Saturday, March 6, 2010

The Word Faith Movement: Part 6

A Masonic Rabbit Trail
As I have found in my research on cults, many of their leaders were either Rosicrucian or a member of Freemasonry. For example, the founders of the Unitarian, Quaker, Swedenborg, Mormon, and Jehovah's Witness churches were all members of Freemasonry. When Oral Roberts died, I found evidence that he was a Freemason; along with Billy Graham and Pat Robertson, as well.

This is an important element in this study. Freemasonry can trace their craft back to mystery religions of ancient Egypt.  It was in Egypt that the fountainhead of all esoteric mystery teachings were founded. Masonry is wrapped in the occult, so we can assume that the founders of these cults had also dabbled in the occult.

The similarity between Freemasonry and the cults are that they deny the Deity of Christ and the Trinity. In many of the quotes found in Kenneth Copeland, Creflo Dollar, and Benny Hinn's books and sermons, it is questionable concerning what they believe. Benny Hinn believes there are nine members of the Trinity.

The information that follows will be very disturbing, especially to those who have been attending a Word of Faith church - or who have a pastor who regularly feeds himself on Word of Faith ministry materials. My intent is to expose the the agenda of the Word of Faith ministers; not to harm any one Christian directly. Which leads me to information I have found concerning Kenneth Hagin, Kenneth Copeland, and some of the other million dollar mega-church ministers. There is evidence that they are in the brotherhood of Freemasonry.

Freemasonry is a peculiar system of morality, veiled in allegory, and illustrated in symbols. The most blatant symbols of Freemasonry's obsession with Egypt are not hidden in its temples, but they stand in public view.[1] An illustration of this is found on the front cover of Kenneth Hagin's magazine: the obelisk. The obelisk has been used as a Masonic symbol for years.

"The word "obelisk" means "Baal’s shaft" or Baal’s organ of reproduction.
To early Egyptians, it was the shape sacred to the Sun God Re or Ra; the creator of humanity, the source of all heat and light, the being on which man was totally dependent. By the fifth dynasty Re had become so popular he was elevated to the role of state deity. The spirit of the Sun God was supposed to enter the stones at certain periods, and on these occasions human sacrifices were offered to it. [2]
These articles describe some of the Masonic symbolism in Kenneth Copeland's ministry. [3][4] Two of the examples provided are the following:

1) Copeland chants the words "I AM" which is a Masonic initiation term. On one of his broadcasts, he said, "And I say this with all respect, so that it don't upset you too bad. But I say it anyway: When I read in the Bible where He says, "I AM," I just smile and say, "Yes, I AM, too."

2)The initiation rite into the Second Degree, represents the moral condition of nature's god, always in labor, always reproducing. Again it looks on God as hermaphroditic, and states that his name JEHOVAH, means "generation." Meaning to say, HE-SHE, the two sexes in one. The dual principle of "male" and "female" is represented by the "square and compass." The "compass" represents OSIRIS, the male god of the Egyptians, while the "square" is the symbol representing ISIS, the female goddess of Egypt - both are sexual symbols. Below is a picture of one of his cassette albums displaying the square and compass.

Some more background:
Gnosticism, Rosicrucians, Masons, and Satanists have essentially learned to commune with spirits. Christian Freemasons have learned to do the same, but they are sworn to secrecy. This would explain the mystical experiences I will mention in the next section. As I said earlier, Kenyon embraced charismatic occultism.
Gnosticism was the predominant source of heresy when the New Testament was written. Paul warns Timothy about the subtleties and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge and spiritual illumination. The books of John, 1 Corinthians, Galatians, Colossians, 1st and 2nd Timothy and Jude, all make mention of ways to combat various elements of Gnosticism. The book of Revelation cites a couple of Gnostic beliefs and practices, referring to "knowing the depths of Satan" and "the Nicolaitins" (Rev. 2:6, 15, 24).
This is because the Jewish Kabbala is the very basis of Masonic practice and ritual, and the "Theology of the Sephiroth" is at the root of all Masonic knowledge. Albert Pike, a high-level Freemason and know Satanist, admits that it is "high magic." Much of the modern teaching within the Kabbala is based on the writing of Aleister Crowley, Freemason and father of modern Satanism. Helena P. Blavatsky, co-founder of the Theosophical Society and founder of the modern New Age Movement, said, "The Kabbalah is indeed of the essence of Freemasonry." [7]
Therefore, what is being seen today in the Word of Faith/Charismatic church is the rebirth of the same type of Gnosticism seen in the New Testament. Listen to Benny Hinn in this YouTube and see if you believe he may be possessed.

Mystical Experiences
The faith leaders make some amazing claims. Hagin, for example, has visited both heaven and hell, as well as had out-of-body experiences (Christianity in Crisis, p. 334). He has had many visits from Jesus and angels. He boasts of the ability to heal, cast out demons, and levitate people.
Benny Hinn claims to have been visited by Jesus and saw the nail prints in His hands.
Jesse Duplantis visited heaven for over 5 hours, and saw a choir of angels.
Todd Bentley claims that “Jesus” “transported him back in time” to revivals, which were led by false prophets and false teachers. He has also had the presence of an angel on the platform with him during the Lakewood Revival.
All of these topics I'm discussing here are inter-related. All of it is being used as an instrument of deception by the enemy for a specific purpose.
Below, is an interview with Pastor Joe Schimmel. He makes some comments about the New Age movement, but more importantly discusses how Gnosticism has played an important part in the occult. He also makes some comments about Benny Hinn.

Read Part 7 - Conclusion
The Word Faith Movement: Part 1

Further Research
"A Different Gospel: A Historical and Biblical Analysis of the Modern Faith Movement" by D.R. McConnell