Leroy’s Love of Lucre
by Donna Vermillion
The primary purpose of KennethCopelandBlog.com is to bring to light the unscriptural weirdness of Kenneth Copeland “Ministries” itself (aka KCM). However, the Copelands have surrounded themselves with the other preacher wolves also. By looking at the people the Copelands openly endorse and with whom they freely associate, we can learn volumes about KCM’s corrupt character.
Kenneth Copeland and Leroy Thompson, sitting on the set of the BVOV Broadcast (click to enlarge)
One such “associate” of KCM is Leroy Thompson, who is famous for his supposed “prophetical” (it should be called “prophetic,” but Leroy says it wrong) Money-Cometh teaching. (I briefly introduced him already within my article entitled, How to Go to Hell with a Positive Attitude.)
When Leroy “preaches” his absurdly goofy message in churches and wherever else, he insists that people hold out their arm and pretend to “pull the handle” 3 times, similar to a slot machine motion. (Shamefully, my husband and I have been in a couple of those abominations…I cannot really call them “services.”) The people might as well clap and shout, “Come on big money!” as they spin the wheel of greed. The video below demonstrates what I am talking about:
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Well, that was just the warm-up. Here’s video number two, complete with a demonstration as to what to “confess” while pulling the slot machine lever (you know…so they can hit the “jackpot”):
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Did you really notice what Leroy says in that second video above:
Tonight, is breakthrough night. Tonight, my bills are being paid. Tonight, my money is coming to me. Tonight, I deny being broke…I’ll never be broke another day in my life.
Did you notice that he emphasized, “I” and “my” and not “you” and “yours” within his statements? Obviously, with people coming up to throw money at his feet, it was Leroy’s “breakthrough night” because his bills were being paid, and his money was certainly coming to him! No wonder he denied being “broke” (i.e. financially destitute) with so many gullible people throwing money at his feet. Yep. The “flock” was surely getting “fleeced” in that service!
What’s Up, Doc?
To his credit, Mr. Thompson does have a cereal-box doctorate from somewhere. (I am not sure how many box tops he had to collect to get it…but he got one!) So Kenneth calls him—and Leroy calls himself—”Dr.” Leroy Thompson. Now, I don’t see any real reason for using such an honorary title, since even my ten-year-old son shows more godly wisdom and knowledge of the scriptures then Leroy does. But…I don’t mind using the “Bugs Bunny” version for him (Rich says that Leroy talks sort of like Elmer Fudd anyway).
On a side note: I know some people think that I am just flat out mean when I poke fun at such people and the ungodly things they do. When I took a jab at Gloria Copeland’s lavish shopping trips in the “ministry” jet within the post I wrote called, John Copeland’s Inheritance Money, that was more than some Copeland groupies could stand. But at least I didn’t declare “holy war” on her like Kenneth did on Senator Grassley in 2008—which he did at an exclusive KCM Minister’s Conference, where he thought ONLY his faithful fans were listening. (Now that would have certainly been way out of line for me to do…wouldn’t it have been, Kenneth?)
Moreover, I do have biblical grounds to “mock” people who make such a “mockery” of Christian ministry:
The LORD’s curse is on the house of the wicked, but he blesses the home of the righteous. He mocks proud mockers but shows favor to the humble and oppressed. The wise inherit honor, but fools get only shame.
(Proverbs 3:33-35, NIV, emphasis mine)
And to demonstrate that I have the prerogative to imitate my Father in these matters:
THEREFORE BE imitators of God [copy Him and follow His example], as well-beloved children [imitate their father].
(Ephesians 5:1, AMP, emphasis mine)
Where Does Judgment Begin?
What the Copeland-worshipers do not seem to truly realize is that we live in a prophetic (not prophetical) time. Judgment MUST come to the house of God—and the Bible says that it MUST actually begin there, and not out in the world:
For the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel of God?
(1 Peter 4:17, NKJV, emphasis mine)
Of how much worse punishment, do you suppose, will he be thought worthy who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, counted the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified a common thing, and insulted the Spirit of grace? For we know Him who said, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. And again, “The LORD will judge His people.” It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
(Hebrews 10:29-31, NKJV, emphasis mine)
Who will God “repay”? Those among “His people” who have insulted the Spirit of grace. Oh, the pimp-preachers have major “vengeance” coming towards them:
But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord who bought them, and bring on themselves swift destruction. And many will follow their destructive ways, because of whom the way of truth will be blasphemed. By covetousness they will exploit you with deceptive words; for a long time their judgment has not been idle, and their destruction does not slumber.
(An excerpt from 2 Peter chapter 2, NKJV, emphasis mine)
It is a “fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.”
Despite such plain and simple warnings from the Bible, there are too many people being led astray and “fleeced” by those who are in the “ministry business,” who devour widows’ houses and preach for filthy lucre. These false prophets, false teachers, and false pastors, are not at all accountable to anyone—or so they think. (There is One Who will hold them to His righteous standard.)
So what these wolves do must be mocked and exposed at every turn—for the sake of those who have given and given and given to these ministers of Mammon (which is really the “god” they really serve):
No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and Mammon.
(Matthew 6:24, NKJV, emphasis mine)
The well-meaning followers think that one day, if they “keep on standing” (i.e. believing for their “harvest” based on this false teaching), and “keep on giving” (which is always pushed so that the gullible may remain “faithful” in their donations to the wolves), they will receive their own financial windfall. They think they will eventually hit the “jackpot”…especially if they keep on “pulling the handle” like Leroy says!
These wolfish motivational speakers that prey (not “pray”) on their followers take God’s precious Word and twist it to support their covetous lifestyles. They claim that if you “sow” (flush) money into their “ministry” (empire), you can be a “partaker of their anointing” (what anointing?) and will, as a result, one day live lavishly like they do. (WOW! What a deal!) If you get big enough, you might even be able to get one of those “Coo-coo-for-Cocoa-Puffs” doctorates like many of them have.
Weapons of “Cash Destruction”
Lucre-loving Leroy “prays” over his new jet as he tries to look spiritual for the camera in the midst of his covetousness (click to enlarge)
So, what’s up, “Doc”? If “Money Cometh,” then why is “Dr.” Leroy doing such a strong pull for money on his website for a new jet? Well, he says on that page that “God” told him to get a loan on it. He said he could have put more money into the deal as a down payment (he has to brag a bit while giving the testimony), but he got a loan for part of the jet (comically called “Weapon of Prosperity II”…replacing his “Weapon of Prosperity I” which we guess may now be too small for his ego to fit into). Of course, this was all supposedly done in obedience to “God.” Leroy says this about it:
I didn’t know why God didn’t want me to put more money down on the aircraft until spending time with Him in prayer about it. Now I know why God wanted me to put down a certain amount. With the economy in the condition that it’s in, those that know the laws of sowing and reaping are looking for good soil to plant seed. The mission of the Weapon of Prosperity II makes taking part in this debt cancellation a good place to sow seed.
Leroy’s Lucre Chart: He even sets up a payment plan for those gullible people who happen to also be too stupid to do the math for themselves. What a deal! (click to enlarge)
So if people “sow” into cancelling the “I’ll-never-be-broke-another-day-in-my-life” pimp-preacher’s 8.5 million dollar debt, then somehow these donors will get their own debts cancelled too? How? Should they expect people to run up and throw money at their feet after throwing it at yours, Leroy? Should they also “pull the handle” at the same time that the people drop the cash next to their sneakers? But what if they forget to do that part, Leroy? Does it still work?
Sorry, Leroy, but I think it would be more scriptural and intelligent to invest into gold and silver or something else that would actually help my family, than to put my “seed money” into your luxurious jet.
By the way, that loan is pretty embarrassing to your buddy Kenneth Copeland, isn’t it? Copeland says God told him that we should get out of debt and stay out. He even rebuked his son-in-law, George, on the BVOV broadcast for getting a mortgage on his home. And now here you come, Leroy, telling everyone that the Lord told you to get a loan on the jet so that His people could pay it off for you?
Well, any sane person would tell you that you can forget it. You can take comfort in one thing, though, Leroy. You can count on Copeland never rebuking YOU on his broadcast for your going into debt like he did to his son-in-law. Your checks are FAR too valuable to him—especially now, when his financial and ministerial “ship” is sinking like the Titanic. He might have to cut back even more on his TV schedule if you stopped subsidizing him with your gambling proceeds (oops, I mean “offerings”):
KCM announces their Sunday broadcast schedule cutbacks as a “benefit” to their partners, rather than admitting that it was intended to seriously reduce their media budget to offset declining revenues from donations and product sales. (click to enlarge)
Oh, and if the advocates of KennethCopelandBlog.com are not already about to lose their last meal over Leroy’s antics above, here is another wonderful “prophetical” word Leroy got concerning himself from his “atta-boy” god (aka, Leroy talking to himself), who supposedly said this to him:
…You’ve been faithful over your small jets…” [I would like to know what that is supposed to mean. Faithful? Most of the time, the wolves’ jets are put in the name of the ministry, but in practice, those “ministry tools” belong ONLY to the wolf in charge. So what’s the measure of “faithfulness” here? Maybe Leroy can go back to “prayer” and get some more specifics for us. Back to Leroy’s words:] “…Now I am about to give you a bigger one. So receive it as a Gift With A Mission! GET READY TO RECEIVE!” [Just curious, Doc, but do you ever get anything useful in your “prayer time”?]
Unfortunately, the “mission” Leroy is bragging about has nothing to do with The Great Commission. It is really much closer to an envelope-stuffing scam or a pyramid scheme. (You could not really compare what Leroy does with a multi-level marketing program, or MLM, because those actually give people something for their money.) The money being “sown” into Leroy’s life is from covetous people motivated by their own greed, who are equally ignorant of the Bible. The only thing this accomplishes, however, is to perpetuate Leroy’s lifestyle.
It is like a circular thing: See people donate to Leroy. See Leroy fly around in a ridiculously luxurious jet. See him fly to talk to more people about giving money to him so that he can fly even more. (It seems that P.T. Barnum was correct when he said, “There’s a sucker born every minute.”)
WHERE’S THE GOSPEL in all of this? If you look at the “Doc’s” website, you will see a tremendous emphasis on “sowing” into Leroy’s “good ground,” and woefully little concerning the REAL GOSPEL and eternity. Thankfully, some people have already realized that Leroy and his throng of subordinate “wanna-be-just-like-him” junior cult-leaders are nothing more than covetous wolves. When such honest people do wake up, they are quick to realize that the Bible does NOT emphasize material wealth “here and now” but eternal wealth, which can ONLY come through repentance, faith in Jesus Christ, and a sincere life of faith that focuses upon the Savior:
Therefore, King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision, but declared first to those in Damascus and in Jerusalem, and throughout all the region of Judea, and then to the Gentiles, that they should repent, turn to God, and do works befitting repentance.
(Acts 26:19-20, NKJV, emphasis mine)
IF THEN you have been raised with Christ [to a new life, thus sharing His resurrection from the dead], aim at and seek the [rich, eternal treasures] that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. And set your minds and keep them set on what is above (the higher things), not on the things that are on the earth. For [as far as this world is concerned] you have died, and your [new, real] life is hidden with Christ in God.
When Christ, Who is our life, appears, then you also will appear with Him in [the splendor of His] glory.
So kill (deaden, deprive of power) the evil desire lurking in your members [those animal impulses and all that is earthly in you that is employed in sin]: sexual vice, impurity, sensual appetites, unholy desires, and all greed and covetousness, for that is idolatry (the deifying of self and other created things instead of God).
(Colossians 3:1-5, AMP, emphasis mine)
Sadly, people like Lucre Leroy think they can do all this in the name of God, and then get top billing in Heaven when they get there. Oh, the arrogance of these false preachers! Let’s cry out to God in prayer for Him to save these wolves (and their gullible prey) from Hell’s flames.
Mr. Thompson, I urge you to turn, to repent. Even the late Kenneth E. Hagin tried to warn you how ungodly your “prophetical” message had become, and you should have listened to him. Your money—and your “Weapon of Prosperity II”—will do you no good when you are faced with eternity. It will not profit you in the day of wrath. Heaven is one place your jet can NEVER reach, (no matter how much you confess it):
So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth. Because you say, ‘I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing’—and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked—I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent.
(Revelation 3:16-19, NKJV, words of Jesus in red, but emphasis mine)
Mr. Thompson… judgment cometh.