Here we go, the first entry of my False Preachers/Prophets etc. project. And to start it off, I'll use Kenneth E. Hagin, a.k.a "Dad" Hagin, the "father" of the Word Of Faith movement that has caused corruption with Christian teachngs.
While Hagin is called the father of the Faith movement, he really was influenced by Essek William Kenyon, who was inspired by New Thought and who had his own corrupt beliefs that were unbilbical such as believing all Christians were an incarnation as much as Jesus and that Jesus' physical death didn't count towards our sins. Though Hagin denies it.
Kenneth Hagin has been a big influence on most prosperity preachers today. Almost all the false teachings you see today were popularized by him.
I know he's highly respected. But many of his teachings and things he has said and wrote are very questionable. For instance in his book "I Believe In Visions" Hagin is speaking with Jesus about demons when a demon monkey appears between them, annoying Hagin by yelling "Yackety, yack, yack, yack" Hagin tries to tell the demon to shut up in the name of Jesus. Jesus then replies:
"If you haven't done something about that, I couldn't have."
Very strange since Jesus should be able to stop anything and not be defenseless... Hagin is suprised and suggests that Jesus was mistaken. Hagin couldn't believe Jesus would say that and thought he meant "I wouldn't have." Jesus tells Hagin "Sometimes your thelogy needs upending" And theres a few other "visions" Hagin had involving demon monkeys...
Hagin had other meetings with Jesus as well, some of which don't seem to match up to what Jesus would really say and do. Such as meeting with Jesus according to his book "I Believe In Visions" and seeing the holes in the palms of his hands, even though science and archelogy proves that people who are crucified are nailed through the wrists so the arms stay in place, else the body weight would make the hands rip off the nails and right off the cross. And that the Greek word for hands included the wrists.
Hagin teaches us to have faith in our faith instead of in God. In another meeting with Jesus from the booklet "How To Write Your Own Ticket with God",while Hagin was in the "spirit" Jesus tells Hagin to get a pencil and paper and write down the 4 steps in His faith formula and that anyone who follows them will recieve what ever he wants from Him:
1. Say It. 2. Do It. 3. Recieve it. 4. Tell It. In other words, the Name It and Claim It teaching. Where we put our faith into the power of our words instead of in God. Even the title of the book "How To Write Your Own Ticket With God" implies that we can get to Heaven our own way instead of God's way.
Let me show you some of the very unbiblical things Hagin said and taught.
"Why did he need to be begotten? Or born? Because he became like we were. Seperated from God. He [Jesus] tasted spiritual death for every man. And His spirit and inner men went to hell in my place. Can't you see that? Physical death wouldn't remove your sins. He's tasted death for every man. He's talking about tasting spiritual death. Jesus was the first person to be born again. Why did his spirit need to be born again? Because it was estranged from God" (Ken Hagin, "How Jesus Obtained His Name.") Hear it for youself here [link]
Pretty crazy huh? How could Jesus die spirtually, if his spirit went directly to his Father in heaven right after his physical death? (Luke 23:46, John 19:30) And being born again would imply that Jesus had sinned somehow and that he couldn't be by God's side.
"I say this with reluctance but this actually happened in one place where I preached. Two weeks from the day that I closed the meeting, the pastor fell dead in the pulpit. When I left that church crying. I told the pastor in the next church where I went to hold a meeting, 'that man fell dead in the pulpit.' And just a very short time after that he did. Why? Because he didn't accept the message that God gave me to give him from the Holy Spirit."
(Ken Hagin, "I Believe," page 115)
So if no pastor accept's Hagin's teachings, God kills them? Hagin appears to be threatening everyone with that statement.
"Man was created on terms of equality with God, and he could stand in God's presence without any consciousness of inferiority....God has made us as much like Himself as possible...He made us the same class of being that He is Himself...Man lived in the realm of God. He lived on terms equal with God... The believer is called Christ...that's who we are; we're Christ!" Zoe: The God-Kind of Life page 35.
So Hagin believes we are equal to God? That we are like God? How did he get away with writing that blasphemy?
"The believer is as much an incarnation as was Jesus of Nazareth."(Kenneth E. Hagin, "The Incarnation," The Word of Faith page 13, December 12, 1980
Once again, Hagin is saying we are equal to God! God clearly tells Isaiah in Isaiah 43:10-13 that He has no equal and that there was no other god before or after him. We are human beings, not gods!
Hagin is perfectly fine with Holy Laughter, which has cultic origins, yet he claims the people in Pentacost in the book of Acts acted this way, since they appeared to be drunk to onlookers, even though the only thing the believers did that appeared strange was speaking in tongues. Check out this video: [link]
To me, the Holy Spirit is not going to make you act in a way that has no real purpose to helping other's know God or even bring glory to Him. I can understand worshipping, dancing and speaking in tongues done by the Holy Spirit since these are all shown in the Bible. But constant laughing? I don't think so. The laughing even sounds evil and demonic. Galatians 5:22-23 mention the fruits of the spirt and verse 23 clearly says "self control" which I don't really see in Holy Laughter.
Finally, Hagin also taught that any symptoms of sickness comes from the devil and has brought that teaching to other famous preachers:
"Real faith in God-heart faith-believes the Word of God regardless of what the physical evidences may be... A person seeking healing should look to God's Word, not to his symptoms. He should say, 'I know that I am healed because the Word says that by His stripes I am healed'." (from the book Right And Wrong Thinking)
This teaching Hagin and other Faith preachers have taught is very dangerous. According to them we are never supposed to get sick, even though several people in the Bible already did even when they had a relationship to God. Despite the fact that Hagin bragged he never got a headache, flu or even "one sick day" in 60 years, he still suffered 4 cardiovascular crises and one heart stopage.
Theres more to Hagin's teachings and ideas than this. Such as prosperity, but he doesn't go to extremes like his followers have done. But I think what I have shown has said enough. Hope you enjoyed reading and feel free to ask questions and hope you look forward to next weeks false preacher.