by Michael D. Fortner
The cross of Christ is no longer dripping with the blood of our Savior, but is covered with gold dust, and dripping money. There is oil seeping from a prosperity preacher who bottles it and sells it. There are false spirits that cause barking like a dog, levitation, weird laughter, and out of body experiences. Such is the state of many Pentecostal and Charismatic churches today.
While researching this book, I discovered that the problem of false prophets is far worse than I had previously believed. There is significant reason to believe that some Word of Faith (WOF) churches that have signs and wonders, such as gold dust and other wonders, are pastored by the preachers that Jesus warned us about several times, such as when he said there will come many false Messiahs and false prophets who perform such signs and wonders, that even the elect are almost deceived. It is happening now.
There is much disturbing information about the Word of Faith (WOF) movement, Toronto Blessing-inspired revivals, and Prophetic Movement, their doctrines, and their preachers. I discuss the false prophets and how they operate. The Bible gives us a description of these almost true, yet false prophets, and even tells us that they can sometimes perform genuine miracles. I will explain how that is possible, and how their services are a mixture of the Holy Spirit and evil spirits.
I once believed the WOF preachers on TV were either deceived or just stupid, but new evidence has convinced me that many of them are knowingly telling lies because they are trying to milk all of the money they can out of people. But even worse, some are knowingly following Satan. It is a known fact that people have made deals with the devil to become rich and famous movie stars and rock stars. But what most people do not realize is that there are rich and famous preachers on TV that have made the same deal with the devil. They are literally Satan’s ministers; the evidence will shock you, and names are given. One TV preacher can be heard on video saying we should serve Satan, and another says, “Tie my money, Satan.”
And some ministers, both true and false, are faking miracles. The Bible tells us that those who engage in fakery and claim that fake miracles are true miracles from God are in danger of being struck down by God like Nadab and Abihu, who faked a miracle. Are ministers falling dead today? Yes, many have died, but many have not, yet.
I present first-hand testimonies from many people who report getting demon spirits after attending one of the Toronto Blessing inspired revivals, or just watching their DVDs.
The majority of the other books previously written against the WOF movement were written by people who oppose all Pentecostals and Charismatics. Those attack books would have been written even if the WOF did not exist. For that reason, the Pentecostals and Charismatics have ignored those books with deadly results. Many Pentecostal churches, perhaps whole denominations, have been infiltrated by the WOF doctrines, even if it is only the prosperity gospel.
I do not oppose original Pentecostalism because I grew up attending an old-fashioned Pentecostal church that warned us about the false doctrines of the WOF Charismatics. Even though I was warned against the WOF doctrines, in my 20s I came to believe in the prosperity gospel and the basic WOF doctrines, but God eventually opened my eyes to the truth. But now 40 years later that church is teaching WOF doctrines; probably not all of the WOF doctrines, but enough to consider it infiltrated.
Why did this happen? Because most of the famous spreaders of WOF doctrines were originally Pentecostals. Kenneth Hagin was an Assembly of God evangelist who adopted the prosperity gospel and WOF doctrines and spread them within the denomination. Then he crossed over into the Charismatic Movement and started his own Bible college (1974). I do not believe he taught all of those messed up doctrines early in his ministry or he would have been kicked out of the Assemblies of God.
TBN was founded (1973) by Paul and Jan Crouch who also claimed Assembly of God roots. It is highly probable that he was not WOF when he began TBN, but because of the teaching of Kenneth Hagin and others, he also became WOF. After all, Hagin claimed to be a Spirit-filled Christian who spoke in tongues and prophesied, so Pentecostals listened to his teaching. But as all the other previous books have proven beyond doubt, WOF doctrine is so messed up it is more like Mormonism or Gnosticism than historical Christianity.
So Hagin and Crouch are examples of ministers who started out on the right track but became deceived. The first step along the wrong path was likely the prosperity gospel, followed by the many other doctrines that were originally developed by E. W. Kenyon. Hagin read Kenyon’s books, but Hagin was not smart, as will be seen in the examination of Hagin’s teaching, so he believed the falsehood of Kenyon.
Many people today wrongly give credit to the WOF for bringing us knowledge of faith and healing, but that is not true. Yes, the WOF has taught on faith and healing, but they did not originate it, Pentecostals and Charismatics were around long before the Word of Faith became widespread. The WOF group merely twisted the teaching on faith and healing, making it unbiblical.
There are many well-known Word of Faith preachers, and all have greatly distorted many doctrines, yet, because they believe in healing and the gifts of the Holy Spirit, they are accepted by Pentecostals and Charismatics. They should be tested as Jesus mentioned in Revelation, “And you have tested those who say they are apostles, but are not, and have found them to be liars” (2:2) (MEV).
The end result is there are now many churches that have aligned themselves with these false ministers. This means it is becoming more and more problematic to be a Pentecostal or Charismatic.
Because of WOF infiltration, I no longer consider myself Pentecostal or Charismatic, but rather, Full Gospel. The WOF false doctrines are spreading and threatening to take over the entire Pentecostal and Charismatic movement. The Pentecostal / Charismatic Movement needs a reformation, but it will not happen. What will happen is a split in the movement; Rick Joyner calls it a civil war.
I will be attacked for revealing the truth about the false prophets and their false doctrines, but the Apostle Paul said to expose the works of darkness:
And do not have fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness; instead, expose them. (Eph 5:11) (MEV)
And so this book will expose those works of darkness in the Pentecostal / Charismatic segment of the church today.
Some people will want to bring out the “authority” gun to question by what authority I speak against the WOF preachers and doctrines, and the false signs and wonders, saying that God has no self-appointed prophets or lone-wolf ministers. This is an argument that has no merit and is used by people who want to silence those they disagree with. The authority teaching is an example of doctrine being taught as truth when it is actually the opposite of the truth.
The apostles discovered a man who was casting out devils in Jesus’ name, but he was not one of the official disciples. They asked Jesus if they should make him stop, and Jesus said, “Whoever isn’t against us is for us” (Mark 9:40) (GW). So Jesus personally condoned lone wolf preachers! As he should, because he was a lone wolf preacher himself, as was John the Baptist, and Martin Luther. We know what they all accomplished for God.
John Wesley was not allowed to preach in Anglican churches, so he went into the public squares and eventually founded the Methodist Church. When William Booth started the Salvation Army without anyone’s permission, he was attacked and reviled by Christians who tried to stop his good work. But when he died, 40,000 people attended his funeral including the queen, and another 150,000 people walked past the casket.
There are many lesser-known lone wolf ministers, such as Gladys Aylward (1902-1970) who saved up her salary and bought a one-way train ticket to China, because the China Inland Mission agency would not send her. Her life story was made into a movie in 1958 that starred Ingrid Bergman, The Inn of the Sixth Happiness. Also, Bruce Olsen (1941- ), who went to Columbia with his own money and ended up reaching an entire jungle tribe, and later spoke at the United Nations. He wrote a best-selling autobiography in 1986, Bruchko, that is still in print.
They were lone wolf ministers only in the sense that they were not under any human organization. God is the one who calls people into the ministry, not any human organization. Therefore, if God has called someone into the ministry, then he or she is not really a lone wolf and has every right to be in the ministry and to speak what God has called him or her to speak.
With the gospel of success and prosperity spreading like a plague of locusts, and now the false signs and wonders, and false spirits of the “river” outpouring, the Pentecostal / Charismatic Movement is in serious trouble. I can see why Jesus said, “when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?” (Luke 18:8). In other words, will he find true and accurate faith? Perhaps, because the truth is not something most people want to hear. They eat up those “bless me” doctrines.