But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived. (2 Timothy 3:13, KJV)

This message that will follow was originally delivered by Kenneth Copeland at the “Branson Victory Campaign,” Branson, Missouri. This transcript is from the Believer’s Voice of Victory TV Broadcast 7/16/06 on the Trinity Broadcasting Network. What is important to keep in mind here is that this arrogance and blasphemy is coming from a well-repected minister within Pentecostal circles as I point out in Arrogance and Blasphemy: The Faith of Kenneth Copeland.

In that previous article I make the point that Kenneth Copeland is the one who inherited the mantle of his mentor Kenneth “Dad” Hagin as one of the very top leaders in this Word Faith Movement. Copeland was also a keynote speaker at the Azusa Street Centennial (ASC), which in addition to “Brother” Copeland feaured such Word Faith luminaries as Frederick K.C. Price, Oneness Pentecostal “Bishop” T.D. Jakes, and the ludicrous faith healer Benny Hinn.

Here is what was said about it on the “Assemblies of God (USA) Official Website” where we read that it was to be:

An incredible week of celebration and ministry is planned for April 25-29, 2006, in Los Angeles with thousands from around the world expected to attend.

“This is a landmark event,” says Assemblies of God General Superintendent Thomas E. Trask. “What began as a few people desperate to have more of Christ in their lives now impacts the world through 600 million Spirit-filled believers. The Azusa Street Centennial is an event that will be rich with heritage, but also focused on empowering the future.”

To their shame, this was the forum the AoG helped prepare for Kenneth Copeland to teach this kind of arrogance and blasphemy to God’s people. Sadly, even Jack Hayford also decided to lend his considerable credibility to the ministries of these heretics as well.

Kenneth Copeland is speaking as the program rolls in…

…have your Bibles with you tonight would you open with me to two places to begin with, we’ll use a considerable amount of Scripture tonight. First of all from the book of Matthew chapter 28, and then we will also look at the same rendering in Luke 24. Twenty-eight chapter of Matthew, an’ we’ll read first the sixth verse. Matthew 28:6, “He is not here: for he is risen. He is not here: he is risen.” Jesus is alive.

Now let’s go to Luke’s Gospel, chapter 24. Verse 5, last part of that verse, “Why seek ye the living,” the living, underline that an’…um…ah, put some emphasis on the word “the.” “Why seek ye the living among the dead? He is not here, He is risen.” Jesus is alive. Halleujah. Let’s look at, um, 1 John, 1 John chapter one, verse 1, “That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life.”

Now, His Word is alive. Now look at the second verse, “(For the life was manifested, and we’ve seen it, we bear witness, an’ show unto you that eternal life.” Now we’re gonna talk about several things tonight, and lay foundation work for the things that we will continue in for the rest of the week as the Lord leads. And there’s not gonna be many things–there may be some–that we haven’t heard before. But we’re going to hear them again with a fresh anointing on our ears, on our minds and on our hearts.

Jesus is alive. His Word is the Word of life. The life was manifested. It was manifested in two different occasions, two different ways. The life was manifested in Bethlehem, born of a woman. That’s when God received His blood. He didn’t have any blood up ‘til then. Adam saw to that. The life, say, “the life.” (audience repeats) The life then, was manifested in Jesus and raised Him, and His body, from the grave.

The life was manifested, and it was manifested totally, and completely, to the point, immortality of life was manifested. Ooh, glory to God. Now, let’s take a look from the fourth chapter of the book of Hebrews, an’ let’s just follow this along. Hebrews four, verse twelve. “For the word of God is alive, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword.” It didn’t say it was a sword, it said it’s sharper than any sword. So it is a sword, but it goes beyond what a sword can do.

It is “sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thought and intent of the heart.” So Jesus is alive; the life that was manifested was eternal life–didn’t we read that? Now the English translators have used the word “eternal” to separate the life that we’re talking about and to give you a mental concept of the fact that it’s separated; it’s different from the life of this flesh. The life we’re talking about is the life of God Himself.

Now you ought-a know by now that the life in your body is very temporary, it’s very fragile. Amen? But the life in your spirit, oh, now that’s a different story. Because your spirit can live without your body, but your body can’t live without your spirit. Amen? Eternal life, now I’m…I’m wantin’ to be, I’m wantin’ to be ahead here really, really, I’m eager to get somewhere, that I’m havin’ to. Pull back here a little bit. I’m goin’ somewhere; I’m workin’ on something.

His Word is alive. Let’s take a look at 1 Peter one; an’ you know where this is goin’. In 1 Peter 1:23, “Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which lives and abides forever.” It lives, are you ready for this; you got your seatbelt on? Whoo glory! It lives, it is alive, and it’s here to stay! (09:50)People have had the idea that spiritual things are flighty and whoooo-hoo-hoo, you know? (mocking tone) “You never know God gonna do.” Why not. (mocking tone) “Well, brother Copeland nobody can understand God. He moves in mysterious ways.” (audience laughs)

Only to people that don’t understand faith. Only to people who don’t understand love, and nobody in the Old Testament thoroughly understood faith or love, because they were spiritually dead people and they couldn’t get any revelation any deeper than their soul, their minds, their emotion, and their will even though the Spirit of God was present on special occasions.

Because the spirit did not have the life of God in it. It died when Adam committed treason. So the Holy Ghost had to come on them, and occasionally catch them up in the Spirit because they had made covenant with God, and allowed Him certain access to their lives. But until Jesus paid that price, this eternal life that we’re talkin’ about wasn’t in anybody. And the degree that we’re talkin’ about, now I’m steppin’ – I’m, ha, I’m steppin’ out on religious boundaries right here, so don’t get upset with me. I may make ya so made that you’ll stay up all night, but if you do, get your Bible, check me out.

The life that we’re talkin’ about–on the level that we’re talkin’ about–was not in this earth until Jesus was raised from the dead with it. He walked in the likeness of Adam, He was called “the last Adam.” He’s called “the second Adam” and then He’s called “the last Adam.” He walked in that image of God that Adam had in order to pay the price for what Adam did. But then, oh dear God, He wa–uh… He was raised from the dead, not of corruptible seed, but incorruptible seed by the Word of God which is (shouting) alive and here to stay!

Can you see it? He came and went through that gate so we could go through it. Now listen to me; He doesn’t have two kinds of life, one for Him and some other li’l somethin’ for us. No! No. God is alive! Jesus is alive! He is life, He is the life; there is no life outside of Him. Oh my goodness, I’ll sh-I’ll read this right here to you, and we’ll close right here with this. And we’ll begin to at any rate.

Amen. Praise You Father; yes. Lord. His faith, hope, and love are alive and here to stay. His living faith is already in His living Word. Now, the life has been manifested, we read that, right? We have been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, by the Word of God, which lives, and abides–forever. Now, He doesn’t have two different levels of life. His life is what’s flowing into us. And will flow through us and out of us if we will learn to walk in the light as He is in the light. It’s there for us.

Now, His life, let’s ah…oh…hey, you remember John 10:10; He said, “I have come that you might have life, and have it (pause) more! (pause) abundantly! (pause) to the full! (pause) to the max! (pause) ‘til it overflows! Now that’s His mission, that’s why He came. It’s not His fault that we allowed religion to steal so much from it from us. But those days are over. Yes, they are. We’re not in religion anymore; we’re in life praise the Lord. And life is in us.

Now then, let’s take us a look at Galatian 2, and we’ll read the twentieth verse. “I am I am crucified with ‘the Anointed One’: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but ‘the Anointed One’ and His Anointing’ lives in me: and the–the.” Say “the.” (audience repeats) “the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of ‘the living’ God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” Whoo-hoo-hoo-hoo…Glory to God! Amen.

Now look at Ephesians chapter 3, just turn right one book. Ephesians 3 and look at the seventeenth verse, “That ‘the Anointed One and His anointing’ may dwell in your hearts by faith.” Him, His Anointing, His life, “may dwell in you by faith; you, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend, understand, have working knowledge with all the saints what is the breadth, length, the depth, and the height; And to know, have understanding the love of ‘the Anointed One and His anointing,’ which passeth knowledge, that you might be filled with all the fullness of God. Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us.”

(17:50)That power is the light and the light and the life and the glory of God! Amen! Oh halleujah! Amen. Colossians chapter one, if this one don’t get ya, your wood’s wet. Colossians chapter one, verse 27, “To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of the mystery among the Gentiles; which is ‘the Anointed One and His anointing’ in you,” Your (pause) Your (pause) Don’t say hope, don’t say hope. Your…your…white hot expectation of his glory! That’s what that word translated “hope” means. Living hope. It’s, hope begins to take itself, faith. Hope steps out of the dream realm and becomes Bible hope. When you in,.when you begiin to intensely expect it to come to pass.

Hey, (meaning the Bible) this is not a storybook. This is a life-impregnated source of energy that is beyond anything the mind of man has yet to conceive. We are still in Ned the first primer, when it comes to life and the creative power of Almighty God. I am totally convinced, you couldn’t beat it out of me with a bat, that the reason why all those, all those other planets are unfinished is because God’s waitin’ on somebody to help Him.

(shouting) That was Adam’s job! He told him to go fix this one first. The Garden of Eden should-a spread by faith all over this planet. And then we could talk about Mars! And then we could talk about the rest of this universe. And He’sgoing to wrap this messed up one up and fold it up and put it away, and the new heaven and the new earth. And start over again, and in the book of Ephesians He said, glory to His name, He is going to spend the ages to come revealing His grace and His love towards us.

Now, I had a Sunday school teacher one time that told me we’s gon’ spend all eternity bowed down and worshippin’ God. I said, “Well, I don’t think I’m gon’ go.” (laughter from audience) “It’s hard enough here.” Nasty ol’ Sunday school room stunk like floor sweep. Ol’ wore out ol’ floors. I didn’t like that place; I don’t like it now. I wouldn’t go to Sunday school there now.

And thought, “I don’t care nuthin’ about doin’ that.” (more audience laughter) Spend eternity on my knees? Surely there’s more to heaven than that? Well, you know to a ten-year-old boy that’s the way it looked. I thought heaven ought to at least have some fast cars.(audience laughs) Later on I got to readin’ (Copeland chuckles) the Word and I found out about God’s airplane. (quickly whips his head to the right) He gonna have to let me fly that. I-that…the Word said His chariot is as fast a-lightnin’, from the east to the west. That’s the speed of light brother. Son.

I might tell that angel, “Hey Jack, check me out in this thing, man.” (Copeland chortles) Aye-yeah, and if ya’ll don’ mind I’m ‘on git me one of these man. Yeah! And by the time we get there that’ll be old hat for them. Cuz man, we goin’ to the stars. That’s the reason man got such a hard hunger to get out there. We belong out there. This whole thing belongs to us. It doesn’t belong to the devil; it never ahs belonged to the devil, and if you’ll quite listenin’ to him you’ll quit stumblin’ over it. Take authority over him. Knock him in the head. Dear Lord. D’you git anything? Let’s praise God for a moment. He’s alive! Glory to God.

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