I truly wish that people like Rob Bell, Rick Warren, Joel Osteen, , T. D. Jakes, Kenneth & Gloria Copeland, Myles Munroe, Crefloe Dollar, and many others were not false teachers.
I wish I didn’t have to write about this stuff! I could just write happy Christian “you need to know Jesus” blog posts, and post happy one paragraph stuff about Ephesians 2.
Unfortunately, today, if you’re not warning about false teachers, if you’re not warning about doctrinal errors, if you’re not rebuking heresy and cults at every turn… you are derelict in your duties as a man of God.
Why? Because if I ever am called to pastor a church, I would absolutely lose it if I saw one of my deacons carry in a book by T. D. Jakes, a Trinity-denying man who tries to convince everyone who believes the Trinity now – but still adds clauses and definitions to what he believes so he can keep everyone happy!
I remember when I first started attending a church, I remember the Pastor teaching some doctrine, and to support it he quoted some Bible verse that had nothing to do with that subject.
I remember thinking that I couldn’t WAIT to go to Bible college so that I would understand what Bible verses had to do with what subject! Why, that must be amazing!
Now I understand my first pastor was a false teacher. Everything he’d taught he’d absorbed from Kenneth Copeland, who got it from Kenneth Hagin, who plagiarized it from E. W. Kenyon.
My first pastor was at least well read, in that he actually spent the time reading and studying Kenneth Hagin and E. W. Kenyon. He apparently never noticed that entire pages of Hagin’s writings were word for word the same as Kenyon’s.
Nobody warned me about the Copelands being false teachers. Nobody warned me about the “little god” doctrine and the heresy that it is. This was in the 90’s. If anyone had taken a Bible and shown me ANYTHING that I have taught in the last 2 1/2 years,… I might have been spared a lot of trouble.
I’m worried about those caught in it.
My first pastor was sincere, but sincerely wrong.
That’s what makes this hard, sometimes. Some of these people sincerely believe what they are teaching is Biblical.
But… teaching heresy is teaching heresy. You can be sincere, and sincerely wrong. Sincerity will not change that.
If you are to be a pastor, you are OBLIGATED to read your Bible, to regularly study it.
We are taught in Seminary that the text means what it says. There’s no magical hidden meaning in the Bible. People have searched for it, and found only their own damnation. Edgar Cayce read the Bible through every year, and there’s no mistaking that he is not saved.
If you believe something the Bible does not teach, or teaches against, you own that. During your studies of the Bible, it should be obvious that what you believe is heresy.
Case in point, the teaching that we are “little gods”. You know, it kind of makes logical sense, when you examine it solely from Copeland’s teachings. Yes, we are all sons of God. and yes, dogs produce dogs and cats produce cats but…
we’re not gods. We’re men. The Bible does not teach we are gods.
So… where did Kenneth Hagin get this from?
6 I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High. Psalm 82:6 (KJV)
Ah! We MUST be gods, then!
Uh… no… cardinal mistake… you didn’t read it in context.
1 God standeth in the congregation of the mighty; he judgeth among the gods. 2 How long will ye judge unjustly, and accept the persons of the wicked? Selah. 3 Defend the poor and fatherless: do justice to the afflicted and needy. 4 Deliver the poor and needy: rid them out of the hand of the wicked. 5 They know not, neither will they understand; they walk on in darkness: all the foundations of the earth are out of course. 6 I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High. 7 But ye shall die like men, and fall like one of the princes. 8 Arise, O God, judge the earth: for thou shalt inherit all nations. Psalm 82:1-8 (KJV)
Its clear this is talking about men, not gods. How do I know this? The Bible says there is no other God.
8 Fear ye not, neither be afraid: have not I told thee from that time, and have declared it? ye are even my witnesses. Is there a God beside me? yea, there is no God; I know not any. Isaiah 44:8 (KJV)
Sooo… Psalm 82 has to be talking about men.
Ye are gods… but you will die like men.
It’s sarcasm. The psalm is talking about men, rulers, who oppress the poor, and do not help them. It’s a warning that they will face judgment for their sins, and it’s not going to be good.
33 The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God. 34 Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods? 35 If he called them gods, unto whom the word of God came, and the scripture cannot be broken; 36 Say ye of him, whom the Father hath sanctified, and sent into the world, Thou blasphemest; because I said, I am the Son of God? 37 If I do not the works of my Father, believe me not. 38 But if I do, though ye believe not me, believe the works: that ye may know, and believe, that the Father is in me, and I in him. John 10:33-38 (KJV)
Again, this is sarcasm. we know that there is no God except God. Since we see here that Jesus Christ is God, this gives us the Trinity.
After the first read through, you can make this mistake. By the second or third read through at the most, you cannot make that excuse. These verses should start to stick in your head. We’ve got one, only one verse saying we are gods, and it’s clearly sarcastic, and in judgment. When the Lord quotes it, it clearly is sarcastic as well.
Most seminaries will not ordain anyone who has not been a christian 3 years or more. so, to be a pastor, by that time you should have read through your Bible four times.
Anyone who teaches this has no excuse. You can repent of this, but otherwise… you may have some ‘splaining to do at the very least.
If not more.