Dear Kenneth Copeland

Yesterday in your broadcast series previously aired July 11-15, 2016, you made a covenant with God saying,  “I covenant with you that I will never worry, never be concerned, anxious about anything again as long as I live on this earth.” (time stamp: 9:16)

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It is my understanding that God has already made a covenant with each of us, and it is enough to cover every situation. God’s covenant with us is already fulfilled. All we must do is accept it and live by it.

Your ‘covenant’ sounds very much like a promise, oath or vow to God that you are making on your own. Jesus told us not to make vows, oaths, etc. because we do not have the power to fulfill them. The legalistic Jews of his day are quoted in Matthew 5:33.

Matthew 5:33-36 New International Version

33 “Again, you have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘Do not break your oath, but fulfill to the Lord the vows you have made.’ 34 But I tell you, do not swear an oath at all: either by heaven, for it is God’s throne; 35 or by the earth, for it is his footstool; or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the Great King. 36 And do not swear by your head, for you cannot make even one hair white or black.

Jesus told us not to worry or be disheartened. He did not tell us to make a promise not to be so.

Matthew 6:27

27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?

Also, it appears that your ‘covenant’ has slipped out from under the covering of grace. I would like to suggest that we allow God to make the changes in us so we will not worry, that if we find ourselves worrying, we can offer that up to the Lord. Living by grace means we no longer live by works of the law. All our promises, covenants and oaths we have made previously are getting in the way of grace and need repentance and renewal.

Romans 11:6 New International Version

6 And if by grace, then it cannot be based on works; if it were, grace would no longer be grace.

In Christ,

Vincent Clark

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