Creflo Dollar Says "You Are gods"
The following is an excerpt from Creflo Dollar's program "Made After His Kind," dated Sept. 15, 22, 2002.
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Now I gotta hit this thing real hard in the very beginning because I ain't got time to go through all this, but I am going to say to you right now you are gods, little "g", you are gods because you came from God and you are gods. You are not just human. The only human part about you is this physical body that you live in. — Creflo Dollar
Creflo Dollar is echoing the second lie from the serpent in the garden of Eden, "you shall be as gods" (Gen 3:5). It is a very old lie, and blasphemy of the highest order.
For those who would appeal to Psalm 82:
Psa 82:6 I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High.
The word translated "gods" is:
H430. 'elohiym, el-o-heem'; plur. of H433; gods in the ordinary sense; but spec. used (in the plur. thus, esp. with the art.) of the supreme God; occasionally applied by way of deference to magistrates; and sometimes as a superlative:—angels, X exceeding, God (gods) (-dess, -ly), X (very) great, judges, X mighty.
In context, Psalm 82 is addressed to the magistrates, the judges of Israel, and that is the intended meaning of the word in verse 6. Another similar use of the word is found in Exodus 21:6.
The following are excerpts from Creflo Dollar's program Jesus' Growth into Sonship, dated December 8, 15, 2002. The first clip is from near the beginning of the program:
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Here's what I want you to get here. If Jesus came as God, then why did God have to anoint Him? If Jesus — see God's already been anointed. If Jesus came as God, then why did God have to anoint Him? Jesus came as a man, that's why it was legal to anoint him. God doesn't need anointing, He is anointing. Jesus came as a man, and at age 30 God is now getting ready to demonstrate to us, and give us an example of what a man, with the anointing, can do. — Creflo Dollar
Ten minutes into the program, the following is said:
|Jesus didn't come as God, he came as a man, and he did not come perfect. Perfect in the sense that he didn't need to be added to. — Creflo Dollar|
The Bible says Jesus Christ was God manifest in the flesh:
1 Tim 3:16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.
This second clip is from near the end of the program:
But Jesus didn't show up perfect, he grew into his perfection. You know Jesus, in one scripture in the Bible he went on a journey, and he was tired. You better hope God don't get tired. Isaiah 50 says, 50, 60, somewhere, says where we have a God who fainteth not, neither is weary (Isa. 40:28). But Jesus did, if he came as God and he got tired, he says he sat down by the well 'cause he was tired. Boy we're in trouble. And somebody said, well, Jesus came as God. Well how many of you know the Bible says God never sleeps, nor slumbers. And yet in the book of Mark we see Jesus asleep in the back of the boat.
Y'all please listen to me, please listen to me. This ain't no heresy. I am not some false prophet, I am just reading this thing out to you the Bible. I am just telling you all these fantasy preachers have been preaching all of this stuff for all of these years and we bought the package. And the question mark was there. And we are now — faith can never go past that question mark, and we've tolerated and put it up, put up with things that we had authority over ... — Creflo Dollar
What fantasy preachers is he talking about? I know of no Christian denomination that teaches that Jesus was God only — and NOT also man. He seems to imply that this false teaching is widespread and deceiving many. Who has taught this false doctrine about Jesus that deceived Creflo Dollar, or anyone else? What Christian preachers have taught anything other than Jesus was the God-man, fully God and fully man? He did not say. Not once did he explain that Jesus, while still fully God, did not always exercise His divine powers, but rather chose to experience our human frailties with us. Setting aside His divine power, but not His divinity, Jesus tired, slept, got hungry, and experienced the pain of suffering of dieing on the cross at the hands of fellow men. That IS the teaching of all Christian denominations that I know of, yet in his sermon Creflo Dollar seemed to reject this, apparently determined to deny the deity of Jesus Christ. However, currently on his web site in the section on Christian Fundamentals, he does briefly mention the Trinity, so Creflo Dollar apparently does believe in the deity of Jesus Christ, despite what he says, and the impression he gives in the above sermon.