The Reverend Kenneth Copeland is not alone in living a life of extreme luxury. There are many wealthy pastors out there, but Copeland has a hard time explaining his lifestyle in the interview with Inside Edition below. Copeland is worth in excess of 760 million dollars.
There is no question that Copeland has brought millions to Christ, but at what expense (no pun intended). “You still lack one thing. Sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” Luke 18:22. Copeland does his best to explain why he needs several private jets, expensive suits and the such saying the Jewish people liked wealth. I’m not sure that statement doesn’t fly in the face of racial stereotyping, but he goes on to preach to his congregation about wealth being a good thing.
This is a good place to pause and ask “What would Jesus do.”
I have to tell you that Copeland’s family has many very profitable businesses outside of the church. In fact he makes most of his wealth outside of his religious offerings. But the next question you have to ask yourself is why he doesn’t use his personal wealth to fund his lifestyle. His congregation pays for this jets (that’s plural), his clothes, his cars and his home. By the way, Copelands lakeside parsonage is valued at over 6 million dollars.
But like I said, Copeland isn’t alone on the luxury train, his good friend Jesse Duplantis is flying high too. He founded and operates Jesse Duplantis Ministries. Duplantis made the news when he asked his followers to chip in and help him buy a new 54 million dollar jet. You can see more on this in the second video below. Duplantis is worth over 50 million dollars.
I leave you with these thoughts. If these wealthy pastors are brining millions to Christ, how many millions are being lost to those who see their lifestyles has hypocritical. If Jesus who could have had anything he wanted, was so willing to live a life of austerity, and ask his followers to do so as well, should any off us be living an extravagant lifestyle while there are poor in our communities praying for food to feed their children.
Jesus went on to say in in Luke 18:24, “How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God!  Indeed, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”