It doesn’t matter if you present false teaching wrapped in the prosperity gospel, the word of faith movement, or the signs and wonders/heaven to earth message…it is false teaching.
It always revolves around the nature of Jesus Christ. All heresy has since the first few centuries. It is couched in language that dismisses critics and allows much wiggle room (for example, “While He is 100 percent God, He chose to live with the same limitations and restrictions that man would face once he was redeemed.”). Really?
There are two central forces that have shaped this modern “lessening” of the nature of Jesus Christ and its friend… the ascendancy of man …
Intellectualism…beginning in the 19th century with the help of German theologians and Hegel producing the “kenosis” theory and…
the modern “phenomena” of relegating the Bible to the sidelines while pushing a filter or chosen narrative: NAR, dominionism, kingdom now, heaven to earth, signs and wonders.
The combination of the two has produced “shadows” of heresy, another Jesus, and another gospel. I say “shadows” because the language and teaching is surrounded by positivity, and encouragements to keep unity and honor, and love one another. We need to shine the light on this and make the shadows scatter.
Please look at the following. Same thoughts…different packages (or chosen naratives/filters). The gift inside is another Jesus, another gospel…intellectualism mixed with a narrative forced at all costs…even to the nature of Jesus Christ.
Bill Johnson –
“Jesus had no supernatural capabilities in Himself. Everything He did, He did as a man, completely dependant on the Holy Spirit…While He is 100 percent God, He chose to live with the same limitations and restrictions that man would face once he was redeemed…He became a model for all who would become His disciples…He performed miracles, signs, and wonders, as a man in right relationship to God…not as God. Recapturing this simple truth changes everything…and makes possible a full restoration of the ministry of Jesus Christ in His Church…Jesus showed us what one person could do who has the Spirit without measure.” (Shifting Shadows of Supernatural Power pp.185,187)
“[1.52] Jesus stood before His disciples, before Nicodemus in John chapter 3, and He made this statement, He said, “No one has ASCENDED into heaven except He that descended” [John 3:13]. Now this is before His death, before His Resurrection; so He was describing here a lifestyle of intimacy with the Father where even though He was standing on earth He had ascended into heavenly realms in His relationship with God. The point being, that is an invitation for every believer…” 9th June 2013 Thinking From the Throne podcast
“Jesus was sinless for sure. The spotless lamb. BUT He BECAME SIN. He needed to be raised from the dead. Acts 13 calls Him ‘the first born from the dead.’ He did not raise Himself. The Father through the Spirit raised Him. He was born of Mary. That’s one. He was raised from the dead. That’s two. ‘Again.’ It’s not a statement creating a new doctrine. It’s to make people think, which gets scary for some. Primarily it’s to help us appreciate the fact that Jesus had become sin and was in need of the resurrection as much as we are in need of being born again.” Facebook14th February 2011
“Did you know that Jesus was born again? I will show you in the Bible. Jesus was born again – he had to be because he became sin. Hebrews 1 says this: To which of the angels did he ever say: “You are my son, today I have begotten you.” In Acts 13 he explains that. God has fulfilled this for us, their children, he has raised up Jesus as it says in the second Psalm: “Today I have begotten you.” He raised him from the dead, no more to be returned to corruption. He was born to Mary the first time and at the resurrection he was born again.” Source here on the Internet. Dated: 15th August 2010 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UzAwFYKe3h0
“The outpouring of the Spirit also needed to happen to Jesus for Him to be fully qualified. This was His quest. Receiving this anointing qualified Him to be called the Christ, which means “anointed one.” Without the experience [the anointing] there could be no title.” Face to Face with God: The Ultimate Quest to Experience His Presence. p 109.
“He had to receive the anointing in an experience to accomplish what the Father desired…Jesus lived His life with human limitations. He laid his divinity aside as He sought to fulfill the assignment given to Him by the Father: to live life as a man without sin, and then die in the place of mankind for sin. This would be essential in His plan to redeem mankind…The anointing Jesus received was the equipment necessary , given by the Father to make it possible for Him to live beyond human limitations. For He was not only to redeem man, He was to reveal the Father. In doing so, He was to unveil the Father’s realm called Heaven…The anointing is what linked Jesus, the man, to the divine, enabling Him to destroy the works of the devil…” When Heaven Invades Earth p. 79
E. W. Kenyon –
“God made Jesus sin. Sin was not only reckoned to Him, but His spirit actually became sin…When was Jesus justified? When he was made alive in spirit…Jesus was the first person ever Born Again.” Two Kinds of Righteousness (p.23)
“His spirit absolutely became impregnated with the sin nature of the world…He is the first born out of spiritual death, the first person who was ever born again.” What Happened (p. 63)
“He was recreated so that God said of Him, “Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee.” (Two Kinds of Righteousness p.19)
“The Universal Man has craved Incarnation.” (The Father and His Family: A Restatement of the Plan of Redemption p. 127)
“The believer is as much an Incarnation as was Jesus of Nazareth.” (The Father and His Family p.129)
Kenneth and Gloria Copeland –
“The third and most important area of Jesus’ triumph over Satan is His victory in the new birth.” (The Force of Righteousness p. 19)
“God sent mercy and not judgment to us in the form of Jesus. He was born into the world, died on the cross, and was reborn from the dead by the mercy of God.” (The Mercy of God p.34)
God wants us to walk in the same dominion and anointing that Jesus Himself experienced on this earth! …Jesus kept His flesh under submission by praying, spending time with the Father.” (Walk in the Spirit pp.31-2)
“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.”
“We are the Word made flesh, just as Jesus was.” (Walk in the Spirit p. 9)
Creflo Dollar –
If Jesus came as God, then why did God have to anoint Him? If Jesus – see God’s already been anointed. If Jesus came as God, then why did God have to anoint Him? Jesus came as a man, that’s why it was legal to anoint him. God doesn’t need anointing, He is anointing. Jesus came as a man, and at age 30 God is now getting ready to demonstrate to us, and give us an example of what a man, with the anointing, can do.
(Jesus? Growth into Sonship, dated December 8, 15, 2002)
Charles Capps –
“When Jesus was raised from the dead, He was born again of the Spirit of God…Because He suffered and died spiritually for us, He was born again and called the firstborn from the dead (Col 1:18); the firstborn among many brethren(Rom 8:29); and the first begotten from the dead(Rev 1:5). Jesus was born again, and He has become the door.” (Authority in Three Worlds pp.188, 218-19)
“Actually man is supposed to be god over the earth…Where did Satan get the title of being god of this world? He got it from Adam…We were created to be gods over the earth, but remember to spell it with a little “g”…The fullness of the Godhead dwells in the Body of Christ.” (God’s Image of You pp. 27,33-34)
Kenneth Hagin –
Of course, Jesus stands in a class by Himself, personally and as Deity. But when it comes to ministry, Jesus does not stand in a class by Himself…Even though Jesus was the Son of God, and divine blood flowed through His veins, yet He was ministering on earth as a human being- a prophet anointed with the Holy Spirit.” (Hear and Be Healed pp. 8, 13-14)
Jesus did not minister with His divine attributes while He was on earth. He ministered as a man anointed by the Holy Spirit…The Bible says that Jesus voluntarily laid aside His power and glory as the Son of God (Phil 2:6-8) and ministered as a man filled and anointed with the Holy Spirit- the same way we are to minister.” (God’s Irresistible Word pp. 35-6)
Jonathan Welton –
“You are an ambassador and citizen of heaven. You have the fullness of the Godhead in you. You are not to live merely as a human. Yet we must not forget that we live in an active warzone with a rebellious defeated enemy that won’t quit fighting.” (FB post)
“Clement of Alexandria, one of the early Church fathers, described the atonement this way: “The Logos of God had become man so that you might learn from a man how a man may become God.” Similarly, the third century theologian, Origen, wrote, “From Christ began the union of the Divine with the human nature in order that the human, by communion with the Divine, might rise and also become Divine.” Athanasius, a significant father within the Eastern Orthodox Church, had a grasp of the incarnation and an understanding of God apart from the Platonism that muddled Augustine’s thinking. About the incarnation, he wrote, “The Word was made man so that we might be made God.
Quotes like these can sound scary to a lot of people. It sounds too much, perhaps, like claiming to be God. However, our participation in the divine nature is really important to our identity as the Bride of Christ, because Christ needs to marry an equal. This, of course, does not mean we become God. The Trinity, the Godhead, is uncreated divinity, self-existing, eternal, always omnipresent and omnipotent. The Godhead is unique and will never be replicated. However, as the Bride of Christ, we become “created divinity”. God incarnated to help humans become incarnate