The Word Faith Movement Examined 14


At long last, I will begin by dealing with Word Faith teachers and their heresies and blasphemies.

“It wasn’t the physical death on the cross that paid the price for sin … anybody could do that.” Kenneth Copeland, What Satan Saw on the Day of Pentecost

“That’s true, I suppose – If they were God.” Justin Peters, A Call For Discernment

18 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. 1 Corinthians 1:18 (KJV)

According to the Bible, it was the death of the Lord Jesus Christ on the Cross which paid the price for sin. It’s really very simple.

The death of the thief on the cross that repented – could not pay the price for anyone’s sins.

6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. Isaiah 53:6 (KJV)

23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; 24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: 25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; Romans 3:23-25 (KJV)

I added verses 24 and 25 of Romans 3 to show what the Bible teaches. We have all sinned and gone astray, and fallen short of the glory of God. This is what the Bible teaches. Notice verse 25 – “Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood”. A propitiation is the satisfaction of a debt. Literally, we all owe God an eternity in Hell, because of our sins. Christ died for our sins. Even the most rudimentary teaching of Christian doctrine should emphasize this. And it seems as if Copeland is ignorant of this very fact!

20 And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven. Colossians 1:20 (KJV)

Why?

Because Copeland here is trying to teach the SDOJ false doctrine, the Spiritual Death of Jesus. This doctrine claims that Jesus had to die twice, to save man once. Well, my Jesus, the Lord Jesus Christ of the Bible, died on the Cross once.

Originally, E. W. Kenyon theorized that Christ would have to have descended into Hell to pay the penalty for our sins, in punishment. It’s logical and even makes sense. We owe God an eternity of suffering in Hell. The Bible says that Christ is the propitiation for our sins. It even makes sense logincally. However, we do not approach the Bible through experience, Faith, and Reason – we approach our faith through Bible, Bible, and Bible. It seems often like Baptists alone are driven by the question, “What does the Bible say?” Kenyon was a novice Baptist, and did not have enough experience as a Christian to know sound doctrine, let alone teach it.

So Kenyon had to look through the Bible to find the doctrine. Justin Peters points out in his video series A Call To Discernment that this is the exact opposite of what we are supposed to do with the Bible – we are to read the Bible and conform to its doctrines, not arrive at our doctrines and look up proof texts in the Bible.

30 When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost. John 19:30 (KJV)

John 19:30 clearly says that our punishment was completed on the Cross. I didn’t come to that conclusion and look for proof – I looked in the Bible and read it, and found it taught me this doctrine. As you can see, I’ve listed several verses on this page (PLEASE READ THEM!!!), all which show it is what happened on the Cross that atoned for sin.

But what about the suffering in Hell? Don’t we owe God that? Yes. But God can decide when and how much punishment we are due – after all, we owe it to Him. He can determine to forgive much of our debt. This is the teaching of the wicked steward that owed the great debt, that he asked his master to forgive him the debt, and his master agreed. God decided that the torture and suffering the Lord Jesus Christ endured up to and on the Cross was enough. The Bible nowhere says that the Lord Jesus Christ had to descend into Hell and be tortured for three days.

Now, 1 Peter 3:18 does say this:

18 For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit: 19 By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison; 20 Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water. 21 The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ: 22 Who is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God; angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto him. 1 Peter 3:18-22 (KJV)

Doesn’t this say that Jesus went into Hell, and suffered three days?

On the contrary, it says he “Once suffered for sins” – His beatings, and scourgings, then finally the Cross. At the moment of His death, that suffering ended. The Bible then says the Lord “Went and preached unto the spirits in prison”. It does not say “suffered in hell.”

Adam Clarke writes in his commentary,

Christ also hath once suffered—See the notes on Romans 5:6; Hebrews 9:28 (note).

Put to death in the flesh—In his human nature.

But quickened by the Spirit—That very dead body revived by the power of his Divinity. There are various opinions on the meaning of this verse, with which I need not trouble the reader, as I have produced that which is most likely. — Adam Clarke’s Commentary.

Adam Clarke agrees that the Lord’s death was accomplished by the Cross, and no further punishment for our sins was needed. Remember, it is not enough to merely look at one verse in the Bible and see what it says – you must look at ALL the verses on the subject. 1 Peter 3:18 needs to be compared with John 19:30.

Are there any other verses dealing with this subject? We need to look at Colossians 2…

14 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; 15 And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it. Colossians 2:14-15 (KJV)

Colossians 2 also shows that it was completed at the Cross. If the Lord needed to die spiritually, then the Bible would not read “at the Cross” when discussing this, but “In Hell”. In some ways, Kenyon, Hagin, Price and Copeland are calling God a liar by going beyond Scripture. It is heresy to deny clear teachings of the Bible, or to state the direct opposite of what is written in the Bible.

  • The Bible says that the satisfaction of the debt we owe was completed on the Cross.
  • Word Faith says that the satisfaction of the debt we owe was not completed on the Cross.
  • The Bible Says, “It is finished” on the Cross.
  • Word Faith says, “It wasn’t finished” on the cross.

This is Satan’s second tactic. First, Satan questions the word of God, then he denies it.

I have read somewhere (note: find source) that the problem with word Faith is they make “…the Lord Jesus Christ too much a man, and they make man too much a god.” This is correctly observed. In many ways, the spiritual death of Jesus doctrine is a denial of the divinty of the Lord Jesus Christ.

No where in the above scripture is there even any hint that Jesus had to die spiritually to fully and completely pay the price for the sins of mankind. A spirit has no blood in it to give, therefore Jesus had to become a flesh and blood man in order to fulfill His work as the sacrificial Lamb of God by shedding His sinless blood. If we believe and teach the JDS theology we mock our Lords’ sacrific e and our memorial to Him in the communion service. (Cephas Ministry, Accessed 9/13/2013)

One of the more distasteful parts of the SDOJ false doctrine, is the teaching that the Lord Jesus Christ, took upon Himself all the sins of the world. The man who witnessed to me back in 1991 and helped me to get “born again” as I thought at the time, told me that, and I believed him. However, the Bible teaches that the Lord Jesus Christ took upon Himself the sin penalty, not the sins themselves! Again, carefully read the verses below, paying attention to the wording…

18 Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; 19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: 20 Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you, 21 Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God. 22 Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently: 23 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever. 1 Peter 1:18-23 (KJV)

The Bible teaches clearly that the Lord Jesus Christ was without corruption, without blemish. To understand this a little more, let’s examine the laws of the sin offering and the passover sacrifice…

17 And if a soul sin, and commit any of these things which are forbidden to be done by the commandments of the LORD; though he wist it not, yet is he guilty, and shall bear his iniquity. 18 And he shall bring a ram without blemish out of the flock, with thy estimation, for a trespass offering, unto the priest: and the priest shall make an atonement for him concerning his ignorance wherein he erred and wist it not, and it shall be forgiven him. 19 It is a trespass offering: he hath certainly trespassed against the LORD. Leviticus 5:17-19 (KJV)

15 And he brought the people’s offering, and took the goat, which was the sin offering for the people, and slew it, and offered it for sin, as the first. Leviticus 9:15 (KJV)

5 Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year: ye shall take it out from the sheep, or from the goats: 6 And ye shall keep it up until the fourteenth day of the same month: and the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it in the evening. 7 And they shall take of the blood, and strike it on the two side posts and on the upper door post of the houses, wherein they shall eat it. Exodus 12:5-7 (KJV)

These are the sin offering (Lev. 9:15) and Passover (Exo. 12:5-7). Christ fulfilled both of these with His suffering and death. Note that the sin offering must remain without blemish up until the moment of offering! The Babylonian Talmud was full of man-made laws and rules which the Priests adhered to in the examining of offerings (by the Second Temple period, it should be noted that they usually pronounced as unacceptable as many as possible, so that the people would have to buy them from the Temple – at exhorbinant prices, I might add).

If the SDOJ doctrine is correct, then this would invalidate the Lord, and contradict 1 Peter 1:18-23. We are born again, not of corruptible seed, but incorruptible. The Lord is Holy, and perfect. He bore the penalty of our sins. Hebrews talks about this at length, why the Lord alone could redeem us, as He was a priest without sin, having offered our sacrifices once and for all.

14 Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. 15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. Hebrews 4:14-16 (KJV)

24 For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us: 25 Nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the high priest entereth into the holy place every year with blood of others; 26 For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself. 27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: 28 So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation. Hebrews 9:24-28 (KJV)

4 Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law. 5 And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin. 1 John 3:4-5 (KJV)

So, where do the Word Faith teachers get this doctrine? E. W. Kenyon assumed this verse means the Lord Jesus had to sin, and die spiritually.

19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. 20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God. 21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. 2 Corinthians 5:19-21 (KJV)

How do we reconcile these verses? Obviously, the “made sin who knew no sin…” would obviously refernce the sin offering.

He made him who knew no sin, (who was innocent), a sin-offering for us. The word ἁμαρτια occurs here twice: in the first place it means sin, i.e. transgression and guilt; and of Christ it is said, He knew no sin, i.e. was innocent; for not to know sin is the same as to be conscious of innocence; so, nil conscire sibi, to be conscious of nothing against one’s self, is the same as nulla pallescere culpa, to be unimpeachable.

In the second place, it signifies a sin-offering, or sacrifice for sin, and answers to the ‏חטאה‎ chattaah and ‏חטאת‎ chattath of the Hebrew text; which signifies both sin and sin-offering in a great variety of places in the Pentateuch. The Septuagint translate the Hebrew word by ἁμαρτια in ninety-four places in Exodus, Leviticus, and Numbers, where a sin-offering is meant; and where our version translates the word not sin, but an offering for sin. – Adam Clarke’s Commentary.

For he hath made him to be sin for us. The Greek here is, “For him who knew no sin, he hath made sin, or a sin-offering for us.” – Notes on the New Testament Explanatory and Practical.

Christ knew no sin. He was made Sin; not a sinner, but Sin, a Sin-offering, a Sacrifice for sin. The end and design of all this was, that we might be made the righteousness of God in him, might be justified freely by the grace of God through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus. Can any lose, labour, or suffer too much for Him, who gave his beloved Son to be the Sacrifice for their sins, that they might be made the righteousness of God in him? Matthew Henry, Matthew Henry Concise Bible Commentary, WORDsearch CROSS e-book, Under: “Chapter 5”.

These three commentators agree, this means a sin offering. Not that Jesus Christ was made a horrible sinner, as T. D Jakes preached in his sermon “The Darkest Day”, where he solemnly intones, “If you are willing to recieve it, even the child molester descended on Jesus”. (note – find exact quote)

But He says the strangest words, “But thou art holy .” What does that mean? He is becoming sin . Can you hear those parched lips cry, “I am a worm and no man.” He is spiritually dead. The worm. He has become what John’s Gospel, 3 :14, said, “And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up.” He had been lifted up as a serpent. Serpent is Satan . Jesus knew He was going to be lifted up, united with the Adversary. That holy man of God. – E. W. Kenyon, From the Cross to The Throne, pg. 44

This is blasphemy. The Lord quoted from Psalm 22, to show that He was fulfilling prophecy. This is the most forced of interpretations. The serpent in the wilderness was a picture of a crucified man – it did not literally mean that Christ became a serpent, should we infer that the Lord Jesus Christ became united with Satan, which is a blasphemy so intense, I hesitate to even quote it. It reveals the most basic and barest grasp of Biblical doctrines to make an error this blasphemous.

He actually was made Sin with our Sin . He was God’s Substitute for the human race . When He was made Sin, He was turned over by God to the Adversary . When that heart-breaking sentence fell from His lips, “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” Satan became His master . You remember that He uttered the sentence, “It is finished .” – E. W. Kenyon, From the Cross to The Throne, pg. 47

Again, this is the most unbelievable blasphemy. There is absoutely nothing in the Bible to suggest this. To suggest that Satan became Jesus’s master is a complete blasphemy, a reading into the text that even most heretics would not dare. I cannot for the life of me understand why Kenyon’s congregation did not get up and walk away when he said this from the pulpit! I cannot believe that Kenneth Hagin would not immediately reject Kenyon as a heretic and a blasphemer at first reading! I cannot believe that Kenneth Copeland quotes this nonsense!

“Jesus died twice on the cross. I knew this for many years, but I had no scriptural evidence of it.” E. W. Kenyon quoted by Robert Bowman, “The Word Faith Controversy”.

Again, this is called Isogesis, the reading into the text, instead of reading the text and getting your doctrine! All Bible colleges and Seminarys all teach this is a grave error, and that it leads to heresy. Kenyon found his proof in Isaiah 53:9, in that the word “Death” (Mot in Hebrew, pronounced Moat’) was plural (b’Motayn, “moat ain”.)

This is a quirk in Hebrew. Verb tenses sometimes become plural, to show whether or not something is a completed and final act, and to agree with the tense of the subject. Hebrew also has the quirk that sometimes inanimate objects are referred to in a masculine tense. Why is that? It merely comes down to spelling. If the final letter in a word is an H or an “Ayin”, the word is a feminine tense, and has to be conjugated that way. This is recognized by first year Hebrew students, usually after the first exam, and looking woefully at your grade. However, someone reading Cruden’s concordance or any other book would not recognize that, if they’d learned no Hebrew or very little Hebrew.

Remember what you have learned from the Timeline – E. W. Kenyon was ordained a pastor by the Freewill Baptists mere months after he had departed Chrsitanity for several years to become an actor, and studying at the Ermerson School of Oratory, where he learned New Thought. Theosophy, Christian Science and Unitarianism. He showed all the evidence of a false conversion before, which A. J. Gordon should have recognized. I cannot understand why A. J. Gordon would ordain a man he had barely met, and send him out so quickly. This represents an astounding lack of discernment! Baptist pastors typically will wait several years before ordaining a man – or should. The Scriptures command not to ordain a novice, apparently with very good reason!

Kenyon was never trained in Greek or Hebrew at a Seminary by men who understood the correct meanings of these words. If he learned any at all (which is doubtful, considering the corriculum he was taking was for acting/communications) it would have been at Emerson, by men who already showed a lack of evidence of conversion to Christianity, and indeed more evidence that they were unSaved and lost men. This would not be a problem (Many great men of God never learned any Greek or Hebrew) – but Kenyon passes himself of as an expert in his books, giving “exact literal translations” from the Hebrew. It should also be noted that Kenyon left Emerson, he did not graduate. Even if he had been taught Hebrew every day, it only would have been a year of Hebrew or less, which is insufficient to begin translating. It is telling that I see no Hebrew or Greek letters used in Kenyon’s book, which was a common practice in those days to give examples, and write endlessly on the meaning of a single word.

Next, we will examine the “Jesus tortured in hell” teachings of Word Faith.

The Word Faith Movement Examined 13


So far we’ve established…

  • Speaking in tongues is a sign to those who do not believe
  • Biblically, “tongues” refers to languages
  • There were only three cases of speaking in tongues in the Book of Acts: 2:4-11, 10:44-48, and 19:1-8
  • All three instances of speaking in tongues, Apostles were present, and Jews were present. In all three cases, unbelieving Jews were in the vicinity to witness.
  • speaking in an unknown tongue probably refers to speaking in Hebrew, according to two commentators (Adam Clarke and Charles Hodge)
  • Speaking in tongues must be done one at a time.
  • there must be no more than three people per service speaking in tongues.
  • Someone must be there that understands that language to interpret.
  • There must be no more than three people to preach at any service.
  • women may not preach or speak in tongues.
  • The sign gifts can be demonstrated departing somethere around 60AD.
  • Paul was unable to heal three of his friends of sicknesses, one of them sick near to death.
  • Prophecy has demonstrateably passed away
  • Many false and pagan religions speak in modern tongues
  • Modern Tongues has too small a vocabulary to be a real language
  • Modern tongues lacks the grammar structure to be a real language.
  • Modern Tongues have been studied by language experts and declared not a real language.
  • Modern tongues have been described as essentially the same as pagan speaking in tongues
  • supposed “raisings from the dead” are apparently unverifiable – nobody is forthcoming with the names, or even the persons themselves.
  • claims of amputees being healed also are unverifiable.
  • serious birth defects apparently cannot be healed by these faith healers.
  • Most Pentecostal healings amount to back pains and headaches, and have the healing powers of aspirin
  • The tongues movement originates from the Shiloh group in Durham/Lisbon Falls Maine and Frank Sandford.
  • Death, disease and suffering clung to all of the originators of the movement, whether themselves or their immediate followers.
  • The god of the Word Faith movement does not have all power and all knowledge, and therefore is not the God of the Bible
  • the god of the Word Faith movement has faith in something other than himself, and is not the God of the Bible
  • Most Word Faith teachers deny either the Trinity or the Godhood of the Lord Jesus Christ
  • Word Faith doctrines originate in New Thought, Theosophy, Mormonism, Christian Science, and Swedenborgianism
  • Anyone denying the use of heresy when teaching some questionable teaching is in fact teaching the heresy they deny teaching!

Since some in the Word Faith have raised an issue with the textual way in which “heresy hunters” quote the word faith teachers, I’m going to give in to them on this point. I want to highlight the words of Myles Munroe, but I don’t want to give the entire rambling sequence at first, because I want you to read literally what he says word for word.

The Word Faith teachers claim that we “edit their words” through the use of ellipses (…) in order to make their seemingly innocent statemenets suddenly heresy. The claim is made that we are removing words in order to suddenly make Creflo Dollar, Benny Hinn and Kenneth Copeland speak heresy.

The fact is, I don’t have to look very far in order to find Kenneth Copeland, Benny Hinn and Crefloe Dollar speaking heresy. It’s a matter of maybe five or six minutes of searching to find not just quotes, but MP3 & WAV files and MP4/FLV video files of them speaking heresy! It actually takes longer to open my video program (VLC Media player – which actually opens pretty quickly) than it does to find them speaking heresy. And most certainly I don’t have to edit ANYTHING they say to show them teaching heresy.

And amazingly, they cooperate nicely because their word faith fans upload their videos to Youtube.

“The only creature that God gave authority on the Earth legally to is a spirit in a dirt body. That means any spirit without a dirt body is illegal on planet Earth.” – Myles Munroe interview with Benny Hinn

“But here’s the bigger statement. Even God himself is illegal on planet earth.” – Myles Munroe interview with Benny Hinn

Again with the legal nonsense. This is important, because I’ve noticed they all make reference to God having to conform to pre-existing laws. In case the Word Faith people plan on arguing that God Himself created these laws, I’m going to ask – where in the Bible do we see God explaining to us that He has limits? God by definition has all power – that called the doctrine of Omnipotence. There are three doctrines of God that the Bible teaches…

  • Omnipotence – God has all power by definition – He is the God of all creation as the Bible explains. He has all power.
  • Omniscience – God is all knowing
  • Omnipresence – God is everywhere

In this interview, Myles Munroe will deny all three doctrines. Just so we’re clear, here’s some verses to support these doctrines.

Omnipotence

1 And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect. Genesis 17:1 (KJV)

14 Is any thing too hard for the LORD? At the time appointed I will return unto thee, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son. Genesis 18:14 (KJV)

26 But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible. Matthew 19:26 (KJV)

Omnipresence

27 But will God indeed dwell on the earth? behold, the heaven and heaven of heavens cannot contain thee; how much less this house that I have builded? 1 Kings 8:27 (KJV)

6 But who is able to build him an house, seeing the heaven and heaven of heavens cannot contain him? who am I then, that I should build him an house, save only to burn sacrifice before him? 2 Chronicles 2:6 (KJV)

7 Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence? Psalm 139:7 (KJV)

24 Can any hide himself in secret places that I shall not see him? saith the LORD. Do not I fill heaven and earth? saith the LORD. Jeremiah 23:24 (KJV)

Omniscience

5 Great is our Lord, and of great power: his understanding is infinite. Psalm 147:5 (KJV)

3 Talk no more so exceeding proudly; let not arrogancy come out of your mouth: for the LORD is a God of knowledge, and by him actions are weighed. 1 Samuel 2:3 (KJV)

39 Then hear thou in heaven thy dwelling place, and forgive, and do, and give to every man according to his ways, whose heart thou knowest; (for thou, even thou only, knowest the hearts of all the children of men;) 1 Kings 8:39 (KJV)

1 Why, seeing times are not hidden from the Almighty, do they that know him not see his days? Job 24:1 (KJV)

If anything, if you are Word Faith and the Lord has led you to this page, you are learning a great deal about Biblical doctrine – enough so that you should be realizing by now, on the 13th post on this topic – that Word Faith is completely different from the Christianity of the Bible.

Returning to the laws section, Munroe claims God sets up these laws.

“But here’s the bigger statement. Even God himself is illegal on planet earth. Why? Because He is a spirit. Under the law He set up by His own mouth, was that only spirits with bodies can function on earth legally.” – Myles Munroe interview with Benny Hinn

This is nowhere to be found in Scripture. It’s not only unbiblical, but it contradicts what the New Testament has to say about demons – which in some cases are disembodied spirits.

24 When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest; and finding none, he saith, I will return unto my house whence I came out. 25 And when he cometh, he findeth it swept and garnished. 26 Then goeth he, and taketh to him seven other spirits more wicked than himself; and they enter in, and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first. Luke 11:24-26 (KJV)

1 And they came over unto the other side of the sea, into the country of the Gadarenes. 2 And when he was come out of the ship, immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit, 3 Who had his dwelling among the tombs; and no man could bind him, no, not with chains: 4 Because that he had been often bound with fetters and chains, and the chains had been plucked asunder by him, and the fetters broken in pieces: neither could any man tame him. 5 And always, night and day, he was in the mountains, and in the tombs, crying, and cutting himself with stones. 6 But when he saw Jesus afar off, he ran and worshipped him, 7 And cried with a loud voice, and said, What have I to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of the most high God? I adjure thee by God, that thou torment me not. 8 For he said unto him, Come out of the man, thou unclean spirit. 9 And he asked him, What is thy name? And he answered, saying, My name is Legion: for we are many. 10 And he besought him much that he would not send them away out of the country. 11 Now there was there nigh unto the mountains a great herd of swine feeding. 12 And all the devils besought him, saying, Send us into the swine, that we may enter into them. 13 And forthwith Jesus gave them leave. And the unclean spirits went out, and entered into the swine: and the herd ran violently down a steep place into the sea, (they were about two thousand;) and were choked in the sea. 14 And they that fed the swine fled, and told it in the city, and in the country. And they went out to see what it was that was done. 15 And they come to Jesus, and see him that was possessed with the devil, and had the legion, sitting, and clothed, and in his right mind: and they were afraid. 16 And they that saw it told them how it befell to him that was possessed with the devil, and also concerning the swine. 17 And they began to pray him to depart out of their coasts. 18 And when he was come into the ship, he that had been possessed with the devil prayed him that he might be with him. 19 Howbeit Jesus suffered him not, but saith unto him, Go home to thy friends, and tell them how great things the Lord hath done for thee, and hath had compassion on thee. 20 And he departed, and began to publish in Decapolis how great things Jesus had done for him: and all men did marvel. Mark 5:1-20 (KJV)

The Gadarene spirits besought the Lord, asking not to be sent out of the country – not the planet. And they begged permission to take body again. Why apparently, they cannot rest unless they are in a body. If Munroe were right, they would immediately have to depart from this planet. And Munroe has not yet cited the Bible to say WHERE God said anything about “spirits cannot operate legally on earth.”

Let me ask a logical question, to illustrate the stupidity of this false doctrine – If God cannot “Legally” operate on earth without man’s permission – Who will enforce this law if God acts on the earth without Man’s permission? Munroe will say it’s by God’s very nature He will not – and if this is the case, then I have hopes for Munroe he can someday be saved – because the fruit of this is by the very nature of his teachings, I sincerely doubt he is saved!

However, this does not change the fact that the Bible not only does not say what Munroe says it does, it even demonstrates the opposite!

“that’s why God could not interfere when Adam and Eve was, you know ah, could, kind of deliberating on the food… environment there in the book of Genesis.” Myles Munroe

The ellipses there do not refer to any removed or altered words, but are included to show a pause as Munroe attempts to find the right words to describe his blasphemies. Yes, blasphemies. To teach something the Bible does not teach is error, to teach something the opposite of what the Bible says is heresy, and to profane the Lord God is blasphemy. Those are some handy defintions we will use.

It should not be my burden to disprove Munroe – he needs to prove his own points, as he is obviously departing, knowingly and willingly, from commonly understood teachings of the Bible – and neglects to make a single Bible reference to support his contention. It would be like me to claim that the Bhagavad-Gita teaches the moon is green cheese – and insisiting on you to disprove me. It would be ludicrous to cite a teaching, and then not giving the reference for the teaching. Am I arguing from bad analogy? No – I am citing a teaching not found in a religious work, and then not giving support for a contention that cannot be found by true adherants of that religion.

And just a note – I am not Hindu. I believe it is a false religion. I do not believe that truth can be found in the Bhagavad-Gita. Truth is found only in the Holy Bible. I am not a Hindu.

I have to question whether Myles Munroe is indeed a Christian. He is obviously following another God, another Jesus, another Gospel. Only the true Gospel can save.

“Prayer is man giving God permission, or license, to interfere in Earth’s affairs. In other words, prayer is earthly license for heavenly interference.” – Myles Munroe, interview with Benny Hinn

There are times when Word Faith teachers make statements so far removed from the Bible I am sometimes staggered, almost speechless, trying to find the answer to something so unbelievably unBiblical…

The root of this is not found at all in Scripture, but rather, the writings of men. The writings of P. Quimby, the creator of “New Thought” influenced E. W. Kenyon, who in turn influenced Kenneth Hagin, who influenced Kenneth Copeland.

The Word Faith Movement Examined 12


So far we’ve established…

  • Speaking in tongues is a sign to those who do not believe
  • Biblically, “tongues” refers to languages
  • There were only three cases of speaking in tongues in the Book of Acts: 2:4-11, 10:44-48, and 19:1-8
  • All three instances of speaking in tongues, Apostles were present, and Jews were present. In all three cases, unbelieving Jews were in the vicinity to witness.
  • speaking in an unknown tongue probably refers to speaking in Hebrew, according to two commentators (Adam Clarke and Charles Hodge)
  • Speaking in tongues must be done one at a time.
  • there must be no more than three people per service speaking in tongues.
  • Someone must be there that understands that language to interpret.
  • There must be no more than three people to preach at any service.
  • women may not preach or speak in tongues.
  • The sign gifts can be demonstrated departing somethere around 60AD.
  • Paul was unable to heal three of his friends of sicknesses, one of them sick near to death.
  • Prophecy has demonstrateably passed away
  • Many false and pagan religions speak in modern tongues
  • Modern Tongues has too small a vocabulary to be a real language
  • Modern tongues lacks the grammar structure to be a real language.
  • Modern Tongues have been studied by language experts and declared not a real language.
  • Modern tongues have been described as essentially the same as pagan speaking in tongues
  • supposed “raisings from the dead” are apparently unverifiable – nobody is forthcoming with the names, or even the persons themselves.
  • claims of amputees being healed also are unverifiable.
  • serious birth defects apparently cannot be healed by these faith healers.
  • Most Pentacostal healings amount to back pains and headaches, and have the healing powers of aspirin
  • The tongues movement originates from the Shiloh group in Durham/Lisbon Falls Maine and Frank Sandford.
  • Death, disease and suffering clung to all of the originators of the movement, whether themselves or their immediate followers.
  • The god of the Word Faith movement does not have all power and all knowledge, and therefore is not the God of the Bible
  • the god of the Word Faith movement has faith in something other than himself, and is not the God of the Bible
  • Most Word Faith teachers deny either the Trinity or the Godhood of the Lord Jesus Christ

The quotes from William Branham (“A man sent from God!”), Kenneth Hagin, And Kenneth Copeland should have immediately caused all Christians involved in the Word Faith movement to back out and start examining the teachings and doctrines of the Word Faith movement. Tomorrow, I’m going to reinforce this point by giving Biblical examples of the fruits of a saved Christian, and contrast them to Word Faith adherents. I’m going to do this in the interest of pointing out to you – does your life pass muster with the Bible?

i’ll just say for now the Bible has a lot to say about separating from False Teachers. In case I have not made it clear enough, Benny Hinn, Kenneth Copeland, Kenneth Hagin, Creflo Dollar, Paula White and Myles Munroe are false teachers.

3 But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. 4 For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him. 2 Corinthians 11:3-4 (KJV)

13 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. 14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. 15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works. 2 Corinthians 11:13-15 (KJV)

1 If there arise among you a prophet, or a dreamer of dreams, and giveth thee a sign or a wonder, 2 And the sign or the wonder come to pass, whereof he spake unto thee, saying, Let us go after other gods, which thou hast not known, and let us serve them; 3 Thou shalt not hearken unto the words of that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams: for the LORD your God proveth you, to know whether ye love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul. 4 Ye shall walk after the LORD your God, and fear him, and keep his commandments, and obey his voice, and ye shall serve him, and cleave unto him. Deuteronomy 13:1-4 (KJV)

15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. 16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? 17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. 19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. 20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. Matthew 7:15-20 (KJV)

1 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; 2 Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; 3 Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth. 1 Timothy 4:1-3 (KJV)

If you did not read the Bible verses, but skipped over them – go back and read them. That’s why you’ve allowed yourself to be misled. You’ve neglected study of the word of God to reach a point where anyone who quotes a Bible seems like a Bible teacher to you.

2 Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: 3 And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world. 1 John 4:2-3 (KJV)

This is where we start – bottom line. The fruit of a false teacher is eventually a denial of the Godhood of Jesus Christ, or a denial of the Trinity in some form or another. Yesterday, I provided quote after quote of word Faith teachers denying the Godhood of the Lord Jesus Christ. It is in most cases always subtle… Let’s examine one a step at a time, so you can see what to look for.

“If Jesus came as a God, then why did God have to anoint Him? Jesus came as a man, that’s why it was legal to anoint him… Y’all please listen to me, please listen to me… this ain’t no heresy. I’m not some False Prophet.” — Creflo Dollar, Jesus Growth into Sonship sermon

If Jesus came as a God… Dollar starts off by questioning (“Hath God Said…” Gen. 3:1). Next he denies, by stating “Jesus came as a man” (“Ye shall not die” Gen. 3:4). Next he appeals to the existance of other gods, by stating “That’s why it was legal to anoint him.” In essence, he’s saying God must conform to some pre-existing laws before the creation of God. Since the God of the Bible answers to nobody, and conforms to absoultely nothing except His own Nature and Divine Holiness – Creflo Dollar is preaching another god and and another Jesus. If it is another Jesus – then it is another Gospel. If it is another Gospel, it cannot save, to quote Justin Peters.

And if there are other gods – then mankind surely must be gods as well! This is why Dollar is placing so much emphasis on his Jesus being just a man – then if Dollar’s Jesus can become a god, so too can we! It is a denial of the Godhood not only of God, but of the Lord Jesus Christ as well… and completes the tactics Satan uses in the Garden of Eden (“Ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil…” Gen. 3:5)

Dollar made sure to deny the Godhood of the Lord Jesus Christ. And to top it off, he begs the audiences sympathy (note I didn’t say congregation – to have a congregation one must be a minister of God). Why does Dollar, Copeland and Hagin always caution “wait a minute” or “Hear me out…” or “Wait a second before you go chaning that channel…”? Because it’s based on the same psychological principle of confronting someone who is trying to be polite with the fact you know they are just being polite. You don’t like the dinner, but you politely lie and say “It was good.” the person confronts you. “You’re just saying that.” A polite person’s immediate response is to deny the truth. “No, I mean it!” Another name for this behaviour is the “Birthday gift syndrome”. I’ll add that due to Psychology, we now know how to do these tricks – a good a caution as any I can use to advise Christians to stay far, far away from psychology. By their fruits ye will know them.

In this case, the polite Christian is thinking, “Wait… is that right?” Dollar immediately, after stating a heresy (indeed, a blasphemy), cautions… “please listen to me.” You’re polite, so you pause. He then states “This ain’t on heresy. I ain’t no false prophet.” which is exactly what you were thinking he was saying! So, politely, you deny that you were thinking that! And now the trap is sprung… you continue to listen to that which you knew was heresy, but are now embarrassed into denying! After all, you invited Dollar into your living room by turning on the tv!

Now that you’ve denied it, you force yourself to believe it. After all Creflo Dollar just said it… and he’s got a TV show and a congregation. He looks good in that expensive suit, so obviously he must be teaching the truth, right?

No – you even knew he was teaching heresy, by your very hesitation.

This is why every Word Faith teacher always does an interrupt (“Hear me out”, “Wait a minute”), then a revocation (“Not heresy”). The interrupt also places a delay between the blasphemy, and the denial of blasphemy. Distracted by the interrupt, you are more ready to accept as truth Dollar’s teachings. This is a technique called Interrupt and Revocation. By using this technique, I can get you to believe almost anything! Which is why I caution you over and over again to test my words – as well as every other teacher by the words of the Holy Bible. You MUST check every so-called man of God against the Bible!

Why do we never hear Adrian Rogers do interrupts and revocations? Because he doesn’t teach blasphemy. He gets up there and teaches the truth from the Bible. Why do we never see David Cloud imploring us to heare him out and don’t change that TV channel? Well, one reason is that David Cloud is not on TV, but Benny Hinn and Kenneth Coplenad are!!!

Because first, David Cloud teaches Biblical truth and will never get on TBN as a result – and second, because even if he did, Cloud does not utter heresies or blasphemies. The very act of using interrupt-revocation in a sermon is proof that Dollar realizes he is indeed speaking heresy, he acknowledges he is a false prophet, and is of his father the Devil. And that he is unrepentant about it.

This would frighten me, greatly. Before I preach, I urgently implore the Lord, “Let every word I speak be of You and your Bible.” There is such a frightful burden in teaching the word of God. A real Pastor constantly prays that he not lead his congregation astray, rather than try to make more succeedingly boastful and incredible revelations in each broadcast. A true shepherd worries about what does his congregation need, rather than slowly feeding them some “truth” that is too controversial.

The most controversial truth in the Bible is one of Biblical Separation. It is a constant theme throughout the Bible, requiring Christians to separate from the world, separate from rebellious bretheren, and separate from heresy and false teachers. By contrast, the Bible also enjoins the uniting of bretheren that have understanding of correct doctrine, cleaving to Godliness and the Bible, and living sanctified lives. The Bible makes both claims at the same time. Preaching the one and not the other is useless.

And because of clear teaching of the Bible, I will tell you that Jesus Christ existed before creation (John 1:1, 1:14, Heb. 1:5-6, 1 John 4:10-14, Psa. 40:8, Isa. 42:21, Phil. 2:8, John 8:58, 17:5, Col. 1:16-17, Isa 9:6, Micah 5:2, Rev. 1:8), all things were created through Him and by Him (John 1:3), that He is fully God and Fully man, that He is both God and man (notice the order I place them in), and He is God in human flesh, one third of the Trinity (Heb. 1:3, 7:25; 10:10-14, 1 John 5:7-8, Rev. 5:8-9, 5:12-14, 7:10).

And, no – I don’t have a TV show. I don’t have a congregation that meets in a former basketball stadium or in a three-block-long building numbering in the hundreds. I don’t have that shiny expensive suit Dollar wears. Nor did I arrive at my church in a Mercedes or Rolls royce, or fly from one church service to another in a Gulfstream jet. I drive to my church in a used car.

But notice, I taught biblical truth. Wait a minute, hear me out! I’m not teaching heresy! Notice how out of place that protest seems in this context? Its because I taught proof from the Bible. I just used Interrupt-Revocation, and it seemed out of place, almost jarring. Learn to identify Interrupt-revocation. It should never be used in a sermon. When you hear it, stop and analyze what you just heard!

You probably noticed these things I just taught you about the Lord Jesus Christ reading your Bible. I don’t need to do interrupt-revocation – you confirmed what I said through past reading of your Bible.

Now, I’m going to do something the Word Faith teachers rarely do. Take all the Scripture references I just gave, look those up in your Bible.

If you have doubts that my interpretation of what the word says, open a commentary and read it. No scripture is of any private interpretation. The same Biblical truths that occur to me should be understood by many other Bible teachers (be aware – the eternal sonship doctrine is the single most denied Bible doctrine on earth – and yet it is simpel and plainly evident upon reading the Bible. Many commentators – even John MacArthur – routinely deny the Eternal Sonship doctrine – and yet acknowledge the pre-existance of the Lord Jesus Christ, and His Godhood. Read the bible, decide for yourself).

A true teacher of the word of God will do so with the Bible open, and will constantly enjoin you to do the same.

The Word Faith Movement Examined 11


So far we’ve established…

  • Speaking in tongues is a sign to those who do not believe
  • Biblically, “tongues” refers to languages
  • There were only three cases of speaking in tongues in the Book of Acts: 2:4-11, 10:44-48, and 19:1-8
  • All three instances of speaking in tongues, Apostles were present, and Jews were present. In all three cases, unbelieving Jews were in the vicinity to witness.
  • speaking in an unknown tongue probably refers to speaking in Hebrew, according to two commentators (Adam Clarke and Charles Hodge)
  • Speaking in tongues must be done one at a time.
  • there must be no more than three people per service speaking in tongues.
  • Someone must be there that understands that language to interpret.
  • There must be no more than three people to preach at any service.
  • women may not preach or speak in tongues.
  • The sign gifts can be demonstrated departing somewhere around 60AD.
  • Paul was unable to heal three of his friends of sicknesses, one of them sick near to death.
  • Prophecy has demonstrably passed away
  • Many false and pagan religions speak in modern tongues
  • Modern Tongues has too small a vocabulary to be a real language
  • Modern tongues lacks the grammar structure to be a real language.
  • Modern Tongues have been studied by language experts and declared not a real language.
  • Modern tongues have been described as essentially the same as pagan speaking in tongues
  • supposed “raisings from the dead” are apparently unverifiable – nobody is forthcoming with the names, or even the persons themselves.
  • claims of amputees being healed also are unverifiable.
  • serious birth defects apparently cannot be healed by these faith healers.
  • Most Pentecostal healings amount to back pains and headaches, and have the healing powers of aspirin
  • The tongues movement originates from the Shiloh group in Durham/Lisbon Falls Maine and Frank Sandford.
  • Death, disease and suffering clung to all of the originators of the movement, whether themselves or their immediate followers.

A note – on this page I provide hyperlinks to check the veracity of quotes I will give. These hyperlinks are only for the purposes of verifying my sources. I do not endorse everything on these websites. Use caution.

Central to the Word Faith movement is that of positive confessionalism. In other words, the theory claims that you have the creative force to speak something into existence.

The theory is complicated, which should be a clue it is not of God. The roots of it go back to Smith Wigglesworth, Finis J. Dake, Mormonism and Mary Baker Eddy/Christian Science.

Why do I include the last two?

Because essentially, the movement claims at its basis the following unScriptural doctrines – the source of those teachings is in parentheses:

  1. Faith is a substance, like Gravity (E. W. Kenyon)
  2. God spoke Faith, causing the Universe to spring into being. By His positive confession of faith, the Universe created itself. (E. W. Kenyon / Dake)
  3. God reproduced Himself on earth, creating a race of Little Gods. (Mormonism)
  4. When we sinned in the garden, we gave the legal right to the world over to Satan, and God had to – pause – retreat from this world. I added the pause, because there was no way I was going to write out such an uninterrupted blasphemy. (Kenneth Hagin / Mormonism)
  5. Because God supposedly is not in our Universe, He supposedly can do nothing unless we give Him permission to do it. (Hagin/Kenyon)
  6. we lost our legal rights ot be gods in this world, because Satan owns it. Our nature was exchanged for Satan’s nature. (Mormonism)
  7. Jesus, the perfect man, had to die and go to Hell for three days, He became sin itself on the Cross, and had to suffer in Hell for three days. (Kenyon)
  8. In Hell, Jesus became the first born-again Man, and through His newly restored Godhood, left Hell, paying the way for us to enter heaven. (Kenyon/Hagin)
  9. Since God’s will is for us to be healthy and wealthy, the Gospel is the healing is ours when we permit it. And if we speak money into existance, it will happen. (Christian Science / New Thought)
  10. We are the same as Jesus, the first Born Again man – except we will do mightier works. After all, are we not gods? (Mormonism / Christian Science)
  11. And since the Bible says “Ye will do greater things than me…”, the average Word Faith practitioner is BETTER than Jesus! (Hagin / Copeland / Price)

The answer is… no, not by a long shot! And anyone that can espouse this nonsense will not be entering Heaven. Notice they are worshipping a false god, a false Jesus, a false Gospel. I’m going to prove it.

The false god of Word Faith, notice, is not the God of the Bible.

1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. 2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. 3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. 4 And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. 5 And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day. Genesis 1:1-5 (KJV)

Notice the God of the Bible creates the Universe from nothing. He is omnipotent, meaning “all powerful”.

The false god of Word Faith has to use existing forces, “Faith”. He does not have all power. He must use what someone else made – who it is is unknown. and in the Word Faith universe… the universe makes itself. It has to, in obedient response to god’s positive confession of faith. Who does their false God have faith in??? Obviously someone higher than himself. The god of the Word Faith movement is not the God of the Bible.

The God of the Bible dwells in Heaven, but is everywhere at once. He is omnipresent.

The false god of Word Faith dwelt on Earth when he made it, and had to flee when “Legal rights” were given over to Satan. He now dwells on a planet. No doubt the Bible is named Kolob, as the Mormons teach. So far, the entire creation of the world account as given by Word Faith teachers is amazingly reminiscent of those given by the Book of Mormon.

Where did these “Legal rights” come from? Where were they created? Where did, according to Word Faith teachers, Satan come from? They don’t say.

Who enforces these legal rights the Word Faith teachers talk about? They speak of a “Supreme court of the universe…” Who is that? Who is so powerful that God has to obey their legal decisions?

translation – there are other gods, each with their own planets. Right out of the Book of Mormon. I’ll be providing these quotes later on, trust me,

That’s not the God of the Bible. The God of the Bible does not retreat or flee. The God of the Bible is omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent. All powerful, all knowing, everywhere at once.

The Word Faith teachers will say things like “Jesus, the perfect man.” I don’t know who they’re talking about. It’s not the Lord Jesus Christ of the Bible. And as Justin Peters repeats in his A Call To Discernment videos, “If it is a different Jesus, it is a different Gospel, and a different Gospel cannot save.”

The Lord Jesus Christ in the Bible is more than a man. The Lord Jesus Christ is God in human flesh, Emmanuel. He is eternally pre-existent. The Lord Jesus Christ existed before the creation of the universe.

the “Perfect man” Jesus sounds more like the Christian Science “Jesus”. Perfect, the first “born again man.” That’s crucial to the word faith teachers, as it makes the miracles the Lord did available to all of us… for a love offering of $1,000 or higher. I actually have a video of a Word Faith teacher dismissing a $1,000 offering as “nothing – we’ve got people on Welfare vowing that – and paying it!!!”

They don’t always come out and add the last part, but if you listen closely, it’s in there. Always indirectly hinted at. More often than not, they come out and say it. “send me a thousand dollars.” We’re years away from Marjoe Gortner, who confessed in his documentary, “Just ask for ten dollars in a cookie jar. Because there’s at least 5 little old ladies in every city who’s got five dollars in a cookie jar, and they’ll send it to you. You can make $5,000 in a month doing that.” Greed has pushed the Wird Faith teachers into asking for the $1,000 right now – because apparently if you have 5 people in every city with it, and you’re in 40 cities on Cable – well, you’ll make $200,000 a month! Marjoe is probably thinking to himself he got out way too soon.

The Word Faith movement Jesus is a false Jesus, another Jesus, as the Bible says. To quote Justin Peters, “Another Jesus, another gospel.” The Bible says that anyone who preaches another gospel is to be accursed. In other words, they themselves are not born again.

What is faith?

1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1 (KJV)

Indeed, this is the verse taken out of context and misused by Word Faith teachers.

Heb 11:1 εστιν δε πιστις ελπιζομενω υποστασις πραγματων ελεγχος ου βλεπομενων

The word we’ll be dealing wtih here is not πιστις Pistis, Faith, but rather… υποστασις Hupostasis (For some reasn, the diacritic is not showing up…. sorry… it really starts with an H sound).

Hupostasis, (Hoo po Stah sis) is a compound of two Greek words Hupo and Histemi. Hupo means under, through. Histemi means to stand, to be in place, established. Indeed, Apostasy comes from a usage of Histemi meaning “to move from where you stood”, “To deviate from the correct standing”. I mention this on purpose, by the way.

So Hupostasis would then mean to be established in understanding. “Confidence” or “Assurance” would be another word for it.

I’ve listed the verses where this word is used. The bolded word is Hupostasis.

4 Lest haply if they of Macedonia come with me, and find you unprepared, we (that we say not, ye) should be ashamed in this same confident boasting. 2 Corinthians 9:4 (KJV)

17 That which I speak, I speak it not after the Lord, but as it were foolishly, in this confidence of boasting. 2 Corinthians 11:17 (KJV)

3 Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high; Hebrews 1:3 (KJV)

14 For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end; Hebrews 3:14 (KJV)

The Bible is not, then, saying “substance” in the way that electrons are a “Substance”. The concept is that “Faith” then would be something you could hold in your hand, like water.

This is an incorrect view, as you could plainly see for yourself by examining Hupostasis in context in the other 4 verses it is used in. If the Word Faith teachers all had the Websters 1828, like Fundamentalists do, they would know it means:

“The essential part; the main or material part. In this epitome, we have the substance of the whole book.”

now faith is (The essential part) of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. (paraphrase, to give understanding to the words used in the authorized version)

When you say your Word Faith god is speaking in faith, you are in essence (that word essence right there would have been Hupostasis in the Greek, by the way) claiming that your little G god had confidence in something other than himself. In other words, the god of the Word Faith movement had to have a God of his own! Meaning the Word Faith movement god was a created being, who exalted himself to the place of God.

And indeed they are Biblically correct here – there is indeed a created being who exalted himself to the place of God:

13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: 14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. Isaiah 14:13-14 (KJV)

The Bible actually gives the name of this created being in the previous verse, and even tells what the result of his “positive confession” that he is a little god will be!

12 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! 13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: 14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. 15 Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit. Isaiah 14:12-15 (KJV)

Let’s test this further. We have a created being who exalts himself into the place of god, and gives a positive confession that he is a little god. Does he teach others the same thing?

1 Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? 2 And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: 3 But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. 4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: 5 For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. Genesis 3:1-5 (KJV)

So the very first cardinal doctrine of the Word Faith movement is refuted right off the bat!

I’m going to further show that the Word Faith movement is incompatible with Christianity, and indeed is the antithesis of Biblical Christianity.

Biblical Christianity says that all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God, the wages of sin is death, God commendeth His love in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us, and those who call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. That’s the Romans Road, a boiling down of the Gospel into a few seconds. It places the burden on Man, in that we are sinners, and the wages of sin is death. God gave us a way to salvation through the propitiairy sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ. By repenting of our sins and our sinful ways and turning to the Lord, confessing His name and pleading with Him to save us, we have faith in the Lord to save us by His grace. That’s the Gospel.

Word Faith says that god created the world by the speaking of his mouth, but we, little gods all, gave away the legal right of this world to Satan. So the god of Word Faith, unable to interfere in this world without our permission sent a man named Jesus to die and go to Hell and be punished for us. while in Hell this man Jesus became born again, and resumed his original nature as a god. So we, when we are born again, are little gods again. The god of the Word Faith movement requires our mighty permission to act in this world, and when we speak this faith substance, we create just as the Word Faith god created – and when we pray, we give this powerless god the ability to act in this world.

Biblical Christianity gives God the glory, and boasts of the mightiness of God. Word Faith gives man the glory, and claims god is powerless. It is a different God, a different Jesus, a different Gospel.

The Bible warned that false teachers would arise, bringing false gospels.

29 For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock. 30 Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them. Acts 20:29-30 (KJV)

3 But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. 4 For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him. 5 For I suppose I was not a whit behind the very chiefest apostles. 2 Corinthians 11:3-5 (KJV)

6 I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: 7 Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. 8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. 9 As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed. Galatians 1:6-9 (KJV)

18 Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time. 1 John 2:18 (KJV)

22 Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son. 23 Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: (but) he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also. 1 John 2:22-23 (KJV)

3 And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world. 1 John 4:3 (KJV)

7 For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist. 8 Look to yourselves, that we lose not those things which we have wrought, but that we receive a full reward. 9 Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son. 2 John 1:7-9 (KJV)

In light of everything we’ve examined, it’s time we started making conclusions, uncomfortable ones. We’ve shown the Word Faith teachers are teaching something that has to be considered another Gospel. The Bible is clear what we must do to any that teach this false gospel.

10 If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: 11 For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds. 2 John 1:10-11 (KJV)

The question now is… do most Word Faith teachers deny the Godhood of the Lord Jesus Christ? That is the other component that positively would identify them as the antichrists spoken of in these verses. (All quotes were found on Let Us Reason unless otherwise noted. Some additional quotes were found in the E-Book Heresy Unmasked by Basilius M. Kasera)

“why didn’t Jesus openly proclaim Himself as God during His 33 years on earth? For one single reason. He hadn’t come to earth as God, He’d come as man.” Kenneth Copeland

“Jesus existed only as an image in the heart of God, until such time as the prophets of the Old Testament could positively confess Jesus into existence through their constant prophecies.” Kenneth Copeland

“When His blood poured out it did not atone.” (Kenneth Copeland) http://www.alan-vincent.com/wordoffaithmovement.htm

“Don’t be disturbed when people accuse you of thinking you’re God -the more you get to be like me, the more they’re going to think that way of you. They crucified me for claiming that I was God. But I didn’t claim I was God, I just claimed I walked with Him and that He was in me.” Kenneth Copeland, quoting what someone named Jesus supposedly told him.

“The trinity is a doctrine of the devil.” William Branham.

“Jesus is not God.” Paula White

“the trinity is of course God the father God the son God the holy Ghost. We have to be careful because religion has us sometime thinking we have three different Gods. You know there’s God here ..hey holy ghost- hey Jesus…its God one God one faith one baptism not three Gods not three faiths not baptism’s everytime you mess up,one. God the father, one God, three functions one and different functions God functioning as a father- God functioning as a son -God functioning as the holy ghost.” Creflo Dollar

“I believe in one God who is the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. I believe these three have distinct and separate functions so separate each has individual attributes, yet are one. I do not believe in three Gods.” T. D. Jakes

“God the Father. ladles and gentlemen, is a Person, and He is a triune being by Himself, separate from the Son and the Holy Ghost… God the Father 1s a Person, God the Son Is a Person. God the Holy Ghost Is a Person. But each of them is a triune being by Himself. It I can shock you- and maybe I should- there’s nine of ’em… God the Father, ladies and gentlemen. Is a Person with His own personal spirit, with His own personal soul, and His own personal spirit body. You say, 1 never read that.’ Well, you think you’re in this church to hear things that you’ve heard for the last fifty years? Ladles and gentlemen, this thing is in my book and was tested by three theologians… it’s all in the Word…” Benny Hinn

“Teachers of the Trinity teach that Jesus is Jehovah; they have no scriptures to back this up, and why don’t they believe that Jesus is the Son of God and that Jehovah is Jehovah?” Gwen Shamblin

“God the father, God the Son, God the Holy Ghost, God three in one. The Holy Ghost is no different than Jesus and Jesus is no different than the Holy Ghost …water you see it… if you take that to a scientists and ask it to analyze that and tell you what it is. He won’t tell you its water he’ll say that’s two parts hydrogen one part oxygen.That’s H2O now if take this and boil it and I capture the steam and I take that to the scientist he won’t say its steam he’ll say its H2O if I take this and put it in the freezer and take it to the same scientist hand it to the scientist say analyze this for me he won’t say that’s ice he’ll say that’s H2O they’re all H2O but there different manifestations of the same thing.” Rod Parsley

“You can’t call us ‘Jesus only,’ as some have. We do not deny the Father, the Son or the Holy Spirit, We believe Jesus Christ is wholly, fully, absolutely and completely God. But no one isgoing to put us in the position of saying there are three Gods.” Tommy Tenny, author, United Pentacostal Church

Do Word Faith Teachers deny the atonement on the Cross? Yes. They insist the atonement had to be paid in Hell.

“Do you think that the punishment for our sin was to die on a cross? If that were the case, the thieves could have paid your price.” Frederick K. C. Price

“Physical death would not remove our sins. He tasted death for every man – spiritual death. Jesus is the first person ever to be born again. Why did HIS spirit need to be born again? Because it was estranged from God.” Kenneth Hagin

“It wasn’t the physical death on the cross that paid the price for sin … anybody could do that.” Kenneth Copeland

“Jesus Christ knew the only way He would stop Satan is by becoming one in nature with him…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 http://www.alan-vincent.com

“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” Kenneth Copeland

It’s really time we stopped calling these men Christians. Most of them have denied the Godhood of the Lord Jesus Christ. If they don’t repent, they’re getting left behind in the Tribulation, and they’re going straight to hell at the moment of death.

The Bible commands us to separate from any who deny the Godhood of Jesus. We are to mark them and avoid them, not even wishing them Godspeed, lest we share in their punishment. How can two walk together, unless they be in agreement? Kenneth Copeland, Gloria Copeland, Benny Hinn, Kenneth Hagin, T. D. Jakes, Creflo Dollar, and Myles Munroe are heretics, who teach blasphemies and damnable heresies, denying even the Lord which bought them. Unless they repent, they face a terrible future in Hell.

The Word Faith Movement Examined 10 – Timeline


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  • 1729 – The Wesley Brothers Start Methodism. Charles Wesley starts the Holiness Club
  • 1735 – John & Charles Wesley travel to Georgia.
  • 1736 – Charles Wesley returns to England.
  • 1737 – John Wesley returns to America after a failed relationship
  • 1738 – George Whitefield travels to Savannah, Georgia as parish priest.
  • 1739 – George Whitefield begins preaching
  • 1740  – George Whitefield travels to America again, and starts outdoor preaching. The Great Awakening has begun.
  • 1770 – George Whitefield dies
  • 1801 – Barton Stone initiates a Sacramental Meeting at his Cane Ridge Presbyterian Meeting House. It turns into a massive revival, the crowds exhibiting unusual physical phenomena such as shaking and fainting. As many as 40,000 are estimated to have traveled to this event.
  • 1802 – P. P. Quimby born
  • 1810 – Willam Boardman born.
  • 1817 – The first annual meeting of Swedenborgianism (“New church”) is held in Philadelphia
  • 1817 – Dec 23 Warren Felt Evans is born
  • 1818 – William Miller does math, and concludes that Christ will return in 1843. He attracts a sizeable following, which will eventually include  later on Ellen G. Harmon and James White.
  • 1821 – Mary Baker Eddy born in Bow, New Hampshire
  • 1825 – A revival occurs in Scotland, where women are reported to be shaking, fainting, and jerking as they report visions. One girl, Margaret McDonald, gives a prophecy that will prove to be famous – and oddly enough, is Post-Tribulational in nature. I say oddly enough, because Post-tribulationalists dismiss the Pre-Tribulation based on the grounds that they think Pre-Tribulationalism dates back to this post-Tribulational prophecy!
  • 1827 – Ellen G. Harmon born
  • 1832 – Fed. 7 Hannah Tatum Whitehall is born
  • 1835 – “Prophet” Joseph Smith teaches his new Mormon church he has the power of divine healing, laying hands on the sick and sending out healing cloths
  • 1836 – Adoniram Judson Gordon is born.
  • 1837 – Charles Wesley Emerson born
  • 1838 – P. P. Quimby attends display of mesmerism. He is fascinated and begins study with Dr. Robert Collyer
  • 1838 – Warren Felt Evans is ordained a Methodist Minister
  • 1843 – The Great Disappointment comes to the Adventists, who wait in vain for the Rapture prophesied of by William Miller. The Adventists begin jumping in the air, vainly trying to jumpstart the Rapture.
  • 1843- A. B. Simpson born
  • 1844 – William Miller predicts another Rapture, which does not happen – again. Miller repents of the sin of false prophecy, and resigns from the ministry. Ellen Harmon takes over his ministry because of her falling into spasmodic trances, in which she would awaken from and utter prophecies and commandments, “Thus sayeth the Lord”. Seventh Day Adventism is born. The Adventists ignore Scripture which plainly commands a woman not to have authority over men, nor to preach.
  • 1844 – Maria Etter born in New Lisbon, Ohio.
  • 1846 – Ellen Harmon marries James White
  • 1847 – Birth of John Alexander Dowie
  • 1851 – Adoniram Judson Gordon experiences Christian conversion
  • 1851 – Robert Pearson Smith marries Hannah Tatum Whitehall
  • 1854 – Alexander Boddy born
  • 1858 – William Boardman publishes the book The Higher Christian Life, creating the “higher Life movement.”
  • 1858 – Robert Pearsall Smith and Hannah Wihtehall, both Quakers, are converted to Christianity on the same day. They attribute it to coincidence.
  • 1859- P. P. Quimby opens his office for “mentally aided healing”, which apparently is something different from “Mentally retarded”.
  • 1859 – A. B. Simpson converted to Christianity
  • 1859 – Smith Wigglesworth born in Menston, Yorkshire.
  • 1860 – John Alexander Dowie moves to South Australia
  • 1860 – Adoniram Judson Gordon graduates from Brown University, at that time  a Baptist Seminary.
  • 1861 – April 12  the US Civil War begins
  • 1862 – P. P. Quimby heals Mary Baker Eddy
  • 1862 – Oct. 2 Frank W. Sandford born in Bowdoinham, Maine
  • 1863 – Adoniram Judson Gordon graduates from Newton Theological Institution.
  • 1863 – Maria Etter marries Phileo Horation Woodworth
  • 1863 – Warren Felt Evans leaves the Methodists, joining the Swedenborgians (“New Church”)
  • 1863 – Warren Felt Evans travels to Portland Maine to be healed by P. P. Quimby. He moves shortly to Boston to open a healing clinic there. He stays there for 20 years.
  • 1865 – The Civil War ends.
  • 1865 – A. B. Simpson ordained by the Canada Presbyterian Church.
  • 1866 – P. P. Quimby dies
  • 1866- The New Church Theological School (Swedenborgianism) opens in Waltham, Massachusetts. It will eventually move to Newton, Mass.
  • 1867 – Essek W. Kenyon (“E. W.”) Born in Hadley, New York
  • 1867 – Vineland, NJ – the “National Holiness Camp Meeting Association” begins having meetings
  • 1868 – John Alexander Dowie returns to Scotland to study theology (name and location of Seminary unknown)
  • 1869 – Warren Felt Evans writes The Mental Cure, the first book about the New Thought movement
  • 1870 – Robert Pearson Smith writes Holiness Through Faith.
  • 1870 – Mary Baker Eddy writes a manuscript called, “Extracts from P. P. Quimby’s Writings”, possibly in response to Evans’ book
  • 1870 – March John G. Lake born
  • 1870 – A tract called “Baptism of the Holy Ghost” is published, describing the Methodist doctrine of sanctification by Asa Mahan. However, the wording of it will subconsciously inspire generations to come into thinking there is a second, subsequent blessing of the holy spirt.
  • 1870 – William J. Seymour born May 2 Centerville, Louisiana
  • 1872 – John Alexander Dowie ordained a minister in South Australia
  • 1872 – William Boardman brings Hannah Whitehall Smith and her husband Robert on tours of the UK to promote the Holiness movement.
  • 1872 – Warren Felt Evans writes another book, Mental Medicine
  • 1872 – Mary Baker Eddy alters her “Extracts…” manuscript so that the wording is more her own and less that of Quimby’s. However, she does not fool any of Quimby’s followers. It now becomes technically plagiarism.
  • 1873 – June 4 Charles Parham born in Muscatine, Iowa
  • 1873 – A. B. Simpson begins pastoring a Presbyterian Church in Kentucky
  • 1875 – Warren Felt Evans writes another book, Soul and Body
  • 1875 – Hannah Whitehall Smith writes The Christian’s Secret of a Happy Life.
  • 1875 – The Holiness Movement begins meetings in England called the Keswick Movement.
  • 1876 – John Alexander Dowie marries his cousin
  • 1877 – Charles Wesley Emerson enrolls in Boston University School of Oratory, studying Swedeborgianism and Delsarte under Lewis B. Monroe
  • 1879 – Mother Church of Christian Science begins; ordains Mary Baker Eddy as pastor
  • 1879 – The Iowa Holiness Association is formed by Isaiah Reed.
  • 1879 – Quimby’s followers Edward J. Arens, Annetta & Julius Dresser split with Mary Baker Eddy, apparently over the formation of the Christian Science church which left them out, or in a lesser position than Eddy.
  • 1879 – John Alexander Dowie leaves the Congregational Church and announces himself a faith healer evangelist
  • 1880 – Boston School of Oratory is opened by Charles Wesley Emerson, a Unitarian Minister – later to be called the Emerson School of Oratory (now known as Emerson College)
  • 1880 – Feb. 29 Frank Sandford converted
  • 1880 – A. B. Simpson pastors a Presbyterian church in New York city
  • 1880 – Frank Sandford baptized
  • 1881 – Brook Foss Wescott & John Hort release the Wescott/Hort Greek New Testament, without making it available to scholars first – an unethical move at best. None think to question this except for Dean John Burgon. The text is published only a day before the English Revised Version of the Bible is printed and released publicly.
  • 1881 – English Revised Version of the Bible (Called the American Standard Version in America) is released, having been based upon Wescott & Hort’s secret work. The translation is immediately rejected by Charles Spurgeon and Dean John Burgon on the grounds of the creation of a new Greek Text without authorization, and heretical additions and deletions to the verses of the Bible.
  • 1881 – Warren Felt Evans writes The Divine Law of Cure.
  • 1882 – Smith Wigglesworth marries Polly Featherstone
  • 1884 – Alexander Boddy ordained, pastors church in Monkwearmouth, Sunderland
  • 1884 – E. W. Kenyon converted in Methodist meeting.
  • 1884? – The Western Kansas Ministerial Association debates the Methodist doctrine of Entire Sanctification and Sinless Perfectionism, and theorizes there might be a three sanctifications – regeneration, sanctification and the subsequent baptism of the Holy Ghost.
  • 1885 – Warren Felt Evans writes The Primitive Mind Cure.
  • 1885 – by coincidence, Maria Woodworth-Etter begins praying for the sick at church meetings
  • 1885 – Charles Parham’s mother dies
  • 1886 – Warren Felt Evans writes his last book, Esoteric Christianity and Mental Therapeutics
  • 1886 – William Boardman dies
  • 1886 – Frank Sandford graduates from Bates College
  • 1886 – Frank Sandford reads “The Christians Secret to a happy life” By Hannah Whitehall Smith, which emphasizes Methodist “Entire Sanctification” and “Sinless perfectionism.” Sandford is deeply impacted by the book, not having been grounded in the faith by completing seminary.
  • 1886 – Dec. 31 Charles Parham’s father remarries, this time to a Quaker, Harriet Miller in a Friend’s ceremony. Parham will be exposed to quaker influences during his childhood.
  • 1887 – Frank Sandford ordained a Free Will Baptist minister by the congregation.
  • 1887 – Charles Parham ordained as a teenager. (The Wikipedia article claims Parham was never ordained)
  • 1887 – A. B. Simpson forms the Christian & Missionary Alliance, after he writes of the “four Fold gospel” concept.
  • 1887 – Frank Sandford enrolls in Moody Bible College
  • 1887 – Frank Sandford attends a Moody/Methodist convention
  • 1887 – Frank Sandford attends an A. B. Simpson Christian & Missionary Alliance convention
  • 1888 – John Alexander Dowie moves to the United States
  • 1888 – Frank Sandford returns to Moody College
  • 1888 – Charles Parham begins preaching at the age of 15
  • 1889 – Warren Felt Evans dies
  • 1889 – A. B. Simpson begins preaching the “Four-fold gospel” and emphasizing divine healing. It is not known if he ever met Sandford or was influenced by him. Certainly Sandford was attending Simpson’s conventions prior to this.
  • 1890 – Aimee Semple McPherson born as Aimee Elizabeth Kennedy
  • 1890 – Frank Sandford accepts a pastorate at Great Falls New Hampshire’s Free Baptist Church.
  • 1890 – E. W. Kenyon leaves the ministry to pursue a dream of being an actor.
  • 1890 – February Frank Sandford has a nervous breakdown
  • 1890 – A. B. Simpson publishes his book A Larger Christian Life.
  • 1890 – Frank Sandford tours the world visiting missionary outposts
  • 1891 – Alexander Boddy marries Mary Pollock.
  • 1891 – Maria Woodworth-Etter divorces her husband on grounds of infidelity.
  • 1891 – John G. Lake ordained a Methodist minister, but chooses a career in real estate instead of ministry.
  • 1891 – Frank Sandford attends a lecture by J. H. Allen on British Israelitism. Allen later would write of meeting Sandford. It is not known who influenced who, and to what extent. J. H. Allen is a Methodist minister.
  • 1891 – Charles Parham conducting first solo meetings at his church at age 19.
  • 1891 – Charles Parham enrolls in Southwestern College in Winfield Kansas – a College affiliated with Methodism
  • 1891 – Frank Sandford rescued from Shipwreck off the coast of Jaffa, Israel
  • 1891 – Aug. 18 – Frank Sandford casts a demon out of a woman, and hears the whispering of God’s voice for the first time. Apparently, God only whispers one or two word phrases to Sandford. Sandford, enraptured, never stops to test the spirit and see if it truly is the Lord God, a devil, or possibly mental illness.
  • 1892 – E. W. Kenyon enrolls in the Emerson School of Oratory, studying acting under Charles Wesley Emerson, R. W. Trine, M. J. Savage and Lewis B. Monroe. He is taught New Thought while there. He attends M. J. Savage’s Unitarian church while studying at the college.
  • 1892 – Alexander Boddy has “Intense religious experience”, details unknown. It is not stated if this is a salvation experience or not.
  • 1892 – Oct. 9, Frank Sandford decides to leave the Freewill Baptist denomination.
  • 1893 – E. W. Kenyon returns to Christianity, forsaking his dream of being an actor
  • 1893 – Frank Sandford announces his decision, and goes to live at his in-laws’ house for several months
  • 1893 – E. W. Kenyon marries Evva Spurling.
  • 1893 – E. W. Kenyon begins attending Adoniram Judson Gordon’s Clarendon Street Church
  • 1893 – July Frank Sandford returns to Bowdoinham Maine and begins preaching. Seven attend his revival.
  • 1893 – E. W. Kenyon leaves Adoniram Judson Gordon’s church and joins the Freewill Baptists, being ordained and pastoring a small church in Palmira New York, despite only returning to Christianity a few months before.
  • 1893 – Charles Parham leaves Seminary, feeling an education grounded in Biblical Doctrine would hinder him. Apparently Parham had never read Colossians 1:21-23, 21 And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled 22 In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight: 23 If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister; Colossians 1:21-23 (KJV) or even 2 Tim. 3:15 15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 2 Timothy 2:15 (KJV)
  • 1893 – Sept. 30 Frank Sandford institutes a Constitution that the twelve involved in his new church sign, instituting the Kingdom movement
  • 1893 – Charles Parham learns British Israelitism from J. H. Allen
  • 1894 – Adoniram Judson Gordon publishes “The Ministry of The Spirit”, a book which suggests (despite everything the Bible says) that one must seek the Holy Spirit the way one seeks the Lord Jesus Christ. He also wrote “The Ministry of healing”, teaching wrongly that healing is guaranteed for all believers as a part of Salvation. It will come to form a key component of Pentecostalism.
  • 1894 – By a complete coincidence, on Aug. 2, Frank Sandford receives the “Baptism of the Holy Ghost”, which he describes as “Better than salvation.”
  • 1894 – J. H. Allen publishes his book, Judah’s Scepter and Joseph’s Birthright. This is the foundational text of British Israelitism, and will years later come to form an important part of Herbert W. Armstrong’s theology.
  • 1894 – Frank Sandford obtains a tent for revival meetings.
  • 1895 – John Alexander Dowie moves to Chicago
  • 1895 – Benjamin Irwin, a former Baptist minister turned Methodist, theorizes a subsequent baptism after regeneration and sanctification, called the Baptism of Fire whih endues one with supernatural spiritual power. The seeds for the word Faith movement are finally in place, despite the clear teachings in the New Testament that the “baptism of fire” is actually a pseudonym for damnation into hell. Irwin begins the “Fire Baptized Holiness Association.”
  • 1895 – The Iowa Holiness Association invites Benjamin Irwin to “disassociate with them”.
  • 1895 – Adoniram Judson Gordon dies of influenza.
  • 1895 – Mary Baker Eddy publishes the “Manual of the Mother Church”.
  • 1896 – Sandford begins teaching British Israelitism under the name “Anglo-Israel.” He attributes the teaching to Professor Totten – a Seventh Day Adventist.
  • 1896 – July 4 – Cornerstones of Shiloh are laid. Sandford warns his congregation to expect Moses and Elijah to be raised up within their very congregation – the first hint that Sandford considered himself Elijah.
  • 1897 – A Reference to John Dowie being partnered with Sandford in the Tongues of Fire newsletter. “Dr. Dowie of Chicago prays with or for as many as 70,000 sick people a year, and thousands of most astounding and most remarkable miracles have taken place.
  • 1898 – E. W. Kenyon opens Bethel Bible Institute in Spencer, Massachusetts
  • 1898 – March 17 Sandford writes his arguments for the gift of tongues in the Tongues of Fire newsletter.
  • 1898 – John G. Lake brings his brother to John Dowie for healing, and he is healed. Next, Lake prays for his wife who has cancer, and she too is “healed”.
  • 1898 – Frank W. Sandford preaches at the Moody Bible Institute. While there, he hears John Alexander Dowie speak twice.
  • 1898 – Charles Parham moves to Topeka Kansas.
  • 1898 – May 16 Sandford encounters Mr. and Mrs. Black and Jenny Glassey, who will later be acknowledged as pioneers in the international Pentecostal movement. This early date shows they were doubtless influenced by Sandford.
  • 1899 – Mary Boddy healed of Athsma
  • 1899 – Frank W. Sandford allegedly raises Olive Mills from the dead, more likely from a coma.
  • 1899 – the tract “Sandfordism Exposed” is published Rev. C. S. Weiss
  • 1900 – John Alexander Dowie forms city of Zion, Illinois, modeling it after Shiloh in Maine.
  • 1900 – Charles Parham leaves his ministry in Topeka and travels to Shiloh to study under Frank Sandford
  • 1900 – Speaking in tongues occurs for the first time at Shiloh, after long sessions in prayer in Sandford’s “prayer tower.”
  • 1900 – David Brown dies at Shiloh, and is brought to the tower, where Sandford prays all night and repeatedly commands David to “rise”. After several fruitless hours, they finally take David Brown to be buried.
  • 1900 – Charles Parham has a falling out with Frank W. Sandford, and leaves Shiloh, travelling to Zion City to learn from Dowie.
  • 1900 – Following the confrontation with Parham, Sandford initiates the “Far, Clear and Terrible” purges of Shiloh.
  • 1900 – October Charles Parham leaves Zion City, traveling to Topeka Kansas to start his own Bible College – despite never having completed seminary.
  • 1900 – Dec. 31 Parham gives the assignment for his students to study the gifts of the Holy Spirit.
  • 1901 – Jan. 1 Agnes Ozman begins speaking in tongues in Topeka, Kansas. It is reported that this was not the first time she ever did so, but Parham proclaims a “Second Pentecost”
  • 1901 – Unable to find support for his contention that a second Pentecost had occurred, within several months Charles Parham’s ministry in Topeka Kansas falls apart, and his Bible Institute closes.
  • 1901 – Sabbatarianism is instituted by Frank Sandford at Shiloh.
  • 1901 – Closed communion is finally practiced at Shiloh. Rev. Weiss in his tract however claims this began back in 1899. Why this was a controversy is unknown, as closed communion was practiced by Baptists for nineteen centuries prior to this.
  • 1901- Following his pronouncement that he is Elijah “who will restore all things”, Sandford begins to preach that only those baptized by Sandford will enter into heaven. This is an extreme form of salvation by works. The Seventh Day Adventist teachings of Professor Totten have finally taken root in Sandford.
  • 1901 – Upon hearing that Sandford has declared himself to be Elijah, his former mentor A. B. Simpson comments, “That man will not be satisfied until he is the equal with God the Father.”
  • 1901 – (Some histories say 1902) John Alexander Dowie proclaims himself Elijah. America now has two at the same time. Truly, America was more blessed than Israel, who only getting one Elijah at a time!
  • 1902 – Finis Jennings Dake born
  • 1902 – July 3 Sandford writes in The Everlasting Gospels, “If you want to know how He (Jesus) looks, look at me, for I look just like Him. Gaze right at me.” Sandford originated seed of the “Little Gods” doctrine. “Son of man, say unto the prince of Tyrus, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because thine heart is lifted up, and thou hast said, I am a God, I sit in the seat of God, in the midst of the seas; yet thou art a man, and not God, though thou set thine heart as the heart of God:” Ezekiel 28:2 (KJV)
  • 1902 – Maria Woodworth remarries, this time to Samuel Etter.
  • 1903 – Charles Wesley Emerson retires from the Emerson School of Oratory
  • 1903 – Frank Sandford withdraws himself into the tower room for 5 weeks, seeing nobody during this time.
  • 1903 – Charles Parham gets a second chance when a prominent citizen of Galena, Kansas (Mary Arthur).  New meetings are started, with Parham sending out missionaries to the local community, ordering them to dress stylishly to show off the “attractiveness of the Christian life.” The first seeds of the Word Faith movement are planted.
  • 1904 – Parham starts a new church in Keelville, Kansas.
  • 1904 – Maria Woodworth-Etter dismissed from the Church of God
  • 1904 – Alexander Boddy visits Welsh “Revival”.
  • 1905 – John Alexander Dowie suffers stroke – is deposed by Wilbur Voliva, who takes over Zion City
  • 1905 – Evan Roberts abandons the Welsh Revivals, due to a string of nervous breakdowns, suggesting that the Welsh “revivals” were nothing more than hypnotic suggestions and influenced by possible mental illness.
  • 1906 – Charles Parham extends his teaching schools and assemblies (he dislikes the name “churches”) into Oklahoma and Texas.
  • 1906 – William Seymour enrolls in Parham’s Houston Bible School
  • 1906 – Parham sends Lucy Farrow to Los Angeles to establish a new “assembly” and Bible School. A few months later, William Seymour too is sent. Azuza Street Mission begins.
  • 1906 – Apr. 6 Lucy Farrow begins speaking in tongues at Azuza. The Azuza Street revival has begun.
  • 1906 – James Gordon Lindsey born in Zion City
  • 1906 – 1907 Alexander and Mary Boddy visit Oslo, Sweden, where T B Barratt is attempting to imitate the Azuza Street Revival
  • 1906 – William Seymour frantically sends for Charles Parham to deal with the fortune tellers, seances, and witches openly practicing dark arts openly inside the Azuza Street Mission.
  • 1906 – Charles Parham “excommunicated” from Azuza Street Mission, apparently over the disagreement on the nature of tongues between Parham and Seymour
  • 1906 – September Charles Parham travels to Zion City to hold meetings, teaching Pentecostalism. Wilbur Voliva rejects Parham’s message, and Parham at first teaches in the Elijah Hotel, and later in F. F. Bosworth’s home. F. F. Bosworth receives the “gift of tongues”.
  • 1906 – F. F. Bosworth meets E. W. Kenyon in Chicago. Bosworth is enamored of Kenyon’s Word-Faith teachings.
  • 1906 – Allegations surface over alleged sexual misconduct from Charles Parham, including charges of pedophilia. Financial misconduct is also alleged. The allegations are raised by Wilbur Voliva. The prosecuting attorney declines to prosecute for lack of proof beyond the allegations.
  • 1907 – Church of God in Christ Denomination started
  • 1907 – Smith Wigglesworth visits the Sunderland revival, based on Azuza and Oslo by Alexander and Mary Boddy. Mary Boddy lays hands on Wigglesworth, and Wigglesworth begins speaking in tongues.
  • 1907 – Charles Parham arrested in Texas for sodomy
  • 1907 – John Alexander Dowie dies
  • 1907-1908 Sometime during this period, John G. Lake and F. F. Bosworth visit the Azuza Street Revival.
  • 1907 – Aimee Kennedy meets Robert Semple at a revival meeting
  • 1907 – Many Pentecostals join the Christian and Missionary Alliance
  • 1907 – Katherine Kuhlman born
  • 1908 – Charles Wesley Emerson dies
  • 1908 – John and Jenny Lake travel to South Africa, to establish a mission.
  • 1908 – Jenny Lake, just ten years after her husband supposedly heals her, dies.
  • 1908 – Aimee Kennedy marries Robert Semple
  • 1908 – William Branham’s marriage certificate lists this year as his year of birth. Branham lists 1909 instead.
  • 1909 – William Marion Brannon born April 6. According to Branham’s own memory of the event (!), a large halo appears above him at his birth. Branham’s actual birth year and date is unknown. This date was given to him by an astrologer, whom he believed.
  • 1909 – Azuza Street Mission fails and doors close forever.
  • 1910 – The Semples arrive in China on the Mission Field.
  • 1910 – Robert Semple dies on mission field, leaving Aimee Semple a widow
  • 1910 – Charles Parham joins the Klu Klux Klan, apparently in bitterness over William Seymour’s movement gaining more notoriety than Parham’s.
  • 1910 – Mary Baker Eddy dies. Apparently death wasn’t an illusion, as she taught.
  • 1911 – A. A. Allen born in Sulphur Rock, Arknasas
  • 1912 – Harry McPherson meets Aimee Semple, and marries her within a few months.
  • 1912 – Maria Woodworth Etter joins the Pentecostal movement
  • 1913 – Polly Wigglesworth dies – for good this time.
  • 1913 – John G. Lake returns to America and remarries.
  • 1914 – Aimee Semple McPherson becomes very ill and is taken to a Providence Rhode Island Hospital for an operation. She is “miraculously healed”, and agrees to the command of a mysterious voice commanding her to preach.
  • 1914 – Samuel Etter dies
  • 1914 – Assemblies of God denomination started when Parhams “Evangelical Association” merges with Dowie’s community.
  • 1914 – the heretical United Pentecostal Church denomination formed.
  • 1914 – the Pentecostal Church of God denomination formed.
  • 1914 – Evva Kenyon dies.
  • 1915 – Aimee Semple McPherson abandons her husband, taking the children and moving to California. On the way, she begins preaching at tent revivals.
  • 1915 – John Lake opens the “Healing Rooms” in Spokane, Washington
  • 1916 – United Pentecostal Movement formed by Frank Ewart
  • 1916 – Aimee Semple McPherson begins touring the country in her “Gospel Car”, a 1921 Packard.
  • 1917 – Kenneth Hagin born.
  • 1917 – Aimee Semple McPherson starts the publication of a magazine called “The Bridal Call”
  • 1918 – Jack Coe born.
  • 1918(?) – Exact year unknown. William Branham claims to be visited by an angel who tells him to avoid alcohol and tobacco, and he would be called by the Lord when older. Branham has not yet had a conversion experience. The story is reminiscent, and probably inspired by, the visit of Gabriel to Mary in Luke 2, and the visit to Elizabeth predicting John the Baptist. Branham’s later retelling of the story shows a possibly works-based salvation theology.
  • 1918 – Granville “Oral” Roberts born.
  • 1918 – F. F. Bosworth leaves the Assemblies of God denomination, allegedly over the AoG doctrine of “Tongues-Initial Evidence”.
  • 1918 – Maria Woodworth-Etter founds Lakeview Church in Indianapolis, Indiana.
  • 1919 – Finis J. Dake claims conversion to Christianity
  • 1919 – Rex Humbard born
  • 1919 – A. B. Simpson dies
  • 1919 – Pentecostal Church of God formed.
  • 1920 – John Lake leaves the Healing Rooms ministry in Spokane for Seattle. He would return to Spokane after several years (date unknown)
  • 1921 – Harry McPherson divorces Aimee Semple McPherson
  • 1921 – Katherine Kuhlman claims to have a born again experience in the Methodist Church of Concordia, Missouri
  • 1922 – William Seymour dies of a heart attack
  • 1923 – The Temple Angelus is built in Los Angeles by Aimee Semple McPherson
  • 1923 – Katherine Kuhlman begins preaching at age 16. It is reported she spent a great deal of time as a young girl at the Temple Angelus studying Aimee Semple McPherson, but exact dates are not given.
  • 1924 – Wigglesworth publishes Ever Increasing Faith.
  • 1924 – Maria Woodworth-Etter dies.
  • 1924 – F. F. Bosworth publishes “Christ The Healer.” It will become influential in the Pentecostal movement, and prepare the ground for the Word Faith movement.
  • 1924 – William Branham claims to have a short career as a boxer. Photographs do reveal the kind of markings a person’s ears get from constant boxing.
  • 1926 – May 18 Aimee Semple McPherson is allegedly kidnapped.
  • 1926 – June 23 Aimee Semple McPherson is released without ransom being paid
  • 1927 – Charles Parham develops symptoms of heart disease.
  • 1928 – Charles Parham travels to Israel, buying a judges gavel there and presenting it to his former Masonic lodge.
  • 1929 – January 29 Charles Parham dies of heart failure.
  • 1930 – Katherine Kuhlman begins preaching at a pool hall in Boise, Idaho.
  • 1930 – Alexander Boddy dies
  • 1931 – Aimee Semple McPherson marries actor David Hutton.
  • 1931 – May 19 David Wilkerson born (Wikipedia article gives two dates, 1931 and 1932)
  • 1931- William Branham claims to be born again. He is shortly ordained a Pastor, in violation of the Biblical injunction a novice not be ordained – apparently a very common practice in early Pentecostalism.
  • 1931- William Branham has a split with his Pastor and begins competing revivals. He moves into a Masonic Lodge until they can afford a church building.
  • 1932 – Frederick K. C. Price born
  • 1933 – Katherine Kuhlman opens a church at a Montgomery Ward Warehouse in Colorado
  • 1933 – William Branham gets a church building finally.
  • 1933 – Kenneth Hagin undergoes a dramatic religious conversion. He would later claim he died three times in ten minutes, visiting hell.
  • 1934 – David Hutton divorces Aimee Semple McPherson
  • 1934 – Kenneth Hagin claims to be raised from his deathbed by “the revelation of God”.
  • 1934 – Charles Capps born. There is no record of him attending seminary on his bio, or dates for his beginnings of ministry.
  • 1934 – Paul Crouch born in St. Joseph, Missouri
  • 1934 – A. A. Allen becomes a Christian at Onward Methodist Church at Miller, Missouri
  • 1935 – Oral Roberts contracts Tuberculosis and almost dies.
  • 1935 – John Lake dies
  • 1935 – Jack Coe leaves the orphanage he spent his childhood at.
  • 1936 – Finis J. Dake caught in motel with a teenage girl
  • 1936 – After only two years as a Christian, A. A. Allen is ordained by the Assemblies of God, who apparently ignore the Biblical injunction that a novice shouldn’t be ordained.
  • 1936 – A. A. Cole begins pastoring a small church in Colorado.
  • 1936 – May 21 John Avanzini born in Paramaribo, Suriname
  • 1936 – Kenneth Hagin begins pastoring, and will pastor 5 Assemblies of God churches in the next 12 years.
  • 1936 – Oral Roberts studies at Oklahoma Baptist University
  • 1936 – December 6 Kenneth Copeland born
  • 1937 – Finis J. Dake convicted and sentenced to six months in prison for Pedophilia
  • 1938 – Oral Roberts marries Evelyn Lutman Fahnestock.
  • 1938 – Smith Wigglesworth publishes Faith That Prevails
  • 1938 – Oral Roberts studies at Phillips University
  • 1938 – Katherine Kuhlman marries Burroughs Allen Waltrip, who had abandoned his family and divorced his first wife to become an Evangelist
  • 1940 – Oral Roberts abandons College studies without a degree, and becomes a traveling faith healer
  • 1940 – Jim Bakker born
  • 1940 – John Hagee is born. “This may be the most important birth ever!” (Excuse my sarcasm over the fact that every message Hagee preaches is always preceded by “You need to buy the DVD of this message – this may be the most important message you may ever hear!”)
  • 1941 – William Branham begins faith healing meetings.
  • 1942 – James Gordon Lindsey begins pastoring a church in Ashland, Oregon. Lindsey had converted sometime prior to 1929 (year unknown) at a meeting run by Charles Parham.
  • 1942 – Kenneth Hagin suffers heart trouble
  • 1942-44 sometime during World War II, Jack Coe joins the military and experiences a miracle that results in his getting saved.
  • 1943 – Joyce Meyer born as Pauline Joyce Hutchison in St. Louis, Missouri
  • 1944 – Aimee Semple McPherson dies
  • 1944- Katherine Kuhlman separates from Burroughs Allen Waltrip
  • 1944 – Jack Coe ordained as a minister without any seminary training. Exact time of salvation unknown, but as the US did not fully enter WWII until 1942, it is probable that Coe was ordained after only two years as a Christian. If Coe’s miracle occurred in combat, it is most likely he had not been a Christian for a full year, and was ordained far too soon, like E. W. Kenyon.
  • 1945 – William Branham publishes a tract “I was not disobediant to the heavenly vision.” The tract discusses the supposed angelic visitation to a child not yet born again, and the supposed visitation.
  • 1946 – Katherine Kuhlman has first supposed healing in a Franklin, Pennsylvania Church. She begins Faith Healing ministry.
  • 1946 – May 7 William Branham claims to have another Angelic Visitation. This one inaugurates Branham to have healing meetings – which he’d already been doing for 5 years – and tells him that Satanic agents can recognize a divine call – in order to give the Astrologer’s readings of Branham heavenly acceptance. This alone shows that Branham should have rejected the vision!
  • 1946 – July 2 Peter Popoff born
  • 1947 – A. A. Allen begins pastoring a larger church in Corpus Christi, Texas
  • 1947 – James Gordon Lindsey resigns from church to become William Brannon’s tour manager.
  • 1947 – Oral Roberts decides it is okay to become rich, and is visited almost immediately by God almighty who reportedly tells Roberts to be a faith healer – Which Roberts had been doing already for 7 years. He founds the Oral Roberts Evangelistic Association.
  • 1947 – Smith Wigglesworth dies. Nobody punches his corpse to resurrect him, the way Wigglesworth claimed to bring people back to life.
  • 1947 – F. F. Bosworth retires to Florida.
  • 1947 – Oral Roberts begins radio broadcasting
  • 1948  – F. F. Bosworth meets William Branham, and begins to support Branham’s ministry, traveling with him. This would mean Bosworth was present when Branham makes his “Trinitarianism is of the devil!” pronouncement.
  • 1948 – Katherine Kuhlman divorces Burroughs Allen Waltrip
  • 1948 – William Brannon retires from gospel tours, leaving James Gordon Lindsey wondering what he was going to do with his life. Answer – continue focus on Branham’s Magazine, which begins publicizing other faith healers.
  • 1948 – E. W. Kenyon dies
  • 1948 – Katherine Kuhlman conducts first “Miracle Service”.
  • 1949 – A. A. Allen attends an Oral Roberts tent meeting. He returns and announces to his church board he plans on having a “healing ministry”, and asks to have a radio program. The Church board refuses, and Allen resigns shortly thereafter to become a Faith Healer Evangelist.
  • 1949 – Kenneth Hagin suffers heart trouble again
  • 1949 – David Wilkerson enters Central Bible College (affiliated with Assemblies of God) in Springfield, Missouri
  • 1949 – Kenneth Hagin becomes an initierant preacher
  • 1949 – Latter Rain theology denounced by Assemblies of God denomination
  • 1949 – Through a miracle of sloppy records keeping, Kenneth Hagin becomes a member of the Full Gospel Businessmen’s Association – which in reality is not formed for two more years. I attribute the error to poor records keeping on the part of his biographers.
  • 1949 – July 9 Jesse Duplantis born in Houma, Louisiana.
  • 1949 – Rex Humbard has first TV broadcast.
  • 1950 – Evangelistic healing conventions take place in Kansas City and in Dallas, sponsored by James G. Lindsey
  • 1950 – William Branham claims to have raised the dead in Finland.
  • 1950 – F. F. Bosworth pronounces, “I have never seen or read of anything to equal the healing ministry of William Branham.” Bosworth continues saying, “Brother Branham is a channel for more than the mere gift of healing; he is also a Seer as were Old Testament prophets.” “At these times (when William Branham receives a vision) he can say with absolute certainty, “THUS SAITH THE LORD,” and he is NEVER WRONG. …The success of this phase of his ministry is exactly 100 % .” “When the gift is operating, Brother Branham is the most sensitive person to the presence and working of the Holy Spirit and to Spiritual Realities OF ANY PERSON I HAVE EVER KNOWN.”
  • 1951 – Full Gospel Businessmen’s Association formed.
  • 1952 – Toufik Benedictus “Benny” Hinn born in Jaffa, Israel. He later would claim that Constandi Hinn, his father, was the Mayor of Jaffa. In reality, it was Israel Rokach who was mayor of Jaffa/Tel Aviv at the time.
  • 1952 – David Wilkerson ordained
  • 1952 – Joyce Meyer claims to be born again at age 9. She also admits her life did not bear lasting evidence of a conversion.
  • 1952 – Rex Humbard begins the Cathedral of Tomorrow TV show.
  • 1953 – Jack Coe cast out of Assenblies of God organization
  • 1955 – A. A. Allen purchases a large tent for $8,500.
  • 1955 – Paul Crouch graduates from Central Bible Institute/Seminary with a degree.
  • 1955 – A. A. Allen arrested on DUI charges. He later skips bail.
  • 1955(?) – William Branham begins teaching that “Trinitarianism is of the devil”. Understandingly, his popularity begins to decline. F. F. Bosworth does not leave Branham.
  • 1955 – Jack Coe claims to heal a boy with polio. He then tells parents to remove his braces, which leaves the boy in agony. Coe is arrested for practicing medicine without a license. The case is dismissed in court on grounds faith healing is exempt from the law.
  • 1956 – Jack Coe contracts the very disease he claims to have healed the little boy of.
  • 1956 – Jack Coe dies of polio. “God is not mocked – that which ye sew, ye shall reap.”
  • 1957 – Apr. 20 “Pledge of Love” debuts on the Billboard top 40 by singer Kenneth Copeland. It stays on the charts for 15 weeks.
  • 1957 – Frederick K. C. Price pastors an African Methodist Episcopal church in Val Verde, California
  • 1957 – Paul Crouch marries Jan Bethany
  • 1957 – June 9 Thomas Dexter “T. D. ” Jakes is born. Nothing more is publicly revealed about him until he is in his ministry.
  • 1957 – Paul crouch becomes a radio announcer
  • 1958 – A. A. Allen purchases a tent capable of holding 22,000 people
  • 1958 – Oral Roberts creates the Abundant Life Prayer Group.
  • 1958 – A convert to Christianity offers A. A. Allen over a thousand acres in Arizona, which is dubbed “Miracle Valley”. The Ministry is renamed in honor of it.
  • 1958 – F. F. Bosworth dies, and William Branham conducts Bosworth’s funeral.
  • 1958 – David Wilkerson interrupts a gang trial in New York City, and is thrown out of the courtroom. The incident causes Wilkerson’s relatives to talk him into returning to New York City and setting up a ministry. He does, calling it Teen Challenge.
  • 1959 – Frederick K. C. Price serves as a pastor in a Presbyterian church
  • 1960 – Jim Bakkker enrolls in North Central University, a Bible College affiliated with the Assemblies of God denomination. He meets fellow student Tammy Faye LaValley
  • 1961 – Joyce Meyer marries first husband, a used-car salesman. His name is not listed in her official biography.
  • 1961 – Paul Crouch appointed by the Assemblies of God to oversee the new Department of Television and Film Production in Burbank, California
  • 1961 – Jim Baker marries Tammy Faye.
  • 1962 – November Kenneth Copeland claims to be born again, and eventually becomes the chauffeur and pilot for Oral Roberts
  • 1962 – Frederick K. C. Price III, son of Frederick K. C. Price is struck by an automobile and killed tragically.
  • 1962 – Creflo Dollar born
  • 1963 – Dake Annotated Study Bible is released.
  • 1963 – In what will be a very busy year for Word of Faith teachers, Kenneth Hagin starts the Kenneth Hagin Evangelistic Association, more dedicated to faith healing and spreading Word Faith teachings than in actual missionary work which the name would suggest. The name is startlingly reminiscent of the Oral Roberts Evangelistic Association. Well, at least Oral Roberts actually dedicated time to preaching a somewhat evangelistic message.
  • 1963? – Joyce Meyer admits years later to sometime during her 5 year marriage stealing payroll checks from her employer. She later confesses all that money was repaid. I will say this does show a repentant heart, and state that this is something few Christians do is repay what they stole during their unSaved years.
  • 1963 – A. A. Allen sues the IRS to recover taxes
  • 1963 – David Wilkerson co-authors a book about his street ministry called “the cross and the switchblade”, which hits the bestsellers list.
  • 1963 – Oral Roberts charters the Oral Roberts University.
  • 1964 – John Hagee graduates from Trinity University with a degree in education, having been on a football scholarship.
  • 1965- Frederick K. C. Price leaves the Presbyterian Church to work at West Washington Community Church in the Christian Missionary Alliance ministry.
  • 1965 – Oral Roberts University receives its first students.
  • 1965 – Paul Crouch becomes general Manager of KREL Radio in Carmel, California
  • 1965 – Dec. 5 William Branham dies. Discovers for himself whether Trinitarianism is truly “of the devil” or not!
  • 1966 – Joyce Meyer divorces her first husband on grounds of infidelity. Despite the condemnations of her later critics, the New Testament does permit divorce on these grounds.
  • 1966 – April 11 William Branham’s wife finally permits him to be buried, giving up hope he would resurrect.
  • 1966 – Jim and Tammy Fayer Bakker begin working for CBN.
  • 1966- John Hagee awarded a diploma in Theology from Southwestern Assemblies of God University.
  • 1966 – Kenneth Hagin begins teaching on the radio
  • 1967 – A. A. Allen divorces his wife.
  • 1967 – Kenneth Copeland enters Oral Roberts University
  • 1967 – Easter. Branham’s followers begin the annual tradition of gathering around his grave at sunrise, waiting for him to rise from the dead. This shows that Branham was a false Jesus to some of his followers.
  • 1967 – Kenneth Hagin begins a weekly radio broadcast, teaching Word Faith teachings called Faith Seminar of the Air It is unknown if his decision is based upon Hagee’s ministry or upon Oral Roberts.
  • 1967 – David Wilkerson starts another street ministry, “Youth Crusades” targeting middle class bored kids, trying to keep them out of street gangs. The CURE Corps grows out of this ministry.
  • 1967 – Joyce Meyer remarries, marrying David Meyer.
  • 1967 – Benny Hinn’s family emigrates to Toronto
  • 1968 – Oral Roberts leaves Pentecostalism and joins the United Methodist Church, allegedly due to their lenience in doctrinal and moral issues. Nobody stops to question why a popularly acclaimed Evangelist  has grown lenient in moral and doctrinal issues.
  • 1970 – A. A. Allen dies from Alcohol and drug abuse. The hotel room he is found in is “strewn with pills and empty liquor bottles”.
  • 1970 – The Cross and the Switchblade is made into a movie, starring Pat Boone and Erik Estrada.
  • 1970 – Peter Popoff begins a TV ministry
  • 1970 – Paul Crouch becomes manager for KHOF FM and KHOF-TV
  • 1970 – Frederick K. C. Price receives “Baptism of tongues”. He discovers the plagiarized writings of Kenneth Hagin and begins teaching Word Faith
  • 1971 – David Wilkerson moves his ministry to Texas
  • 1972 – Katherine Kuhlman has private meeting with Pope Paul IV, causing many to question their support of her.
  • 1973 – Benny Hinn attends a Katherine Kuhlman Miracle Crusade, and claims the “full” power of the Holy Spirit came on him at the crusade.
  • 1973 – David Wilkerson begins speaking out against the Word Faith movement at a conference, at first singling out only the televangelists who preached “gain is godliness”. The taped sermon is widely circulated.
  • 1973 – TBN founded by Paul & Jan Crouch, and Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker.
  • 1973 – Frederick K. C. Price begins Crenshaw Christian Center in the Crenshaw section of Inglewood, California.
  • 1973 – Kenneth Hagin suffers heart trouble again.
  • 1974 – Kenneth Hagin founds the Rhema Bible Training Center
  • 1974 – TBN begins first airings, booking two hours a day on KBSA TV in Los Angeles.
  • 1975 – John Hagee divorces first wife Marthe Downing. A latter to his church admits immorality. The letter promptly becomes a part of the divorce proceedings.
  • 1976 – Joyce Meyer hears God call her by name during an intense prayer session while driving. She also admits to getting drunk at a bowling alley the same night.  Her conviction is that God has called her to preach  – despite Biblical injunctions against women preaching. Her contention then would be that God has contradicted His own Bible – a claim I would personally not care to make.
  • 1976 – Having retired from rock music in the band “Summer Wine” and touring work as a sideman for other rock bands (Wikipedia wrongly calls them “Heavy Metal”, a term which could be applied to very few rock bands in the ’70′s), Jesse Duplantis preaches his first sermon. There is no documentation I can find for his ever going to seminary.
  • 1976 – Frederick K. C. Price writes, “We don’t allow sickness in our house” in his book Is Healing for All?
  • 1976 – John Hagee remarries to Diane Castro. Those who believe a man may not pastor after remarrying contend Hagee is invalid to preach.
  • 1976 – Katherine Kuhlman dies
  • 1976 – Frederick K. C. Price receives honorary degree from Rhema Bible College.
  • 1977 – Oral Roberts is visited by a 900 foot tall Jesus, who tells him to build a medical center. Most after reading or hearing of the experience conclude this is another Jesus than the one of the Bible. The giant Jesus reassures Roberts that the center will be a success financially.
  • 1977 – TBN buys first TV station, at first offering two hours of Christian programming and running regular TV the other 20, until he begins to see that the Public will accept a dedicated Christian TV channel. The new Cable TV station is dubbed KTBN.
  • 1978 – Jesse Duplantis enters full time ministry.
  • 1979 – A. A. Allen’s “Miracle Valley” ministry declares bankruptcy. Ministry leaders isolate themselves into the property in what locals call an “Anti-white” doctrine. A riot occurs in which a 6 year old boy named Therial Davis is killed.
  • 1980? – Joyce Meyer becomes associate pastor of a Charismatic church in St. Louis
  • 1980 – City of Faith Medical and Research center opens in Tulsa Oklahoma, to much fanfare. The 900 foot tall Jesus does not appear at the opening, to the great disappointment of all present.
  • 1980 – Oral Roberts is reportedly earning $88 million a year.
  • 1981 – Frederick K. C. Price releases a book called Faith, Foolishness, or Presumption?
  • 1981 – Paul Crouch is awarded an honorary Doctorate from California Graduate School of Theology
  • 1981 – Kurt Koch publishes Occult ABC, in which he details his study of Katherine Kuhlman’s supposed healings, and finds that none of them were genuine, verifiable or long term. Many reported being worse than before.
  • 1982 – Frederick K. C. Price receives an honorary degree from Oral Roberts University
  • 1982 – Frederick K. C. Price releases a book called How to Obtain Strong Faith: Six Principles
  • 1982 – A. A. Allen’s “Miracle Valley” staffers have a shoot out with first utility workers, then with Arizona Deputy Sheriffs. Two church members and a Deputy Sheriff are killed. Later in the year, Miracle Valley’s buildings burn down. Allen’s successor, Reverend Don Stewart, is accused of Arson.
  • 1982 – Ronald Roberts, son of Oral Roberts, tragically commits suicide after court orders to attend drug counseling.
  • 1983 – Benny Hinn emigrates to United States.
  • 1983 – The Cathedral of Tomorrow TV show ends.
  • 1983 – Paul Crouch awarded an honorary doctorate of Divinity from California Graduate School of Theology.
  • 1983 – Ruth Carter Stapleton refuses treatment for cancer, planning on treating it with prayer and faith.
  • 1983 – Ruth Carter Stapleton dies of cancer.
  • 1984 – Creflo Dollar receives Bachelor of Science degree from West Georgia College, Carrolton, Georgia. What’s so important about that? It’s the only detail of his life recorded between birth and now.
  • 1984 – The Charlotte Observer begins an investigation into the fundraising practices of PTL and Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker.
  • 1983 – Oral Roberts is visited by Jesus again, who commissions him to find a cure for cancer.
  • 1984 – Hobart Freeman, founder of Glory Barn, dies after 97 of his followers have also passed away from lack of medical treatment.
  • 1985 – Miracle Valley is taken over by the Assemblies of God, under a condition of which they must maintain a Bible College for 20 years, or the property reverts to Don Stewart.
  • 1985 – Paul Crouch awarded another honorary doctorate, this one of laws, from Oral Roberts University.
  • 1985 – Joyce Meyer resigns her pastorate, and begins a radio ministry on 6 radio stations
  • 1986 – Oral Roberts tells people on a fundraiser unless he raises $8 million dollars that year, he would die.
  • 1986 – David Wilkerson claims the Holy Spirit tells him to move back to New York while walking in New York City.
  • 1986 – CSICOP accuses Peter Popoff of using a radio transmitter-reciever to do his faked healings. Popoff denies it hotly.
  • 1986 – Creflo Dollar begins preaching in a kitchen of Kathleen Mitchell Elementary School, College Park, Georgia. There is no record anywhere of him attending seminary.
  • 1986 – Oral Roberts’ income has dropped to a mere $55 million annually. It is unknown if he files for food stamps or not.
  • 1986 – Professional Magician & “Illusionist” – and part time “miracle debunker” James Randi uses a radio scanner to tap into Peter Popoff’s radio, and films the results.
  • 1987 – Finis J. Dake dies from Parkinson’s Disease
  • 1987 – Still alive after the first failed prophecy, Oral Roberts tells the public God will kill him unless he raises the $8 million. Nobody calls Roberts a false prophet.
  • 1987 – Richard Roberts, son of Oral, claims to see his father raise someone from the dead. No other witnesses of this event come forward. The apparently resurrected person cannot be located for comment.
  • 1987 – David Wilkerson opens Times Square Church
  • 1987 – Jim Bakker resigns from PTL over the revelation of a scandal involving the payoff of a woman to avoid her going public with details of a possible rape and later affair. Jerry Falwell assumes the leadership of PTL.
  • 1987 – September Peter Popoff declares bankruptcy, ruined by Randi’s expose’.
  • 1987 – Oral Roberts raises 9.1 million dollars. He does not die yet.
  • 1988 – Oral Roberts University purchases a west coast home for Oral Roberts, plus a country club membership. Why Roberts did not use any of his $55 million annual earnings to purchase it is unknown.
  • 1988 – John Avanzini begins his ministry. His biography does not list when he attended seminary at Baptist Christian University, in Shreveport, Louisiana.
  • 1988 – patients of City of Faith Medical and Research center sue Oral Roberts for $15 million, claiming he and his sons were frauds, never visiting the center nor healing any of the patients.
  • 1989 – Benny Hinn’s first nationally televised “Miracle Crusade”.
  • 1989 – City of Faith Medical research center closes without fanfare. It was not a business or financial success. Apparently the 900 foot Jesus was incorrect, clearly showing he was not the Jesus of the Bible. The cure for cancer is still not found. No lawsuit is ever filed by Oral Roberts for erroneous financial advice against the giant apparition.
  • 1989 – John Hagee awarded honorary doctorate from Oral Roberts University.
  • 1989 – Jim Bakker sentenced to 45 years in prison for fraud and conspiracy.
  • 1989 – Oral Roberts is forced by financial crisis to sell his Palm Springs and Beverly Hills homes and three of his Mercedes cars to support the loss of income.
  • 1990 – Benny Hinn publishes Good Morning, Holy Spirit.
  • 1990 – Frederick K. C. Price begins the Fellowship of International Christian Word of Faith Ministries.
  • 1990 – Betty Price, wife of Frederick K. C., is treated for cancer.
  • 1991 – NOVA runs the Popoff film footage again, but this time splicing in actual film footage showing Popoff reacting to the radio in his ear.
  • 1991 – Charismatic writer Jamie Buckingham positively confesses his healing from Cancer in the April 1991 issue of Charisma Magazine. He writes that “God has promised me I’ll live to 100 years old.” Buckingham’s wife prophecies that Buckingham “will not die, but live.”
  • 1992 – Feb. 17 Jamie Buckingham dies of the cancer he’d publicly claimed the healing for. By the time the issue of Charisma magazine with Buckingham’s article in it hits the streets, Buckingham has been dead for a month and a half.
  • 1992 – David Wilkerson hears a cassette tape of Ray Comfort preaching “Hells Best Kept Secret”, and immediately calls Ray Comfort, asking Ray if he can speak at Times Square Church the very next day.
  • 1992 – Audrey Reynolds goes to a Morris Cerullo convention for healing from an ankle injury. She stops taking all medication, including anti-seizure medicine. Six days later she has a seizure while taking a bath and drowns.
  • 1992 – Tammy Faye divorces Jim Bakker.
  • 1992- Jim Bakker’s sentence is reduced to 8 years.
  • 1993 – Hank Hanegraaf releases “Christianity in Chrisis”
  • 1993 – Joyce Meyer publishes her soon to be bestseller “winning the battlefield of your mind.”
  • 1993 – Joyce Meyer begins a TV ministry at the suggestion of her husband.
  • 1994 – An African pastor and a former missionary witness Rodney Howard-Brown pacing the stage, chanting in an unknown tongue, rising in intensity until it reaches a high pitched, long scream. Both immediately identify this as identical to the demon summoning ceremony used by African witch doctors.
  • 1994 – Jim Bakker released from prison.
  • 1995 – Exactly 20 years after the Assemblies of God take over Miracle Valley, they close Miracle Valley finally. The property does not return to Don Stewart.
  • 1995 – Frederick K. C. Price releases a book called Faith’s Greatest Enemies
  • 1995 – A clinical psychiatrist analyzes Rodney Howard-Brown’s service, and determines it to be classic brainwashing and the power of suggestion. Coupled with the African Pastor’s analysis, this is somewhat alarming.
  • 1995 – Creflo Dollar’s ministry moves into a large building of their own design called The World Dome. It cost 18 million, none of which came from bank financiers.
  • 1996 – Oral Roberts goes to the studio of TBN and publically asks Paul Crouch to lay hands on him and pray. Roberts claims to feel the healing, and his chest pains stop. A few hours later, he is rushed to the emergency room for treatment of a near-fatal heart attack
  • 1996 – Jim Bakker releases a book, “I Was Wrong”, detailing his reading the Bible all the way through for the first time, and realizing it was incompatible with his Word-Faith beliefs.
  • 1996 – TBN fires Enoch Lonnie Ford, a convicted child molester, for drug use following his conviction and prison sentencing.
  • 1997 – Jesse Duplantis establishes Covenant Church
  • 1998 – An article in the Journal of Pediatrics by Dr. Seth Asser examines the deaths of over 170 children who have died from parents relying on faith healing. Most had conditions in which the survival rate is 90% or higher.
  • 1998 – Jim Bakker remarries
  • 1998 – Miracle Valley is purchased by Harter Ministries to create Miracle Valley Bible College & Seminary (both at the same time!), where students are taught “Classic Pentacostal Theology.”
  • 1998 – Kenneth Hagin’s son in law Buddy Harrison dies of cancer.
  • 1998 – Feb. 6 Chris Wimber of Vinyard Music dies of melanoma cancer.
  • 1999 – Frederick K. C. Price releases a book called Race, Religion and Racism Vol. 1
  • 1999 – Jan. 6 Dateline does a show on Followers of Christ church in Portland, Oregon, where over 21 children have died from lack of medical attention due to Word Faith teachings.
  • 2000 – Paul Crouch is sued by novelist Sylvia Fleener, claiming plagiarism over Crouch’s Omega Code, which she claims was based on her novel The Omega Syndrome – which by coincidence was the working title of Crouch’s initial script. The case is settled out of court.
  • 2002 – Frederick K. C. Price releases a book called How Faith Works Vol. 1
  • 2002 – Joyce Meyer releases a book called Me and my big mouth.
  • 2002 – Frederick K. C. Price releases a book called The Holy Spirit: The Helper We All Need
  • 2003 – The St. Louis Post Dispatch does a 4 part series on Joyce Meyer’s lavish liffestyle. This prompts the Christian watchgroup Wall Watchers to call the IRS to investigate her. She is later cleared of financial wrongdoings, after agreeing to publish financial records, cut her salary back from $900,000 annualy – but keep all of her royalties from her books, takes and DVD’s. The end result is that Joyce is now making vastly more money than before.
  • 2003 – Kenneth Hagin dies from heart failure.
  • 2003 – Frederick K. C. Price releases a book called Race, Religion and Racism Vol. 2
  • 2003 – Enoch Lonnie Ford threatens to release a biographical book alleging details of a homosexual affair between himself and Paul Crouch. Crouch denies the allegations, but pays off a settlement
  • 2004 – Canadian TV does an expose’ on Benny Hinn called “Do you believe in miracles?”
  • 2004 – Joyce Meyer releases a book called The Secret Power of Speaking God’s Word.
  • 2004 – Benny Hinn expands Good Morning, Holy Spirit.
  • 2004 – Joyce Meyer is dropped from TV station KNLC for “her excessive lifestyle and going beyond Scripture”. Alas, the only TV station to do so.
  • 2005 – Dateline: NBC does expose of Benny Hinn with the help of Baptist evangelist Justin Peters
  • 2005 – TBN refuses to broadcast an entire month of Hal Lindsey’s program. Lindsey in return complains that TBN is pro-******. Paul Crouch finally admits that he felt Lindsey’s TV show “placed Arabs in a negative light”. 2005 – Ministry Watch issues donor alert against Benny Hinn.
  • 2005 – Following Hurricane Katrina, TBN solicits viewer donations to assist. They dispatch a ship full of supplies, food and toys for families that have lost everything.
  • 2006 – Benny Hinn sends letters to supporters soliciting funds to buy a Gulfstream Jet.
  • 2007 – United States Senate Finance committe begins investigating Benny Hinn, Paula White, Kenneth Copeland, Eddie Long, Joyce Meyer and creflo Dollar. Hinn stonewalls and tells the Senate he will answer them next year.
  • 2007 – TBN purchases the Florida attraction the Holy Land Experience
  • 2007 – Creflo Dollar’s congregation now numbers 30,000 and takes in $69 Million annually.
  • 2007 – John Hagee is criticized for statements in his In Defense Of Israel book, revealing a heretical two-covenant belief.
  • 2007 – February Inside Edition shows Peter Popoff back to his same tricks. They attempt to interview him, with Popoff retreating to his car and shutting the door on the microphone as they attempt to question him.
  • 2007 – May 20/20 features an episode of Popoff
  • 2007 – Rex Humbard dies
  • 2007 – Richard Roberts is forced to resign from Oral Roberts University over charges he misappropriated University funds for personal use.
  • 2008 – Forbes Magazine lists Paul Crouch’s annual income of over $400,000 for 2007. High but by no means the highest paid Christian Pastor. Jan Crouch, however, does get 365,000 per year. together their income is over $765,000 a year.
  • 2008 – Following an endorsement of Presidential Candidate John McCain, John Hagee is criticized for being Anti-Catholic. Instead of sticking to his guns and issuing a paper explaining his views, Hagee instead caves and apologizes. No doubt the Antichrist danced a jig that day.
  • 2008 – John Hagee discloses a heart by-pass surgery to his audience on his TV program.
  • 2009 – Miracle Valley is foreclosed by the banks and the State of Arizona.
  • 2009 – Joyce Meyer is accredited by the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability.
  • 2009 – Oral Roberts hands over control of ORU to new president Mark Rutland.
  • 2009 – Dec. 15 Oral Roberts dies of heart failure.
  • 2010 – Benny Hinn divorced by Suzanne Hinn
  • 2010 – TBN divests itself of many of its low power stations, selling some while donating others to Minority Media (MMTC)
  • 2010 – Oklahoma State Senate honors Oral Roberts
  • 2011 – The Langevin famliy of Canada purchase the Miracle Valley property, to restart the Miracle Valley Bible College.
  • 2011 – David Wilkerson begins touring the world, speaking out against Word Faith teachings dramatically. In one meeting in Russia, he breaks down and weeps, overcome, unable to continue speaking. The video ends up on Youtube.
  • 2011 – TBN refuses to broadcast an episode of Jack Van Impe’s TV show, where Van Impe calls out Rick Warren and Robert Schuller for cooperating in interfaith conferences with Muslim leaders, and castigates them for promoting “chrislam.” TBN claims the show was pre-empted for violating network policy, that Christians not criticize one another. The policy is a violation of Eph. 5:11 and Romans 16:17-18.
  • 2011 – Benny Hinn sued by Strang Communications, claiming Hinn’s alleged affair with Paula White violated his “morality clause”. Meaning Hinn’s constant taking of money from his supporters was moral enough for them.
  • 2011 – Ministry Watchdog awards TBN an “F” grade for failing to be open about financial dealings.
  • 2011 – David Wilkerson is killed in an auto accident.
  • 2012 – A new study of John G. Lake’s methods reveal intentional fraud and deception in Barry Morton’s study The Devil Who Heals. The possibility of his being a sociopath is raised.
  • 2012 – Brittany Koper, granddaughter of Paul and Jan Crouch, reveals in an interview her job was to find a way to file the extravagant lifestyles and spending of Paul and Jan Crouch as ministry expenses – including ordaining chauffers for avoid paying payroll taxes.
  • 2012 – TBN sells another 36 stations
  • 2012 – The Orange County Register reports that another of the crouch’s granddaughters had been molested by a TBN employee when she was thirteen, and that the crouches blamed her and covered up the incident. TBN’s attorney denies the allegations. The lawsuit by the granddaughter is ongoing.
  • 2013 – Benny Hinn and Suzanne Hinn remarry.
  • 2013 – Joshua Hinn (Benny’s Son) and two other Hinn staffers beat and torture a deaf man at a “Miracle Crusade” in Brazil.

The Word Faith Movement Examined 9 History


I hold absolutely no doubts about William Branham – Branham was not saved. An open minded reading of the facts will convince even the most skeptical of readers, or the most ardent of Branham-ites.

William Branham was born, according to his birth certificate, in 1908. However, a much later meeting with a fortune teller would reveal his “true birth date” of 1909. This kind of reminds me of the line in Benny Hinn’s book where he says he was talking to a witch and she told him witches can kill birds with a spoken word – which I suppose must be a very handy trick, I guess. Actually, it seems needlessly evil and cruel. The point is, why is Benny Hinn chatting with witches about spiritual things? Like here. Why did Branham accept the word of a fortune teller, and then turn around later and claim an angelic being named “Emma” told him that sometimes spiritual truths are revealed to Satan’s worshippers?

Huh? Really? Are you KIDDING me?

Branham should have rejected it. Even if later he was saved, he should have rejected it as fanciful, evil and of poor repute. In law, layers refer to anything tainted as “fruit of the poisonous tree”. Literally, this means that if Satan comes to you telling you the truth, pay no attention, and don’t listen. I think Branham’s testimony would have been enhanced all the more if he explained, “I was born in a poor family. I have absolutely no idea what year I was born.” That’s got the ring of truth, and will mean something to someone else. But instead, he has to invent angelic visitations to describe why he’s accepting the word of an unsaved servant of Satan.

Branham claims that when he was born, a halo appeared above his own head. Wow. I can’t remember my birth. I think the only sign over my head probably read “delivery room”. Branham also claims heavenly light came from himself and his mother. A suspiciously Catholic sounding claim of sainthood is in the making. Well! Guess what religion Branham was born as? You guessed it – a Roman Catholic!

At the age of nine or ten (depending on if you accept a fortune teller’s words or not – I recommend not) – Branham has an angelic visitation, advising him to refrain from alcohol and tobacco, as the Lord pans on greatly using him. This reeks of a mother’s good advice being changed into a heavenly vision, a mixture of the visitation of the Lord unto Manoah concerning the birth of Samson, the conversion of Paul, and the Biblical Account speaking of the birth of John the Baptist! It’s clear that Branham considered himself on equal footing with John the Baptist or even the Apostle Paul!

The point is, Branham has not yet had a conversion experience yet. This is not how the Lord works in this day and age. Since the sealing of the Biblical canon, the Lord in this day and age waits for a person to be born again… then places a call on their lives, often revealed to them through the words of their Pastor.

Braham goes on to claim to have been an amateur boxer during his late teen years and twenties. I believe this account, as Branham shows signs of cauliflower ear and a nose that may have been broken at least twice, as is typical of the boxing styles of the ’20’s. Modern boxing has replaced the nose as primary target with the side of the jaw.

Branham claims to be born again in 1931. As we have seen over and again, Branham is ordained the same year, in violation of the Biblical prohibition against ordaining novices. Branham, like most of the Pentecostal forerunners, has no Bible College / Seminary training. The same year (again, something we’ve seen over and over again in Pentacostalism) there is quickly a split between Branham and his pastor. Worse, Branham sets up a competing revival nearby. Needing a permanent building for a church, they share space with a Masonic lodge, something most Christians would give serious thought to avoiding. Me? not a moment’s hesitation. NO.

The same year Katherine Kuhlman opens her first church in a Montgomery Ward warehouse, we see Branham complete his first church. Branham preaches until 1945, when he publishes a tract I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision, where Branham invents (I mean, recounts…) the story of the Angel “Emma” telling him to abstain from alcohol and tobacco. Branham apparently is naive enough to think Christians will accept the vision and not immediately reject it as fanciful. Apparently, he was not as naive as the myriad number that blindly accepted it!

The next year, Branham is amazingly enough visited again by Emma, who tells him that sometimes Satanists can recognize a divine call. Branham is charged by the Angel in the vision to begin having healing meetings. Good thing, because apparently Branham had already been doing them for years, and it would be terrible if he was in rebellion for healing miraculously without divine authority! (reread this sentence a few times, and see if you can spot ANYTHING wrong with this kind of logic???)

In 1948, Branham retires from healing tours, according to his manager James Gordon Lindsey, who apparently had just resigned from pastoring his own church the year before to become Branham’s manager. Read that sentence a few times and see if you can spot anything wrong with it? For starters, what does an evangelist need a manager for?

However, Branham continues to travel from city to city, hosting healing meetings! Apparently, he’s not retired from touring after all. in 1950, Branham’s organization claims he raises the dead in Finland. Attempts to find eyewitnesses, or better yet, the supposed raisee’ – turn out to be fruitless.

However, in 1955, the beginning of the end occurs for Branham, when he announces under the supposed anointing of the very Holy Spirit he’s about to deny, Branham issues his famous cry, “Trinitarianism is of the devil!” And people at the meeting shout enthusiastically, “Amen!” – not realizing they’re showing the evidence of being unSaved. If those same people in attendance haven’t repented by now, i’m sure many of them have figured it out by now. No pearly gates… but lots of flames. Hmmm…

Ten years later, Branham is killed in an auto accident on Dec. 5, 1965. His wife delays burying him until April 11, waiting for Branham to ressurect. The very fact that many of his followers believed the same shows that they didn’t see Branham as an evangelist, but rather a Messiah. Branham is identified to everyone with eyes to see now as an antichrist, a false messiah. To this day, some of Branham’s few remaining devotees still gather for sunrise vigils at Branham’s grave, waiting for him to climb out of his tomb.

A. A. Allen is the next big flash. He will compete against Oral Roberts in what seemed like a constant rivalry. Roberts wins eventually, by the way. You don’t need to scroll down for the answer. Because of the apparent rivalry, I give both bios at the same time.

Born in Sulphur Springs Arkansas in 1911, A. A. Allen is apparently born halo-less and without any radiant light. And apparently spent his childhood without visits from Angels. In 1934, Allen becomes a Christian at Onward Methodist Church in Miller, Missouri. Allen is not ordained until 1936 by the Assemblies of God, who appear to be learning some patience in waiting at least two years to ordain their novices. He begins pastoring right away. However, wasting no time, Allen… waits 16 years to begin pastoring a larger church. Well! Good job.

Oral Roberts was born in 1918. he contracts tuberculosis in 1935 and apparently almost dies. In 1936, having recovered, he enrolls in Oklahoma Baptist University. He later changes to Phillips University. He abandons the University without a degree in 1940. He decides to be a traveling faith healer, without completing a seminary degree (you saw that coming, right?)

in 1947, Roberts, tired of poverty, decides its okay to be rich. He is immediately visited by God Almighty, who agrees with Roberts. he commissions Roberts to conduct faith healings. And a good thing, too – Roberts had been doing them already for 7 years! Kind of William Branham-ish, if you think about it. Roberts begins radio broadcasting this same year.

in 1949, Allen attends an Oral Roberts meeting, and returns to his church, announcing his desire to hold healing meetings and have a radio show. His church doesn’t think it’s a good idea, and Allen resigns. He becomes a faith healing evangelist, buying a tent and traveling. 1955, Allen buys a large tent for $8500.00 (a lot of money back now). This same year, Allen is arrested for drunk driving, and skips bail, never to return to that town.

In 1958, Allen decides to raise the stakes against Oral Robert,s purchasing a bigger tent than the one Roberts owns, capable of holding 22,000 people. Allen gets his money worth, when a new convert to Christianity gives him over a thousand acres of land in Arizona. Allen dubs it “Miracle Valley” and renames his entire ministry after it.

Not to be outdone (or more likely, completely unaware of anything Allen is doing), Roberts creates the Abundant Life Prayer Group. In 1962, Oral Roberts hires a new limo driver and airplane pilot, former top 40 hit singer Kenneth Copeland. Oral Roberts creates Oral Roberts University in 1963. His new limo driver begins mulling over entering ORU as a career alternative.

Not content with his success, Allen manages to get the Chutzpah award of 1963, by suing the IRS successfully to get his taxes returned. Allen divorces his wife in 1967. Three years later, disaster strikes Miracle Valley Ministries, when A. A. Allen is found dead in a hotel room “strewn with pills and empty liquor bottles”. Allen’s ministry tries to wind its way without him unwisely. By 1979, it is bankrupt. Ministry leaders fence themselves within the compount. Nearby neighbors describe their doctrine as an “anti-white” doctrine. A riot occurs, and a 6 year old boy named Therial Davis is tragically killed.

In 1982, Miracle Valley is the scene of a shoot out with Sheriffs Deputies. One deputy and two staffers are killed. after arrests are made, the compound suffers again later that year when some of the buildings burn down. Finally, in 1985, the Assemblies of God denomination take over the valley. It is currently sold to new owners, who are trying to restart Miracle Valley Bible College.

For Oral Roberts, things are going well – sort of. His new limo driver enrolls in ORU in 1967, leaving Roberts looking for two new employees to replace Copeland. In 1977, Roberts is visited by a 900 foot tall Jesus. Somehow, I thought he was shorter than that from the Gospel accounts. Clearly, this is another Jesus. The 900 foot tall Jesus commands Roberts to build a new medical center. He assures Roberts the medical center will be a financial success. Well, when an enormous Jesus commands you to do something, in Roberts’ eyes, you do it! he begins work on it.

in 1980, Roberts is earning $88 million a year. The City Of Faith Medical and Research Center is opened with great fanfare. The 900 foot tall Jesus does not make an appearance. However, he reappears in 1983 and orders Roberts to find a cure for cancer, possibly in response to the passing of Ruth Stapleton Carter, relative of former president Jimmy Carter. Roberts still does not suspect that this apparition is not the Lord Jesus Christ of the Bible.

Feeling the financial crunch of trying to run the medical center, and watching his finances drop to 55 million annually, Roberts tells people on a fundraiser that he will die if 8 million dollars is not raised within a year. a Year later, Roberts (still alive) renews the promise, this time claiming God will put a hit out on Roberts. Making sure it is well publicized this time, Roberts raises 9.1 million dollars, and Roberts is allowed to live.

Money begins to be the undoing of Roberts, as his University purchases vacation homes for Roberts. and a country club membership. The following year, patients of the City of Faith sue Roberts for $15 million dollars, claiming fraud and quackery. In 1989, the City of Faith closes, no cure for cancer found. Apparently the gigantic Jesus was wrong about the medical center being a success. Roberts is forced to sell his vacation homes and several of his Mercedes.

In 1996, Oral Roberts visits TBN, feeling chest pains. He asks them to pray for him. They do so, and Roberts claims his healing on TV. A few hours later, he is rushed to the emergency room and treated for a near fatal heart attack. Roberts’ son Richard resigns from directing ORU in 2007 over charges of misappropriating funds. Roberts hands over control of the university to Mark Rutland. A few weeks, Roberts passes away from heart failure.

Jack Coe was born in 1918, spending his youth in an orphanage after his father left him there as a very young boy. He left in 1935, at the age of 17. The details are shaky, but Coe joins the military during World War II and experiences an unnamed miracle resulting in his conversion to Christianity. The exact year is unknown. What is known is that he was ordained without any seminary training in 1944. Again, as is typical of the early Pentecostals, Coe was a novice, and should have not been ordained. Most Americans did not enter combat until 1944. Only a few thousand entered combat in 1943 in North Africa and Sicily, so at the very least, Coe had been born again for only a year, and most likely, had been born again only a few months. If Coe had been born again in D Day, and ordained in (we’ll assume New Years Eve to give him the benefit of the doubt), we’re talking born again for less than six months. Who ordained him and why? That information is not given.

Like A. A. Allen, Coe was a rival of Oral Roberts, getting into the “my tent is the biggest” war. He was loosely associated with William Branham, co-publishing in the magazine The Voice of Healing. Coe eventually got ambitious (!), and created his own magazine, The Herald Of Healing. He was excommunicated by the Assemblies of God for an extravagant lifestyle. In response, Coe published a picture of his house, and then pictures of four of the leading Assembly of God officials much larger homes.

In 1955, Coe told parents of a boy with polio to remove his braces, that the boy could be healed. The parents did, but the boy’s legs swelled up painfully. The parents filed charges with the police who arrested Coe for practicing medicine without a license. The charge was later dismissed. Just a few months later, Coe discovered he was having trouble breathing, and was diagnosed with Polio himself. He underwent an emergency tracheotomy to help him breathe. By December 17, Coe was dead. The irony of everything is that Coe’s tent was purchased by none other than A. A. Allen!

The third wave came out in the seventies, and rages to this day. The sensational attempting to seek ecstatic spiritual experiences as deluded millions of people into thinking they are Christian. In reality, films of these Ecstatic experiences tend to resemble demonic possession more than any experience of God.

Again, I do not understand the designation “Third wave” as people were speaking in tongues before, during and after the “Third wave”. Historically, I cannot see why they imagine these so-called waves of Charismatica. If this were a biblical event, one would imagine that the prophets would hint at three or more outbreaks of spiritual gifts. Yet the only such quotation would be the oft-repeated verse in Joel, referring to one event. I suppose such questions never occur to Charismatics?

Having talked about E. W. Kenyon, it’s time to talk about Kenneth Hagin. One of the two Kenneths, Hagin is the big time mover of the Word Faith movement. I find it interesting that Hagin’s supporters will always report that Hagin grew concerned about excesses in the Word Faith movement, and always report that that at the end of his life he denounced the excesses of it. Apparently it’s okay to earn millions, but not billions. By this, I most definitely mean that Hagin denounced too little, too late. Jim Bakker, who we’ll discuss, apparently had no problem with health and wealth – until he found himself with a lot of time on his hands when convicted and sentenced to 45 years in prison. Bakker began reading the Bible all the way through, and found to his surprise that the Bible teaches the exact opposite of everything Kenneth Hagin taught. Did Bakker come out with a book denouncing greed among Pentecostalists? No, he came out with a book denouncing his own greed, and repenting of the Word Faith movement. I have not read the book, nor do I know to what extent Bakker’s doctrines have changed. I understand many Fundamentalists are still issuing warnings about his ministry, so be cautious. I hope in the future to be able to follow this up with an update detailing his doctrinal stands.

Around the time Aimee Semple McPherson Hutton began preaching and touring in her Gospel car, Kenneth Hagin is born in 1917. Hagin was born with heart trouble, and apparently was not expected to live to adulthood. By his teenage years, he was in bad shape. Hagin would later claim in 1933 he died three times in one day, each time waking in Hell. Hagin claimed to be born again from the experience, terrified by the fires of Hell. In 1934, Hagin claimed to have been raised from his deathbed by “the revelation of God.”

Hagin apparently is the first major Pentecostal figure to begin preaching after three years as a Christian. Hagin begins preaching in 1936. Hagin would pastor 5 churches over the next 12 years. Hagin also joined the Full Gospel Businessman’s Association in 1949 according to Wikipedia – however the article is poorly worded as the FGBA did not start until 1951.

Hagin began participating in Gordon Lindsey’s Voice of Healing revival along with Oral Roberts and T. L. Osborn. The Kenneth Hagin Evangelistic Association was started in 1963. It should be emphasized that at least of the similarly named associations, Billy Graham was the most evangelistic, Oral Roberts’ association was evangelistic – but oddly, evangelism did nto seem to be the main focus of Hagin’s ministry. Hagin went on to found Faith Life publishing, and Rhema Bible College. It is interesting to note that one of Hagin’s most vocal critics was indeed a graduate of Rhema Bible college!

What is not contestable is this – Hagin plagiarized great amounts of E. W. Kenyon, word for word. It is claimed Hagin had photographic memory. If this is the case, he would not have any excuse, as most people with photographic memory can actually see in their mind the printed page they are quoting from. US President Teddy Roosevelt described his ability to quote as “simply reading what I’m seeing.” There is an acknowledgement that you’re quoting. Hagin, if a photographic memory, would have seen in his mind the printed page of Kenyon’s books

It’s possible that Hagin had phonographic memory (which I have) – the ability to memorize by sound. However, this is musically cued – the phonographic memory is always alerted “there is something familiar about this sequence of musical notes”, and a connection is quickly made – “ah, I’m quoting E. W. Kenyon. The rythym of words, consonant and vowels is the same.” Lest anyone think I am joking, I can assure you I have without knowing it responded to a question with the exact words used in some movie or TV show I may have seen as a youth – and literally mimicked the musical pitch of the actor. And EVERY TIME I have recognized, as I said it, “Ah, I’m quoting from an episode of Barney Miller.” This, by the way, is also a good argument why Christians should avoid TV and movies. What you watch on TV tonight stays with you forever. And unknowingly influences you… as computer programmers used to say, Garbage in, garbage out.” If you say a sentence that is roughly similar to something I’ve heard in a movie or TV or song or comedy album, I literally hear the followup immediately in my head. If Hagin had phonographic memory, he would possibly have begun quoting Kenyon, but realized it immediately.

And since the excuse is that Hagin’s books were ghost written based upon his recorded sermons, we now have two inconsistencies, and very probable lapses of integrity. Hagin is not only plagiarizing Kenyon, but is taking credit for someone else’s work in writing his books! At least when Frederick K. C. Price (a fairly prolific author) writes his books, I’m sure he actually put his own hands on the keyboard and typed it himself!

The E. W. Kenyon organization claims Hagin did not plagiarise Kenyon – but the claim is nonsense, when someone begins to read, and notices that Hagin is literally quoting PAGES of material – not a paragraph. Any claim of innocence is nonsense, and would be immediately dismissed in a court of law, if this were a copyright infringement case (which it should have been.)

“It’s like that, page after page, after page.” Justin Peters on Hagin’s writings, A Call For Discernment Video Series

Leaving for a moment any argument whether Hagin was truly saved or not, The important thing to understand is, Hagin is passing off as his own a heretical set of teachings we’ve already demonstrated to be pagan, and not Christian. Remember, Kenyon had left Christianity to pursue the dream of being an actor, and enrolled in the Emerson School of Oratory. He shortly thereafter claims to “come back to Christianity”, but in reality, probably was truly born again. And within a few months (insufficient time to write a statement of faith, necessary to begin teaching any kind of systematic theology), Kenyon is ordained and pastoring. So, where did Kenyon’s theology come from? Kenyon’s supporters point to Higher Life Christianity as the source, but we’ve already demonstrated that while a case could be made for mainstream Pentecostalism originating from the errors of the Higher Life movement, in reality the only possible source for Kenyon is Emerson University – at that time a source of New Thought, Swedenborgianism, Theosophy, and Christian Science. Remember, the very man teaching Kenyon was a New Thought devotee and a Unitarian Minister, and had learned his New Thought material after the mix of Swedenborgianism and Theosophy came into New Thought. And he would eventually become a Christian Scientist. Remember Kenyon’s quote?

The only thing missing from Christian Science is the Blood. (E. W. Kenyon)

Literally, Kenyon is admitting that by applying the Freewill Baptist focus upon the shed blood of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins to Christian Science/New Thought, he concocted his heretical doctrines. Hagin continued those doctrines, teaching the most outrageous blasphemies. We’ll get into this later, but in essence, these teachings deny the deity of Christ, exalt man as gods. Hagin, by emphasizing certain parts of the doctrines transformed Kenyon’s writings into the Word Faith we know today. In essence, Hagin taught the Spiritual Death of Christ, Christ as man, Christ as first born again believer, Christ suffering in Hell, Man as little gods, man has the power of God as gods ourselves, our words have creative power, we can speak a thing into existence. We’ll deal at length with these issues doctrinally later, but suffice it to say, these are not Biblical doctrines, they are a different Jesus, and not the Jesus Christ of the bible.

“If it is a different Jesus, it is a different Gospel, and a different Gospel cannot save.” Justin Peters, A Call For Discernment Video Series

Through the 1940’s Hagin’s heart gave him at least two emergencies, in 1942 and 1949. in In 1966, Hagin begins teaching on the radio. Hagins’ heart continues to bother him, as he has a cardiac emergency in 1973. After years of appearing on Kenneth Copeland’s TV show, Hagin experiences his first setback, when his son in law dies of cancer in 1998. Hagin follows him, passing in 2003 from heart failure.

“I haven’t had a day sick since 1934.” Kenneth Hagin

Frederick K. C. Price was born in 1932, right around the time Aimee Semple McPherson was getting started, and just before William Branham gets his church building and Katherine Kuhlman begins preaching in the warehouse. Price attended Los Angeles City College. He was born again at a revival while dating his girlfriend Betty (Whom he married). His bio on Wikipedia claims that he felt the call of the ministry soon after being born again. The article does not say how long after he was born again he began serving as an associate pastor. The only information I have is that Price began being an associate pastor at a Baptist Church in 1957. Shortly thereafter, Price was pastoring an African Episcopal Church in Val Verde, California. Within two years, Price would switch again, pastoring a Presbyterian church from 1959 to 1965. This is a little odd, as this would mean doctrinally, Price went from Armenianism to Calvinism, back to present day Armenianism. There is no mention of any study at a seminary for Price before pastoring or while pastoring. If Price’s organization would like to supply that information, that would be very much appreciated.

Sadly, while Price was pastoring the Presbyterian church, his son was struck and killed by an automobile in 1962. Price left the Presbyterian church to pastor a community church from 1965 to 1970.

In 1970, Price claims to have received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, and began speaking in tongues. Price also found the writings of Hagin (read: Kenyon) that same year. Unable to distinguish the pagan and satanic elements of Kenyon’s/Hagin’s doctrines, Price began teaching them immediately. By the end of that year, Price had founded Crenshaw Christian Center It is interesting to me, especially since my seminary spent so much time in Ekklesiology (the doctrines of the Churches) how few Word Faith churches actually use the word Church in their name! It seems many of them unconsciously adopt Parham’s dislike of the word “church”. Are they influenced by Parham? I seriously doubt any of the Word Faith teachers have ever read anything by Parham, so no – it just seems an odd coincidence.

Crenshaw moved to its present location in Inglewood, California, in 1973 – the same year Kenneth Hagin had one of his cardiac emergencies. In 1976, Price released a book called Is Healing for All, where he proudly writes,

“We don’t allow sickness in our house.” Frederick K. C. Price, Is Healing for All, 1976

The same year, Price receives an honorary degree from Rhema College. As near as I can tell, this is all the seminary training Price has received. Again, I invite his organization to correct any errors here?

Price would continue to write books, Faith, Foolishness, or Presumption? in 1981 and How to Obtain Strong Faith: Six Principles in 1982. The same year, Price received his second honorary degree, this time from Oral Roberts University. In 1990, Price began the Fellowship of International Christian Word of Faith Ministries. Betty Price contracted cancer during this year. Avoiding the error of Ruth Stapleton Carter, Betty Price was medically treated for her cancer and survived. Did Price stop and examine his beliefs, thinking, “Something must be wrong here?” It is unknown, but by 1995 Price released another Word Faith book, Faith’s Greatest Enemies. Apparently Betty getting cancer despite Price’s Word Faith and positive confessions made absolutely no impression on them doctrinally.

Price finally addressed a serious issue by releasing simultaneously his book, Race, Religion and Racism Vol. 1, along with a series of messages on his television show. By 2002, Price releases two more Word Faith books, How Faith Works Vol. 1 and The Holy Spirit: The Helper We All Need. Volume II of Race & Religion was released in 2003.

Price continues teaching Word Faith to this day.

Kenneth Copeland We’ve already introduced above. He claims to be born again in 1962, and after working for Oral Roberts for several years, enters Oral Roberts University. I’m assuming he graduated. He runs the massive Believer’s voice of Victory show, which originally started as a radio show recorded in Copeland’s garage. Copeland quickly skyrocketed into fame and wealth. Financially, Copeland is huge. The Senate report concluded that Copeland has “multiple doing business as” aliases and corporations. It would take a massive, intensive audit to find all of them, as there are 22 corporations, LLC and non-profits under Eagle Rock alone, one of Copeland’s financial organizations.

Copeland’s bio is amazingly empty. If his organization would like to submit information and dates, that would be great. Thanks.

Joyce Meyer was born in 1943 in St. Louis, Missouri as Pauline Joyce Hutchison. She claims to have born again at age 9, but this is doubtful, as her later years would show no evidence she was born again. She was married after graduating from High School to a used car salesman – no name given in her biography – around 1961 or so (exact date unknown). During this marriage, he talks Joyce into embezzling payroll checks from her employer, which they used to take a vacation in California. I don’t know how this news broke, if it was uncovered or if she publicly confessed to it without prior discovery (which would be the right thing to do). I am going to assume the latter, and assume that Mrs. Meyer used the example from her life as a means of encouraging Christians to do the right thing. She also claims to have paid all the money back – which again is the right thing to do, and something few Christians do is pay back all the money they stole during the unSaved years of their lives. I am somewhat in a quandary about Joyce Meyer, in that, if these stories are true (and I see no reason to disbelieve) – she shows all the evidence of being born again (something few Word Faith teachers exhibit) – but her doctrines are of the devil, as I will show in more detail later. I can only assume that she is born again, but deluded. As you’ll see, this is not something I will claim about most Word Faith teachers! Before the accusation is made – no, I am not, nor have I ever been a fan of Joyce Meyer.

Joyce was married 5 years, then divorced her first husband on grounds of infidelity somewhere around 1966. The New Testament does permit for divorce on grounds of infidelity – I do not understand why some preachers condemn Meyer for this. I will defend her on this point and state that from what she says about her first husband, if she did not divorce him he probably would have gotten her incarcerated in jail time and time again.

Joyce married David Meyer around 1967. Depending on where you stand on the Pastor and divorce issue, many contend this means that Joyce is now disqualified for the ministry. I contend that as a woman, she is disqualified for the ministry. Yet Joyce claims that while in an intense prayer session during a period of great unhappiness (similar to Aimee Semple McPherson’s during her married phase of life), she heard God speak to he and call her by name in 1976. Joyce also admits to getting drunk in a bowling alley the same night. She mistakenly takes this for a call to the ministry, and joins the Lutheran church, and begins pastoring during an unstated year. Again, she is not permitted to preach or pastor according to the Bible.

It would help if her biography gave exact dates. I would be interested in knowing if she began preaching more than 3 years after her salvation experience. The earliest she could do this would be 1979-1980 (I’m applying the same qualifications to myself – I made sure that I was saved for more than 4 years before I could be considered eligible for ordination – at this point, my salvation experience was more than 5 years ago, and I will not complete Seminary before November).

Meyer (Joyce, not David) begins serving as associate pastor at a charismatic church in St. Louis. She resigns in 1985, starting her radio ministry, which is carried on six stations. in 1993, she releases her soon to be bestseller, Winning the Battlefield of Your Mind. IT would catapult her into stardom and one of the highest salaries in the current Word Faith group. The same year, at the suggestion of her husband, she moves her ministry onto TV. She continues writing, creating a staunchly Word Faith book called Me and My Big Mouth.

The next year, the St. Louis Dispatch does an article on Meyer’s lavish lifestyle. This prompted a Christian watchgroup Wall Watchers to contact the IRS. The IRS investigates Meyers, but eventually clears her of financial wrongdoings – provided she publish financial records and cut back her salary from $900,000 a year. They do agree she can keep all the royalties from her books and DVD’s -leading to her making vastly more money annually than before. In celebration, Meyers writes The Secret Power of Speaking God’s Word, another blatantly Word Faith book.

The same year, KNLC TV drops Meyer’s program for “her excessive lifestyle and going beyond the word.” They are the only station to make such a decision.

In 2007, Joyce Meyers is investigated, along with Benny Hinn, Paula White, Kenneth Copeland, Eddie Long, and Creflo Dollar by the United States Senate Finance Committee. All are cleared of financial wrongdoing, as it is an obvious political move. Joyce Meyer decides to make sure she is financially above board, and is accredited in 2009 by the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability. She continues to teach Word Faith to this day, and remains one of the highest paid Word Faith teachers.

Toufik Benedictus “Benny” Hinn is, like Copeland, one of the superstars of the Word Faith movement. He was born in Israel in Jaffa, and would claim later his father Constandi was the mayor of Jaffa. In actuality, the mayor of Jaffa at the time was Israel Rokach.

In 1967, after Israel captured Jerusalem, Hinn’s family felt for some reason they had to flee the country, reasons not fully explained in Hinn’s best selling book, Good Morning Holy Spirit. They emigrate to Toronto. Hinn’s family, although Arabic in descent, were Greek Orthodox (Hinn’s Organization describes them as “Christian”). Hinn claims to have been born again as a teenager. He joined an evangelical singing group, and was tutored in the Bible by Winston Nunes of Broadview Faith Temple in Toronto. this was the only seminary Hinn attended. Lest anyone conclude this is wrong, I will point out that Hinn actually followed the Biblical pattern of Pastors teacing pastors. Whether Nune made sure Hinn got a full education of all 12 elementary doctrines of Theology, Christology, Pneumatology, Ekklesiology, Anthropology, Hamartiology, Angelology, Soteriology, Eschatology, Bibliology, and the rest is unknown.

On Dec. 12, 1973, Hinn traveled by bus to attend a Katherine Kulhman “Miracle Service” in Pittsburgh. He claims to have recieved the fullness of the Holy Spirit baptism at that service, and to this day, says he travels to both Aimee Semple McPherson’s grave and to Kuhlman’s grave annually to be “recharged” in the Holy Spirit. This highly unBiblical practice is called “necromancy” (and “divination”, If Hinn talks to them and asks any questions, which he hints he does).

10 There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, 11 Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. 12 For all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD: and because of these abominations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee. 13 Thou shalt be perfect with th e LORD thy God. 14 For these nations, which thou shalt possess, hearkened unto observers of times, and unto diviners: but as for thee, the LORD thy God hath not suffered thee so to do. Deuteronomy 18:10-14 (KJV)

Hinn relocated to Florida, where he founded the Orlando Christian Center. Again, it avoided the word “church” in the title. Hinn began doing “miracle services” in the manner of Katherine Kuhlman. Some have analyzed Hinn’s performances and claimed they are as literal a copy of Kuhlman’s as Kuhlman’s was of McPherson’s. Hinn, when speaking of the two of them, always refers to Katherine Kuhlman by her complete name, but often refers to Aimee Semple McPherson as only “Aimee”.

After the 1990 release of Good Morning Holy Spirit, Hinn began his This is your day talk show on TBN, as well as regular appearences onscreen with Paul and Jan Crouch. Hinn remains the most controversial of the Word Faith preachers, offering one prophecy after another on his New Years’ Eve services – and he has a 0 percent average of accuracy, far below the mean average, which should be 50%! Hinn prophesied the world would be destroyed in 1992, then again in 1999. Both prophecies appear to be incorrect. Fidel Castro failed to die at Hinn’s prophesied time, nor did any group of people suddenly mysteriously die from fire during their “meetings”. Nor did the Lord Jesus Christ appear physically while people prayed. Nor did anyone raise from the dead while the TBN network played. Nor did TBN become a “conduit from heaven to earth”, healing all people who watched during the 90’s. Hinn during the 90’s never prophesy about the 2000’s – because he’d prophesied we’d never see them!

Hinn’s miracle claims have been investigated by the Los Angeles Times, Dateline, Canadian Television’s The Fith Estate, and 60 Minutes. He has repeatedly been exposed as lying, making false claims, and exaggerating claims of the healings. When questioned about Hinn raising the dead in Africa on TV, Hinn denied it. Justin Peter’s A Call For Discernment splices together clips of Hinn on TBN speaking about the dead being raised, then Hinn on 60 minutes denying it.

And yet Hinn remains one of the most popular Word Faith teachers!

Next, we will begin to deal with Word Faith teachings and doctrines.

The Word Faith Movement Examined 8 History


One thing I MUST say about Pentecostals, is their sincerity and earnest desire for God. When they are truly born again, they are BORN AGAIN!!! I admire their enthusiasm for God – I merely wish to alert them to the heresies of the Word Faith Movements, and see them learn true Biblical doctrine. This way, they can use their fervor for God, instead of pursuing unrighteous mammon, or self exaltation. What a force for evangelism they could be if taught true doctrine! That is my prayer.

After Seymour, the next big splash in the Pentecostal movement, was the start of the Assemblies of God denomination in 1914. The Assemblies of God denomination was started when Charles Parham‘s Evangelical Association joined forces with the remaining few of Zion City (apparently nobody from Shiloh was invited…). Parham had recently run afoul of Wilbur Voliva, who – not content to steal Dowie’s Zion City from him while ill – filed charges of pedophelia against Parham. The Prosecuting Attorney examined the charges, and declined to prosecute, on the grounds of insufficient evidence beyond the allegations. It is probable that Voliva was trying to seize Parham’s association and try to combine that with Zion City. That failed. However, the aftermath of the charges was exactly that – the assemblies of God denomination was formed from the remaning members of Zion City and Parham’s followers. I do not think Voliva was involved in this, although I still have not had the time to research the history of the denomination.

The Assemblies of God denomination carried the fires until the appearance of Aimee Semple McPherson. In violation of the Scriptural mandate that women can not be pastors, she founded the International Church of the Four Square Gospel.

“Oh, don’t you ever tell me that a woman can not be called to preach the Gospel! If any man ever went through one hundredth part of the hell on earth that I lived in, those months when out of God’s will and work, they would never say that again.” (Wikipedia Entry on Aimee Semple McPherson)

This placed Pentecostalism on the map.

I do not tell the thrice-married Mrs. Semple McPherson Hutton she cannot preach the Gospel. The Lord tells her that. Whoever spoke to her in her hospital bed and told her to preach was not the Lord, as the Lord NEVER contradicts His own words!

33 He that hath received his testimony hath set to his seal that God is true. John 3:33 (KJV)

4 God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged. Romans 3:4 (KJV)

7 And I heard another out of the altar say, Even so, Lord God Almighty, true and righteous are thy judgments. Revelation 16:7 (KJV)

The Bible emphatically forbids women to teach.

2 A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach; 1 Timothy 3:2 (KJV)

34 Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience, as also saith the law. 35 And if they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church. 36 What? came the word of God out from you? or came it unto you only? 37 If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord. 1 Corinthians 14:34-37 (KJV, emphasis mine)

11 Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. 12 But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. 13 For Adam was first formed, then Eve. 1 Timothy 2:11-13 (KJV)

The Bible teaches that there is a divine order – God the father over everything, Christ over His churches, the Pastor over the congregation, the husband over the wife.

3 But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God. 1 Corinthians 11:3 (KJV)

One’s suffering does not negate the word of God. Bottom line. To my eyes, the reason Aimee Semple McPherson was suffering was her own flesh. Her ego cried for her to be the center of attention, to be in control, to dominate through the pulpit.

McPherson’s life started with her as a child, raised as a Methodist, playing “salvation army” with her siblings. Apparently, the desire to play “Salvation Army” never left her. She married Robert Semple in 1908, and moved to Chicago where they enrolled in William Durham’s “Full Gospel Assembly”. Durham’s association with Pentacostal groups has not yet been determined, but the name “Full Gospel” is highly indicative of being either related to the Assemblies of God or to Dowie’s Zion City. They eventually left on a missionary journey, similar to the Apostle Paul, going through Europe and ending in Hong Kong. Any plans they had were dashed as Robert Semple contracted dysentary and died. Aimee Semple moved back to New York, teaching Sunday School classes on the steamship jouney, from Hong Kong to America. She met Harold McPherson in 1912, whom she married.

By all accounts, Aimee Semple McPherson hated housework, hated taking care of children, and despised the life of a housewife.

21 Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God. 22 Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. 23 For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. 24 Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing. Ephesians 5:21-24 (KJV)

18 Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as it is fit in the Lord. Colossians 3:18 (KJV)

1 Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the conversation of the wives; 2 While they behold your chaste conversation coupled with fear. 3 Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel; 4 But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price. 5 For after this manner in the old time the holy women also, who trusted in God, adorned themselves, being in subjection unto their own husbands: 1 Peter 3:1-5 (KJV)

The issue Mrs. McPherson did not understand or like (more likely), is the submitting to Federal Headship. The Federal Headship is explained in Ephesians 5:23-24. Men have as much trouble submitting to the Lord Jesus Christ as women do to their husbands. However, it apparently is a key component of Christian discipleship, and produces spiritual maturity.

She became emotionally erratic, sulking in a corner, lethargic, then tempestuous with a raging temper. (wikipedia.org/Aimee_Semple_McPherson, note 15)

Next she would tackle household chores with prolonged obsessional detail and afterwards fall to weeping and praying. (Wikipedia.org/Aimee Semple McPherson, note 16)

Mcpherson claimed a voice constantly urged her to preach, to become a missionary. It cannot have been the voice of the Lord, as neither God the Father, The Holy Spirit, nor the Lord Jesus Christ ever contradict Scripture. However, Satan does contradict it.

In 1914, Mcpherson supposedly became ill, requiring an operation. Apparently, the operation was unsuccessful, and her history lists her as having been taken afterwards to a hospital room where patients of unsuccessful surgery’s are taken to die. The voice supposedly asked McPherson if she was going to preach. Apparently, she accepted, as she was healed. In 1915, Harold McPherson arrived home one day to find Aimee had taken the children and left, to pursue her dream of being a preacher and evangelist. She sent him a letter after a few months, inviting him to join her on her preaching ventures. He did so at first, but soon tired of living out of a car and fishing in ponds for their meals. He returned to Rhode Island in 1918, filing for divorce and citing “abandonment” as the grounds. The divorce was granted in 1921.

McPherson moved to Los Angeles in 1918, creating the Angelus Temple. The remnants of the Azuza Street Revival, looking for a place to attend, quickly flocked to her.

McPherson remarried in 1931 to actor David Hutton, who apparently had promised to marry another woman. The woman sued McPherson and Hutton, and won a $5,000 judgment (a very goodly sum in those days!). McPherson fainted upon hearing the news, falling and fracturing her skull. Apparently a true faint, and not a “slain in the spirit” moment.

Unfortunately, one of Aimee Semple McPherson’s teachings was that a divorced person should not remarry as long as their spouse remained alive – and Harold McPherson was still alive at the time. Fortunately for McPherson, the issue was solved rather quickly, as in true Hollywood style, Hutton soon divorced McPherson after reports of his infidelity.

Hutton, for his part, complained his financial allowance was too small, she humiliated him by limiting his powers within her organization and “inflicted grievous mental suffering.” (Wikipedia.org/Aimee Semple McPherson, note 27)

In other words, McPherson forced her husband to act in the role of the wife, while she acted in the role of Husband.

Reverend Robert P. Shuler published a pamphlet entitled McPhersonism, which purported that her “most spectacular and advertised program was out of harmony with God’s word.” (Wikipedia.org/Aimee Semple McPherson, note 100)

in 1926, it is alleged that McPherson faked her own kidnapping to have an extended adulterous fling with a married man, Kenneth G. Ormiston. The hoax extended from May 18 until June 23. She claimed to have been kidnapped and tortured. The matter found its way into a trial, with inconclusive results. Her supporters insist to this day that the incident truly took place, and that a mercenary was resposible. It is interesting that the Los Angeles Police and District Attorney’s office were unable to find this proof despite looking for a year.

It is reported that a young woman named Katherine Kuhlman faithfully attended the Temple Angelus, sitting in the balcony and taking copious notes on McPherson’s preaching,songs, stage presence, gestures, order of service, etc.

McPherson died in 1944 from an overdose of sleeping pills that had not been prescribed for her. In short, a drug overdose.

Around this time, we see the emergence of Finis J. Dake. It is surprising to me how many people read “Dake’s Annotated Study Bible”, and do not blink an eye at Dake’s plagiarisms of Mormonism with his assertion that God has a human body and lives on a planet called “heaven”. The Mormons say it is Kolob, but essentially it is the exact same teaching, names exchanged. Again, the following posts will be concentrating on the doctrinal errors of the Word Faith movement.

Finis J. Dake (1902-1987) became a Christian at age 17 around the year 1919, although the testimony of his salvation experience raises more questions than answers (The quotes I have seen are incomplete, and I cannot tell if he ever came to an awareness that he, like all men, was a sinner in need of grace, no mention of an awareness of the saving Gospel of Jesus Christ, and no mention of repentance and a urgent desire to be saved – instead, a reference to abandonining worldly desires similar to a Buddhist, and hours spent in prayer seeking God. The latter I have no problem with, but do question the feeling of “a deeper consecration to him” – this is not typical of a salvation experience, but more typical of someone trying to achieve salvation by works). He supposedly recieved a “special anointing” that allowed him to memorize large portions of Scripture (apparently without understanding them, which to me seems to be a useless gift!). Dake was ordained by the Assemblies of God in 1925 (the year after Smith Wigglesworth published Ever Increasing Faith), and moved to Zion, Illinois (the location of Dowie’s Zion City) in 1927 and even opened Shiloh Bible Institute in Dowie’s old house! It’s a little creepy to think that Dake would name his Bible Institute the same thing as Dowie’s… unless Dake had prior knowledge of Dowie and made this a deliberate act. This is the most likely explanation. This would mean that Dake would probably also be familiar with the writings of Kenyon, and probably Sandford. The similarities between Smith wigglesworth’s writings, E. W. Kenyon’s, Frank Sandford’s and Dake’s shows they probably influenced Dake with their teachings.

Like all other First Wave Pentacostal ministers I’ve discussed to this point, I have no record whatsoever of Dake enrolling in or completing Seminary or Bible College training – only the oft-repeated “anointing” that allowed him to have recall of portions of Scripture without knowing them. This is a claim to having the gift of Knowledge discussed in 1 Corinthians – which the Bible makes clear would cease when “that which is perfect is come”.

8 Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away. 9 For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. 10 But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away. 1 Corinthians 13:8-10 (KJV, emphasis mine)

Dake achieved some controversy when he was arrested in 1936, prosecuted and convicted in 1937 for transporting a minor across state lines for immoral purposes, registering in three hotels as “husband and wife”. After his 6 month Jail sentence, his ordination was revoked by the Assemblies of God. Dake would eventually join the Church of God for the purpose of re-ordination, then soon after that leave to be independent. he remained non-denominational until his death from Parkinson’s Disease in 1987. I have found no public recantment, apology or confession of his pedophelia other than accepting a plea bargain prior to sentencing.

Dake is best known for his Dake Study Bible, which was begun during that six-month prison sentence. Dake finished the Study Bible 29 years after he was released from prison, containing over 35,000 notes and entries. It remains a must-have tool for Charismatics to this day.

Dake laid out two rules in his Study Bible which many Bible teachers (including Dake himself!) should heed:

  • We shall let what God says mean what He says and reject anytheory of men to the contrary.
  • Take every statement ofthe Bible as literal when it is at all possible and where it is clear that it is literal, otherwise, it is figurative.

The second apparently a restatement of the well known maxim, “take the Bible at plain sense, lest any other sense prove you nonsense.” However, as we shall see on the doctrine pages, Dake did not follow his own rules, and came to some absolutely bizarre conclusions and false doctrines.

Dake teaches an unScriptural Gap theory between Genesis 1:1 and Genesis 1:2, and proceeds to draw up imaginitive accounts and charts – devoid of any true origin of Scripture – of the “Pre-Adamite World”. Such a conclusion does not come from reading the Scriptures but instead stems from a desire to unite Evolution with the Bible, in order to account for the “millions of years” scientists keep claiming for fossils.

Dake gives it a slightly different spin, claiming the original world was destroyed – but nonetheless, a Gap Theory. As mentioned, We will be analyzing in depth the doctrines and teachings of the Word Faith movement. I will mention he claimed God had a physical body (denying the Biblical teaching of omnipotence), lived on a physical planet known as “Heaven” (Why this did not cause Charismatics to immediately reject his Bible I dont know – when I was a Charismatic before I was saved, it caused me to reject him immediately – I recognized it as being derived from Mormonism), and had some issues concerning the Trinity. We will deal with Dake’s doctrine in detail later. Some of the more bizarre theories include all three persons of the Trinity having body, soul and spirit, as do humans! This is the real source of Benny Hinn’s infamous announcement that each member of the Trinity was themselves a Trinity. When the uproar got too great, Hinn repented of the teaching – the right thing to do, and I applaud him for the courage to do so.

Dake would die in 1987 from Parkinson’s disease. For reasons unexplained, he was never able to positively confess his healing and health – unless the expalination could possibly be that his theology was drastically wrong and unBiblical.

The second wave of pentacostalism broke out in Canada, when a student at the Sharon Orphanages (a female – Not Anges Ozman this time, though) began to speak in tongues and prophesy of a revival. Why this excited anyone is beyond me – it seesm to me that everytime I’ve been present that prophesies were uttered, it was always “In a short time, I will send revival…” as if the person speaking were the Lord God. Usually is a word of some kind of testing, then shortly thereafter, a promised revival that would sweep the world. And by the next week, it’s forgotten by everyone except me, who’s constantly asking, “so… is this the test, right here? When does that get here?” Apparently, no, it wasn’t the test – although people very often did get testy with me about it.

I fail to understand the need for a claim of a “Second wave” when people were speaking in supposed tongues during the time prior to Azuza, during Azuza, and before the so-called “second wave”, during it, and AFTER it!. The Pentacostal mindset is apparently consumed with the idea that numbers equals Godliness – if more people are doing it, it is a work of God. The Bible teaches indeed the opposite, time and time again, such as Gideon leading the people to the water to drink, and the Lord forcing him to send home the vast majority of them.

From the second Wave, Katherine Kuhlman would be the next shining star. Her mother was a Methodist, her father a Baptist. She reportedly attended seminary, and was ordained a Baptist pastor (in violation of Scripture). I am unable to find an exact date of her ordination. She began preaching around 1923, at the age of sixteen. Kuhlman claimed (contradicting her supporters) she never went to Seminary, and was completely untrained, an assertion I can easily believe.

Kuhlman met a traveling evangelist named Burroughs Waltrip, who had abandoned his family to become a Evangelist. She married him in 1938, and they were divorced him by 1944.

Kuhlman started her “healing crusades” in the 1940’s eventually establishing a TV show in the 1970’s. Kuhlman angered many of her supporters in 1972 by having a private meeting with Pope Paul VI. Some began to question both her discernment and her theology. It shows how far Christianity has backslidden that this would go unchallenged today.

Kuhlman also created much controversy, in her admitting she loved fine clothing and ostentatious jewelry, in opposition to the command of Scripture that a woman not be givven to wearing ornate jewelry.

Kulhman eventually settled in Los Angeles, following in the footsteps of her idol, Aimee Semple McPherson. A Dr. William A. Nolen began a study of Kuhlman’s supposed miracles in 1967. His studies revealed that of the so-called miracles, many ended with the people worse off than before, including the one hightly televised event where a woman with Spinal Cancer threw off her back brace and ran across the stage. The next day her spinal column collapsed from the stress of the event, and she died. Dr. Nolen would have to conclude that out of 100 case studies forwarded by Kuhlman’s “ministry”, there were 0 out of 100 cures – a 0% rating, far less than a non-charismatic Pastor praying for the sick in his congregation, and having a few recover from their illnesses. God is not mocked.

Kulhman suffered from heart disease for 20 years, finally having open heart surgury. She would die from complications of that operation.