“Whatever You Do Right Now, Don’t You Stop Tithing”: Televangelists Tell Jobless Faithful That They Must Continue To Give Money


We have previously discussed televangelist Kenneth Copeland and his bizarre explanations for why he needed to fly in luxury planes and other controversies. Now Copeland appears genuinely concerned about the loss of jobs during the coronavirus outbreak: because people are choosing to use their money to feed their families rather than donate to the church. Accordingly, Copeland took to the air to declare “Whatever you do right now, don’t you stop tithing.”

In a recent broadcast on his Victory Live TV show, Copeland told his followers that losing your job and income to coronavirus was no excuse to stop giving:

Fear of this coronavirus is faith in its ability to hurt you or kill you. The fear of ‘What are we gonna do? I’m getting laid off at work!’

Hey! Your job’s not your source. If it is, you’re in trouble. Jesus is your source! Whatever you do right now, don’t you stop tithing! Don’t you stop sowing offerings.

‘Well, they won’t let us go to church!’

Well, email it in, then! Text together. Something. But you get your tithe in that church if you have to go take it down there and drop it off… stick it under the door or something. You get that tithe in that church, you get that offering in that church, and then you go home and do what you’re supposed to do.

Of course, Televangelist Jim Bakker has outdone his contemporaries during the crisis. At least Copeland would just take what little money followers may have in the crisis. Bakker could end up costing them their lives. Bakker is selling the $125 “Silver Solution” as a possible cure for coronavirus. New York Attorney General Letitia James, whose office sent him a cease and desist order telling him to quit “making misleading claims regarding the Silver Solution’s effectiveness.”

We previously discussed how Bakker (who did time for fraud) has been hawking Trump coins as a “point of contact with God” as well as doomsday pancake mix.

53 thoughts on ““Whatever You Do Right Now, Don’t You Stop Tithing”: Televangelists Tell Jobless Faithful That They Must Continue To Give Money”

  1. Tithing is a Biblical principle after all. Personally, I think it’s Old Testament but I have no problem with those who believe it applies to the church. I’ve known people over the years who were on fixed incomes but still gave 10% to their church even when they were in dire circumstances and they felt blessed because they did.

  2. How about you donate some of those millions for a cure for conoraviris and feed some of the needy people that took a bad hit due this virus, You preach it’s best to give than receive. Shame on you people don’t know where their children’s next meal is coming from,people are dying all over the world . God knows what In YOUR heart..

    1. I believe in tithing but I have never seen this man give nothing to anyone where he lives there should be a lot of places open to feed the hungry but nothing like that shame on him he uses God to get his billions but in the end God knows everything and everyone’s heart

    2. The American thesis is freedom through self-reliance.

      Start a business.

      Get a job.

      What kind of parent has children when they have no visible means of support?

      Unknown other individuals are not responsible for your spawn?

      You falsely blame others for your inadequacies and for your refusal to accept responsibility?

      “But if you go carrying pictures of chairman Mao

      You ain’t going to make it with anyone anyhow”

      – John Lennon, 1968

  3. “From each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs.”

    – Karl Marx

    1. “From each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs.”
      – Karl Marx

      Translated into REALITY
      “From each. To me. And when you can’t squeeze more from them, put them all into mass graves.”

      1. Mr. Marx has commandeered America!

        Well actually, that process began with “Crazy Abe” Lincoln who eliminated classes from society, beginning with the slave class, and moved on through Wilson, Roosevelt, Johnson and Obongo to the full communism of the American welfare state which holds dominion today.

  4. The Copelands are Gnostics they do not teach Christianity. They don’t even believe that Christ finished His work of salvation on the cross paying for our sins. They believe He was tortured in hell as opposed to Scripture which teaches He rested on the Sabbath from all His work of redeeming us. Copelands are crooks only those that think they can wheel and deal money out of God follow him.

  5. Mr. Copeland would serve himself well by taking some of his own medicine. I’m reminded of that old George Carlin joke where he would go to one Jack in the Box, order whatever, then drive through at another Jack in the Box and shove the bag out the window after placing the same exact order and demanding exact change.

    So by extension, Mr. Copeland is following the philosophy of George Carlin. Works for me.

    1. yyy:

      Ah, the Pretty Please Dims governing. A sight to behold. Survival of the fooliest! What do think the IQ is of a guy who does this? Single digits?

  6. “Such charlatans are not immune from Federal civil and criminal fraud statutes.”
    Not so sure about that. Every time I see the commercial for Peter Popoff and his “miracle water” I ask why is this person not behind bars.

    If you can afford to donate it should be done through your local house of worship and not to any TV huckster.

  7. I’m reminded of Warren bragging about a college student who only had six bucks in the bank, and Warren took half of it for her failing campaign.

  8. This is a scam.
    He is a scam.
    The nightly news should be listing him along with all the other scams they’re warning senior citizens about.

  9. “Whatever you do right now, don’t you stop tithing! Don’t you stop sowing offerings.”

    Forty years ago as a young adult I too believed Elmer Copeland’s messages, that I should place his organization above my own family, which I did and now so deeply regret doing. My (now-ex) wife and I attended his ‘crusade’ in Peoria, Illinois, November 1978.

    Copeland’s supporters are generally older, often retired, lonely, and gullible. He presents a vision of a future heaven for those who believe so much that they will give to him. Many of these supporters neglect their health, their families, their basic necessities so that Copeland can continue building his billion dollar empire.

    Such charlatans are not immune from Federal civil and criminal fraud statutes. Long pass time for the DOJ to investigate.

  10. These are really hateful people who can influence people to do things harmful to themselves with their rhetoric and who lead people astray. Sadly in my opinion the person occupying the Whitehouse is only maybe two steps away from this

    1. Martha:

      Is your life so empty that all you can do is fixate on Trump?

      Here is an article about something completely different and you circle back to Trump.

      Take something for your TDS, or get a life.

      1. Is your life so empty that all you can do is fixate on protecting Trump from anonymous internet posters? Take something for your TDS (Trump Defense Syndrome) and find something productive to do.


      2. The deranged senile maniac can do us a favor by stepping out instead of lying through teeth everyday and badmouthing reporters. Then TDS automatically goes away. But let’s be hopeful, your boy is toast come November.

  11. Oh. Ask not! What you religion can do for you. Ask: what you! Can do for your religion.

    1. JFK was a Cat O Lick. He worked Marilyn Monroe while inside the White House.

  12. Tithing. The biggest con men on Earth are religion snakes. Men and women. Drive around my small town and observe the expensive buildings built by these denominations–whether Baptist or cat o lick.
    How humans fall for all this dog spelled backwards hustle is ridiculous. Usually it is pasted into their brains by their parents.

    Religion:. The dumbist thing on Earth.

    1. Right…
      Only outdone in gullibility and stupidity by people who are religiously unreligious.

      Everybody is religious. Some are just too ignorant or obstinate to recognize it.

    2. That’s why the dog is named Lilith, but she has another name too, bc the roommates objected to Lilith, so they call her by her other name, I call her the other name in front of them, and then separately she is Lilith to me, talk about confusing the poor animal.

  13. He has a lifestyle he needs to feed, so he needs the money. Tithe you sinners, tithe!!!!

    1. Looking for comments by Btb, I’ll just post here. So, I didn’t have time to explain the grinning man story to him before, was too busy.

      So, in 2012, I kept getting a person jumping on my roof/stomping around. I lived alone, I was young, it would happen very late at night, ~ 3 am, so I would ignore it.

      I finally ask a neighbor to help me, they never saw anything, they could see the roof from their bedroom window.

      Okay, so now, I think, I’m nuts, due to genetics, I must be mildly mental.

      But nope! I started dating someone shortly after and they could hear it too, and were so freaked out/jolted out of their sleep by the noise. They thought I had a pervert on my roof. Lol. I did too, actually.

      So, he goes, we are going to catch this perv, with pepper spray, and sandals at the door, so we are ready to run outside in the middle of the night. ROFL. Really not smart, but anyway, moving on…

      We would run outside at 3-4 a.m. so many times. I would run around the building…a small, 4 unit building…. and he would run another way. Nothing.

      Finally, we met someone, the man with maybe a mask, huge smile… he was nice, not afraid of us at all, said he was the Neighborhood Watch guy, ask us if he could help us this evening. This was at like 3 a.m. 😂😂😂

      He was white, tall, maybe 6.5 to 7 feet tall, maybe 80 yr old, large, long beige trench coat, with a matching beige detective hat, big smile. Lots of teeth, big, wide eyes. He had a black bag with him.

      My ex asked him, what’s in the bag, man? He said cat food. My ex said, show us then, open the bag. He said, I’d prefer not, thank you.

      At this point, my ex said, go inside now, and continued the conversation with the man. Never got to see the bag. Looked heavy and square object.

      I asked my neighbor, next day, lived in unit, ~ 20 plus years, there is no Neighborhood Watch in this. 😆

      We did climb on the roof, no cameras to be had.

      I did see the grinning man 1x more, hiding behind a tree, which was obvious. ~2 a.m. and didn’t get out of my car. I called my ex and went over to his place.

      1. Anonymous – he was the neighborhood “watch” just not the type that protects the neighborhood. 😉

  14. Copeland and Bakker are false teachers, wolves in sheep’s clothing, fake and corrupt. They will face God one day and it won’t be pretty. They in no way, shape or form represent Jesus Christ or His true Church.

  15. Giving at a time like this is important if your income is stable but direct giving to those in the community who need it like friends, family, and neighbors is the most impactful and free of corruption.

  16. He gives religion a bad name. Well, so do the sex scandals in many different denominations. Come to think of it I haven’t seen any recent news giving religion a good name.

    1. Typically, churches just doing what they’re supposed to do and serving their neighbors don’t get news attention, but check out what the 1000s of churches not in the news are doing if you want to see a good name. You might even find some news stories about churches in Tennessee giving extraordinary help to those affected by disaster.

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