(Click on the links in the quotes to hear a WAV file of Kenneth Copeland)
There is a strong Masonic connection to the Word-Faith Movement. Madam Blavatsky was made a Freemason in her day because of her close friendship to Albert Pike and her leadership in occult Theosophy, a parallel system to Masonry, which was one of the roots of the Word-Faith Movement.
Then there is Kenneth Hagin who is suspected of being a Freemason. Hagin's god is the phallic god, and he believes that Jesus Christ is the female member of the godhead. This is the ancient and well known doctrine of the godhead as presented by Supreme Pontiff Albert Pike, Southern District of Freemason, 33rd Degree, and every Freemason and every Lodge holds Pike's Morals and Dogma as the master text of Masonic Doctrine. If Hagin is a Freemason and has made the Royal Arch Degree or higher, he has taken an oath based on Jehovah God being the male organ and Jesus being the female vagina.
Then there is Kenneth Copeland, one of todays leading spokesmen of the Word-Faith movement. His printed material, broadcast media, crusades and international outreach centers, reach and influence millions.
Copeland started his ministry under 33rd Degree Freemason Oral Roberts as a pilot, but he confesses that it was Kenneth Hagin's tapes and books that revolutionized his ministry. Copeland has been quoted as saying that he 'learned nothing' during six months at Oral Roberts University but was so excited by Hagin's teachings that...[he] spent the next month in his garage listening to them." It is a trademark of most proud Masons to leave key symbols veiled into pictures and also to use various keywords in speeches or secret handshakes. Proof of this can be found in Masonrys most common definition of itself as being Freemasonry is a peculiar system of Morality, veiled in Allegory, and illustrated by Symbols. This is taken directly from the second degree initiation.
ALLEGORY: fictional literary narrative or artistic expression that conveys a symbolic meaning parallel to but distinct from, and more important than, the literal meaning. Allegory has also been defined as an extended metaphor. The symbolic meaning is usually expressed through personifications and other symbols. In art, an allegorical painting or sculpture is one that has a symbolic meaning underlying the surface image.
|On the cover for Copeland's audiotape series entitled 'How To Build Your Firm Foundation.' Copeland has placed the chief Masonic symbols of the square and compass, to most people the true meaning is veiled in an allegorical style.|
|In Copeland's 'Shout' magazine for kids, we find more Masonic symbols. Around Kenneth's neck is an eagle above an inverted triangle. The female has an inverted 5 pointed star placed on her shirt. This symbol represents the 'Order of the Eastern Star' which is a Masonic order for women! Is this a coincidence?|
Copeland has placed the main symbols of Masonry and the Eastern Star on his covers. When 33rd Degree Freemason Robert Schuller wanted to express his secret membership in the Lodge he used the 33rd Degree symbol of a double headed eagle and sent it out to many people without them realizing what he was declaring to his Masonic brothers worldwide. 33rd Degree Freemason Oral Roberts used the inverted triangle in his University logo which has a hidden Masonic design to it. Another odd element is that the Freemasons veiled the symbols of the square, compass, inverted star and triangle into the street layout of Washington D.C. These are the 3 symbols that Copeland has placed on the 2 mentioned covers.
Kenneth Copeland has stated that Jehovah means Half Male/ Half Female and that God is as much female as he is male. He amplifies this strange teaching by also saying that Adam was originally half male and half female. According to the book "The Secret Teachings Of Freemasonry" by Gordon Mohr this is exactly what the Masonic Lodge teaches:- (on pages 107-108)
"Adam was made in the image of God. He was as much female as he was male. He was exactly like God. Then God separated him and removed the female part. Woman means 'man with the womb.' Eve had as much authority as Adam did as long as they stayed together." (Sensitivity of Heart KCP Publications, 1984, 23)
In his first initiation stages he (the Freemason) learns: 1 - That the rite of initation for Apprentice Masons represents in dramatic fashion the origin or birth of Nature's god - the Great All. It signifies the non-existence of a supernatural person God, such as that of Christianity. It signifies that the two principles of "matter" and "form", "male" and "female," are always eternally generating," (reproducing). It looks on God as a hermaphrodite, and creation as the beginning of the "generation process." Taken from: Speculative Masonry, by Brother J. Yorke, Grand Master of the Ancient Rite pages 3 & 54
2 - The initation 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. From Speculative Masonry page 14 & Mackey's Lexion pages 126-129
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. Taken from: Ragon's Cours. Philosophique page 102 Copeland has placed these symbols on one of his tape covers.
Copeland also teaches similar things that the early Mormons leaders who were also Freemasons taught. While the Mormons teach that God lives on a planet near the star Kolob, Copeland says that his hermaphroditic god also lives on a Mother Planet:-
"Heaven has a north and a south and an east and a west. Consequently, it must be a planet." Spirit, Soul and Body I 1985 audiotape #01-0601, side 1
"You don't think earth was first, do you? Huh? Well, you don't think that God made man in His image, and then made earth in some other image? There is not anything under this whole sun that's new. Are you hearing what I'm saying? This is all a copy. It's a copy of home. It's a copy of the Mother Planet. Where God lives, He made a little one just like His and put us on it." Following the Faith of Abraham I, 1989 audiotape #01-3001, side 1
Exactly how Copeland could "squeeze" God on any planet is difficult to fathom, especially since Solomon pointed out that heaven itself cannot contain God (1 Kings 8:27).
Compare what Freemason-Mormon Brigham Young stated "Adam is our father and our God" with Copeland's quote that Adam was God manifest in the flesh, just the same as Jesus (click on the link in the quote to hear the wav file):-
"God's reason for creating Adam was His desire to reproduce Himself. I mean a reproduction of Himself, and in the Garden of Eden He did just that. He was not a little like God. He was not almost like God. He was not subordinate to God even. ...Adam is as much like God as you could get, just the same as Jesus when He came into the earth, He said you've seen me you've seen the Father, he wasn't a lot like God, He's God manifested in the flesh! And I want you to know something, Adam, in the Garden of Eden, was God manifested in the flesh." Following the Faith of Abraham I, side 1
God spoke Adam into existence in authority with words. These words struck Adam's body in the face. His body and God were exactly the same size." Holy Bible, Kenneth Copeland Reference Edition 1991, 45, emphasis in original
That Adam looks the same as Jesus and God:
"The image being that he [Adam] was the copy, looked just like [God]. If you stood Adam upside God, they look exactly alike. If you stood Jesus and Adam side by side, they would look and sound exactly alike...Now a lot of people have missed that...but that's exactly true...The image is that they looked just alike. But the likeness, is that they act alike, and they are alike...Now here's Adam in the image of God, and in the likeness of God. All of God's attributes, all of God's authority, all of God's faith, all of God's ability, was invested in that man" Authority of the Believer IV 1987, audiotape #01-0304, side 1
The Hebrew word for "likeness" (demuth) simply means similarity or resemblance, not identity. The term itself actually "defines and limits" the word "image" (Hebrew: tselem) in order "to avoid the implication that man is a precise copy of God, albeit miniature" (R. Laird Harris, Gleason L. Archer, Jr., and Bruce K. Waltke, eds., Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament, 2 vols. Chicago: Moody Press, 1981, 1:192.)
Humans are created in God's image in the sense that they share, in a finite and imperfect way, God's communicable attributes (e.g, rationality and morality). These attributes, in turn, give individuals the capacity to enjoy fellowship with God, develop personal relationships with one another, and take care of God's creation as He has commanded. (Millard J. Erickson, Christian Theology, Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, 1988, 510; cf. 514) God's incommunicable attributes (e.g., omnipotence, omniscience, self-sufficiency), however, remain solely His.
Now compare Freemason-Mormon founder Joseph Smith's teaching that if you were to see God today "you would see him like a man in form - like yourselves in all the person, image, and very form as a man." with how Copeland describes his god:-
[God 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 or a little better, has a span of 9 inches across." Spirit, Soul and Body I audiotape Side 1 1985
Copeland's statement is based on Isaiah 40:12 ("Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, marked off the heavens with a [nine inch] span,..." [AV]). Yet following the same line of interpretation, one would also have to conclude that God literally held a basket full of dust and weighed mountains on a gigantic set of scales (v. 12b) - which is an absurd proposition ruled out by the context of the passage. Isaiah 40 makes extensive use of figurative language to underscore the vast difference between the Creator and His creation.
The Bible never intended to convey the notion that God has physical features like His human creation. Jesus declared that, "God is spirit" (John 4:24), not a spirit-being with a body (cf. Deut. 4:12). God is not like man. (Numbers 23:19). The Creator is, after all, "God, and not man" (Hos. 11:9).
The idea of God possessing a body, physical or spirit, implies the unbiblical view that the Trinity is actually composed of three separate beings. Moreover, a God who has a body with definite, measurable dimensions cannot truly be omnipresent, unlike the God of Scripture who is present everywhere in all His fullness (Jer. 23:23-24).
It is true that in His human nature Christ has a body and is localized in space and time. But in His divine nature He remains nonphysical and omnipresent, sharing this immutable nature with the Father and Holy Spirit.
Kenneth Copeland is one of the best known proponents of the Charismatic/Word-Faith Movement's "little gods" teaching, which denies the uniqueness of Christ. The Bible tells us that there is only one God, (Isaiah 43:10; Isaiah 44:6; Isaiah 45:18; Mark 12:29; 1 Cor. 8:4), yet, Copeland says Jesus told him:
"Don't be disturbed when people accuse you of thinking you are God ... They crucified Me for claiming I was God. I didn't claim that I was God; I just claimed that I walked with Him and that He was in Me. Hallelujah! That's what you're doing ..." Take Time to Pray," Believer's Voice of Victory , 2/87, p. 9
Copeland places himself on the same level as Jesus Christ, and chants the words "I AM" which is a Masonic initiation term.
"He am healin', He am deliverance, He am financial prosperity, mental prosperity, physical prosperity, family prosperity. It's terrible grammar, but you understand what I'm sayin'. I'm sayin' it to effect my mind...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.'" Believers Voice of Victory broadcast July 9 1987
During the ceremonies of the Masonic ritual for the Royah Arch degree, the candidate is asked, "Brother Inspector, what are you?" and he replies, "I AM THAT I AM."
When Jesus told the jews before Abraham was "I AM" he was claming to be the God of Moses who went by that name. This is why they tried to kill him immediately. Kenneth is claiming to be a God.
33rd Degree Freemason Robert Schuller also endorses his followers to chant "I AM" "The most effective mantras employ the "M" sound. You can get the feel of it by repeating the words, "I am, I am," many times over.... Transendental Meditation or TM... is not a religion nor is it necessarily anti-Christian." Peace of Mind Through Possibility Thinking, pp. 131-32
Benny Hinn who is possibly another Freemason, also tells Christians to chant "I AM." "Don't tell me you have Jesus. You are everything He was and everything He is and ever shall be.....Don't say, 'I have.' Say , 'I AM, I AM, I AM, I AM, I AM.' Our Position in Christ #2-The Word Made Flesh audiotape Side 2 1991
Another of Copeland's heritical teachings is his belief that God was gang raped and sodomised by homosexual Roman soldiers. If so then God's blood would be inpure and unable to redeem.
"Let me tell you something folks. Anybody in here that's ever been sexually abused, listen to me right now. Listen to me very carefully. The bible's very careful about the way it says these things. But down there in that dungeon, Romans, ungodly men, ungodly men, put him (Jesus) to every kind of abuse that you can think of. There is no sin that Jesus didn't bare. There is no thing, there is no such thing as a sexual abuse on somebody that Jesus doesn't know firsthand what it's all about. He's been where you are, I don't care what you've been through, Jesus has been through it. And everything's done to him that we we couldn't even speak of." The Resurrection Truth
Next Page >>>>>>>
Back to Word-Faith Contents
Back to Home Page
ive right to divine healing (1/93). Hagin says: "Your confession of faith in God's Word will bring healing or whatever it is you need from God into the present tense and make it a reality in your life!" (12/92). (Reported in the 2/1/93, Calvary Contender.)
Jesus taught about having faith in God, but hagin teaches