Charlatan televangelist Kenneth Copeland has purchased a new private jet with the financial gifts of desperate and confused dupes. How’s that for an unbiased opener?
Why not live and let live? Why not just let this go? If people are happy to follow him, why rob them of their joy? Because gullible people are being preyed upon. What has this got to do with a miles and points blog? Well, let’s not forget Copeland recently explained why he cannot fly commercial.
Yes, I must be one of the demons on the plane…
I had a far wittier post planned on this topic, but want to save it for a better time. Instead, I just want to say here that discerning people of all stripes, including most Christians, see this man for exactly what he is: a wolf in wolf’s clothing.
Folks, watch the video above. The man does not even attempt to put on a pretense of modesty. And while every cult leader can find some sort of holy text to twist out of context, Copeland bedevils the Christian faith through his association with it.
I get the ontological problem of my argument when millions of self-identified Christian support him and he proudly bears that banner. I also continued to be amazed by his wild success. Copeland is a self-identified billionaire thanks to “love gifts” and “seed money” from the gullible and has been raising money for years to upgrade not only his private jet to a Gulfstream V but every material comfort he finds refuge in. He’s built a lucrative business for himself with the tax avoidance strategies accountant dreams are made of.
But can we please agree that this cancerous strain of pseudo-Christianity will not contaminate the whole pool if reasonable people of faith…and those without faith…recognize and call out hypocrites and charlatans when they see them? Let’s avoid lumping everyone into one group…and that certainly goes for those outside the Christian faith as well.
We’ll get back to our regularly scheduled travel blogging shortly, but I could not resist. The man makes me so sick. And since the topic is airplanes, the discussion is fair game.