The title may look a little familiar to you. This is the response that Winston gave to Ray after the Demon spirit in Ghostbusters fried them. This is relevant to today in that many word of faith preachers say that we are “little gods”. Some of the more well known preachers associated with this doctrine are Joyce Meyers, Kenneth Copeland, Kenneth Hagin, Creflo Dollar, and Bill Winston. Some quotes from the preachers:
Hagin: God “made us in the same class of being that he is himself”.
Copeland: “You don’t have a god in you, you are one”
Meyer: “Now you understand I’m not saying you are God with a capital “G””.
The “little gods” doctrine is based largely two key points. 1. God produced after his own kind, and two that God called us “gods”. The ramifications of this doctrine are far and wide. If we are in fact little gods, there isn’t anything on this earth that we cannot control. Weather… no problem. Sickness… no problem. Whatever it is we have control of everything because we have been created as gods. Word of faith preachers will follow these arguments up with statements of “there is divinity in humanity”, and some will say “You don’t have to go to Him (God), to take care of any problems” (This is from Bill Winston). Anytime I listen to a sermon regarding this doctrine, I always see a high level of excitement, and the reading of these Bible verses. Never, have I seen a pastor go into the context of the verse being used. I get the distinct feeling that there is no thought put behind the use of these verses, rather just a superficial use of the verse to demonstrate a point that then comes off as being hollow. As I mentioned in my previous posts, without context you can make the Bible say just about anything you want. If you pull two obscure verses out of thin air you can warp it to mean….that you are gods on earth – Which is coincidently very similar to Mormon doctrine. Here is what the Bible verses mean in context.
Today we will take a look at the first point…
- God produces after his own kind. The scripture used to support this is Genesis 1:26. The argument is as follows…Well let’s just use Mr. Dollars own words from a sermon given to his own congregation:
Dollar: “If horses get together, they produce what?”
Dollar: “If dogs get together, they produce what?”
Dollar: “If cats get together, they produce what?”
Dollar: “So if the Godhead says ‘Let us make man in our image’, and everything produces after its own kind, then they produce what?”
Dollar: “Gods. Little “g” gods. You’re not human. (The) Only human part of you is this (the) flesh you’re wearing.”
This argument focuses on the first sentence of Genesis 1:26: Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. It also takes the central theme that each produces after it’s own kind. This theme can be found the 1st book of Genesis.
- God produces after his own kind. We have to start at this point because it (for me at least) is the underlying theme to the little gods doctrine.
Genesis 1:26: Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness…
In this verse word of faith preachers will tell you that because everything produces after its own kind, and God produced man in his own image and after His likeness that we are in fact gods on earth. If we follow this argument all the way through to conclusion…God created Adam. Adam, being produced by God, was…god (Hagin and Copeland both assert this). Adam sinned meaning what….God can sin? Even if we work it backwards….If Adam could sin, and Adam was a carbon copy of God…does that mean that God could sin? Of course, the answer is no.
What do you think of when you hear the word image? Do you think of a carbon copy of yourself? Would an image of yourself contain all of your qualities, all of your mannerism’s, all of your talents? Because this is exactly what God did. God created man in his own image (Genesis 1:27). He did not create a clone of himself. But what about the word likeness? Wouldn’t that mean that that we were like God? No. The Hebrew word used in this verse was “dmwt”,which means “image. Thus Genesis 1:26 could really read “Let us make man in our own image…”. When you hear the word image do you think of a carbon copy, or do you think more of a picture? Which makes more biblical sense?
There are none who are LIKE God. Take these bible verses into consideration when praying about this point…
Ray, the next time someone asks you if you're a god you SAY YES!
Isaiah 43:10 – “You are my witnesses,” declares the LORD, “and my servant whom I have chosen, so that you may know and believe me and understand that I am he. Before me no god was formed, nor will there be one after me.
Isaiah 46:9 – Remember the former things, those of long ago; I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me.
God makes it extremely clear that there are NONE LIKE HIM, and that there will be no god formed before him or after him. There is a clear contradiction between the word of faith interpretation of Genesis 1:26, and the word of God.
Part two tomorrow! Stay tuned!