Truth Matters Newsletter – July 2004 Vol. 8 No. 7 – Did You Know? by Robert Liichow
That you can buy a copy of Jesse Duplantis book “Heaven, Close Encounters of the God Kind” on the web at Urim & Thummin? So what is the big deal about that?
It’s a MORMON website
“Heaven – Close Encounters of the God Kind. The following statement comes from the Mormon website.
Jesus Duplantis was taken to heaven in the flesh with an appointment to meet God the Father. While in heaven, Jesse also met father Abraham, Jesus Christ King David, the apostle Paul, the prophet Jonah, and others, Jesse was permitted to enter the Holy City to see the homes of the prophets and his future home as we.
DMI has covered Mr. Dupantis extensively in past issues (in fact we’re offering a CD this month dealing with his “trip” to heaven, see page 14). However, I find it personally intriguing at a Mormon web site would find his revelations in concert with many of their own beliefs that they would gladly offer his book among other books that deal explicitly with Mormon doctrines. (Here’s the dirty little secret–much of Word of Faith heterodoxy is very similar to many Mormon beliefs). Here are just a few examples:
WOF teaches that heaven is a planet—Kenneth Copeland tells us, “You don’t think God created man in His image and created the earth in some other image, huh? There’s nothing under the whole sun that’s new-This is a copy of home-a copy of the mother planet Where God lives, He made a little one just like it and put us on it. (1) “ Heaven has a north and a south and an east and a west. Consequently, it must be a planet. “ (1)
Mormon doctrine teaches that heaven is a planet too! God is supposed to have lived on a planet near a mysterious star called Kolob. According to Apostle Bruce R. McConkie, “Kolob means ‘the first creation.’ It is the name of the planet ‘nearest to the celestial, or the residence of God’…One day in Kolob is equal to a thousand years according to the measurements of this earth.” (2)
The WOF movement…teaches that Adam was a God Doctrine:
Gloria Copeland, Kenneth Copeland’s wife, stated, “When God breathed the breath of life into Adam, He transmitted His very self into him. God imparted the same spiritual substance of which He is made into Adam’s being. (3)
Kenneth Copeland gives his opinion, “…Adam is as much like God as you can get, just the same as Jesus, when He came into the earth. And I want you to know something; Adam in the garden of Eden was God manifested in the flesh.” (4)
The Mormon Church says…and the Adam was a God Doctrine: Brigham Young, 2nd President of the Mormon Church tells us, “When our father Adam came into the garden of Eden, he came into it with a celestial body, and brought Eve, one of his wives, with him. He is Michael, the Archangel, the Ancient of Days! About whom holy men have written and spoken–He is our Father and our God, and the only God with whom we have to do.” (5)
The WOF…and the Deity of Man: Kenneth Copeland states, “You don’t have a god in you, you are one.” (6) According to Kenneth Hagin, “You are as much the incarnation of God as Jesus Christ was. Every man who has been born again is an incarnation and Christianity is a miracle. The believer is as much an incarnation as was Jesus of Nazareth.” (7)
The Mormon Church teaches…on the Deity of Man: Apostle Bruce McConkie states, “that exaltation which the saints of all ages have so devoutly sought is godhood itself.” (8)
There are other comparisons between Mormon doctrines and the WOF cult, but they will have to be dealt with at a later time. Stay Tuned! ♦
Copyright © 2004 by Robert Liichow
1. Watchman Expositor ( www.watchman.org. ) , Word Faith Theology and Mormonism (from Kenneth Copeland video, Following the Faith of Abraham)
2. Hank Hanegraaff Christianity in Crisis 1997) p. 379
3. Bruce R. McConkie, Mormon Doctrine, 1966, p. 428
4. Watchman Expositor ( www.watchman.org ), Word Faith theology and Mormonism (from Gloria Copeland Believrs’s Voice of Victory, June 1986 p. 10
5. Watchman Expositor (www.watchman.org ), Word Faith Theology and Mormonism (from Kenneth Copeland video , following the Faith of Abraham)
6. Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses, Vol. 1 p. 50
7. Watchman Expositor, (www.watchman.org) , Word Faith Theology and Mormonism (from Kenneth video, The force of Love).
8. Watchman Expositor (ww.watchman.org), Word Faith Theology and Mormonism (from Kenneth Hagin, Word of Faith, December 1980 p. 14)