-Examining Kenneth Copeland Teaching of the Gospel

Kenneth Copeland: Quotes, False Teachings, False Doctrines
Examining Kenneth Copeland Teaching of the Gospel
Kenneth Copeland is a popular faith movement teacher. Many say do not attack Kenneth Copeland. I wish to say that I am not attacking at all, but I am sharing information that is needed for the body of Christ to know concerning what Kenneth Copeland Ministries teaches concerning what took place at the cross and what Jesus went through for atonement. I ask all those who read this to be open enough to look at this carefully and decide for yourself whether or not Kenneth Copeland is true or false doctrines on the message of the cross and salvation.

I have emailed Kenneth Copeland Ministries many times asking for confirmation of Kenneth Copeland false teaching that Jesus had to die spiritually and go to hell to suffer punishment for sins there, and that Jesus was the first one to be born again. What I am going to share is what I was given and what I have found at Kenneth Copeland’s site, and other references which clearly show Kenneth Copeland does in fact teach these things which is very important to the body of Christ.
I received a letter from Kenneth Copeland Ministries in July 8, 2002 and was informed the following:
“Brother Copeland has made it a policy to not respond to or debate with anyone about their disagreements with him over the Word of God (Titus 3:9′ 2 Timothy 2:23-26). In most cases no one changes their beliefs and an even greater division is created in the Body of Christ. Strife and division in His Body do not please the Lord (Proverbs 6:12-19; Romans 16:17; 1 Corinthians 3:3-9; James 3:16-18).” Now I understand that talking to certain people it can be useless at times, but it depends upon the person. Anyone can say what was said here about not responding or debating over the Word of God if one disagrees with them, but that truly is stating if one disagrees with them they do not need to defend or prove what they believe. I could say Jesus was not the Son of God and give why I believe, and then someone says to me why do you believe that? If I said, “I make it my policy not to debate over these things because it is displeasing to God and causes division.” Doesn’t that sound silly? Kenneth Copeland knows full well that there are those who are examining his ministry and are letting others know what is wrong with his teachings, and he says it is not him who is teaching these things, it is the Bible.
Quote: “I’ve had ugly books written about me because I said that Jesus died spiritually, but the fact is, I didn’t say that the Bible said it. Jesus became our substitute. If he hadn’t died spiritually, then we could never have been made alive spiritually. But He did! On the cross, Jesus was separated from the glory of God. He allowed Himself to be made sin for us, and He became obedient to death. He went into the pit of hell and suffered there as though He was the One Who had committed the sin.” (The Power of His Resurrection by Kenneth Copeland/
Kenneth Copeland at his site acknowledges that Jesus died spiritually and went to hell to suffer as a sinner and more references coming will confirm that. The following is another letter that I received after receiving a letter from Kenneth Copeland Ministries in July 8, 2002. This letter was dated August 1, 2002 concerning the questions I asked about.
Quote: “The place designated as hell is Sheol or Hades. Before Jesus died and arose, hell was the abode of the spirits of men after death. It was divided into two compartments, which were separated by a great gulf-one, which housed the souls of the righteous and the other, the unrighteous. In Jesus’ reference to Lazarus and the rich man, hell was a place of torment for the unrighteous, while the righteous obtained comfort at Abraham’s bosom. While Jesus’ body lay in the sepulcher or grave, His spirit was delivered to hell. He went not just into the comfort zone, but into the depth to be punished for Adam’s treason and our sin.” (An Email from Kenneth Copeland Ministries Staff in response to my asking did Jesus go to hell and why did He go there, August 1, 2002)
I would encourage anyone who wants to see why Jesus was not separated from the Father on the cross please go to “Was Jesus Separated From The Father On The Cross?” . The following quotes expose the false teachings of Kenneth Copeland Ministries.
Quote: “Now here’s the part I want you to get. When He said, “It is finished,” on that cross he was not speaking of the plan of redemption — the plan of redemption had just begun. There were still three days and three nights to be gone through before He went to the throne.” (Kenneth Copeland, What Happened From the Cross to the Throne, Kenneth Copeland Ministries, side two tape)
Quote: “See, you have to realize that He [Jesus] died; you have to realize that He went into the pit of hell as a mortal man made sin. But He didn’t stay there, thank God. He was reborn in the pit of hell and resurrected.” (Kenneth Copeland, What Happened From the Cross to the Throne, Kenneth Copeland Ministries, side two tape)
Quote: “The righteousness of God was made to be sin. He [Jesus] accepted the sin nature of Satan in His own spirit and at the moment that He did that 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, obeying the instruction of God, hung the serpent up on the 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 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, Kenneth Copeland Ministries, side two tape)
This truly is blasphemous on teaching Jesus became the nature of Satan, and that Jesus had to go to hell to pay the price for sin, and that is was not finished through His death and shed blood. Below are what the Scriptures clearly teach on what brought atonement and what the true Gospel message is.

“8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him. 10 For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life” (Romans 5:8-10)

“18 For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” (1 Corinthians 1:18)
“7 In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace.” (Ephesians 1:7)
“19 For it was the Father’s good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Him, 20 and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross; through Him, I say, whether things on earth or things in heaven. 21 And although you were formerly alienated and hostile in mind, engaged in evil deeds, 22 yet He has now reconciled you in His fleshly body through death, in order to present you before Him holy and blameless and beyond reproach.” (Colossians 1:19-22)
“18 knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers, 19 but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ.” (1 Peter 1:18-19)
“7 but if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.” (1 John 1:7)
“14 how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? 15 For this reason He is the mediator of a new covenant, so that, since a death has taken place for the redemption of the transgressions that were committed under the first covenant, those who have been called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance. 16 For where a covenant is, there must of necessity be the death of the one who made it. 17 For a covenant is valid only when men are dead, for it is never in force while the one who made it lives. “18 Therefore even the first covenant was not inaugurated without blood.” (Hebrews 9:14-18)
“10 By this will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. 11 Every priest stands daily ministering and offering time after time the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins; 12 but He, having offered one sacrifice for sins for all time, SAT DOWN AT THE RIGHT HAND OF GOD” (Hebrews 10:10-12)
Concluding here it is clear that Kenneth Copeland Ministries teaches false doctrines contrary to what the Word of God teaches. I encourage you to read our article “Was Jesus Separated From The Father On The Cross?” (In our Faith Movement & Controversial Christian section) That article answers the false teachings that Jesus was separated, and died spiritually, or became literally sin. May you be blessed in the Lord and may you grow in the grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus.

17 You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, be on your guard so that you are not carried away by the error of unprincipled men and fall from your own steadfastness, 18 but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory, both now and to the day of eternity. Amen. (2 Peter 3:17-18)


6 Comments on -Examining Kenneth Copeland Teaching of the Gospel

  1. Why must we quibble over the spiritual happenings while our Saviour passed from the earthly into the other realm? We can “theorize” and speculate and cause scripture to take on extra meaning in order to justify our notions through our tiny human interpretations… However, why not stick to the simple truths that set us free, and be joyous for that, and love one another? Truth: Jesus is the image of our omnipotent, omnipresent Father. He is the word and revelation of our heavenly Creators’ thoughts. He was born of God with the Holy spirit into our abode, wearing our sinful flesh, then walking live as the ‘sinless’ man-god, and paying our ransom through physical death, then descending into Hades to preach the good news to all of the ‘righteous through faith’ who were still imprisoned there; awaiting HIM, and set us ALL free. Let us be forever thankful and stop arguing. Why speculate on His ‘spiritual’ death. Does it matter? I personally do not agree with the notion of Gods death spiritually… I believe it to be a shaky doctrine at best. The bible teaches that MAN is spiritually dead… Nowhere do I find a teaching of Jesus’ (at any moment in biblical history) of being devoid of his living Holy spirit. In fact, it was by the power of His living Holy spirit (which made him a man-god) that raised Him from the dead. If we do not agree with mr. Copelands’ notions, then let’s simply disagree, live as one in unity, and discuss these mysteries when we are ALL are glorified and of one mind united with Christ… for then we will truly understand. For now, if you disagree strongly, SIMPLY DO NOT LISTEN TO HIS TEACHINGS. This Christian church is rapidly heading down a dangerous path of spiritual apostasy, and any who wish to stay on the narrow path should keep a close relationship with God through listening to HIM. READ HIS WORD, and let HIM guide you, rather than relying on a mans’ personal interpretation. Let us have a deep felowship with God. Only then can we attain life. Life comes not through a preachers words, but GODS WORDS. Christian should be COMMUNICATING (reading, praying, and trusting) WITH GOD> not trusting in a man. So WHY quibble, and argue over these matters. FIND OUT FOR YOURSELF, AND TEACH OTHER CHRISTIANS TO DO SO AS WELL. Fallen mankind needs only to hear the simple message of the Holy gospel in order for the living Holy spirit to convict… These deeper mysteries are for the true Christian of maturity…. Maturity comes through wisdom from GODS WORD… and not the teachings of any man.

  2. Judy Dodson // November 25, 2008 at 3:10 am //

    Pray and ask the Holy Spirit to show you just what happened to Jesus Christ when HE who knew no sin, BECAME SIN FOR US. We do not read that Jesus ever presented a lamb for the sin of atonement, He only celebrated the passover ceremony, because it represented the passover of the death angel on the night of the Israelites journey out from Egypt.And, He, Jesus represents the Passover Lamb for the sins of the whole world, Past, Present and future of the existance of man. When we ask Jesus to be our Passover Lamb, so to speak,we are asking him for the death angel, to passover us. He gives to us eternal life, for we then are passed from death unto life spiritually. However, Jesus was much more than this animal lamb, that was used by the Hebrew people to have their sins covered; because according to God’s law, this lamb was under the curse of fallen man. So. they had to use a lamb that was not in any way sick, or blemished in it’s flesh, but it still was not a pure sinless sacrifice. When that lamb died, there was nothing more to it….it just died. Therefore, mankind spirit and soul could not be made completely whole and free from sin. Sin was not actually paid for. The blood of that animal was not powerful enough to acompolish this. So, only having their sin covered, the Jewish people’s soul and spirit went to the grave, which was down deep in the earth’s center. Death did not allow them to be in Heaven, God’s abode, because their sin was only covered; but because of their obeying God’s way to have their sins covered up by the blood of bulls and goats, they would not be in satan’s abode, the lowest part of Hell, that God prepared for Lucifer (satan) and the angels that rebelled with him against God. This place called Hell was divided into the torment side and the paradise side. However, satan ruled, and had full possession of their soul and spirit, that held them captive, never to escape him. Even though the saints were safe in the paradise side, satan still had the power to keep, or hold them there. The torment side was filled with the lost REBELLIOUS SINNERS WHO WENT AGAINST GOD AND OBEYED THE SINS OF THEIR Father, the devil. Their soul & spirit did not have a “covering” because they would not practice God’s way of having their sins covered. Instead, they offered sacrifices to pagan gods, or simply had no mind and will for God. They simply wanted the way of satan. Although they knew about God, they had no place for Him in their heart. Therefore, their soul and spirit went to satan’s abode….HELL. there to be tormented day and night. It was their “own” choice. And it is their final destiny….No Hope….No hope…….. BUT, God, in His great mercy, prepared a special place for the Old Testament saints who believe in and trusted God and obey His law and had their sins covered by the blood of animals. He called it “Paradise.” A place of peace, rest, and comfort. However, satan could not rule in this place, because it was God’s paradise, God’s garden…..BUT, He still held this place and the people in it “captive”………although it was paradise, it still was in the center of the earth…..the Grave. It was apart from God and His place in the Heavenlies. WHY ??? Because the blood of the animals was not powerful enough to redeem mankind and regenerate them back to the Holy state as God. They waited there looking for the promised one who would be God’s lamb, God’s sacrifice for their sins and the sins of the whole world. Because God’s blood, WAS powerful enough to cleanse sin….remove it entirely from them, and when mankind asked for atonement for their sin, The blood of Jesus Christ, God’s son justified them wholly,”completely”….not a trace or element of sin….just like Adam was created in the beginning…….

    The conception of Jesus was that of a Holy state. The Holy Spirit over-shadowed Mary, the Virgin, and joined the seed of God, with with the ovarian egg in the womb of Mary. Thus, a human body was produced for God’s seed , His son, to grow……..and His name was called (Yeshua,) Jesus. Therefore, seeing that this child was God’s son, Holy, Pure and without sin, without the sinful seed of mankind. He was the only one who was holy enough to be the Saviour to mankind. His body was flesh but his blood, and His Spirit was sinless. He never comitted sin….because His nature was pure and spotless. But his body was physical, able to be put to death, able to shed blood. This is what is known as the miraculous birth. His purpose was to redeem mankind not only from the perils of sin, but from the grave….those souls waiting for HIM IN PARADISE.WHEN HE DIED ON THE CROSS AND SHED HIS BLOOD, IT WAS POWERFUL ENOUGH TO TAKE THEM ALL AWAY, NOT JUST COVER THEM UP, AND PUT MAN BACK INTO THE STATE OF HOLINESS , JUSTIFIED HOLY, THROUGH CALVARY…… now, AFTER HAVING SAID ALL THIS……..I want you to know that Jesus knew full well why He came to this earth. He knew full well that He would be crucified and that His Holy Blood would take away the sins of the world, He knew full well that because He took on sin, he would become like unto the “first Adam” as he hung on that cross bearing the SIN of the entire population of creation. He knew full well that because of him becoming SIN, He would be seperated from God, His Father. Remember. sin is rebellion against God. Note that it was His choice, to be “MADE” sin, He did not “commit” sin, that’s why His holiness was the factor that raised Him from the dead. How was it that He was “made” sin ? He was made sin, the very moment He became the sacrifice to pay for the price of sin, the very moment He allow or took upon himself, the sins of the entire creation past, present, and future on the cross. That’s when God had to turn His face away and reject His son. Remember, He was despised and “rejected”…….Jesus Spirit remained Holy, but He stepped up to pay the price God demanded….and that was “death’.(The wages of sin is death) and that made him to become sin or become “as a sinner” in God’s sight. Now, when He gave up His Holy Ghost, because He was made to be as a sinner, He went to the grave….to Hell. Now tell me, where did the unrighteous sinner go? To Hell, The grave, satan’s abode. Now , satan thought He, Jesus was pure sin, He saw God turn his back on him, and reject him , He, satan, rejoiced and thought that he finally won over God forever. ….AH ! but satan did not see the Righteous Holy Spirit in Jesus that did not comit sin, he only saw that Jesus was MADE to Be sin …that He literally BECAME sin,made to be the sin bearer for mankind, and because He was fashioned like as the first Adam, He thought He had Him …….. forever. Why ? because, Jesus never offered a lamb for the sacrifice of sin as did the O.T. saints, BUT Then, why should He have ? He was that lamb. He was Holy. He was sent down to the pit of Hell to take back the keys satan stole from God in the Garden of Eden when he made Adam & Eve to become sin. How else would God have gotten into satan’s abode to take back the keys of Hell and death that hung from his side and gave him, (satan,) the authority over all of God’s creation? Now, the shoe is on the other foot, so to speak, satan could not lightly take Jesus command to give him back the keys to the grave, to death and hell, BECAUSE THE PAYMENT FOR SIN WAS MADE ! AND RIGHT HERE IN THE BOTTOM OF HELL, STOOD THE ONE WHO WAS MADE SIN FOR US, BUT KNEW NO SIN THAT WE MAY BE MADE INTO THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD. SIN WAS PAID FOR. SO, DEATH AND THE GRAVE COULD NOT HOLD HIM. At the end of that third day in Hell, Jesus revealed Himself to satan as the One Who came to save the lost, He reminded him that he was made sin to pay for the price of sin that God demanded, and now , right then, it was done ! His seed in Him remained Holy, sinless, but he, himself was righteous and Holy enough to pay for the price of sin !!!!!!For this reason, The second Adam was redeemed, or reborn. Salvations’s plan was about to be completed,( and that’s what sent him to this place) Jesus became the second scripture states, it was here that Jesus physical body was born again, and made new like unto His Holy sinless Spirit. The sacrifice for sin was paid for, only this time it is not the blood of an animal, it is God,’s Holy Pure and Righteous Blood sacrifice in His Son !
    God won back to himself that which satan had stolen from Him and from mankind. Jesus is our Redeemer ! He bought us back ! As satan shreeked in writhing pain for what he did not realize had happened before his very evil eyes, He screamed in unmatched defeat……There was nothing he could do to undo salvations plan. So, he handed the keys of death and hell over to the Son of God…..and was made an open spectacle before his own, and before all of creation.He fell down in complete defeat. He is our defeated foe !! Glory to God in The Highest !!! AMEN and AMEN…… Jesus then turned away from His foe, in great victory to perform the final advent of His Ministry. He stepped into the Paradise side of Hell and gathered all of those saints waiting there , unlocked the gates of death and hell, and took them all with Him as they all arose from the grave ! The scriptures says, that death could not hold him, so here again scripture is fullfilled when it said that Jesus body would not suffer corruption. That is, the rotting away of his physical body….Why? because it was transformed….or…..born again like as we are when we receive the plan of redemption for the salvation of our soul and spirit when He was rased from the dead.
    Why do you think this is heresy ? Kenneth Copeland is a Godly man who loves God the Father, and His son, Jesus Christ, and knows him as His Lord and Saviour. Please do not tear him down in any way, I implore this of you.This does not make us hate you, instead, because of Jesus love that was transformed in us when we were born again,it makes us love you and pray for you every day. Open the eyes of your heart, is our prayer to our Heavenly Father.
    In Christian Love,
    Judy Dodson

  3. deeanna // July 22, 2008 at 9:57 am //

    Everyone needs to pray and read THE WORD for themselves. No one ever needs to go by what man says alone.

  4. judith emily // July 7, 2008 at 11:18 am //

    I definitely agree that Kenneth Copeland has so many erroneous teachings… I have a collection of his VOV magazines and I can point out his false doctrines… he believes that we are as the same nature of Jesus, that of a son of God and thereby we ourselves can truly claim that we are “sons of God” by nature… this is truly wrong since Jesus is the only begotten Son of God!

    It may be a feel-good feeling everytime we hear him speak of blessing but his prosperity gospel / faith gospel has just deceived thousands into really committing and devoting their all to the source of all things- Our Lord Jesus Christ!

    God bless in continually spreading His Truth!

  5. Greeting and dear bless to you all in peace and harmony in Christ and his love who d´died for our all sin and sicknessa nd now ,he is in the right side of Father and pray for us all in contiues time and,joy and joy to for he is coming and not linger.Thanks for your all help to this lost worls painful souls cry help and support for many pray request and teaching of livings words miracles so many year.thanks that you will pray for this the scandinavien too for salvation with revival soon,bless and hope with thank again,keijo sweden

  6. looks like Copeland is fighting back with a website of his own. I can’t say that I blame him. This article recently came out in Dallas Star Telegram..

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