It’s been dubbed the day of reckoning for the prosperity gospel. Kenneth Copland and Joyce Meyer are among a score of popular TV preachers that are under investigation by the US Senate. What is Sen. Grassley looking for? It’s not completely clear although I would image there will be some questions asked about how money is gained through the use of offering empty promises. Here’s how it goes: “If you give $500 to the Lord, the Bible says that He will open up the windows of heaven and pour out blessings after blessings on you”. So people get sucked into it, send their cheque, and see no return. Where does the money go? I’ll let you be the judge of that as I tell you that Creflo Dollar, who is fighting Grassley’s inquiry, owns a Rolls Royce and multimillion-dollar homes and travels in a church-owned Learjet. hmmm, i wonder?
How scripturally erroneous are these preachers? Read on:
Kenneth Copeland states that faith is a muscle which we must exercise for it to work.
All it takes is 1) Seeing or visualizing whatever you need, whether physical or financial; 2) Staking your claim on Scripture; and 3) Speaking it into existence (Christianity in Crisis, p. 80).
“Now Peter said by exceeding great and precious promises you become partakers of the divine nature. All right, are we gods? We are a class of gods!” (Christianity in Crisis, p. 116).
“Heaven has a north and a south and an east and a west. Consequently, it must be a planet.” (Spirit, Soul and Body I, 1985 audiotape #01-0601, side 1)
“It wasn’t the physical death on the cross that paid the price for sin … anybody could do that.” (What Satan Saw on the Day of Pentecost)
“Being poor is a sin, when God promises prosperity. New house? New car? That’s chicken feed. That’s nothing compared to what God wants to do for you” (Charismatic Chaos, p. 285).
They also hold to four errors concerning the atonement:
1) Christ was re-created on the cross from divine to demonic. To put it in Faith vernacular, Jesus took on the very nature of Satan himself.
2) Your redemption was not secured on the cross, but in hell. In fact, many Faith teachers claim that Christ’s torture by all the demons of hell was a “ransom” God paid to Satan so that He could get back into a universe from which He had been banished.
3) Jesus was reborn (or born again) in the very pit of hell.
4) Christ was reincarnated through His rebirth in hell and that those who (like Christ) are born again can become “incarnated” as well.
I hope that the Senators investigation is thorough and it is indeed the day of reckoning for these false teachers
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