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Playing God, The Lust for Power—Part 3
By Dave Hunt
“Ye Shall Be as Gods”
Like Finis Dake in
God’s Plan for Man
televangelist Benny Hinn claims that Adam andEve were super beings who could fly faster and higher than birds, even into space, andoutswim the best fish under water: “Adam was... the first Superman... with one thought hewould be on the moon... he could swim [underwater] and not run out of breath and so didhis wife... they were both super beings.”
Consider the following from other Positive Con-fession leaders:
Man was designed or created by God to be the god of this world (Robert Tilton, KennethE. Hagin, Charles Capps).
We have all the capabilities of God (Kenneth Copeland).
Creative power was in God’s mouth. It is in your mouth also (Charles Capps).
We are in God; so that makes us part of God (Kenneth Copeland).
Satanist leader Michael Aquino stated with conviction on the “Oprah Winfrey Show,” “Weare not servants of some God; we are our own gods!”
In at least partial agreement, Ken-neth Copeland and Paul Crouch insist on TBN that they are indeed gods. “You are a littlegod,” declare Copeland and Benny Hinn on TBN. “I am a little god!” exults Paul Crouch oninternational television, and condemns to hell the “heresy hunters” who say this teachingisn’t biblical.Rodney R. Romney, pastor of Seattle’s First Baptist Church, embraces and teachesalmost the entire spectrum of occultism that we are exposing. In his
book Journey to Inner Space: Finding God-in-Us
Romney writes, “To know God, to love God, and to understandGod is finally to realize one’s own godhood.”
The book has been republished with all itsheresies intact since we exposed it in
The Seduction of Christianity.
In that part of the bookwhich he says he “received” from “the higher source” by “listening”
(like the “two listenersreceived”
Romney records these words from “God”:
Through prayer and meditation the individual divinity of your being unites withomniscience, and the microcosm becomes one with the macrocosm... this sacred place ofyour inner knowing... is the stepping-stone to the stars.
To teach that man is God, a god, or equal to God, and that faith is a force that worksaccording to certain laws, differs little from atheism. Either way, there is no being in theuniverse who is man’s superior. So it is in the New Age movement.Freemasonry, too, in its secret rituals, promotes this central lie of the serpent. In hisexplanation of the 18th degree, Rex R. Hutchens, 33rd degree, states with approval, “Themost ancient mythologies speak of men made gods.” In the lecture for the 23rd degree,Albert Pike commends Pythagoras for having taught “the necessity of personal holiness toqualify as man for admission to the society of gods.” The ritual for the 31st degree deter-mines whether the candidate “deserves to dwell among the gods.” The candidates’ escortis the Egyptian god Horus. Isis, Horus’ mother, is the first to speak. Eventually the godThoth “reports that a majority believe the man worthy to dwell with the gods.” Osiris “ren-ders the final judgment,” giving his approval as well.