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4.4 Jesus Christ was born of a virgin in fulfillment of Biblical prophesy (Isa 7:14, 9:6, Micah 5:2).

4.5 Jesus Christ was perfect, and led a sinless life (2 Cor. 5:21, Heb 4:15, 7:26-28, Mat. 27:3-4, Mark 1:24, Luke 1:35, 4:34, 1 John 3:5, Rev 3:7).

4.6 The Lord Jesus Christ died on Golgotha/Calvary for all mankind as a substitutionary offering, taking our place upon the cross, suffering and dying for our sake. Our sins died with Him, and through His shed blood we have remission of sins and Eternal life. Jesus Christ offered himself up for us once and for all as a sin offering, securing Salvation for us, and imputing His righteousness to us all who believe in Him (Isa. 53:12, Mat. 12:39-40, 16:21, Isa 26:19, Acts 5:30-32, 2 Cor. 5:21, Col 2:12, Rev. 1:5).

Today, we take a look at some doctrines that, like the last two posts, have been viciously attacked in sermons, books, and in modern Bibles. Just in case anyone’s going to be contentious, I’m going to put the actual Greek and Hebrew on the page to prove it. I’ve done that once or twice, such as in the Word Faith teachings, because it’s amazing how viciously some doctrines are attacked.

Now, there’s a Calvinist Apologetics blog I’ve got bookmarked (Why? Calvinists just seem to thrive on Apologetics, and the need to defend the faith. I’m not criticizing them for that at all – but my question now is, why aren’t Biblical Baptists obsessed with these issues?). This blog had a post that attacked a good Baptist for suggesting that the modern Bibles are part of a deliberate conspiracy to corrupt Biblical doctrines. I saw a post on WordPress just last week, where a christian tore apart the King James translation of Phil. 2:6, intending to show that the Greek supported the modern bibles.

Well, yeah… cha! You went to the United Bible Text greek, which is an artificial construct, appearing nowhere in the world. Wescott and Hort built their WH Greek Text, based upon a possible forgery and a copy of a flawed manuscript. When Aleph disagreed with B (as it did in over 10,000 places), they went with B. Why? They had a feeling it was the most accurate one. Read their own words, people! this is what they admit to! And Both Nestle-Alland and UBS are almost perfect copies of WH. If he’d been honest, he’d have looked at the Greek text that Christians had used until Wescott and Hort did their nefarious deed.

My point is, these verses that the modern verses corrupt are always certain topics. Why isn’t it ever verses like, 5 For he loveth our nation, and he hath built us a synagogue. Luke 7:5 (KJV), or, 1 And again he entered into Capernaum after some days; and it was noised that he was in the house. Mark 2:1 (KJV).

If it were random, not deliberate choices… you’d find verses like that affected. No, its always verses on the Deity of Christ, or fasting, or the Blood of Jesus. That’s when you say, “Okay, it’s a conspiracy. It’s deliberate.”

So in my posts on Christology, the King James issue rears its head over and over again. Sorry, I have no control over that – because when you read it in modern translations, these doctrines are always perverted.

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 5:21 (KJV)

21 He made the One who did not know sin to be sin for us, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. 2 Corinthians 5:21 (HCSB)

21 For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. 2 Corinthians 5:21 (ESV)

21 For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ. 2 Corinthians 5:21 (NLT)

2 Cor. 5:21 refers to Christ being the sinless offering for our sins, and our being made righteous because of His atoning death and ressurection. The KJV supports that. The modern versions say rather that WE become the Righteousness of God – not the Lord. WE are MADE righteous by His imputed righteous. We do not BECOME righteousness, we are MADE righteous because of what He has done.

The Lord Jesus Christ is God in human flesh. We dealt with that last time. If you read the King James Bible only, you gain a greater awareness of the power and majesty of God. It’s downplayed in the RSV, ESV, NASB, NIV, NLT, LB, GNB, etc.

The lord was born of a virgin – not a young woman. As apologists are forever pointing out, the word Alma in the Bible is always used for a virgin. It may mean “young woman”, but it never has been used for a young woman who was not a virgin. The conception and birth of the Lord was a miracle. Why would you read a Bible that downplays or questions that?

The Lord led a sinless life. He never sinned, unlike us. We sin minute by minute.

“Wait! I thought we were made sinless by His atonement!”

The penalty of sin was taken off of us. Our sins are forgotten and forgiven. But when you do something that is sinful, what do you call that? What does that make you? Christians are not “sinless.” There is no such thing as “Sinless perfection” in this life and world. We will wrestle with our flesh up until the moment of our death or the Rapture, whichever comes first – and I am growing convinced that unless I pass on out of due season, I will be bodily raptured sometiime in the next few years. I’m going to struggle with sin the entire time I walk this earth. But I am spared the penalty of that sin. And the book of 1 John tells me the Lord is faithful and just to forgive my sins, if I repent and confess them to Him.

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. Hebrews 4:15 (KJV)

26 For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens; 27 Who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people’s: for this he did once, when he offered up himself. 28 For the law maketh men high priests which have infirmity; but the word of the oath, which was since the law, maketh the Son, who is consecrated for evermore. Hebrews 7:26-28 (KJV)

3 Then Judas, which had betrayed him, when he saw that he was condemned, repented himself, and brought again the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders, 4 Saying, I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood. And they said, What is that to us? see thou to that. Matthew 27:3-4 (KJV)

24 Saying, Let us alone; what have we to do with thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth? art thou come to destroy us? I know thee who thou art, the Holy One of God. Mark 1:24 (KJV)

35 And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God. Luke 1:35 (KJV)

5 And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin. 1 John 3:5 (KJV)

7 And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth; Revelation 3:7 (KJV)

12 Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors. Isaiah 53:12 (KJV)

39 But he answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas: 40 For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. Matthew 12:39-40 (KJV)

21 From that time forth began Jesus to shew unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day. Matthew 16:21 (KJV)

19 Thy dead men shall live, together with my dead body shall they arise. Awake and sing, ye that dwell in dust: for thy dew is as the dew of herbs, and the earth shall cast out the dead. Isaiah 26:19 (KJV)

30 The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom ye slew and hanged on a tree. 31 Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins. 32 And we are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him. Acts 5:30-32 (KJV)

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 5:21 (KJV)

12 Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead. Colossians 2:12 (KJV)

5 And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, Revelation 1:5 (KJV)


The Word Faith Movement Examined 21

“I don’t believe anyone has proven they are guilty of heresy.”

“They don’t even have the brainpower to prove it.”

Wow, really?

Look, it didn’t even take me anywhere nearly as long as my study of Catholicism! I had conclusively proven it quickly. I think by Word Faith 10 it was pretty clear they were teaching heresy – and I hadn’t even really begun teaching on Word Faith specifically yet – I’d for the most part been teaching about Pentecostalism!

Here’s what Paul Crouch and Kenneth Copeland say about people like me, who expose their teachings.

Paul Crouch will shoot heresy hunters (theology) if God doesn’t (Praise-a-thon (Paul Crouch, TBN), 4/2/91)

Heresy hunters (theology) are to go to Hell. (Paul Crouch, Praise-a-thon (TBN), 4/2/91)

Heretic hunters, these guys who spend their lives straightening us all out doctrinally, their gonna go straight to hell … (Kenneth Copeland) Some of the people that I know whohave criticized, some of them are dead right today in an early grave because of it and there’s more than one of ’em got cancer.” (Paul Crouch with Kenneth Copeland on TBN)

“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! (You are everything that He is.)” (Paul Crouch, “Praise the Lord” program, July 7, 1986).

“I think God’s given up on a lot of that old rotten Sanhedrin religious crowd, twice dead, pluckedup by the roots. I think they’re damned and on their way to hell and I don’t think there’s any redemptionfor them…the heresy hunters that want to find a little mote of illegal doctrine in some Christian’s eye and pluck that little mote out of their eye when they’ve got the whole forest in their own lives and in their own eyes. I say to hell with you! Oh hallelujah. Get out of God’s way, quit blocking God’s bridges or God’s gonna shoot you if I don’t! I refuse to argue any longer with any of you out there. Don’t even call me. If you want to argue doctrine, if you want to straighten out somebody over here, if you want to criticize Ken Copeland for his preaching on faith, or Dad Hagin. Get out of my life! I don’t even want to talk to you or hear you. I don’t want to see your ugly face! Get out of my face in Jesus’ name.” (Paul Crouch,”Praise-a-thon” broadcast on TBN, recorded 4/2/91)

“God, we proclaim death to anything or anyone that will lift a hand against this network and this ministry that belongs to You, God. It is Your work, it is Your idea, it is Your property, it is Your airwaves,it is Your world, and we proclaim death to anything that would stand in the way of God’s great voice of proclamation to the whole world. In the Name of Jesus, and all the people said Amen!” (Paul Crouch,TBN, 11/7/97)

(as quoted in Deception in the Church)

Well, I took up the challenge – and well, it wasn’t that hard. I’m going to leave this for now and turn my attention to some other areas. Again, like in Roman Catholicism, I’ve got much more to say on this issue, but many other issues to deal with. Look to the right if you want to read more – notice the category links. You can read everything I’ve written on various subjects – I’ve got almost 180 blog posts online now, plus my Tribulation website I’m working on (link coming soon).

Something gets posted every week – keep coming back and reading!

After The First and Second Admonition… Reject

I’d like to take this time to re-state my policy on comment debates and email debates.

I don’t have time for them – not interested. I’m still in Seminary, training for whatever ministry the Lord plans on putting me in.

This is my blog, and I write what I like to write about, in hopes that I will reach some and “…might by all means save some.” 1 Corinthians 9:22 (KJV)

If you don’t agree – get your own blog.If you already have one… write in that one, not mine! If you want to be contentious – this is my blog. Get your own or write on your own. You have freedom of speech to write about whatever you like, and I won’t come to your blog, challenge you, and try to engage in comment wars.

I provide the ability to comment as a courtesy, and for those people who would like to hear more on some issues.

Scripture commands me to admonish a heretic once, twice at the most – and reject. If I write about something that refers to your position as a heresy – that’s admonition number one.

If I allow your comment – which I usually will allow one – and answer you, that’s admonition number two. After that, Scripture commands I break it off.

See below for questions. Thank you, and have a very good day!

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;) Ephesians 5:6-9 (KJV)

11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. Ephesians 5:11 (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. 7 For yourselves know how ye ought to follow us: for we behaved not ourselves disorderly among you; 8 Neither did we eat any man’s bread for nought; but wrought with labour and travail night and day, that we might not be chargeable to any of you: 9 Not because we have not power, but to make ourselves an ensample unto you to follow us. 10 For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat. 11 For we hear that there are some which walk among you disorderly, working not at all, but are busybodies. 12 Now them that are such we command and exhort by our Lord Jesus Christ, that with quietness they work, and eat their own bread. 13 But ye, brethren, be not weary in well doing. 14 And if any man obey not our word by this epistle, note that man, and have no company with him, that he may be ashamed. 15 Yet count him not as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother. 2 Thessalonians 3:6-15 (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)

15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 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. 19 Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity. 20 But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour. 21 If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work. 22 Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart. 23 But foolish and unlearned questions avoid, knowing that they do gender strifes. 24 And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, 25 In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; 26 And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will. 2 Timothy 2:15-26 (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. 2 Timothy 3:1-5 (KJV)

6 And this is love, that we walk after his commandments. This is the commandment, That, as ye have heard from the beginning, ye should walk in it. 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. 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 1:6-11 (KJV)

10 If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: 2 John 1:10 (KJV)

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 1:8-9 (KJV)

5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. 2 Timothy 3:5 (KJV)

14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? 15 And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? 16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, 18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty. 2 Corinthians 6:14-18 (KJV)

10 For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world, and is departed unto Thessalonica; Crescens to Galatia, Titus unto Dalmatia. 2 Timothy 4:10 (KJV)

27 Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world. James 1:27 (KJV)

1 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. 2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. Psalm 1:1-2 (KJV)

15 The simple believeth every word: but the prudent man looketh well to his going. Proverbs 14:15 (KJV)

11 These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so. Acts 17:11 (KJV)

5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; 2 Corinthians 10:5 (KJV)

Bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ

21 Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. 1 Thessalonians 5:21 (KJV)

14 But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil. Hebrews 5:14 (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)

9 But avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and vain. 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 3:9-11 (KJV)

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4 We Believe that the Lord Jesus Christ of Nazareth is the only begotten Son of God, and is the second person of the Godhead, the Trinity (John 1:1) .

4.1 Jesus Christ is equal with the Father, though voluntarily in a subordinate role. (John 1:1, 1:14, Heb. 1:5-6, 1 John 4:10-14, Psa. 40:8, Isa. 42:21, Phil. 2:8)

4.2 Jesus Christ is fully God, and Divine in nature and origin (Heb. 1:8-9, Matt. 1:23, 22:43-45, Isa. 7:14, 9:6, Jer. 23:5-6, John. 5:17-18; 8:58-59; 10:30-33; Rev. 1:8).

4.3 Jesus Christ, has always existed from eternity with God the Father, and is not a created being as some cults falsely claim (John 8:58, 17:5, Col. 1:16-17, Isa 9:6, Micah 5:2, Rev. 1:8).


We now move onto the subject of Christology. This continues the theme from Yesterday.

To be saved is to accept that the Lord Jesus Christ is God.

24 I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins. 25 Then said they unto him, Who art thou? And Jesus saith unto them, Even the same that I said unto you from the beginning. John 8:24-25 (KJV)

You cannot deny this, and be saved. John 8:24 is plain on this point. Unitarians and Oneness Pentecostals deny this issue in different manners. To do so requires turning a blind eye to many Scriptures (Oneness Pentecostals), or spiritualizing away a great many verses (Unitarians).

Seventh Day Adventists and Jehovah’s Witnesses both claim that the Lord Jesus Christ is in actuality Michael the Archangel, which denies the Godhood of the Lord Jesus Christ.

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. John 1:1 (KJV)

That verse doesn’t leave a lot of wiggle room in interpretation. It means what it says. To ignore this verse or attempt to spiritualize it is to deny the Godhood of the Lord Jesus Christ, and is a symptom that you’re not saved. That’s a symptom of something that needs to be attended to promptly – kind of like chest pains. If you’re having chest pains, there’s a good chance your lifev may be in jeapordy. Call 911 quickly.

If you don’t accept that the Lord Jesus Christ is God, then open your Bible quickly, and get on your knees in repentance and prayer.

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. John 1:1 (KJV)

14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. John 1:14 (KJV)

5 For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son? 6 And again, when he bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him. Hebrews 1:5-6 (KJV)

10 Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another. 12 No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us. 13 Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit. 14 And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world. 1 John 4:10-14 (KJV)

8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Philippians 2:8 (KJV)

Hebrews 1:5-6 refutes the Seventh Day Adventist position, as well as the Jehovah’s Witness position. Bottom line. Read it for yourself. Look it up in the Greek Textus Receptus Manuscripts if you don’t believe me. It’s right there. That’s what it really says.

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 2:6-11 (KJV)

Phil. 2:6 is one verse that Unitarians despise, and since they have been present on the translating committees of all the major bible translating committees, they’ve managed to get this verse neutered in all the modern Bibles. Read it in your own! It says the exact opposite of what’s written in the Textus Receptus.

8 But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom. 9 Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows. Hebrews 1:8-9 (KJV)

23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us. Matthew 1:23 (KJV)

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? Matthew 22:43-45 (KJV)

14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. Isaiah 7:14 (KJV)

6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6 (KJV)

5 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth. 6 In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is his name whereby he shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS. Jeremiah 23:5-6 (KJV)

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)

58 Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am. 59 Then took they up stones to cast at him: but Jesus hid himself, and went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by. John 8:58-59 (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)

8 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty. Revelation 1:8 (KJV)

16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: 17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. Colossians 1:16-17 (KJV)

6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6 (KJV)

2 But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting. Micah 5:2 (KJV)

After reading all these verses, you simply cannot come to any other conclusion.

Notice in Isaiah 9:6 it says unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given… the Bible calls the Lord the Son of God prior to the incarnation! This refutes a great many commentators and Bible teachers, who do not preach a pre-incarnate Christ. Again, this is a dangerous position to take, perilously close to denying Christ. If your beliefs are otherwise, study this carefully, and repent. Again, the Bible teaches, and we must accept, not the other way around.

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3.3. God is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9, Gal. 3:26, John 6:29)

3.4. God The Father is distinct and separate from both the Son of God (Jesus Christ) and the Holy Ghost. (Mat. 3:16, 17:5, Mark 1:10-11)

I can’t think of any better way to explain 3.3, other than to just list the verses.

9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. 2 Peter 3:9 (KJV)

26 For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. Galatians 3:26 (KJV)

29 Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent. John 6:29 (KJV)

As I’ve mentioned before, it is 3.4 where some mess up! Oneness Pentecostalism has the most problems with this. All other descriptions of the Trinity they usually don’t have a problem with, until you get to this one. “No, they are all the same!” they insist. And many Christians even fall into their most blatant example.

“I’m a son to my father, a husband to my wife, and a father to my children. That’s a trinity.”

No, that’s called Modalism. It can be further split and defined into some areas such as Patripassionism, claiming that God the Father actually suffered on the Cross.

God the Father is God. The Lord Jesus Christ is the Son. The Holy Spirit is the Holy Spirit. As I’ve attempted to explain before (badly), The Lord Jesus voluntarily places Himself under God the Father. The Holy Sprit witnesses of the Lord Jesus Christ, preferring to never bring attention to Himself. And God the Father has Exalted the Lord Jesus Christ above all others. They are all separate, but the same. They are all God. There is only one God, God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit.

“Well, I don’t understand that!!!”

Nu… and you can comprehend and understand God??? If you can understand God, then it’s not the God of the Bible.

To paraphrase David Cloud, at some point we have to bow the knee and admit that we as finite humans cannot understand the complexities of God. God is astounding. He is everywhere at once, all powerful, all knowing.

“Well, I don’t agree.”

It doesn’t matter what you think. This is what the Bible says. You must accept it to be saved. Literally, to deny this is to deny Christ.

16 And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: Matthew 3:16 (KJV)

5 While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him. Matthew 17:5 (KJV)

10 And straightway coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens opened, and the Spirit like a dove descending upon him: 11 And there came a voice from heaven, saying, Thou art my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Mark 1:10-11 (KJV)

I chose these three verses to show specific times where the Bible refutes Oneness Pentecostalism. You see in Matthew 3:16 and Mark 1:10 God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit all on the earth at the same time.

Then Matthew 17:5 shows the Lord Jesus speaking from earth, and God the Father answering from Heaven.

Again, our job is not to examine the Bible to see if it confirms our beliefs, but rather, we must read the Bible and accept what it teaches.

Book Review Christ The Healer F. F. Bosworth pt. 2

“In Mark 11:24 Jesus tells us exactly the conditions He requires for our appropriation of any of the blessings He has promised. He says, “What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them. That is, “Ye shall have them” after you believe He has heard your prayer. As Jesus said, “I thank thee that thou hast heard me,” while Lazarus was still dead. We should be able to say, “I thank Thee that Thou hast heard me” while we are still sick. “Ye shall have them” is your answer from Jesus and is also your proof that your prayer has been heard. To faith, the Word of God is the voice of God.” (pg. 109)

This is so wrong, blasphemous and heretical I almost don’t know where to start! There is, as is so common among Word-Faith teachers, a complete confusion between who God is and who man is.

We see a comparison between how Jesus wants us to pray and how Jesus prayed. Bosworth here seems to not understand at all that the Lord Jesus Christ is God in Human Flesh, one third of the Trinity, eternally God existing forever with the Father and the Holy Ghost. What the Lord Jesus Christ did, He did because He is God. We are not gods, nor can ever be. We are sons and daughters by adoption, redeemed from sin and death at Calvary.

I cannot raise the dead. Bosworth cannot raise the dead. The Lord Jesus Christ has the power to raise the dead. He chose to pray to the father at that time, for our benefit as the verses clearly show.

41 Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me. 42 And I knew that thou hearest me always: but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that thou hast sent me. 43 And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth. John 11:41-43 (KJV)

“Because of the people which stand by” is what the Lord prayed at that time, “That they may believe that thou hast sent me.”

The Lord prayed at that time, so that Mary, Martha and the disciples would know that the Lord was not just a man they knew – that He was not only the Messiah, but also God Himself. And when the Lord shouted out those words, “El’azar, Qum Tza!”, He was not “Acting in faith”. The Lord KNEW He was God. He KNEW that He came from Heaven, He KNEW He created the heavens and the earth and all there in them is. And He KNEW He had the power to raise the dead. The Lord was not teaching us we needed to pray with faith and believe, and thank the Lord before we get the blessing, to GET the blessing. This is a twisting of the Scriptures, or as the Apostle Paul calls it a “wresting”.

Bottom line – why did many come to Bosworth’s healing crusades… and not get healed? Because Healing has nothing to do with you, me, or Bosworth, how much of an offering we give, or whether or not a mountain can plunge into the ocean because of our faith. Healing happens when it is decreed by the Lord our God. It happens sometimes despite the preacher, it happens ALWAYS because it is the will of the Lord our God. Justin Peters humorously notes that Benny Hinn‘s track record of true documented healings is so poor, it actually is under that of the average Baptist Pastor who visits at the Hospital, makes a brief prayer, and leaves. Peters tells people that (loosely paraphrasing) “If you’re going to a Benny Hinn crusade, my advice is don’t… the odds are better you WON’T be healed.” (Justin Peters, A Call to Discernment)

Bosworth continues in this vain through faulty reasoning and faulty exegesis through the next three chapters, continuing to blame the sick person for not receiving their healing, claiming their observance of “I’m still hurting… what’s wrong?” is absurd.

When the Lord Jesus Christ healed anyone… they ALL were instantly healed. Was their faith so extremely great? Only a few evidenced great faith. The Woman with the issue of blood was an exception, not the rule. Some merely hoped. The blind man in John chapter 9 showed great faith AFTER he was healed. There was not a word about faith prior to the Lord choosing to heal him – merely compassion, and as always, to teach the disciples a lesson about the Lord.

As stated previously, yes… we will all someday be healed. There is no guarantee on this earth that we will all lose the pain in our knees and back, grow hair back, stand taller, get perfect eyesight, and lose halitosis and flatulence. We are guaranteed glorified, perfect bodies that will not wear out, get ill, or grow old – Praise God. Not yet! For now, we have salvation. We should be content with that “Earnest of our inheritance” (Eph. 1:14) until after the Rapture and the Resurrection of the Believing Dead.

Jonah put his deliverance in the past tense, called his symptoms “lying vanities,” and sacrificed with the voice of thanksgiving while he was still in the stomach of the great fish. It worked. (pg. 128)

It worked because the Lord God heard his prayer, not because Jonah was able to work miracles because of his faith!

In Chapter Ten, “Our Confession”, the missing link is finally revealed. Bosworth begins to teach doctrines he’d learned from E. W. Kenyon

“A negative confession will lower us to the level of that confession. It is what we confess with our lips that really controls us. Our confession imprisons us if it is negative, or sets us free if it is positive.” (pg. 138)

Huh? Is there any Scripture that accompanies this? No, it is blatant New Thought Teachings.

“Most of the thoughts expressed in this sermon I have brought together, by permission, from the writings of the late Reverend E. W. Kenyon. He was the author of “The Father and His Family,” “The Wonderful Name of Jesus,” “Two Kinds of Life,” “Jesus the Healer,” “In His Presence,” “Two Kinds of Love,” “Two Kinds of Faith,” “Two Kinds of Righteousness,” and “Kenyon’s Living Poems.”” (pg. 143)


“The gospel of John opens with the word zoe….One of these means, “manner of life”; another means “human life”; another “behavior”; but the Greek word for the kind of life that Jesus brought to the world is zoe.” (pg. 145)

It’s obvious that Bosworth does not know any Greek. This is the kind of fanciful writing that embarrasses one later as they finally begin the study of Greek. The Koine Greek word for life is Zoe.

Bosworth makes the contention that the first word in the Book of John was ζωή Zoe, when in reality it is the word En ἐν, which means In! The word ζωή does not appear until the fourth verse.

Yes, the meaning of ζωή in John 1:4 does mean eternal life. How do we derive that? Context. The word ζωή was not a new word, introduced by the Lord Jesus Christ to the Greeks, although that is a beautiful thought. I actually wish Bosworth was right! But as is true of all other Bosworth’s writings, he is wrong.

This has a major impact on the premise of Chapter 11 – The entire chapter seems to be based upon a series of conclusions on what the meaning of ζωή is. There are conclusions that state it is the God kind of life (A Kenyon-ish phrase if ever I heard one!), the right of every Christian, it is the entitlement to apparent godhood. See the following quote:

Many ministers today major on the “manner of life” and “behavior” rather than zoe, the “Life of God.” When received in sufficient measure, zoe lives itself. Paul prayed for Christians, already filled with the Spirit, that they “might be filled with all the fullness of God.” This shows that zoe is God Himself, and all we have of it is an unsevered part of the “Life of God.” The way to be “full of faith” is to be full of that kind of Life, which “believeth all things.” The way to be full of divine love is to be full of the “Life of God,” Who is love.


“All things are possible” to zoe. When it is received in sufficient measure, it can fulfill in us any promise or any requirement in the Bible. To fulfill in us all that the Bible requires or promises is precisely what the “Life of God” in us was to accomplish. By receiving enough of the “Life of God,” we can be made “more than conquerors,” “spirit, soul, and body.” God wants to do in us, all that He did in Christ for us. (pg. 146)

This is patent nonsense. Apparently, without any real training in Koine Greek, Bosworth makes the kind of embarrassing mistakes that an untrained minister, wishing to be thought wise, makes himself look foolish. If you substitute the word “Life” everywhere in the preceding paragraphs that the Greek word “ζωή Zoe” can be found… then Bosworth’s assumptions and wild conclusions are revealed. For instance, here is one sentence in which I simply substituted the English word for the Greek, to show exactly how heretical this paragraph is.

“This shows that life is God Himself, and all we have of it is an unsevered part of the ‘Life of God.’”

This is terrible, in many ways. I think of the new Christian getting this book, and thinking, “Why, I’ve never heard any of this before! He must have been a brilliant Greek Scholar!” – and may never find out that Bosworth here is making a number of wild assumptions and guesses about the meaning of the word Zoe! And so, Bosworth misled many new Christians who got this book. It would have been far better for him to have not brought this kind of false teaching in.

I do not think that Bosworth meant to mislead. If indeed he did have a year or more of Greek, then this changes everything – Bosworth would no longer be seen as an untrained man reading his own desires into the text, but rather, a wolf in sheep’s clothing, a knowing heretic leading people astray. However, from what I’ve seen in Bosworth’s bio, if he received any training, it was at Dowie’s hands, and Dowie was not likely to be teaching Greek, as it was considered far more important to teach the Higher Life (Dowie/Sandford style) Pentecostalism – and why Dowie’s emphatic prophetic pronouncements were of relevance. In addition, we still do not know what Dowie studied at the Free Church School in Scotland.

We do know that around age 20, Dowie returned to Scotland from Australia to study Theology, and was ordained 4 years later. This is important. However, there is no mention of Dowie teaching greek at Zion City, but rather prayer and healing, the focus of Dowie’s ministry. It is very unlikely that Bosworth received any training in Greek or Hebrew besides that which many Christians get today, by purchasing a book on rudimentary Greek words and their meanings. This creates the kind of isogesis today we nickname “Strong’s Greek” – the mere looking up of a word in Strongs, and then looking up meanings of related words. The importance of a year of Greek, minimum, for the minister of God cannot be overemphasized. This very chapter in Bosworth’s book is a great example why.

Chapter 13 is entitled, “Why some fail to receive healing from Christ.” The subtitle is, “twenty two reasons for failure to be healed.”

It’s clear from the title that Bosworth is saying in effect, “I believe that faith healing is for today, the sign gifts are for today, no matter what the Bible and facts may say. And I believe I have this miraculous gift. And therefore, if I prayed and you didn’t get healed, it must be you, because I’m not wrong.”

This kind of doctrinal error is the very thing that Justin Peters dedicates one third of his A Call To Discernment video series to. I would like to tender a twenty-third reason to Mr. Bosworth –

23. “The sign gifts have passed away.”

Divine healing was guaranteed in the Bible. And is, for every believer. And as I’ve pointed out, we WILL all be healed of all infirmities. However, the Bible makes no guarantees this will happen in this life.

We are saved by faith. It must be a decision by faith, which is the very reason why (although the number of proofs for the Bible, Christianity and the Lord Jesus Christ are staggering) it is not completely 100% apparent to all unsaved people – God WANTS us to believe of our own.

This would be invalidated if the Word Faith movement was correct. If all Christians lived to be 120, were all miraculously millionaires within a few months of conversion, had entire arms and legs growing back… EVERYONE would be being born again! We know by faith we will all be so when we receive our glorified bodies shortly. But that is a knowledge, an assurance, that comes by faith. And thus, those of us who place faith in God and His word He chooses to bless and reward. Can I spend my rewards now? Not right now. But if the Lord so chooses to bless me with any in Heaven, I will have them then.

Yet Bosworth chooses to blame the unfortunate victim.

We so often hear it said “the day of miracles has passed.” Suppose it were generally believed that the day of regeneration has passed. How this would hinder the work of the ministry in that part of the Gospel! Christian workers could have no success in saving souls. They would have to first get people to give up the false tradition and put the Word of God in its place. (pg. 161)

Yes. We would have to rely on preaching the Gospel, that every man is a sinner, doomed to eternal punishment, that the Lord came ot earth and took our penalty upon Him, died on the Cross, rose the third day, and gave us eternal life if we will just repent and believe, and become born again.

You know, the Biblical message. This would be the same message that had initially saved Bosworth. If it worked for you, it works for everyone. Is Bosworth frustrated that so very many reject the Gospel and condemn themselves to an eternity of suffering? Then he feels the anguish of the Holy Spirit, endlessly grieved that so many spurn the saving Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. In which case, he needed to take it to the street, pass out tracts, preach on streetcorners, tell people the Gospel message. Matthew 7:13-14 reads, “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.”

This will be the greatest tragedy of all time, that untold billions will stand at the Great White Throne Judgment, on the left of the Lord. They simply will not be entering into Heaven. And they will have nobody to blame but themselves. Sad, but true.

Christ Himself, under the full anointing of the Holy Ghost, was hindered by community unbelief. (pg. 165)

Uh… no. I think we need to understand WHY the Lord did no miracles in Nazareth. The text says, 58 And he did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief. Matthew 13:58 (KJV)

Not, He could not, but He did not. They would not turn to Him for healing. They would not repent. They came not to have demons cast out. They did not turn to Him to be saved.

I’m sure the Lord could have walked through Nazareth and healed all the unwilling easily. He could have saved their souls, But that was not how He chose to make salvation available. Think – is it right that the Lord should save those that WILLINGLY reject the Gospel? They turn their back on Him, curse Him, spurn Him, mock Him, and wallow in their sins, gratifying every abomination and shaking their fearless fists, as they sing of being on the Highway to Hell. Indeed, they are. Would it be right for the Lord to simply wash their unrepentant and unregenerate hearts in His blood, shed for them so freely? No, it would not. The Lord will save anyone who asks – but you must ask.

The most common and threadbare tradition is the worn-out statement, “The age of miracles has passed.” Of all the present-day traditions of the elders or ministers, this is the most foolish, illogical, and unscriptural of any that I know. (pg. 171)

This is, in debates, what’s called a “Straw man argument.” sorry, buddy. You deliberately chose wording in your argument so that you could quickly knock that straw man to the ground!

It is not the “Age of miracles” that has ended – but the sign gifts were indeed temporary. Those days ended, as the Bible explains, when “that which is perfect is come. (1 Cor. 15:10)” What is perfect? The Psalms say it in Psalms 19:7 The Word of God is perfect. James 1:25 says the same thing.

“That which is perfect” came back in ad 95, as the Apostle John, the last living Apostle, wrote down the last words of the New Testament.

With that, all the sign gifts passed away. I understand that this may have been improperly called the “Age of miracles” by some in the early 20th century – but I have yet to find a reference to this as a euphemism for “The sign gifts” in any of my research into writings of the 19th and 20th century on this subject. Suffice it to say – you deliberately chose that wording, so that you could dismiss it and make it look like you answered the cessationalists once and for all. This is unethical, and incorrect. If you planned to answer the Cessationalist arguments – then do so! Rather, Bosworth knew he could not answer them. By erecting a straw man, he made it appear he had. This is by far not the first time he’s done this in the book. I’ve let most of them go by. The idly curious are welcome to search through his book and spot the others. There’s quite a few.

Another unscriptural premise, which has sent thousands of sufferers to premature graves and kept multitudes of others from receiving healing, is the modern teaching that Paul’s thorn in the flesh was some kind of physical trouble. The falsity of this position is shown in the following chapter, Paul’s Thorn. (pg. 173)

So… every saved Christian who has read the Bible literally and interpreted Paul’s words literally to mean Paul had a physical affliction to keep him humble… is wrong, according to Bosworth.

1 It is not expedient for me doubtless to glory. I will come to visions and revelations of the Lord. 2 I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) such an one caught up to the third heaven. 3 And I knew such a man, (whether in the body, or out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) 4 How that he was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter. 5 Of such an one will I glory: yet of myself I will not glory, but in mine infirmities. 6 For though I would desire to glory, I shall not be a fool; for I will say the truth: but now I forbear, lest any man should think of me above that which he seeth me to be, or that he heareth of me. 7 And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. 8 For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. 9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong. 2 Corinthians 12:1-10 (KJV)

We must compare Paul’s words of “in the flesh” to his words “in the body”. Bosworth can only refute this by taking verses out of context, and spiritualizing the verses. Everyone else (even the Roman Catholic Church!) has interpreted this to literally mean:

  • Paul was brought to heaven
  • Paul saw and heard things in heaven he was not permitted to talk about
  • and so that Paul would not get conceited or think too highly of himself…
  • he was given a physical ailment (something to do with his eyes, as we see from Galatians)

13 Ye know how through infirmity of the flesh I preached the gospel unto you at the first. 14 And my temptation which was in my flesh ye despised not, nor rejected; but received me as an angel of God, even as Christ Jesus. 15 Where is then the blessedness ye spake of? for I bear you record, that, if it had been possible, ye would have plucked out your own eyes, and have given them to me. 16 Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth? Galatians 4:13-16 (KJV)

The word infirmity means illness. Galatians 4 says Paul had an illness. 2 Corinthians 12 says Paul had an illness. You know what? I think Paul had an illness!

Some are not healed because they substitute their belief in the doctrine of divine healing for personal faith to be healed… Some are not healed because of their failure to receive the written promise of God as His direct Word to them. They fail to recognize that faith interprets the Word of God as the voice of God. In Psalm 138:2 we read, “Thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.” (pg. 180)

It eventually always comes down to this… “It’s your fault if you didn’t get healed. I’m the healer, I have the miraculous powers of healing. My doctrine I assume is right, so the fault is you.”

Again, the fact that thousands came to the healing services and weren’t healed should have made Bosworth question his doctrine. There’s no biblical example of anyone coming to Jesus and failing to be healed. No example of someone coming to Paul or Peter and “not believing for their healing”. Everyone the Lord, or Peter, or Paul put their hands to… were healed. In some cases, the Lord only cared if they believed.

In this case, we’re discussing tens of thousands of Christians, if I’m to believe Bosworth, not being healed. There’s not one case in the Bible of a Christian not being healed. Not one.

This means that Bosworth is teaching unBiblical doctrines, and vainly grasping for verses to support his contentions. Notice on page 180 of Bosworth’s books, under reasons 19 & 20, there is not a single verse to support his contention – and notice that although he quotes Scripture in reason 20, it has nothing to do with supporting his contention!

I answer that, in the case of these Israelites, the Scripture says, “pricks in your eyes,” and “thorns in your sides,” but this does not mean that God was to stick Canaanites in their eyes and sides, with their heels dangling outside. God was only illustrating, to show that, as a thorn sticking in the flesh is annoying, so the Canaanites would, if left remaining, be a constant annoyance to the children of Israel. (pg. 186)

In other words, I’m going to quote figurative language to show all language in the bible is figurative! A Roman Catholic couldn’t have said it better themselves! I suppose next Bosworth will speak of the beast rising from the seas, and tell us that prophecy is not to be taken literally!

Sometimes the Bible – every now and then – uses figurative language. The Lord communicates to men in our own language, so that we can understand. Notice that the Lord did not say “A thorn in your flesh”, but a thorn in your side.

How do we tell if the Lord is using figurative or literal language? Simple – by context. The Scripture quoted above is obviously an aphorism or part of a proverb, “a terse saying embodying a general truth.”.

Paul’s words in Galatians and 2 Corinthians above obviously, by their context, meant to be taken literally. The expression mis-used by Bosworth above, is obviously meant to be taken figuratively – but to mean a general truth.

Page 197, interestingly enough, has Bosworth listing several Scriptural examples of everything wrong with Bosworth’s doctrines! Instead, he uses it to prove God doesn’t heal everyone – a complete contradiction of everything he’s had in the book so far!

The several pages of testimonies again must be interpreted with this in mind – sometimes, despite everything these people teach and say, God still heals people. You see, there’s people in Baptist churches all over the world every Sunday praying for healing for everything from a hurt back to life threatening diseases. Some are healed, some are not. We do not know why God sometimes heals and sometimes not. I would suggest that since He is the Lord, when it is the right thing to do at the time, He chooses to heal people. Some people it is not the right time to heal them.

Many Christians die every day and go to be with the Lord. Precious in the Lord’s eyes are the death of His saints. God has allowed for reasons we cannot comprehend, for Christians to get Lou Gehrig’s disease, cancer, AIDS, and a great many serious diseases, many of which are life threatening… and I’m sure during the Ebola epidemic in Africa, many devout Christians died from that terrible disease – and that disease has been described as one’s internal organs liquifying, and emerging out of every opening in the body – including out one’s eye sockets. Death is inevitable, resulting in 72 horrifying hours. Is Bosworth prepared to say that all of them lacked faith, or did not believe in the promises of the Bible (reasons 19 & 20, in his book)?

Has a Christian ever been attacked and eaten by a shark? Was this lack of faith? Has a Christian ever been killed and eaten by cannibals? Has a Christian ever had a machete held to their throat and told to recant their faith by terrorists… and been murdered when they would not? What about the Albigenses and Waldenses, who were banished from their homes in the dead of winter… after having been dunked in a river and told to leave the country on foot? They froze to death before getting out of the country. Were these lacking in faith?

Bosworth’s contentions and doctrines break down rapidly upon examination, when they are stretched to their logical conclusions. God never promised us that we would never die. God never promised us that we would never have tribulations and calamities – indeed, the opposite! I begin to wonder, upon reflection over the book, if Bosworth was saved! I can come to one of two conclusions – either he had preconceived doctrines of his own invention, or he was unsaved. I still think it was the first option – that Bosworth decided early in his Christian walk upon his doctrine, and as he continued to read the bible, instead of growing in understanding, he merely ignored any verse that did not conform to his preconceived doctrines.

This is of course, the exact opposite of how we must learn our doctrine. We must open our minds to what God has intended for us to study and learn. In this manner we grow in Christian maturity. It is a shame, as Bosworth could have been used greatly by the Lord. And in many ways, Bosworth was – but his influence went in the wrong direction.

Review completed . 9/24/13

Book Review Christ The Healer F. F. Bosworth pt. 1

As we have seen so far, the three major powers in the pre-Pentecostal movement was Frank W. Sandford, E. W. Kenyon, and John Alexander Dowie.

We have seen how Charles Fox Parham independently went from his own church, to Sandford’s Shiloh, then after a disagreement, went to Zion City, then went to start his new Bible Institute, where he would teach, having gleaned fro these two men.

We’ve seen how William Seymour went forth from Parham to start (eventually) the Azuza Street Mission, which gave birth to the Pentecostal movement, completely by-passing Parham.

What we do not have is something tying together E. W Kenyon and the Pentecostal movement. It is often attributed much later to Kenneth Hagin – and that is correct. However, the seeds for Hagin to discover originally came from F. F. Bosworth, one of the founding members of the Assemblies of God denomination.

F. F. Bosworth continued the seeds planted by Dowie at Zion City in his “Christ the Healer” book. Bosworth is an integral part of the puzzle. But Bosworth had connections to E. W. Kenyon as well. It is Bosworth who finally connects Unitarianism, New Thought, Theosophy, Swedenborgianism, and Christian Science with the Sandford/Dowie Pentecostalism. This book would have an influence on many faith healers, and would serve as the catalyst for Kenneth Hagin to plagiarize Kenyon later on.

Christ The Healer (F. F. Bosworth, Fleming H. Revell Publishing, 9th Ed. 1977)

The book is highly repetitive, repeating entire sentences, passages and illustrations over and over again. It’s obvious to me that Bosworth originally strung this together from the texts of his sermons, often using sermon illustrations… the same ones over and over again. This is why you hear so many repeated phrases throughout the book.

His reasoning is based upon faulty isogesis and bad arguments from bad analogy. Rather than refute EVERY error in the book, I will deal with highlights and examples, to show how this book serves almost as a blueprint for the Word-Faith movement.

Bosworth makes the classic mistake by assuming the one time use of the serpent of the pole by Moses was for all times. Was there not lepers in Israel, when they had Nehushtan? And blind men? If Nehustan did not heal at that time, why should we assume it is different today?

During this dispensation, God is more concerned with the salvation of our souls than with a temporary healing. What difference does it make if you are healed, and then go into Hell?

Before quoting from this chapter, may I state that the Hebrew words choli and makob have been incorrectly translated “griefs” and “sorrows.”

— so now F F Bosworth is claiming to know more Hebrew than the translators of the King James?

Isa. 53 is about the Messiah atoning for our sins. It is not about sickness. To claim that is to cheapen the Gospel message.

The greatest barrier to the faith of many seeking bodily healing in our day is the uncertainty in their minds as to it being the will of God to heal all. – pg. 47

Bosworth paves the way for the modern Word Faith, by placing the blame squarely upon the afflicted

His present attitude is revealed by the fact that healing is a part of the Gospel of the Great Commission that Christ commanded to be preached. This commission is followed by the promise “they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover” (Mark 16:15, 18).

Bosworth here neglects to cite the rest of it, as they all usually do. Verse 18 reads,

18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover. Mark 16:18 (KJV)

I do not see Bosworth advocating Snake Handling nor poison drinking. If the last half of the verse is for today, so is the first.

These verses refer to Apostolic Gifts. They were only for the Apostles. If the other Christians could heal, we fail to see that except in one case, the healing of Paul. Why did this happen? The other apostles were afraid of Paul at that time. 26 And when Saul was come to Jerusalem, he assayed to join himself to the disciples: but they were all afraid of him, and believed not that he was a disciple. Acts 9:26 (KJV)

During the seven weeks of the meeting, six thousand came for healing, and about twelve thousand for salvation. Pg. 75

Before leaving the city, many hundreds of written testimonies were received.

If six thousand came forth for healing, why were six thousand not healed? When the Lord healed people, everyone was healed whom He desired to heal. Not ten percent, ALL.

And again, where are the names, the testimonies? There are alleged testimonies of just over a dozen people in Bosworth’s book – yet he claims over ten thousand in attendance in one service!

“So many times ministers have said in these days that we do not need miracles now. They think of miracles only as signs to prove the Lord’s deity, etc. I have said to them, “If you had a cancer eat your head off, you would need a miracle, would you not?” Most people today are so in the dark on this subject that it never occurs to them that there is mercy also for the sick. They never think of the gifts of healing and miracles as being the manifestation of Christ’s compassion. Hour after hour, and day after day, for three years, He healed all who came to Him because of His compassion. Are not the needs of sufferers today the same as they were in that day? Do they not need as much compassion as in the past?”

Bosworth again manages to miss the point. Through rebellion and spiritual immaturity, he neglects to understand the importance of the wondrous cross – Jesus came to set men free, to pay for their sins! It’s astounding to me! Bosworth neglects to notice that the Lord Jesus actually turned people away. The healing of the sick was very much secondary for the Lord – the primary thing was the forgiveness of sins. The Gospel remains this to this day.

It may sound callous and cruel, but what good is the healing of a back pain or bad knees – when old age will just bring it right back! What about Paul and his “Messenger in the flesh”? What about “Trophimus I left sick at Miletus?” Why did Paul not urge Timothy and Titus to heal the sick? Those gifts were temporary.

“Just as a little girl’s dress…(pg. 87)”

Argument from bad analogy – See Thouless 38 dishonest tricks of crooked thinking.

“Our redemptive blessings are conditional. (pg. 88)”

It always comes down to this! “I’m a healer. If you didn’t get healed, that’s your fault.” I can think of nothing so cruel to say to someone with some crippling injury or illness.

“God always moves after our move.” Pg. 99

REALLY??? You’ve got to be kidding me. This book was written shortly after Bosworth’s Zion City years.

I’m sure if I started Chronologically through the Bible, I could demolish this argument quickly. Let’s see…

1 Now Moses kept the flock of Jethro his father in law, the priest of Midian: and he led the flock to the backside of the desert, and came to the mountain of God, even to Horeb. 2 And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed. 3 And Moses said, I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt. 4 And when the LORD saw that he turned aside to see, God called unto him out of the midst of the bush, and said, Moses, Moses. And he said, Here am I. 5 And he said, Draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground. 6 Moreover he said, I am the God of thy father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. And Moses hid his face; for he was afraid to look upon God. 7 And the LORD said, I have surely seen the affliction of my people which are in Egypt, and have heard their cry by reason of their taskmasters; for I know their sorrows; 8 And I am come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land unto a good land and a large, unto a land flowing with milk and honey; unto the place of the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites. 9 Now therefore, behold, the cry of the children of Israel is come unto me: and I have also seen the oppression wherewith the Egyptians oppress them. 10 Come now therefore, and I will send thee unto Pharaoh, that thou mayest bring forth my people the children of Israel out of Egypt. 11 And Moses said unto God, Who am I, that I should go unto Pharaoh, and that I should bring forth the children of Israel out of Egypt? 12 And he said, Certainly I will be with thee; and this shall be a token unto thee, that I have sent thee: When thou hast brought forth the people out of Egypt, ye shall serve God upon this mountain. 13 And Moses said unto God, Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What is his name? what shall I say unto them? 14 And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you. 15 And God said moreover unto Moses, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, The LORD God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath sent me unto you: this is my name for ever, and this is my memorial unto all generations. Exodus 3:1-15 (KJV)

Analyzing this, did Moses begin trying to seek the Lord first, or did the Lord appear in the Burning Bush first? The answer – first. Moses had already tried in the flesh, and failed. I think everyone would agree on that. Years later, the Lord calls Moses.

30 And when forty years were expired, there appeared to him in the wilderness of mount Sina an angel of the Lord in a flame of fire in a bush. 31 When Moses saw it, he wondered at the sight: and as he drew near to behold it, the voice of the Lord came unto him, 32 Saying, I am the God of thy fathers, the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. Then Moses trembled, and durst not behold. Acts 7:30-32 (KJV)

So, the Bible agrees that the Lord moved first.

10 And Jacob went out from Beersheba, and went toward Haran. 11 And he lighted upon a certain place, and tarried there all night, because the sun was set; and he took of the stones of that place, and put them for his pillows, and lay down in that place to sleep. 12 And he dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven: and behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it. 13 And, behold, the LORD stood above it, and said, I am the LORD God of Abraham thy father, and the God of Isaac: the land whereon thou liest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed; 14 And thy seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and thou shalt spread abroad to the west, and to the east, and to the north, and to the south: and in thee and in thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed. 15 And, behold, I am with thee, and will keep thee in all places whither thou goest, and will bring thee again into this land; for I will not leave thee, until I have done that which I have spoken to thee of. 16 And Jacob awaked out of his sleep, and he said, Surely the LORD is in this place; and I knew it not. Genesis 28:10-16 (KJV)

Again, in this instance, the Lord moved first. So, twice now we have demonstrated that Bosworth is wrong.

5 And Joseph dreamed a dream, and he told it his brethren: and they hated him yet the more. 6 And he said unto them, Hear, I pray you, this dream which I have dreamed: 7 For, behold, we were binding sheaves in the field, and, lo, my sheaf arose, and also stood upright; and, behold, your sheaves stood round about, and made obeisance to my sheaf. 8 And his brethren said to him, Shalt thou indeed reign over us? or shalt thou indeed have dominion over us? And they hated him yet the more for his dreams, and for his words. 9 And he dreamed yet another dream, and told it his brethren, and said, Behold, I have dreamed a dream more; and, behold, the sun and the moon and the eleven stars made obeisance to me. 10 And he told it to his father, and to his brethren: and his father rebuked him, and said unto him, What is this dream that thou hast dreamed? Shall I and thy mother and thy brethren indeed come to bow down ourselves to thee to the earth? 11 And his brethren envied him; but his father observed the saying. Genesis 37:5-11 (KJV)

Again, in this instance, the Lord moved first. So Bosworth demonstrably is wrong on this premise. We need to understand that the Lord operates on foreknowledge. The entire controversial “Election” doctrine, so misunderstood by Calvinists, hinges on the fact that the Lord knows all of history. He’s God, He can do that. God is Omnipotent.

God knows in advance every person who will and will not respond to the Gospel. God also knows in advance every person who will not accept the Gospel and will reject the Lord Jesus Christ. God knew all of that and STILL died for every person Universally. Does this mean that there is a Universal Salvation for every man, regardless of whether or not he accepts the Gospel? The answer sadly is “No.” The Gospel is freely given to every man. Whether one accepts it or not is their own choice. It is like a sinking ship, where rescuers wait nearby, life rings already in the water – and the majority of the passengers deciding to swim to shore instead, because being saved would be an admission they are incapable of swimming across the ocean. The swimmers will all eventually drown. So too will every man who attempts to work his way into salvation will find himself burning in Hell.

As someone in my Seminary once commented that the office of salvation is the election – when the Bible speaks of someone in the Elect, it refers to those who have chosen that office. It is a profound way to explain the election conundrum.

In this same manner, the Lord knew that Jacob would be true to the Lord in the last half of his life. We may not like that, seeing that Jacob was something of a scoundrel the first half of his life. However, we too are usually scoundrels the first half of our lives. The Lord shows the same love and understanding of a man who comes to Christ at age 20, and remains true for seventy years, as for someone saved at age 90 and stays true for a day before succumbing to natural events, and ascending to his heavenly rewards.

“This is the acting out of a “full assurance” produced alone by His promise before we see the answer to our prayer.” Pg. 99 At last, the doctrine of “You must sow a faith seed” and “you must continue in faith to keep your blessing” raises its ugly head.

“Our ‘work of faith’ sets God to working.” (pg. 99)

Again, it seems that Bosworth is working on E. W. Kenyon style faith teaching.

“While in the Chicago area, Bosworth also met E. W. Kenyon. It is unclear whether his meeting with Kenyon was before his move to Texas, since he had returned to the Chicago area by 1924.” (Wikipedia article on F. F. Bosworth)

“Hebrews 13:15 teaches us that our thank offering, our “sacrifice of praise,” is to be offered in advance for the blessing God has promised. It is only then that we can expect an answer.” (pg. 99)

No, no it does not. This reminds me of so much old Chassidic tradition that says one must read aloud the entire book of Psalms before making special prayers. This is why Chassidic prayerbooks (Siddur) often have the entire Book of Psalms in the back of them – so that while you’re sitting in an Emergency room waiting to hear if someone is going to live , you can recite the entire book of Psalms and hope God is going to listen. The entire “Pay your vows first” tradition is a major part of Word Faith – all designed to soak the patsy (I mean, believer) for every penny the tithe check didn’t cover.

As Justin Peters dryly observes in his video series, A Call To Discernment, Word Faith teachers either quote only the part of the verse that fits their preconcieved doctrine, or else they quote a verse taken out of its context, without any clear teaching on that context. This is fortune cookie-Scripture, pulling a verse out, looking at it and wondering, “What is my fortune?” It is clearly not rightly dividing the word of God, nor is it studying to shew thyself approved. It also places Bosworth into that category of people unfit for the ministry – “Greedy of filthy lucre”, as 1 Timothy 3:8 describes it.

Here is the verse in its entirety…

15 By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name. Hebrews 13:15 (KJV)

What did Bosworth leave out? “that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.” Hebrews 13:15 does NOT teach the prior paying of a vow to get our for wish. Rather, Hebrews 13:15 is discussing that which we obviously thought – that our saying thanks to the Lord is the same as a thanksgiving offering under the old Levitical law.

“It means to come to Him with thanksgiving for healing before being healed. ‘Enter into his gates with thanksgiving and into his courts with praise.'” (pg. 99)

Again Bosworth is stretching verses to fit where they do not belong. He cites a verse – out of context, as mentioned previously, and describes it as concerning what we must do before our healing can take place. He does not even give us the Bible Address so we can verify it ourselves. ALWAYS be suspicious when someone does that! It may be merely an oversight – or it may be the forcing of a Scripture to apply where it obviously does not! We know it’s in the Bible – it sounds familiar, and it must be in the Bible, so he must be right! After all, he went to Seminary and everything, right? No. Bosworth never attended seminary. It is another case of the untrained and unstable wresting Scriptures to their own destruction… and leading many astray while doing it.

Here is all of this Psalm, so that you can read it yourself.

“Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands. 2 Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing. 3 Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. 4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. 5 For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations. Psalm 100:1-5 (KJV)

This is about entering the Temple of the Lord with thanksgiving. Indeed, it would be good for the churches to read these verses, and apply it to entering their own sanctuary. But there is nothing in this Psalm about healing. At all. Tell me if you can find anything in this Psalm about healing, and whether you MUST offer your praise before you can receive your healing from the Lord!!!

This is another case of poor isogesis at the hands of F. F. Bosworth, who is well known among Christians for this very book! You can still find it for sale on the “cheap” table at Christian bookstores, like Sheldon’s “In His Footsteps” and Spurgeon’s “Morning and Evening.”

And so, many Charismatics are drawn to it, seeing the Title “Christ The Healer” and are led further astray, seeing something in an old book that seems to support the rantings of Kenneth Copeland and Knneth Hagin and Benny Hinn. “Why this must be part of Classical Chrstianity!” They think, looking at the age of it – forgetting the book came out ten years after Azuza Street.

Pg. 99-100 of the book is full of other examples of Bosworth’s stretching Scriptures to support his contentions where they obviously do not apply. In the very next paragraph, he lists Isa. 60:1 (“Violence shall no more be heard in thy land, wasting nor destruction within thy borders; but thou shalt call thy walls Salvation, and thy gates Praise.”), Joel 2:21 (“Fear not, O land; be glad and rejoice: for the LORD will do great things.”), and Luke 24:53 (“And were continually in the temple, praising and blessing God. Amen.”), without giving the address – all in the attempt at reinforcing this doctrine we must give thanks for the healing BEFORE the healing occurs – or it will not occur!

This is truly the worst kind of Isogesis possible. Mr. Bosworth will have a LOT of explaining to do at the Believer’s Judgment, if he is there. The horrible tragedy is this is almost the kind of Scripture twisting an unsaved person might do which hopefully here is not the case. I cannot imagine anything more horrifying than a person thinking they were saved going into eternal torment.

On page 105, Bosworth continues with this kind of Scripture Twisting, but this time he uses a different form of twisting – the adding of words in brackets to force a verse to fit his meaning. “He [God] therefore that ministereth to you the Spirit [the Spirit is the Miracle-Worker], and worketh miracles among you, doeth he it by the works of the law, or by the hearing [message] of faith? Even as Abraham believed God” (Gal. 3:5-6).

5 He therefore that ministereth to you the Spirit, and worketh miracles among you, doeth he it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? 6 Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness. Galatians 3:5-6 (KJV)

With the verses quoted as the Lord had said them, we see the “Message of Faith” removed – it is a subtle deception. With his added words removed, we get a somewhat different message.

Bosworth then turns to Moffat’s translation to see if it better supports his meaning – and thus a generation of Pentecostal pastors were trained to first arrive at a message, then search various translations to see which one better seems to fit that preconceived conclusion. Kind of like shooting holes in the target, and then drawing the circles around it!

After being anointed and prayed for, instead of rejoicing in the promise of God, I have heard some say in disappointment, “I thought sure I was going to be healed.” I knew instantly that they had never caught the idea of what faith is. (Pg 108)

No… Rather, Bosworth should have realized there was a MAJOR problem with his faith doctrine. His faith doctrine is this:

  1. God heals everyone by faith if they are saved.
  2. I perform miracles.
  3. So if you’re not healed, you don’t have enough faith
  4. or you’re not saved.

we see that Bosworth is DIRECTLY responsible for the doctrines of Katherine Kuhlman, and by implication, by Benny Hinn – as Hinn copied everything Kuhlman did down to the punctuation – just as Kuhlman copied Aimee Semple McPherson. And all three apparently were led astray by this book, and by E. W. Kenyon.