Who Are Today’s Cult Leaders?


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For far too long I have sat and watched as false teachers ravage the sheep of God with their suave personalities and smooth speech. It’s time to expose those whose teachings do not line up with the word of God. This information I am giving you can be found at various websites and on youtube. This list is largely but not exclusively pointed at the teachings of preachers who are involved in the “Word of Faith” movement. I will give you the list and then a bit of background on this movement. Please feel free to contact me about any of the preachers you see on this list. I encourage a full and productive dialogue on this matter as it is of great importance.

• Creflo Dollar
• Fred Price
• Kenneth Copeland
• Paul and Jan Crouch
• Jesse Duplantis
• Marilyn Hickey
• Kenneth Hagin Jr.
• T.D. Jakes
• Jerry Savalle
• Benny Hinn
• Joel Osteen
• Myles Monroe
• Joyce Meyer
• Bill Winston
• Rodney Howard-Browne
• Juanita Bynum
• Casey Treat
• Larry Huch
• Steve Munsey
• Mike Murdock
• Rod Parsley
• Morris Cerrillo
• Robert Tilton

Keep in mind that this is the list of the more visible false teachers. There is a huge army of preachers who are disciples of these teachers and are spread out nationally as well as in the local church. Hopefully after reading this you can begin to discern if your pastor is teaching falsehoods as well.

Word Of Faith History

The Word of Faith movement began with a Baptist preacher in the late 1800’s to the early 1900’s named E.W. Kenyon. Before beginning his preaching he sat under the teachings of Phineas Quimby and Mary Baker Eddy, both know as founders of mind science Christianity. As he began to preach he introduced a number of doctrines that were laced with scripture, but were rooted in mind science philosophy. He author 18 books which are available for purchase today, which reveal his newfound theology. Among his book titles are, New Creation Realities, The Wonderful Name of Jesus, and The Blood Covenant. It is in these books and all the others that you find Kenyon’s metaphysical thought process when it comes to the word of God.

The 21st Century Connection

Kenneth Hagin must undoubtable be the father of the modern Word of Faith movement. His teachings form the foundation of what we now see as the movement. But where did he get his theology? In 1983, two students at Oral Roberts University alleged that the bulk of Hagin’s theological teachings were lifted verbatim from the writings of other authors. D.R. McConnell, who wrote his Master’s thesis about the Word of Faith movement, alleged that Hagin had plagiarized the writings of evangelist E.W. Kenyon, teaching not only the ideas of Kenyon but also lifting text word-for-word from many of Kenyon’s eighteen published works.You can examine the alleged plagiarism for yourself here http://www.intotruth.org/wof/kenyon.html you be the judge.

The following are some of the teachings of Kenneth Hagin that are still a part of word faith theology today:
“He [Jesus] tasted spiritual death for every man. And His spirit and inner men went to hell in my place. Can’t you see that? Physical death wouldn’t remove your sins. He’s tasted death for every man. He’s talking about tasting spiritual death.” (Ken Hagin, “How Jesus Obtained His Name.”)

“The trouble with us is that we’ve preached a ‘cross’ religion, and we need to preach a ‘throne’ religion. By that I mean that people have thought they were supposed to remain at the cross. Some have received the baptism in the Holy Spirit, have backed up to the cross, and have stayed there ever since…The cross is actually a place of defeat, whereas the Resurrection is a place of triumph. When you preach the cross, you’re preaching death, and you leave people in death.” (Ken Hagin, “The Believer’s Authority,” page 16. Second Edition 1986)

“Originally, God made the earth and the fullness thereof, giving Adam dominion over all the works of His hands. In other words, Adam was the god of this world. Adam committed high treason and sold out to Satan, and Satan, through Adam, became the god of this world…Now Satan has a right to be here and be god of this world until ‘Adam’s lease’ runs out.”
(Ken Hagin, “The Believer’s Authority,” page 19. Second Edition 1986)

“The Lord said to me, ‘If I give you a message for an individual, a church, or a pastor and they don’t accept it, you will not be responsible. They will be responsible. There will be ministers who don’t accept it and will fall dead in the pulpit.”
(Ken Hagin, “I Believe,” page 114-115.

“I say this with reluctance but this actually happened in one place where I preached. Two weeks from the day that I closed the meeting, the pastor fell dead in the pulpit. When I left that church crying. I told the pastor in the next church where I went to hold a meeting, ‘that man fell dead in the pulpit.’ And just a very short time after that he did. Why? Because he didn’t accept the message that God gave me to give him from the Holy Spirit.”
(Ken Hagin, “I Believe,” page 115

“Sometimes in my meetings the glory cloud will come as I am about to minister to people in a healing line. The first time that happened I was holding a meeting for Brother Gordon Lindsay in the 1960’s. I had laid hands on about half of the people in the healing line. Then I saw the glory cloud rolling into the building. I walked back to the pulpit because I knew in that instance if I stood in that cloud, I would fall under the power of the Holy Spirit along with the rest of the people. The cloud came floating over the heads of the congregation. Meanwhile, the people in the healing line all had their eyes closed and were worshipping God. They weren’t watching me. I waited until the cloud was right above the people in the healing line, and then I waved my hand. When I did that, every person in the healing line fell down like dominoes under the power of the Spirit.”
(Ken Hagin, “The Glory of God,” Article C-Faith)

“The believer is as much an incarnation as was Jesus of Nazareth.”
(Kenneth E. Hagin, “The Incarnation,” The Word of Faith page 13, December 12, 1980

Also a lot of what Hagin came to believe arrived out of his (7) “visitations” from Christ. This goes in line with the Gnostic or “special revelation” philosophy found in the metaphysical roots of the word faith movement. The word of faith teachers are able to mislead it’s followers by stating “God told me” or “I had a visitation from God.” This is how they are able to bypass scripture.

The New Breed

Today’s Word of Faith preachers derive most if not all of their teachings from Kenneth Hagin Sr. Many of them refer to him as “mentor” or call him “pop Hagin” of “Dad Hagin.” His fingerprints are on evry doctrine the faith teachers preach. Look at what some of the current are preaching to their congregations and to millions on T.V. and satellite:

Kenneth Copeland

“Jesus went into hell to free mankind from the penalty of Adam’s high treason…When His blood poured out it did not atone. Jesus spent three horrible days and nights in the bowels of this earth getting back for you and me our rights with God.” (Ken Copeland, Personal letter from Ken Copeland, Ft. Worth Texas, March 12, 1979. (D. R. McConnell, A Different Gospel, page 118)

“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…like that. I said, ‘What?’ He said, ‘A born-again man defeated Satan, the firstborn of many brethren defeated him.’ He said, ‘You are the very image, the very copy of that one.’ I said, ‘Goodness, gracious sakes alive!’ And I began to see what had gone on in there, and 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 have done the same thing, ’cause you’re a reborn man too.” (Dr. John MacArthur, “Charismatic Chaos,” page 337. Kenneth Copeland, “Substitution and Identification”)

“He [Jesus] allowed the devil to drag Him into the depths of hell….He allowed Himself to come under Satan’s control…every demon in hell came down on Him to annihilate Him….They tortured Him beyond anything anybody had ever conceived. For three days He suffered everything there is to suffer.” (Kenneth Copeland, “The Price of It All,” page 3.

Creflo Dollar

Everything produces after it’s own kind. That’s the law of Genesis! Everything produces after it’s own kind. Will God set a law into motion and then not follow the law that He set into motion? Absolutely not! Where did you come from? Who did you come from? Everything produces after it’s own kind. Horses get horses and dogs get dogs and Gods produced gods! Gods produced gods! Ya’ll didn’t hear that. Horses produce horses and dogs produce dogs and Gods produced gods! Horses produce horses and dogs produce dogs and cats produce cats and fish produce fish and God produced gods! And then God produced more gods with flesh and then gods with flesh produced more gods with flesh. And then gods with flesh produced more gods with flesh until THE God of gods with flesh showed up one day with flesh and dwelt among the other gods with flesh to demonstrate to the other gods with flesh how to have authority over the flesh! So follow Him! Follow Him! This is our history I’m telling you about! This is the history the religious church wants to hide away from you so you don’t know who you really are!”

(Creflo Dollar, Audio-Clip, “Creflo Dollar: Christian Celebrity or Charismatic Gnostic?” #0418

“I have equality with God, chats my way of thinking. Now somebody says, “Well, it’s hard to think that way,” Well, keep saying it, “I have equality with God” talk yourself into it! You’ve talked yourself into other things!”
(Creflo Dollar, Audio clip from, “The Bible answer-man,” Hank Hanegraaff July 10, 2003)
“Here’s what I want you to get here. If Jesus came as God, then why did God have to anoint Him? If Jesus – see God’s already been anointed. If Jesus came as God, then why did God have to anoint Him? Jesus came as a man, that’s why it was legal to anoint him. God doesn’t need anointing, He is anointing. Jesus came as a man, and at age 30 God is now getting ready to demonstrate to us, and give us an example of what a man, with the anointing, can do.”

(Creflo Dollar, Jesus’ Growth into Sonship, dated December 8, 15, 2002)

“But Jesus didn’t show up perfect, he grew into his perfection. You know Jesus, in one scripture in the Bible he went on a journey, and he was tired. You better hope God don’t get tired. Isaiah 50 says, 50, 60, somewhere, says where we have a God who fainteth not, neither is weary (Isa. 40:28). But Jesus did, if he came as God and he got tired, he says he sat down by the well ’cause he was tired. Boy we’re in trouble. And somebody said, well, Jesus came as God. Well 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.
Y’all please listen to me, please listen to me. This ain’t no heresy. I am not some false prophet, I am just reading this thing out to you the Bible. I am just telling you all these fantasy preachers have been preaching all of this stuff for all of these years and we bought the package. And the question mark was there. And we are now – faith can never go past that question mark, and we’ve tolerated and put it up, put up with things that we had authority over”

(Creflo Dollar, Jesus’ Growth into Sonship, dated December 8, 15, 2002)

T.D. Jakes

T. D. Jakes denies the essential Christian doctrine of the Trinity. His view is one God playing three different roles or manifestations. He believes in a god that appears in three different “manifestations.” Let me quote him, “…One God, but manifest in…three different ways, Father in creation, Son in redemption, Holy Spirit in regeneration.” Like one man who is a pastor, father, and husband, this view is called modalism and it is heresy.
T. D. Jakes:
“God–There is one God, Creator of all things, infinitely perfect, and eternally existing in three Manifestations: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.”

(“Living by the Word” on KKLA, hosted by John Coleman, Aug. 23, 1998)

“Don’t argue with people about foolishness. Don’t argue about the Godhead–the Bible says it’s a mystery. If it’s a mystery that means it’s a supernatural thing and everybody who thinks they understand it–really don’t. It’s impossible to explain how one God can be three persons and three persons be one God. And you’re gonna blow your computer and short circuit your p.c. trying to explain something that you don’t even understand. You can’t even explain how a brown cow eats green grass and produces white milk. So you know you can’t explain God. So just shut up arguing about it and say it’s a mystery. All we know is that He’s Father in creation, Son in redemption, and Holy Ghost in regeneration and it’s all good.”

(T. D. Jakes, “Bible Answer Man Show,” Hank Hanegraaff, Audio-Clip, June 3, 2005)

“Don’t argue with people about foolishness. Don’t argue about the Godhead–the Bible says it’s a mystery. If it’s a mystery that means it’s a supernatural thing and everybody who thinks they understand it–really don’t. It’s impossible to explain how one God can be three persons and three persons be one God. And you’re gonna blow your computer and short circuit your p.c. trying to explain something that you don’t even understand. You can’t even explain how a brown cow eats green grass and produces white milk. So you know you can’t explain God. So just shut up arguing about it and say it’s a mystery. All we know is that He’s Father in creation, Son in redemption, and Holy Ghost in regeneration and it’s all good.”

(T. D. Jakes, “Bible Answer Man Show,” Hank Hanegraaff, Audio-Clip, June 3, 2005)

“It’s what you say to yourself that gets you healed. If you say that you won’t be healed you won’t be healed. If you say that you are broke you will stay broke. Oh! But I came to serve notice on the Devil. The Bible says, ‘The power of life and death is in the tongue. Slap somebody and say, ‘You better speak to yourself.’”
(T. D. Jakes, “Seize the Moment,” Woman Thou Art Loosed, 2000 Atlanta)

These are just some of the examples of just a few WOF teachers and their unbiblical teachings. You will see that their teaching bears more of a resemblance to New Age philosophy than it does biblical theology. Please do your due diligence and find out for yourself. I challenge you to find sound biblical support for what is beig preached from this movement. Don’t get me wrong some of what they preach is right, but would you drop a few drops of arsenic into your sweet tea and drink it? I think not!
I have many, many more websites, video clips, and quotes from these and other word of faith preachers. Please feel free to comment on this and any of my posts, this is an issue that needs to be discussed, and remember I will come out with a local church list at a later date.

Peace

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