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.


Michael Gantt