I want to be honest and fair, so all quotes are footnoted. Any time
I used a quote that I could not personally verify, it is preceeded
by the word "allegedly", as in "Copeland allegedly said...". Also,
in August 2004 I submitted an early draft of this article to the Kenneth Copeland ministry
and asked for their feedback. I have yet to receive a response.)
What's Wrong with the Prosperity Gospel?
False Promise #1: Financial Prosperity for Believers
False Promise #2: Health and Healing for Believers
False Promise #3: Victory and Success for Believers
The Blessings of Suffering, Sickness, and Hardship
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So What's The Big Deal?
Kenneth and Gloria Copeland teach some
wonderful things: We must have confidence in God's Word and obey it;
we must resist the Devil; we should praise God, and boldly pray, and
faith; we should serve God and love others and give sacrificially. But the Copeland's also have
some dangerous teachings that are not only
unbiblical, but unhealthy and even harmful.
I have no desire to slander a well-meaning ministry. But I believe the Copeland's
teaching is very flawed--so flawed that, if followed wholeheartedly,
it can only lead to disappointment, frustration and disillusionment...or
worse. That bothers me. The Bible
is very clear that false teachings are harmful and should be exposed
(in humility and love). But don't take my word for it; turn to the Scriptures. I will
quote a lot of Scripture in this article. Please click on the links so you can test what I am saying. God's Word is more powerful than any words I can come up with.
The Copeland's are leaders in what is commonly referred to as the Word
of Faith Movement or the Prosperity Gospel, which (falsely) teaches that God's will for believers is always prosperity, health, and victory—no matter what. When hard times hit (and they eventually do), what are we to make of
them? Could it be that God has some sovereign reason for suffering, or
He uses it to teach us or to help us grow? Copeland says no! In Word
Faith theology failure, sickness, and hardship are always attacks from
and are never God's will.
Copeland is wrong. The Bible clearly tells us that sometimes it is actually God's will that we suffer (1 Peter 3:17; 4:19; Hebrew 12:7).
Here are twelve reasons why I believe this teaching is very harmful,
followed by a critique of three false promises of Copelands prosperity
Wrong with the Prosperity Gospel?
1. Materialism keeps people out of heaven.
The Copelands tout the Gospel as a way to live "the good
life and claim wealth is a sign of spiritual maturity. Such a
message appeals only to our sinful, selfish nature. True Christians
are not to love
the world or anything in the world (1 John 2:15). Jesus repeatedly
warned that wealth can be dangerous to our souls (Luke 8:14; 12:15) and even keep us out of heaven (Matthew
19:21-24; Ephesians 5:5). Rather than indulging ourselves with material "blessings",
the true Christian
message is to deny ourselves, take up our cross, and follow Christ, for you
cannot serve both God and money (Matthew 6:24).
2. Lack of true peace.
Word of Faith preachers teach that God is just waiting to bless us. So if the believer
isn't experiencing victory, the problem must somehow be with the believer.
This false teaching causes the believer to constantly strive harder, sacrifice
harder, confess harder, and believe harder in order to achieve some mystical
level of pure, unpolluted faith. The believer has no true peace until
this victory is achieved.
In reality the Bible does NOT promise constant
prosperity and victory (see below, False Promise
#3: Victory and Success for Believers). Sometimes it is actually
God's will that we suffer (1 Peter 3:17; 4:19; Hebrew 12:7). The apostle Paul was able to proudly rejoice in his sufferings (2 Corinthians 12:8-10)! The mark of the true
Christian is not freedom from suffering but peace in the midst
of suffering (2
Thess. 3:16; Phil. 4:6-7; John 14:27; 16:33; Romans 8:6; 15:13; Heb.
Despite what the Copeland's say, pain and hardship
faith or rob us of our peace!
3. Unnecessary guilt and worry.
Copelands teaching makes God's blessing conditional on our ability
to strive and perform. On their website Gloria Copeland writes: "So
our protection depends on our walking in fellowship with God and obedience
to His Word."6 and "Your
security will be determined by how much time and attention you give to
God and His Word in this life".7 This
is not only unbiblical (our security is in Christ, not our efforts),
it is the exact opposite of grace! The Copeland's also insist we must tame our tongues
to secure Gods blessing,8 even though the Bible says that is impossible (James 3:8).
When suffering persists, Prosperity teaching
actually creates doubt and worry (What am I doing wrong?;
When have I done enough?) and destroys any real confidence
in Gods sovereignty and mercy.
4. Unnecessary fear.
Anything negative, especially doubt, will supposedly cancel out your
faith and short-circuit God's blessing in your life. As a result, when
come the believer puts pressure on himself to do the impossible: to never
have a negative thought. The result is bondage
to a constant, superstitious fear of anything negative.
Actually, faith grows stronger if
we ask questions and wrestle honestly with our doubts. The Bereans were
commended for their healthy skepticism (Acts 17:11). We are to search
for wisdom as for hidden treasure (Prov. 2:3-5) and test everything (1
Fear of anything negative shows how weak
and fragile a person's faith really is, and keeps it from growing stronger.
5. Emotional stress.
The Copelands teach that sadness, grief, anger, or frustration are
signs of a lack of faith. According to Gloria Copeland, "If you
are sad and depressed, that means you're not believing God9 .
As a result, believers may stuff their true feelings and/or live in denial
of them. This can create a host of unhealthy emotional and relational
God knows our hearts better than we do (Psalm
44:21; Romans 8:27). When we mourn He does not shame us--He comforts us
(Matthew. 5:4). He is "The Father of compassion and the God of all comfort." (2
Cor. 1:3). He desires that we be open and honest with Him about our negative
feelings (as David did in the Psalms) so that He can help us
to deal with them and overcome them with His peace.
6. Avoidance of serious problems.
Likewise, some people may avoid properly dealing with their problems.
Simply accepting lifes difficulties supposedly shows a lack of faith.
So when problems arise some feel they must prove their faith by patiently
waiting for the "victory" they have been promised. An extreme
example of this would be parents who let their children die rather than
take them to the doctor, because they are claiming God's promises to heal
and taking them to the doctor would show a sinful "lack of faith".
When problems arise, we are to face them prayerfully
with responsibility and wisdom, and then trust God to work all things out for
His good (Romans 8:28).
7. A false view of God.
In Prosperity teaching, you must never pray "...if it be Your will".
To consider the possibility of a "no" answer from God supposedly
shows a lack of faith (even though both Jesus and Paul did so--Luke 22:42; Acts 18:21; also James 4:13-15). Apparently Copeland's God is a fickle being who
is swayed into holding back blessing simply by praying one wrong phrase
("if it be Your will"). Copeland also allegedly believes God
is not all-powerful: "God cannot do anything for you apart or separate
from faith".10 Such a God is
not the true God!
8. Raising man and lowering
Copeland says believers have the same authority as God:
"You have obtained an inheritance, and in that inheritance you have
been given all authority."11 He
also says our future is in our own hands: "With
[God's] truth we can set our course...for a life full
of success";12 You are
the prophet of your own life...Your words in your life decide your
future.13 Apparently it
is ultimately up to us (not God) to decide what is good for us and what blessings
Copeland's God is also weakened by humans because
without our believing prayers and confession. So the real power is in our
ability to "release the power of faith". We must have "faith
in our faith"14.
The roles are reversed--in a sense we become
the masters and God becomes the servant. Copeland allegedly wrote, As
a believer, you have a right to make commands in the name of Jesus.
time you stand on the Word, you are commanding God to a certain extent
because it is His Word.15 This
is a backward, man-centered theology and is outright blasphemy. God is
the King, we are but humble servants (Luke 17:10). Copeland's emphasis
is (wrongly) on our ability to drum up enough faith, when instead the
emphasis should be
on Christ to lead us, provide for us, and empower us to serve
Him as He sees fit.
9. A distorted prayer life.
Copeland teaches that just as there are laws of physics that control
the power of electricity, there are also spiritual laws that control
of faith. The secret to the the victorious Christian life is learning
how to master these supposed "faith laws" through speaking and
believing God's promises. As a result prayer becomes a constant mantra
of "taking authority" and "rebuking Satan" and "speaking
faith" and "rebuking doubt"--none of which is a true interaction
with God. Prayer sadly gets twisted into a magical, manipulative formula
rather than a loving, trusting relationship with Jesus.
10. A false road to maturity.
For Copeland, spiritual maturity equals prosperity. The Bible says the
opposite: spiritual maturity comes by persevering through trials (James
1:2-4). Jesus warned strongly against prosperity. Rather
than strengthening our faith, wealth can actually choke it out (Luke
8:14), pull us away from God (Matt. 6:24) and even keep us out of heaven
19:21-24; Eph. 5:5). "You cannot serve both God and money" (Matt. 6:24).
Instead of following after prosperity, we
grow in maturity as we "put to death the desires of the flesh" (which
includes greed--Col. 3:5) and take up our cross and follow Christ.
11. It promotes laziness
If simply claiming God's promises entitles us to a life of victory,
health, and wealth, then why bother with hard work, education, discipline,
exercise, etc.? To the poor and uneducated his teachings may have the
same appeal as the phony get-rich-quick philosophy promoted by lotteries,
casinos, and other hucksters.
12. It is a trap that leads
Tragedy and suffering strike everyone sooner or later. When they
do, no amount of believing or giving tithes or rebuking the devil can
us out of them. Believers either become trapped in a constant cycle of
striving and sacrificing until things improve, or they become bitter
disillusioned and leave Word of Faith teaching (and perhaps Christianity)
altogether. Either way, the believer is kept from resting in the true
inner peace and comfort that Christ promises in the midst of lifes
GETTING SOME BALANCE
Copeland repeatedly bends Scripture to fit his beliefs rather than bending
his beliefs to fit Scripture. Let me take three of Copeland's biggest
false promises and balance them with Scriptures that he usually (and
#1: Financial Prosperity for Believers
The Copeland's insist that true faith will bring the believer loads of
money, despite a long list of Scriptures that teach otherwise. On their
website Gloria Copeland writes:
"Gods will concerning
financial prosperity and abundance is clearly
revealed in the Scriptures".
But what did Jesus teach about prosperity and abundance? While
He never condemned money outright, He did warn us not to store up earthly
treasure (Matt. 6:19) and preached that those who serve God must despise
money (Matthew 6:24; Luke 16:15) because their hearts will be wherever
their treasure is (Matt. 6:21). He said giving is better than receiving
(Acts 20:35). He warned that wealth is deceitful and can choke out our
faith (Matt. 13:5,22; Luke 8:14), and to be on guard against self-indulgence
and greed in all its forms (Matthew 23:25; Mark 7:21-23; Luke 12:15).
He preached woe to the wealthy (Luke 6:24) and said it is almost impossible
for the rich to enter heaven (Matt. 19:21-24). Jesus commands all his
followers to lay down their lives in self-denial (Matt. 16:24) and told
a wealthy would-be disciple to sell all his possessions (Matt. 19:21-24).
Jesus himself did not even have a bed to sleep on (Matt. 8:20).
Yet Kenneth and Gloria Copeland teach that if we shun wealth we
are sinning against God:
"The man who holds to poverty
rejects the establishment of the covenant.
The man who holds to the covenant rejects
poverty. Faith in the covenant
pleases God. Without faith, it is impossible
to please Him." 17
Poverty is an evil spirit18 .
What about the Apostles--did they put a lot of emphasis on financial
prosperity? Paul once described himself as "poor" and "having
nothing" (2 Cor. 6:10). He wrote that a Christian must flee the
desire to get rich (1 Tim. 6:10-11), because greed is idolatry (Eph.
3:5). We must purge every hint of greed from our lives (Eph.
5:3) and be content with whatever little we have (Heb. 13:5; 1 Tim. 6:6-8).
The desire to get rich is a trap that brings ruin, destruction, and all
kinds of evil (1 Tim. 6:9-11). We are to have nothing to do with greedy
people (Eph. 5:5-7). A true Christian leader must not be a lover of money
(1 Tim. 3:2-3), and a greedy teacher may exploit his flock (2 Peter
Those who think godliness leads to financial gain have been corrupted
(1 Tim. 6:5). A Christian must not focus his mind on earthly things (Col.
3:2) or love anything in the world (1 John 2:15-16). He must not pray
for money to spend on pleasure (James 4:3), but rather be content with
whatever little he has (Heb. 13:5; 1 Tim. 6:6-8). Being poor is a high
while being rich is a low position (James 1:9-10).
Nevertheless, the Copeland's insist:
"Prosperity is a major requirement in
the establishment of Gods will,"
and "Gods will for His people
today is abundance"19.
This is easy for them to say, because the Copeland's themselves
don't really live by faith at all. Instead they live lavishly
off the donations of poor, struggling Christians who are "sowing"
what little they have for the promise of "reaping a hundredfold
If the Copelands really believe giving reaps such an increase,
shouldnt they be giving away their own wealth? By asking
for donations dont they show
a lack of faith?
[EDIT: I want to clarify that you don't have to embrace poverty in order to be a godly Christian. The Bible says positive things about prudently saving money (Prov. 30:24-25; 21:20) and providing for the needs of your family (1 Tim. 5:8). It's not necessarily wrong to get a raise or open a savings account. But the Bible does paint a stark contrast between a simple, prudent life of contentment and the "luxury and indulgence" promoted by the Copelands and other false prosperity teachers.]
Promise #2: Health and Healing for Believers
On their website Gloria Copeland writes:
"[God's Word is] so powerful it can
cure every sickness and disease known
to man. It has no dangerous side effects.
It is safe even in massive doses.
And when taken daily according to directions,
it can prevent illness
altogether and keep you in vibrant health."21
Is this incredible claim really true? If so, are things like wearing
glasses, using a wheelchair, and having surgery unnecessary or even sinful?
While God can and does heal, the Bible is clear that it is not His will
in every situation. Paul suffered a "thorn in his flesh" which
God refused to remove in order to keep Paul humble....and rather than chide himself for lack of faith, Paul rejoiced! (2 Cor. 12:7-10). God
used an illness of Pauls to bring the gospel to the Galatians (Gal.
4:13), and Paul probably suffered from poor eyesight (Gal. 6:11). Timothy
was sick frequently (1 Tim. 5:23), but rather than
telling Timothy to "claim a healing" or "rebuke the devil",
Paul simply instructs him to add wine to his diet (wine was used as a
form of medicine). Paul also left a man named Trophimus sick in Miletus, without healing him
(2 Tim. 4:20).
Pastor and author John MacArthur lists the three primary reasons why
Christians get sick:
Some sicknesses are from
God. "Who has made man's mouth? Or who makes him dumb
or deaf, or seeing or blind? Is it not I, the Lord?" (Exodus
4:11). God made the disabled and infirm. Babies are born every day with
defects. Many children grow up with congenital deformities. Some people
have illnesses that last for years. While it is unexplainable according
to our human logic, it is all part of God's sovereign, loving plan.
Some sicknesses are from Satan. (Luke 13:11-13). God may allow
Satan to inflict illness for His own sovereign reasons. The classic example
is Job (Job chapter 1).
Some sickness is God's chastisement
for sin. (Numbers 12; Deut. 28:20-22; 2 Kings 5). "Before
I was afflicted I went astray, but now I keep Thy word" (Ps. 119:67)22
Other examples include God tormenting the Egyptians with skin boils (Ex.
9:8-12), inflicting King Jeroboam with leprosy (2 Kings 15:5), and striking
Saul with blindness (Acts 9:1-19).
The Bible also tells us plainly that God disciplines the Church
through sickness, hardship, and even death (1 Cor. 11:28-30; Heb. 12:7;
Acts 5:1-11) and that we should joyfully accept trials "of many kinds" because
God uses them to make us mature (James 1:2-4; Psalm 119:71,75). Clearly
God allows and even causes sickness for His own sovereign purposes.
Yet Kenneth Copeland allegedly writes:
"Tradition has taught that God uses
sickness, trials and tribulation to teach
us. This idea, however, is not based on
the Word of God. God HAS
NEVER used sickness to discipline His children
and keep them in line.
Sickness is of the devil, and God doesn't need
the devil to straighten us
and on his website:
"God never inflicted anyone with disease
or anything listed under the curse.
SATAN WAS AND ALWAYS HAS BEEN THE ONE WHO
STEALS, AND DESTROYS (see John 10:10)."
Copeland is wrong, and he is on dangerous ground because He is taking
the work of God and attributing it to Satan. That is blasphemy!
False Promise #3: Victory and Success
On their website Gloria Copeland writes,
"God's prosperity isn't just financial
blessings. It also includes healing,
protection, favor, wisdom, success, well-being
and every good thing you
could possibly needall the good things
Jesus paid for you to have."25
"It just boils down to this:
We have to live by faith and trust in God. In Him
we have already been delivered from the
whole curse. We're protected from
danger, sickness, lack or any other bad
thing that's under the curse. God
promised us in Psalm 91, 'I will rescue
those who love me. I will protect
those who trust in my name' (verse 14, New Living Translation)."26
Despite what Copeland says, the Bible is very clear that following Christ
does not lead to an easier life, but rather to an increase in hardship.
Jesus said that we are actually blessed not through victory and success
but through mourning, persecution, insults, poverty, hunger, weeping,
hatred and rejection (Matt. 5:3-12; Luke 6:20-23; John 15:18-20). He
that those who follow Him may see their family members become their enemies
(Matt. 10:34-36; Luke 14:25-26), and that the world would hate them (Matthew 10:22; John
15:18). All who follow Jesus must give up everything (Luke 14:33) and
deny themselves and take up a cross (Matt. 16:24-25; Mark 8:34-35; Luke
9:23), which means embracing an instrument of torture and death.
Throughout the book of Acts the disciples were persecuted, hauled into
courts, threatened, imprisoned, beaten, flogged, stoned to death and
to the sword. They faced riots and mobs. False witnesses were brought
against them. They were scattered from their homes (Acts 8:1) and some
believers even had their property confiscated (Heb. 10:34).
At one point Paul was imprisoned for two years (Acts 24:27). According
to 1 Cor. 4:9-13, he and his companions suffered hunger and thirst, their
clothing was reduced to
they were brutally treated, they were homeless, cursed, persecuted, slandered,
and they compared themselves to scum and refuse. They
was "hard-pressed", "perplexed", "persecuted", "struck down", and "always
given over to death" (2 Cor. 4:8-11). They faced troubles, hardships,
beatings, imprisonments, riots, hard work, sleepless nights, hunger,
bad report, beatings, sorrow, and poverty. (2 Cor. 6:4-10). Paul himself
was chained and imprisoned frequently, flogged five times, beaten with
rods three times, stoned once, shipwrecked three times, and was constantly
on the move from danger. Cold and naked, he sometimes went without food,
water or sleep. (2 Cor. 11:23-27) At one point in his ministry everyone
deserted him (2 Tim. 4:16), and at another time the pressure and despair was so
great that he no longer wanted to live (2 Cor. 1:8-9).
Yet Copeland writes:
"The only suffering we encounter in
sharing His victory is spiritual. That's
what the Word is talking about when it
says we are to be partakers of
Christ's suffering. In other words, the
only suffering for a believer is the
spiritual discomfort brought by resisting
the pressures of the flesh, not a
physical or mental suffering. Jesus
has already borne for us all the
suffering in the natural and mental realms.
. .That's why it's to God's
glory when we are healed or delivered physically
and mentally, for we
only have to fight in the spirit realm."27
Apparently Paul just never learned how speak to victory into his life.
Are we to assume Copeland is a stronger man of faith than Paul was?
Hardly. Paul understood the essential Christian doctrine of self-denial.
He was willing to take up his cross, put to death his sinful nature,
face persecution and death daily as a bondslave of Christ and for the
benefit of others. Yet this crucial Christian concept is strangely
absent in Copeland's prosperity teaching.
Hebrews 11:35-39 describes men of God who were tortured, jeered at, flogged,
chained, imprisoned, stoned, sawed in two, and put to death by the sword.
They wore sheepskins and goatskins and wandered the deserts and mountains,
living in caves and holes in the ground. The were destitute, persecuted,
and mistreated. The Copelands would say these were people of weak faith,
but verse 39 says they were commended for their faith!
Blessings of Suffering, Sickness, and Hardship
Suffering can be a blessing (Matt. 5:3-12; Luke 6:20-23; 1 Pet. 3:14; 4:14). Christians should not be surprised at suffering (1
Peter 4:12; 1 John 3:13; 1 Thess. 3:3-4; Acts 14:22; 2 Tim. 3:12; 1 Thess.
3:4) but embrace it joyfully (James 1:2-4; 1 Peter 4:13). Godliness and suffering go
hand in hand (2 Tim. 3:12). Sometimes suffering is actually God's will
(1 Peter 3:17; 4:19; Hebrew 12:7) and He uses it to bring about many positive results,
A greater dependance on God (2 Cor. 1:9; 12:7-10)
Joy (Matt. 5:10-12; Luke 6:22-23; Acts 5:41; Rom. 5:3-4; 2 Cor.
12:9-10; Col. 1:24; 1 Thess. 1:6; 1 Peter 4:13; Heb. 10:34; James 1:2-4)
Patience (2 Cor. 1:6; James 5:10; Rev. 1:9)
Courage (Matt. 10:28; Phil. 1:28; 1 Thess. 2:2; Rev. 2:10)
Freedom from Shame (2 Tim. 1:8,12; 1 Peter 4:16)
Perseverance/Endurance (Rom. 5:3; 1 Cor. 4:12; 1 Thess. 1:3; 2
Tim. 2:3; 2 Tim. 4:5; Heb. 10:32,36; 12:7; James 1:2-4,12; 1 Peter 4:19;
Rev. 1:9, 2:3,10,13)
Character (Rom. 5:3-4)
A harvest of righteousness and peace (Heb. 12:11)
Closeness to Jesus and a longing for heaven (Rom. 8:17; Phil.
3:10; Heb. 11:26,35; 12:2-3; 13:13; 1 Peter 4:1; Rev. 21:4)
Thankfulness (1 Thess. 5:18)
Blessing and Kindness (1 Cor. 4:12-13)
Gentleness and Respect (1 Peter 3:14-17)
Opportunities to show forgiveness to others (Matt. 5:39-45; 2
Blessings and Comfort for others (1 Cor. 12:25-26; 2 Cor. 1:3-7; 8:2-4;
Eph. 3:13; Phil. 1:14; Col. 1:24; 1 Thess. 3:2-4; 2 Tim. 2:8-10; Heb.
Rather than being a sign of "lack of faith", suffering can
be one of the greatest tools God uses for strengthening our faith,
and a sign that we are indeed living according to His will!
Yet on his website Kenneth Copeland writes:
"Over the years, this unscriptural
doctrine of suffering for God by
submitting to such works of the devil as
sickness, lack and oppression has
become a veritable sacred cow. But it's
time we knocked that cow in the
One has to wonder if Copeland is even reading the same Bible as the rest
Does God desire to bless us? Absolutely!!! But the
greatest blessings of God are not the things this world admires, for what
is highly esteemed among men is detestable in Gods sight (Luke
We are blessed through suffering and persecution (Matt. 5:10-12; 1 Pet.
3:14; 4:14). We are blessed through being meek and pure in heart, through
showing mercy and making peace (Matt. 5:1-10). We are blessed through
faithful devotion to Christ (Matt. 11:6) and in understanding who Christ
really is (Matt. 16:17). We are blessed by giving to others (Acts 20:35)
and by helping the hungry, lonely, naked, sick, imprisoned, poor, crippled,
lame and blind (Matt. 25:34-36; Luke 14:13-14). We are blessed by obeying
the word of God (Luke 11:28; John 13:17; James 1:25) and by persevering
through trials (James 1:12; 5:11). We are blessed by believing in Christ
(John 20:29) and through repentance (Acts 3:26). We are blessed through
the forgiveness Christ purchased for us on the cross (Rom. 4:6-8) and
the hope of eternal life (Titus 2:13; Rev. 20:6)
There are good reasons why the Bible commands us to "test
everything" and "preserve sound doctrine", and warns us
repeatedly about false teachers. While the Copelands have some good
things to say, we must remember that Satan does not feed us poison outright he
hides it in the meat.
Whether they mean to or not, Kenneth and Gloria Copeland mislead people
with false promises. Their supposed "life of victory" ultimately
breeds guilt, fear, confusion, worry, disillusionment, and lack of true
They keep people from dealing properly with the struggles of life. They
present a false view of God, give man control of his own destiny, and
attribute some of God's work to Satan. They turn prayer into manipulation.
They lead people to put their faith in the wrong thing and then prevent
that faith from truly growing stronger.
They preach a gospel of materialism instead of self-denial, and make
it harder for people to learn what God wants to teach them through suffering.
Their theology is sloppy and they are misleading many for their own financial
For all of this the Copeland's must be held accountable. God holds teachers
and prophets to very high standards (James 3:1; Deut. 18:20), and so
(KCM is short for Kenneth Copeland Ministries)
teaching clip downloaded from the internet. http://op.50megs.com/audio.html
2 Audio teaching clip
downloaded from the internet. http://op.50megs.com/audio.html
3 Kenneth Copeland,
The Force of Faith (Fort Worth: KCP Publications, 1989), p.7. (emphasis
teaching clip downloaded from the internet.http://op.50megs.com/audio.html
5 Kenneth Hagin, Having
Faith in Your Faith (Copeland confesses that Hagin's tapes and books
revolutionized his ministry).
6 Gloria Copeland, Living
Safely in Perilous Times, KCM website article, http://www.kcm.org/studycenter/articles/protection/living_safely_in_perilous_times.php
7 Gloria Copeland, God's
Got You Covered, KCM website article, http://www.kcm.org/studycenter/articles/protection/gods_got_you_covered.php
8 Kenneth Copeland, Tame
the Tongue and Set Your Course, KCM website article, http://www.kcm.org/studycenter/articles/protection/tame_tongue.php
10 Kenneth Copeland,
Freedom from Fear, 1983, p.11
11 Kenneth Copeland, The Authority of
the Believer, KCM website article, http://www.kcm.org/studycenter/articles/protection/authority_of_believer.php
12 Kenneth Copeland,
Tame the Tongue and Set Your Course, KCM website
13 Audio teaching clip
downloaded from the KCM website promoting an audio tape series, You
are the Prophet of Your Own Life.
14 Kenneth Hagin, Having
Faith in Your Faith (Copeland confesses that Hagin's tapes and books
revolutionized his ministry).
15 Kenneth Copeland,
Our Covenant with God, Fort Worth, TX: KCP Publications,1987, p.
16 God's Will is
Prosperity, article downloaded from the KCM website. http://www.kcm.org/studycenter/finances/pdf/gods_will_prosperity.pdf
18 Kenneth Copeland,
Prosperity: The Choice is Yours, p.4.
19 God's Will is
Prosperity, article downloaded from the KCM website.(emphasis added).
writes, Do you want a hundredfold return on your money? Give and
let God multiply it back to you...Invest heavily in God; the returns are
staggering...Every man who invests in the Gospel has a right to expect
the staggering return of one hundredfold. (Laws of Prosperity,
p.67). Tricia Tillin, a former follower of Copeland, has written
of how she and her husband repeatedly gave their last few dollars and
even overdraft checks to the Copeland's because of their promise that
God would reward a great sacrifice with great wealth. When prosperity
didnt come, they concluded that something must be wrong with their
faith. (My Word of Faith Testimony, www.banner.org.uk/wof/mytest.html)
21 Gloria Copeland,
God's Prescription for Divine Health, article downloaded from the
KCM website, http://kcm.org/studycenter/articles/health_healing/prescription.php
22 Summarized from John
MacArthur, Charismatic Chaos, p.217.
23 Kenneth Copeland,
Believer's Voice Of Victory, Q&A pg. 23, October 1999 (emphasis
24 Kenneth Copeland,
Q&A--What Am I Doing Wrong?, article from KCM website,
25 Gloria Copeland,
True Prosperity, article on the KCM website, http://kcm.org/studycenter/articles/self_improvement/true_prosperity.php
26 Gloria Copeland,
God's Got You Covered, article on the KCM website, http://kcm.org/studycenter/articles/protection/gods_got_you_covered.php
27 Kenneth Copeland,
What About Suffering With Christ?, article from the KCM website.
28 Kenneth Copeland,
The Power of Resistance, article from the KCM website. http://www.kcm.org/studycenter/articles/protection/power_of_resistance.php