An article from Christianity Today shows the recent developments of the false prosperity gospel teachers. Click on the link to read the whole article.
• In Fort Worth, Texas, a review board ruled December 7 that Kenneth Copeland Ministries’ $3.6 million jet did not have tax-exempt status. The ruling came after the ministry, whose 1,500-acre campus includes a $6 million church-owned lakefront mansion, refused to release the salaries of Copeland, his wife, and others.
• In suburban Atlanta, Georgia, a sheriff’s deputy served an eviction notice November 14 at Bishop Thomas Weeks III’s Global Destiny Church. Court documents indicate the bishop, the ex-husband of televangelist Juanita Bynum, owed half a million dollars in back rent. The church has lost roughly half of its 3,400 members since Weeks and Bynum’s 2007 fight in a hotel parking lot, in which Weeks was accused of pushing, choking, and beating his then-wife.
• In Tampa, Florida, Without Walls International Church—which once attracted 23,000 worshipers—has shrunk drastically after co-pastors Randy and Paula White announced in 2007 they were divorcing. The church faces an uncertain future after the Evangelical Christian Credit Union began foreclosure proceedings November 4 and demanded repayment of a $12 million loan on the church’s property.
• In suburban Minneapolis on November 18, Living Word Christian Center pastor Mac Hammond won the first stage of a court battle with the Internal Revenue Service to keep his salary private. Yet in 2008, he was forced to put his private jet up for sale and cut Living Word’s hour-long television show in half to save money amid falling contributions.
Meanwhile, Copeland and the Whites are among six televangelists whose large organizations have been targeted in a Senate Finance Committee investigation into allegations of questionable spending and lax financial accountability. All six preach some form of the prosperity gospel.https://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2009/february/2.12.html
What else can I add that I haven’t said already?
claudia kerns says
THEIR NOT CHRISTIANS, MY SISTER BELIEVES IN THEM WHOLEHEARTDLY I WAS SUSPICIOUS ABOUT THEM WHEN I FIRST LAID EYES ON ALL OF THEM, THEIR ARROGANT COCKY BRAGGERS BOSSY SELF CENTERED PEOPLE, PLEASE DONT PUT THEM IN A CATAGOURY OF CHRISTIANS, I LOOK AT THEM, AND JESUS WAS NOTHING LIKE THEM, HE HATED RICH ANYTHING, HE WAS BORN IN A MANGER, NOT THE HILTON, PLUS HE ISNT A SHOWBOAT FOR GOD, THESE PEOPLE ARE WAY OFF THE MARK OF JESUS AND HIS TEACHINGS, HE TOLD THAT YOUNG GUY GIVE UP ALL YOUR RICHES AND FOLLOW ME, WHAT DID HE DO WALKED AWAY DISHEARTENED, THE SAME THING WOULD HAPPEN IF HE CONFRONTED THESE SO CALLED PROSPERITY PREACHERS TODAY, THEY WOULD NEVER DO THAT, REMEMBER PREACHERS THE SCRIPTURE, LORD DIDNT WE DO THIS IN YOUR NAME, DEPART FROM ME I NEVER KNEW YOU, REPENT BROTHERS AND SISTERS SATAN IS SUBTLY TAKING YOUS FOR A RIDE, AND YOUS DONT KNOW IT, WHAT WAS THAT OLD GOSPEL SONG, ID RATHER HAVE JESUS THAN SILVER OR GOLD, THINK ABOUT THOSE WORDS PEOPLES, I LOVE YOUS AND PRAY FOR YOUS.
BECKY HUBA says
Absoultely on target. Thank you. I’m Amening you dear sister. Preachers like this make those of us who are sacraficing for the gospel look like we are part of that outragious teaching. I sing the song I’DE RATHER HAVE JESUS. Sad to say they will ‘label’ us with them. We will eventually lose our tax exempt status someday because of them. We try to build the gospel for Christ’s sake. This is all in His plan though. He is setting the stage for His soon coming.
Keep the Faith,
Pastor’s Wife UPPER ROOM APOSTOLIC CHURCH, NEW PORT RICHEY, FLORIDA
Dan Fugett says
I tend to agree the WOF teachings are incorrect and a stain on Pentecostal teachings. That said, this article is over a decade old. Do you have any recent (last 3 years) any stats about the health and wealth of those who teach and scam with their health and wealth gospel?