(photos of Creflo Dollar, Kenneth Copeland and Benny Hinn via Facebook)
In this blog post, I briefly discussed that the Word of Faith Movement denies Jesus’ deity by claiming the following: Jesus came to earth as a mere man, became God when He was baptized with the Holy Spirit, and stopped being God when He was on the cross. Jesus then went to hell for three days as a man to fight Satan and to pay for our sins that way; after that, He was born again when He rose at the end of those three days.
In that same post is a video in which Joyce Meyer teaches this ‘Jesus went to hell’ blasphemy.
Here are Jan Crouch, Kenneth Hagin, and Benny Hinn, teaching the same thing…and more.
Cults and aberrant movements have one thing in common: A false Christology (the study of the nature and person of Jesus Christ). For instance, Mormons believe Jesus and Satan are brothers, while Jehovah’s Witnesses believe Jesus is the archangel Michael.
Jesus said not only do we need to profess the name of the Lord, but also to follow Him if we are to enter Heaven. However, we must make sure we are following the right Jesus. We are warned in 2 Corinthians 11:3-4 that there would be false apostles who would preach a different Christ. Jesus said, “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord’ will enter the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 7:21).
These teachers also proclaim Jesus stopped being God on the cross – that He died a spiritual death only. Scripture tells us He is divine. Jesus is eternal and eternally divine; He has never stopped being divine.
So which Jesus is the Word of Faith Movement professing, following, and looking to for salvation? It is clear that it’s not the Jesus found in the Bible.
It is my prayer that if you follow the teachings or teachers of this movement that you recognize that they pray to a different Jesus and that they serve Satan (2 Corinthians 11:13-15). The standard for testing truth is not the size of the teachers’ audience or because these teachers “speak to you” (2 Timothy 4:3). Scripture is the only standard for truth (Acts 17:11).
Let us rejoice in the true Jesus who paid for our sins, so we can have eternal life; and let’s be thankful God has made truth known to us.
Soli Deo Gloria,