Televangelist Kenneth Copeland announced his 40-year partnership with the Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) is ending in October as his “Believer’s Voice of Victory” will no longer be aired there. Why did TBN cancel the show?
Televangelist Kenneth Copeland announced on Facebook on August 17 that his “Believer’s Voice of Victory” broadcast has been canceled by TNN.
Kenneth Copeland ministries wrote: “Attention TBN Viewers! Effective Oct. 2, 2020, the Believer’s Voice of Victory broadcast will no longer air on the Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN). However, it’s easy to find us on one of our many other ways to watch! Learn more about this change from Kenneth Copeland at www.kcm.org/tbn.”
A blog post on Copeland’s website was made on August 3, but largely went unnoticed, until major news outlets picked it up from Facebook this week.
In the blog article, Copeland announced that his 40-year partnership with TBN had come to a close.
Before explaining the reason for the cancellation of his “Believer’s Voice of Victory” broadcast, Copeland expressed his gratitude, writing “TBN founders, Dr. Paul and Jan Crouch, as well as for Matt and Laurie Crouch, who took the helm after Paul and Jan went to be with The LORD.”
Copeland then explained the reason for the show’s cancellation, but declined to give any concrete specifics.
“Recently, Matt let me know they believe The LORD is taking TBN in a new direction, and our daily program, Believer’s Voice of Victory (BVOV), isn’t really a fit for their future programming.”
“Therefore, as of Oct. 2, 2020, the BVOV broadcast will no longer air on TBN,” Copeland stated.
As anyone would be likely to speculate, being told the network is going “in a new direction” is a polite way of severing ties without having to explain the reason.
But there’s always a reason.
Copeland is a controversial figure, if not polarizing to some.
Controversy surrounded Copeland when a YouTube video drew revived attention in 2019 of an interaction he had with another wealthy televangelist, Jesse Duplantis, in late 2015, in which both men defended their use of private jets, the Washington Post reported. The two discussed why they needed to own multimillion dollar jets and could not simply fly commercial.
“You can’t manage that today, in this dope-filled world, get in a long tube with a bunch of demons,” Copeland told Duplantis. “And it’s deadly.”
Indeed, Duplantis faced a similar backlash for asking his own followers to donate to find his purchase of a $54 million jet.
In January 2018, Copeland purchased a Gulfstream V jet from director-actor Tyler Perry. Copeland had solicited his followers for donations to fund the purchase of the get. While the ministry did not close the purchase price, the estimates for the lowest-priced model of the jet on the market at the time was $5.9 million, while other similar used Gulfstream V’s ranged up to $12 million or higher. Some put the price at $17.5 million.
In 2019, Copeland was approached by reporter Lisa Guerrero of news magazine Inside Edition, who pressed him repeatedly about the comments he made in the 2015 video, the Washington Post reported.
“Do you really believe that humans are demons?” Guerrero asked.
“No, I do not, and don’t you ever say I did,” Copeland replied, visibly irritated. “It’s a biblical thing, it’s a spiritual thing, it doesn’t have anything to do with people. People? I love people. Jesus loves people. But people get pushed in alcohol. Do you think that’s a good place for a preacher to be and prepare to preach?”
Guerrero asked Copeland why it was necessary for him to purchase the jet, to which he responded that Perry had made the plane “so cheap for me I couldn’t help but buy it.”
“If I flew commercial, I’d have to stop 65 percent of what I’m doing,” Copeland explained. “that’s the main reason.”
Guerrero then asked Copeland what his response was to people who say preachers should not live in such a lavish lifestyle such as his.
“They’re wrong,” Copeland replied “It’s a misunderstanding of the Bible that … if you go into the old covenant, do you think the Jewish people believe you should be broke?”
“Are you saying that Jewish people appreciate money more?” Guerrero asked.
“They believe in wealth,” Copeland said.
Some people would find that offensive,” Guerrero said.
“Wait a minute now, I’m not talking about some people,” Copeland explained, then mentioned the Abrahamic Blessing. “I’m talking about the Bible.”
By many accounts, Kenneth Copeland is the wealthiest televangelist in the world. However, the amount of his wealth varies by source. The highest is an estimated net worth of $760 million, according to beliefnet, while cheat sheet put the figure at $300 million.
Copeland owns multiple airplanes, and his 1.500 acre campus near Fort Worth Texas is equipped with a private airstrip and hanger. He and his wife live in a $6 million church-owned lakefront mansion.
“This is a big change, but one we are ready for because we understand change,” Copeland continued. “In fact, the word of The LORD for 2020 is ‘New Visions, Manifest Power and GREAT Change!’ And it’s coming to pass in full force here at Kenneth Copeland Ministries.”
Copeland seem to indicate that as one door closes, another will open.
“Growth at KCM means you can find our daily broadcast on more major media outlets than ever before,” Copeland added. “So, if you’ve been watching the BVOV broadcast on TBN, it will be easy to find us on one of our many other media locations. Go to kcm.org/watchbvov to explore all the ways you can watch.”