False Teachers should be named specifically

False Teachers should be named.  

Thanks to Mark Lamprecht (at Here I blog – above) for his article on it.

The apostle Paul named the false teachers in his day. ( see 1 Timothy 1:19-20; 2 Timothy 2:17-18; 4:14)

Praise God that He is raising up young men and women to speak out against the wicked and selfish heresies of the “Word of Faith Movement”, also known as “Name it Claim it” or “prosperity Gospel” or “Health and Wealth Gospel”, which is no gospel at all.

Shai even drops the following names as false teachers.

  1. Joel Osteen
  2. Creflo Dollar
  3. Benny Hinn
  4. TD Jakes
  5. Joyce Meyer
  6. Paula White
  7. Fred Price
  8. Kenneth Copeland
  9. Robert Tilton
  10. Eddie Long
  11. Juanita Bynum
  12. Paul Crouch

Jesse Duplantis is another one; and the late Kenneth Hagin, Sr. and all who follow his teachings.  Reza Safa is another one.  Nejat TV is mostly Paul Crouch’s TBN (Trinity Broadcasting Network) translated into Farsi, unfortunately.  And Kamran Karimi.   One of the saddest things is that these American TV preachers are exporting this garbage to Africa, and also into the Middle East.  Doctrinal and thinking Muslims are laughing at Christianity because of this.   It is a shame and it is causing unbelievers to blaspheme the Lord.  Romans 2:24

About Ken Temple

I am a follower of Jesus Christ. I am a sinner who has been saved by the grace of God alone (Ephesians 2:8-9), through faith alone (Galatians 2:16; Romans 3:28; 4:1-16), in Christ alone (John 14:6). But a true faith does not stay alone, it should result in change, fruit, good works, and deeper levels of repentance and hatred of my own sins of selfishness and pride. I am not better than you! I still make mistakes and sin, but the Lord is working on me, conforming me to His character. (Romans 8:28-29; 2 Corinthians 3:16-18) When I do sin, I hate the sin as it is an affront to God, and seek His forgiveness in repentance. (Mark 1:15; 2 Corinthians 7:7-10; Colossians 3:5-16 ) Praise God for His love for sinners (Romans 5:8), shown by the voluntary coming of Christ and His freely laying down His life for us (John 10:18), becoming flesh/human (John 1:1-5; 1:14; Philippians 2:5-8), dying for sins of people from all nations, tribes, and cultures (Revelation 5:9), on the cross, in history, rising from the dead (Romans 10:9-10; Matthew 28, Mark 16:1-8; Luke 24; John 20-21; 1 Corinthians chapter 15). His resurrection from the dead proved that Jesus is the Messiah, the eternal Son of God, the word of God from eternity past; and that He was all the gospels say He was and that He is truth and the life and the way to salvation. (John 14:6)
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8 Responses to False Teachers should be named specifically

  1. James Bradshaw says:

    Scripture does say, “Ask and ye shall receive” and “If ye had the faith of a mustard seed” …
    Their interpretation of all these passages might be “incorrect”, but it’s not a complete fabrication.

    That being said, anyone who can look at reality and draw conclusions should be able to tell that most of the folks you mentioned are con men: failed prophecies, failed “healings”, false promises and … most predominantly … lavish lifestyles funded by credulous (and often poor and/or elderly) tithers who will never live as they do.

    There was a film put out in 1972 that I’ve heard much about but have yet to see. It’s called “Marjoe”, and it details the life of a former Revivalist child preacher named Marjoe Gortner who traveled the country and made millions. He later confessed (after a crisis of conscience) that he simply had a skill that was capitalized on by his parents and that he, himself, was a nonbeliever.

  2. Ken Temple says:

    James Bradshaw wrote:
    Scripture does say, “Ask and ye shall receive” and “If ye had the faith of a mustard seed” …

    Thanks for your comments James.

    There is a problem right there with the way you pulled 2 phrases out of their contexts, which is what the word of faith/prosperity/healing heretics do. All one has to do to keep the verses in their context – full sentence and surrounding paragraph, author’s intent, connection to paragraphs around that paragraph, and purpose of the book, and apply the rules of hermeneutics – if they would do this, their heresies would cease.

    Their interpretation of all these passages might be “incorrect”, but it’s not a complete fabrication.

    No; their interpretation is definitely incorrect, not just just “might be”. The reason they can keep going is that there is some truth to some of what they say – that God does provide for our needs (Matthew 6:25-34) (but they confuse “needs” with “wants” and American life-style standards), and God tells us to pray and ask Him – but “in His name” and “if He wills” are the key qualifiers – “in His name” means not just saying phonetic sounds, “in Jesus name”, but rather it means “according to jesus character that is consistent with His desires, wills, and what will glorify Him”. But we have no right to demand or command God – some of those teachers teach that! “command God” and “demand your healing and prosperity”, etc. No, we are to pray humbly, not demand things as a right – and ask with pure motives to glorify God. James 4:1-4 – they pray with evil motives – that they may spend it on their own pleasures. Many of them even say, “don’t say” – “If it be Your will” – a direct violation of 1 John 5:14 and Luke 22:42 and Matthew 6:10. (God’s sovereignty is key – “according to You Will; May Your Will be done, etc. – we need to pray in humility)

    When I have time, Lord willing, I will be writing a more detailed explanation of why the whole system of the Word of Faith Movement is wrong and heretical, and especially obviously greedy.

    Everybody likes comfort and prosperity and blessing and success and we all need healing at some time in our lives. These heretics thrive because they are parasitic in feeding off the needs and wants and desires of people in pain; and/or they pander to the selfishness and greediness of the human heart. Some people in pain need healing and want healing and are desperate. Others want to be rich or get out of financial mistakes they have made in the past, etc.

    They are all con men and women because they get success off telling people that if they give money to their ministry, then God will solve their problems, and make them rich and heal them. When it doesn’t work for them, they say “it is your fault, you didn’t have enough faith”. I can’t think of a more cruel thing to tell a paralyzed person or cancer patient that it is their fault because they didn’t have enough faith.

    Here are 3 other articles about these heresies that I wrote at another blog I contribute to when I have time:

    This one below starts with comments about another heretic in a different doctrinal area (Eschatology) – Harold Camping – but the system is the same – take verses out of context and link them with other verses that were never intended to be the linked to; they construct a new doctrine because they string verses together that were not meant to be strung together in the way they string them together.

  3. Sam Shamoun says:

    I am a little confused. Why do you think Reza Safa is one of these false teachers?

  4. Ken Temple says:

    Thanks for your good question –
    Reza Safa actually did a fairly decent job in his debate with Jamal Badawi. Yes, I watched that years ago. That is a different issue than the word of faith theology. Many Iranians are disillusioned with Islam and he communicated that well in his debate.

    Unfortunately, his theology is word of faith/name it claim it/ if you don’t get healed, you didn’t have enough faith – theology and he is the main Iranian teacher who is heading up the translation of all of TBN into Farsi (Farsi satellite channel “Nejat” = “Salvation”) – he teaches a lot of the same stuff that Benny Hinn and Kenneth Copeland teach. He ( or someone in his camp) translated some of Kenneth Hagin’s material into Farsi. I have read it with my own eyes, and watched some of his goofy Benny Hinn type imitations. He paid poor refugees in Turkey to come to his meetings and raised their expectations to get visas and money and the good life and success, and they get discouraged and depressed when it doesn’t work out for them like he promised and then they blame it on the person – “you didn’t have enough faith”. That is so ugly and cruel and abominable teaching.

    Not everything that word of faith teachers say is always totally off base. They can say good things from the Bible and some people get saved under their ministries, no doubt, if they get the truth of the gospel in the midst of all the other bad teaching.

    Overall though, this is really bad theology and bad practice; blaming lack of healing on the sincere person who prays; telling people that they should be rich and successful, always healthy; it has confused a lot of new Iranian believers and many Muslims laugh at this stuff, when they are obviously teaching mind over matter and automatic healing, tongues without translation and discernment ( 1 Cor. 14:27-29 – must interpret the tongue, and then “let the others pass judgment” – there must not only be translation every time, but also judgment/discernment if it true or not.)

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  6. Ken Temple says:

    I watched Reza Safa yesterday on line at Nejat TV (The Farsi translation of TBN teachers) and I was encouraged that he did not agree with the “generational curses” teachings that so many Charismatics and Pentecostals teach. He rebuked it with Galatians 3:13. Good for him.

    I would like to know if he has repudiated and repented of the other false doctrines he has taught in the past.

    I also listened to several different other teachers and their translations into Farsi. It is painful to see and hear all the bad doctrine translated into Farsi and Iranians who don’t know any better who tune into this stuff in Iran, other Persian speaking Muslims in Afghanistan, refugees in Turkey, etc. and all over the world and are deceived by this terrible teaching. It is even more sad when real Muslims watch it and laugh and blaspheme our Lord because of these false teachings.

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