Kenneth Copeland

Romans 16:17-18 "Now I urge you, brethren, keep your eye on those who cause dissensions and hindrances contrary to the teaching which you learned, and turn away from them.  For such men are slaves, not of our Lord Christ but of their own appetites; and by their smooth and flattering speech they deceive the hearts of the unsuspecting." (NASB, emphasis added.)

Gal 1:6-9 "I am amazed that you are so quickly deserting Him who called you by the grace of Christ, for a different gospel;  which is really not another; only there are some who are disturbing you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. But even if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to what we have preached to you, he is to be accursed!  As we have said before, so I say again now, if any man is preaching to you a gospel contrary to what you received, he is to be accursed!" (NASB, emphasis added.)

Mat 7:22-23 “Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS.’" (NASB, emphasis added.)

The Scriptures mandate to us that we are to mark those who teach doctrine which is contrary to the Holy Word of God, and avoid them.

Below is a listing of Copeland's heretical teachings. Next to each of his quotes we've countered with the Truth as found in the Word of God. Read for yourself, pray about it, and decide what the Lord would have you do regarding Scripture's mandate.


How Copeland's Teachings Stack-up Against Scripture
Jesus died Spiritually? (JDS)

"The righteousness of God was made to be sin. He 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?' You don't know what happened at the cross. Why do you think Moses, upon instruction of God, raised the serpent upon that 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? Why didn't you put a lamb on the pole?' And the Lord said, 'Because it was a sign of Satan that was hanging on the cross.' He said, 'I accepted, in My own spirit, spiritual death; and the light was turned off.'" (Christianity in Crisis, Hank Hanegraaff, Harvest House, Oregon, pp. 157-158).

"Numerous passages in God's Word attest that our sins have been dealt with 'through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all' (Hebrews 10:10; cf. Romans 7:4; Colossians 1:22; 1 Peter 2:24; 3:18; 4:1). This poses three difficult questions for the Faith teachers' view of the atonement. First, why is there no explicit mention of Christ's alleged "spiritual" death, while the Bible is replete with details on the fact and significance of His physical death-especially if it was His spiritual death that did away with the curse? Second, why does the Bible place so much emphasis on Christ's physical death-to the exclusion of His alleged spiritual death-if His physical death was not the factor that eradicated sin? Third, why is it that Christ Himself told us to remember the sacrifice He made with His body and blood (both of which are essentially physical), while saying nothing about any spiritual sacrifice (cf. Luke 22:19,20; 1 Corinthians 11:24-26)? All the biblical evidence indicates that Jesus never died spiritually and that His physical death paid the price for humanity's sin" (Ibid, pp. 161-162).
Anybody could do what Jesus did on the Cross?

Jesus had to go through that same spiritual death in order to pay the price. It wasn't the physical death on the cross that paid the price for sin. Because if it had of been any prophet of God that had died for the last couple of thousand of years before that could have paid that price. It wasn't physical death. Anybody could do that." ("What Satan saw on the day of Pentecost" tape #02-0022)

Romans 5:9-10 - Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life. (KJV)

Revelation 1:5 - And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,(KJV)

If Kenneth Copeland really believes this, he is lost in his sins and cannot be a born-again Christian.
We are gods? Shirley McClaine Rantings?

"He is a spirit. And Jesus said the time will come and time now is that they that worship him worship him, in spirit and in truth. And he imparted in you when you were born again...Peter said it just as plain, he said we are partakers of the divine nature. That nature is life eternal in absolute perfection. And that was imparted, injected into your spirit man and you have that imparted into you by God just as same as you imparted into your child the nature of humanity. That child wasn't born a whale...born a human. Isn't that true? Well now you don't have a human, do you? No, you are one. You don't have a god in you, you are one" ("The Force of Love", tape #02-0028)

Genesis 3:4-5 - And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. (KJV)

Isaiah 14:12-14 - How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. (KJV)

Isaiah 42:10b - Before Me there was no God formed, and there will be none after Me. (NASB)

Copeland says that he's the Christ?

"He am healing. He am deliverance. He am financial prosperity, mental prosperity, physical prosperity, family prosperity. It's terrible grammar, but you understand what I'm saying. I'm saying it to effect my mind. He am whatever He hath to be. Because he said he'd meet my needs according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus and I'm walking around saying, 'Yes my needs are met according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Glory to God. I'm cousin and kin to the need maker. I'm cousin and kin to the need meeter. I'm cousin and kin to the I AM. Hallelujah. [applause] 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, "I AM too." [applause] ("Believers Voice of Victory" broadcast, TBN 7/9/87).

Matthew 24:4-5 - And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. (KJV)

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