I first got wind of the event described in this Christian Post story about a week ago. Now it's been picked up by WorldNetDaily, and I am very, very concerned.
What am I talking about? Word that Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee hitching to the Kenneth Copeland bandwagon in terms of having Copeland take a high-profile spotlight in pitching his campaign. Note Governor Huckabee's glowing praise of Copeland and his wife, Gloria. In terms of politics, I can't believe that an astute politician would want to hitch his wagon to someone under investigation by U.S. Senator Charles Grassley for his use of donor finances. Yes, innocent until proven guilty, and believe me, I really don't relish the idea of the government sticking its nose in church business. However, some of these televangelists have brought it on themselves. Take a look at Richard Roberts' recent resignation at ORU. It appears the chickens finally came home to roost.
Aside from politics, Kenneth Copeland's theology is horrendous, and I would expect a Southern Baptist to know better. I'm not just talking about minor theological differences, either. Copeland teaches the "Jesus Died Spiritually" doctrine, and has made a whole host of statements through the years that are heretical, to put it mildly. This isn't an anti-charismatic/Pentecostal thing either. Traditional Pentecostals rejected Kenneth Copeland and Kenneth Hagin's "latter rain" doctrines long ago.
I am seriously troubled by this, and have to rethink my earlier endorsement of Mike Huckabee. I have yet to hear a really good explanation.