Are Men Gods?
Heresy From Three Deceivers
I have no personal axe to grind with any of the men below, however I do have a serious issue with what they dare to teach since their teaching influences millions of believers and indirectly influences unbelievers as well. Their teaching must be exposed for the heresy that it is. In the book of Psalms David the Psalmist said; "Oh Lord how I love thy law; BUT I HATE EVERY FALSE WAY!" I concur with that because false teaching leads men away from God.
I believe it is profitable to examine their spurious teaching that would lead men and women and even children to believe that they are or can be gods!
“Man was created in the god class, was not created in the animal class, it was the gods class. ..Alright, are we gods? We are a class of gods. (Kenneth Copeland Praise the Lord, TBN, 2/5/1986) There is no such thing as a class of gods in the scripture. The idea that mankind has somehow been a class of gods all along is beyond ludicrous. The scripture teaches over and over that mankind is wicked and sinful and it would be impossible for such a creature to be a god. Every god in all religions of the world is a wonderful creature that is holy and good and far surpassing man in every way.
“Every Christian is a god. … “You don't have a God in you; you are one,” (The Force of Love (Fort Worth: Kenneth Copeland Ministries, 1987, audiotape #02-0028), side 1.) The absurdity of this is clear from my previous note above.
“Dogs beget dogs, and cats beget cats, and God begets gods. You are all little gods” (Kenneth Copeland, speaking on Trinity Broadcasting Network's Praise the Lord show) Comparing God to animals is totally out of touch with reality, blasphemous and an insult to him.
”Adam walked into God's class. Adam did things in the class of gods… All right, are we gods? we are a class of gods.” (Kenneth Copeland “Praise the Lord” (TBN), recorded 2/5/86) See my note above concerning this.
“Gods reason for creating Adam was his desire to reproduce himself.” …, I want you to know something Adam in the Garden of Eden was God manifested in the flesh.” (Kenneth Copeland, Following the Faith of Abraham I (Fort Worth, TX: Kenneth Copeland Ministries, 1989), tape #01-3001, side 1. Here is blasphemy that cannot be excused! To claim that Adam, a mere mortal, could be the same as Christ who is God incarnate - the profane compared to the perfectly holy and pure as similar in any manner is evil and far beyond mere foolishness!
“You see Adam was walking as a God, Adam walked in God's class, Adam did things in the class of god's, … there wasn't anything God could do about it, because a god had placed him there.” (Kenneth Copeland, Following the Faith of Abraham, Tape #01-3001) Is this man so ignorant that he would challenge the omnipotence of God? Can he believe that a mortal man somehow attained to equality with God? This is ignorance of the worst kind and immeasurable folly!
“Gods 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 was as much like God as you can get, just the same as Jesus. Adam in the Garden of Eden was God manifested in the flesh” (Kenneth Copeland, Following the faith of Abraham #01-3001 Audio side 1).
Rather than reply to the last remarks I refer my readers back to the other remarks previously stated or annotated.
"I am a little messiah walking on earth,..... You are a little god on earth running around" (Benny Hinn Praise-a-Thon TBN, Nov. 6 1990) This is blasphemy as well. There is only one Messiah and his name is Jesus.
“Though we are not Almighty God Himself, nevertheless, we are now divine” (Benny Hinn, TBN, 12/1/90) Scripture has more than ample refutations of this proclamation of divinity in mankind, Christian or not.
“Christians are little messiahs. Christians are little gods.” (Benny Hinn Praise-a-thon (TBN),11/90, “Our position in Christ,” tape A031190-1) See my note above about Messiahs.
“Are you a child of God? Then you're divine! Are you a child of God? Then you're not human!” (Benny Hinn TBN, Dec 1, 1990). If there is anything clear in scripture, among the most pointed teachings of scripture, it is that mankind are mere human,sinful and finite beings.
“God came to earth and touched a piece of dust and turned it into a God.” (Benny Hinn TBN, Dec 1, 1990). This is absurd and an absolute lie. If I seem to be a little caustic at this point it is because of the ignorance of these men. I think by now my readers should be able to tear apart the arguments presented by Creflo Dollar below. Have at it!
“If you eat of this fruit, you will be like God. What’s the problem? He’s already like God. He was already like God.”(Creflo Dollar, Our equality with God through righteousness 1/21/2001) Dear reader; Can you see through this preposterous and deceitful deceptive statement?
speaking of Adam “I’m training a god of the earth. I got to teach him to do what I do.”(Creflo Dollar, Our equality with God through righteousness 1/21/2001)
“now He’s made Adam god of the earth...” (Creflo Dollar Our Equality with God Through Righteousness 1/21/2001)
“you're not a sinner saved by grace you sons and daughters of the most high God, your God!” (Creflo Dollar Changing your world, April 17, 2002, LeSea Broadcasting). Here is a proclamation that accuses the Bible of lying in many places, since scripture after scripture declares the sinful nature and practices of mankind both prior to and after salvation.