Friday, November 25, 2011

Why a post about the heresy of “The Word of Faith” movement? (Keith Moore; Kenneth Copeland; Kenneth Hagin)

Well the answer is simple really. God has instructed us to do so in scripture. We should test the teachings and have nothing to do with false teachings. We should correct false teachings. We should try our utmost to minimize the damage that is done by these false teachings.

Galatians 1:8-9

“But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again: If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one you received, let him be accursed.”

In this verses Paul is talking about false teachers, yes these he is talking about here is known as the Judaizers, they preached a gospel of faith and works. Although this heresy was focused on legalism, all heresy applies. The “Word of Faith” movement (hereafter WOF) teaches a heresy just as bad. They teach another theology that is not compatible with the Christian religion.
Jude 4

“For certain people have crept in unnoticed who long ago were designated for this condemnation, ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into sensuality and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.”

The WOF movement deny that Jesus is master. They elevate man and lower God. The WOF usurp the throne of God. They add and take away from the clear teachings of scripture and misrepresent the very nature of God, thus proclaiming a different God than that of the Christian religion.

Benni Hinn and Kenneth Copeland even claim that they go to heaven whenever they want and that they have received revelations from a angel with the name Emma. It seems that they also teach that their members must also pursue likewise encounters as if it is normative.

No in scripture do we hear of an angel by that name. 

“But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed.”

Paul even says that if he himself come to Galatia again and say something different to what he taught them before, they should reject it.

What Paul is playing at here is that a preacher should be judge on what he preachers, he must be measured by what is taught in scripture. The scary thing for me is this, no angel of God will teach something that is contrary to scripture, only a fallen angel will do such a thing. Is these guys been visited by demons or are they just con men in it for the money and power?

2 John 1:10-11

If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not receive him into your house or give him any greeting, for whoever greets him takes part in his wicked works. “

So the Bible clearly teaches that we should have nothing to do with false teachers. No matter how hard you try you will never be able to distance yourself from a heretic if you keep on hanging out with him.

Everyone will think you are in the same boat as he is, people will associate him with you and think what he teaches is alright.  If you are under his teaching sooner or later he will influence you.

 It does not matter how good a person he is, if he donates fortunes to orphanages if he preachers a different gospel as that what is taught in scripture, he is doing more harm than good.

1 comment:

William Dicks said...

Hi Thomas,

Back in 2005, I wrote a series on Heresies in the church. It deals especially with the Word-of-Faith heresies. It is a form of heresy that is so pervasive in the church, and many Christians simply have no discernment went it comes to these heretics.