PART II

 

By Loren Davis

 

THE ISSUE IS OVER SOUND BIBLE DOCTRINE

 

WHAT IS SOUND DOCTRINE?  Basically it is:  respect for God and Jesus; belief in the Trinity; belief in Christ’s virgin birth:  that Jesus is the only begotten Son of God, God manifest in the flesh; that man is subservient to God and subject to His commandments; belief in the Ten Commandments; belief that Jesus was the sinless, spotless Lamb of God; belief that Jesus died on the cross to buy our redemption from our sins; belief that His blood atones and cleanses us from all of our sins; belief in the Second Coming of Christ; that man will face God at the Judgment and will spend eternity in either heaven or hell; and belief in the inerrancy of the Bible, that the Bible is literally the Word of God.  There are many other important issues, but these are the foundation of the Christian faith.

 

2 Timothy 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; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.”  (KJV)

II John 9… “He that hath not the DOCTRINE OF CHRIST, HATH NOT GOD.”

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)

2 Timothy 2:15-16 “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.” (KJV)

 

Today, the main attack against sound Bible doctrine is coming from inside Christianity.  Those doing this use the tactic of classifying sound Bible doctrine as “traditional” Christianity which is not relevant today.  Many are saying that because we have the Holy Spirit today, we now have a greater revelation of what the Bible really means.

 

2 Pet 1:20 “Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.” (KJV)

 

In this article I am going to name prominent teachers inside Christianity who are teaching unsound doctrine.  I will be giving direct quotes from them; give the source of their teachings; and compare what they are teaching with the scriptures.

 

IS IT SCRIPTURAL TO MARK THOSE WHO TEACH UNSOUND DOCTRINE?

 

Romans 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 SCRIPTURAL PRECEDENCE OF MARKING:

 

a. Jesus marked JUDAS when He gave him the sop.

b. Paul, 2 Tim 4:14 “ALEXANDER the coppersmith did me much evil: the Lord reward him according to his works:” (KJV)

c. Paul, 2 Tim 4:10 “For DEMAS hath forsaken me, having loved this present world, and is departed unto Thessalonica;” (KJV)

UNSOUND DOCTRINES BEING TAUGHT IN THE CHARISMATIC MOVEMENT AND PENTECOST….

 

THE ISSUES…

 

GOD

1Morris Cerullo claims  HE HAS SEEN GOD.   He says that God is about six feet tall and twice as broad as a man.  (The Miracle Book, S.D., Ca. Cerullo World Evangelism), x-xi

*Kenneth Copeland-“God spoke Adam into existence in authority with words. These words struck Adam's body in the face. HIS BODY AND GOD WERE EXACTLY THE SAME SIZE."  Holy Bible, Kenneth Copeland Reference Edition 1991, 45, emphasis in original

*Copeland-God is someone "very much like you and me....A being THAT STANDS SOMEWHERE AROUND 6'2," 6'3," THAT WEIGHS SOMEWHERE IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD OF A COUPLE OF HUNDRED POUNDS, LITTLE BETTER, [AND] HAS A [HAND]SPAN NINE INCHES ACROSS." (Kenneth Copeland, Spirit, Soul and Body I, side 1.)

*Jerry Savelle, a protégé of Copeland, gives the same description of God as Copeland in his audio tape #ss-36-side 1. 

To say God has a hand span of nine inches across, no different from a man’s hand, greatly diminishes respect for THE HAND OF GOD.

I Peter. 5:6 talks about “THE MIGHTY HAND OF GOD”

What does the Bible say about man seeing God?

1 John 4:12 “NO MAN hath SEEN GOD at ANYTIME.”

John 5:37  “And THE FATHER himself, which hath sent me, hath borne witness of me. Ye have neither heard his voice at any time, NOR SEEN HIS SHAPE.”

2.  Kenneth Copeland, "I WAS SHOCKED WHEN I FOUND OUT WHO THE BIGGEST FAILURE IN THE BIBLE ACTUALLY IS.  Everybody you ask "Who's the biggest failure?" They say "JUDAS", somebody else will say "No, I believe it was ADAM", well how about THE DEVIL.  He's the most consistent failure. But he's not the biggest in terms of material failure and so forth. THE BIGGEST ONE IN ALL THE BIBLE IS GOD. He lost His top-ranking, most anointed angel; the first man He ever created; the first woman He ever created; the whole earth and all the fullness therein; a third of the angels, at least--that's a big loss, man. . .” (Kenneth Copeland, Praise-a-Thon, TBN, 1988.)

Where is the honor, respect and fear of God?

Job 28:28 “And unto man he said, Behold, THE FEAR OF THE LORD, THAT IS WISDOM;”

3.  Kenneth Copeland: "GOD IS BOTH MALE & FEMALE" "People have even argued about whether God is male or female. But the Bible itself tells us that He’s both! That’s right. In the Hebrew language, all words have gender. They’re either male or female. But the Hebrew word ‘Jehovah’ is both masculine and feminine. HE’S AS MUCH FEMALE AS HE IS MALE AND AS MUCH MALE AS HE IS FEMALE." ("Viva la Difference," From Faith To Faith, by Kenneth and Gloria Copeland, Published by Kenneth Copeland Publications, 1982, June 28.)

*Kenneth Copeland refers to God as THE MIGHTY BREASTED ONE, both MALE AND FEMALE.  This totally emasculates God as our Father.  The New Age refers to God as MOTHER GOD.   To FEMINIZE GOD is to make Him a goddess as well as a god.  This is exactly what the pagans believe.  One of the main reasons Mary has been exalted as co-redeemer and co-mediator with Christ is TO MAKE MARY EQUAL WITH JESUS.  This comes from seeing God as female as well as male.  Paul Crouch of TBN and Pat Robertson have endorsed the Catholics who believe in Mary worship and see no problem with their position regarding this.

I went to Google on the internet and typed in: GODS/HALF MALE AND HALF FEMALE.  Instantly it brought up THE OFFICIAL WEBSITE OF HINDUISM.  Hinduism teaches that many of their gods are half male and half female, very similar to what Copeland teaches about God.  The New Age is in reality a form of Hinduism. See the Hindu website:  www.shaivam.org/siddhanta/maardh.html

Saying God is male and female is injecting pagan theology, “doctrines of devils”, into Christianity

Some believe that God has NO GENDER.  How can this argument be justified?  Over and over the Bible calls God FATHER and Jesus His SON.  That is gender!

4Copeland-“ADAM was made in the image of God. HE WAS AS MUCH FEMALE AS HE WAS MALE.  He was exactly like God. "Sensitivity of Heart”, Fort Worth, Texas. Copeland.

This is the same argument that atheistic psychologists use to justify homosexuality. Psychology teaches that humans are both male and female.  They tell men to get in touch with their feminine side.  They have worked incessantly to blur the lines between masculinity and femininity even promoting unisex style clothing.  Psychology and the New Age justifies homosexuality on these grounds, saying that a homosexual is a female trapped in a male’s body; and a lesbian is a male trapped in a female’s body.  The world’s belief system is now being taught in Christianity as Gospel. With teachings like this no wonder homosexuality has been accepted in much of Christianity and even among the clergy in some “Christian” denominations.  Christianity’s thinking is being changed to coincide with secular society.  This gospel that man is male and female is New Age.

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, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.” (KJV)

What does the Bible say about this issue?

Gen 1:27 “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; MALE AND FEMALE created he them.”

NOTE:  EVE was able to have male children.  That didn’t mean she was as much male as she was female.   She was ALL FEMALE.

 FEMINISM IN SOCIETY AND THE CHURCH

 

Saying God is half female as well as half male has run parallel with the feminist movement in secular society. The Feminist Movement has carried over into Christianity and has even produced the feminist Bible Translation which calls  GOD “SHE”.

 

THE PROMOTION OF THE FEMINIST MOVEMENT IN CHRISTIANITY

 

T.D. JAKES MAIN TARGET IS WOMEN, ESPECIALLY UNWED BLACK WOMEN. 

 

LOOK AT THE TITLES OF T.D. Jakes BOOKS: 

“Woman Thou Art Loosed” (Loosed from what?  This title has strong feminist connotations.  Loosed from her husband and children?); “The Lady, Her Lover and Her Lord” (inferring one can have a lover and the Lord at the same time); “Naked and Unashamed” (Does that sound like the title of a Christian book?); “God's Leading Lady”; “Promises from God for Single Women”; “The Scarlet Woman” (A prostitute); “The Maximized Woman”.

 

Titus 3:5-6  “Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof; turn away.  For of THIS SORT are they which CREEP IN HOUSES, and LEAD CAPTIVE SILLY WOMEN LADEN WITH SINS, and led with DIVERS LUSTS.  Ever learning, but never coming to the knowledge of the truth.”

 

 

JESUS

1.      Copeland-“CHRIST "HAD NO INNATE SUPERNATURAL POWERS.”  “He had no ability to perform miracles until after He was anointed by the Holy Spirit." (Kenneth Copeland, "Question & Answer," Believer's Voice of Victory, August 1988, 8.)

This statement is not substantiated with scriptures.  Consider!

a.       AS A BOY JESUS ASTONISHED THE LEARNED MEN IN THE SYNAGOGUE.  They couldn’t understand how He had such knowledge without being trained.

Luke 2:46-48 “And it came to pass, that after three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them, and asking them questions. And all that heard him were astonished at his understanding and answers. And when they saw him, they were amazed: and his mother.” (KJV)

b.      JESUS WAS GOD BEFORE HE CAME TO EARTH.  That alone lets us know He had innate supernatural power before the Holy Spirit came on Him in the form of a dove.

John 8:58 “Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.” (KJV)

       c.  JESUS IS THE CREATOR.

John 1:1-3 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and THE WORD WAS GOD. The same was in the beginning with God. ALL THINGS WERE MADE BY HIM; and without him was not any thing made that was made.”

John 1:10 “He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.”

        d.  John 10:36-38  Jesus said to the Phariseest, “Say ye of him, whom the Father hath sanctified, and sent into the world, Thou blasphemest; because I said, I AM THE SON OF GOD?  If I do not the works of my Father, believe me not.  But if I do, though ye believe not me, BELIEVE THE WORKS, that the Father is in me, and I in Him.”

2.       Kenneth Copeland- JESUS "has got to be ALL MAN. He CANNOT be a god and come STORMING IN HERE with ATTRIBUTES AND DIGNITIES that are not common to man. He can't do that. IT'S NOT LEGAL." ("The Incarnation", side 1, audiocassette #01-0402, emphasis in original, Fort Worth, TX: KCM, 1985.)

 

Think about what Copeland is saying.

 

a.        He says that Jesus was “ALL MAN”.

That contradicts 1 Timothy 3:16 (KJV), which says Jesus was God manifest in the flesh.

 

b.        John 1:14 “And the Word was made flesh, and DWELT AMONG US, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.” (KJV)

                           John 1:1-3 …and THE WORD WAS GOD.

      John 1:10  He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.” (KJV)

 

c.        Copeland says that Jesus CANNOT come storming in here.  The fact is, because He is God, there is NOTHING HE CANNOT DO. 

 

d.       Copeland says Jesus cannot be  “A GOD”.  “A GOD?”  He doesn’t even say Jesus cannot be God.  This is pagan jargon.

 

e.        Copeland says that JESUS CAN’T COME STORMING IN HERE.  Well, according to the Bible, that’s exactly what He did.  Jesus didn’t arrive in this world secretly.  He was prophesied by the prophets;   announced by the Star of David  over Bethlehem; and announced by the angels to the wise men and shepherds.

 

                      f.  Copeland says that JESUS DIDN’T HAVE ANY ATTRIBUTES NOT COMMON TO MAN.   There is no truth to that. He healed the sick; raised the dead; turned the water into wine, walked on water. 

 

The Bible says about Jesus in John 9:32 “Since the world began was it not heard that any man opened the eyes of one that was born blind.” (KJV)

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    g.  Copeland says JESUS DIDN’T HAVE DIGNITIES THAT WERE NOT COMMON TO MAN.  If that was the case then why did Herod kill all the baby boys two years of age and under.  If that is the case then why did the wise men bring Him gifts at His birth? 

 

Matt 2:1-2 “Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.” (KJV)

Matt 2:8 “And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, Go and search diligently for the young child; and when ye have found him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship him also.” (KJV)

 

      h.  Copeland says IT’S NOT LEGAL for Jesus to come like   this.  Question?  Who is making the laws, Jesus or Copeland?  Jesus is the Creator.  He made even the laws and can even work outside them anytime He chooses.  He walked on water and ascended to heaven without a plane.  Psalms 1 talks about the LAW OF GOD.  God’s law is final.  There is no law above His.  He is the lawmaker, not Copeland.

 

2 Tim 2:9  “the word of God is not bound.” (KJV)

SOME DENOMINATIONS TEACH THAT JESUS IS ALL MAN AND ALL GOD.

If Jesus is ALL MAN, He cannot be God.  If Jesus was ALL MAN then, God could not be His Father.  To be ALL MAN Jesus would have  to have had a human father.  The implications of that would mean that MARY WAS NOT A VIRGIN, but a fornicator, because she got pregnant before she was married.  Then, if Jesus was ALL MAN,  it would have been impossible for Jesus to be THE ONLY BEGOTTEN SON OF GOD, GOD IN THE FLESH.

Philippians 2:8 speaks about Jesus that… “He was “FASHIONED AS A MAN.”   Jesus was God FASHIONED as a man.

Furthermore, JESUS’ MIND was different than an ordinary man’s mind.  HE HAD GOD’S MIND IN A MAN’S BODY.  “THE MIND OF CHRIST”.

THE PHARISEES ACCUSED HIM OF BLASPHEMY because He said He was the Son of God, God in the flesh. Luke 5:21

Matthew 26:64-65 “Jesus saith unto him, Thou hast said: nevertheless I say unto you, Hereafter shall ye see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven.  Then the high priest rent his clothes, saying, HE HATH SPOKEN BLASPHEMY;”

1 Timothy 3:16… “GOD WAS MANIFEST IN THE FLESH,”

I John 4:3  “And every spirit that CONFESSETH NOT THAT JESUS CHRIST IS COME IN THE FLESH IS NOT OF GOD: and this is that SPIRIT OF ANTICHRIST, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.” (KJV)

3.  Copeland said, Jesus told him, They crucified me for claiming that I was God.  BUT I DIDN’T CLAIM I WAS GOD.  I claimed I walked with Him and that He was with me.”  Copeland, “Take Time to Pray”, Believers Voice of Victory 15, 2-Feb. ‘87

John 8:58 “Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.”

John 10:30  “I and my Father are one.” (KJV)

John 5:36-38 “ But I have greater witness than that of John: for the works which the Father hath given me to finish, the same works that I do, bear witness of me, that the Father hath sent me. And the Father himself, which hath sent me, hath borne witness of me. Ye have neither heard his voice at any time, nor seen his shape. And ye have not his word abiding in you: for WHOM HE HATH SENT, HIM YE BELIEVE NOT.” (KJV)

4.  Kenneth Copeland- “JESUS IS NO LONGER THE ONLY BEGOTTEN SON OF GOD”  Now we are in Christ Jesus p. 24, 1981

That statement defies John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (KJV)

The NIV and most translations delete “Only Begotten” from John 3:16, and instead use the phrase “God’s one and only son.”  This must be one of the main reasons Copeland mocks and belittles the KJV.  It conflicts with his teachings.

John. 20:31  “These things are written that Jesus is the Christ, THE SON OF GOD, and THAT BELIEVING ye might have life through his name”

 

 5.  HAGIN CLAIMS TO HAVE SEEN JESUS IN PERSON 8 TIMES

K.Hagin-“Exceeding Growing Faith” book,  p. 74 

 

Hagin tells about his experiences of how Jesus visited his bedroom.  He said he would argue with Jesus over the scriptures and their meaning.  Can you imagine if Jesus visited you that you would dare argue with Him about the Bible? Hagin’s authority among his disciples appears to have derived largely from his alleged personal visitations with Jesus.  Most of his followers believe he had these personal visitations with Jesus without question.

 

This defies the scripture,

Matthew 24:26 Jesus said, “Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, HE IS IN THE SECRET CHAMBERS (bedroom); BELIEVE IT NOT.”

 6.  BENNY HINN CLAIMS: JESUS WILL APPEAR            PHYSICALLY IN NAIROBI, KENYA!
http://www.deceptioninthechurch.com/benny-hinn.wav
(1.85 MB April 2nd, 2000 by TBN). Here is a transcript of this clip:

Nairobi, HINN,  'Tell your husband that Jesus is go'n to physically appear in his meetings.' I am expecting to see, I am telling you that - I feel it's going to happen. I, I, I'm, I'm careful in how I am saying it now, because I know the people in Kenya are listening. I know deep in my soul, something supernatural is going to happen in - Paul and Jan are coming to Nairobi with me, but Paul, we may very well come back with footage of Jesus on the platform! You know that  the Lord appeared in Romania recently, and there's a video of it? Where the Lord appeared in the back of a church and you see him on video walking down the isle? Yeah! Paul do you remember when I came on TBN years ago and showed you a clip of the Lord appearing in our church in Orlando, on the balcony on the wall? Yeah. You, you remember that? [Paul Crouch] Very well, I saw it! [Benny Hinn] That was '80, 80 something, '86, what - whatever. Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is about to appear physically in some churches, and some meetings, and to many of His people, for one reason - to tell you He is about to show up! To Wake Up! Jesus is coming saints!" - Benny Hinn, April 2nd, 2000

Benny Hinn repeated his claim that Jesus will be appearing physically at his crusade(s) about 10 minutes into the program on his http://www.bennyhinn.org/media/2000-4-20-28.ram "This Is Your Day" program, dated April 20th, 2000 (Real Video). Thousands of people will allegedly see Jesus physically on the stage!

Matthew 24:26 Jesus said, “Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he (referring to Jesus) he is in the desert; GO NOT FORTH:  …BELIEVE IT NOT.” 

 7.  Kenneth Copeland-TEACHES THAT JESUS WAS SODOMIZED AND SEXUALLY RAPED BY ROMAN SOLDIERS.   Copeland “The Resurrection Truth”, p. 71.  Is that in the scriptures?

Nowhere is such a thing even inferred in the scriptures.  Even if that were true, and it is not , you don’t make defiling, defaming statements about people you love. You do everything in your power to protect their reputations.  Consider! If Jesus would have been raped His blood would have been contaminated and He would not have been able to redeem man from their sins.  His blood was spotless and pure because He is the spotless Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.

8.  Copeland-“JESUS HAS A BEGINNING AND AN END. (What Happened From the Cross to the Throne, Tape #00-0303)

How could he make such a statement?  Jesus is God.  He is eternal.

John 16:28 … “I came forth from the Father, and am come into the world: again, I leave the world, and go to the Father.” (KJV)

 

 John 8:58 “Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.”  (KJV)

 

John 11:25 “Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:” (KJV).  I Cor. 15.  The resurrection chapter.

Psalm 90:2 “BEFORE the mountains were brought forth, or ever THOU HADST FORMED THE EARTH AND THE WORLD (He is the Creator Jn. 1), even FROM EVERLASTING TO EVERLASTING, THOU ART GOD.”  (KJV)

 

To believe Jesus has an end implies He was not resurrected.   Believing Christ was raised from the dead is foundational to salvation.

 

Romans 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)

9.  CNN LARRY KING LIVE INTERVIEW WITH JOEL OSTEEN, AIRED JUNE 20, 2005 - 21:00   ET   

CALLER: “Hello, Larry. You're the best, and thank you, Joe -- Joel -- for your positive messages and your book. I'm wondering, though, why you side-stepped Larry's earlier question about how we get to heaven? The bible clearly tells us that Jesus is the way, the truth and the light and the only way to the father is through him. That's not really a message of condemnation but of truth.”

OSTEEN: “Yes, I would agree with her. I believe that...”

KING: “
So then a Jew is not going to heaven?
OSTEEN: “No. Here's my thing, Larry, is I can't judge somebody's heart. You know? Only god can look at somebody's heart, and so -- I don't know. To me, it's not my business to say, you know, this one is or this one isn't. I just say, here's what the bible teaches and I'm going to put my faith in Christ. And I just I think it's wrong when you go around saying, you're saying you're not going, you're not going, you're not going, because it's not exactly my way. I'm just...”

KING: “But you believe your way.”

OSTEEN: “I believe my way. I believe my way with all my heart.”

KING: “But for someone who doesn't share it is wrong, isn't he?”

OSTEEN: “Well, yes. Well,
I don't know if I look at it like that. I would present my way, but I'm just going to let god be the judge of that. I don't know. I don't know.”

KING: “So you make no judgment on anyone?”

OSTEEN: “No. But I...”

KING:
What about atheists?

OSTEEN: “You know what, I'm going to let someone -- I'm going to let god be the judge of who goes to heaven and hell. I just -- again, I present the truth, and I say it every week. You know, I believe it's a relationship with Jesus. But you know what? I'm not going to go around telling everybody else if they don't want to believe that that's going to be their choice. God's got to look at your own heart. God's got to look at your heart, and only god knows that.”

  

KING: “Because we've had ministers on who said, your record don't count. You either believe in Christ or you don't. If you believe in Christ, you are, you are going to heaven. And if you don't no matter what you've done in your life, you ain't.”

OSTEEN: “Yeah,
I don't know. There's probably a balance between. I believe you have to know Christ. But I think that if you know Christ, if you're a believer in God, you're going to have some good works. I think it's a cop-out to say I'm a Christian but I don't ever do anything ...”

KING: “
What if you're Jewish or Muslim, you don't accept Christ at all?”

OSTEEN: “You know, I'm very careful about saying who would and wouldn't go to heaven. I don't know ...

KING: “If you believe you have to believe in Christ? They're wrong, aren't they?”

OSTEEN: “
Well, I don't know if I believe they're wrong. I believe here's what the Bible teaches and from the Christian faith this is what I believe. But I just think that only God with judge a person's heart. I spent a lot of time in India with my father. I don't know all about their religion. But I know they love God. And I don't know. I've seen their sincerity. So I don't know. I know for me, and what the Bible teaches, I want to have a relationship with Jesus.”

 

http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0506/20/lkl.01.html

I have heard that after Joel received much criticism from Christians about Jesus perhaps is not the only way to heaven, that he  retracted his statements.  But this came only after he was put under much duress.  The Bible says, “Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.”  When Joel says HE DOESN’T KNOW if Muslims, Hindus, Jews or Athiests who don’t accept Christ will go to heaven or not, this makes a huge statement about his belief in the Bible and Christ.  This  is sending a message to millions who follow him that it may not be necessary to accept Christ to go to heaven.  This could cause many to perish.   Mt. 12:34. 

Joel’s messages have little to do with biblical salvation.  They make no demands on a person that they must change and turn away from his life of sin after accepting Christ.  His statements on Larry King contradict what Christ said that He was THE ONLY WAY TO HEAVEN.  How could anyone ever be convinced of his need to come to Christ in order to go to heaven, if the preacher is not sure himself?  Joel has adapted a politically correct, inoffensive gospel which has great appeal to the masses. His messages are mainly a form of “christianized” pop psychology. He uses few scriptures in his messages.    Overall, this is what the Bible calls “another gospel”, it is not the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the Gospel of the Bible.  2 Cor. ll:4

WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY REGARDING SALVATION?

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)

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)

1 Tim 2:5 For there is one God, and ONE MEDIATOR between God and men, the man CHRIST JESUS;” (KJV)

John 3:16-18 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that THE WORLD THROUGH HIM MIGHT BE SAVED.  He that believeth on him is not condemned: BUT HE THAT BELIEVETH NOT IS CONDEMNED ALREADY, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” (KJV)

How could Joel say, “I DON’T KNOW”, when the Bible is so clear?

THE TRINITY

1.      Paul Crouch-“God draws NO DISTINCTION BETWEEN HIMSELF AND US. GOD OPENS UP THE UNION OF THE VERY GODHEAD ( The Trinity), and BRINGS US INTO IT.” (Paul Crouch, Praise-a-thon (TBN), November 1990)

Have you ever heard anything more unscriptural and ridiculous?

Psalm 8:4 “What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?”

Romans 2:3 “And thinkest thou this, O man, that judgest them which do such things, and doest the same, that thou shalt escape the judgment of God?”

There is a huge distinction between us and God.  We will die physically; He will never die.  He will judge us.  We will not judge Him.  We are the work of His hands.  He is not the work of our hands.

2.  Benny Hinn-Instead of believing in the Trinity, Hinn said, “GOD HAS NINE PARTS (tri-theistic).”
     A. God has a body, soul and spirit.
     B. Jesus has a body, soul and spirit.
     C. Holy Spirit has a body, soul and spirit. (Benny Hinn, Benny Hinn broadcast, recorded 10/13/90)
(NOTE: Allegedly Hinn later recanted this assertion, but his views on the Godhead have  still not been clarified.)

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

3.   T.D. JAKES  is ONENESS, JESUS ONLY.  He does not believe in the existence of the Father or the Holy Ghost as beings.  He teaches the Father and the Holy Ghost are just different manifestations of Jesus.  See google:  T.D. Jakes/Oneness

 

4.  Paul Crouch-Trinitarians and Oneness just join together and forget doctrinal differences.   In other words,  Paul Crouch is declaring that the issue of the Trinity, the Godhead is not important. 

 

WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY?

Romans 1:20 “For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly see;n, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:”

Colossians 2:9 “For in him dwelleth all the fulness of THE GODHEAD bodily.”

Genesis 1:26 “And God said, LET US make man in OUR IMAGE, AFTER OUR LIKENESS:”

Heb 12:2 “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, AND IS SET DOWN AT THE RIGHT HAND of the throne of God.”(KJV) 

NOTE:  It is impossible for Jesus to sit on the right hand of Himself.  That is totally illogical and irrational.  Over and over in the book of John Jesus refers to His Father and says He does nothing but what His Father tells Him.  To teach the Trinity does not exist would be declaring that the Bible does not mean what it says when it talks about “the Father”, “the other Comforter”, and “the Holy Spirit”.

 

 

MAN IS A GOD

 

Teaching “man is a god”, teachers use the following scripture to substantiate their claims.

Psalm 82:6-7 “I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High.” They stop there, but the continuation of the verse which they ignore says “But ye shall die like men, and fall like one of the princes.” (KJV)

 Note, it says we “are children of the most High, but ye shall DIE like men.”

We are like God in that we were made in the image of God; can have a relationship with him; and are eternal beings, unlike animals.

We are not God.  When we are born again we become His children.  Yet we will die physically like sinners.  What makes us like God is that we are  eternal beings that will live forever.  The Bible says we are not natural children of God, but adopted into His family, we are engrafted into His family through Jesus.  Ephesians 1:5, James 1:21.  We have earthly fathers, different than Jesus.  The Greeks believed that they had sex with the gods, Zeus, etc., and bore children from them; therefore, their children were gods.  That is where the ideas that “man is a god” came from.

1. Kenneth Copeland-“WHEN MAN BECAME BORN AGAIN HE BECAME A NEW SPECIES”

A new species is a category of creature that has never been on earth.  It is a scientific term of evolutionists.   What he is saying is that when we are born again we are no longer human beings, but a “new species” of being.

I Co. 15:39  The Bible categorizes FOUR SPECIES  of creatures on earth:  fish, beasts, birds, man.

Copeland’s assertions that we become a “new species” completely ignores I Co. 15:39.  It is a perversion of John 3:16 KJV and many other scriptures.  When we are born again, we do become a “new creature”.  This is speaking of the “new birth”, being changed spiritually from being a sinner into becoming a child of God with a new nature, not becoming a “new species” of being.

2. PAUL CROUCH, Head of Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN).WE ARE LITTLE GODS.” (Praise the Lord (TBN), recorded 7/7/86)

3Copeland's basis for the believer's authority can be viewed in three distinct stages. First, upon conversion the believer undergoes a total and immediate change of nature. At the moment of spiritual birth "the spirit of God hovered over you, and there was conceived in your body a holy thing _identical to Jesus_....And there was imparted into you _zoe, the life of God_" Hence, "you are to think the way Jesus thought. He didn't think it robbery to be equal with God." Copeland's remarks, "You are not a spiritual schizophrenic -- half-God and half-Satan -- you are all-God" and "YOU DON'T HAVE A GOD IN YOU; YOU ARE ONE," demonstrate that being born again means nothing less to him than becoming a god.  Copeland, “Now We are in Christ Jesus, 1980, p. 16-17.

"Am I a god? Man was created in the god class, was not created in the animal class, it was the gods class. He has a uniqueness about him that even angels do not have...Now Peter said by exceeding great and precious promises, you become partakers of the divine nature. Alright, are we gods? WE ARE A CLASS OF GODS." (Praise the Lord, TBN, 2/5/1986)   (Force of Love; Tape #02-0028), (Praise the Lord broadcast (TBN), recorded 2/5/86)

Benny Hinn, "Though we are not Almighty God Himself, nevertheless, WE ARE NOW DIVINE"  (12/1/90, TBN).  Is that scriptural?

Nebuchadnezzar said he was divine, a god, and went crazy.

4.  Copeland-“JESUS IS NO LONGER THE ONLY BEGOTTEN SON OF GOD."  Now We Are In Christ Jesus, 1980, p24)

This statement defies John 3:16 (KJV)  He ignores the fact that Jesus didn’t have an earthly father, but that God was His Father.

5.  Copeland -JESUS WAS THE FIRST MAN BORN AGAIN “Now We Are In Christ Jesus”, 1980, p24)

Copeland and his friends get this idea from the scriptures that refer to Christ as the FIRST BORN.

Col 1:18  And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, THE FIRSTBORN FROM THE DEAD; that in all things he might have the preeminence. (KJV)

Look at this scripture.  It says Jesus was THE FIRST BORN FROM THE DEAD. 

1 Cor 15:20 “But now is of them that Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits slept.” (KJV)  This is referring to the resurrection, not being born again.

THE SCRIPTURES NEVER  SAY ANYWHERE THAT JESUS WAS BORN AGAIN.

To say that Jesus was born again is to say He had an UNREGENERATE NATURE.  That is blasphemy!  This totally perverts the born again experience.  Christ didn’t have to be born again.  It’s through Him that WE are born again.  John 3:3.

6.  Benny Hinn,"YOU ARE A LITTLE GOD ON EARTH RUNNING AROUND". (Benny Hinn, "Praise-a-thon" broadcast on TBN, November, 1990)

7.  Kenneth Hagin, GOD MADE ADAM THE GOD OF THIS WORLD.” 

 Is that scriptural?

2 Cor. 4:4 Satan is the god of this world

2 Cor 4:4 “In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.”

 

MAN IS EQUAL WITH GOD

 

1.  Kenneth Hagin-“Man was created on terms of EQUALITY WITH GOD, NO INFERIORITY.   Hagin, Zoe, p. 36

 

Is this true that man is EQUAL with God, with no inferiority to Him?  Can man create the universe and all that exists.  God did it out of nothing. 

Job 26:7 “He stretcheth out the north over the empty place, and hangeth the earth upon nothing.” (KJV)

 

If man is not inferior to God He does not need to obey or worship Him.  You don’t obey or worship someone who is your equal.  If man is not inferior to God, he is not subject to Him nor His commandments.

 

If we are equal with God, then He cannot judge us.

Ps 96:13 “Before the LORD: for he cometh, for he cometh to judge the earth: he shall judge the world with righteousness, and the people with his truth.” (KJV)

Heb 2:7  Speaking about man, the Bible says, “Thou madest him a little lower than the angels;”  Angels are lower than God.  The angels are not equal with God, and man is lower than angels.

Heb 2:6 “But one in a certain place testified, saying, What is man, that thou art mindful of him? or the son of man, that thou visitest him?”

2.  Copeland- "LET THIS MIND BE IN KENNETH COPELAND, OH MY GOODNESS, AH! THAT THINKS ITS NOT ROBBERY TO BE CALLED EQUAL WITH GOD."

This is abusing this scripture.

Phil 2:5-6 “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:”

This scripture is not talking about man being equal with God, but of Christ being equal with Him.

3.  Copeland-“God's purpose and plan--the deepest desire of His heart--is coming to pass.  GOD IS GOING TO HAVE A FAMILY OF EQUALS!" (Kenneth Copeland, "Fullness: God's Plan For His Family," BVOV Magazine, July & August 2004, page 32)

 

4.  Copeland-MAN IS AN EXACT DUPLICATION OF GOD.  "If you stood Adam upside God, THEY LOOK JUST EXACTLY ALIKE....IF YOU STOOD JESUS AND ADAM SIDE-BY-SIDE, THEY WOULD LOOK AND ACT AND SOUND EXACTLY ALIKE....THE IMAGE IS THAT THEY LOOK JUST ALIKE, BUT THE LIKENESS IS THAT THEY ACT ALIKE AND THEY ARE ALIKE....All of God's attributes, all of God's authority, all of God's faith, all of God's ability was invested in that man."(Kenneth Copeland, Authority of the Believer IV (Fort Worth: Kenneth Copeland Ministries, 1987, audiotape #01-0304), side 1

 

A.  FACT:  GOD AND ADAM WERE NOT EXACTLY ALIKE.  Adam had a fleshly body and was capable of sinning



John 4:24 “God is a Spirit:” (KJV)

 

B.  ADAM AND CHRIST WERE NOT ALIKE!  That is not scriptural! 

1 Cor 15:45 “And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam, (Jesus) was made a quickening spirit. (KJV)

 

1 Cor 15:47 The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven.” (KJV)

 

Rom 5:14-15  “Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam's transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come. But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many.” (KJV)

 

1 Cor 15:22 “For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.” (KJV)

 

Saying “All of God’s ability was invested in that man (Adam)”.  Adam had the ability to subdue the earth, but he did not have the ability to create animals, planets, etc.  He was just God’s caretaker and someone God created to have fellowship with Him.

 

5.  COPELAND-“GODS REASON FOR CREATING ADAM WAS HIS DESIRE TO REPRODUCE HIMSELF." “I mean a reproduction of himself. And in the garden of Eden he did just that. HE WAS NOT A LITTLE LIKE GOD, HE WAS NOT ALMOST LIKE GOD, HE WAS NOT SUBORDINATE TO GOD EVEN…Adam was as much like God as you can get, just the same as Jesus when he came to earth, he said if you have seen me you have seen the father. He wasn’t a lot like GOD HE’S (Adam) GOD MANIFESTED IN THE FLESH, I want you to know something ADAM IN THE GARDEN OF EDEN WAS GOD MANIFESTED IN THE FLESH." (Kenneth Copeland, Following the Faith of Abraham I (Fort Worth, TX: Kenneth Copeland Ministries, 1989), tape #01-3001, side 1

 

a.  Copeland uses the banner, “Jesus is Lord” at his meetings.  But his statement  that we are not subordinate to Jesus and Father God, contradicts his banner.  If you are not subordinate to Jesus, then He is NOT your Lord. 

 

If we are NOT SUBORDINATE TO GOD, then you would not be accountable to Him.  That’s not what the Bible says.

Rom 14:12 “So then every one of us shall GIVE ACCOUNT OF HIMSELF TO GOD.” (KJV)

Phil 2:9-11 “Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That AT THE NAME OF JESUS EVERY KNEE SHOULD BOW, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (KJV)

 

b.  Copeland SAYS ADAM WAS GOD MANIFEST IN THE FLESH.

The term God manifested in the flesh was only applied to Jesus.  The NIV,  NASB, Message, etc., delete this from the scriptures.  Copeland mocks the KJV.

1 Tim 3:16 “And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh,” (KJV)

 

Saying Adam was God manifested in the flesh makes Adam equal with Christ and is blasphemous.

6.  Kenneth Hagin-“WE (THE CHURCH) ARE CHRIST.” (Kenneth Hagin, “As Christ is -- So are We”, Tape #44H06

The church is the spiritual body of Christ, but it is not Christ.  Christ is the Head.  The Roman Church has long taken Christ’s place.  The church is NOT Christ, it is not the savior.

7Copeland-"And I say this with all respect so that it don't upset you too bad, but I say it anyway. When I read in the Bible where He says I AM, I just smile and say, 'Yes, I AM too.'" (Believer’s Voice of Victory Broadcast, 7/9/1987).

John 8:58 “Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I AM.” (KJV)

Copeland says that HE IS AS MUCH THE “I AM” AS CHRIST.   Anyway you like at his statement, he is saying that Jesus is no better than him. Just what is blasphemy? 

Ps 50:21-22 “These things hast thou done, and I kept silence; thou thoughtest that I was altogether such an one as thyself: but I will reprove thee, and set them in order before thine eyes. Now consider this, ye that forget God, lest I tear you in pieces, and there be none to deliver.” (KJV)

Note:  Masons, who are Luciferians, commonly use the term “I AM” in greetings.

8.  Kenneth Copeland had revelation knowledge and said: "The Spirit of God spoke to me and He said, ‘Son, realize this. Now follow me in this and don’t let your tradition trip you up.’ He said, ‘Think this way—a twice-born man whipped Satan in his own domain.’ And I THREW MY BIBLE DOWN…like that. I said, ‘What?’ He said, ‘A born-again man defeated Satan, the firstborn of many brethren defeated him.’ He said, ‘You are the very image, the very copy of that one.’ I said, ‘Well now you don’t mean, you couldn’t dare mean, that I could have done the same thing?He said, ‘Oh yeah, IF YOU’D HAD THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE WORD OF GOD THAT HE DID, YOU COULD’VE HE SAID, ‘OH YEAH, IF YOU’D HAD THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE WORD OF GOD THAT HE DID, YOU COULD’VE DONE THE SAME THING, ‘cause you’re a reborn man too." (Kenneth Copeland, Substitution and Identification (Kenneth Copeland Ministries, 1989), tape #00-0202, side. 

If we could do what Christ did that means WE WOULDN’T NEED JESUS.   That would mean that Jesus was just another enlightened man.  That is exactly what the Hindus believe.  If that is the case, then we don’t need Jesus to be our Savior, Messiah, Christ,  Redeemer,  King, and God.  Then, Jesus’ blood then wouldn’t be any different than ours.  Question? If you had all of Christ’s knowledge, would you still be able to create the heavens and the earth?  The answer is obvious.  If we are a Xerox copy of Christ then we are God in the flesh.  This is exactly what Copeland says about Adam.

God’s ability does not come from how much knowledge He has, but it comes from about who He is, God Almighty. 

Isa 55:8-9 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher the the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.” (KJV)

God can use us and we can walk in victory, but we will never be exactly like God on earth!

1 Cor 13:9 “For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.” (KJV)

CHRIST’S KNOWLEDGE ALONE DID NOT ENABLE HIM TO WALK ON WATER; RAISE THE DEAD; TURN WATER INTO WINE; or ascend to heaven without a plane.  He was able to do it because He was God in the flesh.  I Tim. 3:16 (KJV)

John 14:10-11 Jesus said, “Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else BELIEVE ME FOR THE VERY WORKS' SAKE.”

Luke 7:20-22 “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.” (KJV)

Luke 7:26-27 “But what went ye out for to see? A prophet? Yea, I say unto you, and MUCH MORE THAN A PROPHET. THIS IS HE, OF WHOM IT IS WRITTEN,”(KJV)

9.  Morris Cerullo said "You represent all that God is and all that God has...Jesus was the visible expression of God. Jesus was the Son of the Living God. Now, who are you? Sons of God…everyone say it. What is working inside of us is the manifestation. WHEN YOU LOOK AT ME, YOU ARE LOOKING AT JESUSTO SEE JESUS WAS TO SEE GOD. TO SEE ME IS TO SEE JESUS. Jesus knew who He was. Don’t you think it is about time we know who we are?" ("Joel’s Army," Jewel van der Merwe, Discernment Ministries)  TBN  The End Time Manifestation of the Sons of God," Morris Cerullo World Evangelism tape 1).

This is exactly what the Catholic Church says about the Pope, that he is Christ in the flesh.  Anyway you look at it that is the Hindu theology of reincarnation.

10.  Copeland-YOU DON'T HAVE A GOD IN YOU, YOU ARE ONE." (Kenneth Copeland, "The Force Of Love" tape # 02-0028)

Copeland doesn’t even use the term God, he uses the pagan term “a god”.

This statement also defies the scripture of Col 1:27  “Christ IN YOU, the hope of glory:”

11.  Copeland-"PRAY TO YOURSELF, BECAUSE I'M IN YOUR SELF AND YOU'RE IN MY SELF. WE ARE ONE SPIRIT, SAITH THE LORD." (Kenneth Copeland, "Believer's Voice of Victory", Feb. 1987, p. 9) 

Matt 6:9 Jesus said, “After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.” (KJV)

12John Avanzinni-"[The Spirit of God]...declared in the earth today what the eternal purpose of God has been through the ages...THAT HE IS DUPLICATING HIMSELF IN THE EARTH" (John Avanzini, "The End Time Manifestation of the Sons of God," Morris Cerullo World Evangelism tape).

13.  Benny Hinn-"God sent Jesus as AN EXAMPLE to see if WE COULD ATTAIN and  maintain the Holy Spirit in human flesh." (Benny Hinn as observed by Ed Tarkowski in an e-mail Wed, 23 Jul 1997 23:02:03)

JESUS DIDN’T COME JUST TO SHOW US AN EXAMPLE OF WHAT WE COULD BE? 

That concept comes from Hinduism and the New Age.  Hindus say that the only thing that made Christ different from us is that his “karma” was more highly developed.  They teach that we can develop our “Christ karma” and be like Him. 

Jesus didn’t come to create more redeemers, Christ’s and little messiahs.  He came to save us from our sins; give us eternal life;  to give us power to be over comers in this life; and to continue His supernatural ministry preaching His Word and using His name.  Mk 16:15.

Mt. 28:18 “All power is given me in heaven and in earth”

   

14.  Hinn, “YOU CAN’T BE HUMAN.  GOD DIDN’T GIVE BIRTH TO FLESH.”Our Position with Christ” #2 The Word Made “Flesh, Orlando Christian Center, ‘91

 

15.  Hinn, “When I stand in Christ, I am one with Him.  United to Him.  I AM NOT, hear me, I AM NOT PART OF HIM.  I AM HIM!”  “The word becomes flesh in me.”  (Our Purpose in Christ)      

 

16. Benny Hinn "DON'T TELL ME YOU HAVE JESUS. YOU ARE EVERYTHING HE WAS, AND EVERYTHING HE IS AND SHALL BE." (Benny Hinn, TBN)

Benny Hinn says we are not to say we have Jesus.  He says that we are EVERYTHING HE WAS, IS, AND EVER SHALL BE.  That would men we are the Saviour, the Redeemer, the Lord, The Messiah, the Christ, the King of Kings, and God Almighty.  Question? Were you born from a virgin?  Do you have God’s  blood flowing in your veins?  Can your blood  redeem men from their sins?  

THE INCARNATION

The Incarnation” means GOD WITH US.

Matt 1:23 “Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, GOD WITH US.” (KJV)

1 Tim. 3:16     “And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: GOD WAS MANIFEST IN THE FLESH,” (KJV)

1.  Kenneth Hagin-"EVERY MAN WHO HAS BEEN BORN AGAIN IS AN INCARNATION and Christianity is a miracle. THE BELIEVER IS AS MUCH AN INCARNATION AS WAS JESUS OF NAZARETH" (Kenneth Hagin, "The Incarnation," The Word of Faith 13, December, 1980).

 

2.  Kenneth Hagin-"YOU ARE THE INCARNATION OF GOD AS JESUS CHRIST WAS...". (Kenneth Hagin, "Word Of Faith" Dec. 1980, p. 14) (Man in Three Dimensions, K.H., p. 13, 1973)

3.      ZOE, HAGIN P. 40  “God would give man his lost dominion.  Now You understand it was THIS UNIVERSAL KNOWLEDGE, the universal cry of man for union with deity, that is THE INCARNATION.” 

These statements are carbon copies of  UNIVERSALISM, which is the philosophy of the New Age.

Kenneth Hagin has a teaching and a book on using the Greek called, “ZOE LIFE.  “ZOE” IS A GREEK GODDESS OF GREEK MYTHOLOGY, the daughter of Sophia who was a prostitute.  In Africa soaps and other products are sold called “Zoe”.

Anyway you look at it, saying we are the incarnation of Christ is nothing more than “Christianized” REINCARNATION which is taken from Hinduism.

WHERE DO THE IDEAS THAT MAN IS A GOD ORIGINATE?

Scott Peck, a New Ager said, “God wants us to become Himself (or herself, or itself).  We are growing towards godhead.  God is the goal of evolution.”  “The Road Less Traveled”, p. 270.

Well Known Witch, Margot Adler said, “We are gods and might as well get good at it.”  Drawing Down the Moon, p. 25

Cult leader Rajneesh from India said, “When you call me, really you have called Jesus.”  Fear is the Master.

Maharishi Yogi of TM said, “Be still and know that you are God”.

The Freemasons teach that man is a god.

Now, the leaders of the faith movement are teaching the exact same thing as the New Age, witches, cult leaders of India, Freemasons and Transcendental Meditation.  Anyway you look at it, if “man is a god” this is polytheism.

What does the Bible say? 

Isa 43:10 “I am he: BEFORE ME THERE WAS NO GOD FORMED, NEITHER SHALL THERE BE AFTER ME.

Exod 20:3 “Thou shalt have no other gods before me.”

Job 40:9 “Hast thou an arm like God? or canst thou thunder with a voice like him?” (KJV)

SATAN’S TEMPTATION TO EVE WASSHE WOULD BE LIKE GOD"

Gen 3:3-5 “And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, AND YE SHALL BE AS GODS,”  (KJV)

Copeland, Hinn, and Hagin are giving the same line to God’s people today as the serpent gave to Eve, that “WE WILL BE LIKE GOD.

THE IDEA THAT MAN IS A GOD COMES FROM THE EGYPTIANS.  The Pharoahs, Nebuchadnezzar of Assyria, the Romans, the Greeks and their mythology, etc., all believed MAN IS A GOD.  The Caesars declared they were gods.  This is pagan theology. 

MAN’S AUTHORITY

1.  Benny Hinn said: "This spirit-man within me is a God-man. Say after me, he’s born of heaven, he’s a super-being…Say I’m born of heaven - God-man. I’m a God-man. I’M A SAMPLE OF JESUS. I’M A SUPER BEING. Say it! Say it! Who’s a super being? I walk in the realm of the supernatural. Jewel van der Merwe, Discernment Ministries)

He and his friends use this scripture:

Gen 1:28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.

Those teaching this take this DOMINION to include even having dominion over God, and that God is now even subject to them.  The gospel they preach is not about how great God or Jesus is; it is about WHAT A SUPER BEING THEY ARE, that virtually they are the “new Jesus” for their generation.

Benny Hinn said that “GOD TOLD ABRAM THAT HE COULD NOT TOUCH THIS EARTH TIL A MAN GAVE IT BACK TO HIM.  The deal was too posh for “Abram to pass up.  So instead of telling God to bug off if you don’t like it, he took the deal.  In exchange for unlimited wealth and prosperity.  Abram gave God an avenue back into the earth.  Abram and God sealed their deal in blood and became BLOOD BROTHERS.” Hinn-Sermon Melodyland 8/92, audio tape.

God and Abram BLOOD BROTHERS?  Where is that in the scriptures?  If we are saved, God is our Father, NOT OUR BROTHER.

Ps 24:1 “The earth is the LORD's, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.” (KJV)  God doesn’t need to ask mortal man permission to do anything.  GOD DESTROYED SODOM WITHOUT ABRAM’S PERMISSION.

2.   Copeland-“GOD HAS NO RIGHT TO THE EARTH AT ALL, he needs an invitation "God had no avenue of lasting faith or moving in the earth. He had to have covenant with somebody. . . . He had to be invited in, in other words, or HE COULDN'T COME. God is on the outside looking in. In order to have any say so in the earth, He's gonna have to be in agreement with a man here." God's Covenants With Man II 1985, audiotape #01-4404, side 1. Day of Pentecost" (Kenneth Copeland Ministries, audio tape #020022)

3.  Copeland-“ABRAM "GAVE GOD ACCESS TO THE EARTH" (Kenneth Copeland, Our Covenant with God, 10-11)

4.  Copeland-“God  is on the OUTSIDE looking in,” Copeland.  “He doesn’t have any LEGAL entrée into the earthThe thing don’t belong to Him”  The Image of God in You (F.W. KCM, 1989, audiotape #01-1403) side 1

Abram was obeying God taking Isaac to the mountain, it wasn’t God obeying Abram. God didn’t ask Moses’ permission to bring water out of the rock; to  part the Red Sea; bring quail and manna from heaven. Moses was following God’s instructions, he was not giving God instructions.  The Book of Revelation shows clearly that God is going to pour out His wrath upon sinners using nature and by sending plagues.  He won’t ask anyone for permission to do this on the earth.

5.  Charles Capps-“Adam had revelation knowledge that flowed from God the Father.  “But when Adam bowed his knee to Satan, he shut God out.  God found Himself on the outside looking in. His man, Adam, had lost this authority.  Satan had become the god of this world system.  Satan had gained ascendancy in the earth by gaining Adam’s authority, and God was left on the outside.  (Same argument as Copeland).  God COULDN’T come here in His Divine power and wipe them out.”   He had to move in an area where it would be RULED LEGAL BY THE SUPREME COURT OF THE UNIVERSE.”  Capps-Authority in Three Worlds, p. 50-55. 

 Can you imagine Capps saying there is a COSMIC COMMITTEE, a  SUPREME COURT OF THE UNIVERSE that God is subject to and has to answer to.  Where is that in the Bible?   He had to have gotten that idea watching “Star Wars”.  This is total New Age talk.  God answers to no one.  He is the final judge of all things.  There is none above Him.

6.  Copeland-"God's on the outside looking in," says Copeland. "He doesn't have any legal entree into the earth. THE THING (EARTH) DON'T BELONG TO HIM." (Kenneth Copeland, The Image of God in You III (Fort Worth: Kenneth Copeland Ministries, 1989, audiotape #01-1403), side 1.)

 Satan is the trespasser on the earth, NOT GOD.

Psa. 24 THE EARTH IS THE LORD’S and the fullness thereof”

 

SHEEPFOLD PERVERSION

 

CAPPS teaches that THE DOOR spoken about in John 10:1-2 IS MAN BEING BORN ON EARTH.  MAN BEING BORN from the WOMB OF A WOMAN ON EARTH IS MAN’S DOOR OF AUTHORITY HERE.  HE SAYS THAT  AFTER JESUS RESURRECTED, HE NOW HAS NO AUTHORITY ON EARTH.  HE NOW HAS TO GO THROUGH A MAN TO DO ANYTHING.”  Capps, Authority in Three World’s p. 100-108

 

ROD PARSLEY TEACHES THE SAME THING IN HIS WORK “CULTURALLY INCORRECT

 

In reality, the scriptures of John 10:1-2  is about SALVATION.  They have nothing to do with man’s authority, but with Jesus BEING THE ONLY DOOR TO SALVATION.   Anyone who tries to get to heaven some way other than Jesus is a thief.

 

John 10:1-2 “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that ENTERETH NOT BY THE DOOR into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.”

John 10:7-11 “Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I AM THE DOOR of the sheep. All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them. I AM THE DOOR: by me if any man enter in, he shall BE SAVED, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.”

GOD HAS TO OBEY US?

We do have promises from the Bible and authority using the name of Jesus, but  the truth is, it is man that has to obey God. 

Acts 5:29 “Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.”

MAN IS NOT GOD’S BOSS!

Luke 11:9 “And I say unto you, ASK, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.”

1 Pet 5:6 “HUMBLE YOURSELVES therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:”

You come to God with respect asking Him, NOT DEMANDING.  You are talking to God Almighty.  WHO ARE YOU TO TELL GOD TO OBEY YOU?

We come to God in prayer, reminding Him of His promises.  This is showing Him we believe His Word.  We don’t come using a  powerplay on God as His boss.

The Bible says,

 

John 15:5 Jesus said, “…WITHOUT ME YE CAN DO NOTHING.” (KJV)

 

NOTE:  This issue along with many others, is dealt with extensively in my book “The Paganization of Christianity” which can be ordered on our website:  lorendavis.com

 

* “The Charismatic Movement and Pentecost have been Defiled” is continued on PART III. (click on)

SOURCES

(Note:  You can not click on to access these websites.  You must type them in).

http://www.inplainsite.org/html/word_of_faith.htmlhttp://www.aloha.net/~mikesch/tbn.htm (Benny Hinn)  (Jesus coming physically to crusade in Nairobi)

http://www.rapidnet.com/~jbeard/bdm/exposes/copeland/general.htm

http://www.pawcreek.org/articles/endtimes/CultOfBennyHinn.htmhttp://www.bible.ca/tongues-audio-video-documentation.htm#hagan

http://www.gospelgrace.com/falseprophets/kenhagin/KennethHagin.html

http://www.theforbiddenknowledge.com/hardtruth/copeland_exposed.htm

http://www.theforbiddenknowledge.com/hardtruth/copeland_exposed.htm

http://www.geocitiescom/CaptiolHill/8988/copeland.htm

www.rapidnet.com/-jbeard/bdm/exposes/copeland/general.htm

http://www.inplainsite.org/html/word of faith.html

http://www.aloha.net-mikesch/tbn.htm (Benny Hinn saying Jesus is physically going to be at the crusade in Nairobi)

www.://www.rapidnet.com/-jbeard/bdm/exposes/copeland/general.htm

http://www.bible.ca/falseprophets/kenhagin/KennethHagin.html

www://www.intotruth.org/wof/moreno4.html (Faith Movement’s attacks on those who stand for true doctrine)

Hindu Website.  God male and female:  http://shaivam.org/siddhanta/maardh.html

 http://www.geocities.com/CapitolHill/8988/copeland.htmwww.rapidnet.com/-jbeard/bdm/exposes/copeland/general.htmhttp://myiconoclasm.blogspot.com/2006/05/benny-hinns-wife-blaspheming-holy.html

forbiddenknowledge.com/hardtruth/KennethCopeland33rddegreefreemason.html

http://www.deceptioninthechurch.com/word-faith.html#khagin

http://www.bennyhinn.org/media/2000-4-20-28.ram

Google:  T.D. Jakes/Oneness or  www.apologeticsindex.org/j11.html

 

BOOKS:

A Different Gospel,

Copeland, The Force of Faith, p. 7, Reason, 8, 10, 18-19

Exceeding Growing Faith, Hagin, p. 77-85

Hagin, “Instantly Obey Your Spirit”, p. 59, 74

 

Hagin, The Precious Blood of Jesus, p. 7, p. 13

Hagin, Paul’s Revelation p. 19

Martin R. De Haan II, What Do we Have to Lose?  p. 9, 17,  (Eternal Security)

Kenneth Copeland, The Force of Righteousnes, p. 5, p. 26, 6-11 (Eternal Security)

Smith Wigglesworth, Healing, p.81 (Ten Commandments done away)

Charisma Magazine, Feb. 2003, (Rhema defrocks pastor who is against abortion)

Capps, Authority in Three Worlds, p. 100-108, 56-55

Charisma Magazine, April 2000, Jakes Oneness/Jesus Only

E.W. Kenyon, What Happened from the Cross to the Throne.  (The perversion of the atonement)