Posted by: TWotWoF VIDEO ROW | July 2, 2010

VIDEO: TEXE MARRS The Blind & The Dead

Exposed!—Benny Hinn, Paul and Jan Crouch, Steve Brock, Steve Hill, John Avanzini, Kenneth Copeland, Kenneth Hagin, Rodney Howard-Browne, and a host of other famous-name “Christian” televangelists and charismatic leaders. You’ll be shocked, stupefied, appalled, disgusted, and saddened all in one as you watch the outrageous antics of well-known Christian celebrities and their untold thousands of gullible followers.

You’ll shake your head in dismay as you see men barking like dogs and being led around on leashes; women howling like wolves and braying like donkeys; and profanity shouted from the pulpit. You’ll recoil in astonishment to discover supposed Christian leaders scoffing at Bible doctrine; a televangelist and his associates sharing an opium smoking pipe; possessed people slithering like serpents at crusades; and thousands of worshippers blasphemously speaking in false tongues and breaking out in roaring, hysterical laughter…

Posted by: Damon Whitsell | July 2, 2010

Joel Osteen’s Church Has a Wide Door by Kyle Mori

And it Leads to Destruction

Before I begin, I want to explain where I am coming from. I am a pursuer of a Christ-like life, and believe Jesus is the true Son of God who died to pay the punishment for my (and everyone else’s) sins. I do not hate Joel Osteen, or believe he is the devil (which I’ve heard). I think it’s childish to draw little red horns on top of his photograph (which I’ve seen). I do not think he is doing what he is doing to get rich or become famous. I believe he thinks he is helping people, which is fine but to label what he teaches as “Christianity” is pure blasphemy. I have watched many of his sermons, interviews, but have not read his book (though I’ve read summaries). I do not have a problem with him not attending seminary, though I think it would have been better for him after how he warps the Bible. I am praying for the day when Mr. Osteen realizes what he preaches is not the complete Christian gospel, and shares that truth with his audience because, hey, he has the biggest church in America.

(Throughout the article I will not write out any Bible verses, but refer to them by book, chapter and verse. The point of this is to get people to open a Bible before trying to argue their points.)

Basically, Joel Osteen preaches what some have dubbed the, “prosperity gospel.” It basically emphasizes that if you follow God good things will happen to you, such as being successful Financially and career-wise. Osteen once preached, “because of the price He (Jesus) paid, we have a right to total victory…not partial victory, to where we have a good family, we have good health, but we constantly struggle in our finances. That’s not total victory.”  Nowhere in the Bible does it say that Jesus died so we can have a family, be healthy, and financially stable! On the contrary, Jesus’ death was so that we, sinners, may have life after the one in this world ends! We should not live this life for our own desires and securities, but in complete and utter sacrifice to God that puts our health and finances, things of ourselves, in danger! (2 Corinthians 5:14-15) Many people in this country want to learn about a God that only hopes we are happy, they don’t want to hear the God that condemns (the God Jesus talked about!). The way Joel Osteen describes God sounds more like he is talking about Santa Claus, think happy thoughts, be good, and he’ll reward you with worldly things. (1 John 2:15) Another Osteen sermon quote: “It’s God’s will for you to live in prosperity instead of poverty. It’s God’s will for you to pay your bills and not be in debt. It’s God’s will for you to live in health and not in sickness all the days of your life.” Where does it say this in the Christian Bible? (Revelation 3:17) Paul, the post-Christ world’s first great evangelist lived in poverty and with some type of physical ailment. He, as well as many other disciples of Jesus, sacrificed their lives in hope that the TRUE gospel of Jesus Christ may be heard! They endured physical abuse, stoning, and poverty. Look at the way Jesus himself lived! Nothing Osteen teaches about the life God has for us matches up with ANYTHING of how our Savior lived!

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Posted by: TWotWoF VIDEO ROW | June 29, 2010

VIDEO SERMON: The Health and Wealth Cult by Walter Martin

Excerpt of Dr. Martin’s Lecture on “health and prosperity” ministers.

Posted by: TWotWoF VIDEO ROW | June 29, 2010

VIDEO: Fr. Barron comments on the Prosperity Gospel

This is a real good and balanced teaching on biblical prosperity!!!

Posted by: TWotWoF VIDEO ROW | June 28, 2010

COMPLETE VIDEO SERIES: The Many Faces of Benny Hinn

Did you ever wish you could collect and compile all the major news media’s investigative exposés on the antics of Benny Hinn? Well, now you can. The televangelist watchdog group, The Trinity Foundation, has organized three solid hours of documented, hard-hitting reports on the escapades of the controversial faith healer. It’s all you ever wanted to know about Hinn and more.

The video begins with the 1993 Inside Edition investigation of the finances and healings of the evangelist. The Inside Edition footage, the first study of Hinn by the national news media, still ranks as one of the best — if not the best — of showing Hinn at his worst. It features Hinn and his entourage trying to bully their way past Inside Edition’s news crew at the Philadelphia airport and how the Hinn ministry’s irresponsible disregard for documented healings caused them to broadcast a “fake” healing. But the Inside Edition piece is just the tip of the iceberg.

From there the video moves on to Hinn’s 1993 700 Club appearance with Pat Robertson where he laments his former ways and teachings. As the video progresses into more recent reports, much of what Hinn bemoaned to Robertson and his audience is still evident in Hinn’s life and ministry.

The collection also contains reports that would otherwise be hard or impossible to find. These include Pam Zekman’s 1993 three-part report (WBBM-ABC Chicago), the 1998 60 Minutes (Australia) segment, and Richard Ray’s 1999 two-part report (KDFW-FOX Dallas-Fort Worth). Also included are local news items from various Orlando television stations that chronicle Hinn’s problems at home. They reveal Hinn’s misfortune when he hired a private investigator to look into his ministry’s finances (and apparently found more than what Hinn bargained for) and the deaths of two of his key staff by heroin overdoses.

In all the reports, Hinn consistently groans with ignorance of the facts as to the out-of-control world he has created around himself. The astute viewer of all this will ask, “How can someone who is so in tune with the Divine (i.e., receiving personal messages from Jesus), be so out of touch with his life and ministry?”

Interspersed throughout the reports is a selection of Hinn’s most outrageous theological bloopers, including Adam was an astronaut, the Red Sea icecapades, the Holy Ghost machine gun and TBN to raise the dead. And, yes, no Benny Hinn video collection would be complete without his wife, Suzanne’s “Holy Ghost enema” and “butt-kisser” statements. Those clips are there too.

The video not only will educate and entertain, but bring most viewers to heartbreak by the revelations of how this man’s false and reckless teachings have devastated the lives of some followers.

http://www.cephasministry.com/word_of_faith_many_faces_of_%20benny_hinn.html

Posted by: TWotWoF VIDEO ROW | June 28, 2010

VIDEO: BE NOT DECEIVED

The title may look a little familiar to you.  This is the response that Winston gave to Ray after the Demon spirit in Ghostbusters fried them.  This is relevant to today in that many word of faith preachers say that we are “little gods”.  Some of the more well known preachers associated with this doctrine are Joyce Meyers, Kenneth Copeland, Kenneth Hagin, Creflo Dollar, and Bill Winston.  Some quotes from the preachers:

Hagin:  God “made us in the same class of being that he is himself”.

Copeland: “You don’t have a god in you, you are one”

Meyer:  “Now you understand I’m not saying you are God with a capital “G””.

The argument:

The “little gods” doctrine is based largely two key points. 1. God produced after his own kind, and two that God called us “gods”.   The ramifications of this doctrine are far and wide.  If we are in fact little gods, there isn’t anything on this earth that we cannot control.  Weather… no problem.  Sickness… no problem.  Whatever it is we have control of everything because we have been created as gods.  Word of faith preachers will follow these arguments up with statements of “there is divinity in humanity”, and some will say “You don’t have to go to Him (God), to take care of any problems” (This is from Bill Winston).  Anytime I listen to a sermon regarding this doctrine, I always see a high level of excitement, and the reading of these Bible verses.  Never, have I seen a pastor go into the context of the verse being used.  I get the distinct feeling that there is no thought put behind the use of these verses, rather just a superficial use of the verse to demonstrate a point that then comes off as being hollow.  As I mentioned in my previous posts, without context you can make the Bible say just about anything you want.  If you pull two obscure verses out of thin air you can warp it to mean….that you are gods on earth – Which is coincidently very similar to Mormon doctrine.  Here is what the Bible verses mean in context.

Today we will take a look at the first point…

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Posted by: Damon Whitsell | June 27, 2010

Is the Health and Wealth Gospel Biblical? by Randy Alcorn

A writer friend was at an event many years ago when he witnessed the following: He was standing near a woman confined to a wheel chair. Suddenly a well-known woman, who had written and spoken extensively about her gift of healing, marched up to the lady in the wheelchair, dramatically laid hands on her head and prayed loudly that God would heal her, claiming God’s promises to do so.

The healer’s entourage enthusiastically agreed with the prayer, some praying in tongues. After this went on for a while, finally they backed away, and the celebrity went on to the next interview, book signing, or healing.

The woman in the wheel chair is a sister who God has shaped into the image of Christ and used mightily through her disability. When the crowd dispersed someone asked her, “Did you feel anything happen?” My friend says he heard her answer: “Yes. My neck really hurts because she pushed down on my head so hard.”

The woman in the wheel chair continues to love and serve Christ faithfully.

The woman who was certain it was God’s will to heal her, who loudly and without invitation to do so claimed her healing, either has or soon will succumb to the ultimate health problem: death.

I have seen God heal miraculously. I have also seen so-called healings which “didn’t last” the next hour or day or week, and therefore, in my opinion, were not true healings.

When it comes to healing or anything else, “What does God’s Word tell us?”

Christ’s disciples revealed their false assumptions when they asked “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” (John 9:2).

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Posted by: Damon Whitsell | June 23, 2010

Prosperity Preaching and the Stockdale Paradox

Prosperity Preaching and the Stockdale Paradox

In his 2009 book The Survivors Club: The Secrets and Science that Could Save Your Life, Ben Sherwood describes an intriguing phenomenon known as the Stockdale Paradox (after Admiral James Stockdale, the highest-ranking P.O.W. of the Vietnam War), which suggests a counterintuitive link between optimism and survival:

When [interviewer Jim Collins] asked Stockdale to explain which American prisoners did not survive captivity in Vietnam, the admiral replied, “Oh, that’s easy. The optimists.”

Collins was perplexed, but Stockdale explained that the optimists “were the ones who said ‘we’re going to be out by Christmas.’ And Christmas would come, and Christmas would go; and then Thanksgiving, and then it would be Christmas again. And they died of a broken heart.”

Stockdale went on: “This is a very important lesson. You must never confuse faith that you will prevail in the end — which you can never afford to lose — with discipline to confront the most brutal facts of your current reality, whatever they might be.” (41-42)

Note that according to Stockdale it isn’t optimism per se that leads to heartbreak and despair, but an optimism of baseless expectations for specific and immediate improvement. Although such optimism is always energizing at first, the excitement invariably sours to disillusionment as the optimist is faced with a stark incongruity between the world as it actually is and the world as he imagined it to be.

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Posted by: Damon Whitsell | June 23, 2010

Ex-Word of Faith Testimony: Life After the Word of Faith

Life After Word Of Faith: What To Expect

If you have recently left a word of faith church that you attended for years, you will experience a very dark season. By dark I mean finding your way from deception to the truth. Word of faith churches have very deceptive demonic forces operating within them. You will be forced to face the truth about your former pastor and many friends and family members who you love and respect. Most of these people are good people who are deceived, however, you will likely cut off communication with most of them which will leave you feeling alone and confused. You will also be forced to face everything within you that allowed yourself to be deceived. Here is my “coming out of word of faith testimony”:

I was a very dedicated word of faither for 8 years. I didn’t grow up in the church so it was the only exposure I had to the things of God. After I left, I questioned everything that I ever learned in church. I felt lost. I became cynical. I didn’t know who Jesus truly was. I had no idea what it meant to truly be saved and if anyone would have asked me I wouldn’t have been able to tell them. I went through what can only be described as de-programming. I literally felt like I had no identity during that year. Every day I watched Justin Peter’s DVD’s so I could flush out the lies that I believed and learn what the truth was. I lost the only “church family” that I had known. I stopped reading the bible because I had no idea how to study it correctly. I stopped praying. I didn’t trust anyone. I was angry beyond belief. I cried everyday. I was mad at God. I found error in everything that was taught from a pulpit even if it was being taught in context. Buzz words and cliches triggered me to the point where I felt like I was being violated. I cringed around people from my ex-word of faith church when I saw them in the community. I lost my best friend for several months because she is a word of faith minister and I couldn’t believe that she refused to hear the truth after I warned her. People gossipped about me after I left. Thankfully I left on a good note so I was not hung out to dry but people still assumed the worst. I have not been able to fully commit to a church. I cant imagine ever serving in a department at a church ever again.

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Posted by: Damon Whitsell | June 22, 2010

Ex-Word of Faith Testimony of Kevin Rhodes

Kevin is another Ex-WoFer that graduated from Rhema but now is very vocal against the Word of Faith Movement. You can see Kevins website here. ITCHING EARS
THANKS KEVIN!!!
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My name is Kevin Rhodes. Christ found me at age 12 at a local VBS.
Though I did not understand what was going on inside me I knew there was something real. Teenage life hit hard and at the age of 17 something inside was completely tired of my life and the way it was. I knew I wanted God in it. I began going to a local foursquare church with a neighbor. The church wasa very welcoming place. The majority of the members were retirees and glad to see youth like myself and friends desiring God and sharing what he was doing in our lives. I was dressed like a youth and had long hair.
Regardless of this most of the people loved us as if we were thier own children. The love of Christ truly abounded here.We were given opportunity to share often and it was encouraging. We held services and saw many peoples lives touched in a real way. God did some really cool things. As time progressed, we would join evangelistic tent meetings and revivals in our town. Most were good and fruit was evident. Some however were not.
As time passed, some in our group felt they needed more. Many were from a local Word of Faith church that had turned sour. God had brought these folks to our church and though not as “holy ghost shakin” as thiers was, they liked the people. Thier mentality was that it was not enough to walk in the love of God and see people born again, but they and the rest of us”needed” the fire. We would go twice to the Believers Convention in Fort Worth and to the Motorcycle rally sponsored all by Kenneth Copeland.

Genesis 1:26-27: Are we “Little Gods” and Other Misinterpretations
By Dr. Norman Geisler

Genesis 1:26—Does this verse indicate that there is more than one god?

Misinterpretation:
If there is only one God, why does this verse in Genesis use the word us in reference to God? Mormons often note that the Hebrew word usually translated God, Elohim, is in the plural, and the plural pronoun us is used. To them this indicates that there is more than one God: “In the very beginning the Bible shows there is a plurality of Gods beyond the power of refutation….The word Elohim ought to be in the plural all the way through—Gods” (Smith, 1976, 372).

Correcting the misinterpretation:
Several explanations for the use of the pronoun us have been offered throughout history. Some commentators have claimed that God is addressing the angels. But this is unlikely since in verse 26 God says, “Let us make man in our image,” while verse 27 makes it clear that “God created man in his own image; in the image of God he created him,” and not in the image of the angels.

Others have claimed that the plural pronoun refers to the Trinity. It is true that the New Testament (e.g., John 1:1) teaches that the Son was involved in the creation of the heavens and the earth. Also, Genesis 1:2 indicates that the Holy Spirit was involved in the creation process. However, students of Hebrew grammar point out that the plural pronoun us is simply required by the plural Hebrew noun Elohim, which is translated “God” (“Then God [Elohim, plural] said, ‘Let us [plural] make man in our [plural] image’”). Consequently, they claim that this statement should not be used to prove the doctrine of the Trinity.

Still others have asserted that the plural is used as a figure of speech called a majestic plural. Indeed, the Qur’an, which denies that there is more than one person in God, uses us of God. In this use, God is speaking to himself in such a manner as to indicate that all of his majestic power and wisdom were involved in the creation of humanity. As has been noted, the plural pronoun us corresponds to the plural Hebrew word Elohim, which is translated God. The fact that the name God is plural in Hebrew does not indicate that there is more than one God. (Queen Victoria used the plural of majesty when referring only to herself. She once commented, “We are not amused.”) A number of passages in the New Testament refer to God with the singular Greek noun theos, which is also translated “God” (for example John 1:1; Mark 13:19; Eph. 3:9). The plural nature of the Hebrew word is designed to give a fuller, more majestic sense to God’s name. It should be noted, however, that the New Testament clearly teaches that God is a Trinity (Matt. 3:16-17; 2 Cor. 13:14; 1 Peter 1:2), and, although the doctrine of the Trinity is not fully developed in the Old Testament, it is foreshadowed (cf. Ps. 110:1; Prov. 30:4; Isa. 63:7,9-10).

Genesis 1:26—Does the fact that we are created in God’s image mean that we are “little gods,” as the Word-Faith leaders say?

Misinterpretation:
Word-Faith teachers suggest that the Hebrew word for “likeness” in this verse literally means “an exact duplication in kind” (Savelle, 1990, 141). Indeed, humanity “was created on terms of equality with God, and he could stand in God’s presence without any consciousness of inferiority….God has made us as much like Himself as possible….He made us the same class of being that He is Himself” (Hagin, 1989, 35-36, 41).
Correcting the Misinterpretation:
All Genesis 1:26-27 is teaching is that humanity was created in God’s image or likeness in the sense that a human being is a finite reflection of God in rational nature (Col.3:10), in moral nature (Eph. 4:24), and in dominion over creation (Gen. 1:27-28). In the same way that the moon reflects the brilliant light of the sun, so finite humanity (as created in God’s image) is a limited reflection of God in these aspects. This verse has nothing to do with human beings becoming God or being in God’s “class.”

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Posted by: TWotWoF VIDEO ROW | June 13, 2010

VIDEO: “RUN FOR YOUR LIFE!” ..COME OUT FROM AMONG THEM!

Time is short and we need to heed the word of God.

This video can be found at… http://www.braveheartedgospel.com/

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Luke 12:31 But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.

A lot of Americans are buying into what has been coined as “the prosperity gospel.” Its message goes something like this: God will be good to you, if you believe in His promises; God will make you successful, if you ask Him. It ties up the American dream with the Christian faith, and a lot of mega-churches are promoting this rags-to-riches, gospel-to-glory type of message.

It sounds like a good idea and certainly makes for great marketing, but it’s not what Christianity is all about. The promoters of the prosperity gospel’ are actually peddling a heresy. In other words, they’re twisting the truth of the gospel into something that it was never meant to become. I mean think about it: can you imagine Jesus telling the folks of His day that their debt would be taken care of, just by giving money to His Galilean ministry? Do we really think that Christ, who told the rich young man to give up all of his possessions, would preach a message saying that God would supply everything we ever wanted? If we all read the Gospels properly, we find that Jesus talks more about giving than getting.

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Posted by: TWotWoF VIDEO ROW | June 13, 2010

VIDEO: The Prosperity Gospel and the Tithing Hoax Exposed

Visit http://thetithinghoax.com/ and learn more about the false doctrine called the Prosperity Gospel.

Posted by: Damon Whitsell | June 13, 2010

The Prosperity Gospel from Bible41.com

Thanks to TIN ZAW MIN for posting this excellent article.

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(Volume 20, Issue 6 _ June, 2010 from Bible41.com)

“Truly I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or farms, for My sake and for the gospel’s sake, but that he shall receive a hundred times as much now isn the present age, houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and farms, along with persecutions; and in the age to come, eternal life.” Mark 10:29-31

Did Jesus promise his followers wealth and health if they would become Christians? After all, didn’t God say in the Law Covenant that if one observes all these “commandments,” one is promised, “Blessed shall be thy basket and thy store” (Deuteronomy 28:5). God even said, “And prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing that there shall not be room enough to receive it” (Malachi 3:10).

Even the Apostle Paul cited the Law of Moses to justify the servants of the Gospel receiving assistance. “For it is written in the Law of Moses, ‘You shall not muzzle the ox while he is threshing.’” (1 Corinthians 9:8, 9). Paul also wrote to Timothy about “the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy” (1 Timothy 6:17). Isn’t God just waiting to give us all the riches we could possibly think we need? “My God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19).

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What would you say, I wonder, if you were told that there is a teaching sweeping through evangelical churches in our day that not only has made changes to, but has also taken out the very core of the Gospel and replaced it with a fake?

Such is the message being propagated by Kenneth Hagin, Kenneth Copeland, Marilyn Hickey, Charles Capps, Fred Price, Robert Tilton, Doyle “Buddy” Harrison and Ray McCauley. (These people have international followings numbering thousands, several having their own TV broadcasts.) Many believers who see these ministries at a distance know that something is not right about them, but most see them as the Gospel plus healing and prosperity on demand.

Research carried out in 1994 among a number of Christians from many different backgrounds has confirmed this. Almost 100% held this idea that the `Faith’ message was only the Gospel plus. None had any idea of the extent of its error. In fact, a certain well-informed Baptist pastor expressed real surprise when he read what Kenneth Copeland teaches about the Creation, Fall, and Redemption of man. “I never knew it was this bad,” he said. “…This is sheer heresy.” You might think it a fair question to ask whether these `Faith’ teachers themselves are aware that they are teaching anything other than the historic, Biblical Gospel. After all, you could say, all of us make mistakes at times – maybe they’re just a little confused about what happened on the Cross. But the following comment from Copeland’s tape “What happened from the Cross to the Throne” indicates clearly his thinking that traditional Christianity has covered up his beliefs in `traditional church teaching’: “Tonight I want to show you some things from the Word of God . . . It’s very little talked about, almost non-existent in traditional church teaching . . . because it’s been covered up and hidden in tradition… The thing that’s necessary for the life of a Christian is knowledge of what happened from the cross to the throne, what took place in the three days and three nights.”

So, then, we see that far from being a misunderstanding of what happened at the Cross, Copeland has uncovered a previously `hidden’ teaching (what the `Faith’ movement terms `Revelation knowledge’) which you will see presents us with another `Jesus’ and `another gospel’. The quotes which follow are all from Kenneth Copeland:

“This man [Jesus] is a carbon copy of the one that walked through the garden of Eden.” (“What Happened from the Cross to the Throne”, tape.) “Every prophet that walked the face of the earth under the Abrahamic covenant could have paid the price if it were a physical death only” (“What Happened…”) “When he said `It is finished’ on that cross, he was not speaking of the plan of redemption. The plan of redemption had just begun, there were still three days and three nights to be gone through.” (“What Happened…”) “When His blood poured out it did not atone.” (Kenneth Copeland: From a personal letter to D.R.McConnell, dated 12/3/79. Cited in A Different Gospel, p.120) “Jesus went into hell itself and suffered the penalty for sin” (Believer’s Voice of Victory magazine, May 1994, page 5.) “[Jesus] accepted the sin nature of Satan in His own Spirit, and at the moment that He did so, He cried `My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?’.” (“What Happened…”) “He [Jesus] was down in that pit and there he suffered the punishment for three horrible days and nights for Adam’s treason… There is a new birth takes place in the very depths of the earth, when the command of God says `That’s enough, loose him and let him go’.” (“What Happened…”)

A good summary quote of this teaching from a fellow `Faith’ teacher is this: “Do you think that the punishment for our sin was to die on a cross? If that were the case the two thieves could have paid your price. No the punishment was to go into hell itself and serve time in hell separated from God… Satan and all the demons of hell thought they had Him bound and they threw a net over Jesus, and they dragged Him down to the very pit of hell itself to serve our sentence.” (Fred K.C. Price, Ever Increasing Faith Messenger, June 1980, p.7)

It has become obvious that Copeland’s belief about “what took place in the three days and three nights” has nothing to do with orthodox Bible teaching, and has not been “covered up and hidden in tradition”! Yet Copeland ends his tape “What Happened from the Cross to the Throne” with the following remark: “`Go into all the world and preach the gospel’ – what is the gospel? Just exactly what I have been telling you for the last hour.”

So Copeland believes that it is not what happened ON the Cross (when the real Jesus poured out His precious blood to pay for our sins), but what happened AFTERWARDS that really matters – when his imaginary `Jesus’ (who had died spiritually and become “one with Satan” on the cross) was being tortured by Satan (his “step-father”) in hell.

Commenting on this teaching the late Dr Walter Martin, a world expert on cults, said the following: “It is the height of theological folly to reduce God the Son, the second person of the holy Trinity, to a lost sinner with the nature of Satan and then send Him to hell with the requirement of regeneration before He can complete the work of redemption.” (p.104, Agony of Deceit, Moody Press: Chicago, 1990)

Before looking into more of the specific teachings of the `Faith’ movement (also called the prosperity movement and the `Word-Faith’ movement) it will be helpful to see where it comes from. Many Christians have been taken unawares by it because they think it comes from the Pentecostal/charismatic movement. Such is not the case at all. In the latter half of this century, the acknowledged father-figure of the movement has been Kenneth Hagin. It is from him that Copeland and others have directly borrowed their message. However, the real father of the `Faith’ message is E.W.Kenyon, who was teaching the same things before Kenneth Hagin was even born (Kenyon died in 1948). To the casual observer, the `Faith’ movement has certain similarities in experience, etc., to the Pentecostal and charismatic movements. However, the core of the message, and its origins, are widely divergent. Kenyon, its founder, inadvertently `borrowed’ from the ideas taught by Christian Science, New Thought and Unity School of Christianity. In the book A Different Gospel, D.R. McConnell documents clearly the progress of Kenyon’s ideas while studying at Emerson’s New Thought college in Boston. Though Hagin has tried to deny his obvious plagiarism of Kenyon’s “The Wonderful Name of Jesus”, saying that he only saw the book in 1978, as McConnell points out, “The problem is that two years prior to 1978, the first date that Hagin admits to having read Kenyon’s The Wonderful Name of Jesus, he had already copied extensively from this book for an article published in his magazine in 1976. That article never mentions the name of E.W.Kenyon.”…”He has plagiarised Kenyon both repeatedly and extensively. Actually, it would not be overstated to say that the very doctrines that have made Kenneth Hagin and the Faith movement such a distinctive and powerful force within the independent charismatic movement are all plagiarised from E.W.Kenyon.” (p.7, A Different Gospel).

He also points out the very obvious similarities between statements of Kenyon and those of New Thought writer R.W.Trine. Trine wrote concerning the `law’ of prosperity: “To hold yourself in this [positive] attitude of mind is to set in operation subtle, silent irresistible forces that sooner or later actualize in material form that which is today merely an idea. But ideas have occult power and ideas rightly planted and rightly tended are the seeds that actualize material conditions” (R.W.Trine, In Tune with the Infinite, p.138 [emphasis mine]). Those familiar with any of the modern writings on prosperity and positive confession will see, in the light of this quotation, that they have more in common with the writings of Trine (via Kenyon and Hagin) than with the Scriptures.

To give a wider picture of the teachings of the `Faith’ movement there now follows a list of some of the key teachings: [Under each heading the position of the `Faith' teachers is outlined, with any relevant quotes, and then follows the Biblical view on each topic.]

Adam:

They teach that he had the nature of God and great inner creative power as God had. E.W. Kenyon taught that man “must partake either of God’s nature or of Satan’s nature”, and therefore he has no distinct nature of his own. Charles Capps puts it like this: “God said, Let us make man in our image after our likeness. The word likeness in the original Hebrew means “an exact duplication in kind.”… Adam was an exact duplication of God’s kind!” (Authority in Three Worlds, p.15-16. [Emphasis in original]. Tulsa, Oklahoma: Harrison House, 1982.)

What Capps is putting to us here is made crystal clear for us by his fellow Faith-teacher Kenneth Copeland when he states quite emphatically that “God’s reason for creating Adam was His desire to reproduce Himself. I mean a reproduction of Himself, and in the Garden of Eden He did that. He was not a little like God. He was not almost like God. He was not subordinate to God even…. Adam is as much like God as you could get, just the same as Jesus – When He came into the earth He said `If you’ve seen Me you’ve seen the Father’. He wasn’t a lot like God – He’s God manifested in the flesh. And I want you to know something: Adam, in the Garden of Eden, was God manifested in the flesh!” (“Following the Faith of Abraham”, part I, side 1). [Cassette obtained from Kenneth Copeland Ministries, Bath, UK, Summer 1994]

What the Bible says:

In Genesis chapters 1 and 2 the Hebrew word Elohim is used only of God, not of man (who was only a creature). Adam was created with a sinless human nature. He had a nature that was made `in the image of God’ but was distinct from it. (Genesis 1:26 and 2:7)

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Posted by: TWotWoF RADIO | June 12, 2010

NEW AUDIO: Justin Peters on CrossTalk with Ingrid Schlueter

Thanks to Chrystal at Slaughter of the Sheep for posting this radio show. Ingrid and Justin thoroughly cover the Word of Faith Movement and talk quit a bit about the New Apostolic Reformation Movement. REALLY GOOD SHOW.

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Justin Peters joined host Ingrid Schlueter on Crosstalk today to discuss the false teaching known as Word of Faith.  Below is a description and link where you can listen to that.

Justin Peters is with Justin Peters Ministries. He is a former Word/Faith adherent who has a seminar presentation called, “A Call for Discernment: A Biblical Critique of the Word/Faith Movement”.

If you’ve ever heard of concepts like positive confession or the idea that you are a little god, you may have been listening to one of the numerous Word/Faith teachers.

According to Justin, the theology of the Word/Faith Movement is actually rooted in the metaphysical cults such as Christian Science, Gnosticism, and The New Age. It sometimes goes by other monikers such as “health and wealth,” “name it and claim it,” or the “prosperity gospel.” Its proponents include Benny Hinn, Kenneth Copeland, Joel Osteen, Jesse Duplantis and Joyce Meyer.

Get educated and informed on the basic aspects of this false teaching along with others like the New Apostolic Reformation Movement on this edition of Crosstalk.  (Source)

Click here to listen to the program.

http://slaughteringthesheep.wordpress.com/2010/06/11/justin-peters-on-crosstalk-america/

This video is about the concepts of “wealth transfer” (‘the wealth of the wicked [or sinner] is laid up for the just’) and “supernatural debt cancellation” as taught in certain circles in the evangelical Christian church. These concepts support the belief that in the end times, all the world’s wealth will be supernaturally “tranferred” to the Christians. Not only that, but this MUST occur before the return of Christ. This is popularly taught by Kenneth Copeland, Fred Thompson (“Money Cometh!” and “No More Empty Hands”), T.D. Jakes, Creflo Dollar, and many others.

Today I got a Google Alert on Creflo Dollar that showed he is still teaching the “end times wealth transfer” Heresy.

In the video above NotYourTypicalNegro does a real good job of address Creflo and others deliberate error in the video above. He shows Dollar saying that Jesus will return in 2012. So he urged Christians that they only have a little time to get this wealth transfer. But conveniently Dollar has dropped his prediction that Jesus will return in 2012, along with his teaching that Christians only have until then to get their wealth.

I’m a Christian and God wants me to be prosperous

There is a lot of teaching around that says Christians should live prosperous, healthy, even wealthy lives. Just google Joyce Meyer, Joel Osteen, Kenneth Copeland, Creflo Dollar and Benny Hinn and you end up with several preachers preaching what is known as the “prosperity gospel”. There are many that defend this way of preaching as well, pointing to various good works these ministries do but I will go over a couple of typical defenses of the prosperity gospel later on.

What is the Prosperity Gospel?

The prosperity gospel is the teaching that Christians deserve blessing when they have faith in God. Not only are the faithful meant to be blessed, they are meant to claim that blessing from God. Blessing from God, according to the Prosperity Gospel, is most frequently financial but is also to do with health. As Joel Osteen says,  (block inserts are my own)

“Because of the price he [Jesus] paid [on the cross], we [those with faith] have a right to total victory … not a partial victory where we have a good family, we have good health but we constantly struggle with our finances. That is not total victory… if God did it for you in one area [...not sure which 'area' Joel was talking about here because it isn't sin or salvation...] he can do it in another area – Get a vision for it!”

The reason this is so wrong is a) Jesus didn’t die for our health and wealth; b) Jesus and his disciples weren’t wealthy and never taught wealth was good – in fact Jesus had lots of bad things to say about wealth; c) Jesus said we would suffer on this earth d) we don’t have any right to claim anything from God – he already gave us Jesus to save us from our sin (sin is not just bad stuff we do but our very nature which separates us from God – no man, not even Christians on earth can claim to be completely sinless. If they were, they would be God).

Some big names and what they preach…

For the benefit of this blog I watched several sermons and talks by the following preachers. The stuff I quote is stuff they have said themselves on their own broadcasts in their own contexts. I will try and put links to videos if possible.

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Miracle workers such as Benny Hinn are followed and interviewed in this American Undercover documentary. It questions if faith and prayer can heal. This documentary is a very well-researched and in-depth look at the world of televangelists and “faith-healers”. It takes a unique approach in that there is equal time given to a breakdown of the psychological, neurological, sociological, and other scientific gimmicks used by these vampires and the business end of it that makes swindling millions such a lucrative business.

The viewer is taken from “crusades” in America to Europe to Africa, witnessing heartbreaking stories that would make the hardest heart melt with compassion. To see people who are terminally ill, crippled, or have family members in need of a miracle open their checkbooks or take out their credit cards for donations in the thousands (one family of recent converts from Hinduism gave $2,000 in the hopes their son’s brain tumour would be healed. He died nine months later) is as heart-wrenching a moment of real drama as one is likely to see for a long time. The answers these frauds give to the documentarian’s questions, which are quite good and well put, always revert back to “one must have faith, or this shall not work”.

http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/question-of-miracles-faith-healing/

Watch the full documentary now


Posted by: Damon Whitsell | June 9, 2010

Word of Faith False Teachings about Physical Healing

Marilyn Hickey:

    There is demonic activity and oppression in the physical body. If you have suffered with chronic sickness for years or you have hereditary illness in your body, it’s the work of demons. Physical infirmities such as allergies, arthritis, cancer, tumors, blindness, deafness, epilepsy, asthma, migraine, paralysis, often are caused by demon spirits. People that are restless and cannot sleep, I tell you, those are demon spirits, because even Matthew 12 tells you when demons are cast out, how they walk around looking for something. They’re restless. It said the wicked are restless. Why are the wicked restless? Because they’re driven, driven by demonic spirits Spirit never drives you. He leads you. Demons drive you, and so that’s demonic activity. (Marilyn Hickey Show, October 1, 1998)
    “Say to your body, ‘You’re whole, body! Why, you just function so beautifully and so well. Why, body, you never have any problems. You’re a strong, healthy body.’ Or speak to your leg, or speak to your foot, or speak to your neck, or speak to your back; and once you have spoken and believe that you have received, and don’t go back on it. Speak to your wife, speak to your husband, speak to your circumstances; and speak faith to them to create in them and God will create what you are speaking.” (Marilyn Hickey Claim Your Miracles audiotape, #186, side 2)

Benny Hinn

    “If your body belongs to God, it does not and cannot belong to sickness.” (Benny Hinn, Rise and Be Healed, 1991, p. 62).

    Hinn says “faith is a must for a miracle” (This is not so, as Jesus healed numerous people without having faith Lk.17:11-19. In Jn.11 Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead. Certainly Lazarus had no faith; he was dead, neither did anyone else believe it would happen. In Jn.18:10 When Peter cut of the ear of Malchus Jesus healed him without any faith present. True supernatural healings do not always require faith they are granted by God’s mercy). (Incidentally Christian Science also teaches that true healings are the result of true belief. S&H, 194:6)

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Posted by: Damon Whitsell | June 9, 2010

Walter Martin: Does God Always Heal?

First Peter 2:24 says of Christ, “He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed.”


One of the primary rules of biblical interpretation which must never be violated is context. What is the context in 1 Peter 2? Answer: salvation. There is no way to interpret it in any other sense. The verse is talking about Jesus on the cross dying for us, enduring punishment and bearing our sins, thereby providing salvation for us.


When certain people get hold of this passage, however, they change the context from salvation to physical healing. Every time such people see the word “heal” in the Bible they assume it refers to the miracle of divine healing for the physical body, regardless of whether the context indicates otherwise.


A number of times in Scripture the word healing has specific reference to spiritual healing. There are diseases of the soul that have to be healed — and the primary disease of the soul is man’s unregenerate state, which is rooted in sin. The good news is that God has provided healing for this disease of the soul. And that is what Peter is talking about in 1 Peter 2:24. He is not saying that physical healing of the body is guaranteed to every believer.


Certainly, healing for the body is a benefit of Christ’s death on the cross, a benefit for the church as a result of His atoning sacrifice. However, it is not — it has never been in the history of the church — a guarantee that God has to heal your body; He doesn’t have to!


God does say He will graciously entertain our prayers. He says that if we exercise faith, and if our request is in accordance with His will, He will hear us. But He never said that the mark of true spirituality is that you would never sneeze.


Some within the church will try to tell you, “God’s perfect will is that you are never going to be sick.” Well, I’ll tell you something: there are certain lessons — if you are honest — that you’ll admit you never would have learned unless the Lord flattened you out long enough to get your attention. Sometimes God teaches us things through our suffering.

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I have begun a series of messages at Walnut Hill Church from the Seven Letters to the Churches in Revelation.  This past Sunday we looked at the Church at Smyrna, from Revelation 2.8-11.

The Church at Smyrna is most intriguing for a couple reasons.

First, the name Smyrna litterally means “City of Myrh”.  If myrh sounds familiar it is probably because it is one of the three gifts the Magi brought to Jesus, the new-born king.  We sing about it at Christmas-time.  Myrh is an herb that when crushed emitted a fragrant aroma.  This is an appropriate gift for the young Jesus, who was born to become a martyred prophet. It is also an appropriate name for this church since it endured incessant crushing and persecution.

Second, the Church at Smyrna is one of only two of these churches that received no correction, only commendation. That alone ought to make us take note of them. They received only encouragement from Jesus, who commended them for faithfully enduring seasons of suffering and persecution.

As I considered the Church at Smyrna, and the message Jesus had for them, I could not help but contrast them from the television ministries today that proclaim, what they call, Prosperity Gospel.

The Propserity Gospel, in a nutshell, proclaims that God wants all his people to be Healthy, Wealthy, and Happy.  There are differnt versions of this.  The Kenneth Hagin, Kenneth Copeland, Benny Hinn disciples embrace this clear message.  The Robert Schuller, Norman Vincent Peale disciples embrace a tamer Positive Thinking version.  And Joel Osteen has created a hybrid version, proclaiming you can have the best life now.

In my message Sunday I pointed out the erroneousness of this teaching.  I was pretty blunt pointing out that this message is unbiblical.  But there are words I did not use that now, in retrospect, I wish I had; I think I should have: Heresy, Lies, Dangerous.   That’s what this whole memvement is – no matter the sincerity of those behind it.

See, here the issue: they proclaim that the faithful will not experience hardship on this earth. Jesus proclaims to a church that is in the midst of persecution (not prosperity) that they are being faithful by enduring hardship. Clearly there would be no room for Jesus in the Prosperity Gospel movement.

Further, Hebrews 2.10 says:

In bringing many sons to glory, it was fitting that God, for whom and through whom everything exists, should make the author of their salvation perfect through suffering.

In some sense, Jesus was made perfect through suffering.  So, the logic of the message of the Prosperity Gospel is:

Be more faithful, be LESS like Jesus.

For those who might counter that the suffering Jesus experienced was the price he took upon himself to free us from the penalty of our sin, I would ask you to consider…

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This video is already on this website in four parts. This FULL VERSION is posted for your convenience.

White Horse Inn
January 20, 2008 Commentary:
Joel Osteen: A Case Study in American Religion

Hello and welcome to another broadcast of the White Horse Inn where we are launching our new year-long series, “Christless Christianity: The American Captivity of the Church.” In the last two programs we looked at Christless Christianity in general and Crossless Christianity which is really the heart of the problem as we are assessing it here. And then in this program we want to take a look at a specific example of what we are talking about. We realize an extreme example, but it does reflect a wider tendency and drift towards Christless Christianity that probably evangelicals would not have been attracted to in the 30s and 40s and 50s but today Joel Osteen is now considered an Evangelical leader.

If Charles Finney’s legacy helps us to understand how we arrived at the current crisis, Joel Osteen the Pastor of Lakewood church in Houston, Texas may be the clearest example in contemporary American religion. Name it/claim it, heath and wealth, or prosperity gospel, these are nicknames for a heresy that in many respects is an extreme version of perhaps the most typical focus of American Christianity today more generally. Basically God’s there for you and your happiness. He has some rules, and principles for getting what you want out of life and if you follow them you can have what you want. Just declare it and prosperity will come to you. Although explicit proponents of the so-called “prosperity gospel” may be fewer than their influence suggests, its big names and best-selling authors, T.D. Jakes, Benny Hinn, Joel Osteen and Joyce Meyer are purveyors of a pagan world-view with a peculiarly American flavor. Its basically what Martin Luther called the “theology of glory.” How can I climb the ladder and attain the glory here and now that God has actually promised for us after a life of suffering. The contrast is the “theology of the cross.” The story of God’s merciful descent to us at great personal cost, the message the Apostle Paul acknowledged was offensive and foolishness to Greeks.

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Posted by: TWotWoF VIDEO ROW | June 2, 2010

VIDEO: Mark Driscoll on the Power of Life and Death in the Tongue

Desiring God 2008 National Conference Speaker Interview: Mark Driscoll

But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. — Galatians 1:8

Over the years I’ve watched, with indignation and concern, the proliferation of motivational speakers in pulpits. I’ve watched how many churches and preachers are replacing the gospel of Jesus Christ with motivational speaking. I’ve watched how some of these preachers have even built mega churches and empires with this brand of the “gospel.” But even worse, I’ve watched how droves of people have been misled into believing that they are getting fed the Bread of Life; i.e. the unadulterated gospel of Jesus Christ, not knowing that they are being served motivational speeches on a platter, spiced with scriptures.

But I’m not as concerned about these motivational speakers in pulpits, as I am concerned about the spiritual well being of the thousands of people attending their churches; and the several million worldwide television viewers whose lives are being impacted by their teachings.

It is this concern for the spiritually helpless that has led me to expose some of these preachers for who they really are; to warn you, the followers and would-be followers of these preachers. I write to alert the Body of Christ about this proliferation in the Church; the danger of motivational speaking packaged as the gospel; and to teach you how to recognize a motivational speaker in the pulpit when you come across one; which I say, sadly, that there are many out there.

So, let’s start by identifying the two leading motivational speakers in pulpits or what I call, “motivational preachers.” The two leading motivational preachers of our time are Pastor Joel Osteen of the New Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas and Bishop T.D. Jakes of the Potter’s House, Dallas, Texas!

Surprised? Maybe! Maybe not! However, if you are surprised to learn that these two are motivational preachers, perhaps it’s because they are your favorite preachers. Perhaps, it’s because you’ve always thought them to be “O Great Ones.” Or maybe it’s because of their success, popularity, ministry size, followership, etc. or even because of the good they’ve done in society. For instance, Jakes’ Woman Thou Art Loosed book or prison outreach ministry. Or Osteen’s book, Your Best Life Now.

As humans, we tend to attribute worldly success, good works, ministry size, popularity, followership, etc. with godly success. Therefore, the bigger a church, the more popular or successful a preacher, the more success we think a person or organization has. We even credit these successes to God’s blessings. But worldly success, good works, ministry size or even large followership is not necessarily the measure of godly success. A person can have all these, yet not be godly. For instance, Oprah Winfrey has all these attributes, but yet she’s not a preacher; neither can her success be considered godly; because of what she espouses.

So we cannot go by worldly success, good works, popularity, ministry size or even followership. In fact, T.D. Jakes in a CNN/TIME article was described as “Oprah-in-a-pulpit. But for Winfrey’s generic spirituality, Jakes substitutes God.” That is to say that, if Oprah were to be a preacher, she’d probably have one of the largest churches in the world! But thankfully, she has enough sense to stay in her lane (at least for now). So, all these attributes have nothing to do with godly success!

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She died in his arms. Whenever he turns on the television and hears another slick-haired preacher pontificating about wealth, the Missionary thinks of that day he carried the nine-year-old from her jungle home to the airstrip. Internal parasites had infested her tiny brown body. He prayed as he carried her. Prayed he could get her to the plane in time. Prayed the plane would get her to the hospital in Quito in time, but she died in his arms before he reached that plane.

It was an antibiotic, not a miracle, she needed. The medicine that could have healed her cost a few pennies a dose. He thinks of that as he scans the television screen. “The first thing I do when I see those preachers is look at their hands to see how many diamond rings they’re wearing,” he says. “When I see them in their glass palaces or big stadiums I think of her.”

The Missionary is my father-in-law. He was one of dozens of people I interviewed for my forthcoming book, “Will Jesus Buy Me a Double-Wide? ’cause I need more room for my plasma tv” (Zondervan).

When I told one inquiring soul that I’d interviewed people about God and money, she responded, “God and money? Aren’t they the same thing?”

She makes a good point. Many of us who believe in God believe He is obliged to provide us with a bigger home, a lucrative job promotion and an abundantly better life now. Christians buy in bulk books on how to prosper God’s way. We’ll flock by the thousands to hear a pastor declare God wants to make us rich. We put magnetic placards on the sides of our SUVs proclaiming anyone can make rich happen if only they’ll believe upon the Most High. When we buy the home we can ill-afford we thank God for his blessings.

“Remember wealth is not by chance, it’s a choice,” says a radio host on 90.1 PRAISE FM, an Alabama station for Christ-followers.

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Posted by: WoF Unveiled | May 30, 2010

Did Jesus Command Us To Tithe?

Matthew 23:23 and Luke 11:42 are the favorite verses for the tithe teachers because in this verse Jesus “commands” people to tithe!!!

“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint and dill and cummin, and have neglected the weightier provisions of the law: justice and mercy and faithfulness; but these are the things you should have done without neglecting the others.

Tom Brown, a Word of Faith preacher says the following in this website:

Notice Jesus said, “You should have practiced the latter (justice, mercy and faithfulness), without neglecting the former (tithing)….Some argue that Jesus’ words are not applicable to us today, because Jesus was under the Law and spoke to those under the Law. Their theory goes something like this: Jesus was giving an instruction to the Jews so His words are not binding to us. The problem with this interpretation is that these teachers are bringing Christ down to the level of a Jewish prophet or Teacher of the Law. Jesus is the Word of God made flesh, so this means every word that comes out of His mouth is eternal. He cannot say anything without it being “spiritual law” and everlasting. Jesus emphasizes this point by saying, “Heaven and earth may pass away, but my words will never pass away” (Matt 24:35). These supposed Bible teachers are making the words of Jesus pass away—obsolete and out of date.

If Christians need to use the logic of the likes of Tom Brown, then we should also consider the other saying of Jesus and obey them! Shouldn’t we?

1. Thou shalt not tell anyone about thy healing…

Matthew 8:4 / Mark 8:40-44

Then Jesus said to him, “Don’t tell anyone about this. Instead, go to the priest and let him examine you. Take along the offering required in the law of Moses for those who have been healed of leprosy. This will be a public testimony that you have been cleansed.

Matthew 9:30

And their eyes were opened. And Jesus sternly warned them: “See that no one knows about this!”

a) Christians are not supposed to tell anyone if they get healed.

b)Take the offering prescribed by Moses to the Pastor of the local Church?

2.Thou shalt evangelize ONLY the Jews and not other people group.

Matthew 15:24

Then Jesus said to the woman, “I was sent only to help God’s lost sheep–the people of Israel.

3. And say to non-Jews that God’s blessings are not for gentiles

Matthew 15:26

Jesus responded, “It isn’t right to take food from the children and throw it to the dogs.

4. Thou shalt not proclaim that Jesus is the Messiah to anyone…

Matthew 16:20

Then He warned the disciples that they should tell no one that He was the Christ.

Wondering if tithe teacher John Hagee referred this verse before declaring that Jesus was not the Messiah.

5. Christians must sell all their possessions and give them to the poor.

Matthew 19:21

Jesus said to him, “If you wish to be complete, go and sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.”

6. Christians must follow all man made laws including Corban offering!

Matthew 23:1-3

v1. Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples,

v2. The teachers of religious law and the Pharisees are the official interpreters of the law of Moses.

v3. So practice and obey whatever they tell you, but don’t follow their example. For they don’t practice what they teach.

Notice, in verse three Jesus says “So practice and obey whatever they tell you…”

7. The Word of Faith people should NOT call Kenneth Hagin Sr., Dad/Papa.

Matthew 23:9

Do not call anyone on earth your father; for One is your Father, He who is in heaven.

The WoF community often describes Kenneth Hagin Sr., as Dad Hagin or Papa Hagin.

8. No tithe “teachers” in our midst, only tithe brothers!

Matthew 23:8

But do not be called Rabbi; for One is your Teacher, and you are all brothers.

We have a lot of WoF teachers.

9.Christians need to call Apostle Peter as Apostle Satan (and remember the scripture cannot be broken)

Mark 8:33

But turning around and seeing His disciples, He rebuked Peter and said, “Get behind Me, Satan; for you are not setting your mind on God’s interests, but man’s.”

10. Justification is NOT by faith but by obeying the commandments of Moses!

Matthew 19:17

And He said to him, “Why are you asking Me about what is good? There is only One who is good; but if you wish to enter into life, keep the commandments.”

So in order to lead an unbeliever to salvation, Christians must ask them to keep the commandments of Moses instead of asking them to trust Jesus.

11. Thou shalt randomly enter into any house and thou shalt not stay in Hotel rooms!

Luke 9:4 / Luke 10:7

“Whatever house you enter, stay there until you leave that city.

When we go to minister to the lost, Christians should randomly enter into a house and stay if they accept Christians. We should not make reservations to stay in hotel rooms! No continental breakfast and wireless internet for tithe teachers!!!

12. Thou shalt not attend thy Father’s wake/funeral and when thy Father dies, thy shall proclaim the Gospel everywhere!

Luke 9:60

But He (Jesus) said to him, “Allow the dead to bury their own dead; but as for you, go and proclaim everywhere the kingdom of God.

13. Christians should not carry wallet,money, check book, credit card when they go for ministry!!!

Luke 10: 4

Carry no money belt, no bag, no shoes; and greet no one on the way.

Christians are not supposed to wear shoes, boots and sandals and we should go bare foot while going for ministry. No bags are allowed and we can save on flight ticket. Greet no one on the way…. Christians should not say Hi to anyone on the way, no smiling, no good mornings and no good afternoons. No eye contacts but frown at whoever you come across on the way!

13. Follow Jesus’ method while evangelizing:

Luke 10:25-26

v25 One day an expert in religious law stood up to test Jesus by asking him this question: “Teacher, what should I do to inherit eternal life?”

v26 Jesus replied, “What does the law of Moses say? How do you read it?”

Christians must ask seekers “What does the law of Moses say? How do you read it?”

14. Thou shalt not wash thy hands and thou shalt not use hand sanitizers!

Luke 11:38

When the Pharisee saw it, he was surprised that He had not first ceremonially washed before the meal.

15. Never invite friends and relatives for lunch or dinner!

Luke 14:12

And He also went on to say to the one who had invited Him, “When you give a luncheon or a dinner, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors, otherwise they may also invite you in return and that will be your repayment.

16. Only invite poor, crippled, lame and blind

Luke 14:13

But when you give a reception, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind,

17. Thou shalt celebrate the passover!

Luke 22:8

And Jesus sent Peter and John, saying, “Go and prepare the Passover for us, so that we may eat it.”

All the above mentioned points were uttered by Jesus Himself and we know His words will not pass away even when heaven and earth pass away!

Therefore tithe teachers, why do you need to obey Matthew 23:23 alone? What about the other sayings of Jesus?



Posted by: WoF Unveiled | May 22, 2010

Uncomfortable Questions For Tithe Teaching Preachers!

Questions Tithing Advocates Fail To Answer!

Our modern day tithe teachers do not have intellectual honesty.
Most of the pro-tithers cling onto Matthew 23:23 & Luke 11:42 and say that even Jesus said so, therefore the NT Christians need to tithe.  If they take Matthew 23:23/Luke 11:42 as a command for New Testament Christians to tithe here are the questions they need to answer:
1. According to Mishna and Flavious Josephus the 1st century Jews practiced
multiple tithes (almost 3). How did the early Christians practice all 3 tithes?
2. Did the early Christians who did not own farms and cattle give 23% of their earned income to their Churches?
3. Levitical tithes were yearly and it went to Levites according to their
locations. Who are the Levites today and who were the Levites in 1st century
Christianity?
4. How did the “NT Levites” take the 10% of the 10% to the “NT Priests”?
5. If the NT Pastor is the priest don’t we have to tithe to the ushers, choir,
greeters and other Church staff members and let them tithe from their tithes to
the (senior) Pastor?
6. Why does the Senior Pastor collect all tithes today and give salaries to the
staff members and leave many Church workers unpaid? The OT High Priests did not
do that. The OT Aaronic Priests received only 1% of the total tithe.
7. In the OT the High Priests themselves did not tithe but why do our modern day prosperity
preachers tithe to their cohorts?

8. Regarding the festival tithe, do Christians need to go to Jerusalem to observe it as the Jews did? What is our Jerusalem now? Did the NT Christians practice pilgrimage to Jerusalem?. The festival tithe must be taken to Jerusalem. If that was prescribed to NT Christians we should make pilgrimage to Jerusalem like the Muslims visit Mecca?!?!?!

9. The 3rd tithe for poor (Charity Tithe): Why don’t tithe asking Pastors give their congregation the liberty to take care of the poor? Why would it go to the benevolent funds controlled by the Church board? Poor people need to go through hoops to get some help. That really complicates the process?
10. Even if we assume that tithing was commanded to NT Christians the pro-tithers fail to consider one important thing:

* The plurality of the NT Church leadership.

a. In the first century Christianity no Church was run by a single Pastor. The Churches were founded by Apostles and they in turn appointed elders  a.k.a Pastors (in plural – more than one). Why can’t the tithe seeking Pastors follow that model today?

b. Also the early Church had all 5 five fold ministries in the Church.
Apostles, Prophets, Teachers, Evangelists and Pastors. Well, we all cannot agree if the offices of Apostles and Prophets exist today but we all can agree at least the offices of Pastors, Evangelists and Teaches exist in our contemporary Christianity. So the point is, even if the early Church received tithes it was divided amongst all 5 fold ministers and the money DID NOT GO TO A SINGLE PASTOR unlike what we see today. The tithing advocates today need to answer this question as well. They are unwilling to accommodate other types of ministries but want to dominate and control the finances which is totally unfair.
c. Acts 13:1
Now there were at Antioch, in the church that was there, prophets and teachers: Barnabas, and Simeon who was called Niger, and Lucius of Cyrene, and Manaen who had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul.
In Acts 13:1 we see in the early Church of Antioch they had 5 ministers who were prophets and teachers.   Is it logical to assume all these 5 ministers received “double portion” of the “tithes” that that Church was receiving if it ever received money as tithe.   When Paul and Barnabas were commissioned as Apostles a few verses later did they start receiving half of the money they got when they had that dual calling of functioning as prophets and teachers.  In Acts chapter 13 we see their dual function of prophets and teachers was changed by the Holy Spirit to only one office in the five-fold ministry.
d. Many Senior Pastors have their associate Pastors. Most of them are not paid well and some of them are asked to “live by faith”. These tithe hungry Pastors not only forget the poor but also neglect their own staff members. This example was certainly not followed by the first century Christian church.

Therefore the pro-tithers still would not meet the NT model of tithing even if it was practiced by the early Christian church.

New Testament Christians Don’t Be Deceived By these Mammon Lovers!!!

Posted by: WoF Unveiled | May 21, 2010

Church Father Irenaeus On Tithing!

The teaching about tithing is one of the fundamental tenants of the Word of  Faith movement.  In their circles it is known as the “law of prosperity!”.   One of their lies about tithing is that the early Church practiced tithing and the Church Fathers were in favor of tithing. Nothing could be further from the truth!

Let us first examine the writing of Saint Irenaeus who was one of the early Church Fathers:

Who was Irenaeus?

Saint Irenaeus, was bishop of Lugdunum in Gaul, which is now Lyons, France. His writings were formative in the early development of Christian theology. He was a notable early Christian apologist. He was also a disciple of Polycarp, who was said to be a disciple of John the Evangelist. His best-known book, Against Heresies (c 180) enumerated heresies and attacked them. Irenaeus wrote that the only way for Christians to retain unity was to humbly accept one doctrinal authority—episcopal councils.Irenaeus was the first to propose that all four gospels be accepted as canonical.

From Irenaenus’ Popular Book – Against Heresies

Chapter XIII.-Christ Did Not Abrogate the Natural Precepts of the Law, But Rather Fulfilled and Extended Them. He Removed the Yoke and Bondage of the Old Law, So that Mankind, Being Now Set Free, Might Serve God with that Trustful Piety Which Becometh Sons.

Section 3

“And for this reason did the Lord, instead of that [commandment], `You shall not commit adultery,’ forbid even concupiscence; and instead of that which runs thus, `You shall not kill,’ He prohibited anger; and instead of the law enjoining the giving of tithes, to share all our possessions with the poor; and not to love our neighbors only, but even our enemies; and not merely to be liberal givers and bestowers, but even that we should present a gratuitous gift to those who take away our goods”

Please pay attention that Irenaeus saying “…instead of the law enjoining the giving of tithes, to share all our possessions with the poor…”.

Here is another passage by  Irenaeus on the same book “Against Heresies”:

Chapter XVIII.-Concerning Sacrifices and Oblations, and Those Who Truly Offer Them.

Section 2:

“And the class of oblations in general has not been set aside; for there were both oblations there [among the Jews], and there are oblations here [among the Christians]. Sacrifices there were among the people; sacrifices there are, too, in the Church: but the species alone has been changed, inasmuch as the offering is now made, not by slaves, but by freemen. For the Lord is [ever] one and the same; but the character of a servile oblation is peculiar [to itself], as is also that of freemen, in order that, by the very oblations, the indication of liberty may be set forth. For with Him there is nothing purposeless, nor without signification, nor without design. And for this reason they (the Jews) had indeed the tithes of their goods consecrated to Him, but those who have received liberty set aside all their possessions for the Lord’s purposes, bestowing joyfully and freely not the less valuable portions of their property, since they have the hope of better things [hereafter]; as that poor widow acted who cast all her living into the treasury of God.

Please notice that Irenaeus saying ” …And for this reason they (the Jews) had indeed the tithes of their goods consecrated to Him, but those who have received liberty set aside all their possessions for the Lord’s purposes…”

Here he contrasts between the Jews living under the law and the New Testament Christians who were living in the liberty of Jesus Christ.

Conclusions:

* Irenaeus believed that tithing was part of the law of Moses.

* These statements by Irenaeus proves that the early Christians did not tithe.

* The early Christians believed that they were commanded to share all their possessions with the poor INSTEAD of tithing.

* Irenaeus recorded that the Jews had tithed but Christians set aside all their possessions. He actually contrasted between Old Testament Jews and New Testament Christians!

* Money is not mentioned by Irenaeus at all.

It is interesting to see that these writings appear in his book “Against Heresies“. Irenaenus probably would have labeled all modern day tithe teaches as heretics!

Therefore my friends, please realize that the early Church never practiced tithes and they did not even believe that they were commanded to tithe unlike what our modern day tithe teacher tell us.

May the Lord open the eyes of whoever reads this blog post about the dangers posed by the mammon loving Word of Faith preachers.

Sources:

http://www.earlychristianwritings.com/text/irenaeus-book4.html

http://slaveoftheword.blogspot.com/2006/03/tithing-in-ante-nicene-period-second_05.html

Our GroupBlog Author Pastor Jeff Kluttz has a very good Word of Faith expose/teaching series called “Wolves in Wool” available here on this blog and at his ReturningKing.com website. When Jeff Posted the articles, he only had video added to the first two post but he has since added five more videos for this teaching series to his Vimeo Video Page.

Here are all seven videos together on one page for you to view at your leisure. I highly recommend this teaching series for anyone who wants to know what the Word of Faith teaches and especially for those ex-Word of Faithers who need to deprogram themselves and learn correct biblical doctrine. Although the videos are 45-60  minutes in length, they are well worth your time as Brother Jeff is a really good teacher and very biblical.

I am sure this video series will be beneficial to anyone who watches it.

Damon Whitsell

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Wolves in Wool – Introduction from Jeff Kluttz on Vimeo.

Wolves in Wool 2 – The Revelation Knowledge of WoF from Jeff Kluttz on Vimeo.

Wolves in Wool 3 – Faith, the Omnipotent Entity from Jeff Kluttz on Vimeo.

Wolves in Wool 4 – The Elevation of Man from Jeff Kluttz on Vimeo.

Wolves in Wool 5 – The Demotion of God from Jeff Kluttz on Vimeo.

Wolves in Wool 6 – Word of Faith Atonement Flaws: Kenoticism from Jeff Kluttz on Vimeo.

Wolves in Wool 7 – the WoF “Jesus in Hell” Apostasy from Jeff Kluttz on Vimeo.

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DON”T FORGET: You can follow along using Pastor Jeff’s original articles HERE.

Posted by: Damon Whitsell | May 1, 2010

Article and Video: Benny Hinn Answers Critics on ABC Nightline

In a rare interview, controversial preacher and faith healer Benny Hinn laid some of his cards on the table, saying he’s been wanting to answer his critics for 20 years.

“I’m very pleased … because it’s time for me to tell it all,” Hinn told ABC’s Dan Harris in an interview that aired Monday night. “I don’t want people talking for me. I want to talk for myself.”

For years, Hinn has been a subject of scrutiny by the media and recently the government for the miraculous healings he claims to do and the lavish lifestyle he leads.

His ministry’s latest report from the “Fire Conference and Miracle Service” last month in New York states that teens were healed of leukemia, lung cancer and partial deafness.

“There were so many miracles of healing that people were lined along the sides of the auditorium from the front to the back waiting to come to the platform to testify of God’s healing touch!” the report touts.

Such conferences, held around the world, have brought in hundreds of thousands of dollars at a time to the ministry, all of which are donations from attendees – many of whom were seeking a physical healing.

Hinn, who was born into a Greek Orthodox Christian family and later became a zealous charismatic, admitted to ABC that he doesn’t have medical verification of the healings and said some people who claimed they were healed on stage at the events were actually not.

He said, “These are things that I cannot explain because I am not the healer. I’m human like you.”

When confronted with the question on whether he’s taking advantage of devoutly religious and vulnerable people for his own enrichment, Hinn said, “You cannot fool all the people all the time. I think if I was fooling the people, over 35 years of it now I would’ve been caught already fooling them.”

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The growing prevalence of the prosperity gospel around the world, and particularly in Africa, has prompted a group of theologians to release a statement of concern and a call for further reflection.

While recognizing that “there are some dimensions of prosperity teaching that have roots in the Bible,” the Lausanne Theology Working Group says its overall view is that “the teachings of those who most vigorously promote the ‘prosperity gospel’ are false and gravely distorting of the Bible.”

The statement was released this month through Christianity Today and is derived from a number of papers that were discussed at the group’s meetings in October 2008 and September 2009.

The theology group, which includes the Revs. Dr. Chris Wright and Dr. John Azumah, makes clear that its intent is not to be “exclusively negative” regarding the health and wealth gospel and recognizes the social realities within which the teaching flourishes. But the group finds the overall impact of the teachings on churches pastorally damaging, spiritually unhealthy and may even deflect people from the message and means of eternal salvation.

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Most professing Christians in America are infected with at least some measure of the health and wealth gospel, said one theologian.

That is, believers have no concept of a love and a joy that does not eliminate hardship and heartache, Sam Storms of Bridgeway Church in Oklahoma City said at a pastors conference this week.

“For most professing believers if God is love He must promise to minimize my struggles and maximize my pleasure,” he lamented. Many believe it’s their spiritual birthright to experience comfort and prosperity and that it’s God divine obligation to provide it.

It’s a disease that’s rampant in the culture and in the church. People are inundated with messages from powerbrokers, media, entertainment, TV evangelists and bestselling authors that say joy is inextricably bound up in material prosperity, physical health, relational success and all the comforts and conveniences Western society provides.

For most people, joy and suffering are incompatible, Storms noted.

Thus preachers have a difficult task at hand in communicating to such a culture a genuine joy found in Christ.

The so-called prosperity gospel that teaches wealth and good health is a sign of God’s favor and blessing is prevalent in the church, Storm lamented. Underlining the seriousness of the problematic theology many preachers have picked up, the Oklahoma City pastor called it a “corrosive and disintegrative pox” on the church and “a disease far more infectious and ultimately fatal to the soul than the worst bubonic plague and the affects it might have on the human body.”

“We have to fight this infection in the body of Christ,” he emphatically told pastors at the Desiring God conference in Minneapolis.

But the blame for the rampant “disease” shouldn’t fall on the TV evangelists, Storms noted.

“I want to lay it (the blame) at our feet,” he said.

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Posted by: TWotWoF VIDEO ROW | May 1, 2010

Why does John Piper hate the Prosperity Gospel?

Posted by: TWotWoF VIDEO ROW | April 25, 2010

VIDEO: Saved From The Prosperity Gospel

The story of how God delivered one couple from the subtle deception of the prosperity gospel. The full interview is available here: http://www.harborhawaii.org/beta/601

VISIT OUR

Posted by: Damon Whitsell | April 24, 2010

Where did Jesus Atone for our sins? By Paul Scozzafava

1) On the cross?

2) In Hades or Hell as the Faith Teachers, Kenneth Copeland, Kenneth Hagen, Fredrick K.C.Price, Benny Hinn, etc. claim.

You might say wait a minute! These men have never said or taught these things!!

‘The righteousness of God was made to be sin. He accepted the sin nature of Satan in His own spirit. And at the moment that he did so he cried “My God my God why has thou forsaken me.” You don’t know what happened at the cross. Why do you think Moses, upon the instruction of God, raised the serpent upon that pole instead of a Lamb? That used to bug me. I said, “why in the world would you want to put a snake up there the sign of Satan? Why didn’t you put a lamb on that pole ?” and the Lord said, “Because it was the sign of Satan that was hanging on the cross.” He (Jesus) said “I accepted in my own spirit, spiritual, death; and the light was turned off.” {Copeland, “What happened from the cross to the throne?”} (cassette tape) [Audio]

“Why did he need to be begotten, or born. Because he became like we were, separated from God. Because he tasted spiritual death for every man And His spirit and inner man went to Hell in my place, can’t you see that physical death wouldn’t remove your sins, he’s tasted death for every man, he’s talking about spiritual death. Jesus is the first person that was ever born again. Why did his spirit need to be born again? Because it was estranged from God.”{Kenneth Hagen} [Audio]

“Ladies and gentlemen, the serpent is a symbol of Satan. Jesus Christ knew The only way he would stop Satan is by becoming one in nature with him. You Say. “What did you say? What blasphemy is this?” No you hear this. He did Not take my sin, he became my sin. Sin is the nature of Hell. Sin is what made Satan. You remember? He wasn’t Satan till sin was found in him. Lucifer was perfect till Ezekiel says, “sin was found in thee.” It was sin that made Satan. Jesus said.” I’ll be sin. I’ll go to the lowest place! I’ll go to the origin of it! I won’t just take part in it – I’ll be the totality of it” when Jesus became sin, Sir he took it from A to Z and said, “no more!” think about this: He became flesh. That flesh might become like him. He became death, so that dying man can live. He became sin, so sinners can be righteous in him. He became one with the nature of Satan, so all those who had the nature of Satan can partake of the nature of God.” {Benny Hinn on TBN December 15, 1990} [Audio]

“The thing that redeemed us was not Jesus being nailed to the cross. His spirit and soul went in to Hades. and he walked through the door of Hades, satan was seated on his throne with a sickening grin on his face, his lip twisted in grotesque triumph and all the imps of hell were dancing a jig. And the word came, “We got him now! We defeated the plan of God!” and the devil was sitting there saying “I told you, if you’d follow me, I’d lead you to victory! We got Him now.” And they wrapped their grimy hands and the chains of hell itself around Jesus and they confined Him to one of the cells in the Hades section of the underworld. And then satan and his demon hosts went on a three-day drunk. They thought they had Him, they had defeated and thwarted the plan of Almighty God and Jesus sat there as it were, immobile, not saying a word, not doing anything, except serving our sentence! {Fredrick K.C.Price} [Audio]

These men have. And continue to teach this Doctrine!!

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