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Inside Edition Investigates TV Preachers Living Like Rock Stars


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A news report on Inside Edition, aired ‎May ‎23, ‎2011 reports TV preachers apparently abusing donations to live lavish lifestyles. One mansion was valued over six million dollars.

They are some of the most popular TV preachers in the United States, who urge the faithful followers to donate generously, saying that in return, the Lord will bring them prosperity. Those who profited were the pastors themselves.

They live like rock stars, with huge mansions, private jets, and fancy cars. Their lifestyles are so lavish, that six of them have been investigated by the U.S. Senate, such as Paula White, who lives in multimillion dollar homes in New York City and Tampa, Florida, as well as Creflo Dollar, getting around in style, flying in private jets to preach around the country. He owns a mansion at an exclusive Atlanta suburb.

Not one of them would agree to an interview regarding their opulent lifestyle, but when it comes to opulence, few religious leaders compare to Kenneth Copeland. To show his house, Inside Edition rented a helicopter so others can see his 18,000 square-foot mansion (located outside Fort Worth, Texas), valued at over six million dollars. It has beautiful water views and comes complete with a boathouse. But that’s not all. Copeland is an avid pilot. He has a 20 million dollar Cessna Citation jet. It’s the fastest private jet which money can buy. He claimed that he needed it to better serve the Lord. He proudly did a fly-by for his followers after the church bought it.

It was in fact found that Copeland had a fleet of planes registered to the church. He has his very own airport (the Kenneth Copeland airport) located right next to his mansion.

Ole Anthony, president of the Trinity Foundation, a religious watchdog group, says “I think Copeland is unbelievably greedy”. The Foundation worked closely with the Senate Committee investigating Copeland and other TV preachers.

“Televangelism alone is at least a two-and-a-half to three billion dollar industry, untaxed, unregulated”, says Anthony.

Copeland and his church take in tens of millions a year, through donations and selling books and DVD’s to his donors.

When Kristi Parker’s mother died of cancer, she said she found diaries that showed her mother sent Copeland most of her life’s savings, hoping her faith and donations would heal her deadly disease.

“She sent them a lot of money, a whole lot of money”, said Parker.

Guerrero asked Parker, “What do you think of Kenneth Copeland’s lifestyle?” “TV doesn’t do it justice. Their office furniture is probably worth more than most people’s houses. It make you sick.” said Parker.

Copeland, like the other preachers investigated by the Senate, refused an interview. Inside Edition caught up with him at an event in North Carolina.

Guerrero asked, “Can you explain to us why you are living such a lifestyle of luxury off of church donations?” An assistant to Copeland said, “We don’t have any time for this,” and tried to usher Copeland away. At the same time, a hotel employee tried to prevent Inside Edition from recording.

Guerrero continued to try to get answers from Copeland. “Why won’t you answer any of our questions? It’s a simple question, sir,” said Guerrero.

Copeland then agreed to chat and answered, “Yes, and I’m going to give you a simple answer. My lifestyle follows the scripture. We’ve never asked anyone for money. We give, we believe, we’re open.”

Guerrero then asked, “Sir, you have a fleet of private jets. Why is that necessary? You’re a minister. How many jets do you have?” Copeland answered, “That… is none of your business.” He then walked away.

Copeland told Inside Edition that he cooperated with the Senate investigation, but the committee disagreed and said Copeland refused to provide the information it requested for its investigation. According to the committee, only two of the preachers did—Joyce Meyer and Benny Hinn. The committee recommended that the IRS look further into the matter.

Sources:
– http://www.insideedition.com/news/6332/inside-edition-investigates-tv-ministers-lifestyles.aspx
– [Aired report]
Inside Edition Investigates TV Preachers Living Like Rock Stars

24 Comments

  1. Örjan Lennström says:

    Too bad he can’t burn in hell, because there is none.

  2. The Unbeliever says:

    You see Christians why we call you stupid. Keep on giving your money to
    them to buy your salvation.

  3. TheLionofJudah says:

    Christ Lord did not approve of the Money Changers in the Temple, so He
    wouldn’t approve of the way these preachers live luxuriously off His WORD.
    Even the Man with the Purple Robes and Lazarus is an illustration how a man
    with riches who believed in God fell short of the requirements due to his
    corrupting wealth in contrast to the Beggar Lazarus. Christ Lord said to
    the rich man who said I do all that is Godly since youth, so Christ Lord
    turned to him and said, ‘One thing you still lack, sell all that you own
    and distribute it to the poor, and you shall have treasures in Heaven, and
    come follow me.” But when he heard these things he became very sad, for he
    was extremely rich. Luke 18:22. And as it is written, It is easier for a
    camel to go through the eye of a needle, then for a rich man to enter the
    Kingdom of God.
    These preachers have their rewards here on Earth so they will lack the
    treasures in Heaven, and there is no excuse because they already knew what
    Christ Lord said regarding this. Just today someone mentioned she called
    one of the most famous Texas Ministries to seek a prayer request for her
    son with cancer and was told that she needed to give money in order to
    receive a prayer. She said she was in debt due to surmounting medical
    costs, and still was turned down. All those on the web site began to pray
    for her son. It is written, there is Only ONE intercessor between God and
    man and that is Christ Lord, and He is Faithful and He says ask in My Name
    so your joy be made complete. 

  4. Wheelman990 says:

    Wish everyone could have a pastor like my dad has been for 34+ years. One
    of a kind. Lives what preaches and gives away all he gets. So thankful to
    see behind the doors of a true man of God in his daily walk. There are good
    pastors out there, but they are very few. Only thing I will say to the
    younger generation is dont think large churches, activities, professional
    live musicians, and a prestige appearing service is what church is about.
    God does not care about riches of this world, he is looking at the heart.
    If your pastor has no time for you, has a entourage around him, or is not
    there when you need him, be very careful. 

  5. DEE P says:

    Inside Edition Investigates TV Preachers Living 

  6. RichPeru63 says:

    I’m really ashamed of these preachers that go on TV and proclaim that kinda
    worthless stupidity. Prosperity gospel is Satan’s tool to give Christians
    another bad name: Greedy. I mean, what kinda outreach is when an
    unbeliever hears this: “Oh just donate so and so, then you can have that
    nice car or that nice house, or your health problems will go away.” Some
    testimony! Really, I’m ashamed and embarrassed.

    I know there’s many Christians who walk great lives and don’t subscribe to
    the above paragraph. They preach what’s really in the Bible and not fall
    into the prosperity gospel entrapment. I don’t think myself better than
    anybody else or holier than anybody else either. When it comes to these
    preachers, I must admit my thanks to God that I have come to know the true
    writings found in the Bible. God knows our hearts and our motives. I have
    a deep fear for those who go on TV proclaiming themselves rich and parading
    around in fancy houses and cars, then not caring how they appear to other
    people and how poor their testimony is.

    My hope is us Christians can use the love that God has given us and then
    reach and teach others what God’s love really is. Hint, it ain’t money!

  7. eugene bell says:

    There seems to be two extremes in Christianity, and that is probably the
    way in other religions too, there is the filthy rich and there is the way
    underpaid. What is not realized is that most ministers make really low pay
    for the time spent in their jobs. Do some research on it, just look
    average salary for whatever denomination you want. Then there are the
    showmen on TV, but then this is a capitalist country. If it is OK for a
    showman in a rock band or on a professional sports team to make it, I guess
    it is OK for them. The difference is that gullible people are not conned
    into thinking that it is necessary for them to contribute.

  8. magnifier2020 says:

    There is honesty only in Atheism, since there is no god.

  9. tomie 2 tone says:

    Just think of all the good that money could do. If the people that give and
    give to these rippoff preachers would only learn how there generosity is
    being abused they would fall over dead. But then again if they doesn’t see
    then they are blind. I know that some are really blind , like they really
    can’t see… But if the people let this go on then they are just stupid.
    Lets tax these moth$r f%@kers. How can we let this go on day after day ?
    I’m Flabber gasted ! tomie

  10. TruthHunter says:

    Something you find with all these people who have hijacked religion. This
    is the reason they created the ‘jesus son of god’-lie. It allows them to
    place the sovereignty of God in the hand of an early mortal, pardoning all
    sins. Big business ensues…

  11. Charles Lott says:

    To get to heaven you have to die…you can’t take it with you.

  12. Julian Nikolay Krogh-Fredriksen says:

    The only wrongful part about this is the tax exemption. The rest is just
    religious sheeple living in their natural habitat.

  13. George Mavimbela says:

    How come they exposers never show (expose) the Feeding Projects and other
    Humanity Foundatons that Joyce Meyer does in Africa. She has Thousands of
    Foundations in Africa (different countries). why dont you guys expose that
    as well. 

  14. Jeremy Evans says:

    I used to think a pastor walking around in opulence is evidence of God
    being pleased with him. Now, they’re nothing more than people who found a
    way to get rich without having to hold a lick of academic intelligence.
    People, acting just like sheep to anybody who would tell them what to hear,
    are dumb enough to finance these people. Intelligence and independent
    thought are the enemies of any who wish to profit from any pyramidal
    business body dependent on a deluded public.

  15. Claude Reid says:

    ◄ Revelation 18:3 ►
    For all the nations have drunk the maddening wine of her adulteries. The
    kings of the earth committed adultery with her, and the merchants of
    the earth grew rich from her excessive luxuries.”

    Revelation 18:7 ►
    Give her as much torment and grief as the glory and luxury she gave
    herself.
    In her heart she boasts, ‘I sit enthroned as queen. I am not a widow; I
    will never mourn.’

    Revelation 18:5 ►
    for her sins are piled up to heaven, and God has remembered her crimes.

    Revelation 18:4 ►
    Then I heard another voice from heaven say: “‘Come out of her, my people,’
    so that you will not share in her sins, so that you will not receive
    any of her plagues;

  16. Cheryl Simser says:

    If these $cam artists (prosperity preachers) don’t have disclose anything,
    what are these committees investigating?

  17. Eddie B. says:

    This makes me ANGRY !
    Did u see how Copeland responded when asked how many airplanes do u have ??
    Jesus WARNED us against Wolves like this ….. The FOOL in his heart
    Said ….. THERE IS NO GOD !!

  18. Islam Explained says:

    That’s really sad that he is abusing the trust of his congregation, the man
    is a fraud. There is nothing wrong in living a life of luxury when you
    yourself have earned it but to use your congregations money to “live the
    high life” that’s just plain wrong. If he was just getting a standard
    Church salary no one would question him but it’s sad that his followers are
    so blind.

  19. sodthong says:

    Religion is a racket and people are stupid.

  20. Jimme CrackCorn says:

    Nothing is sadder then watching a sick person buy their health thru their
    donations to these mega rich pastors. If I were God I would destroy these
    preachers and their greed! Matthew 19:21 should sum it all up! Who can
    believe in God when we have preachers like this? Very disturbing to see how
    he handled these questions! Did you see his stretched out turtle skin face
    getting ready to collapse into his neck? His best answers was we’re open.
    Open to robbing the people of his church blind! People are hungry and dying
    everyday because they don’t have food and he has a $20,000,000.00 dollar
    jet! When will people stop supporting these jesters of the bible! 

  21. Oliver Cortez says:

    what do you think? or you just rather to ignore this painful truth? Odio
    la gente que se hace rico por medio de la fe’

  22. Pedro Garza says:

    crooks,,,do not blame him,,,the people is the stupid one..

  23. Augustine Twumasi says:

    Free masons . Dont follow this foolish preachers into the lake of
    fire.tithing is not a christian doctrine dont be stupid and give yr tithe
    to a freemason pastor

  24. Moani Moon says:

    Q.Why God need earthy money to build a golden house in stereotypical heaven?

    A.”Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich.” – Napoleon
    Bonaparte 

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