DALLAS (AP) - The son of a televangelist targeted by a Senate
committee investigation is defending the church and preacher's
John Copeland, chief executive of Newark, Texas-based Kenneth
Copeland Ministries, spoke with Dallas-Fort Worth television
His father, Kenneth Copeland, is among six well-known
evangelical ministries under scrutiny over their preachers
lifestyles, funded with donors' generosity.
When questioned about the spending, the younger Copeland asked
how they can reach the world if they don't have money.
Televangelist Kenneth Copeland is one of the founders of the
modern prosperity gospel movement. It holds that God wants his
faithful followers to be rewarded spiritually and financially.
He has a personal jet and lives in an 18,000-square foot,
multi-million dollar mansion.
But son John Copeland says the jet is a tool to use in ministry.
The Copelands say the Senate committee investigation is singling
out Pentecostals and maintain the requests for financial review are
a violation of the church's first amendment rights.
Sen. Charles Grassley contends the investigation is a review of
non-profit tax policy. IRS rules prevent pastors and other insiders
from excessive personal gain through their tax-exempt work.
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