Response to Letter from KCM
Response to Letter from
Kenneth Copeland Ministries
By David McAllister
© The Belfast Berean 2002. Last Updated 20/6/02.
Published on "The Lamp" Website by Permission of Author.
In a letter by Margaret Fendley [Prayer Minister] October 29, 1996, on behalf of Kenneth Copeland ministries [to David McAllister] it is stated ".... that Kenneth Copeland has made it a policy not to respond to or debate with anyone about their disagreements with him over the Word of God (Titus 3:9; 2 Tim 2:23-26). He believes in most cases no one changes their beliefs and a even greater division is created in the Body of Christ."
Of course Kenneth Copeland is wrong, and we are not talking about some 'disagreements' as the letter states but rather total opposition to almost everything he teaches. A lot of what Kenneth Copeland teaches is utterly false and in many cases utter blasphemy and nothing short of damnable heresies [2 Peter 2:1-3]. The facts are that Copeland is the one causing the ‘greater’ division in the body of Christ by refusing to be corrected [Romans 16:17-18]. In the letter by Margaret Fendley Titus 3:9 and 2 Tim 2:23-26 are quoted.
Titus 3:9 "But avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and vain."
2 Timothy 2:23-26 "But foolish and unlearned questions avoid, knowing that they do engender strifes. And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men apt to teach, patient, in meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God preadventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth. And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will."
However is this a valid argument? Are those questions being asked about Kenneth Copeland and his teachings really foolish and unlearned? Are we talking about genealogies? Are we striving about the law? We say no! But you decide? Yes of course the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men apt to teach, patient.
In the letter by Margaret Fendley [Prayer Minister] October 29, 1996 on behalf of Kenneth Copeland ministries [to David McAllister] it is stated, “To gain an unbiased opinion on any subject, it is advisable to consider a variety of viewpoints. Several Christian writers have addressed these charges and their books are available at local Christian bookstores. One such author is James R, Spencer, whose books, Heresy Hunters and Bleeding Hearts and Propaganda, contain some thought-provoking statements. Spencer refutes the charges as having been taken out of context, then addresses the subjects using additional quotes by Brother Copeland to prove that his statements have been misconstrued. For better understanding of Brother Copeland's teaching, we suggest you read Spencer's comments in Bleeding Hearts.”
Is it true that Copeland’s teachings have been taken out of context and misconstrued? Why does one have to read James R, Spencer to gain an unbiased opinion on the teachings of Kenneth Copeland? We say rather that to gain an unbiased opinion of any teacher or preacher one needs to go straight to the horse’s mouth.
Kenneth Copeland, "I was shocked when I found out who the biggest failure in the Bible actually is....The biggest one is God....I mean, He lost His top-ranking, most anointed angel; the first man He ever created; the first woman He ever created; the whole earth and all the Fullness therein; a third of the angels, at least--that's a big loss, man. . . . Now, the reason you don't think of God as a failure is He never said He's a failure. And you're not a failure till you say you're one." ("Praise-a-Thon" program on TBN [April 1988].)
Think for a moment? Has the above statement really been taken out of context? Margaret Fendley wants to assure us all that contrary to popular opinion, “…. Brother Copeland does not feel, think or preach that God has failed or that He is a failure.”
Well there you go, we all must have hearing and reading problems? Margaret Fendley wants to clear up the, “…Confusion that has resulted from his statement, which has been taken out of context…. Brother Copeland stated that looking in the natural; it appears God was the biggest failure ever. God lost the Archangel assigned as a covering to the Glory of God and leader of worship and praise to Him, when he became corrupted with sin. God lost one-third of the angels who became corrupted along with Lucifer. God lost Adam, the man created to fellowship with God, when he fell into sin and chose Satan over God. When Adam sinned, God lost all mankind, sin becoming lodged in man's nature. At that time God lost all earthly creation also. To bring mankind back to Him, God sent prophets, priests, judges, kings and ministers, most of whom were rejected and killed. God lost His only begotten Son, turning His face away from Jesus as He bore all the corruption of mankind at Calvary. In the natural it looked like God had failed at every attempt.”
Kenneth Copeland in his statement is shocked? Why is he shocked? He is shocked at something he has found out in the Bible. What has he found out? Kenneth Copeland has “…. found out who the biggest failure in the Bible actually is.” What a discovery! Now do not get him wrong? He has not found out, “who appears to be the biggest failure in the Bible”! No rather “THE biggest failure in the Bible?” The definite article!
Who then is this biggest failure in the Bible? Adam? No! Lucifer? No!
Kenneth Copeland says, “The biggest one is God”
Kenneth Copeland leaves us in no doubt as to who is the biggest failure in the Bible? But what we have from Margaret Fendley, like Spencer, is a clever piece of spin, which try’s to hide and cover up the truth behind this most blasphemous statement. Kenneth Copeland does in fact believe and teach that God is the biggest failure in the Bible. Still not convince? Still falling for the spin of Fendley?
Well what if he was to repeat the very same teaching again at another time, at another place, at another venue?
Kenneth Copeland, “Who is the biggest? Who’s the biggest failure in the Bible? God is! What you say... [Copeland laughing] …Put your gun up!” [The Believers Voice of Victory; GOD TV; Video on File]
Jesus in Hell?
Margaret Fendley writes, “Concerning Jesus going into hell, Brother Copeland has never implied that Satan is our co-redeemer or that Jesus' death on the cross was not enough. The blood of Jesus ratified an eternal covenant with us which He will never end.”
More spin with the opposite being true. Kenneth Copeland clearly denies the cross work of Christ, believing and teaching that ‘Satan defeated Jesus on the cross’ [Kenneth Copeland Study Bible]. Kenneth Copeland clearly teaches that the price for sin was paid for in hell and not on the cross. So clearly, the death of Christ on the cross was not enough.
However our concerns are not regarding the teaching that Jesus Christ went to hell. The problems with Kenneth Copeland's teachings are how Jesus Christ got to hell, and what happened when he got there. The truth is clear, the gospel of Jesus Christ and him crucified has been rejected and replaced by Kenneth Copeland, as we will prove. The truth according to Kenneth Copeland is that Jesus Christ did not pay the debt of sin on the cross! It was not the physical death of Jesus Christ on the cross that paid the price for sin, and when Christ cried, “it is finished” it was not finished according to Kenneth Copeland. Kenneth Copeland clearly denies the finished and sufficient cross work of Christ.
When Christ cried with a loud voice, “Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit” [Luke 23:46]. Copeland says, Oh no! Jesus Christ’s spirit ended up in the hands of Satan who dragged him into hell.
When the Prophet Isaiah 53:10 states “it pleased the Lord to bruise him” a false prophet called Kenneth Copeland cries, "You [Christians] don't know what happened at the cross… no it was every demon in hell that tortured Jesus Christ beyond anything that anybody has ever conceived. For three days He suffered everything there is to suffer in Hell, however Satan didn't realize that he took Jesus illegally because He did not sin. Satan thought he had Jesus destroyed, but God started talking and Jesus Christ's emaciated, poured out, little, wormy spirit was born again. Jesus Christ therefore became the first born again man.”
How Fendley can say that Copeland has never implied, "… that Jesus' death on the cross was not enough” is a total fabrication. Read it below, statement after statement after statement!
Kenneth Copeland, "It wasn't the physical death on the cross that paid the price for sin...... anybody could do that....Every prophet that walked the face of the earth under the Abrahamic covenant could have paid the price if it were a physical death only” ["From the Cross to the Throne"]
Kenneth Copeland "Its staggering to consider just how much it cost Jesus to buy us back from sin. He went all the way to Hell and back to pay the price of it all"
Kenneth Copeland, "You don't know what happened at the cross" [From the Cross to the Throne].
Kenneth Copeland, "Most people today don't [understand] because the truth about what happened at the cross hasn't been preached to any degree" [The Believer's Voice of Victory magazine, May 1993, p.3].
Kenneth Copeland, "Let me tell you something folks. Anybody in here that's ever been sexually abused, listen to me right now. Listen to me very carefully. The Bible's very careful about the way it says these things. But down there in that dungeon, Romans, ungodly men, ungodly men, put him (Jesus) to every kind of abuse that you can think of. There is no sin that Jesus didn't bare. There is no thing, there is no such thing as a sexual abuse on somebody that Jesus doesn't know firsthand what it's all about. He's been where you are, I don't care what you've been through, Jesus has been through it. And everything's done to him that we couldn't even speak of" [The Resurrection Truth, audiotape].
Kenneth Copeland, “When he said ‘It is finished’ on that cross, he was not speaking of the plan of redemption. The plan of redemption had just begun, there were still three days and three nights to be gone through.” “[Jesus] accepted the sin nature of Satan in His own Spirit, and at the moment that He did so, He cried ‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?’.” “He [Jesus] was down in that pit and there he suffered the punishment for three horrible days and nights for Adam’s treason... There is a new birth takes place in the very depths of the earth, when the command of God says That’s enough, loose him and let him go" ["From the Cross to the Throne"].
Kenneth Copeland, "Every demon in hell....tortured Him beyond anything that anybody has ever conceived. For three days He suffered everything there is to suffer. Some people don't want to believe that. They want to believe that after his death, Jesus just stayed in the upper region of Sheol that the Bible calls paradise - where the saints waited for redemption. But they're mistaken! If He had simply stayed there, there would have been no price for sin. What then would have been the use of shedding His precious blood?" ["The Price of it All," The Believers Voice of Victory magazine, Sept, 199?, p3-4]
Kenneth Copeland, "Satan didn't realize He [Jesus] is in there [hell] illegally. . . . This man had not sinned. This man has not fallen out of the covenant of God, and He had the promise of God for deliverance. And Satan fell into the trap. He took Him into hell illegally. He carried Him in there [when] He did not sin." ("What Happened from the Cross to the Throne" [Fort Worth, Texas, Kenneth Copeland Ministries, 1990], audiotape #02-0017, side 2].
Kenneth Copeland, "He [Jesus] is suffering all that there is to suffer. There is no suffering left apart from Him. His emaciated, poured out, little, wormy spirit is down in the bottom of that thing [hell]. And the Devil thinks he's got Him destroyed." ["Believer's Voice of Victory", 21 April 1991. This message was originally delivered at the Full Gospel Motorcycle Rally Association 1990 Rally at Eagle Mountain Lake, Texas].
Kenneth Copeland, "That Word of the living God went down into that pit of destruction and charged the spirit of Jesus with resurrection power! Suddenly His twisted, death-wracked spirit began to fill out and come back to life. He began to look like something the devil had never seen before" ["The Price of it All," Believer's Voice of Victory 19, 9th September 1991].
Kenneth Copeland, "He [Jesus] was literally being reborn before the devil's very eyes. He began to flex His spiritual muscles. . . .Jesus was born again--the firstborn from the dead the Word calls Him--and He whipped the devil in his own backyard. He took everything he had away from him. He took his keys and his authority away from him" ["The Price of it All," Believer's Voice of Victory 19, 9th September 1991].
Kenneth Copeland, "I can't understand Christians that refuse to believe that Jesus went to hell. I want to tell you something if he didn't go, your going to have to." (The Christian Channel Europe "Believer's Voice of Victory" May 1998].
As one Christian puts it, “If Satan tortured Jesus in Hell are we to thank Him? Is he our co-redeemer? Did he torture him enough when he was in hell? Maybe he held back just enough? Whilst Copeland might not imply that Satan is our co-redeemer, is this not a natural outworking of this man’s damnable heresies?”
Margaret Fendley writes, “Neither does Brother Copeland believe we are gods who command God to obey us. There is One Supreme and Sovereign God Who we worship and serve--the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob”
Fendley does her best to cover up the crimes of Copeland, but her efforts fail. Her letter is filled with clear misrepresentations of the doctrines of Kenneth Copeland. Kenneth Copeland says one thing but Fendley says he means another. Kenneth Copeland teaches one thing but Fendley says he really means the opposite.
Not only does Kenneth Copeland teach that we are little gods who command God to obey us, but that all Christians are co-equal with God like Jesus Christ, who should not think it robbery to be called equal with God.
Kenneth Copeland, "As a believer, you have a right to make commands in the name of Jesus. Each time you stand on the Word, you are commanding God to a certain extent because it is His Word." (Our Covenant with God [Fort Worth, TX: KCP Publications, 1987], 32.)
Paul Crouch, speaking to Kenneth Copeland, said, "Somebody said--I don't know who said it--but they claim that you Faith teachers declare that we are gods. You're a god. I'm a god. Small 'g' now, but we are the gods of this world. . . . Well, are you a god--small 'g'?" To this, Jan Crouch, referring to Copeland, enthusiastically exclaimed: "He's gonna say, 'Yes.' I love it." ["Praise the Lord" TBN, 5th February 1986].
Paul Crouch, "He [God] doesn't even draw a distinction between Himself and us. . . . You know what else that's settled, then, tonight? This hue and cry and controversy that has been spawned by the Devil to try and bring dissension within the body of Christ that we are gods. I am a little god! . . . I have His name. I'm one with Him. I'm in covenant relation. I am a little god! Critics, be gone!" ["Praise the Lord" TBN, 7 July 1986]..
Kenneth Copeland, "God spoke Adam into existence in authority with words (Gen. 1:26,28). These words struck Adam's body in the face. His body and God were exactly the same size." (Holy Bible, Kenneth Copeland Reference Edition , Fort Worth, Texas, Kenneth Copeland Ministries, 1991], 45, emphasis in original.]
Kenneth Copeland, "God's reason for creating Adam was His desire to reproduce Himself. I mean a reproduction of Himself, and in the Garden of Eden He did just that. He was not a little like God. He was not almost like God. He was not subordinate to God even. . . . Adam is as much like God as you could get, just the same as Jesus. . . . Adam, in the Garden of Eden, was God manifested in the flesh" ["Following the Faith of Abraham I," side ].
Kenneth Copeland, "Adam was made in the image of God. He was as much female as he was male. He was exactly like God. Then God separated him and removed the female part. Woman means 'man with the womb.' Eve had as much authority as Adam did as long as they stayed together" ["Sensitivity of Heart, Fort Worth, Texas: Kenneth Copeland Publications, 1984].
Kenneth Copeland, "Adam was just as much the Son of God as Jesus, Jesus just as much the Son of God as Adam. Jesus is called the last Adam, but then through Jesus we were brought back into a place higher than what Adam had. And Adam was created in the likeness of God, and he walked with God, and talked with God, Amen. God created this whole planet for him, give it to his man, his child. But now are religious ideas had told us Oh! Oh! Oh!.... you can never do that.... Oh! Oh!.... you better be careful boy thinking like that." Kenneth Copeland, Believer's Voice of Victory, Monday 29th January 2001 [GOD TV]
Kenneth Copeland, "You really cannot ever come to that place were you let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who thought it not robbery to be called equal with God. Let this mind be in Kenneth Copeland, Oh my goodness, Ah! that thinks its not robbery to be called equal with God." Kenneth Copeland, Believer's Voice of Victory, Monday 29th January 2001 [GOD TV]
Kenneth Copeland, "But let me tell you something! Do you realize that I have the same faith in me that God used to create this planet? Are you kidding me, I could not create a planet, I could not create a basketball....that’s not the same thing were talking about, but it is the same faith, the reason I can't function on that level yet is because I don't have the wisdom about it that God has. But yet that wisdom is here. Well you really think you got that? Yea, and I'm not done either yet, praise the Lord. I'm still developing I'm still building we've got eternity. Glory to God." Kenneth Copeland, Believer's Voice of Victory, Monday 29th January 2001 [GOD TV]
Equal With God?
Sounds all so familiar? As we move back down through the
corridors of time and remind you of the very first created being who ever dared
to think such a though! "How thou art fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the
morning! how art thou cut down to the ground....For thou hast said in thine
heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of
God; I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the
north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most
High." [Isaiah 14:12-14]
Whilst Lucifer believed he could be like the most High, there are those within the church who are teaching us Christians are already like the most High. These teachers, Messrs. Creflo Dollar and Kenneth Copeland, encourage Christians to quit belittling themselves and the Almighty God with a 'filthy rags' mentality and recognize their equality with Jesus and God. Dollar and Copeland not only claim that man is an exact duplicate of the image of God, but a exact duplicate including size and shape, who has an ability to create with words as God did.
The reason? Jesus Christ said God was His Father claiming to be equal with God. Christians, who are sons and daughters of God through faith in Christ Jesus, have God as their Father also, so we also have the same equality with God that Jesus Christ has.
What teachers like Dollar and Copeland don’t seen to understand is that God is a Spirit, and invisible [Rom 1:20; Col 1:15-16; 1 Tim 1:17; Heb 11:27]. How then could man be made exact duplicates of the image of God including size and shape? Yet the Bible could not be clearer in Isaiah 43:10 that no god or little god has ever been formed. The Bible could not be clearer in Isaiah 46:9, when God says "I am God and there is none like me". However Kenneth Copeland and Creflo Dollar somehow seem to miss this. How, no one can tell?
Yes it is true that in this world there are those who call themselves 'gods' or 'little gods', and there are those who are called 'gods' and 'lords' in this world by others. But to the true evangelical 'Born-Again Bible Believing Christian', their is but ONE GOD and they would totally reject these teachings as the same lie of the serpent in the garden of Eden to the Woman in Genesis 3:4-5.
Dave Hunt in his book Occult Invasion, page 345 writes "To teach that man is God, a god ,or equal to God, and that faith is a force that works according to certain laws, differs little from atheism. Either way, there is no being in the universe who is man’s superior."
The God of the Bible, through His prophet Isaiah, makes it abundantly clear that He alone is the only true and living God, and there is none like unto Him, and there are no other 'gods' or 'little gods' beside Him.
It is written "Ye are my witnesses, saith the Lord, and my servant whom I have chosen; that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me." [Isa 43:10] It is written in 1 Cor 8:5 "For though there be that are called gods, whether in heaven or in earth, [as there be gods many, and lords many,] but to us [Christians] there is but one God the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him." The only true and living God says "I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God....Is there a God beside me? Yea, there is no God; I know not any." [Isa 44:6-8] and again "I am the Lord, and there is none else, there is no God beside me....I am the Lord, and there is none else....and there is no God else beside me; a just God and a Saviour; there is none beside me. Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God and there is none else" [Isa 45:1-22] and again "Remember the former things of old: for I am God; and there is none else; I am God and there is none like me;" [Isa 46:9]
teachers like Creflo Dollar and Kenneth Copeland clearly reject the counsel of
the Almighty. We received the following e-mail from the ministry of Creflo
Dollar in response to the article 'KENNETH COPELAND and CREFLO DOLLAR EQUAL
WITH GOD?' In the E-Mail we are told 'We pray that the following information
will bring you even greater understanding concerning the subject of our
equality with God.' However as one reads down the list of pretexts used to
support this teaching, one can quickly see how faith teachers like Dollar are
apt at taking a biblical text out of its context, whilst paying scant heed to
the context of the passage it has been lifted from. Below, we will look
carefully at each text that Dollar has used and show within the context of that
passage that what Dollar is teaching is wrong.
The E-Mail reads: '....The Bible states that Jesus Christ called God His Father thus making himself equal with God (John 5: 17-18). As sons and daughters of God through our faith in Christ Jesus, we also have equality with God. (I John 3:2). a.) John 5:17-18 Jesus called God "Father " thus making himself equal with God b.) Ps.82:6 You are gods and children of the Most High God c.) John 10:34-36 Jesus quoted Ps. 82:6 and The Jews wanted to stone him for blasphemy d.) Ps. 8:4-5 Man was created a little lower than the angels (angels-Heb. word "Elohim"- God - The Creator of all Physical things.) e.) Gen. 1:26-27 Man was made in the image and likeness of God f.) "It's understood that you and I are not God. There is only one God. However, as His children, we are like him. He's the big "G", and we're the little "g". (Dr. Creflo A. Dollar from his new book-The Image of Righteousness-pg.91). g.) "You are an exact duplicate of the image of God. This does not mean that you are God. It means that you are made in God's image and His likeness, with an ability to create with words as God did. (Dr. Creflo A.Dollar from his new book-The Image of Righteousness-pg. 83)....'
"But Jesus answered them, My Father worketh hitherto, and I work. Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him because he not only had broken the Sabbath, but said also that God was his Father, making himself equal with God."
This is the first instance were Creflo Dollar pays no heed to the context of the passage in question, and he fails to understand what Jesus Christ was claiming when He said God was His Father making himself equal with God!!
J. Sidlow Baxter explains "He [Jesus] claims equality in seven particulars:
 Equal in working: "What things soever he [the Father] doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise" [v 19].
 Equal in knowing: "For the Father loveth the Son, and showeth him all things that himself doeth" [v20].
 Equal in resurrecting: "For as the Father raiseth up the dead.....so the Son quickeneth whom he will" [v 21 with vv.28,29].
 Equal in judgement; "For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgement unto the Son" [v. 22 with v. 27].
 Equal in honour. "That all men should honour the son even as they honour the Father" [v23].
 Equal in regenerating: "He that hearth my word, and believeth on him that sent me....is passed from death unto life" [vv. 24, 25].
 Equal in self existence: "For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have live in himself" [v. 26].
Hopefully faith teachers may now understand what blasphemy it is to claim to be equal with God in the context of this passage, or any other for that matter? Is Creflo Dollar equal with God in Working? Equal in Knowing? Equal in Resurrecting? Equal in Judgement? Equal in Honour? Equal in Regenerating? Equal in Self Existence? Of course not!
"Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus. Who being in the form of God, though it not robbery to be equal with God"
This passage does not encourage Christians to think they are equal with the Almighty, the passage deals with the deity of Jesus Christ and warns just because Jesus Christ made himself of no reputation, becoming a servant made in the likeness of men, does not mean He became less than deity. Is not the key to this passage in v  'Who being in the form of God'? The reason that Jesus Christ though it not robbery to be equal with God is due to the fact he is God, as the text suggests. God is not telling Christians to have the like mind of Christ when He thought it not robbery to be equal with God, but instead to have the like mind of Christ when He humbled Himself and made Himself of no reputation becoming a servant to all.
In the Hebrew-Greek Key Study Bible [KJV] we read "What is to be understood here is that Christ merely relinquished His glory which he had due to the fact that He was deity. Prior to His death, He asked the Father to glorify Him in a position next to God with the glory which He had even before the world was created [John 17:5].... The Lord lacked recognition and glory by men while He was on earth as the Incarnate God. However, as far as God was concerned, Christ never lost His position before God."
"I have said, ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most high. But ye shall die like men and fall like one of the princes"
"Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, ye are gods? If he called them gods, unto whom the word of God came, and the Scripture cannot be broken: Say ye of him, whom the Father hath sanctified, and sent into the world, Thou blasphemest: because I said, I am the Son of God?"
We ask the simple question was Jesus Christ confused? Is there another god beside him? Is there really another like unto him? Is Jesus Christ contradicting himself because he had already taught to the Jews beforehand that there is only one God in Mark 12:29?
Again Dollar pays very little heed to the context of the Psalm in question. In fact God has nothing good to say about those 'gods' in Psalm 82. God is clearly unhappy and warns "How long will ye judge unjustly, and accept the persons of the wicked? Defend the poor and fatherless: do justice to the afflicted and needy. Deliver the poor and needy: rid them out of the hand of the wicked." [v2-4] Would these same judgements by the Almighty apply to ‘god’ Dollar and ‘god’ Copeland?
In the book of Jeremiah 10:11 we read "Thus shall ye say unto them, The gods [Dollar and Copeland] that have not made the heavens and the earth, even they shall perish from the earth, and from under the heavens." We need to remind Creflo Dollar that he, like other faith teachers, only quotes half of Psalm 82:6 and leaves out the other half "But ye shall die like men and fall like one of the princes."
In the book Christianity in Crisis, page 115, Hank Hanegraaff gives some good advice "...if Faith proponents want to take Jesus literally when He makes His ironic statement about being gods, why not take Him literally when He calls the Pharisees "snakes" [Matthew 23:33]?"
As a Christian pointed out to me, if it really were true that we are gods, why then did the woman not rebuke the serpent in Paul Crouch style by saying "I am a little god! Critics, be gone!" Creflo Dollar explains? Dollar says that the real deception of the serpent was not in telling the woman she would be like God, but to blind the woman from the truth that she was already like God. Dollar warns that this deception still runs rife in the church today by those who do not want people to understand that they are already gods. In fact the real truth is that the serpent tempted the Woman promising "ye shall not surely die....ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil."
In the book Occult Invasion by Dave Hunt, page 352, we read "It was Satan, not God, who had promised godhood to Eve and not that she would be God, "but as [the] gods" [Genesis 3:5]. Ah, there was the catch! There is only one true God. The gods are all false, They are the pretenders after godhood, the followers of Satan, who have believed his promise of godhood."
While the serpent promised the woman "ye shall be as gods", Faith teachers like Dollar and Copeland go even further than the lie of the serpent and say "we are already gods, we just need to realise it!". Yes incredibly as it may seem Copeland and Dollar outdo Lucifer who only went as far as to believe he could be like the most High, whilst Mr Copeland and Mr Dollar teach they are already like the most High. What’s the problem then? We just need to realise we are gods. In fact this very teaching is found at the heart of the New Age Movement. We are all gods, but have forgotten that we are gods and through Transcendental Meditation [TM] a form of Yoga one can realise that they are god. Through TM one will experience that they are god and can structure their lives the way they want creating reality with their minds.
In the book of Acts some of those who witnessed God heal the impotent man through the Apostle Paul cried "The gods are come down to us in the likeness of men." Unlike Copeland and Dollar the Apostle Paul rebuked those who were about to do sacrifice with the people and said "We also are men of like passions with you" and preached "that... [They] should turn from these vanities unto the living God, which made heaven and earth, and the sea, and all things that are therein" Acts [14:11-15]
In the Believers Bible Commentary by William McDonald [Edited by Art Farstad], page 675, we read, "In Psalm 82, rulers and judges are addressed by God as gods. Actually they are not divine, but because of their position as God's ministers, they are dignified with name of gods. Their greatest distinction is that the word of God came to them, that is they were officially ordained by God as higher powers concerned with government and justice [Rom 13:1]. If the name 'gods' could thus be loosely applied to men like them, how much more fully and accurately can the name God be applied to the Lord Jesus."
In the HEBREW-GREEK STUDY BIBLE [KJV], page 760, we read the following: "Some people attempt to explain the phrase 'ye are gods' to mean that human beings can be gods as equal to God in His essence. The solution to this misinterpretation of these words is found in the proper interpretation of the word 'god' in Hebrew. It is the word Elohim  which is used of God referring to His office as a Judge and Diviner of justice. In the establishment of the office of judge in the OT, men were given the responsibility of representing this office of God. Thus, the usage of the term Elohim would not be confusing to one who understands that the man merely represents God. In this psalm, however, God is condemning those who had perverted justice and had abused their God-given privilege to hold the office of a judge. The warning given in verse seven is that though they be 'gods,' though they hold this honourable office among men to rule over them as God's representative, yet they are but men and will die like all other men."
In the book Christianity in Crisis, page 113, Hank Hanegraaff writes "One thing is certain: A literal interpretation of the term "god" in Psalm 82:6 is clearly ruled out by the context. It is hard to miss that this passage opens with a strong denunciation of the injustices perpetrated by the judges of Israel [v2]. As representives of God [cf. Exodus 4:15,16; 6:28-7:2], they should have been just; instead, they were dishonest. How unlike God men are!"
1 John 3:2
"Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be; but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is."
Some time in the future, [and not now] all Christians will receive the same glorious resurrection body that Jesus Christ received at his resurrection. Our vile bodies shall be made like unto his glorious body and Christians will be morally like Jesus Christ.
"What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him? For thou has made him a little lower than the angels, and has crowned him with glory and honour."
The text says it all, God made man a little lower than the angels. The truth is man is not even equal to the angels, never mind being equal with God. Again we must take the time to remind Copeland and Dollar of the very first created being, ’Lucifer’, an angel, who dared to think in such a way! "How thou art fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How art thou cut down to the ground....For thou hast said in thine heart....I will be like the most High?" What will happen to Lucifer? God says, "Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit"! What do you think the most High will do with any other wannabes like Copeland and Dollar?
"And God said. Let us make man in our image, after our likeness....So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them."
Creflo Dollar teaches that man was made in the image and likeness of God, and is a exact duplicate of the image of God with an ability to create with words as God did. Kenneth Copeland teaches that man is an exact duplicate of God, including size and shape, and he can speak things and they come to pass. Faith teachers like Copeland could not possible be correct, as God is a Spirit and therefore invisible [Rom 1:20; Col 1:15-16; 1 Tim 1:17; Heb 11:27]. Paul in the book of Romans warns about those who would change the glory of the incorruptible God, into an image made like to corruptible man. Romans 1:21-23.
Creflo Dollar states "It's understood that you and I are not God. There is only one God. However, as His children, we are like him. He's the big "G", and we're the little "g"." We ask Creflo Dollar the question again. Is God confused? Is their really another god beside him? Is their really another like unto him? Creflo Dollar "You are an exact duplicate of the image of God. This does not mean that you are God. It means that you are made in God's image and His likeness, with an ability to create with words as God did." Creflo Dollar seems to be talking in forked tongues. In one hand he says ‘you and I are not God. There is only one God....’ and then on the other ‘we are like him. He's the big "G", and we're the little "g".’
Hank Hanegraaff in the book Christianity in Crisis, page 115, writes ".....Satan is also referred to as a "god" in 2 Corinthians 4:4. But surely no one assumes that this means that Satan is an exact duplicate of God."
Is it not written "Is there a God beside me? yea, there is no God; I know not any." [Isaiah 44:8] Dollar and Copeland say the Almighty is mistaken!
Is it not written "Remember the former things of old: for I am God; and there is none else; I am God and there is none like me;" [Isaiah 46:9] Dollar and Copeland would say the Almighty is in error, we are like Him!
Is it not written "...there is no one like me in all the earth"? [Exodus 9:14] Dollar and Copeland say, OH NO, wrong again! We are exact duplicates of you!
Is it not written "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher that your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts." [Isaiah 55:8-9] Dollar and Copeland respond in Paul Crouch like fashion with "I am a little god! Critics, be gone!"
Finally, Creflo Dollar makes the very mistake that the Apostle Paul warns about in Romans 1:21-23 "Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man."
The truth is that man was made to reflect certain aspects of the image of the invisible God! Those aspects being love, justice, truth, holiness. mercy, morality, knowledge...etc. Man is not divine or can he ever be! Man is not omnipresent, omniscient or omnipotent like God, and neither does he have an ability to create with words! Only God has these abilities.
Fendley ends the letter, “The responsibility of the Body of Christ is to love and encourage one another, pray for one another and make the effort to come into the unity of faith (John 13:34-35; James 5:16; Ephesians 4:3,13). Our faith is through Jesus Christ and His shed blood. Kenneth and Gloria Copeland and the KCM staff all love Jesus as our Savior and want to see souls saved. We stand in agreement and prayerfully uphold all those who also believe that”
Sadly, the truth is that Fendley’s letter is full of utter fabrications and downright lies. How such a letter can be written with so many falsehoods is unbelievable. The responsibility of the Christian is to sound the alarm and warn the Body of Christ of such wolfs like Kenneth Copeland. Kenneth Copeland has utterly torn the very heart out of the Christian Gospel and replaced it with another. Copeland is under the curse of Paul in Gal 1:6-10 and we as Christians must "mark them which cause divisions and offenses contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned and avoid them." [Romans 16:17-18]. False Teachers mouths must "be stopped" and we are to "rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith." [Titus 1:13].
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