When a person begins to consider the Charismatic movement, they must deal with the claim of God giving new revelation. I believe that God is no longer giving new revelation but has given everything we need in the Scriptures. Charismatics always argue and say they believe that if we are given new revelation, it must agree with the Scriptures. The only problem is that the history of the charismatic movement is filled with claims of revelations that are not only contrary to the Bible but also filled with false teaching! A great example of this can be found in the book: Heaven: Close Encounters of the God Kind by Jesse Duplantis You can find the book at www.cbd.com
This book contains so many absolutely false ideas that it is truly amazing:
The discussion about the book does not start until around the 30 minute mark.
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Author: Jesse Duplantis
Publisher: Harrison House Publications
Length: 185 pages
Availability: C.B.D. catalog, most Christian bookstores
Jesse Duplantis is an international WOF teacher. He has his own television show, is on the radio, and travels often with Kenneth and Gloria Copeland as well as Jerry Savelle. He is one of the most humorous speakers most people will ever encounter. I give you these details because it is important for you to know that Jesse Duplantis has a wide audience and is well respected within Charismatic circles.
When his book came out, I plopped down the $15.00 and bought it (later I bought his 2 tape series). It proved to be a wise investment due to its content. The main thrust of the book is the trip Jesse took to heaven and what he saw while he was there. Without spoiling the book I will divulge just a few startling new revelations:
Abraham's bosom (Paradise) was skyjacked from beneath the earth up into heaven, it is a heavenly suburb and father Abraham runs it. Pg. 70-78
Jesse sees children, dogs, horses, and large lion-like cats. Pg.71
Jesse sees people sniffing leaves and eating fruit - this action enables them to become perfected so they later can see God. Pg. 72
David tells Jesse he regrets having written about the problem too much and not focusing on the answers as much in the Psalms. Pg. 101
Jesse meets Paul, Paul tells him that preaching faith is what got him through life. Pg. 97
Jesse sees little baby spirits flying around the throne of God saying "I want to be a redeemed person." Pg. 119
From cover-to-cover this book is filled with non-Biblical manifestations. I do not doubt Jesse had some type of experience (maybe a flashback to his drug abuse days), but he did not go to heaven. Much of what he describes about his heavenly experience is blasphemous in content. Anyone who teaches that a person must perform certain works in order to make themselves worthy to see God once they are in heaven is blaspheming the finished and complete work of Christ on the cross. His blood was enough and will ever be enough for any believer. If we are told to come boldly to the throne of grace (Heb. 4:16) in this life, can I expect to do any less in heaven? Anyone who dares to say King David regrets some of what he wrote is a person who does not fully believe in the inerrancy of the Scriptures. All of what Jesse saw does nothing more than affirm his own WOF doctrines, which is probably why his book has sold well within the Charismatic ranks.
Buy this book, it is a fun read, and a good tool to sharpen you doctrinally. You can challenge yourself by playing some games with his book. Like, how many false doctrines can you spot? How many non-Biblical experiences does he relate? Or my favorite, "what's wrong with this picture?" The book is filled with foolishness, but it is being read by thousands!
What saddens me is that nobody within Charismatic leadership questions any of this book! Hagin, Copeland, Oral Roberts, Pat Robertson, et al. are either silent or promoting it (as Copeland does). Why would a Christian publisher seek (as he says they did) to publish a book in which baby spirits fly around the head of God Almighty and whine about becoming a redeemed person. Do others spirits cry out "I wanna be eternally damned"? By their silence and in many cases endorsement of Jesse's book I am fast coming to the sobering conclusion that the WOF ministers are almost totally bereft of any concept of sound doctrine.
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