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Tests for Authenticity: The Test of Apostolic Continuity
The Test of Origination
The Test of Quality (or Ecstasy)
The Test of Heresy
Defining the Test of Purpose
On Faith and Miracles
The Sign Sign-Giver Process
Applying the Test of Purpose
and Verifiability (Part 1)
Applying the Test of Purpose
and Verifiability (Part 2)
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test is quite straightforward really. Basically, this test
involves whether or not a hypothetical charismatic restoration
involved heretical statements either at its origination or
at any a time prior to the present. If it did, then the entire
occurrence of gifts in the present is invalidated by the fact
of the heretical statements, which are themselves the sure
marks of the counterfeit. And, as with the Test of Quality
(or Ecstasy), it is not enough for a movement or group to
simply remove these heretical doctrines from their practice.
So long as a movement began in heresy or even involved heresy
at any time prior to the present, as soon as heresy occurs,
the entire movement is invalidated thereafter because either
the origin is invalidated by the marks of the counterfeit
or the practice was previously corrupted by the marks of the
counterfeit and so the continuity to the origin is broken
even if the origin was authentic.
For an illustration, we can again look to the Shakers. Knowing
that the Shakers believed that Ann Lee was the female version
of Jesus Christ and that the Shakers also practiced the gift
of tongues, we might imagine the following as an illustration.
Suppose that someone came to us and said that they spoke in
tongues and could trace their practice of tongues with documentation
all the way back to the restoration of tongues given to the
Shakers. We might quickly point out that the Shakers were
heretics, to which the other person might reply that they
have since abandoned the heretical views of the Shakers and
returned to orthodoxy.
However, once one admits or understands that any group involved
in a hypothetical restoration of the charismatic gifts was
heretical, it is impossible to accept that the restoration
of the gifts they experienced was simultaneously authentic.
For, to trace the practice the gifts from a formerly heretical
group requires the absurd belief that God restored and fueled
the gifts to heretics. This would contradict the very purpose
of miracles (as we will see in Test No. 5) because God would
be validating the heresy by providing the heretics with miraculous
signs from himself.
Therefore, any group or movement that has prior heresy must
be rejected as a valid restoration of the gifts. And, under
this test we would also include alongside heretical statements,
false prophecies as well. False prophecies are predictions
that have precisely failed to come to pass, such as Edward
Irving's publicized prediction that Jesus Christ would return
"His popularity waned, however, because of his increasing
stress on apocalypticism and eschatology, including his
prediction in 1825 that the Second Coming of Christ would
occur in 1864." (Britannica.com, "Irving, Edward.")
Like heretical doctrine, once a Charismatic movement or group
has involved a falsified prophecy, the validity of the charismatic
gifts in that group is disproved. Since Deuteronomy 18:21-22
tells us that we can identify a false prophet by the fact
that their predictions do not come to pass, we can also conclude
that anyone who prophesied falsely is not operating under
the authentic gifts from God. And once this has occurred in
a movement, the entire movement is thereafter discredited
because to conclude otherwise would require that God is giving
authentic gifts to those who are giving false prophecies.
And such an act on God's part would make him complicit in
misleading people to believe false prophets and prophecies
that he himself did not give.
Now that we have explained how the Test of Heresy works, (including
falsified prophecy), we will now go on to document some of
the heretical statements made by leading members of the Charismatic
and Faith Movements.
Now, typically we draw our supportive material from common
reference sources such as encyclopedias, etc. But with the
following quotes, we are taking excerpts from Hank Hanegraaff's
book Christianity in Crisis, published by Harvest House
Publishers, Inc. July 1997, 590 pages.
The reason that we are departing from our pattern of using
commonly available sources in this case is because these quotes
are not quotes of Hank Hanegraaff's opinions or views. Rather,
these quotes are statements made by some prominent leaders
of the modern Charismatic Movement and Faith Movement. Furthermore,
each quote from these Charismatic leaders is taken either
from a printed work or a tape cassette published by that individual
themselves. And so it is the documented "on-the-record" statements
of these Charismatic leaders themselves that appear below.
Moreover, the book Christianity in Crisis (for which
there is also an audio tape of these Charismatic speakers,)
meticulously documents exactly where each of these quotes
can be found either on tape or in a book published by the
Charismatic leader who made the statement.
So, while this topic may be controversial in nature, because
of the documentation provided by Hank Hanegraaff, the authenticity
of the following quotes is a matter of public record and as
such can be looked up by anyone who doubts their validity.
With that being said, we must also remember what we have learned
from our encyclopedia sources above.
"Parham was the first in a long line of Pentecostal evangelists
(Mary B. Woodworth-Etter, Charles Price, Aimee Semple McPherson,
and, more recently Oral Roberts, Kathryn Kuhman, and
Benny Hinn) who taught that Christ's atonement provides
deliverance from sickness and is, therefore, the privilege
of all who have the requisite faith." (Britannica.com, "Pentecostalism.")
"The Charismatic Movement - A second form of Pentecostalism
arose in the 1960s after many non-Pentecostals became aware
of Pentecostalism through an earlier Pentecostal revival organized
by faith-healing evangelists (notably Oral Roberts)."
(Bartleby.com, The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition. 2001.
"...And Southwestern Pentecostal Holiness College in
Oklahoma City, Okla., which Oral Roberts, a faith healer
and evangelist, helped to establish." (Britannica.com,
"Pentecostal Holiness Church, Inc.")
As the above 3 quotes demonstrate, Oral Roberts was a prominent
contributor to what is called the second wave of Pentecostalism
that began in the 1960's. Benny Hinn is also included as a
prominent member of this movement. And as we have reasoned
above, once heresy and false prophecy enter into a Charismatic
movement or group, the charismatic gifts practiced in that
movement are invalidated thereafter because continuity to
an authentic beginning is broken by the corruption of the
heresy. With that in mind, any modern group that practices
the gifts as a result of the Pentecostal Movement, which involved
Oral Roberts or any of the other Charismatic leaders included
below must be rejected as counterfeit on the grounds of the
heretical nature of the statements made by these persons (quoted
below). To conclude otherwise is to believe that God has restored
and fueled the charismatic gifts to those who speak heresy.
And, it is necessary that we also understand the close relationship
the following Charismatic leaders have with each other. Oral
Roberts, Kenneth Hagin, Kenneth Copeland, Charles Capps, Frederick
K.C. Price, and Benny Hinn all have interwoven associations
one to another. So, if one makes heretical statements or false
prophecies and the others quote them or have them as guests
to their ministries all of those involved are discredited
by the heretical statements. You cannot have a heretic practicing
gifts that are endorsed as authentic by his associate and
still maintain that the gifts practiced by the associate are
authentic. The heretic invalidates the entire group. Otherwise,
God is providing authentic gifts to those who endorse and
associate with heretics.
But this is not just our view. Consider the words of John
2 John 1:7 For many deceivers are entered into the
world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh.
This is a deceiver and an antichrist. 8 Look to yourselves,
that we lose not those things which we have wrought, but that
we receive a full reward. 9 Whosoever transgresseth, and
abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He
that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father
and the Son. 10 If there come any unto you, and bring not
this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid
him God speed: 11 For he that biddeth him God speed
is partaker of his evil deeds.
According to John, to invite into your house (or church) men
who teach heretical doctrine concerning Christ Jesus or to
even bid them "God speed" is to partake of their evil deeds.
Therefore, we reject as counterfeit the charismatic gifts
of any man who claims to have authentic gifts while associating
with and endorsing a heretic.
Here then, are some assorted heretical statements and falsified
prophecies documented in the book Christianity in Crisis.
The page numbers appear after the quotes for reference purposes.
For those who might question the authenticity of the quote,
the quotes can be confirmed by looking up the original tape
or book in which they appeared as documented in the book Christianity
in Crisis. This information also appears after the page
For the purposes of being brief and conclusive, we have chosen
only to show the most obvious and significant heretical statements.
As can be seen from the documentation in Christianity in
Crisis, the quotes below are merely the tip of the iceberg.
Our hope is that readers will follow the instruction of Deuteronomy
13:12-14 to "enquire, and make search, and ask diligently;
and, behold, if it be truth" by looking up these quotes up
where they originally were written and spoken to investigate
for themselves the reliability of these Charismatic leaders.
Kenneth Hagin: "Every man who has been born again is
an incarnation and Christianity is a miracle. The believer
is as much an incarnation as was Jesus of Nazareth." - Page
383: "The Incarnation," The Word of Faith 13, 12 [December
1980]:14; cf. E.W. Kenyon, The Father and His Family,
Kenneth Copeland: "Satan conquered Jesus on the cross."
- Page 338: Copeland, Holy Bible: Kenneth Copeland Reference
Edition (Forth Worth, TX: Kenneth Copeland Ministries,
1991), 129, emphasis in original.
Kenneth Copeland: "Adam, in the Garden of Eden, was
God manifested in the flesh." - Page 338: Kenneth Copeland,
"Following the Faith of Abraham I" (Forth Worth, TX: Kenneth
Copeland Ministries, 1989), audiotape #01-3001, side 1.
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." - Page 338, 379,
and accompanying audiotape supplement: Kenneth Copleand, "Following
the Faith of Abraham I" (Fort Worth, TX: Kenneth Copeland
Ministries, 1989), audiotape #01-3001, side 1.
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."
- Page 380, Sensitivity of Heart [Fort Worth, TX; KCP
Publications, 1984], 23.
Kenneth Copeland: (Speaking as though Christ Jesus
was speaking through him) "They crucified Me [Jesus] for claiming
that I was God. But I didn't claim I was God; I just claimed
I walked with Him [The Father] and that He was in Me." - Page
382, "Take Time to Pray," Believer's Voice of Victory
15, 2 [February 1987]:9. [Believer's Voice of Victory
is the newsletter published by Copeland since 1973.]
Benny Hinn: "Man, I feel revelation knowledge already
coming on me here. Lift your hands. Something new is going
to happen here today. I felt it just as I walked down here.
Holy Spirit, take over in the name of Jesus...God the Father,
ladies and gentlemen, is a person; and He is a triune being
by Himself separate from the Son and the Holy Ghost. Say,
what did you say? Hear it, hear it, hear it. See, God the
Father is a person, God the Son is a person, God the Holy
Ghost is a person. But each one of them is a triune being
by Himself. If I can shock you-and maybe I should-there's
nine of them. Huh, what did you say? Let me explain: God the
Father, ladies and gentlemen, is a person with his own personal
spirit, with his own personal soul, and his own personal spirit-body.
You say, Huh, I never heard that. Well you think you're in
this church to hear things you've heard for the last 50 years?
You can't argue with the Word, can you? It's all in the Word."
- Page 123-124: Benny Hinn, "Benny Hinn" program on TBN (3
Benny Hinn: "God the Father, God the Son, and God the
Holy Ghost-three separate individuals, one in essence, one
in work-and, may I add, each one of them possesses His own
spirit-body. You don't like it?" - Page 124: Benny Hinn, "Praise
the Lord" program on TBN (23 October, 1992). Cf. Hinn, Good
Morning, Holy Spirit (Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers,
1990), 72, 82-84.
Benny Hinn: "I'm going to be led by the Holy Ghost
today. Is that alright with you?...God came from heaven, became
a man, made man into little gods, went back to heaven as a
man. He faces the Father as a man. I face devils as the son
of God. Do you see what I'm talking about? You say, ÔBenny,
am I a little God?' You are a son of God, aren't you? You're
a child of God, aren't you? You're a daughter of God, aren't
you? What else are you? Quit your nonsense! What else are
you? If you say, ÔI am,' you're saying I'm a part of him,
right? Is he God? Are you his offspring? Are you his children?
You can't be human! You can't! You can't! God didn't give
birth to flesh. He gave birth to a new creation. And the new
creation is not flesh and blood and bone, for no flesh and
blood would inherit heaven. Did you hear what I said? Some
of you didn't really hear what I said. You said, ÔWell, that's
heresy.' No, that's your crazy brain saying that." - Page
382: (Our Position in Christ #2-The Word Made Flesh" [Orlando,
FL; Orland Christian Center, 1991], audiotape #A031190-2,
Benny Hinn: "When you were born again, the Word was
made flesh in you. And you became flesh of his flesh and bone
of his bone. Don't tell me you have Jesus. You are everything
he was and everything he is and ever shall be...it [the new
man] says, ÔI am as he is.' That's what it says. As he is,
so are we in this world. Jesus said, ÔGo in my name, go in
my stead.' Don't say, ÔI have.' Say, ÔI am, I am, I am, I
am, I am.' That's why you never ever, ever, ever ought to
say, ÔI'm sick.' How can you be sick, if you're the new creation?
Say, ÔI'm healed!' Don't say, ÔI'm a sinner.' The new creature
is no sinner. I'm the righteousness of God in Christ." - Page
382-383: (Our Position in Christ #2-The Word Made Flesh" [Orlando,
FL; Orland Christian Center, 1991], audiotape #A031190-2,
Benny Hinn: "When you say, ÔI am a Christian,' you
are saying, ÔI am mashiach' in the Hebrew. I am a little Messiah
walking on earth, in other words. That is a shocking revelation...may
I say it like this? You are a little god on earth running
around." - Page 384: ("Praise-a-thon" program on TBN [6 November
Frederick K.C. Price: "Do you think that the punishment
for our sin was [for Jesus] to die on a cross? If that were
the case, the two thieves could have paid your price. No,
the punishment was [for Jesus] to go to hell itself and to
serve time in hell separated from God." - Page 347: Frederick
K.C. Price, "Identification #3" (Inglewood, CA: Ever Increasing
Faith Ministries, 1980), audiotape #FP545, side 1.
Charles Capps: "The sinless Son of God became as a
serpent that he might swallow up all of evil...If you will
behold what happened when the sin offering was made and the
fact that Jesus became a serpent upon the pole, it will change
your life...Jesus died spiritually, not for any of his own
sin! He became the serpent on the pole, the snake on the ground,
in the Old Testament type." - Page 383: (Authority in Three
Worlds, 177, 166-67.)
A comparison of the above statements to the historic Christianity
of the first few centuries AD reveals conclusively that these
statements are heretical. And the level of influence that
the above speakers and their associates have had on both the
Charismatic Movement and the Faith Movement in their present
forms strongly indicates that these Movements have failed
the Test of Heresy and, therefore, should be considered counterfeit
rather than authentic gifts.
As we conclude this section on the Test of Heresy, we should
note that doctrine is the final test of authenticity. As will
be demonstrated in greater detail in our next section, the
Bible instructs that there will be some legitimately supernatural
events, which are not from God at all but are the work of
the adversary. So, even if something is legitimately supernatural,
that does not guarantee it's from God. Ultimately, a sign
or miracle is counterfeit if the message it accompanies does
not line up with the existing revelation of God's Word. In
other words, any miracle that accompanies doctrine that is
contrary to the Bible is a counterfeit sign and should not
be accepted as authentic, even if it is legitimately supernatural.