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KEN JONES, pastor of Greater Union Baptist Church in Compton, CA , a Reformed Baptist congregation adhering to the Biblical Summary of Doctrine known as the 1689 London Baptist Confession of Faith and regular panel member on Michael Horton's theologically Reformed, nationally syndicated talk radio broadcast "The White Horse Inn," featuring a regular roundtable discussion of Christian theology and apologetics, will address the theme: "THE WORD OF FAITH MOVEMENT Examined & Refuted".
"You don't have a god in you, you are one." "Pray to yourself, because I'm in your self and you're in Myself. We are one Spirit, saith the Lord." "I say this with all respect so that it don't upset you too bad, but I say it anyway. When I read in the Bible where he [Jesus] says, 'I Am,' I just smile and say, 'Yes, I Am, too!'" Who would have the audacity to dare utter such blasphemous remarks? Kenneth Copeland, one of the recognized leaders of what has become known as "The Word of Faith Movement" (the sources of these statements are: "The Force Of Love" tape # 02-0028, "Believer's Voice of Victory", Feb. 1987, p.9, "Believer's Voice of Victory" broadcast on TBN, recorded 7/9/87).
Other very recognizable names of leaders in this cultic movement include Kenneth Hagin, Paul Crouch, John Avanzini, Robert Tilton, Fred Price, and Benny Hinn.
Whereas many, if not the majority, within the Evangelical church would strongly reject these and other peddlers of the "Word of Faith" heresy whose outlandish sermons are more easily recognized as being totally foreign to the biblical Gospel message of Jesus Christ, our guest Ken Jones warns that the infinitely more subtle tactics of a new breed of "Word of Faith" teachers has enabled them to smuggle dangerous heresies, including the "Prosperity Gospel", into mainstream Evangelical churches, schools and homes undetected.
Our discussion today will draw heavily from research that Ken Jones has conducted while preparing for the chapter he was invited to write in the soon to be published book now under the working title: "I Know a Place: Bill Cosby & the Social Consciousness of America's New Black Religious Leadership", a new project in the making with Crossway Books, edited by Anthony B. Bradley, Assistant Professor of Apologetics & Systematic Theology at Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, MO (see ). This work is a theological response to renowned comedian Bill Cosby's book: "Come on, People: On the Path from Victims to Victors".
Ken has also contributed to such books as "Experiencing the Truth: Bringing the Reformation to the African-American Church".