How I Know (and Why I Rebuked) Kenneth Copeland

November 25, 2008 Posted by Rich Vermillion

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Header image from KennethCopelandBlog.com (linked)

Header image from KennethCopelandBlog.com (linked)

There come times in a minister’s life when he has to deal with the sins of others in an open confrontation. Regrettably, the time finally came for us to deal with the sins of Kenneth Copeland and his family (and his ‘ministry’) though we have known the man and were partners with his ministry for about seventeen years.

Though there are many to cite, one very apropos Scripture reference that admonishes us towards this effort is found in one of Paul’s letters to Timothy:

The elders who direct the affairs of the church well are worthy of double honor, especially those whose work is preaching and teaching. For the Scripture says, “Do not muzzle the ox while it is treading out the grain,” and “The worker deserves his wages.” Do not entertain an accusation against an elder unless it is brought by two or three witnesses. Those who sin are to be rebuked publicly, so that the others may take warning. I charge you, in the sight of God and Christ Jesus and the elect angels, to keep these instructions without partiality, and to do nothing out of favoritism. Do not be hasty in the laying on of hands, and do not share in the sins of others. Keep yourself pure. (1 Timothy 5:17-22, NIV, emphasis added)

Note that Paul admonished his protégé, Timothy, to rebuke sinning elders publicly and not to show favoritism in the process. If they were in sin, he was to rebuke them—no matter what his relationship to them might be, or his feelings about the situation. The same, of course, is true for ministers today.

Consequently, we have followed this precept (and others like it). Let me announce that my family and I have launched KennethCopelandBlog.com on November 14th, 2008. Therein you will learn how we know him, and discover the basis for the public rebuke.

Let me clearly state here, however: We do NOT agree with the man’s doctrinal errors (including his excessive ‘prosperity’ doctrines that have deteriorated into heresy)—NOR do we endorse Copeland’s errant teaching of Cabala (aka: “Kabalah,” i.e. Hebraic-based witchcraft) in which he also blasphemes the wonderful Names of God. We condemn his apparent fraud regarding his failure to form the Angel Flight 44 ministry which he promised to millions of people. We abhor the lies and deceit he (and his family and ministry) has practiced regarding KCM’s failure to comply with the Senate Finance Committee investigation of non-profit organizations. Finally, we repudiate his blatant DISOBEDIENCE to the doctrinal correction and reproof he (and Creflo Dollar) formerly received from Kenneth E. Hagin, the proverbial ‘father’ of the Word of Faith movement.

In short, we CANNOT associate with Kenneth Copeland any longer (though we formerly did) until such time as he and his family repent of their multiplied sins and heresies. Those who review KennethCopelandBlog.com will surely understand our reasoning why—both biblically and factually—we have distanced ourselves from them until that time.

Let me add also, that this website (especially the article about Kenneth E. Hagin’s Previous Rebuke of Kenneth Copeland) also is an indirect rebuke to Creflo Dollar, and all other errant “prosperity” teachers. Such miscreants are guilty of a form of “simony” (a term derived from the story of Simon the Sorcerer in Acts chapter  8), and cannot be rightfully classified as “ministers of the Gospel” since they are actually false teachers by biblical definition. There is a true biblical prosperity message, as I elaborated in THIS post; but what these guys teach is pure errornot the real thing.

In closing, however, let me emphasize that—despite the stern tone of this post—it is our heartfelt desire to see redemption manifest itself within the Copeland family and at KCM (and among the other errant “prosperity” ministers). The Lord does not desire that any should perish, but that all would come to repentance (see 2 Peter 3:9). Likewise, so do we. Join us in praying for both the Copeland family and KCM that this will occur quickly.

Thank you for your time in reviewing the contents of this post, and thank you in advance for reviewing those found KennethCopelandBlog.com.

In Jesus,

-Rich Vermillion and family

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