An Open Letter to Kenneth Copeland

Dear Bro. Copeland, [Kenneth Copeland’s Wikipedia profile] [Kenneth Copeland’s web site]

I admire you for many things.  Among them are your signature confession of Jesus as Lord, your clarion call for faith in the word of God, the boldness of your preaching, and the richness of your teaching.

I am, however, deeply disappointed in your emphasis on worldly wealth – both for your followers and yourself.  As you know much better than I do, this has brought significant controversy to the cause of Christ where you are concerned.

It is clear from the New Testament that contentment – not zeal for gain – is to be the mark of believers.  Greed was condemned in the Old Testament, but it regarded as even more inappropriate in the New Testament where faithfulness to Jesus, spiritual values, and consideration of the poor are given the ultimate emphasis.

Contrary to your teaching, we cannot serve God and mammon for no one can serve two masters.  A heart so divided cannot stand.

A result of your focus on worldly success is that your ministry resembles a business more than it does the ministry of Jesus.  This does not honor Him.

I hope you will reconsider your position on this issue so that more people might be won to the purity and simplicity of devotion to Christ (2 Corinthians 11:3):  The Kingdom of God Is Here and Now.

Respectfully,

Michael Gantt

“Trust and Obey” – Hymn

Here is the refrain of this hymn:

Trust and obey, for there's no other way

To be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.

The complete lyrics can be found at GreatChristianHymns.com.

This refrain reminds me of Paul’s admonition in 2 Corinthians 11:3 (NASB) where he encourages the disciples in Corinth not to stray from “the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ.”  (Teachers of the Trinity take note.)

Truly, this hymn refrain is a faithful summation of what the Bible would have us to do.

That everyone is going to heaven is no excuse whatsoever for disobedience to, or disregard of, Christ.  Far from it, let us “love Him with a love incorruptible” (Ephesians 6:24).

To learn more about Christ versus the Trinity, see:

There Is No Trinity; There Is Christ

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