(I share this as I read this article one day and the next I watched a portion of a Kenneth Copeland meeting where Gloria Copeland was shouting the mantra “Money, Come to Me” and promoting the hundered-fold blessing concept. Apparently Brother Hagin’s warning and rebuke didnt carry far.)
CBN.com – Charismatic Bible teacher Kenneth Hagin Sr. is considered the father of the so-called prosperity gospel. The folksy, self-trained “Dad Hagin” started a grass-roots movement in Oklahoma that produced a Bible college and a crop of famous preachers including Kenneth Copeland, Jerry Savelle, Charles Capps, Jesse DuPlantis, Creflo Dollar and dozens of others—all of whom teach that Christians who give generously should expect financial rewards on this side of heaven.
Hagin taught that God was not glorified by poverty and that preachers do not have to be poor. But before he died in 2003 and left his Rhema Bible Training Center in the hands of his son, Kenneth Hagin Jr., he summoned many of his colleagues to Tulsa to rebuke them for distorting his message. He was not happy that some of his followers were manipulating the Bible to support what he viewed as greed and selfish indulgence.
Those who were close to Hagin Sr. say he was passionate about correcting these abuses before he died. In fact, he wrote a brutally honest book to address his concerns. The Midas Touch was published in 2000, a year after the infamous Tulsa meeting.
Many Word-Faith ministers ignored the book. But in light of the recent controversy over prosperity doctrines, it might be a good idea to dust it off and read it again.
This story comes from Apprising.org, exposing more lies and outright heresy in the Word of Faith circles of celebrity preachers, this time involving Paula White and the self-proclaimed rabbi Ralph Messer. Again, this display with the Torah is an abomination.
There we found out that Florida Currier was carrying a story indicating that “Rabbi” Ralph Messer was supposedly going to crown White queen “during a Super Bowl Sunday service” at her New Destiny Christian Center.
Beyond any reasonable doubt, that was an endorsement of “internationally acclaimed Bible teacher, speaker, and minister-rabbi” Ralph Messer by T.D. Jakes’ spiritual daughter pastrix Paula White. So, the evidence does reveal that White’s being a bit disingenuous in her statement above.
Finally, were about to witness something else, which also proves to be quite interesting. Watch now as Messer will perform his scroll-wrap ceremony with his dear friend Paula White; this was on her own TV program three years before Messer’s coronation of former King, Eddie Long.
While she isn’t called Queen, White obviously has absolutely no problem with Messer below:
In this all new broadcast Mike examines some of the news of the day including a sermon series based on the Wizard of Oz, a new book that portrays Christ as a woman, a woman who claism to be a prophetess types in tongues, and more on Glenn Beck, Mormonism and those who partner with him.
Even more evidence of the lunacy, ignorance and apostasy of people like Juanita Bynum (and those that ‘follow’ her) in this story of her writing a message in tongues. What a hellish abuse of Scripture! You can read the entire article at ChristianPost.com.
In the third post, published about a minute later, the “tongues” text started to appear:
GIRD THEM UP IN THE SPIRIT…GIVE THEM A MIND TO PRAY LIKE NEVER BEFORE….WE CALL ON YOU JESUS….YOU ARE OUR HELP AND OUR HOPE!!!!!!!!NDHDIUBGUGTRUCGNRTUGTIGRTIGRGBNRDRGNGGJNRIC YOU ARE OUR HELP AND OUR HOPE….RFSCNGUGHURGVHKTGHDKUNHSTNSVHGN YOU GOD……YOU ARE OUR HELP AND OUR HOPE!!!!!! OUR HOPE IS IN YOU FATHER……OUR STRENGTH FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS IS IN YOU FATHER……HELP US NOW……LORD WE DONT ASK FOR HELP FOR JUST THEM….THIS IS US….THIS IS A PART OF OUR OWN BODY…..
Several prayer posts with intelligible spellings continued to appear and visitors to Bynum’s Facebook page began questioning the text.
Bynum’s prayer posts soon caught the attention of the media, with one reporter at a spirituality and faith website speculating that the minister was communicating “in tongues.”
Dallas-based, Southern Baptist-when-he-feels-like-it pastor Ed Young, Jr., spoke at his C3 Conference the other day on the subject of honor. Young always seems to pick the best choice of words to make his points (I say sarcastically)….
Just as a sick person becomes a carrier of the flu virus, he said, Christians, likewise, who receive God’s unmerited grace become carriers of “charis” or grace…
“Honor is a feng shui of faith. Order effects outcome. Disorder leads to disarray,” he pointed out. (My note…for those of you that do not know what feng shui is, it’s is an ancient Chinese system of aesthetics believed to use the laws of both Heaven (astronomy) and Earth (geography) to help one improve life by receiving positive qi. In other words a pagan practice.”
“Because of the Lord,” he repeated. “Our God is a God of honor. We are carriers of his grace. Let’s bring honor back. Too often the church’s structure is about dishonor rather than honor. The church is structured many times to expose the wolves instead of protecting the shepherd,” he added.
The “AHA” moment is that while Young talks about honor and being honorable, his speakers for the C3 Conference include T.D. Jakes, a Oneness Pentecostal and one who denies the Trinity and believes that one must speak in tongues, be baptized in water and in the name of Jesus only…or you are lost.
Another speaker in Word of Faith starlet and heretic Joyce Meyer, who among her many erroneous doctrines, teaches that we are all gods and that we can have the same nature and creative abilities of God.
Ed Young, Jr. has time and time again aligned himself with false teachers like Meyer and Jakes. Young is the last person that should be talking about honor.
Joel Osteen didn’t get where he is today by staking out controversial positions on biblical and moral issues. Now, however, Osteen finds himself in the midst of controversy. Last night, Joel and Victoria Osteen appeared together on CNN’s Piers Morgan Tonight and, boxed in by Morgan, Joel Osteen reluctantly confessed that he believes homosexuality to be a sin.
Dr. R. Albert Mohler Jr. observes that Joel Osteen found himself forced to answer a question that every Christian — and certainly every Christian leader — will be forced to answer. In his article, “The Osteen Moment – Your Own Moment Will Come Soon Enough,” Dr. Mohler writes, “When that moment comes, and come it will, those who express confidence in the Bible’s teaching that homosexuality is a sin will find themselves facing the same shock and censure from the very same quarters.”
With this favorite karma-changing promise, New Agers believe you need only use the "unlimited" power and consciousness of your mind to bring about all your dreams, desires and wishes.
Cloaked in a "Christian" package, Joel Osteen’s Your Best Life Now, bears an uncomfortable and dangerous similarity to this most popular of New Age claims. Sample a few of the Osteen versions:
• "You will produce what you’re continually seeing in your mind. If you foster an image of defeat and failure, then you’re going to live that kind of life. But if you develop an image of victory, success, health, abundance, joy, peace, and happiness, nothing on earth will be able to hold those things from you." (page 5)
• "You must conceive it in your heart and mind before you can receive it." (page 6)
• "You must look through your ‘eyes of faith’ and start seeing yourself as happy, healthy and whole." (page 15)
• "What you will receive is directly connected to how you believe." (page 22)
• "We receive what we believe." (page 72)
• "Learn how to conceive. Keep the image of what you want to become in front of you. You’re going to become what you believe." (page 81)
Osteen now travels the country, packing out stadiums with his happy-talk. But I’d like to see Osteen pay a visit to China, preach his "your best life now" drivel, and see how Christians there respond. Let Osteen look into the eyes of Pastor Lei who has been repeatedly arrested and beaten for preaching the Word of God in his church-a church notlicensed by the Chinese government. How would the American’s best life work out for Pastor Lei and his congregation? Perhaps their jail time for the Gospel would give them time to assess Rev. Osteen’s claims.
Have these and countless other persecuted Christians been beaten, jailed and murdered because they "received what they believed," or did these terrible things happen to them because they did not "develop an image of victory, success, health, abundance, joy, peace, and happiness"?
Were eleven of Jesus’ disciples martyred because, "they received what they believed"? Were the disciples living under a "curse of poverty and defeat" as Osteen says of so many?
The context in which Warren quotes Meyer is in a “word of wisdom” fashion. Given that fact, I’m wondering if Rick Warren agrees with Meyer’s doctrine. Is he an advocate for the prosperity gospel that Meyer teaches? Does he believe God wants you to be healthy, wealthy, and wise… and nothing else? Is Warren asking us to believe that Joyce Meyer has the wisdom of God and we should be listening to her?