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 1 (matthew714ministries.wordpress.com)
- The Word Faith Movement Answered 2 (matthew714ministries.wordpress.com)
- The Word Faith Movement Examined 3 (matthew714ministries.wordpress.com)
- The Word Faith Movement Examined 4 (matthew714ministries.wordpress.com)
- The Word Faith Movement Examined 5 (matthew714ministries.wordpress.com)
- The Word Faith Movement Examined 6 History (matthew714ministries.wordpress.com)
- The Word Faith Movement Examined 8 History (matthew714ministries.wordpress.com)
- Pastor Rick Henderson: The False Promise of the Prosperity Gospel: Why I Called Out Joel Osteen and Joyce Meyer (huffingtonpost.com)