41 While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them, 42 Saying, What think ye of Christ? whose son is he? They say unto him, The Son of David. 43 He saith unto them, How then doth David in spirit call him Lord, saying, 44 The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, till I make thine enemies thy footstool? 45 If David then call him Lord, how is he his son? 46 And no man was able to answer him a word, neither durst any man from that day forth ask him any more questions. Matthew 22:41-46 (KJV)
This is a major error area of Word Faith teachers.
“Don’t be disturbed when people accuse you of thinking you’re God. Don’t be disturbed when people accuse you of a fanatical way of life. Don’t be disturbed when people put you down and speak harshly and roughly of you. They spoke that way of me, should they not speak that way of you? The more you get to be like me, the more they’re going to think that way of you. They crucified me for claiming I was God. But I didn’t claim I was God; I just claimed I walked with him and he was in me.” Hallelujah. that’s what your doing. (printed in Voice of Victory vol.15.no.2 1987)
That’s Kenneth Copeland denying Christ. Copeland claims Jesus never claimed to be God. I don’t know what Bible Copeland is reading, but it most certainly is not the same one I read.
17 But Jesus answered them, My Father worketh hitherto, and I work. 18 Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he not only had broken the sabbath, but said also that God was his Father, making himself equal with God. John 5:17-18 (KJV)
30 I and my Father are one. 31 Then the Jews took up stones again to stone him. 32 Jesus answered them, Many good works have I shewed you from my Father; for which of those works do ye stone me? 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. John 10:30-33 (KJV)
Copeland says Jesus Christ never claimed to be God. There’s two verses where He came right out and claimed to be.
The more you read and study your Bible, and then sit through any of their teachings, the more you have to come to the conclusion that Hinn, Copeland, Dollar, and Meyers all follow a different Jesus. Here’s a quote from Creflo Dollar
Creflo Dollar teaches that “Jesus didn’t come as God, He came as a man, and He did not come perfect… ‘How many of you know the Bible says God never sleeps nor slumbers? And yet in the Book of Mark we see Jesus asleep in the back of the boat. This ain’t no heresy. I’m not some false prophet. I’m just reading this thing to you out of the Bible.” (Changing Your World, December 8, 2002).
Creflo Dollar denies the deity of Jesus Christ. So does Kenneth Copeland.
Benny Hinn is just weird, teaching that the Trinity has a Trinity – the Godhead composed of nine beings. He’s recanted it, then said it again, then recanted it. But it’s still in his books, from what I’ve been told.
“He was resurrected from the dead,the first born-again man” (The Most Important Decision You Will Ever Make: A Complete And Thorough Understanding Of What It Means To Be Born Again, 1991, pages 35-36, Joyce Meyer)
Joyce Meyer’s quote is an essential quote – because it’s held by many of the Word faith teachers.
Yes, Jesus Christ was fully human. No doubt about that. He was also fully God. That means perfect, without sin. Jesus Christ was and is and ever shall be fully God. He LIMITED Himself slightly in ways we cannot fully understand…
5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: 6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: 7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: 8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. 9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: 10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; 11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Philippians 2:5-11 (KJV)
The fancy phrase for this was the Kenosis κένωσις., the “emptying”. We really cannot use the right words, because they don’t exist in English, and… we probably wouldn’t understand them anyway.
To be born again is to sin. To be a sinner, in rebellion against God. That completely contradicts Phil. 2, which emphasizes Christ’s obedience to the Father.
The Word Faith teachers claim Jesus Christ is a born again man. If you try to correct them and say, “uh… well, Jesus Christ is God…” they’ll agree. But they’ll spell God with a small G.
Because Word Faith is obsessed with the teaching that says Christians are gods. Uh… that’s a blasphemy. We are not gods. We are no gods. We are men.
Jesus Christ is God. He was God from before the creation of the Universe. He has existed FOREVER as God. He will exist FOREVER as God.
Jesus Christ is not and cannot be Born Again. To CLAIM He is is to deny Jesus Christ.
Kenneth Copeland teaches the “first born again man” teaching. As does Joyce Meyers. And Creflo Dollar. Benny Hinn teaches it.
“Do you know what else that’s settled then tonight? This hue and cry and controversy that has been spawned by the devil to try to bring
dissension within the body of Christ that we are gods. I am a little god. I have His name. I am one with Him. I’m in covenant relation. I am a little god. Critics be gone!” (Paul Crouch, “Praise the Lord” program, July 7, 1986).
Well, the critics are still here… Paul Crouch is gone. And he never renounced this teaching before his death.
“Why did He (Jesus) need to be begotten, or born? Because He became like we were: separated from God. Because He tasted spiritual death for every man….Jesus was the first person that was ever born again.” (Keenneth Hagin, How Jesus Obtained His Name, Tulsa: Rhema)
“The Spirit of God spoke to me and He said, “Son, realize this. Now follow me in this and don’t let your tradition trip you up. He said, Think this way, a twice-born man whipped Satan in his own domain. And I threw my Bible down! I said, What? He said, A born-again man defeated Satan, the firstborn of many brethren defeated him.â He said, You are the very image, the very copy of that one. I said, Well now you don’t mean, you couldn’t dare mean, that I could have done the same thing? He said, Oh yeah, if you’d had the knowledge of the Word of God that He did, you could’ve done the same thing, ’cause you’re a reborn man too.” (Kenneth Copeland, Substitution and Identification (Kenneth Copeland Ministries, 1989), tape #00-0202,
This is the supreme denial of Jesus Christ. They teach, “Jesus is a born again man, I’m a born again man, so I’m the same as Jesus Christ, and if I’d just been born first, this would be Kennethianity and not Christianity!”
If you follow this heresy, this blasphemy of the word faith movement… you need to come out. And come out fast.