This year Kenneth Copeland found himself in hot water following statements on the coronavirus outbreak. The 83-year-old claimed he could cure the disease, which he described as a weak of strain of the flu, asking COVID-19 patients to touch the television set during his programme.
Famous televangelist Kenneth Copeland has caused a stir on social media with his latest Sunday service . The 83-year-old couldn’t contain his emotions when speaking about the presidential election in the United States, in particular about Joe Biden’s projected victory and reports by mainstream media, declaring the Democrat president-elect.
“The media said what?”, sneered the televangelist, who is a supporter of President Donald Trump, before bursting into laughter, which lasted for almost 40 seconds.
Televangelist Kenneth Copeland laughs at the media for declaring that Joe Biden has won the election and will become president. pic.twitter.com/ARHqmsEbo7
— Right Wing Watch (@RightWingWatch) November 8, 2020
Copeland frequently finds himself in hot water. The 83-year-old is criticised by many Christians for teaching the prosperity gospel, which says people who strongly believe in God and make donations to churches will be rewarded with good health and wealth.
Many social media users expressed concern over the evangelist’s mental health after watching the video, while others called him a conman.
This is a serious question. Is this man mentally ill?
— L Zolt (@lindakingzol) November 9, 2020
No, he’s a con man.
— PaulaB8675309 (@PaulaBr97513426) November 9, 2020
Yet other netizens pointed out that Copeland’s statements had made him one of the richest televangelists in the world and lambasted those who teach the prosperity gospel.
The prosperity gospel is demonic https://t.co/w8wQyMNPGg
— Justin Taylor (@between2worlds) November 9, 2020
Copeland is insane! Bet he laughs all the way to the bank though. pic.twitter.com/0OhSTcIxqq
— T. Beaumont (@Zebrafarm2000) November 8, 2020
Many users believed that the 83-year-old was possessed by demons.
I defy anyone to watch that 41 seconds and tell me demonic possession isn’t a thing.🤣
— BeaglesResist (@BeaglesResist) November 8, 2020
— 💧💦🌊Julie Fraser (@the2murrays) November 9, 2020
One user even claimed that Copeland is the embodiment of the antichrist.
My Mom, a very devout catholic, claims he’s the actual antichrist.
— MissDebbie(@🏡)⛈🚙🌻 (@WaylandDebbie) November 8, 2020
Copeland and his organisation Kenneth Copeland Ministries have been accused of leading a lavish lifestyle. In 2018, he purchased a multimillion-dollar Gulfstream jet. When a reporter asked him about the price he said “that’s really none of your business”. Copeland Ministries is said to own at least five planes.
This year, the televangelist raised eyebrows in the United States after he claimed he could cure the coronavirus, which he said was brought to the United States by Trump’s critics. In another television sermon Copeland claimed to have destroyed the disease with the “wind of God”.