(K. Hagin, one of the ‘Father’s’ of the WOF movement)
(Just to say that i am probably the worse blogger ever. To all readers i apologise for being late of continuing this short series discerning the dangers of the WOF. Many responsibilities and arrangements have come up that i had to use my time to do. But now we can come to the final conclusion with our series. I trust that the Lord will you a discerning and teachable spirit while reading this (Acts 17:11).
Their errant doctrine of Christ, the cross and His death.
Another very serious doctrine they hold is a errant doctrine of Christ. In order to introduce their doctrine, in short, I will share some quotes from their own words concerning their teaching of Christ.
Victoria Osteen, Joel Osteen’s wife on November 23, 2011 said “Jesus walked this earth in a human body, he was man, God made flesh.” “see Jesus was man, until God touched him and put the spirit of God on the inside of him..” (http://www.gty.org/resources/sermons/TM13-10/the-devilish-puppet-master-of-the-wordfaith-movement-justin-peters. Stop at 53:02 minutes).
Kenneth Copeland said about Jesus after receiving a revelation from ‘god’ saying and I quote “A born-again man defeated Satan. The first of many brethren defeated him” Then he says that God told him “You are the very image and the very copy of that one.” If anyone doubts; He also said “And I say this with all respect so it don’t upset you too bad, but I say it anyway: when in read the Bible where he says ‘I AM’ I just smile and say ‘Yes, I AM too’.” (BVOV broadcast July 9, 1987).
Paula White invited in 2008 Larry Huch to her TV show and they began to say this:
White: 7 Places Jesus Shed His Blood – If you want dominion, you want authority, and you want to break the spirit of poverty, sickness, disease, generational curse… to give you victory, which means you are a conqueror, an overcomer in ALL things…And so I come in a priestly anointing ( Huch asks her to repeat what she said)
Huch: Jesus is not the only Begotten Son of God!
White: Huh uh. (shaking head) He is the first fruit!
Huch: He is the first fruit, He is the first born of many. Jesus is not the only Begotten Son of God. He is not!
Huch continued: “I’m a son of God!” “Jesus said “Don’t pray to Me. I’ll NOT go to the Father for you.” (White nodding her head) YOU go to the Father because that curtain is open and My blood has atoned for you. Go on in, the water’s fine.” (http://www.gty.org/resources/sermons/TM13-10/the-devilish-puppet-master-of-the-wordfaith-movement-justin-peters. stop at 51:46 minutes).
Here friends is a clear denial of Christ’s Sonship and deity and relationship with us and the Father. Just from their very words, they believe that Jesus Christ the Son of God became born again (which only sinners need John 3:3) and that we also can become very much like Christ in deity (which is not possible). They place Christ’s deity and sonship at the same level with them. It is good to say that Scripture nowhere teaches such a heretical doctrine. The Lord Jesus Christ never needed the Spirit of God to be placed in Him when He came on this earth; for He was already God with the Spirit of God. He is indeed the only begotten Son of God (John 3:16) and He is the Second person of the Godhead (Matthew 3:16-17) that we can never be part of (Isaiah 42:8). We are not sons of God in a sense as Jesus Christ was and is.
Furthermore, WoF teachers also teach that on the cross Christ stopped being the Son of God. They use Matthew 27:46 as their ‘proof’ text. And that His death on the cross was not enough to atone for all the sins of God’s people. They claim that Jesus died not only a physical death but a spiritual one also. But if we think about this just for a moment, logically (if am correct) if it is true that Christ died a spiritual death also, then He stopped existing. See how things go if we take them to their logical conclusion? Their way of interpretation and hermeneutics is the reason why they believe this. They take 2 Corinthians 5:21 and teach that Jesus on the cross was not the son of God anymore, but united with Satan because he became sin. And the reason why the suffering on the cross was not enough to pay for our sins is because Jesus (they say) had to die in hell to pay the price for our sins.
Kenneth Copeland said “ Jesus had to go through that same spiritual death in order to pay the price- Now it wasn’t the physical death on the cross that paid the price for sins, because if it had’ve been, any prophet of God that had died for the last couple of thousand years before that could’ve paid that price. It wasn’t the physical death. Anybody could do that.”
But we must then conclude that unless they are sinless like Jesus was, yes, they would be able to pay for their sins, but the Bible says that apart from Christ there is none righteous no not one (Romans 3:9, 10, 23)!.
Here is a quote from Frederic Price: “No, the punishment was to go into hell itself and to serve time in hell separated from God…Satan and all the demons of hell thought that they had him bound, and they threw a net over Jesus, and they dragged Him down to the very pit of hell itself to serve our sentence.” Joyce Meyer, whom many evangelicals have come to accept her teaching also teaches. She said: “”He became our sacrifice and died on the cross. He did not stay dead. He was in the grave three days. During that time he entered hell, where you and I deserve to go (legally) because of our sin. He paid the price there.” (The most important decision you’ll ever make, by Joyce Meyer, second printing, may 1993, page 35) from (http://carm.org/joyce-meyer)
So what is their argument to support this doctrine?
This doctrine was developed by E.W. Kenyon who said: “The disciples did not know that Jesus was going to be made Sin on the cross. They did not know that He was going to die spiritually”. Now Kenyon looked in Isaiah 53:4-6 and he spotted the word ‘death’ is plural in the Hebrew, indicating (he assumed) that Christ died ‘twice’ on the cross. This meant that Christ had to die a physical and a spiritual death, like we do when we are not saved. But the Hebrew word for ‘death’ expressed in the verb, is only to show the tensity that the word gives for ‘death’. It does not mean, that Christ had two deaths, for that would contradict both logic and Scripture. Kenyon by misinterpreting 2 Corinthians 5:21 also believed that Jesus on the Cross became Sin. What did he mean by that?
Kenyon said: He said “He is spiritually dead. The worm (Jesus) He has become what John’s Gospel 3:14 said ‘ And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up’ He had been lifted up as a serpent. Serpent is Satan. Jesus knew He was going to be lifted up united with the Adversary,”. “You remember that he uttered the sentence ‘it is finished’.” Kenyon then explains that Jesus completed the life on the earth, put did not pay the price for our sin by the physical death. He adds “He could not do that in His physical life. Sin basically is a spiritual thing, so it must be dealt with in the spirit realm. If Jesus paid the penalty of Sin on the cross, then sin is but a physical act’. ( E.W.Kenyon, What Happened From The Cross To the Throne’ p.45,47)
He added “If his death paid it, then every man could die from himself. When Jesus died, His spirit was taken by the Adversary and carried to the place where the sinner’s spirit goes when he dies.”
It is indeed (I must say with all honesty) a dangerous and a heretical doctrine.
But what does the Scripture say?
In Colossians 2:14 it clearly states that the punishment that we deserve for our sins was payed and nailed on the cross. John 19:30 Christ said ‘it is finished’ on the cross, not in Hell. In Ephesians 1:7 we read that our redemption was through His blood, which would mean that it was a by the physical death of Christ that our sins were payed for and not a spiritual one. Some use 1 Peter 3:19 to show us that Christ indeed went to Hell. But the text says otherwise if we look at it carefully. In the context we read that Christ suffered while He was on the earth and not in Hell. The ‘spirit prison’ which is referred to is not in Hell but on the earth. He was preaching to them that they can be set free and you remember the reaction of the Jews when they heard Him (John 8:33). In verse 20 of chapter 3 of first Peter, we are given an answer to what Peter is saying. He refers to the times of Noah and the people, that even then for 120 years Noah preached the Gospel to them and they disobeyed and only His family believed. But those who did not believe went to Hell. And Peter is encouraging brothers that they now know more of the Gospel than those from the OT. Peter was teaching an analogy of being saved. But there is nothing in the text that suggests that Christ’s went into Hell. In fact, Luke 16:16-31, shows that there is no freedom in Hell, only torment and only unbelievers go to Hell and not the Lord. Moreover, Matthew 27:46 does not teach that Jesus was spiritually separate from the Father and became part of Satan and became sin literally. The word of Christ which were in Aramaic is a fulfilment of Psalm 22:1 showing us that what was said about Him prophetically was being fulfilled. He was our sin bearer, our substitute and was experiencing the wrath of God and was abandoned by the Father, treated guilty instead of us. But make no mistake, He did not become literally sin and took the form of the devil, literally separated, spiritually, from God. For it is written “who knew no sin”(2 Corinthians 5:21).
Even at the time when Christ was on the cross, before He died, He promised the thief on the cross “thou shall be with me in paradise” (Luke 23:43). So friends, these are just evidence of the erroneous doctrines that these false teachers have by deceiving millions of people who many of them truly desire to seek Christ. And as a former follower of these people I can truly say that these people are not Christian if they teach and hold on to these doctrines.