Kenneth Copeland, a Texas-based televangelist, was confronted by a reporter who grilled him over his fleet of personal planes. The alternate, which aired final month on Inside Version, lately went viral over the weekend and confirmed Copeland justifying his luxurious spending.
Inside Version correspondent Lisa Guerrero requested Copeland about why he will not fly industrial as he was getting in a car in Branson, Missouri. He defended it, making it appear to be an important means to his televangelism. He mentioned, “If I flew commercial, I’d have to stop 65% of what I’m doing.”
Guerrero questioned him a few private jet he purchased from filmmaker Tyler Perry, the Gulfstream V. He replied, “Well, that’s none of your business.”
Copeland, proprietor of Kenneth Copeland Ministries and a small airport in Texas, then mentioned Perry “made it so cheap” he could not assist to purchase it. He cited a Might journey the place he traveled to 5 continents as a purpose why he wanted the aircraft. He additionally admits to utilizing his personal jets to journey to his trip houses.
The journalist needed Copeland to clarify a remark he made in 2015, when he described flying commercial as “flying in a long tube with a bunch of demons — and it’s deadly.” Whereas pointing his finger at Guerrero, Copeland denied saying it initially, earlier than explaining that it is a “biblical thing.”
“People get pushed in alcohol,” he mentioned. “Do you think it’s good place for a preacher to be and prepare to go preach to a lot of people? When somebody in there is dragging some woman down an aisle, it made me so mad to see that on television that I want to punch the guy out myself. I can’t be doing that while getting ready to go preach.”
Guerrero identified fancy clothes, planes and limo rides that Copeland has — all of which the preacher acknowledged to having. “I’m a very wealthy man,” he mentioned.
She requested him about critics that assume a preacher should not stay of a lifetime of luxurious.
“They’re wrong,” he mentioned. “It’s a misunderstanding of the Bible. If you go into the Old Covenant, do you think the Jewish people believe you should be broke?”
Guerrero mentioned, “Are you saying that Jewish individuals admire cash extra?
“They believe in wealth,” he mentioned.
“Some people would find that offensive,” she mentioned.
“I’m not talking about some people, I’m talking about the Bible,” he mentioned.
Guerrero brings up a Bible verse about wealthy males having a tough time moving into heaven, to which Copeland replied, “All things are possible with God.”
He proceeded to seize Guerrero’s hand and pray for her.
It is not the primary time a big-time televangelist has been in scorching water over a personal aircraft. Final yr,to “pray about becoming a partner” to his mission of acquiring a $54 million personal jet. additionally requested his supporters to assist him purchase a $65 million Gulfstream G650 jet in 2015.