Join Pastor Rod Parsley as he welcomes Tim Tebow, Kenneth Copeland, Isaac Pitre, and Clint Brown at the CONTENDING FOR THE FAITH weekend, presented by Valor Christian College.
These 3 days are absolutely critical to your faith – March 16th, 17th & 18th.
Mark your calendar! You’ll grow in faith, experience the power of the Holy Spirit, and learn how the anointing of God to can resonate in your life. There will be live concerts and a very special “Partners ONLY” anointing service…
Valor Christian College is holding SPRING COLLEGE DAYS, where you can experience The School of the Spirit, in conjunction with the Contending for the Faith weekend! Click here to learn more about College Days!
– Taken from (https://www.rodparsley.com/contending-for-the-faith)
I haven’t commented on Tim Tebow yet, despite all the Tebow talk that has been passed around (pun intended) that last few weeks. I don’t watch American football. I don’t get how it’s played. I’d love to learn. I only know Tim Tebow through the media I’ve seen of him off the field. This includes his prison ministry stuff and interviews. I know there are Christians who don’t know what to make of him, and others who think he is one of the greatest evangelists of our time. From what I’ve seen, his version of Christianity sounds purpose driven and decisional (ie. Jesus has a purpose for you, make a decision for Jesus, invite Him in your heart and you will get it). I remember hearing him interviewed at First Redeemer church [here]. He said God has a plan and poem for our life, and we should try and live that poem because it’s the best way to live. He said that living this life is where you will find significance and satisfaction. The pastor then had said that the wonderful message of the gospel is that we can all be used of God. This is false. The wonderful news of the gospel is that God became a man, Jesus Christ, in order to live a perfectly obedient life on behalf of those who would believe in Him, die a gorey death on a cross to satisfy the wrath of God on behalf of those who would believe in Him, be buried for 3 days and rise again to life for the justification of those who would believe in Him. The wrath of God that was due to the sins of believers was placed upon Him as though He had committed it and was being punished for it. My unrighteousness being credited to Christ, and His perfect righteousness being credited to me so that I stand justified and perfect in regard to God’s holy law. This not because of any good work or righteousness wrought in me, but solely on the merits and obedience of Christ that He freely gives to those who believe.
God does have a purpose that is being accomplished. Whether you are a Christian or not makes no difference. You are still part of it. The reason a Christian even believes the gospel is because it was God’s purpose that such a person would. The reason a person doesn’t believe the gospel is because it was God’s purpose that such a person wouldn’t. His purpose stands, and no one can hold Him back or accuse Him of doing wrong.
“All the inhabitants of the earth are accounted as nothing, But He does according to His will in the host of heaven And among the inhabitants of earth; And no one can ward off His hand Or say to Him, ‘What have You done?’ Daniel 4:35
“I know that You can do all things, And that no purpose of Yours can be thwarted. Job 42:2
The counsel of the LORD stands forever, The plans of His heart from generation to generation. Psalm 33:11
But our God is in the heavens; He does whatever He pleases. Psalm 115:3
Whatever the LORD pleases, He does, In heaven and in earth, in the seas and in all deeps. Psalm 135:6
“For the LORD of hosts has planned, and who can frustrate it? And as for His stretched-out hand, who can turn it back?” Isaiah 14:27
Well. What to make of this Contending for the Faith conference in March? Will Tebow be going in order to contend for the faith against the other folks named? I’ll admit I don’t know who Isaac Pitre is. The other three guys I know are Word Faith wolves. I’ve discussed Kenneth Copeland here on a few other articles. Here are some of his notable quotes:
“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 [Adam] was not a little like God, He was not almost like God, He was not, um, subordinate to God even…. Adam is as much like God as you could get. Just the same as Jesus…Adam, in the Garden of Eden, was God manifested in the flesh.”
Kenneth Copeland, “Following the Faith of Abraham I” (Fort Worth, TX: Kenneth Copeland Ministries, 1989), audiotape #01-3001, side1.
“You don’t have a god in you, you are one.”
(Kenneth Copeland, “The Force of Love” (Fort Worth, TX: Kenneth Copeland Ministries, 1987), audiotape #02-0028, side 1.)
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 the instruction of God, raised a serpent up on 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 up on that pole?” And the Lord said, “Because it was the 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.”
(Kenneth Copeland, “What Happened from the Cross to the Throne” (Fort Worth, TX: Kenneth Copeland Ministries, 1990), audiotape #02-0017, side 2.)
The Spirit of God spoke to me and He said, “Son, realize this. Now follow me in this and don’t let your tradition trip you up.” He said, “Think this way: a twice-born man whipped Satan in his own domain.” And I threw my Bible down, like that, and I said, “What?” He said, “A born-again man defeated Satan, the firstborn of many brethren defeated him.” He said, “You are the very image and the very copy of that one.” I said, “Goodness, gracious sakes alive!” And I began to see what had gone on in there. And I said, “Well now you don’t mean, you couldn’t dare mean that I could have done that same thing?” He said, “Oh yeah. If you’d had the same knowledge of the Word of God that He did, you could’ve done the same thing, ’cause you’re a reborn man too.”
(Kenneth Copeland, “Substitution and Identification” (Kenneth Copeland Ministries, 1989), tape #00-0202, side 2)
If you aren’t familiar with Word Faith, there is way too much wrong with it to try and explain or untangle. Some examples include: they believe that Adam was literally a little god, that believers are little gods, that prayer is commanding God what to do, that we can command the weather, and probably the most notable, that we have the power to command things into being. That is also why this movement is known as the Name it Claim it movement. Here is a short video by Jutin Peters’ ministry on the Word Faith movement:
What in the world is Tebow thinking? It’s interesting to note that lately a lot of purpose driven pastors have been getting together with Word Faith pastors. Rick Warren not only endorsed a book by a female pastor named LaVerne Adams, also known as Dr. Destiny. He also had Robert Morris speak at his church. So did Perry Noble. Robert Morris on both occasions gave his famous “If you don’t tithe the first ten percent, your money is under a curse.” Robert Morris has had Creflo Dollar preach at his church. The Elephant Room guys just recently embraced TD Jakes because they think he isn’t a modalist. Assuming he isn’t, it really doesn’t matter because there are still orthodox trinitarians who are totally heretical in other areas. TD Jakes is a Word Faith pastor. Those are all pretty big names in American purpose driven christianity. And they each share a common message, though they may disagree in other areas. The agreement is in the belief that God rewards obedience. On the one hand, living your purpose will be rewarded with God’s full blessing. On the other hand, things like tithing lift curses off your cash.
It wasn’t as though the big rub here is that these men met in an elevator. They shared pulpits at each others churches, or had been affirmed (in Jakes’ case) in some way or another. And now this. For those who don’t know better, who love Tebow, who may have even “made decisions for Christ” under his preaching, they will only see this as Tebow’s big fat stamp of approval on this wolf pack. And I don’t know how to see it any other way.