Article VII

GOD’S PLAN OF SALVATION HAS BEEN CORRUPTED

 Copyright 2007 Loren Davis

 

2 Thess 2:11-12 “And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion , that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth,” KJV

The issue is SOUND DOCTRINE

2 Tim 4:3 “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine ; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;” KJV

Is it scriptural to name names?

Rom 16:17-18 “Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.  For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.” KJV

The Apostle Paul named names!

2 Tim 4:14-15 “Alexander the coppersmith did me much evil: the Lord reward him according to his works: Of whom be thou ware also; for he hath greatly withstood our words.” KJV

2 Tim 4:10 “For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world,“ KJV

 

*In this article I am dealing with unscriptural teachings regarding salvation, from men who have deeply impacted all of Christianity in this generation.

1.  KENNETH HAGIN- says, “Christ’s physical death on the cross was not enough to save us.”  Kenneth Hagin, “How Jesus Obtained His Name”, Tape 44H01.

KENNETH COPELAND-  “It wasn’t a physical death on the cross that paid the price for sin…anybody can do that.(Kenneth Copeland, “What Satan Saw on the “Day of Pentecost”.  Audio tape #BCC-19), side 1. (In the Faith Movement, where are the songs about The Cross?”).  (See Article II).

BIBLE 1 Cor 15:3Christ died for our sins” KJV

Eph 2:16 “And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross , having slain the

2.  COPELAND,  Referring to Jesus Copeland said, “The blood itself did not atone.” (Ken Copeland, Personal letter from Ken Copeland, Ft. Worth,  Texas, March 12, 1979. (D.R. McConnell, “A Different Gospel”, pg. 118.  Copeland, “What Happened from the Cross to the Throne”, 1990 tape #02-0017, side 2.  (See Article III).  Also, see E.W. Kenyon’s book, “What Happened From the Cross to the Throne”.  (See Article III, “Perverting the Atonement”)

BIBLE Heb 9:22 “without shedding of blood is no remission.” KJV

1 Peter 1:18-19 “Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:” KJV

3.  JOHN HAGEE TEACHES A DUAL COVENANT, that is, that  JEWS HAVE A SPECIAL  COVENANT WITH GOD BECAUSE THEY ARE GOD’S CHOSEN PEOPLE AND DONOT HAVE TO ACCEPT JESUS CHRIST TO BE SAVED.   He told the Houston Chronicle reporter, “I believe that every Jewish person who lives in the light of the Torah, which is the word of God, has a relationship with God and will come to redemption.”  He teaches that the Jews are under a different covenant than the Gentiles.  The Gentiles have to accept Jesus to be saved.1  (John Hagee is an associate with Kenneth Copeland and his colleagues)

1Houston Chronicle, April 30, 1988, sec. 6, pg. 1.  John Hagee letter (on Cornerstone Church letterhead) to Erwin M. de Castro of the Christian Research Institute, October 18, 1994, pg. 3, copy on file.  . David Becker, “John Hagee Warns of Martin Luther’s Theology,” Religion & Politics Digest, RPD 3207, 07/22/98, pp. 3-4. Available on RPD’s web site: http://www.erols.com/rpdigest/03207.htm.  See Google:  John Hagee Dual Covenant.

THE BIBLE: 

Rom 1:17 “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first , and also to the Greek.” KJV

Acts 4:12  “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” KJV

Rom 3:24 “Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:” KJV

1 Tim 4:1-2 “Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith , giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;” KJV

JOHN HAGEE TEACHES JESUS IS NOT THE JEWS MESSIAH

 

In his book In Defense of Israel http://www.biblewheel.com/images/globe_tiny.gif(2007), beginning in the section called "The Jews did not Reject Jesus as Messiah" (p. 132) John Hagee incessantly twists Scripture in his attempt to prove that Jesus Christ did not come "to be Messiah to the Jews." He has denied that Jesus is the Christ (Messiah) repeatedly.  Below are quotes regarding this from Hagee’s book, In Defense of Israel.

Compare what Hagee says with the straight forward declarations of the Bible:

John 1:41 “He first findeth his own brother Simon, and saith unto him, We have found the Messias , which is, being interpreted, the Christ.” KJV

Peter preached recorded in Acts 2:36 “Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ.” KJV

Luke 7:19-23 “When the men were come unto him, they said, John Baptist hath sent us unto thee, saying, Art thou he that should come? or look we for another ? And in that same hour he cured many of their infirmities and plagues, and of evil spirits; and unto many that were blind he gave sight. Then Jesus answering said unto them, Go your way, and tell John what things ye have seen and heard; how that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, to the poor the gospel is preached.  And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me.”

*John Hagee's words directly contradict the central message of the entire New Testament; that Jesus is the Messiah.

 

4.  JOEL OSTEEN SAID IN HIS INTERVIEW WITH LARRY KING ON CNN THAT HE DOESN’T KNOW IF JEWS, MOSLEMS, AND ATHIESTS, WHO DON’T BELIEVE IN JESUS, WILL GO TO HEAVEN OR NOT.  (See the interview of Joel with Larry King and its documentation on Aritcle II, “Minimizing God and Jesus;  Exalting Man”).

THE BIBLE:

John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way , the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” KJV

5.  Kenneth Copeland-“WE HAVE HEARD THAT GOD WILL NOT FORGIVE A SINNER UNTIL HE CONFESSES HIS SIN, BUT THIS IS NOT TRUE.”  Copeland, “The Force of Righteousness”  p. 6-7.

6.  Kenneth Hagin-says, regarding 1 Jn. 1:7-10 “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

Hagin says this scripture is “NOT TALKING TO SINNERS HERE.”  Kenneth Hagin “The Precious Blood”, p. 7

THE BIBLE:

Luke 5:32 “I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance .” KJV

Luke 24:47 “And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name  among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.”  KJV

*Hagin and Copeland not only teach that sinners do not have to confess their sins to be saved, neither  do  they  say anything about repentance in (their) plan of salvation in the back of their books.   They both just talk about accepting Jesus.

Acts 2:38 “Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.”  KJV

Rev 2:5  “Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.” KJV

Rev 2:21 “And I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she  repented  not.” KJV

IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO REPENT UNLESS ONE CONFESSES HIS SINS FIRST!

IF ONE IS COMMITTING  SIN, HE IS A SINNER, even if he says that JESUS IS LORD!

1 John 3:6 “Whosoever  abideth in him sinneth not : whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him.”  KJV

7.  KENNETH COPELAND- “SINCE GOD IS NOT HOLDING OUR TRESPASSES AGAINST US…He is just waiting for us to accept Jesus”.

The Bible:   Ps 7:11 “God is angry with the wicked every day.”KJV

John 9:39 “And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world,” KJV

Of course accepting Jesus is the essential first step to salvation, but it is only the first step.

--Rom 10:9 “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” KJV

--Repentance is ALSO essential TO SALVATION.

Luke 13:3 “I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent , ye shall all likewise perish.” KJV

Some just go through a formality of repenting and continue walking in sin.

--BEING BORN AGAIN IS ALSO ESSENTIAL TO SALVATION.

Jesus said in Jn. 3:3 “Except a man be born again, he shall not inherit the kingdom of God.”

Being born again is the work of regeneration, the changing of one from having a sinful nature into having a godly nature, the nature of God.

In most pulpits today, almost nothing is said today about SALVATION, repenting from one’s sins, being BORN AGAIN and living by God’s Word.  The “new” gospel today is just about accepting Jesus.  That is NOT salvation! 

SALVATION MEANS YOU ARE CHANGED ON THE INSIDE!

Millions just “accept Christ” and profess to be Christians, but they have not really experienced salvation, being truly born again.  That is why so many professing Christians lie, steal, commit adultery, homosexuality; are involved in witchcraft, etc.

According to the Bible, these people who profess to believe in Jesus but live in iniquity are not truly born again, saved people.  They are not truly Christians.  The word “Christian”  means to be a follower of Christ.  Jesus called those who professed to love God and lived opposite His teachings, hypocrites.

Matt 7:15 Jesus said, “Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves .” KJV

The idea one can be saved and still live in sin comes straight from the doctrine of Eternal Security aka Once Saved Always Saved. 

John 14:21 “He that hath my commandments , and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me:”

Matt. 7:21-23 “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.” KJV

SALVATION, being BORN AGAIN, means one is changed.  One is spiritually not the same person he was before he got saved.  He is no longer a sinner, but a regenerated man.

2 Cor 5:17 “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” KJV

Rom 1:16 “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.” KJV

Heb 2:3 “How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation ; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him;” KJV

*Salvation means that after you have been born again, if you were a thief ,  your not a thief anymore; if you were an adulterer, you are no longer an adulterer; if you were a liar, you are no longer a liar.

Matt 19:28 “And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That  ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory,” KJV

Regeneration means being changed from your old sinful nature.  That is being born again.

8.  KENNETH HAGIN, “DON’T PREACH CONVICTION” “THEY THINK THEY ARE SUPPOSED TO KEEP THEM UNDER CONVICTION AND KEEP PRAYING IN THE ALTAR.” Hagin, “Paul’s Revelation, The Word of Reconciliation” p. 18-19.

Anyway one looks at this Hagin is teaching  preachers  they should not warn sinners of the consequences of their sins.

HAGIN IS IN CONFLICT WITH THE BIBLE:

Ezek 3:18 “When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; and thou givest him not warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life; the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand.”

JESUS BROUGHT CONVICTION ON SINNERS WHEN HE SPOKE.

John 8:7-9 Jesus said, “He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her. And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground. And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one,” KJV

2 Tim 4:2-4 “Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.” KJV

John 16:7-8 “Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: “ KJV 

There is much talk about the Holy Spirit today, but virtually nothing is said of the work the Bible says the Holy Spirit came to do, to REPROVE THE WORLD OF SIN.

“Reproving”  means  preaching convicting messages.

9.  KENNETH HAGIN-“He (God) DOESN’T WANT US TO GO TELL SINNERS THAT IF THEY WILL BE GOOD AND CRY HALF THE NIGHT, HE MIGHT HAVE MERCY ON THEM AND DO SOMETHING FOR THEM.  NO!“HE WANTS US TO TELL THEM THAT GOD ALMIGHTY HAS ALREADY CANCELLED THEIR DEBT.  HE IS NOT HOLDING ONE THING AGAINST THEM.”  Kenneth Hagin, Paul’s Revelation,   “The Gospel of Reconciliation” p. 18-19.

Let’s analyze what Hagin is saying here!

Don’t tell sinners ‘IF’ THEY WILL BE GOOD”

That is just the opposite of what the Bible says.

*3 John 11 “Beloved, follow not that which is evil, but that WHICH IS GOOD.  HE THAT DOETH GOOD IS OF GOD:  but he that doeth evil hath not seen God.”

*Deut 12:28 “Observe and hear all these words which I command thee, that it may go well with thee, and with thy children after thee for ever, when thou doest that which is good and right in the sight of the LORD thy God.” KJV

Ps 4:4 “Stand in awe, and sin not :” KJV

What Hagin is also saying in so many words is that ones behavior has nothing to do with his relationship with God.  Nothing could be further from the truth.

1 Cor 15:34 “Awake to righteousness , and sin not” KJV

Hagin, “Don’t tell sinners…if they will cry half the night”

THE BIBLE:

2 Cor 7:10 “For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation” KJV

Luke 7:37-38 “And, behold, a woman in the city, which was a sinner , when she knew that Jesus sat at meat in the Pharisee's house, brought an alabaster box of ointment, And stood at his feet behind him weeping, and began to wash his feet with tears, and did wipe them with the hairs of her head, and kissed his feet, and anointed them with the ointment.”

Luke 7:44-48 “And he turned to the woman, and said unto Simon, Seest thou this woman? I entered into thine house, thou gavest me no water for my feet: but she hath washed my feet with tears, and wiped them with the hairs of her head. Thou gavest me no kiss: but this woman since the time I came in hath not ceased to kiss my feet. My head with oil thou didst not anoint: but this woman hath anointed my feet with ointment. Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little. And he said unto her, Thy sins are forgiven.” KJV

*Her weeping was a sign of true remorse for her sins and deep repentance.

THE PUBLICAN

Luke 18:13-14 “And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner . I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.” KJV

*Today when people come to accept Christ, most do not have a deep remorse for sin.  Sin is not even factored in.  They just add Jesus to their life, and don’t change.

Hagin says, “ HE (God) HAS ALREADY CANCELLED THEIR SINS”

It is true the price to cancel your sins has already been paid by Christ’s shed blood, but it is not true that since Christ paid the price to forgive your sins they are already cancelled.   It is not an automatic thing. They are not cancelled until you confess your sins, repent and accept Christ as your Savior.  It is an individual relationship with God.

Mark 6:12 “And they went out, and preached that MEN SHOULD REPENT.”

Most of Kenneth Hagin’s teachings about salvation came directly from E.W. Kenyon’s books.    Kenyon was also a Baptist evangelist in his early years.

10.  Hagin  continues… we are not to beat “SINNERS OVER THE HEAD (telling them to repent) AND THEN WONDER WHY THEY QUIT COMING TO CHURCH.”  Kenneth Hagin “Paul’s Revelation:  The Gospel of Reconciliation” p. 18-19.

These statements show that Hagin was a pioneer in the modern CHURCH GROWTH MOVEMENT.

He says if we don’t beat “sinners over the head”, which translates “if we don’t preach against sin”, then sinners will come and stay in church.”  That’s the exact same message Rick Warren, Bill Hybels, and Joel Osteen among others are giving.  Joel Osteen grew up in the Faith Movement so he has been schooled well in this hybrid gospel.   

 Hagin and these other men are correct.  If you don’t preach convicting messages against sin, but just  preach about prosperity and success, the churches will have big congregations and a lot of money.  But what do you have then?  The church then is now just another  social club of do gooders.  Churches are full of self righteous sinners who say ‘Lord, Lord’, whose consciences have  been seared with a hot iron and who are headed for hell.  People are now just involved in doing “good works”.   It is no coincidence the church is in the condition it’s in today. 

PENTECOST HAS TRADITIONALLY OPPOSED THE DOCTRINE OF ETERNAL SECURITY. E.W. Kenyon, Kenneth Hagin and Kenneth Copeland have cleverly brought the doctrine of Eternal Security into Pentecost and the Charismatic Movement, in a language that hid what they were doing.

ETERNAL SECURITY, ONCE SAVED ALWAYS SAVED DOCTRINE PROFILED

What is the doctrine of Eternal Security? It is the doctrine of Once Saved Always Saved,  that is you can’t lose your salvation no matter what you do after you have accepted Christ.

This doctrine is taught in Martin R. De Haan III’s book “What Do we have to Lose?  Salvation:  Security”.  (Note:  Charles Stanley’s book on Eternal Security teaches the exact same thing).

1.      “It is only when we realize that our salvation depends on our confidence in what Christ has done rather than on what we do.”  p. 9 “What Do We Have to Lose?”  Martin de Haan III.

2.      “God justifies those He calls to Christ.  In LEGAL TERMS, that means DECLARES RIGHTEOUS those who believe in His Son.”   P. 17

3.       “Because of spiritual immaturity, we often sin…but God responds in our defense.  To our accusers He declares something like, “Who do you think you are to accuse someone whom I DECLARED RIGHTEOUS.”  “The one you accuse of sin is one that I have PRE-CHOSEN and justified for Myself.”  P. 17  (The doctrine of Eternal Security is coupled with the doctrine of Predestination).

4.      P. 18 “Not under law but UNDER GRACE.  This is the ultimate kind of IMMUNITY AND PERPETUAL PARDON.” (No matter what sins you commit).

5.      The blood of Jesus pacifies past, present and future sins, even if they are not repented of.   “What Do We Have to Lose?”  De Haan III

6.      Eternal Security is being taught in the name of the GRACE OF GOD.

This is perverting the grace of God!

Rom 6:15 “What then? shall we sin , because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid” KJV

Jude 4 “For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness” KJV

Rev 3:5 “He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life,” KJV

Ex 32:33 “Whosoever hath sinned against me, him will I blot out of my book.” KJV

It’s impossible to blot someone’s name out of a book if it was in there at one time.

7.      De Haan uses 2 Cor. 5:21 as his foundational scripture for teaching Eternal Security, “For He hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.”  (All cults come from attaching themselves to one scripture at the expense of ignoring other scriptures on the same issue).

A COMPARISON OF DEHAAN’S BOOK ON ETERNAL SECURITY AND THE TEACHINGS OF KENNETH HAGIN AND KENNETH COPELAND.

THE EVIDENCE THAT HAGIN AND COPELAND ARE TEACHING ETERNAL SECURITY:

*Kenneth Hagin, Copeland and DaHaan’s book on Eternal Security,  all use 2 Cor. 5:21 as their primary scripture for teaching righteousness.

*Copelandhow can you condemn what God has made righteous.

Compare to DeHaan’s book on Eternal Security, “DeHaan, “Who do you think you are to accuse someone whom I DECLARED RIGHTEOUS.”  p. 17.

Copeland and DeHaan are saying the exact same thing.

*Copeland and Hagin’s teaching on Righteousness is referred to as POSITIONAL RIGHTEOUSNESS, which is the same thing DeHaan and Charles Stanley teach on Eternal Security.  Positional Righteousness means we are righteous because of what Christ did and not by anything we do.

It is true that we are not righteous even if we keep all of the Ten Commandments if we have not accepted Christ.  But according to the Bible, we are not righteous if we continue in sin.  I will deal with this more later to give an accurate overview on this issue.  Note:  The term POSITIONAL RIGHTEOUSNESS is a theological term which is not in the Bible.

*KENNETH COPELAND-  RIGHTEOUSNESS IS NOT THE WAY YOU ACT, NOR YOUR CONDUCT.  Copeland “The Force of Righteousness”  p. 5.

Compare this to DeHaan’s book on Eternal Security.  “It is only when we realize that our salvation depends on our confidence in what Christ has done rather than on what we do.”  p. 9 “What Do We Have to Lose?”  Martin de Haan III.

BIBLE 1 John 2:29-3:1 “ye know that every one that doeth righteousness is born of him.”  KJV

1 John 3:7-9 “Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous. He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.” KJV

1 John 3:10 “In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God,”  KJV

Deut 6:25-7:1 “And it shall be our righteousness, if we observe to do all these commandments before the LORD our God, as he hath commanded us.” KJV

Ps 7:11 “God judgeth the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day.” KJV

*If you are committing SIN YOU ARE UNRIGHTEOUSNESS and WICKED, even if you claim to be in Jesus.

John 14:21 “He that hath my commandments , and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me:” KJV

Matt 5:20 Jesus said, “For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.” KJV

Hagin and Copeland’s teachings on Righteousness come straight from E.W. Kenyon’s book “From the Cross to the Throne”, p. 51. They also could come right out of the BAPTIST’S HANDBOOK.  (Remember, Kenyon, Hagin and Osteen are all former Baptists).

*In Hagin’s book “The Precious Blood” he uses the terminology, “PERPETUAL CLEASING”.

Compare this to DeHaan’s Eternal Security book, “Not under law but UNDER GRACE.  This is the ultimate kind of IMMUNITY AND PERPETUAL PARDON.” (No matter what sins commit, you are perpetually pardoned is what this is teaching).

The key here is the word perpetual.  perpetual” cleansing and “perpetual” pardon are VIRTUALLY THE SAME thing”.  The Bible nothing about perpetual cleansing or pardon.   If we sin the Bible says we must confess our sins, repent.  It is not PERPETUAL. There is a big danger of sinning willfully and taking advantage of the grace of God. He. 10:26, Rom. 6:15.

*Kenneth Copeland- “THIS IS VICTORY OF THE HIGHEST ORDER.  SIN TURNED INTO RIGHTEOUSNESS!”  Copeland, “The Force of Righteousness” p. 26.

To say SIN TURNED INTO RIGHTEOUSNESS  is to redefine sin and make it mean the opposite of what it is.  That would then redefine righteousness as sin.  That would literally translate to mean that sin now is good and righteousness now is bad.

Rom 1:25 “Who changed the truth of God into a lie,” KJV

The Bible never says SIN TURNED INTO RIGHTEOUSNESS.  It says THE SINNER who becomes born again BECOMES RIGHTEOUS through Jesus Christ.  2 Cor. 5:21.  Sin stays sin!  Sin never changes.  What blasphemy to say “sin turned into righteousness”.

*KENNETH HAGIN-“So Jesus’ blood is precious because of its pacifying power; it pacifies not only the broken law, but also A GUILTY CONSCIOUS.”  Hagin “The Precious Blood p. 18.

cOMPARE TO dEHAAN’S book on eternal security, “The blood of Jesus  PACIFIES   past, present and future sins, even if they are not repented of.   “What Do We Have to Lose?”  De Haan III

Both Hagin and DeHaan say “The Blood of Jesus pacifies sin”, which comes directly from the doctrine of Eternal Security.

What Hagin is saying is that the blood of Jesus soothes your conscious so that if you sin it doesn’t bother you anymore, it is pacified.   You no longer are conscious of what the Bible calls sin.   

This is what Jesus called having a reprobate mind.

Rom 1:28-2:1 “And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:  Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.”  KJV

*KENNETH COPELAND- teaches we should have “NO MORE SIN CONSCIOUSNESS”, Copeland “The Force of Righteousness p. 7-11.  (This is Eternal Security)

*KENNETH COPELAND-“TAKE THE NAME OF JESUS AND DRIVE OUT THIS SIN CONSCIOUSNESS  Copeland, “The Force of Righteousness” p. 7-11.

Again, this is teaching Eternal Security! 

What does the Bible say about having a conscience?

Let’s look again at John 8:7-9 “He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her. And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground. And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one,” KJV

1 Peter 3:21 “(but the answer of a good conscience toward God,)” KJV

1 Tim 1:19 “Holding faith, and a good conscience ; which some having put away concerning faith have made shipwreck:” KJV

1 Tim 1:5-7 “Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience , and of faith unfeigned: From which some having swerved have turned aside unto vain jangling; Desiring to be teachers of the law; understanding neither what they say, nor whereof they affirm.” KJV

Acts 23:2 “And Paul, earnestly beholding the council, said, Men and brethren, I have lived in all good conscience before God until this day.” KJV

It’s true that after we have made things right with God we are not to be conscious of past sins that are forgiven, but we are to be cognizant or conscience of sin so we will not fall into it again.

1 Cor. 15:34 “Awake to righteousness and SIN NOT”

Ps 119:11 “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.” KJV

How will anyone even be conscious of sin unless he reads or hears the Word of God?

1 Thess 5:22 “Abstain from all appearance of evil.” KJV

You cannot abstain from the appearance of evil unless you are conscious of evil, and are aware of the difference between right and wrong.

Heb 5:14-6:1 “But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.” KJV

1 Tim 4:2 “Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;” KJV

Saying “Take the name of Jesus and drive out the sin consciousness” is unscriptural and blasphemous!  If one follows this teaching he will end up in hell.

1 John 1:6 “If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:” KJV

A PERSON WITHOUT A CONSCIENCE IS THE MOST WICKED AND DANGEROUS PERSON IN THE WORLD.  THEY DON’T KNOW THE DIFFERENCE OF RIGHT AND WRONG.

1.       KENNETH COPELAND-“THE ONLY SIN THAT WILL KEEP YOU OUT OF HEAVEN IS REJECTING JESUS.  Copeland, “The Force of Righteousness” p. 6-7.

If that were true, it would mean…

…as long as you don’t reject Jesus, you could commit adultery, lie, steal, commit homosexuality, etc., and still go to heaven.

This defies the Word of God.

Rev 21:8 “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.” KJV 

Furthermore,  Copeland’s statement would mean…

…that anyone, Moslem, Hindu, etc., will go to heaven even if they don’t ACCEPT JESUS, as long as they don’t reject Jesus.  If that were the case it would be best not to preach Christ so people wouldn’t  have an opportunity to reject Him.

Acts 2:21 “whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” KJV 

Acts 2:21 …is not being passive but pro-active towards Jesus.

2.       KENNETH COPELAND-“THE BLOOD OF JESUS DID NOT JUST COVER SIN, IT REMITTED SIN, IT DID AWAY WITH SIN COMPLETELY.”  Copeland, “The Force of Righteousness”

“It did away with sin completely?”  This would mean that THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS SIN NOW.  It would mean for a Christian that sin is now a NON-ISSUE.  This would translate , in so many words, to say that JESUS CAME SO WE COULD SIN WITH IMPUNITY.  THAT IS CLASSICAL ETERNAL SECURITY. 

The truth is that the blood of Jesus has the power to cleanse from sin, but it did not eradicate sin from the earth.  Sin is still a massive problem.  The blood of Jesus cleanses the sins of those that call on Him and repent of their sins.  It does not cleanse the sins of those who don’t repent and call on Him.

It is not true that Jesus did away with sin completely!  Sin still exists.  Otherwise, how would you explain why there is still war, murder, lust, fornication, stealing, lying, etc.

Rom 6:12-13 “Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.” KJV

More evidence  HAGIN AND COPELAND are teaching veiled Eternal Security.

THEIR TEACHINGS REGARDING THE TEN COMMANDMENTS…

a.      E.W. Kenyon, the mentor of Kenneth Hagin through his books, taught “IT WAS THE END OF THE TEN COMMANDMENTS”.  The Ten Commandments were done away with.  Kenyon, “What Happened from the Cross to the Throne”, p. 50.

 

b.      Kenneth Hagin, “SOME HAVE THOUGHT THAT BEING DOERS OF THE WORD MEANS TO KEEP THE TEN COMMANDMENTS.  THAT IS NOT WHAT James 1:22 IS TALKING ABOUT.  AFTER ALL, WE HAVE UNDER THE NEW TESTAMENT BUT ONE COMMANDMENT, LOVE.” Any way you look at this Hagin is saying that The Ten Commandments have been done away with, just like his mentor Kenyon.

 

It is not true that the Ten Commandments were done away with and now there is only one commandment, love.  In his statement Hagin was referring to Mt. 22:37-40 “Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.”  The problem is that he stops there and does not finish the verse.  The rest of the same verse says, “On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.” KJV

 

In other words, LOVE is the nail that HANGS THE COMMANDMENTS OF GOD.  Love doesn’t destroy the law.  Jesus was saying that without being born again, loving God and our neighbors,   it is impossible to keep God’s law.

 

c.       Finis Dake’s Annotated Bible teaches The Ten Commandments have been done away.  This is the favorite Bible of Rhema, Hagin’s School.

   

d.      Smith Wigglesworth in his book “Healing” “YOU KNOW, THE TEN COMMANDMENTS…IS DONE AWAY WITH.”  p. 81

 

Wigglesworth states "Those tablets of stone with their 'Thou shalt nots' are done away with, for they never brought life to anyone." He goes on to say, "You ask, 'Does a man who is filled with the Spirit cease to keep the commandments?' "I simply repeat what the Spirit of God has told here, that this 'ministry of death, written and engraved on stones' ("and you know that the Ten Commandments were written on stones") "is done away with".   

 

Wigglesworth’s books are sold by Rhema.  There is a pattern!

 

e.      KENNETH COPELAND-“THE ONLY SIN THAT WILL KEEP YOU OUT OF HEAVEN IS REJECTING JESUS.”  Copeland, “The Force of Righteousness” p. 6-7. 

*Saying the Ten Commandments are done away with is in reality teaching that if you say you believe in Christ you are saved and can’t be lost no matter what sins you commit or how you live.  Any way you look at it, this is the doctrine of Eternal Security.

LOOK AT THE TEN COMMANDMENTS THAT THEY SAY ARE DONE AWAY WITH:

Ex. 20: 3 “THOU SHALT NOT...

…have ANY OTHER GODS before me…shalt not make any graven image…shalt NOT TAKE THE NAME OF THE LORD THY GOD IN VAIN…remember the SABBATH DAY and keep it holy (This  is the only commandment that the New Testament makes a revision on... Rom 14:5-6), HONOR THEY FATHER AND MOTHER…thou shalt NOT KILL…shalt NOT COMMIT ADULTERY…NOT STEAL…NOT BEAR FALSE WITNESS…NOT COVET.

 

You tell me which one of the Ten Commandments God did away with. If the Ten Commandments were taken away with, the world would revert to immorality like the ancient paganism, which in fact it has already done on the whole.  Hagin and Copeland are in agreement with the ungodly who have taken the Ten Commandments out of the public schools and court houses in America.

*Jesus did away with the Levitical ORDINANCES (NOT THE TEN COMMANDMENTS) nailing them …the ordinances…to the cross.”  He. 9:1 (This had to do with washings, etc.).

The New Testament reiterates The Ten Commandments and even expounds on them.

 1 Cor. 6:9-10; Romans 1:28-29; Rev. 21:8, names the things that will keep you out of heaven.

JESUS DID NOT COME TO DESTROY THE LAW!

Matt 5:17  Jesus said,  Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.’ KJV

1 John 2:3-4  “And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.” KJV

Rom 3:31-4:1 “Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law.” KJV

When Jesus interviewed the rich man about following Him, the Bible says Jesus loved him because he knew and kept The Ten Commandments.  Lk. 18:21.

Jesus went further than The Ten Commandments.  He said if you even LOOK on a woman to lust after her, you have committed adultery in your heart .

JESUS DIDN’T COME TO LEGALIZE SIN; HE CAME TO SET US FREE FROM THE POWER OF SIN.

Rom 8:1-10 “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.”  KJV.

Those who believe in Eternal Security do not like the KJV.  They use the NIV.  In Rom. 8:1. Unlike the KJV, the NIV  just says “There is no condemnation to them which are in Christ”, and STOPS THERE.  The NIV deletes “WHO WALK NOT AFTER THE FLESH.”  (See the article on www.lorendavis.com on “CHANGING THE BIBLE”).  Kenneth Hagin and Kenneth Copeland also do not like the KJV, but use many different translations.

Rom 8:13 “For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.” KJV

Compare Hagin and Copeland’s position about The Ten Commandments being done away, to Dehaan III’s book on Eternal Security. 

De Haan III says, “It is only when we realize that our salvation depends on our confidence in what Christ has done rather than on what we do.”  p. 9 “What Do We Have to Lose?”  Martin de Haan III.

This is just another way of saying The Ten Commandments are no longer relevant.  It is the exact same position as Hagin and Copeland have taken.   This is a doctrine of devils.  1  Tim. 4:1.

THE TEACHING OF THE “UNCONDITIONAL LOVE OF GOD”.

Today we hear much about the UNCONDITIONAL LOVE OF GOD.   Serving God with no conditions translates into meaning that no matter how you live God will accept you.    This is the doctrine of Eternal Security.

It is true God loved us and sent Jesus to die for us while we were sinners (Rom. 5:8).  It is NOT TRUE that salvation, healing or the blessings of God are unconditional and that after accepting Christ we are allowed to continue living like sinners.

SALVATION is conditional:  John. 3:16  “If you believe…you will be saved.  If you believe not, you

HEALING is conditional:  Matt 13:58-14:1 “And he did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief.”  KJV 

THE BLESSINGS of God are conditional:  Deuteronomy 28.  If you do what He commands you, you will be blessed.  If you don’t, you will be under the curse.  See also, Mal. 3:10.

THE SOLGAN “GOD IS GOOD ALL THE TIME.

The Faith Movement has brought this slogan, “God is good all the time”, into most churches of all denominations. That slogan is nothing but a veiled cloak for the doctrine of Eternal Security,  which insinuates that God will not hold man an accountable for his sins.

The Bible:  Rom 11:22 “Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity ; but toward thee, goodness , if thou continue in his goodness : otherwise thou also shalt be cut off.”  KJV

The Bible talks often in the New Testament about the WRATH OF GOD towards the wicked.

Jn. 3:36, Rom. 1:18, Eph. 5:6, Col. 3:6, Rev. 14:10, 19; 15:1, 7; 16:1.

Ps 7:11 “God is angry with the wicked every day.” KJV

Heb 10:26-27 “For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.” KJV

There has developed a “NO RULES CHRISTIANITY”

Rev 2:20-21 “Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols. And I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not.” KJV

THE NEW GOSPEL THAT HAS EVOLVED IS A “THIS LIFE” GOSPEL.

Today, almost nothing is preached about SALVATION, BEING BORN AGAIN; SIN; ETERNITY, HEAVEN, HELL OR THE JUDGMENT DAY.  Sermons are just feel good, you’re alright, 
“Christianized” success seminars.  Whatever it will take to get a good crowd and a good offering.

Joel Osteen’s book, “YOUR BEST LIFE NOW” reflects this.  It is a ME, HUMANISTIC, NOW Gospel which is following the same line as the New Age.   His new book is “How to be a better YOU”.  His messages are not centered around Christ but  around YOU.  He is using the church to teach psychology in Jesus’ name.  The essence of psychology is diametrically opposed to the Bible.

The biggest churches today mainly preach about prosperity, success and on “how great YOU are”.  Their gospel is centered around “THIS LIFE”, not the AFTER LIFE.  PREACHERS ARE NOT PREPARING  People For where they will spend eternity.  This hybrid gospel is no threat to Satan’s kingdom at all.  It has lulled God’s people into a deep spiritual coma and has contaminated the faith of millions.  Hagin and Copeland are not targeting winning the lost.  They and their allies target Christians, then do everything in their power to indoctrinate them with “their” perverted spin of the gospel.  They have ravaged God’s people financially, diverting untold millions of dollars from God’s agenda of winning the lost and teaching sound Bible doctrine, into their own personal coffers.  They have become very rich off God’s people while those who are preaching the “true” Gospel to win the lost are struggling. 

There is little difference between their message and that of the atheists:  one’s heaven or hell is in the here and now.  Today, that is all the church is thinking about.  What they can get now.  How rich can they become now.   What is preached from most pulpits today is very little different from what the New Age is teaching.   Sermons are little more that “Christianized” success seminars. 

(See the Article  “New Age Faith is Replacing Bible Faith”www.combineharvesting.com) 

What does the Bible say about this?

Ps 17:14 “From men which are thy hand, O LORD, from men of the world, which have their portion in this life,” KJV

1 Cor 15:19-21 “If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable. But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept. For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.” KJV

2 Tim 4:10 For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world” KJV

THE ISSUE ABOUT ETERNAL LIFE IS VIRTUALLY DEAD IN THE CHURCH TODAY, but not as far as what the Bible says.

Luke 10:25  “…what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” KJV

Rom 2:7 “To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life:” KJV

Rom 5:21-6:1 “That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.” KJV

*THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH AND OTHER DENOMINATIONS TEACH THAT YOU MUST BE BAPTIZED IN THEIR CHURCH AND BELONG TO THEIR CHURCH TO BE SAVED. If that were so that would make the church the Savior instead of Christ. They make their members believe that they will go to heaven no matter how sinful lives they live, as long as they are members of their church and support them financially.  Many churches are full of drunks, whoremongers, liars and thieves whose consciences have been seared.  The wicked have been assured that their membership in their church and baptism are their passes to heaven, no matter how they live.  There is no truth in that. This is just another form of Eternal Security.

CONCLUSION

As a direct result of the teachings of Kenneth Hagin, RHEMA, and Copeland, among others, there is virtually no hot convicting preaching against sin anhymore, especially in the Charismatic Movement.  No one feels his need to repent of his sins anymore.

Amos 6:1 “Woe to them that are at ease in Zion ,” KJV

The Faith Movement leaders said that this is no longer the time of the preacher, it is the time of the teacher.  That is totally unscriptural! (1 Co. 12:28-29).  Teaching is important, but it is just one of the ministry gifts. None of the ministry gifts have ceased.

1 Cor 1:21 “…it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.” KJV

Heb 1:7 “Who maketh…his ministers a flame of fire .” KJV 

The fire has gone out in most pulpits!  Most messages today are cold and dead.   They are just lectures that don’t have enough passion or power to even keep people awake.  Most preachers are looking to find some cute little cliché or joke or gimmick to keep their people entertained just enough to keep them coming back to their church and keep them dropping an offering in the plate.  They preach what people want to hear to pacify them instead of loving the people enough to preach the truth which will save their lives and souls.  To them preaching is just a job.  They have no burden for the lost.  Jesus called it, “the blind leading the blind”.

Many Christians today are no different morally than thE pagans.

*1 Peter 4:17-18 “For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?” KJV

ANOTHER JESUS, ANOTHER SPIRIT, ANOTHER GOSPEL

*2 Cor 11:4 “For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel,

 *vs. 3…I fear your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity which is Christ. KJV

*2 Cor 10:4-5 “(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;” KJV

You must make a choice if you are going to follow prophets, apostles, preachers,   your denomination or Jesus Christ and the Bible.

*Jer 5:31-6:1 “The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their means; and my people love to have it so: and what will ye do in the end thereof?” KJV

*Rom 3:4 “God forbid: yea, let God be true , but every man a liar;” KJV

IT IS TRUE WE ARE NOT SAVED BY WORKS BUT BY FAITH IN CHRIST, BUT WORKS ARE VERY IMPORTANT.

*James 2:18 “Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.” KJV

*James 2:20 “But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?” KJV

*Rev 20:12 “And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.” KJV

IT’S YOUR CHOICE!

Josh 24:15-16 “And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve ; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD. And the people answered and said, God forbid that we should forsake the LORD, to serve other gods;” KJV

Unless there is an immediate turn around, millions of professing Christians, even those who CLAIM TO BE SPIRIT FILLED, will miss heaven.

*Isa 14:9 “Hell from beneath is moved for thee to meet thee at thy coming: it stirreth up the dead for thee,” KJV

*Isa 28:18 “And your covenant with death shall be disannulled, and your agreement with hell shall not stand;” KJV

I have argued REGARDING SALVATION, COMPARING THE TEACHINGS OF RELIGIOUS GIANTS ON THIS TOPIC, with the Holy Scriptures.   Remember, no man’s revelation is above the Bible.  The Bible tells us that no scripture is of private interpretation.   2 Pet. 1:20.  If these CORRECTIONS AND teachings are offensive to you, your problem is not with me but with the Bible and The Lord Jesus Christ.  MAY YOU MAKE THE WHOLE COUNSEL OF gOD YOUR CHOICE.

*2 Peter 2:1-3 “But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.  And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.  And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.”

*2 Cor 4:2 “But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; “ KJV

*Gal 1:8 “But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.” KJV

*2 Tim 3:16 “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction , for instruction in righteousness:” KJV

*2 Thess 2:12 “That they all might be damned who believed not the truth” KJV

*Matt 13:20-21 “But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it; Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended .” KJV

*Luke 7:23 “And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me.” KJV

*Rev 2:14 “But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumblingblock before the children of Israel, “

*Isa 8:20 “if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.” KJV

*John 8:37 Jesus said, “ye seek to kill me, because my word hath no place in you.” KJV

Matt 4:4 Jesus said, “It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone , but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” KJV

AT THE DAY OF JUDGMENT, WE WILL BE JUDGED BY THE WORD OF GOD.

Rom 2:16 “In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel.” KJV

NOTE:  For an in depth study on the issues:  “Salvation Has Been Perverted”;  “Is Eternal Security Scriptural”; “Have The Ten Commandments Been Done Away”; and “The Perversion of Righteousness”, order my book, “The Paganization of Christianity” off our website:  www.lorendavis.com