During two recent panel discussions, well-known Word of Faith preachers Jesse Duplantis and Kenneth Copeland discussed their wealth, offering their theological reasons for using donation money to amass multi-million dollar net worths, including their private jets.
These panel discussions took place during the VICTORY Channel live broadcast called VICTORYthon. VICTORYthon is an annual four-day event to raise funds for the channel, which is owned by Eagle Mountain International Church Inc., an extension of Kenneth Copeland Ministries.
Duplantis: Giving generously to ministries like his and Kenneth Copeland’s will speed the return of Christ.
During one panel discussion, Duplantis pushed back on the common criticism he has received regarding his fortune. He argued that receiving people’s donations would speed up the return of Christ. He said, “I honestly believe this, that the reason why Jesus hadn’t come is because people aren’t giving the way God told them to give.”
Duplantis then recounted a conversation he had with a television interviewer who brought up the fact that Duplantis is a millionaire. In his telling of the story, Duplantis responded, “That’s not right. That’s not true…Multi-[millionaire]. Now, add that to it and you’ll be alright.” The punchline received laughs from Copeland and the others on the panel. Duplantis continued, “Oh he couldn’t handle that. He had a fit. And I said, ‘You mess with me, and I’ll buy this station and I’ll fire you.’”
Duplantis admitted, “You know, that was a little fleshly, but it felt good,” to scattered laughter and applause.
Later, Duplantis went on to explain his belief that amassing his wealth would speed the return of Christ. He said, “I really believe this, if people would call this number and put this victory all over the world…the Father, he would say, ‘Jesus, go get ‘em.’ Because, you see, he wants to see us just as much as we want to see him.”
To that end, Duplantis concluded, “So I don’t have a problem giving. I don’t have a problem receiving. It doesn’t make any difference. I’ve just made up my mind. I want Jesus to come.” The implication was that donations to VICTORYthon would make that happen more quickly.