The Further delusions of word faith teaching
The Kenneth Copeland teachings you may not have heard
Everyone who has looked deeper into the word faith prosperity teaching of Kenneth Copeland, the leader of today’s speak to get by faith, have seen Bible contradictions and hypocrisy. Known as the word faith movement we are familiar with his teaching of Adam being a god, and that we are little gods, yet there is so much more to these word faith teachings that are even more unbiblical. An extreme that shows beyond any doubt to solidify him in the false teacher category.
Telling the gospel to ALL creatures
“ I know one dog that got saved, oh yea now don’t argue with me about this. He speaks of a pastor friend of his I don’t if his church knows his dog got saved, his son came in there and said daddy I want you to lay hands on,… don’t remember the dogs name.” He said why? I want you to lay hands on him. I got him saved but I need to get him to baptized in the Holy Ghost, (crowd reacts) now you laugh if you want to, but that means something to God.” (audio on file)
This is just a mockery of Scripture and teaching on the Holy Spirits work for salvation.
I thought Copeland taught one must confess with their mouth, (woof woof).
Out of body ministering
“You weren’t dying. What do you mean I wasn’t dying, my spirit was coming out of my body, he said that’s right, you were just about to come out of your body and I was going to allow you to minister to that congregation WITHOUT YOUR BODY! You were going to go through that congregation like a whirlwind of the power and glory of God. I said you’ll have to show me that in the Scripture. He said and showed me 2 Corinthians chapter 1,2,3,4,5 and 6. The apostle Paul said I bear, I carry around with me the dying within my body for you that the life with God might be manifest in my mortal flesh. He said the one that raised Jesus from the dead is in you and he will make a alive your mortal body. He said you missed that opportunity… I said what was I gonna do? He said I’m not gonna tell you, you missed it!”(tape on file)
He speaking to God and questioning whether this is true? Well it’s not true and he was having a conversation with a deceiving spirit that was teaching him. This is not the intent of the Scripture in 2 Corinthians anywhere, nor anywhere else in the Bible. One of his mentors Kenneth Hagin had a similar story so would expect a copying of supernaturalism to take place.
Proving that Adam was a god in the flesh as an exact duplicate he teaches …
“And out of the ground the lord loved formed every beast of the field and every fowl of the air and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them now we have always milked that down to the place where we said, that’s when the Elephant became the Elephant, and that’s when Adam called the tiger the Tiger, and, and then God created the, the little deer and he took the little deer and walked the little deer over to Adam and he said Adam what would you call this.? And he said ooh that’s a Deer, and so the little Deer went….God created the body of the Deer that deer didn’t have anymore life in tit than Adams body did, and then he took it, he didn’t walk it, he took it to Adam and Adam called life forth in that animal. Because Adam was responsible for the life of all life on this planet.”
(Mockingly says) “Well I don’t know whether I believe that or not!… the only reason you don’t is because you’re afraid. Your religious fear reached and grabbed a hold of your mind and he said you may God going to kill you if you believe that!” (tape on file)
All this shows is that Copeland has not been well at teaching all along, to use the animals as proof of his Adam God theory, when it’s not fear to not believe what he is saying but what it actually says in Scripture. To make one feel like they were taught wrong calling it religious fear, or say God will kill you if you believe his heresy is just plain absurd, and manipulative. (BTW Mr. Creflo Dollar teaches the same, in further detail)
Is Scripture right or wrong?
John 1:14, 18, 3:16, 18 all make it clear that “only begotten” is not a term that can be applied to any other human.
"Jesus is no longer the only begotten Son of God... Jesus is known as the first begotten from the dead. If there is a firstborn, then there has to be a secondborn, a thirdborn, a fourthborn, etc.” (Copeland: "Now Are We in Christ Jesus", p.24, Kenneth Copeland Publications, Texas. 1980,)
Only begotten means one of a kind, no others like him.
“And his spirit went through torture and torment .The firstborn from the dead, he’s no longer called the only begotten son of God.” No, no, he’s called the firstborn son of God, the first begotten of many brethren and we are the fullness of him … (Benny Hinn’s January 28, 2004 broadcast This is Your Day)
To answer this we can go to 1 John 4:9 “God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him.”
If we are only begotten now, then we do not need to live through him, but ourselves. There is firstborn son of God mentioned in Scripture, and we are not the fullness he alone is.
Firstborn is a term used for Jesus after the resurrection Col. 1:18 “the firstborn from the dead , that in all things He may have the preeminence.” As it also used of Jesus in Rev. 1: 5 “the firstborn from the dead” (see Heb.1:6)
Nowhere are we called the “firstborn son of God”, Scripture says of Jesus Rom. 8:29 he is “the firstborn among many brethren.” He alone is, “the firstborn over all creation” (Col 1:15)
“ Faith is the substance of all things. All matter, all things at one time were faith ” (Kenneth Copeland Dec.5, 2004 LeSea)
All matter was faith? Matter is made of atoms, molecules. The Bible defines faith as our trust, used for believing in God and His Word. How can this definition be possible? It’s not the Bibles definition but man’s false interpretation.
"Faith is God's source of power" (Kenneth Copeland, Forces of the Recreated Human Spirit (Fort Worth: Kenneth Copeland Ministries, 1982), 8.)
Whom is Gods trust in? If faith was once God source of power, what is it now?
"Everything that you're able to see or touch, anything that you can feel, anything that's perceptive to the five physical senses, was originally the faith of God, and was born in the substance of God's faith." (Kenneth Copeland, Spirit, Soul and Body I (Fort Worth: Kenneth Copeland Ministries, 1985, audiotape #01-0601), side 1.)
"Faith is a power force," ... "It is a tangible force. It is a conductive force ." (The Force of Faith (Fort Worth: KCP Publications, 1989), 10.)
Completely untrue, all of it.
“There was a tree, first there was one tree and than later there was two trees because he got blocked off that tree of life that he was forbidden to eat, that belonged to God. It was not that he could not or forbidden to know the difference between good and evil that was something that he was to learn in the future. He hadn’t gotten there yet. Jesus knew the difference between good and evil but he hadn’t sinned to find it out, he didn’t have to violate Gods word to find it out, he learned from Gods word. Well back in the day of Adam whose time with God was his learning time, remember how he named the animals when he brought them to him to know what he was going to call them. Well where do you think he got the wisdom to do that from, the blessing.” (audio on file)
No this wrong, there were always two different trees among the many others he could eat from in the garden (Gen.2:8, 15). The evil was disobedience to God by listening and doing what the Devil said. He was then blocked from eating the tree of life (and the other trees in the garden by being exiled from the garden Gen.3:22) Did Jesus learn what good and evil is from Gods word, when He is the Word itself, God? This is not correct.
Who is Jesus?
Kenneth Copeland: "Once that [Abrahamic] covenant was established, God began to release His Word into the earth. He began to paint a picture of a Redeemer, a man who would be the manifestation of his word in the earth. ” (The power of the tongue p.9)
The Bible says he is the Word, who is the Son with the Father from eternity, no beginning or end.
Copeland further states “ Jesus existed only as an image in the heart of God, until such time as the prophets of the Old Testament could positively confess Jesus into existence through their constant prophecies.” (The Power of the Tongue, pp. 8-10)
So Jesus was not preexistent as the Son. No wait, he reverses this, or does he?
“Finally the great moment came when that Word was brought forth in human form: 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). The Word, which existed before the foundations of the earth, lived for 33 years as a man. His name was Jesus. He ministered for three years as a prophet under the Abrahamic Covenant; then He gave Himself to be the last sacrifice of the Old Covenant. He became the sacrificial lamb, offered upon the altar of the cross for one reason: to defeat Satan.”
It is here we find Copeland's MISunderstanding of the crucifixion; it’s the new covenant, not old. And it was to forgive sin, to reconcile us. Furthermore, what he is saying Jesus as the word means something spoken, not as the Bible teaches, a synonym for the Son, Gods mediator.Speaking of Jesus “This body walking here is a product of the faith of God, that God has injected in his word and put it in the earth, piece by piece, by piece, by piece, he is building the express image of himself? (tape on file)
Jesus was God before he came to earth and during his time on earth. Jesus was not built in pieces...
Kenneth Copeland explains: " So before Jesus came to the earth, God spoke His Word and then spoke His Word again. How many times did He say the Messiah was coming It was prophesied over hundreds, even thousands, of years. He kept saying, 'He is coming. He is 'coming the circumstances in the earth made it look as if there was no way He could accomplish it; but He just kept saying it.” (the power of the tongue 9-10.) underline mine
God spoke the universe into existence (which the Bible attributes to the Son of God-Jesus) but to make God the son a human being it took a long time of confession.
Copeland says that Jesus "has got to be all man. He cannot be a God and come storming in here with attributes and dignities that are not common to man. He can't do that. It's not legal." (The Incarnation, side 1, audiocassette #01-0402, emphasis in original, Fort Worth, TX: KCM, 1985.)
If Jesus is ALL MAN then he is not God in the flesh. which means he is preaching a different Jesus.
Copeland states, “They crucified Me for claiming that I was God. But I didn’t claim I was God; I just claimed I walked with Him and that He was in Me. Hallelujah” (Believer’s Voice of Victory magazine, February 1987, p. 9).
To be called The Son of God meant in Judaism that he was God. That is why the Pharisees accused him of blasphemy in John 10:33 We “stone You, but for blasphemy, and because You, being a Man, make Yourself God." Yet there are so many statements that explain who he is without him expressly saying he is God.
Copeland later on tries to spin his words and fails. “I didn’t say Jesus wasn’t God, I said He didn’t claim to be God when He lived on the earth. Search the Gospels for yourself. If you do, you’ll find what I say is true. During His earthly ministry, Jesus acknowledged that He was the Son of God, the Messiah. He referred to God as His Father (which enraged the Pharisees), but He never made the assertion that He was the most High God. In fact, He told His disciples that the Father God was greater and mightier than He (John 14:28). Why didn’t Jesus openly proclaim Himself as God during His 33 years on earth? For one simple reason. He hadn’t come to earth as God, He’s come as man ” (Believer’s Voice of Victory magazine, August 1988, pg. 8, italics in original).
This teaching of the Jehovah Witnesses should not be found among a Bible teacher, but here it is! “the father being greater” actually means as the Son was a servant to the Father, his position was greater, its not about nature. We know this because of Phili. 2:6 as well as John explaining this in Jn.5:18.
When you hear such double talk you can be assured that Scripture is not only doctrinally and expositionally taught wrong but there is something else in operation.
You cannot say he is God and did not come as God, then there is no incarnation. Then god is not YOUR savior. This false teaching has become popular among many of the 3rd wave Charismatic/Pentecostals.