included

KCM April, 2010 Partner Letter, with Donor Card and Flyer insert included

(Right-click “save as” to download these directly to your computer.Adobe PDF downloads on this page may be freely distributed for non-commercial purposes by email, on a website, or by any other means. Adobe PDF Reader 8.0 or higher is required for viewing, which is free):

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His ‘Bad Confession':

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The key citation (pun intended) containing Copeland’s admission of guilt was the following statement in this latest “AF44″ promise partner mailing, as a part of his “Haitian AF44 mission” explanation:

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…Oh, thank God! Did I take the assignment? Absolutely! We immediately doubled our efforts. Angel Flight’s Super DC3 with which we partnered during Hurricane Katrina, was in for inspection, so we chartered a DC3 from Miami. At the same time we put extra people on Brother Glen Hyde’s Super 3 at Angel Flight to get Angel 44 back in the air. We also have a great mission-flying husband-and-wife team who came on board with their Cessna 206 to haul medical supplies, and in some cases medical personnel, into small, unimproved airstrips and roads that are within a few minutes’ flight from our Partners’ orphanages, clinics, churches, compounds, etc., that are taking care of thousands of people. Not one of our orphans was killed. There were only a few minor injuries. Thank God for the Word of His power, and knowing how to use it.

We are building up our resources, such as the rest of our air fleet the Lord Jesus instructed us to build. This includes the final work to be done on the Super 3, the purchase of a Quest Kodiak, a special missionary-built medium-size cargo and people hauler, and additional operational gear. All this is not only for Haiti, but for future operations in the perilous times of these last days.

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This is a very direct confirmation of what I had put in our Did Kenneth Copeland Just Commit Another Aid Fraud? press release when I wrote:

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…After that, according to my information, Glen Hyde’s airplane sat on the tarmac of Denton Airport in Texas gathering bird poop from August of 2006 until February 2010 — it was not helping anyone (as Copeland had pledged). Once we openly documented Copeland’s broken promises, however, Copeland apparently found new “motivation” to get that airplane flying again; and the required FAA C-check and maintenance was recently performed to permit this Haitian flight….

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Copeland (inadvertently) confirmed in his “partner” letter the following very clearly:

  • The Super DC3 was not operational, as the FAA required “C-check” inspection had never been performed since 2005 (i.e. just after Hurricane Katrina). I have official copies of the FAA records for this aircraft (obtainable here) plus other corroborative information. Consequently, I personally know that there was NEVER a C-check performed before the one just performed by KCM’s aviation department (along with Glen Hyde) this past Spring; as was also indicated by Copeland himself above.
  • Thus, Copeland has once again provided further evidence that NOBODY was being helped by this airplane until the KennethCopelandBlog.com articles and press releases forced them to get this aircraft operational. Since they had not built the ministry that they had promised, we can add here that nobody was being helped by ANY plane from KCM’s fleet following the many natural disasters that had occurred since Copeland’s commitments to the partners of KCM.
  • As a surprise to me, Copeland indicated that their rush to get some sort of AF44 mission accomplished as quickly as possible required them to charter another Douglas DC3 for the flight operation. (This was apparently a “regular” DC3, and not a “Super” version like Glen’s.) I had assumed they were able to get Glen Hyde’s Super-DC operational in time for the Haitian flight, but Copeland has proved me wrong on that one assumption — but he also revealed how truly desperate he was to get a mission airborne sooner rather than later (i.e. before Glen’s Super DC3 was ready for flight).

So in short, Kenneth Copeland has once again provided KennethCopelandBlog.com with additional corroborating evidence of KCM’s documentable fraud and deceptions. (Though we would have preferred that he simply confess his sins publicly, repented, and changed his ways.)

Also, did you notice that Copeland also stated in the citation above, “We are building up our resources, such as the rest of our air fleet the Lord Jesus instructed us to build?” He just said again that “God” instructed him to do this; which again does NOT agree with KCM’s official statements to the contrary. So can we believe Copeland any more this time than we could the last time he promised these same things?

Well, that is the latest update on the AF44 fiasco for our website’s advocates and anybody else interested herein.

More to come later…not only on THIS topic (as events might occur) but also on some OTHER documentable KCM frauds as well. Consequently, we and our advocates are still calling on Kenneth Copeland, his family, and his ministry, to simply repent.

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Copeland’s Haitian Deception?

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Copeland’s Haitian Deception

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An advocate of our KennethCopelandBlog.com redemptive project emailed me the other day to ask if we consider Copeland’s latest Haitian aid effort to be a sign of true biblical repentance. Our answer is an unequivocal, but regrettable, “NO,” though we yet remain hopeful that repentance will eventually occur. To further explain our view of these issues, let’s  begin by reviewing the text of our latest press release:

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Did Kenneth Copeland Just Commit Another Aid Fraud?

(February 18, 2010)

NEWARK, TEXAS:  KennethCopelandBlog.com recently exposed televangelist Kenneth Copeland’s probable fraud regarding the formation of the Angel Flight 44 ministry. Christian Today later reported on the controversy, quoting Copeland’s newest son-in-law saying that a freshly organized Haitian aid flight was “imminent.” The ministry’s subsequent February 4th mission detail, however, raises MORE questions about KCM’s integrity:

“…Kenneth Copeland Ministries (KCM) announced today that it has partnered with several ministries to send a flight to Haiti with $2.7 million of medical supplies, and 7,000 pounds of much-needed antibiotics.”

The only thing KCM actually stated above that they were doing was “sending a flight to Haiti.” They did NOT explicitly state WHO supplied these medical supplies, or even WHO paid for them. These missing elements seem to actually be tacit admissions of yet another probable humanitarian aid fraud.

I wrote the book about KCM’s Hurricane Katrina disaster missions: “Angel Flight 44” (which is now off the market, except for used copies). It details how Glen Hyde’s Douglas Super-DC3 airplane was often loaded with medical supplies furnished by McKesson Pharmaceutical. While it is true that the original “AF44” aid missions flew tens of millions of dollars worth of medical supplies to Louisiana, it is also true that NEITHER Kenneth Copeland NOR his ministry paid for ANY of those supplies.

After that, according to my information, Glen Hyde’s airplane sat on the tarmac of Denton Airport in Texas gathering bird poop from August of 2006 until February 2010—it was not helping anyone (as Copeland had pledged). Once we openly documented Copeland’s broken promises, however, Copeland apparently found new “motivation” to get that airplane flying again; and the required FAA C-check and maintenance was recently performed to permit this Haitian flight.

Actual costs? Mr. Hyde indicated back in 2007 that it would take about $20,000 to get the airplane legal and mechanically able to fly; we can add to that another $20-30k for fuel and flight expenses. Thus, we can safely estimate that KCM’s share of this Haitian flight’s costs was likely NO MORE than what they typically spend on jet fuel for the Copeland family vacations (using one of the jets from KCM’s fleet.)

Nevertheless, we now see KCM issuing a press release that is worded in such a way as to IMPLY that they (along with the five partners named) funded a multi-million dollar aid mission, when in fact the omitted details seem to reveal otherwise. In short, it would appear that KCM is merely trying to get $2.7 million worth of “humanitarian aid credit” through a publicity stunt, while actually spending a minuscule fraction of that amount to merely send the aid to the desperate Haitians.

Of course, Kenneth Copeland could PROVE what they actually spent on this mission by ordering his staff to publicly release copies of verifiable receipts, bank statements, (and etc)…but don’t hold your breath. MinistryWatch.com, a Christian financial integrity ministry, has been trying to encourage KCM to demonstrate biblical transparency in their finances FOR YEARS without any success. If the Copelands start providing financials to the public now, it might create a precedent for transparency…and they cannot have that!

On the other hand, compare KCM’s lack of financial accountability with biblical examples (e.g. Ezra and Nehemiah’s handling of funds donated to rebuild Jerusalem, and Paul’s financial transparency with the offering being sent by the churches to the poor saints in Jerusalem). Why does KCM not follow the Bible’s clear protocol? Simple. Jesus said it is because, “their deeds are evil” (note John 3:19-21). Consider for example…

In 2006 KCM paid $13.3 million to its executive staff (who are mostly family members), out of a $100 million budget. This was reported by CBS based upon Tarrant County documents filed by KCM. In short, KCM paid about a dozen executives OVER 13% of their ministry budget. This is considerably MORE than the highly publicized 10% that KCM claims is being divided up among the MANY ministries they support.

Since Jesus said, “Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also,” can we safely assume the Copeland family’s “heart” is in their own compensation MORE than in giving to those truly in need? It certainly seems so…fraudulent publicity stunts, notwithstanding.

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Again, the KCM release above describes things in such a way that it gives one the impression that KCM and the listed partners provided millions of dollars for the people of Haiti.

The only thing their quote really claims is that KCM (in partnership with the others they listed) sent the airplane to Haiti, loaded with the supplies. Again, it does NOT say:

  • Who actually paid for the medical supplies themselves (KCM makes no direct claim that it was them).
  • Where the supplies came from (McKesson Pharmesueticals?)…
  • What the actual cost for the supplies were. (The figure given is probably merely the retail value and not the much smaller wholesale price…or if a manufacturer supplied them, the even smaller manufacturer’s cost.)
  • What KCM’s actual financial contribution to the mission was.

Now, the KCM release mentioned FOUR partners in the mission, plus Glen Hyde as coordinator and pilot for the mission. How much did each contribute to the estimated flight expenses we listed in the press release above? We are not told.

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Kenneth Copeland and Kenneth Copeland Ministries are probably going to get real upset when they learn about our analysis and press release above. However, we would like to respectfully remind them that we have already documented several of THEIR lies and probable frauds here on KennethCopelandBlog.com (and we still have more to reveal and document). Thus, we would like to politely request the following items to accompany any public claims that the Copelands may attempt to make—should they decide to dispute our figures above:

  • Actual copies of receipts and/or bank records, which can be verified directly with the other parties.
  • Specific designations of contribution amounts by EACH party of the Haiti relief effort, and not just in aggregate.
  • Third-party independent audited financials of KCM, along with documents which detail and certify KCM’s contributions toward the Haitian relief missions specifically, and especially their Angel Flight 44 ministry efforts since 2006.

In other words, we are VERY tired of “smoke and mirrors” and would like to see hard documents and verifiable facts. If KCM cannot (or will not) provide them, then the information we have above is likely sufficient to establish the probability that Kenneth Copeland and his ministry are trying to perpetuate another humanitarian aid fraud, coupled with a publicity stunt.

Again, it seems KCM is trying to play with the numbers and facts in such a way as to make themselves looks like (belated) heroes in the Haitian earthquake crisis, while in fact they are throwing “pennies” of what their total resources could provide:

So can we safely assume that Kenneth Copeland and KCM is fully able to provide MUCH MORE to help Haitian victims? We, along with our growing army of advocates, certainly believe that is the case. We also believe a major cover-up has been perpetrated by the Copelands and their nefarious organization regarding their past humanitarian aid failures and other probable frauds.

Remember that it was about a MONTH after the earthquake before KCM’s new “aid” mission occurred, and then only after KennethCopelandBlog.com issued TWO international press releases exposing them.

Consequently, we and our advocates are still calling on Kenneth Copeland, his family, and his ministry, to simply repent.

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-Rich Vermillion

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The Miraculous ‘Reappearance’ Of AF44

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The Miraculous ‘Reappearance’ of AF44

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Advocates of our KennethCopelandBlog.com redemptive project will be thrilled to read this latest update regarding the “Angel Flight 44 ministry” fiasco (AF44):

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Poof! Kenneth Reappears!:

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About two days after our online analysis of Kenneth Copeland’s lack of public appearance and the missing use of the term “Angel Flight 44″ within Kenneth Copeland Ministries’ (KCM) sudden Haitian humanitarian publicity efforts, KCM suddenly announced a TBN “Praise the Lord” taping at TBN’s Irving, TX studios. It seems that Copeland decided that it was not good if he looked like he was hiding from the public limelight.

So Kenneth and his (third) wife, Gloria, hosted the program, which featured primarily their own family as guests, including:

  • Their daughter, Kellie Copeland Swisher, along with her (third) husband, Stephen.
  • Kenneth’s grandson, Jeremy Pearsons, who is the son of George and Terri Copeland Pearsons (and Terri is Kenneth’s eldest daughter by his first wife) along with Jeremy’s (second) wife, Sarah.

(By the way: If you are confused by all these notes about their family and marriage issues, then simply read Kenneth and Gloria Copeland: The Untold Story for additional information.)

ApostasyWatch.com’s own Steve Lumbley attended the live taping, and published his own report about KCM’s public relations countermeasures in his article, Kenneth Copeland Thinks You’re Stupid.

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The Once Forbidden “Name”:

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Moreover, now KCM has taken the extra step of openly using the name “Angel Flight 44″ and its abbreviation “AF44″ once again in its public relations efforts. On this update page about their recent Haitian flight, we see these two names pasted under nearly every photograph in their gallery, and elsewhere. Moreover, viewers to that web page are warmly greeted by Kenneth Copeland himself when that page is opened, right next to his latest commitment for humanitarian aid.

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We here at KennethCopelandBlog.com are very happy about these developments. Nevertheless, we encourage our viewers to keep in mind several things as you review all of these issues yourself:

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  • KCM made absolutely no mention of flights to Haiti, until AFTER our press releases drew attention to their broken promises concerning Angel Flight 44 and its probable impact in the aftermath of the Haitian earthquake disaster. In fact, numerous natural disasters occurred over the years since Kenneth Copeland’s promises were made, and there were NO further post-Hurricane Rita AF44 humanitarian flights EVER until our two press releases brought the issue into the public eye.
  • KCM’s first Haitian flight was about a month after the disaster. However, it would have likely been within 24-96 hours after the quake hit, had they maintained their disaster preparedness as promised. (Note: The main airport in Haiti was severely damaged, but they were receiving humanitarian flights so long as they had the capability of leaving again without requiring fuel. The Douglas Super-DC3 is a transoceanic aircraft, and would have qualified.)
  • If KCM had added the new capabilities that Kenneth Copeland had pledged, they would have also been able to service the population from beaches through the promised amphibious aircraft.
  • KCM has not fully accounted for the probable millions of dollars taken into their general fund as a result of their AF44 promises.
  • KCM has not accounted for “which” aircraft their former AF44-designated funds went to repair.
  • NONE of KCM’s financial claims above are independently verifiable, because they are not certified by any independent accountability group (such as the Evangelical Counsel for Financial Accountability) and they have a transparency grade of “F” at MinistryWatch.com.
  • Neither Kenneth Copeland nor KCM has EVER fully come forward with an honest explanation why they previously failed in their AF44 promise performance, NOR why they ignored Rich Vermillion (the writer of the book, Angel Flight 44) for nearly three years before his two press releases suddenly “motivated” them to help disaster victims as they had pledged. In short, they have NEVER apologized for their obvious failures.

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Nevertheless, we here at KennethCopelandBlog.com, along with our growing multitude of advocates, are thrilled that KCM finally found “compassion” somewhere within their hearts and decided to at least provide a good “window dressing” for public consumption. We are pleased that we have their attention; we are especially pleased that some needy Haitians are at least getting a little aid from them (although it comes about a month late and falls way short of Copeland’s original promises).

Of course, we are not in the least bit fooled by their sudden acts of “humanitarian aid” because it is nothing more than a public relations countermeasure...and not signs of true biblical repentance.One could even say that their current efforts are actually a sign of cowardice, given their continued deceptive practices and obvious self-serving motives.

So in short, though he claims to be a “billionaire” himself, it would seem that Kenneth Copeland is still “a day late, and a dollar short” in fulfilling his promises to help disaster victims.

Consequently, we and our advocates are still calling on Kenneth Copeland, his family, and his ministry, to simply repent.

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-Rich Vermillion

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Kenneth Copeland Ministries RESPONDS!

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Kenneth Copeland Ministries RESPONDS!

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My family and I, and the growing multitude of like-minded concerned Christians, have to say that it is very gratifying that after nearly four years of broken promises made by Kenneth Copeland—and nearly three years of our private and public efforts to get an answer out of him regarding those broken promises—to finally have some sort of response out of Kenneth Copeland Ministries (KCM). In a way, this is a small victory on behalf of truth in our eyes…though it took two recent press releases to get them to finally cough up some sort of answer.

Of course, their response was not exactly ideal. It is FULL of significant errors and glaring omissions. Nevertheless, they finally gave us a response…and even publicly! We rejoice that our many, many, hours of labor and prayer have not been completely in vain.

Let me first give you the entire text of their Christian Newswire press release, and then I will begin to point out the aforementioned problems with their FIRST EVER comment on these topics. I have also bolded a few things within their text for emphasis which we will discuss further below:

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Kenneth Copeland Ministries Aids in Relief Efforts

Contact: James Tito, Executive Director, Kenneth Copeland Ministries, 817-252-2807, [email protected]

NEWARK, Tx., Jan. 26 /Christian Newswire/ — Kenneth Copeland Ministries (KCM) announced today that it has become aware of misleading and potentially damaging misinformation that has been circulated through various media outlets. The misinformation falsely suggests that Kenneth Copeland, and the leadership at Kenneth Copeland Ministries, have broken a promise to provide humanitarian aircraft services for all natural disasters on a worldwide basis, and therefore were instrumental in causing people of Haiti additional harm by not having aircraft immediately available. Furthermore, the claim suggests that there has been a misuse of donated funds related to developing humanitarian aircraft services.

Because KCM cares deeply for its Partners and Friends, the ministry and its leadership would like to clarify any confusion that may result from these allegations. In 2006 KCM did, in fact, make one of its aircraft available to provide support during the Hurricane Katrina disaster, and also investigated the possibility of providing such assistance for future disasters. The ministry decided that the best use of resources would be to start a disaster relief fund, and to determine the best course of action on a case by case basis. All monies that are donated to this fund are used for appropriate disaster relief efforts, and not used for any of the day to day operations at KCM. Specifically, with regard to Haiti, because of the magnitude of the disaster, the geographic location, the poor conditions for flights in and out, and the vast involvement of the US military and other government agencies, KCM believed that the best course of action was to send targeted funds to disaster relief ministries and organizations that had better access to Haiti on the ground than did KCM. In addition, KCM also sent relief aid to a Haitian orphanage that the ministry has supported for many years. KCM continues to financially support ongoing relief efforts.

Although KCM is primarily a media based teaching ministry, it invests millions of dollars every year into helping people throughout the world. KCM pours resources into more than 100 ministries in more than 120 countries. The ministry gives to churches, evangelistic outreaches, orphanages, youth programs, and rehabilitation centers. KCM is feeding the hungry, meeting needs of men, women, and children, setting captive hearts free, and ministering faith, hope, and love across the globe. KCM helps supply over 50,000 inmates with devotional and other products to encourage them every month, answers almost 1,000,000 prayer calls per year, and answers over 1,000,000 pieces of mail. Furthermore, KCM mails over 500,000 magazines at no cost to the recipients and reaches a potential TV audience of 965 million people worldwide with the life changing message of Jesus Christ. These are just a few of the outreaches and ministries of KCM. For a complete list, please go to www.kcm.org. KCM’s general counsel David Middlebrook of Anthony and Middlebrook, P.C. states: “Kenneth Copeland Ministries is one of the premier Christian Ministries in the world today and is run with the utmost integrity. The Church has an annual independent audit and there are no funds that have been misused or unaccounted for.”

The above release can be seen on Christian Newswire by clicking here.

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Significant Errors:

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Again, while it is gratifying to finally have SOME kind of answer out of KCM, their answer comes quite short of what we had hoped. Let me begin by pointing out some errors included within their text:
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  • “In 2006…” While some might consider this a minor issue, the fact is that Hurricane Katrina occurred in August of 2005. Moreover, the sentence completely omitted mention of Hurricane Rita that soon followed in September of 2005, after which the Angel Flight 44 (AF44) missions continued for a few flights.
  • “…one of its aircraft…” To my knowledge, not a single airplane within the Kenneth Copeland Ministries’ actual fleet participated in the disaster relief missions themselves. (If so, then it would be good for them to elaborate which one they are referring to, and what its alleged role was in those missions.) The primary aircraft of the AF44 missions was Glen Hyde’s corporately-owned Douglas Super DC3 (tail number, N44GH), which is actually owned by one of his Nevada corporations. One other small private aircraft also flew during the Katrina mission, but again, it was not a part of KCM’s actual fleet. The way this KCM press release is worded, it gives the impression that they are saying that it was one of their own aircraft that provided humanitarian support. This would NOT be true. However, if they meant something else they should clarify their statement.
  • “…and also investigated the possibility of providing such assistance for future disasters…” This is a bold-faced lie, as the three videos, three KCM BVOV magazines, and quotes from the book, Angel Flight 44, here on KennethCopelandBlog.com clearly document (though Mr. James Tito might not be aware of the deception, Kenneth Copeland surely knows better). Kenneth Copeland said publicly that the new humanitarian aviation support ministry of Angel Flight 44 already existed. To suggest within their release that they were merely kicking the idea around is to misrepresent the facts in a most devious manner. Here are ONLY A FEW examples of what Kenneth Copeland said publicly, which are provided here on KennethCopelandBlog.com:
    • From video 1 in our post, The AF44 Miracle and Kenneth Copeland’s Promises, “Um…a major ministry…MAJOR ministry…has been born out of Hurricane Katrina. It is literally born out of the heart of the Spirit of God. But it took that hurricane to wake a lot of us up that should have been awake to this a long time before.” (Watch the footage in that video between time codes 06:21 and 06:39 to hear Copeland say these things himself.)
    • From the March, 2007 “Special Partner Edition” of KCM’s Believer’s Voice of Victory magazine (posted within that same article above), on page 9 Kenneth Copeland himself wrote, “You need several million dollars to build an airplane hangar and buy helicopters, airplanes, food and supplies for Angel Flight 44, your international aviation outreach that helps the needy in times of disaster… Those aren’t just outreaches of Kenneth Copeland Ministries. If you’re a Partner, they’re your outreaches too.” (Emphasis added. You can download the entire magazine off the above linked KennethCopelandBlog.com article.)
    • On our post, Angel Flight 44, The Book, we have excerpted Copeland where he had said during my interview of him (and he approved his quotes before the book was published): “And out of this, a new and different form of ministry has been born: Angel Flight 44. It is growing right now. It is still a baby, but it is growing. Right now, it is in its infancy, but we will never again get caught partially prepared for such a disaster. Angel Flight 44 is a ministry that is here to stay, and I will tell you why…Katrina is not the last catastrophe that will occur. We are going to see more of those kinds of things.” (Emphasis added)

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“…The misinformation falsely suggests that Kenneth Copeland, and the leadership at Kenneth Copeland Ministries, have broken a promise to provide humanitarian aircraft services for all natural disasters on a worldwide basis, and therefore were instrumental in causing people of Haiti additional harm by not having aircraft immediately available. Furthermore, the claim suggests that there has been a misuse of donated funds related to developing humanitarian aircraft services.”

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KennethCopelandBlog.com has not merely SUGGESTED that Kenneth Copeland and KCM have broken their promises, we have DOCUMENTED it. Further, our belief that the earthquake victims of Haiti are suffering additional harm due to the LACK of promised aviation disaster relief from KCM is founded upon Kenneth Copeland’s own statements regarding how important such disaster relief is, such as:

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That is our mission in the future: we will help churches help people. And from this time on, we are still building, we are still gathering, and we are still preparing as if there is a storm on the way—because there is. We just do not know where it is going to hit, but the storm is coming. Jesus said so in His Word.

So, we are preparing for it. We are preparing equipment. We have plans for more airplanes as the Lord provides funds for them—and He will. Great big things that fly into places, and little bitty things that fly into other places. We need airplanes that haul a lot of stuff, and airplanes that haul a little stuff. We need airplanes that land on the ground, and airplanes that land on the water. We are also believing for helicopters. Now, I have not seen any use for a balloon yet, but I am not ruling that out!

We have plans for acquiring other types of equipment. We have hangars on the drawing board right now in order to be equipped in all areas of flight.

So, that is where we are now. A ministry has been born, and we are going to nurse it and build it and grow it and do our part.

Yes, there is a new baby in town, and her name is Angel Flight 44. And she is coming on strong because…the storm is coming. I do not know whether it is a hurricane or a bunch more tornadoes, or what. But we are going to be ready next time. (see the full quote on our page Angel Flight 44, The Book)

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Consider also these statements made within the book about the effect of the original Angel Flight 44 disaster relief missions in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina (which statements were also reviewed and approved by Kenneth Copeland too…for I still have his review copy of that book in my possession, with his original notes inside):
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In this case, one such man is simply obeying his personal “word” from the Savior…and is repairing an airplane; a seemingly trivial act that will soon spare the lives of thousands. It seems quite fitting that the Savior would direct one of His men to do something that will ultimately save a multitude. After all,…is that not what His love is all about? (page 13, emphasis added)

Consequently, if God had not connected McKesson Pharmaceutical with Glen, Denny, and that Super DC-3 just a few days before—thousands would have died in hospitals all over that area from lack of treatment. (page 53, emphasis added)

Over time, Kenneth Copeland Ministries ships massive quantities of food and bottled water, baby supplies, hygiene products, clothes, hundreds of generators, four to five hundred chainsaws—you name it, they ship it. And not to leave the vast spiritual needs of the devastated community unmet, KCM ships cases upon cases of Bibles and other Christian reading materials for Pastor Larry’s church, Joy Fellowship Church, to dispense to the thousands of people they feed. (page 77, emphasis added)

Glen explains, “They won’t give them to them because they say that the Marines are not the hospital’s responsibility. But you ask the head nurse there this, ‘Is it Glen Hyde’s responsibility to furnish free air transportation to keep that hospital open without receiving compensation for all those thousands of people that are being served there?’ We’re furnishing our own airplane, our own fuel—so the Church is essentially furnishing all these medical supplies. Furthermore, we’re loading and unloading this stuff through these Marines over here. They wouldn’t have anything at that hospital if it wasn’t for my DC-3 and these Marines.” (page 150, emphasis added)

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The quotes above (again, ALL reviewed and approved by Kenneth Copeland) ALL reinforce the idea that the promised Angel Flight 44 ministry was capable of affecting thousands of lives—even within just its “infancy” stage as Copeland claimed already existed. How many MORE lives could be helped today in Haiti if they had actually developed that pledged ministry as Copeland had promised?

In short, it is very evident that Kenneth Copeland Ministries does NOT have a problem taking credit for saving thousands of lives back when they were actively providing aviation services for relief…but they REFUSE to shoulder ANY blame when their lack of action may be costing thousands of lives.

And remember, as we detailed on the page AF44’s Status in 2010, (which we just updated 02/02/2010) there were MANY natural disasters that preceded the earthquake in Haiti and yet those disaster victims were likewise without the aviation support that Copeland repeatedly promised to provide.

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Glaring Omissions:

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There were also some VERY noticeable omissions from KCM’s response to the allegations here on KennethCopelandBlog.com. Information that is missing, can often be information that is very revealing due to its very absence:

  1. KCM’s response did NOT even mention the NAME of the ministry in question, Angel Flight 44. It would seem that they considered even the acknowledgment of AF44’s name to be a possible acknowledgment of Copeland’s promises.
  2. KCM’s response did NOT mention “who” was spreading the alleged “misinformation” in the media. It would seem that by referencing KennethCopelandBlog.com they would be creating additional burdens of proof for themselves, since our website actually documents our allegations. Which brings us to…
  3. KCM’s response did NOT provide any verifiable documentation to support their claims against our allegations, NOR did it provide ANY verifiable documentation/information that would refute what we have alleged. In short, they simply said, “No we did not promise all of that…and please do NOT ask us to prove our honesty in this matter.”
  4. KCM never explained why it took almost three years of our efforts—including private contacts, launching this website in October, 2008, and finally TWO press releases in January, 2010—before they would even acknowledge that they abandoned plans to start their promised humanitarian aviation ministry. I guess for the same reasons it took a Senate Fiance Committee investigation to get them to acknowledge that they had abandoned their twenty-five-year-old promises of a Wisdom Heights retirement community, Kingdom Park theme park, and resort hotel. (Some people are just a bit stubborn, are they not?)
  5. KCM never explained “why” after “GOD” supposedly told Kenneth Copeland to form the Angel Flight 44 ministry, that now they have abandoned it. (Was he disobeying God then, or is he disobeying God now…or just lying about all of it?)

This last item bears some emphasis: If God told Copeland to start the AF44 ministry, and the building programs he abandoned twenty-five-years ago after promoting them so heavily, why did he later drop them like a rock so quietly? There are two main reasons that I can identify:

  1. If Kenneth Copeland publicly admits he changed his mind or made a mistake, it would undermine his “prophet” reputation that he has spent so many years to propagate (and thus, probably his partner base as well). After all, what kind of prophet promotes new projects so earnestly, raises funds by telling people the “vision God gave” him, and then changes his mind AFTER the money is donated? (Good question, indeed.)
  2. If Copeland publicly admits he changed his mind or that KCM abandoned the project after raising funds, it creates potential problems for them with the donors who gave (e.g. possibly wanting their money back, or perhaps wanting to designate where the funds might then go, i.e. rather than leaving it to KCM’s discretion).

It would appear that, in the Copelands’ minds, it might be better to just quietly drop such matters and hope people forget about them—rather than stir up potential problems by being “honest” or living by some other inconvenient biblical virtue.

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KCM’s Good, Bad, and Ugly:

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KCM’s response in the aftermath of the earthquake in Haiti is wonderful (insofar as they have actually been good stewards of the Disaster Relief Funds entrusted to them by donors). WE HAVE NOT questioned whether they sent money to Haiti or relief groups working in Haiti. In fact, we are absolutely sure they DID because we know their track record with sending disaster relief money to Operation Blessing International.

WHAT WE HAVE DONE is draw attention to the fact that they did NOT promise money for disaster victims back in 2006-2007; KCM promised AIRCRAFT flying in humanitarian aid. There is a huge difference.

Additionally, we have drawn attention to the fact that the AF44-designated contributions have not been accounted for either. With all due respect to any attorneys reading this,  let me point out that U.S. lawyers do NOT have a good reputation for honesty around the world. They are known for semantic plays on words such as “it depends on what the definition of ‘is’ is” (e.g. as former U.S. president and former lawyer, Bill Clinton, once said in the wake of his Monica Lewinsky scandal). In short, I am NOT comforted by KCM’s general counsel “David Middlebrook of Anthony and Middlebrook, P.C.” when he states: “Kenneth Copeland Ministries is one of the premier Christian Ministries in the world today and is run with the utmost integrity. The Church has an annual independent audit and there are no funds that have been misused or unaccounted for.”

On the other hand, I propose that:

  1. KCM upgrades their MinisryWatch.com transparency rating from an appalling “F” to a “C” or higher and…
  2. earn certification by the Evangelical Counsel for Financial Integrity (ECFI)…
  3. as Joyce Meyer’s ministry recently did both of these
  4. and, of course, explain what REALLY happened with the abandonment of their promised AF44 ministry.

Then and ONLY THEN we might all begin to consider them a ministry of financial integrity (though errant and heretical doctrine and the Copelands’ other personal sins would still remain issues in need of repentance).

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Concluding Remarks:

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So, again, while we consider it a small victory that Kenneth Copeland Ministries finally made a public statement, it falls way short of what they should have done. Furthermore, their errors and omissions within their public statement actually serve to REINFORCE our allegations here at KennethCopelandBlog.com. Though we appreciate their help in that regard, we would have preferred repentance since it seems they are now confirming their guilt inadvertently. Jesus put it this way:

And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God. (John 3:19-21, NKJV, emphasis added)

Jesus said that those practicing evil LOVE the darkness, and do everything they can to avoid any light that might expose their nefarious deeds. On the other hand, Jesus said that those who practice truth (i.e. are operating by biblical standards of integrity) will readily come to the light so that everyone will see that their deeds are done in God.

Copeland and his representatives do a wonderful job of “proclaiming” that they practice good deeds, while working hard to hide many things about Kenneth Copeland Ministries. For example:

  • Executive salaries and other compensations (which might show how little “faith” the Copelands actually live by, since high salaries reveal trust in paychecks not God…and an abuse of donor funds when done within a ministry).
  • Actual audited financial statements (which should go to third-party groups like ECFI and Ministrywatch.com for verification…which would prove transparency and integrity).
  • Reasons behind the abandonment of publicized projects (which Copeland generally says “God” told him to do…but he has had somewhat of a habit of abandoning quietly after the funds are raised).
  • And more…

Considering all the evidence that we have shared here on the KennethCopelandBlog.com—including over 1 and a quarter hours of video of Kenneth Copeland, three KCM BVOV magazines, quotes from the Angel Flight 44 book, and many other links and documents—it seems to me that KCM could have come up with a more transparent and honest response than what is indicated within their erroneous and weak public statement above.

Thus, in the light of their failure to “come into the light” on this and many other issues, we at KennethCopelandBlog.com have to conclude that they “refuse to come to the light because their deeds are evil” as Jesus said. Consequently, my family and I, along with the growing multitude of like-minded and concerned brethren in the Lord, are calling on Kenneth Copeland, his family, and his ministry, to simply repent.

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AF44’s Status in 2010

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AF44’s Status in 2010

(Last updated 02/15/2010)

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At the time I am posting this, it has been about three and a half years since the 2006 SWBC announcements of the new Angel Flight 44 ministry, and exactly three years since the book Angel Flight 44 was first released to the public at the 2007 KCM Minister’s Conference in Newark, Texas. Now that we have reviewed in detail the promises made during those events by Kenneth Copeland and his ministry, it is time to examine the current status of this promised humanitarian relief entity.

I have prepared a “video tour” below in which we will walk together through the various websites to see what (if anything) is being done today to help hurting people—such as the earthquake victims now suffering in Haiti. However, let’s start by first reviewing the catastrophes that occurred after the ministry was supposedly already launched in 2006-2007, and thus, catch us up to its status in 2010.

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Hurricane Dean:

This was the first major natural catastrophe that happened after the 2006-2007 Angel Flight 44 ministry commitments made by Kenneth Copeland, KCM, and Glen Hyde. The most intense hurricane of the 2007 season, Hurricane Dean was so ferocious that the World Meteorological Organization permanently retired the name from its list.

After first raging through the Caribbean, it intensified. On August 21st made landfall onto the Yucatán Peninsula of Central America at full Category 5 intensity. It devastated the rural areas of the country of Belize before crossing over into the Bay of Campeche, where it would begin to intensify once again before making landfall in Mexico. Once the major devastation had subsided, the rescue and humanitarian relief operations began. Operation Blessing International (OBI) was one of the first on the scene assessing the damage and establishing logistics  to provide for those in need.

According to Glen Hyde’s own account to me: OBI’s president, Bill Horan, phoned AF44 pilot Glen Hyde to inquire what aviation assets were on hand. The rural roads were so devastated that he hoped to repeat the successes of 2005’s Hurricane Katrina missions by interfacing once again with the AF44 aviation team. After all, he was told repeatedly (and read within the pages of the Angel Flight 44 book) that a new permanent Angel Flight 44 aviation ministry would be ready whenever it was needed. Critical supplies needed to be airlifted to the remote areas where thousands of people needed them.

Unfortunately, once he got Glen Hyde on the phone he was told that the only aircraft he had that was suitable for such a mission (due to its fuel range and cargo capacities) was the same Douglas Super DC-3 that he had flown in the Katrina-Rita missions—but it was not legal to fly at that time. The annual inspection had not been done, and FAA regulations forbade its use.

Disappointed but not discouraged, Bill Horan turned elsewhere for the aviation support he needed, and OBI pressed on with their mission.

(NOTE: I mention this incident during the video below, but I could not remember  the hurricane’s name when doing the taping; also I mistakenly referred to it as an “earthquake” at first because of the early hour in which I was taping, but I corrected my reference to “hurricane” later in my discussion.)

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Hurricane Felix:

Exactly two weeks after Dean, Hurricane Felix made landfall at Category 5 strength between the boarders of Nicaragua and Honduras. OBI was once again on the scene. If any avaition assets were needed for their operations, however, I do not know Mr. Horan he bothered calling Glen Hyde to see if any were available. Felix was so close behind Dean that my guess is that he probably did not consider contacting Angel Flight 44 so soon after his last unsatisfactory call. Nevertheless, I do know that the airplane was still not inspected, and still not legal to fly.

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And there were others…

Then there were Hurricanes Dolly, Gustav, and Ike in the 2008 Atlantic Hurricane Season which created major devastation. Regardless of whether any aviation support was needed for those humanitarian relief projects, Angel Flight 44 was still not flying… and thus, no help to anyone.

Moreover, I have only covered the major Atlantic hurricanes so far…and not smaller storms, the Pacific storms, earthquakes, or other disasters to which Kenneth Copeland pledged Angel Flight 44 would be ready to respond to if needed. I have also not bothered to address the various 2009 catastrophes because Angel Flight 44 was STILL not available to help.

In short, Kenneth Copeland Ministries performance regarding their Angel Flight 44 ministry has been insufficient to even maintain the primary aircraft—i.e. Glen Hyde’s Douglas Super-DC3—and to keep it operational and available for these times of need.

Let me remind you again what Kenneth Copeland said within the pages of the original edition of the book Angel Flight 44:

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That is our mission in the future: we will help churches help people. And from this time on, we are still building, we are still gathering, and we are still preparing as if there is a storm on the way—because there is. We just do not know where it is going to hit, but the storm is coming. Jesus said so in His Word.

So, we are preparing for it. We are preparing equipment. We have plans for more airplanes as the Lord provides funds for them—and He will. Great big things that fly into places, and little bitty things that fl y into other places. We need airplanes that haul a lot of stuff, and airplanes that haul a little stuff. We need airplanes that land on the ground, and airplanes that land on the water. We are also believing for helicopters. Now, I have not seen any use for a balloon yet, but I am not ruling that out!

We have plans for acquiring other types of equipment. We have hangars on the drawing board right now in order to be equipped in all areas of flight.

So, that is where we are now. A ministry has been born, and we are going to nurse it and build it and grow it and do our part. Yes, there is a new baby in town, and her name is Angel Flight 44. And she is coming on strong because…the storm is coming. I do not know whether it is a hurricane or a bunch more tornadoes, or what. But we are going to be ready next time. (Pages 212-213)

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Personally, I would have been thrilled if he had just kept the Super DC3 operational and some food and water on hand to provide to hurting people…but Kenneth Copeland did not.

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A Video Tour:

So now that we are caught up to the present, let me now take you on a tour in the following video of the various websites related to Kenneth Copeland Ministries and Angel Flight 44. This video was created in the early hours of January 16, 2010, nearly four days after the tragic earthquake hit the nation of Haiti—and during the ongoing rescue efforts and humanitarian relief crisis. Christian organizations of all sizes have mobilized to help these victims, while entire nations have begun to pour aid and military assets into the area in a desperate effort to save lives and restore some order to this stricken nation.

Let us now see what Kenneth Copeland Ministries and its promised Angel Flight 44 are doing to help the Haitians…

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UPDATE 02/02/2010: Though our “video tour” above is very convincing that the Angel Flight 44 ministry did not exist at the time the video was produced, KCM’s January, 26, 2010 response to our allegations made it CONCLUSIVE that they had abandoned the project and replaced it with their “Disaster Relief Fund.”

However, my detailed post concerning their rebuttal must have increased their anxiety about these issues tremendously (and I DO know that they monitor this website). We believe this because Christian Today published an article today which reports that KCM is now “believing God” for a “fleet” of airplanes for such purposes. Further, Glen Hyde is apparently trying to get his Super-DC3 airplane operational again so he can make humanitarian flights to Haiti. It would seem that KennethCopelandBlog.com (and the growing media coverage thereof) is finally getting their attention—now that the Haitian earthquake disaster is going into its second month.

However, here is the really interesting thing about all of this: They absolutely REFUSE to refer to these RECENT efforts as “Angel Flight 44″ in ANY way. Why? Simple: By acknowledging that name, they also acknowledge their broken promises from before…and they confirm everything we have said here on this website. Plus, they just do not want to draw attention to the person who wrote the book by that same name (i.e. Rich Vermillion) because people might want to find out what I have to say on this and other issues concerning them.

So…KCM’s “Damage Control” is in full swing now with the media picking up on our story. But, alas! We do NOT yet see any true signs of bona fide repentance since they will not even acknowledge AF44 by name, or me. Moreover, they apparently cannot refute any of our allegations with verifiable evidence.

The most it seems that KCM can do is to proclaim that “somebody” out there is saying “misleading things” about them…but also that everyone just needs to take THEIR word for it that these allegations are “not true” because they cannot (or will not) provide verifiable evidence that refutes them.  (END 02/02/2010 UPDATE.)

Update 02/15/2010: In an obvious response to our drawing attention to the issues mentioned above and elsewhere on KennethCopelandBlog.com, KCM has now begun to use the name “Angel Flight 44″ and its abbreviation “AF44″ once again—in conjunction with their new (and rather quickly assembled) Haitian flight mission. Read more about this latest development within our post, The Miraculous ‘Reappearance’ of AF44. (End 02/15/2010 Update.)

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Closing Commentary:

It is clear from our little video tour above that the only thing that remains of the promised AF44 ministry is an outdated AngelFlight44.com website making the same promises it has since early 2007—though it is still directing moneys towards Kenneth Copeland Ministries. We also discovered that the KCM.org main website of Kenneth Copeland Ministries—as well as the BelieversStandUnited.com and “the official” at KennethCopelandMinistries.org blog—are all strangely silent regarding the topic of the Angel Flight 44 ministry. It is as if Kenneth Copeland had NEVER said such a ministry had ALREADY been formed, nor had repeatedly promised that such an aviation support ministry would be further developed and ready for disasters—such as that which just occurred in Haiti a few days ago.

Of course, a disaster as large as the one in Haiti is far more than any one ministry or humanitarian aid organization can handle. That is why entire nations have sent to Haiti personnel and military assets to distribute the food, water and medicine the Haitians so badly need. Nevertheless, one has to wonder where Copeland and his Angel Flight 44 ministry were during those early days of the disaster when their services were so badly needed. If Copeland had prepared beforehand as he had pledged, there would have been supplies flowing into Haiti within 24 hours after that earthquake. Instead, the people had to suffer and wait until other groups arrived, and that seems almost criminal in my opinion.

In lieu of keeping their promises, however, Kenneth Copeland Ministries did create a generic “Disaster Relief Fund” on their website where donors can send funds. This brings several key points to mind:

  • A generic “relief fund” is a far cry from a fully operational disaster-relief aviation ministry. Thus, it is a poor substitute for KCM keeping its promises.
  • KCM makes a commitment to send the disaster relief funds to “partners” providing aid (which I know to be primarily Operation Blessing International). Why do donors need a middleman? Can’t they just send the funds directly to OBI, or the Red Cross, or someone who will actually be doing relief work?
  • KCM has already broken its promises regarding the formation of the AF44 ministry, and have never even bothered to explain why. So why should anybody trust them with disaster relief funds, based merely upon their commitment to send pass it along to those doing the relief work?
  • There has never been an open accounting or explanation given regarding the AF44-earmarked funds given to date. Thus, nobody outside of KCM really knows what KCM might be doing with these so-called “Disaster Relief Funds.”

In truth, it is my opinion that nobody should consider Kenneth Copeland Ministries a safe or “fertile ground” for donations. The track record of that ministry is absolutely deplorable with regard to stewardship of donated funds:

  1. They are being investigated by the U.S. Senate Finance Committee (SFC) for possible tax-law fraud, and have refused to cooperate and prove their own good stewardship of donor funds.
  2. SFC findings to date suggest that they may have misused donor funds as far back as the 1980s with their “Wisdom Heights” development that was never manifest, nor was ever explained.
  3. The Christian watchdog group, Wall Watchers, gives Kenneth Copeland Ministries a financial transparency grade of “F” in their MinistryWatch.com accountability report and has placed KCM on their donor alert list for 2009.

Thus, I have concluded that KCM is not worthy to be trusted with any money designated for disaster relief; and by extension, I do not consider them trustworthy with any financial donations at all. As I will explain further within my subsequent posts, my experience with Kenneth Copeland, his family, and his ministry, has given me the regrettable opinion that they may be nothing more than religious frauds. Consequently, that is why we are calling on them to simply repent.

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Angel Flight 44, The Money

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Angel Flight 44, The Money

(Last updated March 29, 2011)

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In this post, we will analyze the evidence and use some inductive reasoning to see what types of AF-44-related funds likely came into KCM as a result of these promises made by Kenneth Copeland. You can then compare my figures with those KCM is trying to publish now, and consider which might be more realistic given the evidence.

In short, what I will do within this article is endeavor to explain why I believe that the original Angel Flight 44 related “cash intake” into Kenneth Copeland Ministries (KCM) was likely $2 to 4 million or more.

(Note: KCM attempted another fund raising effort in April 2010 for this same project, but I have not included any possible funds that they may have raised therein within this estimate above. There are just too many uncertainties in my mind regarding the potential success of a second attempt 3 years to the month later, to raise money for a project they did not complete the first time they promised it. So that effort could have added to the cash figure above, or it could have been a complete flop.)

In justifying that $2-4 million figure given above, I will explain in this article the three categories of cash intake that KCM received from that promised project.

Before beginning our journey herein, however, let me note that I am not only a preacher of The REAL Gospel, but also a person with a business background and have earned four business certificates from Cornell University—one of which is in Financial Management. Thus, I am reasonably qualified to do at least a little analysis of such issues.

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Follow the Money:

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In the famous book (and resulting movie) about President Nixon’s Watergate fiasco called, All The President’s Men, the mysterious informant tells reporters Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward to “follow the money” to get to the root of the scandal. Let us take a moment and do the same here, investigating three different but related revenues for Kenneth Copeland Ministries, derived from their failed AF44 promises:

  • Money donated that was specifically designated for the Angel Flight 44 ministry
  • New “partners” recruited, and money acquired in general offerings, as a result of the promises made about the new Angel Flight 44 ministry
  • The funds brought into KCM from their April, 2007 “partner letter” book giveaway, which alone I estimate to be $1.24 million at a minimum (based on figures that KCM staff told me personally).

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AF44 Designated Money:

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As will be discussed more specifically within the next post AF44’s Status in 2010, the official Angel Flight 44 website (www.angelflight44.com) has been up since the first quarter of 2007. This website is actually owned separately from KCM by Mr. Glen Hyde.

On the “Donate” page, AngelFlight44.com says the following:

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We truly appreciate your interest in becoming a partner with Angel Flight 44.

Angel Flight 44 is an auxiliary ministry of Kenneth Copeland Ministries, a 501(c)3 not-for-profit ministry, headquartered in Texas. Therefore, your gifts are tax-deductible under IRS tax code in the United States. Moreover, any seed you sow specifically towards Angel Flight 44 will be designated for Angel Flight 44 operations and projects. (KCM and Angel Flight 44 do reserve the right to redirect funds toward other humanitarian relief efforts as needed.)

What is even more exciting: God Himself will multiply your contributions and create a future harvest for you…and for those your gift will ultimately impact:

“Now he that ministers seed to the sower both minister bread for your food, and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness…the administration of this service not only supplies the want of the saints, but is abundant also by many thanksgivings unto God…” (1 Corinthians 9:10,12)

Online Giving Coming Soon.

All contributions being forwarded by mail can be directed to:

Angel Flight 44
C/O Kenneth Copeland Ministries
Fort Worth, Texas, 76192
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Please be sure to make your check payable to KCM, and write “Angel Flight 44” in the memo field.

God bless you, and thank you for supporting the ministry of Angel Flight 44.

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If for some reason that website gets taken down sometime after this article, Angel Flight 44, The Money, gets posted, then here is a PDF of the entire AngelFlight44.com website which was created January 23, 2010. It even includes images the two web pages that do not function at present (click to download):

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AngelFlight44.com Website PDF

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As was noted in the post The AF44 Miracle and Kenneth Copeland’s Promises, offerings began to be received into KCM—in conjunction with promises that a new Angel Flight 44 aviation humanitarian relief ministry had ALREADY been formed—at the 2006 Southwest Believers’ Convention (SWBC) in August of 2006. Additionally, copies of the new Angel Flight 44 book were given away at the January, 2007 KCM “Ministers Conference.” The January 2007 editions (English and Spanish) of KCM’s “Believer’s Voice of Victory Magazine” (BVOV) also promoted the new ministry, as did their March 2007 “Special Partner Edition” of the BVOV magazine, in which Kenneth Copeland went so far as to say:

You need several million dollars to build an airplane hangar and buy helicopters, airplanes, food and supplies for Angel Flight 44, your international aviation outreach that helps the needy in times of disaster… Those aren’t just outreaches of Kenneth Copeland Ministries. If you’re a Partner, they’re your outreaches too.

Finally, the April 2007 “partner letter” sent out from KCM also included promises about the new ministry, and an offer to receive a “free” copy of the newly published book, Angel Flight 44. (More on that in a moment.)

Some Questions:

  • Is it possible that people who read the book, or heard Copeland speaking at one of the aforementioned recorded services, or read one of the three BVOV magazines, came to the official AngelFlight44.com website? Yes, I know many did. When the book was first released to the partners, the website had very strong traffic (and I monitored the stats regularly back then).

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  • Is it possible that some of the visitors to that website decided to send in a donation directly to KCM as AngelFlight44.com’s Donate page instructed them? Yes, again, I know that some people did, for I heard of testimonies of people who were inspired to send in a donation, or who said they planned to (and I am sure there were more people than those I knew about).

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  • And very importantly: How much of the money that was INTENDED by donors to be invested into Angel Flight 44 was redirected into their substituted “Relief Fund” instead? While the “buzz” of the new ministry was still among the partners, KCM added the “Relief Fund” button to their website (instead of the promised AF44 button), and used pictures from the 2005 Hurricane Katrina relief missions to solicit donations thereon.

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This last point is VERY critical to think about with regard to Mr. Swisher’s ridiculous claim that only $7,788.43 came into the AF44-designated fund. In fact, I wrote Glen Hyde a private email about this troubling issue on July 19th, 2007, in which I explained:

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After I got off the phone with you, I discussed our conversation with Donna. She explained the burden she has had over the AF44 issue of late, and pointed out a couple of facts that I was not aware of. First, that the KCM.org web site has a “KCM Relief Fund” banner on the website, but no mention of the AF44 ministry at all (although, Larry Roques’ picture is on the banner). Second, the BVOV magazine for August 2007 (which we just received recently) has an article about a couple in Slidell, Louisiana and Hurricane Katrina, with absolutely NO mention of the new AF44 ministry….

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“Donna” is my wife, and “Larry Roques” is the pastor of the church in Slidell, Louisiana which received most of the Katrina-related relief deliveries in 2005. So although people still had “Angel Flight 44″ related pictures put before them by KCM (while the promises of the new AF44 ministry were still ringing within their ears), the new “Relief Fund” was absorbing their donations instead of the ministry that was promised by Kenneth Copeland publicly and repeatedly.

This is blatant “bait and switch” behavior. If this had been done by a retail store like Walmart, it would be illegal, and charges would likely have been filed.

The Christian public—and especially KCM partners (including the former partners who gave towards AF44, like ourselves)—CERTAINLY deserve to see verifiable documentation of the Angel Flight 44 fiasco, especially in the light of the above “bait and switch” activities. We will NOT just take KCM’s “word” for it, as their behavior to date clearly demands that a public accounting be made to verify their claims.

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New Partners/General Offerings:

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In the KennethCopelandBlog.com post The AF44 Miracle and Kenneth Copeland’s Promises, we reviewed three videos and three KCM Believer’s Voice of Victory magazine editions. When you watch these videos and read these magazines, you can clearly see that their descriptions of the new Angel Flight 44 ministry were tied to offerings and donor recruitment. (We will discuss only two of the videos here for brevity’s sake.)

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More questions:

  • The first video on that post took place during the KCM donor recruitment service, known back in 2006 as “Increase Day” (though other outreaches of KCM were also featured within that same service).
    • Is it possible that some of those who answered the “call” to become partners with KCM—or even members of their “Elite-CX Team” preferred partner groupdid so at least in-part because of what they saw with regard to the Angel Flight 44 ministry that Copeland detailed?

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  • The second video on that post took place during the Friday evening service, wherein a special Angel Flight 44 presentation was made with standing ovations from the audience. Kenneth Copeland immediately began his offertory teaching thereafter, and mentioned the AF44 missions and new ministry again before instructing the ushers to receive the offering.
    • Is it possible that some people were motivated to give—or to give more than they might otherwise have—because of the stirring Angel Flight 44 presentation they had just witnessed?

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  • Again, ALL three of the BVOV magazines had the Angel Flight 44 ministry tied in some way to partnership with KCM, and the April, 2007 edition was even called the “Special Partnership Issue.” Kenneth Copeland was even so bold as to say in that issue, “You need several million dollars to build an airplane hangar and buy helicopters, airplanes, food and supplies for Angel Flight 44, your international aviation outreach that helps the needy in times of disaster… Those aren’t just outreaches of Kenneth Copeland Ministries. If you’re a Partner, they’re your outreaches too.” (Page 9)

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The very nature of the two services above and the three BVOV magazines clearly indicate that partner recruitment and the solicitation of offerings were tied to presentations about Angel Flight 44 in some way and to some degree.

Consequently, it is a reasonable use of inductive logic to assume: KCM’s overall increase in partners and donor contributions might have been at least partly due to the presentations given about the previous Angel Flight 44 missions and the promises Kenneth Copeland made about the new ministry that he said had “already” been formed.

Like Bernstein and Woodward, we have been simply following the money trail to see where it leads us. However…we have not talked about the BOOK giveaway yet, have we? Let us look at some real numbers for just a moment before we discuss conclusions…

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The Angel Flight 44 Book Giveaway:

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In the Angel Flight 44, The Book post, we reviewed extensive excerpts from the ORIGINAL edition attributed to (and approved by) Kenneth Copeland. We also discussed how a total of about 77,700 copies of Angel Flight 44: The True Story of Two Dedicated Pilots, a 60-Year-Old Airplane, and the Amazing Hurricane Katrina Mission That Birthed a New Aviation Ministry were given to the partners of KCM and ministers attending the 2007 KCM Minister’s Conference.

Again, the “Partner Letter” give away of the Angel Flight 44 book was directly tied to donations—the check box for requesting the book being right above the contribution amount blank on the donation form.

Moreover, let me explain to you some numbers about the BIG April 2007 “partner letter” giveaway that will clarify a few things:

  • KCM paid the publisher only $2.30 per copy of the 75,000 ordered for the April 2007 “partner letter” giveaway (but since 76,400 were delivered and no additional cost charged, their net price per book was actually about $2.26). They were given a ridiculously good deal (about 91% off the retail price) because the publisher actually allowed them to name their own price.
  • KCM staff told me that they typically get MORE offerings back when they give away products “for free” in their partner letters. I was told it varied, but typically $20 per product given was the minimum offering they received back from those requesting the “free” products. (They particularly like to give away DVDs and CDs because their total cost per product shipped is less than $1).
  • When we add postage, the envelope, and other direct expenses, KCM’s direct expenditure was still less than $4 per book requested.
  • Thus, a minimum of about FIVE times what they spent on the books probably came in to KCM with the donor cards checked to receive a copy of the book: That is likely a minimum of about $1.24 million as a return on investment (i.e. profit) JUST ON the approximate 77,700 books they “gave away.”
  • If KCM’s average rate of returned offering was higher than their normal $20 minimum, then those figures could climb quickly into multiplied millions of dollars received by KCM into their GENERAL FUND that can be attributed to their broken AF44 promises. For example: At $30/book, $2.02 million; at $40/book, $2.8 million; and at $50/book, about $3.6 million.

And again, as we already noted on our previous post, Angel Flight 44, The Book, we need to pay special attention to the following scanned image. Notice how the “gift” request check box was located DIRECTLY ON the KCM donation card mailed to KCM’s partners:

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Donation card included with KCM partner letter

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So now add to the above book “give away” figures those funds that likely came into KCM’s general fund through AF44-related partner recruitment and general offerings, and you can readily understand why KCM’s published figure of only $7,788.43 is an absurd insult to the intelligence of Christian believers everywhere.

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Conclusions:

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So here is the summary of where I get KCM’s $2-4 million “cash haul” figure (at a minimum) regarding Kenneth Copeland’s promises about forming an Angel Flight 44 humanitarian relief fight ministry:

  • The “book giveaway” offered in the April 2007 KCM “partner letter,” which alone likely brought in a minimum of $1.24 million.
  • The new donor recruitment done at the 2006 SWBC meeting, and subsequently though the BVOV magazine in the first quarter of 2007.
  • The AF-44 designated funds, which are claimed by Stephen Swisher to be only $7,778.43 (though there is no documentation offered by KCM to support that claim).
  • The many “Relief Fund” donations which were likely given by people in expectation that they were to be used to develop the Angel Flight 44 ministry, but which were redirected in a “bait and switch” manner by KCM without any reasonable clarification about the change.

And as you can probably see within the categories above, I am actually being quite conservative with the $2-4 million figure.

It appears to me that KCM’s overall general budget (i.e. not merely the AF44-designated funds) almost assuredly increased as a result of their “Angel Flight 44 book give away” and donor recruitment efforts—to the tune of potentially millions of dollars.

Yet, the ministry does not FULLY exist today, and there has NEVER been a reasonable explanation why it does not.

(Note: There is a hastily formed “window dressing” of an AF44 ministry, put together in the first quarter of 2010 as a result of this website and our press releases. However, there have been no visible signs of any further development thereof, as was clearly promised by Kenneth Copeland. It is also not clear if Mr. Hyde’s Super DC-3 aircraft has received its 2011 annual inspection, which is required by the FAA for the airplane to be flown legally for humanitarian relief missions. So even the “window dressing” may not be operational any more.)

Since Kenneth Copeland promised the new Angel Flight 44 ministry, and since KCM has likely benefited financially from those promises, then it is the biblical and ethical thing to do to explain to the partners and Body of Christ WHY that ministry does not exist today—especially since millions of dollars were likely given to KCM in expectation of such a ministry being fully functional today.

To date, neither KCM nor Kenneth Copeland himself, have offered any explanation for their failure to carry through on their promises, nor have they made an honest public accounting of the money that was taken in. (And I have been trying for about four years to get them to come clean, first privately, and now publicly.)

Consequently, KennethCopelandBlog.com is publicly calling the Copelands to repent.

Let me also state again that a generic “Disaster Relief Fund” is no substitute for a fully-functional aviation support ministry. The earthquake victims in Haiti in early 2010, for example, would have preferred Copeland’s promised aircraft landing with food and water than KCM’s non-transparent distribution of their alleged “Disaster Relief Fund” (i.e. nobody really knows what money goes where, or if at all, for KCM is not certified by ANY third party financial accountability entity such as the Evangelical Counsel for Financial Accountability; and Wall Watchers’ MinistryWatch.com has given them a financial transparency grade of “F” for their lack of openness.)

Furthermore, I am sure the suffering Haitians appreciated the delivery of the medical supplies (likely donated by the McKesson Pharmaceutical Company). However, I am also quite sure that they would have liked it to show up sooner—rather than only after KennethCopelandBlog.com issued press releases exposing their apparent negligence and disregard for the suffering in Haiti.

I also do not doubt that KCM has “partners” on the ground helping in Haiti, as KCM has repeatedly stated—Operation Blessing International being one of them. I really do not doubt that they give money to those partners to help in such disasters. What I doubt is how MUCH of those funds donated by other people to KCM’s Disaster Relief Fund are properly used in this way…especially since it was not a “fund” but an aviation support ministry for humanitarian relief that they originally promised.

Lastly, it appears that this is NOT the first time KCM has conducted an apparent “bait and switch” campaign with donor funds, as Deja Vu (or “This Sure Seems Familiar”) discusses more fully.

To continue examining the Angel Flight 44 fiasco, proceed to the next post,  AF44’s Status in 2010.

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