The religious right would have you believe that all it wants is a place at the table for Americans with “traditional values.” But when they think no one is paying attention, they reveal their true agenda–to turn this country into a Christianized version of the Islamic State or Taliban-era Afghanistan. They don’t just want a place in the table, but they want Christianity to have complete dominion over society.
Recently, the yeomen at People for the American Way’s Right Wing Watch stumbled on a breathtaking example of how some of the nation’s so-called moral guardians speak in unguarded moments. Kenneth Copeland, the man who may very well be one of the most obnoxious televangelists in the country, told his followers that Christians have a duty to get rich in order to make it easier to take over the world.
Copeland is best known as the archpriest of the prosperity gospel–the idea that financial and physical well-being are signs of God’s blessing. For the better part of half a century, he has preached a message that leads a lot of people to wonder if he forgot that God doesn’t look too kindly on lovers of money. Among the people asking that question are a number of his fellow charismatics and Pentecostals–including this writer.
But in recent years, Copeland has delved into hard-right political hankering. He and his wife, Gloria, were members of the evangelical advisory board Donald Trump formed during the 2016 campaign–along with a host of other prosperity preachers. People who preach a gospel of excess are a natural fit for a man who is the very definition of the entitled one-percenter.
Copeland has actively participated in the religious right’s three-year campaign to bully Christians into bowing down to Trump. He not only remained loyal to Trump after the “Access Hollywood” tapes came out, but actually went as far as to warn Christians a month before the election that they’d better vote for Trump. His explanation? Wait for it–they’d be guilty of murder if they didn’t do so. No, this isn’t snark–watch a clip here.
But this was mild stuff compared to a post Copeland wrote for his blog on April 11. He argued that one big reason that Christians need to seek after wealth is because they need that money in order to take over the world.
To have dominion on the earth, we should be controlling most of the resources. For example, if you don’t like the immorality posted on the billboard outside your office, here is the answer: Own the billboard. If the magazines in the store are offensive: Own the magazines. That’s how you subdue the earth.
Just in case Copeland didn’t make himself clear, he chastised his audience for not fully understanding that “we are to take territory and have dominion over the earth!” To drive the point home further, Copeland included a clip from 2017 in which his wife Gloria and her longtime gal pal, Billye Brim, in which they claim that Christians must “rule and reign” before Jesus comes back. Watch here.
Later, Copeland claims that according to Genesis 1:28, God’s “first command” is to “take dominion” over the earth. He argued that Christians should “take our job assignment seriously” and remember that they should not be “under the control of those who do evil.”
If there is any difference between this article and something you’d see on an ISIS or Taliban Website, it’s really hard to tell. After reading this, the only difference between Copeland and the Islamist mullahs is that Copeland doesn’t wear a black turban.
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