He was the first person ever Born Again . — E. W. Kenyon, What Happened From the Cross to the Throne, pg. 56
Yesterday, I watched a video of Walter Martin, author of The Kingdom of The Cults, on the set of TBN, speaking out against heresy and error. He gave a series of quotes on the teachings of the Mormons, then the Jehovah’s witnesses, then Hindu’s. The bespectacled host (I never got his name) nodded and chewed on the earpiece of his glasses as Martin spoke. Martin then proceeded to give a series of quotes. “When you become a new creation your spirit is entirely recreated. You’re not a spiritual Schizophrenic, half God and half Satan, you are all God.” The host nodded somberly, until Martin read the name. “Kenneth Copeland, Believer’s voice of Victory.”
The host froze. Over the next 15 minutes, the host would fidget nervously as Martin would continue discussing this subject. They’d just got done tearing apart Dave Hunt for things Dave Hunt was absolutely correct for saying, but in love, they were saying, “we need to hear these things, and discuss them!” Applause from the audience. The host nervously, glancing at the camera and thinking, “Paul Crouch is going to fire me today”, tried saying “We need to make sure we don’t reject everything the man (Copeland) says because he’s wrong in one area.”
What does the Word of God say? Should have been Martin’s response. Instead, the Bible Answer Man agreed.
What does the Bible say about someone that teaches heresy?
10 A man that is an heretick after the first and second admonition reject; 11 Knowing that he that is such is subverted, and sinneth, being condemned of himself. Titus 3:10-11 (KJV)
17 Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. 18 For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple. Romans 16:17-18 (KJV)
6 Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. 7 Be not ye therefore partakers with them. 8 For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light: 9 (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;) 10 Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord. 11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. 12 For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret. Ephesians 5:6-12 (KJV)
6 Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly, and not after the tradition which he received of us. 2 Thessalonians 3:6 (KJV)
3 If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness; 4 He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings, 5 Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself. 1 Timothy 6:3-5 (KJV)
16 But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness. 17 And their word will eat as doth a canker: of whom is Hymenaeus and Philetus; 18 Who concerning the truth have erred, saying that the resurrection is past already; and overthrow the faith of some. 2 Timothy 2:16-18 (KJV)
1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, 4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; 5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. 6 For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, 7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. 8 Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith. 9 But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest unto all men, as theirs also was. 2 Timothy 3:1-9 (KJV)
Hymenaeus and Philetus I’m sure had some good teachings. They might could have even preached up a storm! “We need to make sure we don’t reject everything the man says because he’s wrong in one area.” says man. God disagrees.
“From such, turn away.” Thus sayeth the Lord.
Someone that teaches heresy is to be rejected. That’s what the bible teaches. Christianity is in a sorry state today, because this principle was rejected years ago by New Evangelicalism. Fighting Fundamentalism began to rapidly slide downhill. Now many churches that claim to be Fundamentalist are actually New Evangelical, and are in a state that the Baptist Church of a century ago would have withdrawn from us, separating for their own safety!
It doesn’t matter what we think on the issue. What matters is this – the Lord commanded us, for our own sakes, to withdraw from heresy.
Now Walter Martin was right in this – he protested on that TV show that we should call these men out on heresy. “I don’t care who you are!” He’s correct. He’s also correct when he says we should let them know when they’re in error. But he also reports that Kenneth Copeland refused to accept a certified letter explaining he was in error. “from such, withdraw thyself.” “after the first and second admonition reject.” “From such, turn away.”
It’s plain and needs no elaboration. it almost seems the Lord needs to smack us on the head sometimes, to alert us to His will. He’s written it out plainly, and we disregard to our own peril.
The Bible could not be more plainer. “Withdraw thyself!” Kids, it’s really simple!
“We need to make sure we don’t reject everything the man says because he’s wrong in one area.” Well, it depends. He believes in a mid-wrath Rapture? That’s being “wrong in one area.”
Someone is a Baptist Brider? That’s being “wrong in one area”. Walter Martin is ecumenical, and speaks in tongues. That’s being wrong in two areas. I don’t reject everything he teaches, I just recognize he was greatly in error on those subjects. I recognize him for his expertise in cults and false religions. I’m going to completely disregard everything Martin has to teach and say in all other areas.
Kenneth Copeland, Kenneth Hagin, Frederick K. W. Price, Jesse Duplantis, Gloria Copeland, and Creflo Dollar all teach heresy. The Bible gives me no choice. Should I “throw out everything the man teaches because he’s wrong in one area?”
According to the Bible, if he’s teaching heresy… yes.
Heresy is anything that can lead one astray. Anyone preaching a different Jesus preaches a different gospel. “A different Gospel”, says Justin Peters, “cannot save.” From such, withdraw thyself. From such, turn away.
Kenneth Copeland teaches “Ye must be born again.” He’s right. But there seems to be some vast difference between Copeland’s reason for being born again and God’s. Copeland says you need to be born again so you don’t burn in Hell forever. He’s right.
But Copeland also teaches that the reason you won’t go to hell if you’re born again is because now you’re a god. He also teaches that the Lord Jesus Christ was a man, blurring the line of distinction between God in human flesh (the Lord Jesus Christ)… and you and I. Copeland teaches you are just as much a god in human flesh as was the Lord Jesus Christ. That’s a heresy, a damnable one.
If Copeland does not repent of this, and publicly acknowledge he is in error, things will not go well at the Great White Throne Judgment. Not at the believer’s Judgment – he won’t be there for that, but the Great White Throne Judgment.
21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. Matthew 7:21-23 (KJV)
And judging from the quote from Kenyon’s book above – he’ll be standing next to Copeland.
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