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By BRETT BIGG PART 4:
Copeland’s ideas on Context and Accountability

Summary
Why they “get away with it”

COPELAND has stated that it is a rule in his ministry that no one is to bring any written articles about Copeland to his (Cope land’s) attention.
He doesn’t want good articles — lest he believe them, neither bad articles — because he doesn’t want to hear them.
Copeland then takes this rule to a whole other level by not answering critics on points of doctrine.

Often, Copeland misapplies John 10:10, saying that the “thief” in this verse is actually the devil.

Truly, truly, I say to you, he who does not enter by the door into the fold of the sheep, but climbs up some other way, he is a thief and a robber.
But he who enters by the door is a shepherd of the sheep.
To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.
When he puts forth all his own, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice.
A stranger they simply will not follow, but will flee from him, because they do not know the voice of strangers.
This figure of speech Jesus spoke to them, but they did not understand what those things were which He had been saying to them.
So Jesus said to them again, “Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep.
All who came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them.
I am the door; if anyone enters through Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.
I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep.
He who is a hired hand, and not a shepherd, who is not the owner of the sheep, sees the wolf coming, and leaves the sheep and flees, and the wolf snatches them and scatters them.
He flees because he is a hired hand and is not concerned about the sheep.
I am the good shepherd, and I know My own and My own know Me, even as the Father knows Me and I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep.
I have other sheep, which are not of this fold; I must bring them also, and they will hear My voice; and they will become one flock with one shepherd”
(John 10:1-16).

But the context shows that Jesus is contrasting Himself to other so-called “Messiahs”, to those who came to “lead” the people.
Extending this verse, we could apply it to false teachers who seek to lead churches (either through governing or teaching).
The thief is not the devil (though he may be operating behind the scenes), but it is the person who comes as a shepherd when he is not.
Copeland is of this type.
Covenant Partnership?
To maintain the momentum of “works”, in which Kenneth Copeland Ministries is involved, requires money.
Rather than making regularly general broadcast appeals for funds to the Christian community as a whole, KCM uses the notion of Covenant Partnership to make its supporters feel obligated to give. The year 2004, however, has brought with it Copeland’s revelation of just what Covenant Partner-ship means.

“Don’t worry.
I will not let you fail.”
Remember how comforting it was to hear those words from a parent, a driving instructor or a coach who knew that you were facing something for the first time?

Think how much more important that would be coming from someone who understands and is committed to standing with you through the spiritual challenges you face.
That is exactly what believers at Philippi experienced when the Apostle Paul wrote to them from a jail cell in Rome:
“Being confident of this very thing that he who has begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:
Even as it is right for me to think this of you all, because I have you in my heart;
inasmuch as both in my bonds, and in the defence and confirmation of the gospel, you are all partakers of my grace”
(Philippians 1:6-7).

Don’t reduce these words from Paul to some kind of cordial greeting —a warm wish for their continued success.
[Sorry, I have to ‘butt in’ and say, “That’s right ‘don’t do that’, because then you may be applying context, and we can’t have that; can we? -Ed ]

A closer look will reveal that they have much more power than that.
Paul wasn’t just wishing for the best for his partners at Philippi. His faith was much more involved. With all the force of his inner man, Paul laid hold of God’s best on behalf of his partners in ministry. He became an active participant in their success.

In verses 3-8, we read that Paul carried in his heart the affection of Jesus Himself for the believers at Philippi. He couldn’t keep those people out of his heart. In fact, verse 3 says he was constantly making requests for them in prayer, filled with joy and confidence for their future.
Would you like to hear the Texas translation of what Paul was telling his partners at Philippi?
He wasn’t saying, “I don’t want you to fail.” Paul was saying, “I will not let you fail.”


(“I Will Not Let You Fail”, BVOV Magazine, p.4,5. March 2004)

Though the article is later “softened” by emphasizing that Copeland will uphold his Covenant Partners in prayer; that he will “stand with them in a prayer of agreement concerning a promise of God’s word”, the underlying theme is that you can look to Kenneth Copeland — for he is faithful.
Nowhere does the article mention the FACT that Jesus is at the right hand of the Father making intercession for us (Romans 8:34) or that Paul says,

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentle spirit be known to all men.
The Lord is near.
Be anxious for nothing,but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your
hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus
(Philippians 4:4-7).

Paul does NOT say, nor imply, that he is going to stand with them in a prayer of agreement on a promise of God - so that you make it — you get it. Paul’s confidence was that the Philippians would remain faithful, and faithfully pray — knowing that God hears our prayers.
The thing Paul would not fail in is praying to God and upholding ALL the churches (and not some special ‘click’ of Covenant Partners) in prayer.

The implied message from this article is that with Kenneth Copeland standing with you in a ‘prayer of agreement’, how could you do anything else but succeed.
I question how anyone could think that they personally could keep another person from failing: for this is the ultimate end to Copeland’s boast.
Make a prayer of agreement with Copeland that you will run your race, that you make it, then that will happen?
Won’t it?
After all you would be a partaker of Kenneth Copeland’s grace, since Copeland is applying Philippians 1:7 to himself and his partners.

Let us look at a few translations (legitimate and not Texan), apart from the King James Version, which Copeland has used.

Just as it is right for me to think this of you all, because I have you in my heart, inasmuch as both in my chains and in the defence and confirmation of the gospel,you all are partakers with me of grace (New King James Version).

It is right for me to feel this way about all of you, since I have you in my heart; for whether I am in chains or defending and confirming the gospel,all of you share in God’s grace with me. (New International Version)

It is right for me to think this way about all of you, because you hold me in your heart,for all of you share in God’s grace with me, both in my imprisonment and in the defence and confirmation of the gospel. (New Revised Standard Version)

For it is only right for me to feel this way about you all, because I have you in my heart, since both in my imprisonment and in the defence and confirmation of the gospel,you all are partakers of grace with me. (Updated New American Standard)

Paul is not talking about his own personal grace; he is talking about the grace of God in granting us salvation.
But how does Copeland interpret this?
Cope- land’s conclusion includes:

If you are a Partner with Kenneth Copeland Ministries, I am telling you, you’re going to make it.
That’s where Paul’s faith was for his partners. That’s where my faith is for my Partners.
That’s where my commitment is. I’m committed to their success. I will not let them fail.
(“I Will Not Let You Fail”, BVOV Magazine, P.8. March 2004)

Again, Copeland would qualify his ‘partners not failing’ by saying, “that God will meet all your needs according to His riches in glory in the Anointed Jesus and in His Anointing.” However, this after-thought, is NOT the theme of Copeland’s article! Copeland wants more Covenant Partners and in order to entrap people he has to make such partnership appealing.

In reality though, Copeland’s idea of Covenant Partnership is another nail in the coffin of the Sovereignty of God.
Copeland would have his partners stand on a “promise” of God — regardless of any answer to prayer that God would give. This is the removal of the Sovereignty of God in answering our prayers. In effect, they no longer look to God. It’s not God, and your faith in God, that will keep you from failing; it’s Kenneth Copeland - his faith will not fail them. This is but another push for the deification of man; but let us not be fooled: God does NOT share His Glory and Majesty with anyone.

Watch yourself that you make no covenant with the inhabitants of the land into which you are going, or it will become a snare in your midst.
But rather, you are to tear down their altars and smash their sacred pillars and cut down their Asherim — for you shall not worship any other god, for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God— otherwise you might make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land and they would play the harlot with their gods and sacrifice to their gods, and someone might invite you to eat of his sacrifice, and you might take some of his daughters for your sons, and his daughters might play the harlot with their gods and cause your sons also to play the harlot with their gods. You shall make for yourself no molten gods
(Exodus 34:12-17).

Beyond 2000
In the aftermath of the destruction of the World Trade Centre, Copeland has found a new “theme” to market.
Due to the concern and trepidation of many, especially over what the future holds for the world and man, his concentration is now on America and her “spiritual heritage”.

Post September 11, KCM’s propaganda machine rolled out with the slogans: War on Terror — The Reason I Was Born.
Followed several months later with: War on Terror — The Reason You Were Born
KCM’s Believer’s Voice of Victory magazine (BVOV) has been running hot since October 2002 appealing to America’s national unity, pride and patriotism.
Articles include:
Spiritual Heritage
Copeland and KCM’s current appeal to human sentiment reeks of selfish pride.
There is no true repentance in all of this, just reasons and excuses for self-justification and self-righteousness. It is here that we come to the obvious conclusion of where Copeland and Word-Faith are going.

Special Note: The October 2002 and February 2003 “Heritage” articles don’t just imply, but state that the Mayflower Compact is in fact a Covenant that God made with America, and that it is still in force today.

I always come back to this when I hear people predict the doom of the United States like they have been doing for more than 220 years. I want you to know something about this country — it may go through some hard knocks, but it’s not going to fail. I can tell you exactly why. It’s protected under the Mayflower Covenant — a covenant established in the blood of Jesus between the Pilgrims and God.
(“Spiritual Heritage: One Nation for the Glory of God”, BVOV Magazine, P.30. Feb 2003)
A rebuttal of Copeland’s article can be found at www.bvov.net — Blasphemous Voice of Victory website}
No Fear or No Fear of God?
The front cover of the June 2003 BVOV magazine is captioned with the title of one of its articles, namely, “Raising Children Without Fear”.
Sadly, when I read the caption I read, “Raising Children Without any Fear of God”, and even more regrettably the content of the article justifies the change.

For instance, how many times have you heard or said something like this: “Now, sweetheart, don’t run out in the street like that again. Daddy is afraid you will get run over by a car.”

That’s fear. Pure and simple. It is using fear to manipulate your child into doing what you want him or her to do. What’s more, by saying those kinds of things, you are raising your child in a spirit of fear.

“Oh, but, Brother Copeland, how else is a child going to learn to watch out for cars and be safe? Everyone knows in a situation like this that a little fear might be healthy.”

That’s a lie from the devil. There is never a time when a little fear - or a lot for that matter - is healthy. (“Raising Children Without Fear”, BVOV Magazine, P.26. June 2003)

Copeland uses Revelation 21:8 to justify this thinking:
But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone: which is the second
death
(Revelation 21:8 KJV).

But this verse, when put into context, clearly not talking abstractly about fear. Verse 7 states,
He that overcomes shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.

The fearful is the one who does not overcome.
Revelation is full of instructions, to the church, to overcome — but a warning given to those who don’t.

In this perverse and wicked generation, the thing Copeland (and Word-Faith proponents) lack most is fear — not of natural circumstances — but of God.
Copeland’s gospel and doctrine reinforce the message of the deification of man, and reduction of God to being just ‘a man’. The logical end of this teaching is the denial of Proverbs 1:7, and to teach our children that you” are it — you are a “god” in this world.

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; Fools despise wisdom and instruction (Proverbs 1:7).
It Wasn’t Enough for Jesus to be Anointed
The September 2003 edition of BVOV magazine includes the article “It wasn’t Enough for Jesus to be Anointed”, by Kenneth Copeland.
In it, Copeland says,
Yet as awesome and marvellous as the anointing was in the life of Jesus while He was on this earth, it wasn’t enough for God.
You see, had Jesus ended up being the only person anointed, we would still be under the devil’s oppression today.
Yet again, Copeland has another gospel.
See how great a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we would be called children of God; and such we are.
For this reason the world does not know us, because it did not know Him.
Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we will be.
We know that when He appears, we will be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is.
And everyone who has this hope fixed on Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.
Everyone who practises sin also practises lawlessness; and sin is lawlessness.
You know that He appeared in order to take away sins; and in Him there is no sin.
No one who abides in Him sins; no one who sins has seen Him or knows Him.
Little children,make sure no one deceives you; the one who practises righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous; the one who practises sin is of the devil; for the devil has sinned from the beginning.The Son of God appeared for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil.
No one who is born of God practises sin, because His seed abides in him; and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.
By this the children of God and the children of the devil are obvious: anyone who does not practise righteousness is not of God, nor the one who does not love his brother.
For this is the message which you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another
(1 John 3:1–11).
Reflection
I would love to say more on the heresies and blasphemies of Kenneth Copeland, for it is only through education that one can be warned about this madness. Many more points of doctrine could (and should) be discussed.
There are numerous websites that warn of the doctrines of Copeland and others in the Word-Faith/Prosperity industry (not ministry).
I encourage you to at least scan a few of them: Many good ministers have tried to warn people and congregations about Word-Faith Ministries and ministers such as Copeland, Hagin and the like. But more often than not, they don’t know the specifics about these “ministries” and what they teach to be able to effectively answer the inquiries of people.

When my wife and I turned to God we were invited to a Charismatic church. From there we heard about Copeland and Hagin, and though “warned” against Word-Faith no one showed us by the Word of God how it was wrong. Our sojourn, beginning in 1994, has included the “Kenneth Copeland Bible Course”, being members of Rhema (Gold Coast) as well as other Word-Faith churches. In 2000/2001, the Pastor of our [Word-Faith] Church asked us to put together a teaching manual on Biblical Finances. Looking at all the Scriptures we had been indoctrinated with, and deciding to be pedantic, we took a step back and started reading each reference from the point where the topic started.

The obvious conclusion to our investigations was that we had been taught and had believed a lie. We approached our pastor with our concerns, and within no time at all we were labeled, and were ‘on the outer’. The youth (which included the pastor’s sons, son’s girlfriend and nephew) some of who we had, just a month or so before, taught “Discipleship” were now very cool to our presence having been warned about our “legalism” and “religious spirit”. Though saddened by the means and reason for our excommunication, we are thankful that God is faithful, gracious and merciful. For in having a love for the truth, God was truly able to save us.

We must know the truth and the simplicity of the Gospel; and we must speak the truth (in love) and preach the Gospel. I would love to be able to help minister to those caught on the Word-Faith highway, but as with all things: in God’s will, His purpose and His timing. I have put together a website (Blasphemous Voice of Victory) as a rebuttal for Copeland’s heresies; its address is www.bvov.net.
Conclusion
Why they “get away with it” Those sincere Christians, believing that Copeland, and maybe even their own pastor, hears God’s voice in this clear way, are caught between a rock and a hard place.
If God did tell them (Copeland et al) to teach something specific then desiring to be “obedient to the Lord”, they accept it.

People are indoctrinated into Cope- land’s (and Word-Faith) teaching for the simple reason that just like the Jehovah’s Witnesses, people are moulded into interpreting words, and verses of Scripture, in a way which is contrary to the Gospel.
You must be trained into Copelandism.
It is nothing more than ‘brain-washing’.
Many good people are caught in this deception, and they must be helped.

Is it pure coincidence or did God have something to do with the way the books of the New Testament were ordered? Revelation is the last book of the Bible - the last chapter of ‘this age’; and just before it is the book of Jude - a book, which seems to speak of what’s going on in the church today - just before the curtain falls…

Jude, a bond-servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, To those who are the called, beloved in God the Father, and kept for Jesus Christ: May mercy and peace and love be multiplied to you.
Beloved, while I was making every effort to write you about our common salvation, I felt the necessity to write to you appealing that you contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all handed down to the saints.
For certain persons have crept in unnoticed, those who were long beforehand marked out for this condemnation, ungodly persons who turn the grace of our God into licentiousness and deny our only Master(Gr. Despotes: despot -Sovereign)and Lord, Jesus Christ.
Now I desire to remind you, though you know all things once for all, that the Lord, after saving a people out of the land of Egypt, subsequently destroyed those who did not believe.
And angels who did not keep their own domain, but abandoned their proper abode, He has kept in eternal bonds under darkness for the judgment of the great day, just as Sodom and Gomorrah and the cities around them, since they in the same way as these indulged in gross immorality and went after strange flesh, are exhibited as an example in undergoing the punishment of eternal fire.Yet in the same way these men, also by dreaming, defile the flesh, and reject authority, and revile angelic majesties.
But Michael the archangel, when he disputed with the devil and argued about the body of Moses, did not dare pronounce against him a railing judgment, but said, “The Lord rebuke you!”But these men revile the things, which they do not understand; and the things, which they know by instinct, like unreasoning animals, by these things they are destroyed.
Woe to them!
For they have gone the way of Cain, and for pay they have rushed headlong into the error of Balaam, and perished in the rebellion of Korah.
These are the men who are hidden reefs in your love feasts when they feast with you without fear, caring for themselves;clouds without water, carried along by winds; autumn trees without fruit, doubly dead, uprooted;wild waves of the sea, casting up their own shame like foam; wandering stars, for whom the black darkness has been reserved forever.
It was also about these men that Enoch, in the seventh generation from Adam, prophesied, saying, “Behold, the Lord came with many thousands of His holy ones, to execute judgment upon all, and to convict all the ungodly of all their ungodly deeds which they have done in an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him.
”These are grumblers, finding fault, following after their own lusts; they speak arrogantly, flattering people for the sake of gaining an advantage.But you, beloved, ought to remember the words that were spoken beforehand by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ that they were saying to you, “In the last time there will bemockers, following after their own ungodly lusts.”These are the ones who cause divisions, worldly-minded, devoid of the Spirit.
But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting anxiously for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to eternal life.
And have mercy on some, who are doubting; save others, snatching them out of the fire; and on some have mercy with fear, hating even the garment polluted by the flesh.
Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to make you stand in the presence of His glory blameless with great joy, to the only God our Saviour, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory,majesty, dominion and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen
(Jude 1–25).
Unmasked?

Yes Kenneth Copeland has been unmasked. Is he an “evangelist”?
Maybe, but it’s not the Gospel of Jesus Christ he’s preaching. Is he an “apostle”? He may have been — sent out.
But not by God!
Is he a “prophet”?
He may hear from his god.
But his god is not the God of the Bible.
Is he a “teacher”?
Yes he is.
But not of THE truth, righteousness, holiness or even of the Word of God.
Has he been planted in God’s field?
Yes.
But not by God! Jesus presented another parable to them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field. But while his men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went away. But when the wheat sprouted and bore grain, then the tares became evident also. The slaves of the landowner came and said to him, “Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have tares?” And he said to them, “An enemy has done this!”(Matthew 13:24–28a). Copeland’s version of the Gospel is an appeal to secular humanism and occult beliefs.
He uses worldly techniques to inspire and spur people on to seek success in this world.
What Copeland and the rest of the Word-Faith preachers have done is make “Christianity” popular through worldly standards.
His gospel is about this world and this life — and not eternity.
The “gospel of Word-Faith” is to look at this world through, not blood-coloured (filtered) glasses, but rose-coloured (filtered) glasses.
Copeland’s brand of “preaching” prepares the (so-called ‘Christian’) world to accept the Antichrist:

The son of destruction, who opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, displaying himself as being God (2 Thessalonians 2:3-4).
It is “salvation” through Copeland’s, and Word-Faith’s, gospel — that the many (who think they’re “born again” or “saved”) will say,
Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles? (Matthew 7:22-23).
The greatest and saddest thing Jesus will declare to them will be:
“I NEVER KNEW YOU”
A Prayer for Salvation
What does God require of us for salvation?
Certainly salvation is a gift of God and it is by grace we are saved and not by works; but will the following prayer get you “saved” (let alone Baptised in the Holy Spirit)?

Heavenly Father, I come to You in the Name of Jesus.
Your Word says, “Whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Acts 2:21).
I am calling on You. I pray and ask Jesus to come into my heart and be Lord over my life according to Romans 10:9-10. “If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” I do that now. I confess that Jesus is Lord, and I believe in my heart that God raised Him from the dead.

I am now reborn! I am a Christian
— a child of Almighty God! I am saved!
You also said in Your Word,
“If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: HOW MUCH MORE shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?”
(Luke 11:13).

I’m also asking You to fill me with the Holy Spirit. Holy Spirit, rise up within me as I praise God. I fully expect to speak with other tongues as You give me the utterance (Acts 2:4).

From the KCM website, as at 8 January 2004.

This prayer has remained unchanged for decades.
It is the same prayer as outlined in Copeland’s: *Note: the dates concerning the two editions of Prosperity Promises” are from the respective books, the discrepancy “1987” v “1985” is not a typographical error in this article.
Copeland’s prayer, and its associating narrative, fails to mention: So I ask, ‘Could the above prayer, said truthfully and sincerely, get someone saved?’
Who is God?
Is it Allah, Buddha, Shiva or the God of the Bible?
Paul did not preach Zeus or Apollo to the Athenians.
He made sure that they knew who God was and of whom he was preaching.

So Paul stood in the midst of the Areopagus and said, “Men of Athens, I observe that you are very religious in all respects.
For while I was passing through and examining the objects of your worship, I also found an altar with this inscription, ‘TO AN UNKNOWN GOD.’
Therefore what you worship in ignorance, this I proclaim to you. The God who made the world and all things in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands; nor is He served by human hands, as though He needed anything, since He Himself gives to all people life and breath and all things; and He made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined their appointed times and the boundaries of their habitation, that they would seek God, if perhaps they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; for in Him we live and move and exist, as even some of your own poets have said, ‘For we also are His children.’
Being then the children of God, we ought not to think that the Divine Nature is like gold or silver or stone, an image formed by the art and thought of man. Therefore having overlooked the times of ignorance, God is now declaring to men that all people everywhere should repent, because He has fixed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness through a Man whom He has appointed, having furnished proof to all men by raising Him from the dead”
(Acts 17:22–31).

If you do not recognise your sinful and lost condition, then what recognition is there of your need for a saviour?
Nowhere does KCM(or we could say Copeland) here mention Christ’s death, burial and resurrection, yet Paul says (to the Corinthians) that this is the Gospel he preached.

Now I make known to you, brethren,the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received, in which also you stand, by which also you are saved, if you hold fast the word which I preached to you, unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you as offirst importancewhat I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures (1 Corinthians 15:1–4).

Where is the revelation that Christ is the only way to the Father? “I pray and ask Jesus to come into my heart” is not the Gospel.
There is no identification of who Jesus Christ is or what He paid for our salvation.
There is no mention of man’s accountability to God who is Sovereign and Judge and who WILL judge everyone. Muslims and Hindus believe in ‘christ’.
But their understanding of who Christ is, is not identical with each other, least of all biblical.
Will Copeland’s prayer lead these people to eternal life?
Obviously not.

Furthermore, where is the required humiliation of man—that is, man humbling himself before God and repenting?

Therefore let all the house of Israel know for certain that God has made Him both Lord and Christ— this Jesus whom you crucified.
Now when they heard this, they were pierced to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Brethren, what shall we do?”
Peter said to them,
“Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
For the promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off, as many as the Lord our God will call to Himself”
(Acts 2:36-39).

But when Peter saw this, he replied to the people,
“Men of Israel, why are you amazed at this, or why do you gaze at us, as if by our own power or piety we had made him walk?
The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God of our fathers, has glorified His servant Jesus, the one whom you delivered and disowned in the presence of Pilate, when he had decided to release Him.
But you disowned the Holy and Righteous One and asked for a murderer to be granted to you, but put to death the Prince of life, the one whom God raised from the dead, a fact to which we are witnesses.
“And on the basis of faith in His name, it is the name of Jesus which has strengthened this man whom you see and know; and the faith which comes through Him has given him this perfect health in the presence of you all.
And now, brethren, I know that you acted in ignorance, just as your rulers did also.
But the things which God announced beforehand by the mouth of all the prophets, that His Christ would suffer, He has thus fulfilled.
Therefore repent and return, so that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord”
(Acts 3:12–19).

When they heard this, they quieted down and glorified God, saying, “Well then, God has granted to the Gentiles also the repentance that leads to life (Acts 11:18).

Therefore having overlooked the times of ignorance, God is now declaring to men that all people everywhere shouldrepent (Acts 17:30).
And when they had come to him, he said to them, “You yourselves know, from the first day that I set foot in Asia, how I was with you the whole time, serving the Lord with all humility and with tears and with trials which came upon me through the plots of the Jews; how I did not shrink from declaring to you anything that was profitable, and teaching you publicly and from house to house, solemnly testifying to both Jews and Greeks ofrepentance toward God and faith in our Lord Jesus Christ (Acts 20:18-21).

So, King Agrippa, I did not prove disobedient to the heavenly vision, but kept declaring both to those of Damascus first, and also at Jerusalem and then throughout all the region of Judea, and even to the Gentiles, that they shouldrepent and turn to God, performing deeds appropriate to repentance (Acts 26:19-20).

Or do you think lightly of the riches of His kindness and tolerance and patience, not knowing that the kindness of God leads you to repentance? (Romans 2:4).

I now rejoice, not that you were made sorrowful, but that you were madesorrowful to the point of repentance; for you were made sorrowful according to the will of God, so that you might not suffer loss in anything through us.
For the sorrow that is according to the will of God produces a repentance without regret, leading to salvation, but the sorrow of the world produces death.
For behold what earnestness this very thing, this godly sorrow,has produced in you:
what vindication of yourselves,
what indignation,
what fear,
what longing,
what zeal,
what avenging of wrong! In everything you demonstrated yourselves to be innocent in the matter
(2 Cor 7:9-11).

I am afraid that when I come again my God may humiliate me before you, and I may mourn over many of those who havesinned in the past and not repentedof the impurity, immorality and sensuality which they have practised (2 Corinthians 12:21).

The Lord’s bond-servant must not be quarrelsome, but be kind to all, able to teach, patient when wronged, with gentleness correcting those who are in opposition, if perhaps God may grant them repentance leading to the knowledge of the truth (2 Timothy 2:24-25).

The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you,not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9).

Copeland’s “prayer” is so far off the biblical mark and the biblical example that surely the church should weep over those who are (supposedly) born-again by it.
Can anyone seriously regard this prayer as a prayer leading to eternal life?

Following Copeland’s prayer of salvation is a prayer for the ‘Baptism in the Holy Spirit’, with a “I fully expect to speak with other tongues as you give me the utterance”.
If Copeland’s prayer of salvation omits the Gospel, then how will these unsaved people be “baptised in the Holy Spirit”? Undeniably they won’t be!
And if they’re not, but they do speak in tongues, or interpret or prophesy etc, then who, or what, are they baptised into?
The Father won’t give a son a snake or scorpion if he asks for a fish or an egg (Luke 11:11, 12), but if these people aren’t sons to begin with then God isn’t the one who’s doing the giving!

Again let us consider the solemnity of God’s rejection:

“I NEVER KNEW YOU”

[ To be continued -Ed ]


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