There are some that claim that those in the Word of Faith movement who preach the Gospel (Benny Hinn, Kenneth Copeland, Joyce Meyers, et. al.) cannot be false teachers no matter what other doctrinal errors they may occasionally state. However, like cults, which have reinterpreted certain key words in Christianity to mean whatever they want, so have many preachers in the Word of Faith movement reinterpreted important keywords. As I will show below all those who preach another Christ CANNOT be teaching the Gospel as found in the Bible.
Disclaimer: There may still be some in the Word of Faith movement who have not been tainted by the following. If that is so praise the Lord, but, as scripture says "a little leaven spoils the whole lump" so I would really question anyone who is still involved in this movement and supporting any of the preachers mentioned below:
False teacher quotes are in black bold, my comments are in plain text and scripture is in Teal.
Let's analyze the most important statement above
"And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross." (Php. 2:8)
"Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree (Cross), that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed." (1 Pe. 2:24)
"And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood" (Rev 1:5)
"During that time He entered hell, where you and I deserved to go (legally) because of our sin. He paid the price there . . . no plan was too extreme . . . Jesus paid on the cross and in hell" (The Most Important Decision You Will Ever Make, by Joyce Meyer, Tulsa: Harrison House 1991, chapter 4, (pg. 35).
"Jesus Christ knew the only way he would stop Satan was 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 . . . 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!' ." (Benny Hinn, Benny Hinn program on TBN, Dec. 15, 1990).
"My, you know, whoosh! The Holy Ghost is just showing me some stuff. I'm getting dizzy! I'm telling you the truth - it's, it's just heavy right now on me... He's [Jesus] in the underworld now. God isn't there, the Holy Ghost isn't there, and the Bible says He was begotten. Do you know what the word begotten means? It means reborn. Do you want another shocker? Have you been begotten? So was He. Don't let anyone deceive you. Jesus was reborn. You say, 'What are you talking about?'... He was reborn. He had to be reborn... If He was not reborn, I could not be reborn, I would never be reborn. How can I face Jesus and say, 'Jesus, You went through everything I've gone through, except the new birth?'" (Benny Hinn, Our Position 'In Christ,' Part 1 (Orlando, FL: Orlando Christian Center, 1991), videotape #TV-254.)
"He [Jesus] who is righteous by choice said, 'The only way I can stop sin is by Me becoming it. I can't just stop it by letting it touch Me; I and it must become one.' Hear this! He who is the nature of God became the nature of Satan where He became sin! " (TBN, 12/1/90).
"When Jesus cried, "It is finished!" He was not speaking of the plan of redemption. There were still three days and nights to go through before He went to the throne... Jesus' death on the cross was only the beginning of the complete work of redemption."
"Jesus was made to be sin. He accepted the nature of Satan into his own spirit. . . . You don't know what happened at the cross. Why do you think Moses upon the instruction of God raised a serpent up on that pole instead of a lamb? That used to bug me, I said why in the world did you have to put that 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 said, 'I accepted in my own spirit spiritual death and the light was turned off.' " (what Happened From the Cross to the Throne, audio tape 02-0017)
Note: Kenneth Copeland got this heresy from his mentors Kenneth Hagin and E.W. Kenyon.
Questions to ponder:
"For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption." (Psalms 16:10)
Jesus Christ himself refuted that teaching while hanging on the cross:
"And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom. And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise." (Luke 23:42-43)
And a little bit later on his last breath cried out in a loud voice:
"Father, into your hands I commit my spirit." (Luke 23:46)
Does this sound like Jesus had to go to hell first or God sent him there after receiving him?
"Thou shalt have no other gods before me." (Ex 20:3)
Re the trinity, Hinn said, "Each one of them is a triune being by Himself ... there's nine of them." (Benny Hinn, TBN, 34d October 1990).
"God the Father is a person separate from the Holy Ghost. Totally separate." (Orlando Christian Centre, Oct 13, 1990).
"God came from heaven, became a man, made man into little gods, went back to heaven as a man. He faces the Father as a man." (Benny Hinn, Our Position in Christ #2-The Word Made Flesh. (Orlando: Orlando Christian Center, 1991), videotape #255.)
"I was shocked when I found out who the biggest failure in the Bible actually is...The biggest one in the whole Bible is God... I mean, 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....Now, the reason you don't think of God as a failure is He never said He's a failure. And you're not a failure till you say you're one." (Kenneth Copeland on the TBN Praise-a-thon on Praise The Lord, April 1988)
"God formed man from the dust of the earth" (Gen 2:7)
"Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:" (Rom. 5:12)
"All I was ever taught to say was, 'I, a poor, miserable sinner.' I am not poor. I am not miserable. And I am not a sinner. That is a lie from the pit of hell!" ("What Happened from the Cross to The Throne?" an audio by Joyce Meyer--no longer available but the same message as given by Copeland/Kenyon)
"Although we are not Almighty God Himself, nevertheless we are now divine." (12/1/90 TBN)
"Are you ready for some real revelation knowledge....you are god Benny Hinn." Our Position In Christ, tape # AO31190-1
"I am a 'little messiah' walking on earth." (Benny Hinn, "Praise-a-Thon Program" on TBN, broadcast November 6, 1990.)
Re man being God: ""You say, 'Benny, am I a little God?' You're a son of God, aren't you? ... What else are you? Quit your nonsense! ... If you say, 'I am,' You're saying you're part of Him, right? Is He God? Are you His offspring? Are you His children? You can't be human! You Can't. You can't!" (Our Position in Christ #2, 1990 Audiotape, sd 2)
"You don't have a god in you, you are one.. . . You're all God. You don't have a God living in you; you are one! ... When I read in the Bible where God tells Moses, 'I AM,' I say, 'Yah, I am too!'"In The Force of Love. A 2 tape set, #BBC-56, 1987
All of the above are teaching another Christ and they got their heresy from Kenyon, Kenneth Hagin, Charles Capps, John Jacobs, Fredrick Price, et. al. who teach that Jesus died spiritually and Paul and Jan Crouch promote this teaching on TBN.
"If someone comes to you and preaches a Jesus other than the Jesus we preached, or if you receive a different spirit from the one you received, or a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it easily enough. . . . For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, masquerating as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. It is not surprising, then, if his servants masquerade as servants of righteousness. Their end will be what their actions deserve." (2 Cor. 11:4, 13, 14)
"The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. Such teachings come through hypocritical liars whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron." (1 Tim. 4:1,2).
"If anyone teaches false doctrines and does not agree to the sound instruction of our Lord Jesus Christ and to godly teaching, he is conceited and understands nothing. . . . People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. " (1 Tim. 6:3, 9)
Conclusion: If they are teaching another Christ they are also preaching another Gospel when they speak of Christ.
© Feb 4, 2004