Megachurch Pastor Tries to Justify Ridiculously Lavish Lifestyle | 22 Words

Fancy flying exclusively on private jets? How about cruising around, day-to-day, in a one-million-dollar sports car?

Think you could be down with that?

I mean, if you're commuting in style, you'll also need to look the part... how would you feel about dressing in luxury suits and designer footwear? Best throw in a Rolex or two as well and you'll be set.

Set for what you ask?

Why, to be an Evangelistic Pastor, of course!

American Televangelist, Kenneth Copeland, has stuck his Italian leather foot in it this week, following a viral exchange between the pastor and Inside Edition's Chief Investigative Correspondent, Lisa Guerrero. Guerrero caught up with Copeland as he was getting into a parked vehicle on Wednesday and what began as a straightforward question quickly blew up into a much more revealing exchange.

Worse still, Copeland isn't the only man-of-the-church to flash generous donator's cash. Pastors all over the USA have been using money donated to the church to buy sneakers, of all things. Check that story out below!

Before you out-rightly condemn the guy, though, let me tell you more about Kenneth Copeland and take you through the cringe-worthy Guerrero/Copeland interview.

Kenneth Copeland is a self acclaimed preacher of prosperity.

Prosperity being the operative word, what with Copeland currently basking in a net worth of $760 million dollars.

Ever the wordsmith, Copeland once compared himself to Osama Bin Laden, "but in a good way"...

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The controversial Evangelist Preacher has certainly made some interesting statements during his time, however, this does not seem to have halted his popularity and the number of donations that have been made to Copeland Ministries.

Back in 2018, Copeland and his ministry made national headlines for purchasing a Gulfstream V jet with church funds.

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Weirdly, they paid cash for the jet - an aircraft model that is estimated to be worth $35 million dollars.

Clearly doing God's work pays a pretty penny!

When questioned by Guerrero about his finances, Copeland makes vague assertions that his wealth is from his own private investments - something about oil under his house(?).

In another cringe video, Copeland thanks fans and Jesus for his new Jet, purchased at an undisclosed price from actor, Tyler Perry.

Posted on his ministry's website, a smiling, giggly Copeland stands proud on the tarmac next to his Gulfstream V jet. Overcome with giddy excitement, the Televangelist says "do you see this?  Do you see this? I hope so, you bought it. You and Jesus".

I wonder if Jesus uses American Express or if he's more of a Mastercard kinda guy...

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Continuing to thank donors (how humbling..), a note attached to the video reads, "First, the Holy Spirit confirmed to Brother Copeland that the Gulfstream V was the plane the Lord had set aside for KCM. Right away discussions began, and Brother Copeland developed a wonderful personal relationship with the seller, Christian businessman and movie-maker Tyler Perry".

God has sure set Copeland an ambitious mission. I wonder what he'll ask him to buy next...

In the interview with Guerrero, Copeland defends the necessity of having private jets and claims that he would be unable to carry out sixty-five per cent of his missionary work if he had to rely on commercial airlines.

Maybe he's got a point... Jesus never had to wait around in customs for a lost purse.

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But Jesus did have to walk in a desert for forty days and forty nights and I daresay that Mary, mother of Jesus, certainly would have flown economy class if she'd had the chance to fly into Bethlehem. If the donkey that she rode all the way there represents anything, I don't think it's a Gulfstream V jet that once belonged to Tyler Perry...

Copeland's a guy whose success evidently comes from his ability to chat s**t - a tactic that is lost on Guerrero.

What makes the interview between Copeland and Guerrero so awkward is that it exposes his outdated deflection techniques. When unable to come up with answers to her straightforward lines of questioning, Copeland tries his hand at flattery, complimenting the Chief Investigative Correspondent's eyes.

"Thank you, Lord help me.."

Raising his botox-induced face to the sky, at one point during the interview, Copeland begs the Lord for assistance. A moment later and no swarm of killer wasps or big gusts of high-powered winds come to sweep Guerrero away. At this point, Copeland has tried it all; flattery, God's divine intervention... he even makes some half-ditched attempt to compliment Inside Edition.

"Hey you listening to me? My wife thinks Inside Edition is *raises eyebrows* oh yea!"

It's strange phrasing and doesn't really tell Guerrero anything about how his wife feels towards Inside Edition but it does stall the conversation for a good thirty seconds - enough time for Copeland to think of a good excuse as to why he needs $35 million dollar private jets and why he called people that fly commercial "demons," or maybe he needs a bit more time...

Twitter-users were quick to vocalize how they felt about Copeland's performance...

The Televangelist doesn't do himself any favors with his far from tactile display towards Lisa Guerrero.

Amidst the humor, though, some people aren't laughing at Copeland being exposed as a fraud.

I guess that uncovering how a man and his ministry made millions of dollars manipulating their donors isn't a funny matter...

Then again, Copeland is such a bizarre character that, even with the severity of his actions, it's hard not to poke fun...

Comments on Twitter and Youtube follow a general consensus that Copeland sure is a weird looking guy; his hands are dirty and his eyes bulge when he gets angry.

How else can the internet community attack this well-protected and highly-successful con artist than through the medium of memes?

You might have a bunch of private jets, a stream of fancy cars, and all the rest of it, Mr Copeland, but you are now prime target to the gif-making vultures.

Let's see how the Lord will get him out of this mess!

Sadly enough, Copeland isn't the only man making a ridiculous amount of money through less-than-moral means. Turns out, there are a lot of pastors out there who use money that has been generously donated by church-goers to treat themselves, and @preachersnsneakers is on a mission to out them all.