Friday, March 07, 2008

Hagin Warns Word-Faith Apostates

[Any "gospel" that does not bow to God's sovereign will or recognize our utter inability to contribute to our salvation is no gospel at all. Although God saves many charismatics before they learn the errors of Arminianism (God saves you, but you have to keep yourself saved), the overwhelming majority fall away from the doctrine of 100% grace. Word-faith teachers extend man's sovereignty even further by giving man supposed rule not only over God's spiritual blessings, but also over His earthly blessings. Still, it's good to see the following warning from the preacher who opened the door to the word-faith error.]
Kenneth Hagin's Forgotten Warning
Before he died in 2003, the revered father of the Word-Faith movement corrected his spiritual sons for going to extremes with their message of prosperity.
J. Lee Grady, editor, Charisma magazine
Charisma +online Newsletter
7 March 2008
Charismatic Bible teacher Kenneth Hagin Sr. is considered the father of the so-called prosperity gospel. The folksy, self-trained "Dad Hagin" started a grass-roots movement in Oklahoma that produced a Bible college and a crop of famous preachers including Kenneth Copeland, Jerry Savelle, Charles Capps, Jesse DuPlantis, Creflo Dollar and dozens of others—all of whom teach that Christians who give generously should expect financial rewards on this side of heaven.
Hagin taught that God was not glorified by poverty and that preachers do not have to be poor. But before he died in 2003 and left his Rhema Bible Training Center in the hands of his son, Kenneth Hagin Jr., he summoned many of his colleagues to Tulsa to rebuke them for distorting his message. He was not happy that some of his followers were manipulating the Bible to support what he viewed as greed and selfish indulgence.
Those who were close to Hagin Sr. say he was passionate about correcting these abuses before he died. In fact, he wrote a brutally honest book to address his concerns. The Midas Touch was published in 2000, several months after the infamous Tulsa meeting.
Many Word-Faith ministers ignored the book. But in light of the recent controversy over prosperity doctrines, it might be a good idea to dust it off and read it again.

2 comments:

Joshua Fallaw said...

I got involved with one of those churches for a few years, and they practiced every money-getting scheme listed here, just about. The preachers were all trained at Rhema, but I guess they never read the Midas Touch. Or maybe they did, and are hoping to repent just before death, as Hagin did.

Poorhouse Dad said...

Joshua,

A counterfeit derives its appearance of value from its imitation of the genuine. I won't lecture about how word-faith exists within a larger counterfeit movement.... Please, don't stop looking; just don't be surprised if the genuine turns out near, simple, easy, and mundane.

-- Rich