The Wolves of Jesus’17
by John Wilkinson
This week we will be looking at Kenneth Max Copeland (born December 6, 1936) is an American author, musician, public speaker, and televangelist associated with the Charismatic Movement. Copeland has been identified with preaching a prosperity and abundance message, commonly referred to as the prosperity gospel, which has been criticized by various denominations.
Kenneth Copeland Ministries owns quite a lot of assets throughout Fort Worth, TX. with 33 acres and was valued at $554,160 in 2008 by Tarrant Appraisal District. The site includes the Eagle Mountain International Church, television production and audio recording facilities, warehouse and distribution facilities, residences for the Copeland family, and Kenneth Copeland Airport. Approximately 500 people are employed by KCM.
In February 2007 Copeland was accused of using his ministry’s Citation X (a Cessna 550 Learjet) for personal vacations and friends. The Copelands’ financial records are not publicly available, and a list of the board of directors is not accessible as these details are protected but known confidentially by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
Kenneth Copeland Ministries has taken advantage of a Federal Aviation Administration program that keeps flights private from tracking websites, and the ministry owns five such aircraft whose flights are kept private, including the Cessna 750 Citation X note above and a North American T-28 Trojan. The United States Senator Chuck Grassley has questioned some of the flights taken by these aircraft, including layovers in Maui, Fiji, and Honolulu. The ministries say that the stopovers were for preaching or for allowing pilot rest. According to the Washington Times, Kenneth Copeland (and another televangelist Jesse Duplantis), has defended his “use of private jets as a luxury means of travel, arguing that commercial planes are full of ‘a bunch of demons'” (Riiiiiiiiggggghhht…)
I can go on for pages over the numerous controversies that Kenneth Copeland and his ministry have caused, but I’m impatient and really like to get to the meat of things. The following video is Kenneth on stage asking for his “seed money” when all of the sudden something happens to him. He develops a blank stare and then goes into an eerie tongue speaking rant that should frighten you. I say this because it is my opinion that he becomes demon possessed right on stage. Then after he talks for awhile, he changes his demeanor to back to a somewhat normal countenance.
When I first saw that, it left me with a chill up my spine.
Part three will be Marilyn Hickey.