The Great Exaltation - Big “G”, little “g” p1.
The Word Faith teaching of Finis Dake is among those who teach men are little gods.
The Dake’s Study Bible was published in 1963 with commentary on the Old and New Testaments (reinterpretations by Finis Dake). His teachings on the nature of God can also be found in Mormonism, theosophy and New Age. But most importantly the Dake’s Annotated Reference Bible is used by many of the word-faith teachers as a valid source for justification of their unbiblical doctrines.
Dake taught that God the Father has a physical body similar to man's. That he eats, wears clothes and lives on a planet called heaven; that Adam and Eve flew back and forth to the moon; that Christians will continue to have children throughout eternity… sound familiar? People like Benny Hinn and Kenneth Copeland have similar statements.
Dake did not distinguish the figurative language God uses in order to explain truths about his characteristics, and he brought confusion to what would have simply been more understandable.
Finis Dake's teachings on the Trinity are not orthodox. His redefining of the Trinity is from his flawed view of the term “Person.” In his book God's Plan for Man, Dake tells us that a “person” is What we mean by Divine Trinity is that there are three separate and distinct persons in the Godhead, each one having His own personal spirit body, personal soul, and personal spirit in the sense that each human being, angel, or any other being has his own body, soul and spirit.
“ In other words, a person is a being with a body. This is what is termed as tritheism
Dake also teaches God has a body. In the “Walking Bible”:
He (God) has a personal spirit body, shape, form, image and likeness of a man, bodily parts such as, back parts, heart, hands and fingers, mouth, lips and tongue, feet, eyes, hair, head, face, arms, loins, and other bodily parts. He has bodily presence and goes place to place in a body like all other persons. He has a voice and countenance. He wears clothes”
Dake claims that God has a body and lives on heaven, which is a physical planet. He states “The Bible declares that God has a body, shape, image, likeness, bodily parts, a personal soul and spirit, and all other things that constitute a being or a person with a body, soul, and spirit. . . Heaven itself is a material planet having cities, mansions, furniture, inhabitants, living conditions, etc.” (Dake's Annotated Reference Bible: New Testament, 280; cf. Old Testament, 622).
Dake teaches that Jesus became Christ at His baptism. Jesus was appointed with the office of Christ at His baptism. He denies the eternal Sonship of Jesus Christ by teaching that Jesus became the Son of God when He was born into flesh at Bethlehem. “This made Him God's Son, for sonship in connection with Jesus Christ always refers to humanity, never to deity.
Developing today’s confusion
When we look at the description of the antichrist we can identify his spirit at work Rev. 13:5-6 “And he was given a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies.”
The antichrist is arrogant (“a mouth that speaks boastfully”) Dan.11:36-39: “Then the king shall do according to his own will: he shall exalt and magnify himself above every god, shall speak blasphemies against the God of gods.” I want you to think about these descriptions and then relate this to the word faith movement. Self-exaltation, and self-deification (verses 36 -37). In his self-exaltation he will speak against the God of gods.
Dan. 7:25 “He shall speak pompous words against the Most High.” So we can see this spirit already at work in those who are in rebellion to the word. Despite using the word to prove what they are teaching they seek power, they want to be like Jesus; not in humility but power and authority. That is what will be given after we are fully transformed by the resurrection, it is not ours for today and we should not be seeking it. We are given a certain amounr, but not like Jesus who alone has all authority and power.
Kenneth Copeland has been teaching this since he learned from Hagin. “There is a god class of beings.” (Force of Love; Tape #02-0028), (Praise the Lord broadcast (TBN), 2/5/86) That is humanity, but one must discover who they are by the teachings of word faith, or the new age movement, either one will suffice.
“Am I a god? Man was created in the god class, was not created in the animal class, it was the gods class. …you become partakers of the divine nature. Alright, are we gods? We are a class of gods.” (Praise the Lord, TBN, 2/5/1986)
“Every Christian is a god. … You don't have a God living in you, you are one!” (Copeland, “The Force of Love”, Fort Worth, Texas, K. Copeland Ministries, n.d. audiotape BCC-56.
“You're all God. You don't have a God living in you; you are one! ...When I read in the Bible where God tells Moses, 'I AM,' I say. Yeah, I am too!'“ (“The Force of Love,” audio-tape BBC-56).
“I say this and repeat it so it doesn't upset you too bad... when I read in the Bible where He [Jesus] says, `I AM,' I say, `Yes, I AM too!'“ (Kenneth Copeland: crusade meeting, 19/7/1987)
“You are not a spiritual schizophrenic -- half-God and half-Satan -- you are all-God” (Now We Are in Christ Jesus (Fort Worth: KCP Publications, 1980), 16-17)
Copeland arrived at this by his first premise that was wrong “Adam was God manifested in the flesh.” (Following the Faith of Abraham, Tape) “Adam was just as much the Son of God as Jesus, Jesus just as much the Son of God as Adam. (Kenneth Copeland, Believer's Voice of Victory, January 29, 2001 [GOD TV]
Was Adam the first Son of God and Jesus a second son of God? What kind of Son of God (who is God) sins disobedient to his own command? This would be silly except for the implications. So Copeland can actually promote this type of biblical knowledge: “Dogs beget dogs, and cats beget cats, and God begets gods. You are all little gods” (Kenneth Copeland, Trinity Broadcasting Network's Praise the Lord show) so then God begot Adam as God. Then we who are begotten as sinners somehow get to be a god like Jesus.
“Am I a god? Man was created in the god class, was not created in the animal class, it was the god class. He has a uniqueness about him that even angels do not have...Now Peter said by exceeding great and precious promises, you become partakers of the divine nature. Alright, are we gods? We are a class of gods.” (Praise the Lord, TBN, 2/5/1986)
Copeland actually says God told him this directly "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 God that He did, you could've done the same thing, 'cause you're a reborn man too." ("Substitution & Identification", KCM audiotape #00-0202, 1989)
So it is the gnosis that ones needs. Copeland actually believes he could not only duplicate all the miracles but God told him Jesus was born again. Honestly whatever spirit told Copeland this was a lying one. But this is the one he’s been listening to all along.
Copeland explains further “He created all those planets, how come you can’t create something? You don’t know as much about it as He does. He has a greater working knowledge of that faith than you do. But we’re learning. Our time is coming. And in some ways its already here” (John Hagees Church (with Rick Godwin on one side of the stage and Hagee on the other) Aug. 18,1999)
So its a matter of using the force of faith, lets see how Copeland faces death and overcomes that with his faith just like Jesus did.
“I am totally convinced that this is the reason that our surrounding planets are unfinished. I really believe that God intended for us to have a part in that.” (Kenneth Copeland Quotes “Believers Voice of Victory Program” week of March 12-16, 2001)
Copeland may have convinced himself, but not by Scripture, only by new revelation from that same Jesus spirit that has accompanied him
Paul Crouch, speaking to Kenneth Copeland, said: “Somebody said--I don't know who said it--but they claim that you Faith teachers declare that we are gods. You're a god. I'm a god. Small 'g' now, but we are the gods of this world. . . . Well, are you a god--small 'g'?” (“Praise the Lord” program on TBN Feb. 5 1986.)
On TBN Paul Crouch in a conversation with this other little god says: "He doesn’t ever draw a distinction between himself." (Jan Crouch agrees in the background.)
Kenneth Copeland: "Never, never. You never can do that in a covenant relationship."
Paul Crouch: "You know what else that settles then tonight. This hue and cry and controversy that has been spawned by the devil to try and bring dissention within the body of Christ that we are gods. I am a little god."
Kenneth Copeland: "Yes, yes!"
Paul Crouch: "I have His name. I’m one with Him. I’m in a covenant relationship. I am a little god."
Kenneth Copeland: "Critics, you are anything that He is."
God knows all things and can be anywhere he wants and is all powerful. Is Paul Crouch speaking truth or what is false?
Benny Hinn said, “God came from heaven, became a man, made man into little gods, went back to heaven as a man. He faces the Father as a man. I face devils as the son of God. Quit your nonsense! What else are you? If you say, I am, you’re saying I’m a part of Him, right? Is he God? Are you His offspring? Are you His children? You can’t be human! You can’t! You can’t! God didn’t give birth to flesh…You said, “Well, that’s heresy.” No, that’s your crazy brain saying that.” (Benny Hinn, Our Position in Christ #2—The Word Made Flesh (Orlando Christian Center, 1991 )
Charles Capps has been trained well by all this.
Charles Capps “God said, Let us make man in our image after our likeness. The word likeness in the original Hebrew means an exact duplication in kind...Adam was an exact duplication of Gods kind.”(authority in three worlds pp.15-16)
“When God created, say 'created.' When God created the Spirit Man...He sliced us off of Him. For generations we dwelled with him in spirit.” (“Behold We Are Like God”, March 23, 2003)
So we have the preexistence of man being taught, which is also part of Gnosticism.
“We were created to be gods over the earth, but remember to spell it with a little “g.” (Charles Capps, God ~ Image of You (Harrison House, 1985), p. 34.)
Eddie Long says of himself “God says the only way people can see me is through my people. They have been looking for God and He can't be seen. Didn't Jesus say, 'that you are gods?' You are gods with a little 'g'. Don't you understand that you are mighty? Don't you know that you are a king? If Elohim (gods) could only get you to act like El (God).” “I don't have to have somebody tell me that Sunday I preached. I looked in the mirror and said to myself, 'You preached!' Then I gave myself an offering.” “You have been saved too long to be broke!” (TBN, Praise-A-Thon, March 29, 2004)
“My whole objective in life is to be His image, His duplicate, His witness and to show folk what He look like...Somebody say, 'I want to see God.' Here He is, look at me!” (“God Is After Himself”, Ministry CD)
“The spirit of man is not of this world, it is of the spirit world. The creative ability of man comes through his spirit. He speaks spirit words that work in the world of the spirit. They will also dominate the physical world. He breathes spirit life into God's Word and it becomes a living substance, working for him as it worked for God in the beginning. These spirit words dominate the natural world” (The Tongue p. 117-118).
He says “These principles of faith are based on spiritual laws. They work for whosoever will apply these laws” (The Tongue, p. 103).
So forget about being a Christian, you get the same stuff without the gospel.
Creflo Dollar copies much of his mentor Copeland’s teaching and then some:
“I’m going to say something, WE are gods, in this earth, and it’s about time we start operating like gods instead of a bunch of mere powerless humans” (April 17, 2002 Changing your World, LeSea Broadcasting).
“You're not a sinner saved by grace you sons and daughters of the Most High God. You are gods!” (“Changing Your World”, April 17, 2002) And if you believe this, you are not a sinner saved by grace.
“Now I gotta hit this thing real hard in the very beginning because I ain't got time to go through all this, but I am going to say to you right now you are gods, little “g”, you are gods because you came from God and you are gods. You are not just human. The only human part about you is this physical body that you live in.” (Sept. 15, 22, 2002, Made after his Kind) Therefore, our spirit is God, which is what the occult, theosophy and Gnosticism teaches. Nice...
This should be clear to anyone by now that the speaker - Creflo Dollar is not teaching Christian doctrine but what is found in the new age, occult and cults. This is the essence of mysticism/ gnosticism. Man is not a god in a body. I would recommend that those who listen to this kind of teaching to search the Scripture to see how truthful this is. For you will find there is only one creature who wants man to be called or consider himself a god -- Satan, the Devil, the liar and deceiver. The first one to believe this for himself.
Just like Copeland Creflo “And if God now produces man and everything produces after its own kind, if horses get together they produce what? Horses. And if dogs get together they produce what? Audience repeats dogs. If cats get together they produce what? Audience repeats cats. But if the Godhead gets together and say let us make man then what are they producing? Audience repeats Gods. “There producing Gods. Now I have to hit this thing real hard in the very beginning because I ain’t got time to go through all this. But I’m going to say to you right now you are gods little g because you came from God and you are gods, you’re not just human. The only human part about you is this physical body that you live in.”(Creflo Dollar, "Made After His Kind", September 15, 2002)
Someone forwarded me a letter they wrote to world changers ministry on Creflo’s teaching, here is some of the response they received back from their Communications Manager.
I want to first assure you that Dr. Dollar does not advocate the teaching that mankind is the supreme God. Upon several occasions he's made this very clear in his teachings, most recently in his book The Image Of Righteousness. In chapter seven of the book Dr. Dollar gives clarity on what he means by saying that we are “gods”. He says “When you look into the mirror, you see your reflection. If you wanted to draw or paint an image of yourself, you would look in the mirror and create the reflection you saw. God was not looking in the mirror when He said this, but in verse 26 (Genesis 1:26) He said that He wanted man to be a reflection of Himself. He made us to look like and reflect His image. Not only was humankind to look like and reflect God's image, but to be like Him in character.” God expects for us to exhibit His attributes of holiness, creativity through the spoken word, and dominion over the works of satan.
The authority and rights God has given to mankind through the new birth is almost incomparable to conceive. Until ones mind is renewed in the area of righteousness, embracing the full truth of it by faith is very difficult if not impossible. Dr. Dollar spent over a year teaching on the subject throughout the nation. Because of the strong allegations of blasphemy you've expressed against the teaching featured in the broadcast, the twenty minute segment that you viewed does not provide you with the fullness of this life changing and liberating message. It is perhaps, the most fought against message in the Body of Christ. Although fought against, God confirmed our status in the god-class in Psalms 82:2-6 (AMP). He says “I said, You are gods (since you judge on My behalf, as My representatives); indeed, all of you are children of the Most High.”
Also in his book, Dr. Dollar states that “It's understood that you or I are not God. There is only one God. However, as His children, we are like Him. He's the big “G”, and we're the little “g”. In Him we have been given the authority to rule and reign in this earth just as Jesus did. We have the mind of Christ. Even Jesus said that we would do the works He did and greater works as well.” (John 14:12.) As a prophet, Dr. Dollar has been used by God to be a trailblazer within the Body of Christ with some powerful teachings. … and now his life changing message on righteousness and growing into sons of God. Like all prophets who are trailblazers, he's been attacked for his bold teachings. But because of his perseverance, we now see many men and women of God teaching the very things he was ridiculed for teaching a few years ago. Until a full understanding is received, it is a dangerous thing to put your mouth upon a man of God when all the facts have not been investigated.
So what are the facts? We have far more than 20 minutes; we have statements over years and years. This is a pervasive heresy inside the church.
What prophet ever said we can be a god? I know an angel that said this. And yes we see many pick up these crumbs that should have been left on the ground. To use Ps. 82 and Jn.10 shows ones immaturity in interpreting the word (go to this article for more on this www.letusreason.org/wf36.htm )
Word Faith teachers always cite Psalm 82:6 and John 10:34 as support for their position (so do the Mormons and new agers), because the phrase “Ye are gods,” is referring to certain men that were to be rulers in God’s stead among the people. Word Faith proponents interpret these passages to mean that man is a little god with the same creative powers of God. He spoke the world into existence, we can speak things into existence. We are still waiting to see any of these boasters use their powers for even the simplest thing as Jesus did, feeding 5,000, walking on water, stop a oncoming storm. Where is it? They tell their congregants they are practicing.
Where do these teachings come from in our modern era? William Branham carried many word faith Ideas in his teachings, it was at this time period Kenneth Hagin was also in ministry and knew Branham.
“Deity's in man. The very God that stood back there on the mythical platform of the eternities, and rolled worlds off of His hands, and created these things give you the privilege to be His son, and you're a part of Him. And God dwells in mankind, and man himself is Deity” (51-0729A, The Resurrection Of Lazarus, National Guard Armory, Erie, PA)
Man is deity should be all we need to know to avoid Branham, Hagin, Copeland and Dollar.
William Branham who went into areas that even the current word faith teachers do not.
“But God put a soul in a man. This white cloud, Deity, came down, not in the animal, in the man ….That's what's the matter with the Pentecostal people. They don't recognize who they are. You're sons and daughters of God. You have in your hand... Look. Then Jesus, it was one time quoted in the Scripture, “Ye are Gods.”
Look. Deity... I'm a part of Charles Branham, because I was born from Charlie Branham, my daddy. I'm a part of him. I've got a forehead like him. My hair was like him. I'm a small man like him. I'm in the nature like him, because he's my dad. And if we become in spirit sons of God, Deity dwells in the man. Hallelujah! Then you talk about blind eyes being open. They said nothing impossible to God. God said nothing impossible with you, if you'll believe, not with God, but you. Deity's in man. The very God that stood back there on the mythical platform of the eternities, and rolled worlds off of His hands, and created these things give you the privilege to be His son, and you're a part of Him. And God dwells in mankind, and man himself is Deity”(51-0729A, The Resurrection Of Lazarus, National Guard Armory, Erie, PA)
“In the beginning when God made man in his image he made him a theophany” (W.M. Branham Q&A 1959)
A theophany is a God appearance – where one can see God.
This is similar to what we hear today “Genesis 1:26, he had domain over the whole earth, and he was made to be an amateur god. And now, when he receives God, he becomes a son of God again. He was made in the image of God. God had hands; God had feet; and so therefore a man was made like Him. So he is an amateur god.” (61-0205E, Jesus Christ The Same Yesterday, Today, And Forever, Central Assembly Of God, Tucson, AZ)
Heere we find Branham giving the very same descriptions that the word faith teachers do, especially Copeland.
“Genesis 2, when He made man, He said, “I am Y-a-h-u, J-u-v-u-h, Yahua, Jehovah. What did it mean? “I am the all-existence One Who has created something off of Myself to be a son of Mine, or a temporary, or an amateur little one of Mine.” Oh, glory. Why? He gave man... “Jehovah” means that He gave man to be an amateur god. Because He is Father God, and He made a man an amateur god, so He isn't self-existence anymore; He exists with His family. Amen. Elah, Elah, Elohim... Now, now He is Jehovah, “Jehovah” meaning the “One Who exists with His family” (Ephesians Parallels Joshua Jefferson IN 60-0515E)
“Man was made to be a god. His domain is the earth. (60-0731, Show Us The Father And It Will Satisfy Us, Eisenhower High School, Yakima, WA
Speaking of Jesus “He was a Man yet He was God; He was a manifested Son of God. That's what we're to be one of these days. (61-0416, Abraham And His Seed After Him, Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington, IL)
So according to Branham we will not be like him but actually be him.
“if you could only realize that you men, you were made to be an amateur god. You're a son of God. You're an heir of God, and you have a domain. Genesis 1:26, He give him dominion over everything in the earth. He made him a god over the earth. That's right. He give him a domain. He's a king, god. And where he got his fall. He could speak to the trees, “Be changed, be plucked up and set over here,” to the winds and waves, “Be still,” and it'd stopped. He was god, a amateur god, a son of God, like you're a son of your father. And all the world is groaning, waiting for the manifestations of the sons of God, waiting for the church to get back in its place again, sons of God to be made manifest, waiting for that hour.” (61-0312, Faithful Abraham, Lyric Building, Richmond, VA)
“When I told this to a man the other day, when this piece had come out about this man being healed, this same minister said, “They make a god out of you, Brother Branham.”
Well, he was a critic, so I thought I'd just let-kinda break it off just a little bit, not to hurt, you know, but just kinda ... I said, “Is that too far from the Scripture to be that?” See? I said, “No, it isn't.” I said, “Because Jesus called prophets gods.” See? That's right. God ...
And they say, “Well, you people try to take the place of God.”
That's not too far out; that's exactly what it is. That's exactly! God manifested in flesh, just as He promised. (THE MIGHTY GOD UNVEILED BEFORE US p.20
Not so much a little god if you can’t keep yourself alive forever, you die like all other men. That is exactly what the psalmist wrote“But ye shall die like men.” This is not read as they cite I said ye are gods
“Adam, breathed the breath of Eternal Life, and he become an eternal person with God. He had power like God: he was a amateur god. He was god of the earth, not God of heaven now, god of the earth. And someday the sons of God will again become gods. Jesus said so: “Is not it written in your law, 'Ye are gods'? Then if you can call those who He called god, who God visited, how can you condemn Me, say, when I say I'm the Son of God?” See? Now, we're getting into something deep. Now, watch this when we drive it down. 62-1104M, Blasphemous Names, Branham Tabernacle, Jeffersonville, IN
Amateur gods or amateur teachers of the word?
Eddie Long “When God created, say 'created.' When God created the Spirit Man...He sliced us off of Him. For generations we dwelled with him in spirit.” (“Behold We Are Like God”, March 23, 2003)
So we have the preexistence of man being taught.
The Women’s favorite teacher Joyce Meyer teaches the same as all the other word faith teachers,
“You know, I was listening to a set of tapes by one man and he explained it like this, and I think this kind of gets the point across, he said, ‘Why do people have such a fit about God calling His creation, His man—not His whole creation, but His man—little gods? If He’s God, what’s He going to call them but the god-kind?’ I mean, if you as a human being have a baby, you call it a human kind. If cattle has another cattle, they call it cattle-kind. So, I mean, what’s God supposed to call us? Doesn’t the Bible say we’re created in his image? Now, you understand I am not saying you are God with a capital G. (Joyce Meyer, Authority and Opposition, audio tape number 1236.)
Meyer doesn’t name the speaker she was listening to, it could be anyone of the Word Faith teachers since they all teach the same heresy. Yes we understand you do not mean the supreme God, but then the supreme God with the Big G said there are no other gods – with a little g, except false ones. So go ahead and claim it but you will receive the consequences for lifting up your voice against the God of gods.
Speaking a lie and calling it the TRUTH
A lie is occurring inside the Church today with those who say we are gods, as Satan offered Eve to be removed from the truth and sin, those who believe this are in perpetual sin.
In jn.10 the Jews picked up stones to stone Jesus because He said he was equal with God, they called it blasphemy for a man to make himself equal with God. If Jesus were only a man they would have been right, but he spoke the truth about himself. He was God who came from heaven to earth. Creflo did not, Copeland did not, they are only men. He claims Jesus did this for himself and others. Instead of a rebuke, his church cheers and claps. They are deceived by smooth words that come from a pulpit that does not proclaim truth.
Blasphemy can be done in various ways according to 2 Peter 2 he begins to write of false teachers, in 2:12: “But these men blaspheme in matters they do not understand. They are like brute beasts, creatures of instinct, born only to be caught and destroyed, and like beasts they too will perish.”
Now Creflo Dollars ministry may tell you that Dr. Dollar does not advocate the teaching that mankind is the supreme God. He's the big “G”, and we're the little “g”. They all know the Bible says there is one TRUE God, we are told even the demons know this. So what kind of person wants to say this of themselves?
To call an idol God is idolatry but to call oneself, or another human being a god is what the Bible calls blasphemy. It matters little if one calls themselves this with a big “G” or with a little “g,” since there is only ONE God, the creator of the universe. The only other gods that the true God calls gods; are false gods.
Everyone who claims to be a god, the true God shows they are not, by bringing death to them. Jesus will slay the antichrist by the word from his mouth. The man of sin who will be worshipped as god by the world instead of the true Christ will become immediately dead. That word will be the truth that will slay the lie. Zeph. 2:11: “The LORD will be awesome to them, for He will reduce to nothing all the gods of the earth.” What gods? Not just the idols of wood and stone but people who think of themselves as gods.
These men fulfill Jesus' warning that many will come in my name saying I am Christ, and will deceive many. They come in His name (which they all do) claiming authority to speak things into existence, to visualize their own future. But only God can do this. A rule of thumb, God does not give His approval or power to those who teach blatantly false doctrines like this on His nature and mans nature.
Lets end with the man who had most of the influence, Kenneth Hagin: “Every man who has been born again is an incarnation and Christianity is a miracle. The believer is as much an incarnation as was Jesus of Nazareth.” Did we have a virgin conceive? How is this possible.
Joel Osteen whose dad was a Haginite and paid the price for it, has an entire chapter devoted to “The Power of Your Bloodline.” “You have the DNA of Almighty God. DNA, or the Spirit indwelling the believer of the gospel?
The idea that we, or any created being can be like God is a lie directly from the Devil. It was this very desire-- to be just like God that brought the fall of Daystar (Isa. 14:14). There is only one God -- there shall only ever be one God (Deut. 5:35,39; 32:39; 2Sam. 7:22; Isa. 43:10; 44:6; 45:5,6; 21-22; 1Cor. 8:4,6; Gal. 4:8).
From these teachers telling the church they are little gods comes all the other false teachings: being healthy and prosperous and speaking things into existence.
No, I didn’t overlook Benny Hinn, I wanted to establish that Hagin and Copeland and all the others are false teachers. So when Hinn reveres them you must understand he is among them.
“Now, are you ready for some real revelation knowledge? OK. Now watch this: He laid aside His divine form...so one day I would be clothed on earth with the divine form. Kenneth Hagin has a teaching. A lot of people have problems with it. Yet it is absolute truth. Kenneth Copeland has a teaching. Many Christians have put holes in it, but it's divine truth. Hagin and Copeland say: You are god. Ye are gods. 'Oh, I can't be god.' Hold it. Let's bring balance to this teaching. The balance is taught by Copeland, who is my dear friend, but it's those that repeat what he says that are messing it up. You see there brother? When Jesus was on earth, the Bible says that first He disrobed Himself of the divine form. He, the limitless God, became a man, that we men, may become as He is.” (“Our Position In Christ” cassette tape #A031190, Orlando Christian Center, 1990)
Absolute truth pronounced by Hinn is really absolute heresy.
Deut. 4:35-36: “To you it was shown, that you might know that the LORD Himself is God; there is none other besides Him.” When one considers the concept of God from the Bible this can’t be fudged around
Isa 45:5 “I am the LORD, and there is no other; There is no God besides Me.”
And there is no other God besides Me, A just God and a Savior; There is none besides Me.”
Are you sure God? Because these men say there are others, themselves.
Isa.45:22”Look to Me, and be saved, All you ends of the earth! For I am God, and there is no other.’
Are you sure God? Because these men say there are others, themselves.
Isa 46:9-10 “For I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like Me”
Are you sure God? Because these men say there are others, themselves.
Ex 15:11: ”Who is like You, O LORD, among the gods? Who is like You, glorious in holiness,
Fearful in praises, doing wonders?”
These men say there are others like him, they are.
Ps 113:5-6: “Who is like the LORD our God, Who dwells on high, Who humbles Himself to behold
The things that are in the heavens and in the earth?’
These men say there are others, themselves.
Exod. 15:11 "Who is like You, O LORD, among the gods? Who is like You, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders?” In other words, no one.
Ps 71:19 “O God, who is like You?”
Ps 113:5 “Who is like the LORD our God, who dwells on high”
Isa 44:8 “You are My witnesses. Is there a God besides Me? Indeed there is no other Rock; I know not one.'"
Are you a witness to this?
If we cannot deal with the most obvious of errors then how can we maintain the unity of the faith that every believer is to uphold?
Little “g’s” BEWARE – god has said what will happen to you. Jer. 10:11 Thus you shall say to them: “The gods that have not made the heavens and the earth shall perish from the earth and from under these heavens.”
Mark 13:5-6 And Jesus, answering them, began to say: "Take heed that no one deceives you. "For many will come in My name, saying, 'I am,' and will deceive many.”
Instead of saying I am, I’m a little god we should be saying heneni like "Ananias." Here I am, Lord." (Acts 9:10) and be willing to serve Him, not expect him to serve us.