A Quick Quiz
The following are all direct quotes from the published sermon of a preacher. The teaching is titled, “The Miracle In Your Mouth”.
“The miracle is in our mouths. I said the miracle is in our mouths.
The miracle was in Elisha’s mouth. The miracle that would turn the famine of the whole nation around was in Elisha’s mouth. It was in his mouth.
That’s what I’m telling you. The miracle is in our mouths and if we just say that word, that word will produce the miracle, in Jesus name!
Can I tell you the other side of this? I’m sorry about this: the misery is in our mouths as well. Life is in our mouths; death is in our mouths. Healing is in our mouths: disease is also in our mouths; dominion is in our mouths; defeat is also in our mouths.
Life is there, if you speak out the word of life; death is there, if you speak out the word of death…
You’ll realize this new year you carry miracle in your mouth.
Let your mouth produce miracles.
Your mouth will produce miracles!”
Can you pick out who preached this?
Miracles in our mouths?
Is this what the Christian Bible teaches?
Do words have any significance at all? Or shall we all give in to the aura of the ‘man of God’ and take in whatever he says, since he is really ‘so close’ to God?
Do we pay attention to the drawl or the manner of speaking or the contents of what is being said? I suggest we start paying attention to the actual things our ‘men of God’ are saying. Comparing their actual words to the clear writings in the Bible they say they teach is our only way out.
The culture of deference to the elder is good, according to the Bible, but that is only where the elder is found in the way of righteousness. Where things being taught by the ‘holy’ man cannot be supported by the Bible, our choices are clear. We owe ourselves, first of all, the duty of standing back from the worshipful crowd and checking clearly what God actually said. Secondly, we owe our friends, families and acquaintances the duty of drawing their attention to the poisonous seeds we have discovered in the broth. Thirdly, we owe a duty of warning to the teacher of errors and then raising the appropriate alarms to the wider world.
A good number of the readers would be forgiven thinking the above quotation was from a sermon made by Kenneth Hagin, Kenneth Copeland, Joyce Meyer, Creflo Dollar, T D Jakes, T B Joshua, Daniel Olukoya, Ayo Oritsejafor, Joseph Prince, Fred Price, Paul Enenche or David Oyedepo. The readers would not be out of place in thinking so since these preachers are known for teaching doctrines that are not in the Bible.
In this case, however, the quote is from a sermon titled, ‘Miracle In Your Mouth’, given by Mr William Kumuyi, the Founder and General Superintendent of the Nigerian Deeper Christian Life Ministry. This is one other confirmation that Mr William Kumuyi and the Deeper Christian Life Ministry preach essentially the same word of faith doctrines of David Oyedepo, Kenneth Copeland, Joyce Meyer and Creflo Dollar.
What is the implication of this sermon? What does a worshiper take away from the service after hearing these?
He has been told that his mouth, indeed, is more powerful than the living God. He is taught that all he needs to do is simply say things and they will manifest! After all, Elishah only needed to say it and the national famine disappeared!
Initially, I was tempted to pass Mr Kumuyi’s error off as part of the general (willful) disregard to the simple rules of grammar some preachers make on Proverbs 18:21. They single the verse out as if it teaches some doctrine on hidden, unknown spiritual power of the tongue. “Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof” is mistakenly interpreted as if the it is referring to death or life instead of the tongue. The verse is singled out of the whole chapters 17, 18 and 19 of the book of Proverbs where the general discussion is on the need for prudent use of the tongue to avoid ruin. It is made to look as if it has any meaning substantially different from the verses before and after it.
But the more you listen to the sermon, the more you see the error is far deeper than that. It is from the standard esoteric Hindu teachings under-girding Word of Faith, Prosperity, Pentecostal and Dominion doctrines. It is from the teaching that men are, in some ways, gods, and their mouths have some power similar to that of God.
Apparently Mr Kumuyi is unaware God dreadfully rebuked Eliphaz in Job 42:7-8 for his heresies. Or how else do you explain the idea that miracles lurk in your mouth?
If it is true you can say things into existence, you are a god and you only need to open your mouth, as Mr Kumuyi and his friends teach, and worlds will be born!
Something you can never fail to catch as you listen to the sermon is the impersonality of God, or where His Person may not be denied, His lethargy, or, at best, connivance with whatever your mouth says. This god Mr Kumuyi is describing here is not the God of the Bible: not the One that made the Heavens and the Earth and that sustains the continued existence of the universe.
Does this mean we are unduly placing too much attention to minute teachings in preachers’ sermons? The Bible in 1 Thessalonians 5:21 asks us to examine everything carefully so we might hold tight to that that is true. We are asked to, “Prove all things”, and “hold fast that which is good.” This does not allow us to pass up ideas that cannot be defended with the Bible. Every such idea, no matter how seemingly small they be, is a poison, that will, ultimately, kill the faith of whoever is deceived by it. God is not going to bend His words to accommodate anyone’s errors. “For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven”. Ps 119:89.
True Christianity, as we stated in some previous posts, is about total reliance on, and belief in, the total goodness of a good God. The solution to the national famine in Israel was not in Elishah’s mouth: it was in God. Elishah only spoke out God’s decision when and how he was so commanded by God.
This obviously brings up the issue of the distortion in the teachings on prophecy we now have in Pentecostal ‘churches’. Since the centrality of God’s mind in spiritual issues has been removed by the modern Pentecostal pastors, we now have series of prophecies that have nothing to do with God. And, of course, they fail.
These fake prophets explain their failures away by saying they were not in the right frame of mind when they received their revelations. (Check the internet and listen to Pastor Enock Adeboye give this ridiculous and unbiblical explanation for the notorious failures of the prophecies of his Pentecostal ‘ministers’ in one of their recent national conferences.)
THE DEEPER LIFE’S EXTRA-BIBLICAL BELIEFS
We can now take a peek at the beliefs of Deeper Life Bible Church by looking at the extra-biblical statements on the Ministry’s What We Believe‘s website. This can be found at www.dclm.org. Quotes from the website are in red; our comments are in normal print:
10 That Entire Sanctification is a definite act of God’s grace, subsequent to the New Birth, by which the believer’s heart is purified and made holy. It cannot be attained progressively by works, struggle or suppression, but is obtained by faith in the sanctifying blood of Jesus Christ. Holiness of life and purity of heart are central to Christian living.
‘Entire’ sanctification! But we are not told where the partial sanctification can be found or who are the people that have it.
“…by which the believer’s heart is purified and made holy”.
This is a spiritual state that must be foreign to Apostle Paul and other Christians God used to write the New Testament.
Paul, on his own, would say:
Romans 7:18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwells no good thing. (present continuous tense)
1 Timothy 1:15 This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief. (present tense)
Apostle John, through the Holy Spirit, wrote:
1 John 1:8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. (present tense)
Where is Mr Kumuyi getting these ‘purified and made holy’ hearts for his believers from?
“… but is obtained by faith in the sanctifying blood of Jesus Christ.”
When, really, does this ‘faith’ suddenly leap on some who have been ‘born again’? Apparently there are some other ‘born again’ people to whom this “entire sanctification” thing has yet to come.
HOLY GHOST BAPTISM
11 That the Baptism in the Holy Ghost is the enduement of power from on High upon the sanctified believer. It is “the promise of the Father” and when one receives this “gift of the Holy Ghost”, it is accompanied by the initial evidence of speaking a language unlearned previously, referred to as speaking in tongues as the Spirit gives utterance
Since we have written quite a few articles on the falsity of this, “evidence of speaking a language unlearned previously, referred to as speaking in tongues”, there is no need of repeating those comments here. All we can say is that the offer of N50,000 to anyone who can supply the names and addresses of 5 people who acquired this ability to ‘speak languages previously unlearned’ through Deeper Life’s religious activities still subsists. The fact that no one, out of the more than two million who attend Deeper Life, has ever taken up this offer more than one year after it was made confirms this teaching is fake.
Readers may also note the Deeper Life’s “Baptism of the Holy Spirit” is not even the second ‘definite act’ of God’s grace in the Deeper Life’s ‘born again’, it is the third; it comes only on people who have received ‘entire sanctification’ “subsequent to the New Birth”!
12 That Redemption from the curse of the law, Healing of sickness and disease as well as continued Health are provided for all people through the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ.
Apparently Deeper Life’s ‘Redemption’ is basically physical. It appears it is concerned essentially with the physical bodies of their believers.
All the Bible passages the Deeper Life quotes to support these heretical teachings are being quoted out of context.
One sad conclusion one must come to, reading these Articles of Faith published on the Deeper Life’s website, is that whoever wrote them has never been born again. How else can it be since the writer neither knows the effects, nor the time, a sinner is born again.
Mr William Kumuyi – and Mr Enock Adeboye and many of their Pentecostal friends, too – look very respectable and sincere. The voodoo priests in the village in Oyo or Arkansas or Haiti are not less so. Sincerity, alone, is not enough. Total fidelity to the written words in the Bible are more important to God. That should be the case for us, too.
In addition to the internet Youtube link where Mr kumuyi’s The Miracle In Your Mouth can be found, readers are advised to access the added very rich website dealing with the modern history and teachings of unbiblical, esoteric ideas now overunning Christianity
You will find out it is worth all the hours of study you will need to devote to understanding what is really going on in our time in the name of Christianity.
How come we have seemingly respectable people teaching doctrines that cannot be found in the Bible?
Pay attention to the materials in www.inplainsite.org/html/roots_of_evil.html.
What can you give in exchange for your soul?
Mr Kumuyi is a reconstructed Aladura, teaching strange doctrines sourced from Hinduism , Islamic Suffism and ancient asceticism as true Christianity.