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» A Bizarre and Disturbing Interview with Prosperity Preacher by Inside Edition

Speaking of the generation that worships money .. check out this bizarre and disturbing interview of so-called Prosperity preacher and televangelist Ken Copeland (82) by Lisa Guerrero for Inside Edition (3 May 2019).

Prosperity televangelist Ken Copeland being interviewed by Lisa Guerrero for Inside Edition (3 May 2019)

Wow .. check out the look in his eyes here. I wonder what Kyle thinks of this interview. I wonder what Ana thinks.

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I wonder what Lisa thinks.

Lisa Guerrero of Inside Edition says that her 10-min interview with Copeland was one of the wildest ever (7 June 2019)

Good job, Lisa. Impressive work. Kudos to you.

I admit that I was surprised that you were able to catch up with him and engage him like that for so long.

You can bet that the next time he sees you coming ..

Lisa Guerrero of Inside Edition hailing and running toward Ken Copeland in Branson, Missouri

.. he will say, "Oh, shit .. here comes Lisa Guerrero. Let's get the fuck out of here. Quick ... lock the doors. Make sure all the windows are up and blast the music so we can't hear her."

I wonder what John Oliver thinks.

John Oliver Clutching his Giant Penis

This episode here with John Oliver clutching this giant penis made me laugh so hard. "Some of it looked fake .. but some of it did not."

» The Generation Whose Values were Warped by the Great Depression

This preacher is 82. He was born in 1936. He was born during the Great Depression .. literally his formative years.

Line formed outside a soup kitchen during the Great Depression.

So it is certainly understandable to see how his value-structure could have become so warped.

The Great Depression left its mark on, and warped the values of all who lived through it. It was a very bad time that lasted for a long time.

If you had been born in the middle of the Great Depression like this prosperity preacher, who focuses so strongly on money and finances and wealth ..

.. then your value structure would also have been bent and deformed to prioritize money so highly .. to worship it. To serve it as a god .. oh so diligently.

Soup kitchen during Great Depression of the 1930's

His Wikipedia page says that he is worth some $760 million. (I didnt know that he is thrice-married.) Heck, he is almost a billionaire.

» I Challenge this Octogenarian to Give Away Most of His Wealth to the Less-Fortunate

Scripture instructs the believer to » "Charge them that are rich in this world not to trust in uncertain riches."

And also to » "be generous and willing to share with others."

Scripture instructs the believer to charge then that are rich in the world not to trust in uncertain riches, and that they should be generous and willing to share (1 Tim 6:17-18)

$760 million certainly qualifies this so called prosperity preacher as being "rich in this world." Actually, it more than qualifies him.

So in obedience to the scriptures, I hereby charge him to stop hoarding his wealth, and to stop trusting in uncertain riches.

And I challenge him to be generous and give away most of his wealth to help the poor and the needy.

I was a stranger and you did not welcome me.

I mean, at 82, how many more years do you reckon he has left to live here on planet earth?

If he gave away 700 million to those in need, that would still leave him with some $60 million to live on for however many years he has left to live (.. which arent going to be very many).

Is 60 million dollars enough money for this octogenarian to live on for his remaining years?

Do you think he will be able to rise to the challenge? Do you think he has it in him? (Harry knows what I am talking about.)

Or do you think that he trusts in those riches so much that he will not be able to bring himself to part with them?

Hillary was not able to bring herself to part with those Wall Street riches that she so strongly trusts in .. and we see how that turned out.

Hopefully this so called prosperity preacher can do better than Hillary. Hopefully he doesnt trust in uncertain riches as much as Hillary does.

» Easier for a Camel to Go Through the Eye of a Needle

Lisa challenged this prosperity preacher with what the Lord said about how difficult it is for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.

Some claim the Greek word for camel (kamêlos) is a misspelling for the Greek word kamilos, meaning "rope" or "cable" .. which makes more sense if you think about it.

But the main point here is that it is difficult for a rich person to enter into Godly things .. because they » "cling to possessions and status as security."

Who has not done this? Who has not clung to possessions and status as security?

It is the easiest thing to do. You dont even have to try. It happens automatically, and it is very difficult to stop.

When Lisa confronted Copeland with this verse, he responded by saying, "Yes, but with God all things are possible." .. implying here that God is enabling him to possess great riches without trusting in them as security.

It is certainly possible with God to walk across the surface of water .. but I dont see Copeland walking across any lakes. You feel me here.

See, evangelicals are Trump's most loyal supporters.

David French says evangelicals are supporting Trump out of fear, not faith (27 June 2019)

And Trump values money to a pathological and criminal degree.

This suggests that Copeland's riches are not because God is bestowing them upon him, but rather because he values money to such an extreme degree .. which is totally understandable for someone who was born literally in the middle of the Great Depression.

So, again, I challenge this so called prosperity preacher to give away most of their great wealth .. to the poor and the needy among them .. so that he can demonstrate (to himself and those around him) that he is indeed trusting in the Living God, and not in his wealth and his riches and his possessions.

My intuition tells me that he will not be able to do it. He will probably come up with one bullshit excuse or another .. as to why he isnt able do it.

» When Some Will Turn Away From and Abandon the Faith

I wonder what Copeland thinks about what Paul says about believers in the last days .. that they will:

» turn away from the faith, paying attention instead to deceitful and seductive spirits and doctrines of demons, misled by the hypocrisy of liars whose consciences are seared as with a branding iron, leaving them incapable of ethical functioning.

Somebody please ask him for me and let me know what he says. If I were him, I would take my time with that question.

Paul warns about false teachers in the last days when some believers will turn away from and abandon the faith, leaving them incapable of ethical functioning (1 Tim 4:1-2)

But not too much time .. seeing that he is 82 years old.

» How Does the Love of God Live in Him?

Somebody ask him what he thinks about what John wrote here.

But whoever has the world's goods (adequate resources), and sees his brother in need, but has no compassion for him, how does the love of God live in him? Little children, let us not love [merely in theory] with word or with tongue [giving lip service to compassion], but in action and in truth [in practice and in sincerity, because practical acts of love are more than words].

Someone who is worth $760 million, and who lives in a mansion, complete with its own airport, stocked with a number of high-end jet airplanes ..

.. I feel comfortable saying that such a person » "has the world's goods (adequate resources)". And I am sure that most Americans would agree with me here.

Does he not see his brother in need? Everywhere you look there is plenty of need.

» Immigrant Children Living in Shocking Squalor at Border Detention Facility in Clint, Texas

For example, there are many immigrant children being housed at a border detention facility in Clint, Texas .. right in Copeland's own backyard.

Team of lawyers find shocking conditions at border detention facility for immigrant children in Clint, Texas (24 June 2019)

Perhaps he could find it in his heart to part with some of that $760 million and fill one of his jets with some diapers and cots and blankets and toothbrushes and soap and lice-killing shampoo ..

.. and fly down there to Clint and drop off these supplies for the immigrant children being housed in shocking squalor there.

He can call my friends at the New Yorker if he needs directions.

I wonder what Coffee Joe and Mika think about this mistreatment of poor, immigrant children there in Clint, Texas.

Coffee Joe cites scripture from Luke's gospel regarding the treatment of children at border detention facilities in Texas (24 June 2019)

Ooh .. look at Coffee Joe the Southern Baptist citing scripture here ..

.. and offering to make a few phone calls in order to actually do something about this ongoing tragedy occurring there in Texas.

John knows what I am talking about. I bet that Kirstjen Nielsen knows what I am talking about.

I wonder what Jonathan Lemire thinks of what is going on there in Clint, Texas.

Jonathan Lemire says this is hard to watch and hard to listen to (24 June 2019)

I wonder what Nicole Wallace thinks.

I wonder what Shep Smith thinks.

» The System is Even More About the Money and Cares Even Less About the Kids

Notice how Mike Pence's response to Jake Tapper's question about why arent we providing soap and toothbrushes and diapers to children, when we already have the money available for it, is » "It's all a part of the appropriations process."

Appropriations is a bureaucratic way of saying » getting money. ($$$)

And the Democrats control the appropriations process right now. In other words, they are trying to use this exploitation of poor, immigrant children as a way to pressure Democrats into giving them more money.

Jonathan Lemire makes this exact point here .. that the administration is using these helpless immigrant children as leverage in order to try to extract money from the Dermocrats.

My point here is that it is clear that » the SYSTEM is still about the money, and not about the kids.

» It's People Like Mike Pence that Give Christianity a Bad Name

No true believer could ever be part of such a morally depraved thing .. no matter how much money he was getting paid.

Somebody please tell Mike Pence the immoral lying hypocrite to go fuck himself for me.

Tell him that there is a millstone with his name on it waiting for him.

It is people like Mike Pence who give Christianity a bad name. Gaga knows what I am talking about.

Gaga calls Mike Pence the worst representation of what it means to be a Christian (22Jan2019)

Hi Gaga. Say hi to Bradley for me.

» Perhaps Jesse Might be Willing to Sell One of His Nine Chandeliers to Help these Children Living in Squalor

Perhaps Reverend Copeland might even call his good friend Jesse Duplantis, and get Jesse to sell one of his nine chandeliers .. each of which reportedly cost more than most people's homes.

This might help salvage some of the reputation of these so called prosperity preachers after the fallout from the Inside Edition story. (Notice how I am appealing here to their selfish side.)

Here is another article about another detention facility there in Texas where poor, immigrant children desperately need help.

Texas border facility neglecting immigrant children (21 June 2019)

Let me know what he says. But I wouldnt be holding my breath.

» Economic Inequality is Sitting at Historical Extremes and Getting Worse by the Day

It is not difficult to see need today .. when economic inequality is sitting at historical extremes and getting worse by the day.

Inequality has returned to the extremes of the Gilded Age

The term "extreme inequality" means that » the rich today are much richer than they have been, historically speaking ..

Inequality per Thomas Piketty in his 2015 book titled Capital

.. while the poor today are much poorer than they have been, historically.

Thomas Piketty knows what I am talking about.

So the question that is begging to be asked here is » "How does the love of God live in this preacher?"

Does this preacher of the gospel support candidates and political parties who seek to exasperate the already extreme levels of income and economic inequality that exist in our nation today?

I bet he does.

» John's Rhetorical Question

This is a rhetorical question that John is asking here. A rhetorical question is defined as one that is asked for effect .. when no real answer is expected, because the answer is obvious.

In other words, John is saying that it is hard to imagine how the love of God could possibly live in such a person .. because love is not selfish or self-seeking.

» White Evangelicals are Trump's Most Devoted Supporters

I bet that he loves Trump and the policies that that the Trump administration enacts, and thinks that Trump is the most Christ-like president ever .. just like Michele Bachmann.

Michele Bachmann says that Trump is the most Biblical and Godly President ever (20 April 2019)

I wonder what Bible she is reading. Somebody ask this preacher what he thinks about Michele's statement. Does he agree with her?

I feel led to direct Michele Bachmann to what Paul wrote to the Romans about the religious people of his day.

Paul writes that the religious people of his day had a zeal for God, but that they went about it the wrong way (self-righteous)

I would also direct her to what Paul wrote to the Ephesians here.

David French says evangelicals are supporting Trump out of fear, not faith (27 June 2019)

The fact that white evangelicals are Trump's most devoted supporters is something of an indictment on white evangelical preachers.

Evangelical lady says that Trump represents the Godly people of America

If white evangelical preachers were preaching an uncompromising message, and not an adulterated message .. then you wouldnt have white evangelicals being Trump's biggest and strongest supporters.

» Paying Attention to Deceitful and Seductive Doctrines in the Latter Days

We must be in the "later times" .. because Paul says that this is when some believers will:

» turn away from the faith, paying attention instead to deceitful and seductive spirits and doctrines of demons, misled by the hypocrisy of liars whose consciences are seared as with a branding iron, leaving them incapable of ethical functioning.

Notice in particular the phrase » incapable of ethical functioning.

» Helping to Shovel Coal into Trump's Racist Locomotive

And somebody should ask Michele Bachmann about Trump's flat refusal to apologize for calling for the death penalty of the long-exonerated Central Park Five.

Donald Trump refuses to apologize for calling for the death of the exonerated Central Park Five when asked by April Ryan (19 June 2019)

Ask her if she feels that this is an example of Trump's "most-Biblical-ever" behavior.

Come Judgment day, Michele Bachmann is going to be standing over there with that big group of white evangelical Trump supporters who feel that he was the "Most Biblical" president ever.

It's not going to be a good day for you, Michele. You will be thinking, "This is the worst day of my life."

And it's only going to get worse from there. And it's going to keep getting worse .. for a long time. For a long, long time. You cannot possibly imagine how long it's going to keep getting worse.

You'll see what I mean .. sooner or later. You can't say that you werent warned. I can almost hear the weeping and gnashing of teeth now.

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