In March of last year I began trying to understand what Kingdom Now Theology is. It was being taught in our church and on the surface, so many things sounded good. A lot of things were true if applied in the correct way. That is one thing that is dangerous about it. You take it one way and it is really meant another way, but all the while you are drinking the KoolAid and your mind is slowly and subtly being conformed. The other dangerous thing is there is a lot of truth and that reels you in. But nine parts truth and one part lie will still take you astray. I had heard a lot of things over the past year that I didn’t understand. But I was honestly trying to think past the box I grew up in. So I didn’t necessarily embrace or reject. I wanted to be open -minded and not reject something just because I had never heard it. And on the flip side, there were a lot of truths taught that I had never understood. So a lot of good I was learning also. But what finally got me to really studying is I attended a service at Abba’s House in Hixson, Tn. Randy Clark was there teaching about impartation. To make a long story short, neither my husband nor I was healed. We both left there knowing something wasn’t right, but not exactly sure what and why. Looking back, I am thankful we weren’t healed. We might have been sucked in. And now it seems so obvious what was wrong that I feel ashamed I almost got caught up. But that is exactly what happens. They know how to create an atmosphere to get people on board. Let me say here that some may have truly been healed. I am not arguing that point. At this time, that is beyond my understanding how someone could get healed in the mist of something like this. However, after watching ex-faith healers share their secrets, a lot of it becomes clearer.
Over the course of my research, I have learned about the Word of Faith Movement, Dominionism, Kingdom Now, Emergent Church, The New Apostolic Reformation, how Eastern religion and New Age teaching is infiltrating the church, and why certain kinds of worship is advanced and promoted. I am going to attempt to give a brief overview of each. I have read tons of material and watched countless videos. Nothing is taken out of context. The mistake I made was not documenting everything to credit where the information came from. I just took notes or screen shots to refer back to.
A lot of people credit Kenneth Hagin as the founder of The Word of Faith Movement. But its beginnings can be traced back to Essek William Kenyon. Kenyon was influenced by the metaphysical cults while he was at Emerson College of Oratory in Boston. Phineas ParkhurstQuimbly, who was the father of New Thought, which made popular the belief that sickness has its origin in incorrect thinking, greatly influenced Kenyon. Quimbly taught the power of positive affirmation, which today is called positive confession. So visualize health and wealth and then affirm or confess it. Charles Emerson was the President of Emerson. He was a proponent of transcendentalism, new thought, hypnosis, parapsychology, and occultism . Mary Baker Edy, founder of Christian Science, also played a huge role in influencing Kenyon. This is in no means a conclusive list of the influences on Kenyon while at Emerson. I briefly give this information because knowing the roots of a theological movement is critical in understanding its teachings and applications.
There is documented proof that Hagin plagiarized Kenyon, word for word, not even changing punctuation. You can see copies of both of their writings and they are the same. But Hagin says he got his revelations from God.
Here are the beliefs of the Word of Faith Movement, in a nut shell.
Positive Confession- The belief that what is spoken can be brought into literal existence.Speak what you desire and God is obligated to give it to you.This ties in with their belief that faith is a force and words are actual containers of faith. So thru the force of faith, man can speak into existence things like health and wealth. They take out of context the scripture “to call those things not as though they are” Romans 4:17 and Proverbs 18:21 “Death and life are in the power of the tongue”. They teach that your words have creative power. I have several direct quotes from may WOF teachers about positive confession but they are so abundant on you tube that I will not quote them.
They also teach that we are little gods. “You are as much an incarnation of God as Jesus Christ was. You are a little god.” Benny Hinn
I think the most dangerous thing they teach is the spiritual death of Jesus. They teach Christ’s physical death was not enough to atone for man’s sin so Jesus died spiritually.(Well, if he died spiritually, He ceased being God. If He ceased being God for a millisecond, He never was God.) While on the cross, Jesus took upon himself the nature of Satan. He descended into hell as a mere mortal man and endured three days and nights of unimaginable abuse at the hands of Satan and his demons. He was born-again in hell. Jesus defeated the devil by becoming the first born- again man.
And of course they are known for their health, wealth, prosperity doctrine. They teach all believers have the right to walk in perfect, divine health and prosper financially because of Christ’s spiritual atonement in Hell. One of the more outlandish quotes is by John Avanzini,“Jesus had a big house and wore designer clothes.”
You will see a common theme among all of them, no matter what they are teaching on at a given time. That is the demotion of God and the deification of man. “The biggest failure in the whole Bible is God.” Kenneth Copeland
Some of their teachings are so outlandish it’s laughable and would be funny except they have a great following. Others in the movement have a lot of truth. But herein lies the problem. A little arsenic in your drink is still deadly. So unless one is very versed in Scripture and has a lot of discernment, one would be wise, in my opinion, to not drink their KoolAid.
Here are some of the WOF teachers. There are many so I’m sure this isn’t an exhaustive list:
Kenneth Hagin (deceased), Kenneth Copeland, Joyce Meyers, Paula White, Joel Osteen, Robert Tilton-is said to be staging a comeback, Jan Crouch, Paul Crouch (recently deceased),John Avanzini, Fred Price, Jesse Duplantis, Creflo Dollar, Charles Capps, Marilyn Hickey, Jerry Savelle, Morris Cerullo, Paul Youggi Cho (check out some of his teachings in The Law of Incubation), and new on the American scene, Joseph Prince.
Administrator’s note: This was originally posted on this site February 24, 2014