Over 310,000…and STILL Counting
In the interest of keeping all our advocates updated, we thought you all would be pleased to know that we have now topped well-over 310,000 page views for the biblical redemptive project contained here on KennethCopelandBlog.com.
In fact, JUST SINCE our announcement on November 25th, 2011 about how Kenneth Copeland tried (but failed) to take KennethCopelandBlog.com, Google Analytics tells us that we have had…
- About 30,000 additional visits from…
- about 23,000 unique visitors from…
- 154 countries of the world…
- adding about 58,000 additional page views to our already-high count…
…as these people from around the world have read the highly-documented content contained throughout this website.
So we thought that our growing company of advocates would appreciate this friendly little update about the success of this ongoing redemptive project.
Rest assured, we are STILL calling on Kenneth Copeland, his family, and his wolfish “ministry”…to simply repent—and get saved!
May they do so soon…very soon:
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, emphasis mine)
Always in Jesus,
-Rich & Donna Vermillion
Copeland’s Financial “Titanic” is Sinking Faster
(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 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”).
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  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. (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 “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. 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 uses her mobile phone to post on her Facebook page from the KCM golf tournament (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.
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:
- 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.”
- 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
Over One Hundred Thousand
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.
Always in Jesus,
-Rich Vermillion & family
John Copeland’s “Inheritance” Money
by Donna Vermillion
Ah, yes. The 2007 KCM Minister’s Conference. What a special time for Kenneth and Gloria Copeland.
Creflo Dollar and John Copeland had sent out a letter to everyone on the “privileged” Minister’s Conference list (you know, it is a real honor to be “invited”). It stated that they were secretly taking up a one-million-dollar offering for Kenneth and Gloria.
Quiet…it’s a surprise! (I wonder now if they were just trying to keep it secret from the news media.)
The letter was on very nice stationery from Creflo Dollar’s ministry and signed by Creflo and also by John Copeland (Kenneth and Gloria’s son). When Rich and I received our copy in the mail, we were shocked and appalled. We were also certain that if Kenneth found out about this abuse of his “precious” Minister’s Conference mailing list, he would really have a problem with this. (This was because of the false image that we had of him, which was so brilliantly portrayed by “humble” Kenneth Copeland.)
I thought, “I can hear Brother Copeland now—telling Creflo and John they had no business using the Minister’s Conference mailing list to receive personal money for him and Gloria.” I told Rich, “Boy, Creflo and John are really going to get rebuked for this one.” Much to our surprise, however, Kenneth and Gloria were very receptive.
We were also told around that time—first-hand by a KCM staff member—that Kenneth Copeland “Ministries” had received many phone calls from some very irate ministers who had received the ridiculous letter. They were pretty angry about it—to the point that they called the ministry to complain. I would have loved to have done that, but I figured that the honorable “Brother” Copeland would take care of the job himself, once he found out about this.
Then the time came for the Minister’s Conference. KCM had even set up extensive “overflow” seating, because this was the big “Fortieth Anniversary Celebration” of Kenneth and Gloria’s (alleged) “ministry”! They just knew that multitudes would want to attend, so they extended their “invitation” to many new ministers that year. The additional seating was ready to accommodate this crowd…but a funny thing happened. They never had to use it. Only a “normal” number came that year, although it looked like there were a lot of new faces there. (Maybe John and Creflo’s “offering” letter had something to do with the apparent low turnout of the veteran attendees.)
So there Rich and I were, sitting in the third row during all three days of the conference. Although this was our sixth year there, this one was really exciting for us. We had gotten the special “name-on-the-seat” seating because of the Angel Flight 44 book that my husband had written about Glen Hyde and Kenneth Copeland, so we had a really good view. They offered free copies of the book to all the ministers attending. (See the Angel Flight 44 section of this website for more information about KCM’s apparent fraud associated with the alleged Angel Flight 44 ministry.)
More, More, More!
Finally, the night came to give the big “love offering” to Kenneth and Gloria. This was during the last session of the conference, on the third evening. We ordered the DVDs of the entire conference. However, large portions of this part of the service were conveniently omitted from the DVD for the last session. (This is another fact that makes me believe that they wanted it to remain “a secret”—for the probable purpose of keeping the local news from reporting on it.)
So, Creflo jumped up onto the platform before Kenneth could get the microphone, and announced the big event. (I am actually assuming that Kenneth and Gloria were being honest when they acted like this was the first time that they had heard of all this.)
The letter had said that Creflo and John were trying to get $1 million for the couple. (They were trying to collect most of that money before the conference, so they were accepting offerings ahead of time.) At the actual minister’s conference event, however, Creflo Dollar announced that he felt like one million dollars was just not enough! (I guess he was trying to scrape up enough money for jet fuel for Ken’s hunting trips and Gloria’s shopping ventures in the “ministry” jet.)
So the $1-million fundraising goal turned into $2 million! When he announced that, I thought, “This is really going too far.”
Den of Thieves
They brazenly set up a table near the front of the auditorium, to the left of the platform (as you face the platform). Two KCM employees took their posts at the table, as they established the equivalent of a retail store checkout register. They even made it easy to give, so we wouldn’t have any excuses. They received checks, credit cards, and cash. (What a blessing!)
Yes, we actually broke down and gave something—just like the rest of the cattle (uh…I mean, conference attendees).
It was a baffling thing. On the one hand, we were very surprised Kenneth was “putting up” with such madness. On the other hand, we started to think it might be “okay” to give because we trusted that Kenneth Copeland was a man of integrity. So we thought, “It must be the right thing to do…or is it?”
We had limited time to give and very little time to really think this thing through—and no time to go off alone as husband and wife somewhere to discuss this perplexing situation—so we went ahead and gave something into the offering. Any salesman will tell you it is much better to try to “close the sale” on the spot, rather than to give the customer a chance to think about it (for they might just change their mind).
So they did it! With much pulling and prodding, they reached their goal. Good job, Creflo.
After the offering was taken up, a teary-eyed Gloria Copeland said from the platform, “No one has ever given us this much money before.” Wow. (As “Larry the Cucumber” once said to his tomato friend in one of our children’s VeggieTales videos, “I laughed, I cried…it moved me, Bob.”)
What a touching moment. Gloria’s tears seemed so genuine. “More shopping money!” she probably thought to herself. She acted like she was a poor orphan receiving an unexpected windfall—who up until that moment didn’t know where her next meal was coming from.
I wonder how many attending ministers suffered financially just to get to the conference, while Mr. and Mrs. “Good Ground” raked in their harvest. (By the way, did any of you ever notice what Proverbs 22:16 says about giving to rich people? We have, and we repented.)
Unfortunately, there never was an offer given to the shell-shocked attendees to request refunds. I am sure that more than a few of us experienced “buyer’s remorse” for our contributions. It is a very good thing that Rich and I didn’t give a “suicide offering” and clean out our bank accounts for this one. I hope no one else did either.
But hey, at least we know Kenneth’s and Gloria’s bank accounts are okay!
Towards the end of the “celebration,” John Copeland, who had partnered-up with Creflo to put this whole mess together, got up on the platform and—after thanking Creflo profusely for his fundraising efforts—distastefully joked, “I will gladly share my inheritance with you, Creflo Dollar.'” (This is an exact quote from the service video that they must have forgotten to edit out before shipping the DVD.) Creflo thanked John for his “gracious” promise and beamed with a large smile.
So congratulations, John. Working with Creflo Dollar, you’ve helped build an “inheritance” for your children! Just don’t tell your kids how you got it, and maybe they will still respect you when they grow up. (Oh, and John…please do not forget about your commitment to Creflo. His kids are surely lacking their own “inheritance” at donor expense, aren’t they?)
A Special Note from Rich’s Wife
I am so grateful that we have had this opportunity to help so many people who have been hurt or misled by Kenneth Copeland “Ministries” (KCM), and other similar organizations. Since the launch of this website back in October of 2008, we have had numerous (even documented) reports from people who have worked for KCM—some for over a decade—who all had similar testimonies of the ungodly emotional terrorism that they experienced at the place that proudly states, “We’re Here for You.” It is our sincere hope that KennethCopelandBlog.com continues to bring much healing to those people and to their families. It is also our strong desire that those within the Copeland family and among the leaders of KCM will take the things that we say to heart and judge themselves—for they will one day face the One Who is above us all (even above Kenneth Copeland), Who will certainly judge righteously.
We have been told by some whistle-blowers that the faithful ex-employees of KCM were (and are) heavily intimidated by the various fear tactics used towards them by the “ministry” that boasts of “No Fear Here.” Those who were fired were apparently pressured into signing (illegal?) confidentiality agreements, and were told by these ministers of Satan about potential legal ramifications if they ever spoke out. This fear tactic of law suit threats is also documented on the recent report from Senator Grassley’s office. (By the way, in case you have been wondering what might be the REAL reason why KCM’s website says they are “Now Hiring” during this economic recession, it is because they have “Been Firing” long-term, higher-paid employees in order to cut their overhead. So it is not really expansion that is happening, but rather down-sizing.)
The workers were also told that if they spoke out and told people that KCM had fired them, then “God” would strike their households for “touching God’s anointed” (i.e. Kenneth and Gloria—the “only ones” who have a pipeline straight to God…almost up there with the Trinity in some people’s minds).
God’s anointed what? I’m trying to figure out what they are “anointed” to do. “Anointed” to give false prophesies to their buddies? “Anointed” to received obscene salaries (by faith, of course) and to fly around in style to spread heresy? “Anointed” to…well, you fill in the blank. This does not compute. And why do these ravenous wolves think that they are not guilty of “touching God’s anointed,” when they crush members of the Body of Christ (i.e. members of the Anointed One) repeatedly? My friends, the Copeland family’s public image persona does not at all seem to line up with their behind-the-scenes dealings with people.
We once told an associate pastor of KCM’s Eagle Mountain International Church (EMIC) about some major concerns that we had about one of their favorite guest ministers. He told us that he was very interested in what we had to say but that we needed to provide documentation. That was fair. (You can probably tell by this website that we are actually very much in favor of documenting things.) So we gave proof to him.
He later came back with the cowardly reply that we should “lay low” about it. (He had obviously received instruction from his superior on the matter.) He told us that this errant “minister” we warned them about was in “very good standing with the ‘ministry'” (i.e. KCM/EMIC)—that is, in the form of writing big checks, of course—and that if we pushed the issue any further, it would “harm our relationship with Kenneth” (God forbid!). He also told us that this might harm our own ministry future (as if Kenneth was the one who had called us into the ministry, and was the most influential member on God’s advisory board or something).
The fact that this particular guest “minister” was also an admitted member “in very good standing” of a Satanic cult was completely irrelevant to the EMIC leadership. Can you see a serious absence of the fear of God here? Can you also see the propensity of this associate “pastor” to almost deify Kenneth, to the point that what God’s Word said about this issue suddenly did not matter at all in his decision-making? His “counsel” to us was very telling. It showed us his complete lack of character. But, after all, that is likely why he was placed in such a high position at EMIC to begin with.
This guy was apparently typical of those in leadership positions there. More titles! More status! More popularity! In their minds, no one gets promoted in ministry except through Kenneth and Gloria Copeland. My friends, this is nothing more than unrefined idolatry—just pure and raw, straight from Hell itself. That same EMIC associate pastor told us that he liked titles. He laughed when he said it, but anyone hearing it (and seeing the fruit in his life) could tell he really meant it.
On a closing note, let me point out we are not in the same exact category as those who have been directly abused by KCM in some way (though we were indirectly mistreated by them). Unlike many of our whistle-blowers, we were never employed by KCM. There is also no desire for “revenge” in our hearts. There is no “standing up for our rights” going on here.
Rather, we are simply standing up for righteousness—partially for the sake of those who cannot speak out for themselves (i.e. because they have been threatened so harshly by these ravening wolves). We are bringing many things about KCM/EMIC out into the light where these issues can be exposed, confronted, and judged according to God’s Word. It is our prayer that KennethCopelandBlog.com continues to bring healing to the wounded—and that it results in a compulsion to repent in the hearts of the evildoers.
Blessings to all of you who serve Him,
Kenneth Copeland “Ministries” Lies Again
On Friday, January 7th, 2011, Kenneth Copeland “Ministries” (KCM) posted its response to the January 6th, 2011 press release issued by Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA). Of course, none of the advocates of KennethCopelandBlog.com will be surprised to learn that KCM’s statement is quite far from the truth.
In fact, it is a bold-faced lie…as we will now document on this website once again.
Entitled with a very misleading, “Grassley Investigation Has Officially Ended,” KCM’s announcement begins as follows:
January 7, 2011
Dear Partners and Friends,
KCM and your BSU team are very happy to share with you important news out of Washington today. The Grassley investigation targeting six faith ministries that began in 2007 has officially ended.
Sen Grassley’s office stated that there were no findings of wrong doing within Kenneth Copeland Ministries and therefore no penalties were levied against KCM…
If you would like to read their entire statement, simply click on the following image:
(Click to enlarge)
The KCM statement above was signed as being written by Stephen and Kellie Swisher. Kellie, of course, is Kenneth’s only daughter through his third wife, Gloria. (Terri Pearsons being conceived by Kenneth’s first wife.) In case you are confused, Stephen is Kellie’s third husband. If you are even more confused now, then read our KennethCopelandBlog.com post, Kenneth and Gloria Copeland: The Untold Story. That should straighten out the family connections for you (or confuse you even more).
Now back to their lying announcement…
Nothing Has “Ended”
First, Senator Grassley’s actual press release did NOT say that the investigation is “ended.” Rather, his release states (emphasis mine):
Sen. Chuck Grassley, ranking member of the Committee on Finance, today released a staff review of the activities and practices of six media-based ministries and reports concerning other churches and religious organizations referred to the committee. He pursued this review as part of an ongoing effort to strengthen the tax-exempt sector. The review contains a summary of findings and identifies key issues for discussion by stakeholders.
“The tax-exempt sector is so big that from time to time, certain practices draw public concern,” Grassley said. “My goal is to help improve accountability and good governance so tax-exempt groups maintain public confidence in their operations.”
…Grassley has formally asked the ECFA to consider the issues raised by staff and spearhead a discussion about how to address those issues….
“The challenge is to encourage good governance and best practices and so preserve confidence in the tax-exempt sector without imposing regulations that inhibit religious freedom or are functionally ineffective,” Grassley said. “I look forward to working with the ECFA and other organizations in a productive way.”…
In other words, Senator Grassley’s office, and the Senate Finance Committee in general, publicly released their findings to date. They are planning to continue their efforts to “improve accountability and good governance” of tax-exempt groups, and are going to (at least initially) turn to some of the more respectable organizations for dialogue. More than likely, they are going to also consider changes to tax-exempt organizations law (which the SFC attachments discussed).
In short, their efforts are continuing, though their tactics have turned another direction than what most people had expected.
Big Lies, Because Stupidity is Assumed
However, Stephen and Kellie seemed to be either very ignorant of this fact, or they think we are very stupid. Personally, I think it is the latter because they proceeded to write, “Sen Grassley’s office stated that there were no findings of wrong doing within Kenneth Copeland Ministries and therefore no penalties were levied against KCM.”
Oh, really? Is that what the Senator’s staff “stated” to the public?
Well, let’s take a look at a few excerpts from the actual Staff report about EMIC/KCM and see if that is true. In reviewing their findings about Kenneth Copeland “Ministries” and Eagle Mountain International “Church” (EMIC), let us start on page 2 of their report (emphasis mine):
EMIC/KCM’s response to the Committee and its public statements made it clear that EMIC/KCM did not intend to cooperate with the Committee’s request and provided the missing responses. As a result, Committee staff attempted to secure the requested information from public records and third parties. In this process, staff learned that EMIC/KCM used to strong tactics to prevent former employees from speaking about the organizations, even to Committee staff.
Several former employees of EMIC/KCM indicated that EMIC/KCM used intimidation in an attempt to keep informants from speaking to the Committee. Former employees were sincerely afraid to provide statements for fear of being sued since they signed confidentiality agreements. Employees were contacted by EMIC/KCM attorneys after the initiation of the Committee investigation and reminded that they signed a confidentiality agreement agreeing not to disclose any information concerning EMIC/KCM. One former employee stated the following, “The Copelands employ guerrilla tactics to keep their employees silent. We are flat out told and threatened that if we talk, God will blight our finances, strike our families down, and pretty much afflict us with everything evil and unholy. Rather, God will allow Satan to do those things to us because we have stepped out from under His umbrella of protection, by “touching God‟s anointed Prophet”. Further, employees are encouraged to shun and treat badly anyone who dares speak out.”…
Boy! The way the SFC staff wrote that analysis, it sure seems like they thought there was “no wrong doing” on the part of KCM, doesn’t it? In the minds of KCM and the Copeland family (it would seem), it appears that they think that Grassley’s people actually thought that they were being good citizens by intimidating people!
I think most people can understand just from the above statement that there is absolutely NO WAY that anyone could rightly conclude that the SFC staff had “stated” that KCM had done nothing wrong. So again, either Stephen and Kellie Copeland Ward Kutz Swisher did not bother to read Senator Grassley’s actual press release, or they just think we are stupid.
By the way, in case you want to know what Jesus thinks about the above intimidation tactics used by KCM to hide their “ministry” activities and evil information, consider this excerpt from the Gospel of John, chapter 3 (NKJV):
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.
He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. 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.
(The words of Jesus in red, as recorded in verses 16-21, emphasis mine)
That is what the Bible says about such “fear mongering” tactics aimed at concealing the truth.
Oh, but that’s not all the SFC team found! Let us return to their findings about EMIC/KCM and see what else they had to say, this time from pages 3-4 (emphasis mine):
According to the Amended and Restated Bylaws of Eagle Mountain International Church, Inc. Article 5, Section 21 filed with Tarrant County on July 30, 2007, “Kenneth Copeland, as Co-founder and ex officio member of the Board of Directors, shall in his sole discretion be empowered to veto any resolution of the Board which he the President shall determine is not in the best financial or operational interests of the Church…” In addition if the Board passes a resolution to remove one of the Directors or one of the officers, the resolution is not effective unless signed by Kenneth Copeland….
Accountability to Members
According to the EMIC bylaws, the Church “shall have no class of memberships entitled to vote.” In addition, Kenneth Copeland and his family members hold all the key positions in the Church. Kenneth Copeland is president, Gloria Copeland is vice-president, John Copeland is the chief executive officer and George Pearsons (Copeland‟s son-in-law) is the pastor of EMIC. This would mean that members of EMIC have no voting rights concerning any of the operational and financial matters of the Church….
Since the SFC staff put that into their report, KCM seems to think that they approve of such dictatorial control of the ministry by Kenneth Copeland! However, the staff also had these excerpts to say, in their “Review of Media-Based Ministries” staff memo to Senator Grassley, dated January 6, 2011, pages 30-33 (emphasis mine):
This lack of governmental, independent or denominational oversight is troubling when considering that churches can reach the size of large taxable corporations, control numerous taxable and non-taxable subsidiaries, and bestow Wall Street-size benefits on their ministers….
Changing the annual filing requirements to address these concerns poses significant challenges, including constitutional ones. Eliminating the church exception would most likely withstand constitutional scrutiny. However, such a requirement would unnecessarily burden the overwhelming majority of churches, particularly those that are already financially challenged….
We considered limiting the exception to churches that provided members with some voting rights…We also considered limiting the filing exception for those subject to denominational oversight or oversight by an independent third party, such as the ECFA.
So in essence, the staff lawyers who prepared this report for the Senator, are recommending that he look into changing the law. The idea is to require MORE reporting by “independent churches” which grow large in size, and which bestow “Wall Street-size benefits on their ministers.” Their idea is to exempt churches that allow the members at least some bona fide voting rights (which excludes EMIC, does it not?) and perhaps those with accreditation from the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA)—which Kenneth Copeland “Ministries” has never sought, much less obtained.
In other words, they want salary and other information to be officially REQUIRED by law of such money-sucking televangelists as the Copelands. Does that sound like they “approve” or have found “no wrong doing” at KCM/EMIC? Consider also this statement from the ECFA’s press release on this same subject (emphasis mine):
…In response to Grassley’s request, ECFA has created the Commission on Accountability and Policy for Religious Organizations (www.ECFA.org/Commission). The commission will address some of the most challenging tax and policy issues involving religious organizations. They include: whether churches should file the same highly-detailed annual information return that other nonprofits must file (Form 990); whether legislation is needed to curb abuses of the clergy housing allowance exclusion; whether the current prohibition against political campaign intervention by churches and other nonprofits should be repealed or modified; and whether legislation is needed to clarify tax rules covering “love offerings” received by some clergy….
So can we see that there is more here than what the Copeland family would like people to know? Can we all see here that KCM is putting a “spin” on this story that is simply NOT justified by the facts?
Without question, the Copeland family REALLY hopes you will not read the SFC reports in their entirety.
Sin, Sin, and Even More Financial Sin
However, in case there is yet any doubt in the minds of some of my readers, let me just list out a few of the other findings within the EMIC/KCM report so we can see if there is any “wrong doing” there in the minds of the Senate Finance Committee’s staff, and within the mind of Senator Grassley himself (all emphasis mine, as well as the bracketed notes):
In a video provided to the Committee, Kenneth Copeland is shown speaking at the Kenneth Copeland Ministries conference held in January of 2008. During this conference, he acknowledged several times that he personally is a billionaire. Kenneth Copeland also states that since the creation of the ministry over 41 years ago, over $1.3 billion was come into the ministry as of approximately two or three years before the date of the 2008 conference.
(Page 8 of this report)
In its response to the Committee, the Church acknowledged that it provides a parsonage to Kenneth and Gloria and a housing allowance to John but did not provide any further detail. However, insiders and the Trinity Foundation state that Kenneth and Gloria reside in a house in Tarrant County, Texas.
A review of the Tarrant County Appraisal District records indicates the following. An 18,280 square foot residence [which actually has a total of 25,000 sq. ft. under roof, according to my ministry sources] owned by EMIC was built in 1999. The house is situated on a lake on approximately 25 acres and receives tax-exempt status. As of tax year 2008, the property was valued at $6,249,000.
(Page 9, bracketed notes mine)
A draft letter dated in 2004 from to Kenneth and Gloria Copeland from their former attorney Dennis Brewer was included in the Trinity Foundation Religious Conversion report that was provided to the Committee. In the letter, Brewer expresses concern that KCM‟s compensation committee is made up of Board Members who make recommendations to themselves. He acknowledges that there is a “loophole” in the law that permits it but if “an IRS agent was doing an examination it would raise a large severe red flag.” The letter goes on to state that “KCM has taken great precautions to not have the necessity to file 990s and to keep compensation issues confidential so why take an unnecessary chance?” The inference can be made that the Church, at least prior to 2004, did not have a truly independent compensation committee independent of Kenneth Copeland‟s influence, his family and close friends.
It has been reported to the Committee that Kenneth Copeland told friends that he [personally] receives 2% royalties “back in” as it relates to the oil and gas wells [which are actually on church property, and thus, are not technically his to receive royalties on]. A back-in is an interest earned after the well pays back its cost to the working interest.
(Page 18, bracketed notes mine)
Several Church employees told the Committee that Church employees work for businesses operated by Gloria Copeland and John Copeland. Gloria’s business “Great Designs” was an interior design business that at one time had a separate phone line at the Church. Very few employees were privy to the existence of Great Designs. Those who had knowledge were instructed not to tell anyone about the business because Gloria Copeland could get in trouble as it was not part of the ministry and a for-profit.
El Rancho Fe was a for-profit horse ranch that was operated on ministry property by John Copeland. Ministry insiders stated that Church employees were used to process payroll checks for El Rancho Fe employees, to draft letters for El Rancho Fe, and to repair sheds and feeding troughs and perform other miscellaneous duties related to John Copeland‟s ranch. Church employees were also used to round up cattle and take them to winter pastures. Church employees were not questioned as to how much time they spent working for El Rancho Fe. Since there was no accounting to the Church for time employees worked at El Ranch Fe, it would have been impossible for the Church to have been adequately compensated, if it were compensated at all. An insider also stated that when they were conducting tours on behalf of EMIC/EMIC if any questions arose concerning the cattle and horses that were visible on the property they were told to say, “The owner of the land leases the land to the owner of the cows.” The ministry insider went on to say that there was so much cover up in order to keep people from asking a lot of questions.
A former ministry employee stated Gloria Copeland used a jet to fly to Naples, Florida, to go shopping. She would purchase clothing, sculptures and home furnishings. John Copeland and ministry employees, Craig Atnip, Steve Poteet and some others used a jet to take hunting trips. Kenneth Copeland used to travel back and forth to Arkansas to see a chiropractor and to visit his cabin there. The Copeland family also flew to Colorado to their home in Steamboat Springs from time to time.
Possible Conversion of Other Assets
On the August 4, 2006, broadcast of Copeland‟s Believer‟s Voice of Victory, Copeland acknowledges that he has no utility bills and that he has his own electrical power plant that runs on the gas that comes from his own ground and that he owns water wells, a purification plant, and a sewage plant, all located on his [i.e. not the church's] property. Copeland goes on to say that if no money came into the ministry, he would not be in need because he has no debt. Since Copeland resides on land that belongs to EMIC/KCM, it is difficult to understand his claim that all of these debt-free assets belong to him and not the Church.
(pages 20-21, notes in brackets mine)
Now did you catch that last paragraph above? The SFC investigation team are really perplexed how all these tax-free assets can belong to “the church” in order to obtain tax exempt status—and yet Kenneth Copeland still considers it all “his” property.It would seem that Kenneth Copeland “Ministries” is nothing more than Kenneth Copeland’s “tax sheltered assets and income” within his wolfish and greedy opinion. (And given the things contained within the other citations above, it would seem that Kenneth’s wolf pack—i.e. his wife and other family members—seem to all have the same attitude that he does about “ministry” property, money, and airplanes.)
I think it is safe to say that Stephen and Kellie Copeland Ward Kutz Swisher’s statement that, “Sen Grassley’s office stated that there were no findings of wrong doing within Kenneth Copeland Ministries” is a bold-faced lie.
Furthermore, their statement that “therefore no penalties were levied against KCM” is a red herring. In other words, it was not the Senate Finance Committee’s job nor intention to “levy penalties” against any of the televangelists. They just wanted some answers, and Kenneth Copeland “Ministries” refused to provide any (for fear of the probable consequences, of course).
So the Senator has taken another route, and will eventually get the information he requires. Along the way, the tax-exempt laws will likely change significantly, and Kenneth Copeland “Ministries” and Eagle Mountain International “Church” will be without any more “fig leaves” behind which to hide their sin and wrongdoing (see Genesis chapter 3 in your Bible for the full impact of that metaphor).
Oh, there was so much within that press release from Senator Grassley, and especially within the downloads! Nevertheless, for now, this is all I will cover within this particular post.
Stay tuned, however…I have more to write on later.
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Also, for a related post, see our first article about this new SFC development: Grassley’s Bombshells, Media’s Confusion
Many thanks to our growing number our advocates. Together, we are calling on Kenneth Copeland, his family, and his alleged “ministry,” to simply repent.
Always in Jesus,
New Financial Website Launched
I wanted to post a quick article for the benefit of all the advocates of our KennethCopelandBlog.com project. I thought you might very pleased to be informed that I have opened up a new “front” in our ongoing efforts to propagate truth that will help people.
As you all already know, the so-called “prosperity preachers” have taught only a partially-biblical message through the years. This has, of course, grossly distorted what the Bible really teaches on the subjects of economics and personal finances in the minds of all those affected thereby.
Worse yet, some have gone so far as to call their teaching a “gospel” though it is surely NOT one, according to Galatians chapter one. (And Kenneth Copeland was the first among this latter group.) Unfortunately, that qualifies this latter group of “ministers” as heretics, which is a truly distressing fact for both their sakes and for those people they affect. Even the late Kenneth E. Hagin became concerned about this fact.
In a way, the current economic problems have gone a long way towards helping the Body of Christ “wake up” about the nature of these errors. As real incomes have dropped and people have lost their jobs, many long-time “prosperity” adherents have begun to wonder, “Where’s my ‘one-hundredfold return’ on my giving to these ‘ministries’?” And whenever any of them add up all the “seed” that they have “sown” to these wolves and do the math, they begin to realize that they were deceived. The “ravening wolves” surely appreciated the contributions into supporting their lavish lifestyles, but those of us who have realized that we were defrauded do NOT appreciate it one bit.
So thus, the current economic crisis has actually served to expose the erroneous teaching of these frauds for what it really is. My continuing concern, however, is the many “new” people who are hurting from this crisis, and who may think that these wolves are offering them “hope” and a way to secure their financial futures. We need to keep exposing truth and preaching an honest Gospel, if we are to help these people properly discern such pitfalls—and avoid them.
However, it is one thing to criticize or complain about such error. It is another thing entirely to combat the teaching of “wolves” with sound biblical truth on the topics of personal finance and economics.
So in celebration of our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, I have just finished months of hard work on a new website that does just that. TheWisdomOfGold.com is now launched just in time to celebrate Christmas—and hopefully in time to help many people suffering from the effects of the ongoing global financial meltdown. Over the course of 2011 and beyond, I trust that this website will prove to be a valuable asset to the Body of Christ.
Preliminary peer-reviews from other ministers and Christian business people have been very positive and encouraging. Moreover, their suggestions helped to refine the content even further. Though there are still a few “bugs” here and there to be worked out (which are my fault alone), and more content yet to be written, my key peer-reviewers believe that there is enough solid teaching on that website to bring a true biblical light to the important topics of economics and personal finance.
I hope you all will find the time during this Christmas season to examine this new website. Please also share it with as many people as you can, for that is how our many advocates can help to spread truth on that front as well.
I would also appreciate your prayers for that project for there is still much work to do. I need lots of wisdom and grace to continue developing that project to its utmost potential.
Blessings to all those who love Our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity. And a very Merry Christmas to you all, and may your New Year be filled with God’s love and wisdom.
Always in Jesus,
-Rev. Rich Vermillion
Kenneth Copeland Ministries RESPONDS!
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:
Kenneth Copeland Ministries Aids in Relief Efforts
Contact: James Tito, Executive Director, Kenneth Copeland Ministries, 817-252-2807, email@example.com
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.
Now, let’s get into an examination of their public statement:
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:
- “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)
Another very obvious error within their rebuttal was their statement in reference to our allegations here on KennethCopelandBlog.com. Therein they said:
“…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.”
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:
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)
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):
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)
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.
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:
- 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.
- 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…
- 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.”
- 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?)
- 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:
- 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.)
- 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.
KCM’s Good, Bad, and Ugly:
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:
- KCM upgrades their MinisryWatch.com transparency rating from an appalling “F” to a “C” or higher and…
- …earn certification by the Evangelical Counsel for Financial Integrity (ECFI)…
- …as Joyce Meyer’s ministry recently did both of these…
- 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).
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 Executive Summary (Synopsis)
Within The Mysterious Disappearance of Angel Flight 44 section you will first discover the miracle of the original Angel Flight 44 (AF44) humanitarian relief flights—along with the pledges made by Kenneth Copeland that this would be an ongoing aviation mission of Kenneth Copeland Ministries (KCM). However, you will also discover herein the ignoble reality that this promised aviation ministry has never actually manifested beyond those original missions.
Kenneth Copeland promised that he and KCM would “be ready” to provide aviation support for humanitarian relief the next time a natural disaster occurs. This fact is documented within this section of KennethCopelandBlog.com through videos, KCM Believer’s Voice of Victory magazines downloads, my own testimony before the Lord, and other documents such as I deem appropriate to post.
The sheer volume of public statements made by Kenneth Copeland among the aforementioned evidence definitively establishes his pledges regarding the Angel Flight 44 ministry as historical fact and not mere speculation.
Unfortunately, another horrific fact is that many hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, wildfires, and other catastrophes, have occurred since his promises were made—without any air support from KCM/AF44 being provided to the relief organizations in desperate need. The most recent event, of course, is the Haitian earthquake disaster; however, that is not the only such event wherein aviation support may have been needed.
When we consider the unimaginable cost of the lives which may have been tragically cut short due to a lack of aviation resources being available to the relief workers, then Copeland’s failure to perform as promised becomes even more ominous as it seems to display a severe dereliction of duty—and an amazing indifference regarding the additional human suffering that has resulted.
In this section we will also discuss the book 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, which I wrote. There were many other interesting statements made by Kenneth Copeland and the “Commandant” of this new Angel Flight 44 ministry, Mr. Glen Hyde, within its pages.
We will discuss the unaccounted for money donated to KCM specifically for starting the new ministry, and other such related issues as I deem necessary.
Once this section is completed, I will summarize what has been presented herein and share my own conclusions concerning these matters. Readers will be encouraged to consider these facts and form their own conclusions, and to give these matters much prayer as they consider how to take appropriate action regarding this apparent AF44 fraud.
Thank you again for your time in reviewing these pages.
Always in Jesus,
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AF44 Section Introduction
This section, The Mysterious Disappearance of Angel Flight 44 (AF44), is the one in which my saddest obligations are realized. However, the tragic earthquake crisis now unfolding in Haiti infused me with the motivation necessary to populate this area of KennethCopelandBlog.com immediately…and without regret.
I received an email contact on Thursday, January 14th, 2010 from a Christian man who asked, “Hello Rich, Is Angel Flight 44 alive and well and running disaster response teams/relief? And is there a way to work with Angel Flight 44 in response to the earthquake in Haiti?” My soul was pierced by his sincere desire to help—and the knowledge that Copeland’s promised ministry was not a reality. After replying to him with the sad news, I gave this matter much prayer, and came to the decision that enough was enough. Consequently, I have been working feverishly over an entire weekend and into the following week in order to populate this section of KennethCopelandBlog.com with the shameful details.
Of course, I was the one who researched and wrote the book entitled Angel Flight 44, in which was told the story of those original missions and Copeland’s subsequent commitments. Now I have the distasteful task of setting the record straight about what appears to me to be an outright lie and a fraud. I have three clear purposes in mind as I do so:
- To hold Kenneth Copeland, his family, and Kenneth Copeland Ministries, accountable to a biblical standard of conduct. It is my sincere desire that public exposure of this unconscionable fiasco might result in their biblical repentance (i.e not merely an apology or counter-offensive public relations campaign, but true heartfelt repentance that results in appropriate good deeds).
- To warn the Body of Christ regarding the actual sinister character of that family and “ministry.” In so doing, I hope to insulate them from the Copelands’ errant influence while informing the partners of KCM regarding the probable abuse of their AF44-designated funds.
- To publicly clear my name from any culpability with regard to Copeland’s apparent lie and fraud. Proverbs 22:1 admonishes us that, “A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.” It is my biblical right and responsibility to ensure that my name and reputation as a minister are not tainted by their apparent hypocrisy and deceit.
With these three purposes above serving as my guiding principles to this section, I will also endeavor to be faithful regarding my testimony. I am well aware of the fact that the ninth commandment of God’s Ten Commandments clearly states, “You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor” (see Exodus chapter 20). I am also very aware of the sober and grave warning of Revelation 21:8 that, “…all liars [will have] their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur.” (Of course, these same Scriptures are what cause me to have grave concern regarding the eternal destiny of the Copeland family.)
Thus, I am making every effort to be painstakingly fair and honest with my testimony within this entire blog . I am also providing copious resources (videos, documents, etc.) that confirm the truthfulness of my testimony. As the apostle Paul himself exhorted:
Repay no one evil for evil, but take thought for what is honest and proper and noble [aiming to be above reproach] in the sight of everyone. (Romans 12:17, Amplified)
I have biblical grounds for conducting such a public rebuke (as the opening section of this blog details), so I am not repaying Copeland “evil for evil” but confronting him in accordance with scriptural guidelines and examples. Of course, those same Bible precepts require me to be “…honest and proper and noble [aiming to be above reproach] in the sight of everyone” as I fulfill my biblical mandate; and towards that end I shall make every possible effort.
So in conclusion: this blog has been created out of an honest heart that truly desires to see the Copelands repent and to see the Body of Christ unsullied by that family’s error, along with a heartfelt compulsion to act upon my own integrity regarding these matters and to preserve my good name.
Now, with the above introduction in mind, please proceed to the AF44 Executive Summary for an overview, and then proceed from there as your time and curiosity permit.
Thank you for your time in reviewing these pages, and giving these serious issues much prayer and consideration.
Always in Jesus,
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