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.