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Examining the "Toronto Blessing" - Appendix 1
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The "Toronto Blessing"

A Theological Examination of the Roots, Teaching and Manifestations, and Connection Between the Faith Movement and the Vineyard Church

By Stephen Sizer

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APPENDIX 1 : Some Heresies of the "Faith Teachers"

Quoted from - "Christianity in Crisis" by Hank Hanegraaff, 1993

1. Have Faith in Your Faith (not faith in our God)

  • "Never, ever, ever go to the Lord and say "If it be thy will..." Don't allow such faith-destroying words to be spoken from your mouth." Benny Hinn

  • "Faith is a power force...it is this force of faith which makes the laws of the spirit world function....God cannot do anything for you apart or separate from faith" because, "faith is God's source of power." Kenneth Copeland

  • "If you have a problem, any kind of need, housing, transportation, situation in a marriage, you can release the creative - see this all works by faith - the creative force of God into existence." Robert Tilton

  • "It would be a waste of their time to pray for Me [i.e., Jesus] to give them the victory. They have to write their own ticket." Kenneth Hagin

  • "First make a clear cut goal, then draw a mental picture, vivid and graphic,"..to "visualise success." Then "incubate" it into reality, and finally "speak" it into existence through "the creative power of the spoken word." Paul Yonggi Cho

  • "I had a witch tell me this....She said, "You know that we are taught in witchcraft how to kill birds with words, and how to kill people with our mouth....We are taught with words to bring disease on men...by speaking certain words that defeat them.." I said, "Dear God, I didn't know the Devil has such power." And the Lord spoke to me, and He said, "The Devil can kill with words, then you with your words can bring life." And it just come [sic] and clicked inside of me, brother....And we Christians don't realise the power in our mouths." Benny Hinn

  • "Now this is a shocker! But God has to be given permission to work in this earth realm on behalf of man....Yes! You are in control! So if man has control, who no longer has it? God.....When God gave Adam dominion, that meant God no longer had dominion. So God cannot do anything in this earth unless we let Him. And the way we let Him or give Him permission is through prayer." Frederick Price

2. The Deification of Man and the Denigration of God

  • "Man was created on terms of equality with God, and he could stand in God's presence without any consciousness of inferiority.....He made us the same class of being that He is Himself....Man lived in the realm of God.

  • "Adam committed high treason; and at that point, all the dominion and authority God had given him was handed over to Satan. Suddenly, God was on the outside looking in...After Adam's fall, God found Himself in a peculiar position...

  • God needed an avenue back into the earth...God laid out His proposition and Abram accepted it. It gave God access to the earth and gave man access to God....Technically, if God ever broke the Covenant, He would have to destroy Himself." Kenneth Copeland

  • Did you know that from the beginning of time the whole purpose of God was to reproduce Himself? Who are you? Come on, who are you? Come on, say it: "Sons of God!" Come on, say it! And what does work inside us, brother, is that manifestation of the expression of all that God is and all that God has. And when we stand up here, brother, you're not looking at Morris Cerullo; you're looking at God. You're looking at Jesus." Morris Cerullo

  • God is "not some creature that stands 28 feet tall, and He's got hands, you know, as big as basketballs. That's not the kind of creature He is....A being that is very uncanny the way He's very much like you and me. A being that stands somewhere around 6'-2", 6'-3", that weighs somewhere in the neighbourhood of a couple of hundred pounds...and has a hand span of nine inches across." Kenneth Copeland

  • "Man, I feel revelation knowledge already coming on me here....See, God the Father is a person, God the Son is a person, God the Holy Ghost is a person. But each one of them is a triune being by Himself. If I can shock you-and maybe I should-there's nine of them....You say, I never heard that. Well you think you're in this church to hear things you've heard for 50 years?" Benny Hinn

3. The Demotion of Christ to a "Spirit filled" prototype

  • "Adam as the copy, looked just like [God]. If you stood Adam upside God, they look just exactly alike. If you stood Jesus and Adam side-by-side, they would look and sound exactly alike." Kenneth Copeland

  • "God is injecting His Word into the earth to produce this Jesus-these faith-filled words that framed the image that's in Him....He can't just walk onto the earth and say "Let it be!" because he doesn't have the right. He had to sneak it in here around the god of this world that was blockin' every way that he possible could." Kenneth Copeland

  • "Had the Holy Spirit not been with Jesus, He would have sinned. That's right, it was the Holy Spirit that was the power that kept him pure....Without the Holy Ghost, Jesus would never have made it...Can you imagine Christ headed for the grave, knowing He would remain there forever, if the Holy Ghost would change His mind about raising Him from the dead?" Benny Hinn

4. Some Atonement Atrocities that Deny the Cross

  • Jesus knew the only way He would stop Satan is by becoming one in nature with him....! He did not take my sin, he became my sin. Sin is the nature of hell.....Jesus said "I'll be sin...I'll go to the origin of it. I won't just take part in it, I'll become the totality of it...." He became one with the nature of Satan, so all those who had the nature of Satan can partake of the nature of God....." Benny Hinn

  • Spiritual death means something more than separation from God. Spiritual death also means having Satan's nature....Jesus tasted death-spiritual death-for every man.....And His spirit and inner man went to hell in my place. Can't you see that? Physical death wouldn't remove your sins....He's talking about tasting spiritual death." Kenneth E. Hagin

  • He [Jesus] accepted the sin nature of Satan in His own spirit. And at the moment that He did so, He cried, "My God, My God, why hast thou forsaken Me?".....why do you think Moses, upon instruction of God, raised the serpent upon the pole instead of a lamb? That used to bug me. I said, "Why in the world would you want to put a snake up there-the sign of Satan?....And the Lord said "Because it was a sign of Satan that was hanging on the cross." Kenneth Copeland

  • "Do you think that the punishment for our sin was to die on the cross?....No, the punishment was to go into hell itself, and to serve time in hell separated from God....Satan and all the demons in hell thought they had Him bound and they threw a net over Jesus and they dragged Him down to the very pit of hell itself to serve our sentence." Frederick Price

  • "When Jesus cried, "It is finished!" He was not speaking of the plan of redemption. There were still three days and nights to go through before He went to the throne....Jesus death on the cross was only the beginning of the complete work of redemption.....In hell He suffered for you and for me.....a twice-born man whipped Satan in his own domain. I said "What?" He said, A born-again man defeated Satan, the firstborn of many brethren defeated him." He said, "You are the very image, the very copy of that one." I said, "Goodness, gracious sakes alive!" And I began to see what had gone on in there, and I said, "Well now you don't mean, you couldn't dare mean, that I could have done the same thing?" He said, "Oh yeah, if you had the knowledge of the Word of God that He did, you could've done the same thing, 'cause you're a reborn man too." Kenneth Copeland

Conclusions

I take no delight in quoting such gross heresy from these so called "Faith Teachers", but I do so because I am firmly convinced that they represent a powerful cultic movement of wolves in sheep's clothing who have infiltrated the Church. So be warned - be on your guard. (Acts 20:28-31)

"Under the banner "Jesus is Lord," these teachers are leading thousands of unsuspecting Christians away from the Kingdom of Christ and into the kingdom of the cults....the Church [must] take a firm stand for the faith "once for all delivered to the saints"...while there is yet time to avert a disaster of unimaginable proportions."

Hank Hanegraaff.

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