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Why God’s People Are Being Destroyed

February 5th, 2007 | 9 Comments | Posted in Twisted Scriptures

“My people are destroyed from lack of knowledge.” (Hosea 4:6)

I don’t know how many times I’ve heard modern “apostles” and “prophets” quote this verse in reference to their own teachings.

They claim Christians are being destroyed because they don’t embrace the “apostles’” and “prophets’” teachings. See an example here (from Jill Austin, founder of “Master Potter Ministries” in Laguna Hills, Calif.).

Kenneth Copeland I also heard this verse used the other night on Kenneth Copeland’s (pictured here) television program, “Believer’s Voice of Victory,” that aired on Daystar network. Don Colbert, a guest on Copeland’s show, was explaining the importance of eating all-natural foods. Colbert said that Christians are being destroyed (having health problems) because they don’t know the health risks of processed foods. Watch the Feb. 1 program here.

Using this verse to refer to healthy foods is ridiculous. And so is using it to refer to modern-day “apostles” and “prophets.” Yet, when a verse is ripped out of its context, it can be used to support any teaching.

Hosea 4:6 In Context
When we look at this verse in context, we see what specific “lack of knowledge” is being referred to. It wasn’t knowledge about modern-day “apostles” and “prophets” or about unhealthy foods. It was knowledge of God’s law (i.e., His Word). This is made clear in the latter part of the same verse.

The reason God’s people didn’t know His Word — according to the surrounding verses — is because the religious leaders (the priests and “prophets”) weren’t teaching it to them. See Hosea 4:4-9.

Today’s ‘Bible’ Teachers
Sound familiar? It should. Many of today’s religious leaders are busy teaching anything besides God’s Word. Of course, they claim their teachings are based on Scripture, and they hold and wave their Bibles — like Copeland does in his photo above — but that doesn’t mean they’re teaching the Bible. The verses they cite are often used out of context and, thus, have nothing to do with their teachings.

The real reason God’s people are destroyed today — as in Hosea’s time — is because they don’t know God’s Word. Thus, they are seduced into false and idolatrous beliefs. This breaks God’s heart, which is the point of the book of Hosea — to show how much God loves His wayward people and wants them to be faithful to Him.

On my blog, I try to show that the teachings of the apostolic-prophetic movement are based on Scriptures used out of context, like the teaching about Joel’s Army, which I wrote about in an earlier post. Read it here.

In fact, all false, heretical and cultic teachings are based on Scriptures that are misinterpreted and used out of context. That’s why it’s important for every Christian to know how to correctly interpret the Bible, especially those who teach the Bible. 2 Timothy 2:15 says that someone who teaches the Bible must know how to correctly handle it.

Correctly Interpreting the Bible
Bible scholars use a big, fancy word to refer to the study of biblical interpretation: “hermeneutics” (pronounced, in English, like “her men new ticks”). Don’t let that word scare you away: the principles aren’t too hard to learn. It’s a shame that they are usually taught only in seminaries or Bible colleges. They should be taught in all churches, Bible studies and Sunday school classes — even to children.

But, sadly, they’re not. As a result, many Christians don’t know God’s Word and are being led into the erroneous teachings of the apostolic-prophetic movement and other unbiblical movements.

Recommended Resources
Here are some resources to help you learn basic principles of Bible interpretation.

How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth by Gordon D. Fee and Douglas Stuart: This classic book is used in many seminaries, but it’s written for laypeople to understand. See it at Amazon.com.

Web Site
Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry: This Web page offers a brief overview of the principles.

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9 Responses to “Why God’s People Are Being Destroyed”

  1. houseofjudah Says:

    It’s amazing the kind of things being preached by these so-called Men of GOD. We have to now more than ever discern and study the Word of GOD for ourselves so we can hear and see what GOD is saying to us. Relying on a man to tell you what GOD is saying is no longer a viable option anymore. Thanks for the post. GOD Bless

  2. David Says:

    We are in the last days, 2Corinthians 11:5-15 and 2 Peter 2 best describes these people. They are lead by 2 Cor. 11:14. Please what Believers need to do is walk by faith and not by sight. Satan is masterful at this deception game, he wants us to focus on false teachings and false teachers, yet The Lord wants us to focus on Jesus, The Cross, The Bible and Witnessing. The Lord’s Blood is on us an we need to focus on Him.

    The Lord will deal with these people, Daniel 4:28-37. They will recieve their punishment for thier deceptive lies, and if any of these people are actually Saved, then they have much to fear as the Lord will deal with them and He is dealing with them. If they are not Saved Heb 9:27 spells it out followed by Revelation 20:1-15.

    Please follow Jesus words Matthew 5:43-48. These people are known by thier fruits Matthew 7:15-20, and if unfruitful in the godly sense, then Matthew 7:21-23 will ocur for them.

    Brothers and sisters in The Lord, we are all The Lord’s created children in the natural sense Genesis 1:26-28 we are all connected through and by The Lord, unfortunetley some of our created brothers and sisters are not connected spiritually by The Holy Spirit, and they are lost. We should stop critisizing them and start praying for them and asking the Father to convict them and save them so they to can enter into a Blood Covenant relationship with The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit which will provide them Eternal Life with Jesus, as they will have thier names put into The Lambs Book of Life Revelation 20:12, never to be blotted out Revelation 3:5, nor snatched from The Sons hands nor The Fathers hands John 10:28-29

    In Christ


  3. jody Says:

    A new book has come out about this movement…its a personal perspective.

    [ When mystical experiences and strange doctrines overtake his church, one man risks all to find the truth—A true story. ]

    The Other Side of the River
    by Kevin Reeves

    There is a major movement sweeping through the Church. Billing itself as the “River,” it promises an incoming tide of blessing but leaves in its wake tsunami-like devastation. Marked by false prophecies, unbiblical manifestations, cult-like teachings and authority structure, this movement has wooed a generation of unwary believers and led them into a substitute spirituality.

    The Word of God has been placed on the back burner and personal experience reigns supreme. A host of unscriptural visions and ecstatic utterances have paved the way for a radical departure from the apostolic Christianity of the early Church. In this personal account, Kevin Reeves explores the inner workings of this worldwide phenomenon.

    Some of the topics this book addresses:

    Word Faith movement

    Holy Laughter

    “Slain” in the Spirit practice

    Emphasis on humanity of Jesus over Deity

    Gifts & Calling for the unbeliever?

    Experience versus Scripture

    Repetitive chanting & singing

    Paradigm shift

    Understanding true worship

    A compelling and deeply personal account of a young man’s spiritual plunge into a movement called the “River.” Sometimes referred to as the River Revival, the Third Wave or the Latter Rain, this movement is marked by bizarre manifestations, false prophecies and esoteric revelations. Warnings of divine retribution hold many adherents in a bondage of fear, making them afraid to speak out or even question those things they are taught and are witness to.

    In a biographical setting, The Other Side of the River, is a powerful and needed warning to the body of Christ. In a day and age when church-growth techniques mixed with mystical practices are leaving a wreckage of human lives littered with the debris of false doctrine.

    For Kevin Reeves, his determination to rescue his family came to the forefront, even if the cost was high and even if he had to stand alone. His journey back into the freedom and simplicity of Jesus Christ would be worth the price.


  4. herb Says:

    i think it is good to eat healthy. having a lack of knowlege about particular foods can be harmful…. especially when God laid out the foods that we should stay away from.

    I understand the line of thinking but using don colbert was a bad example

  5. David Says:

    David Says:

    April 16th, 2007 at 2:22 pm
    Hello Everyone especially all my Brothers and Sisters in The Lord Jesus Christ: I will be brief. I have given allot of thought and prayer to what we all comment on good, bad or in between. I have decided that after prayer I am and so are most of us reacting to so many things on this blog. We are all in our minds and hearts to one degree or another right.

    The point I am trying to make, would it not be wiser for all of us to stop trying to get points across about people and instead concentrate how we could encourage one another in The Word. I know that there are many false teachers and false works, yet do you not think it would be wiser to follow Jesus example and pray for people who we feel are in error of scripture Matthew 5:43-48. If they are wrong, The Lord will, as always, deal with them and thier works, He will deny them Matthew 7:21-23 and Romans 12:19-20. If we go even further we see His example on the Cross
    Luke 23:34.

    I can speak from personal experience here as I am as wrong as anyone else, and as Jesus also reminds us in Matthew 5:14-16 we are His light, the light of the world, and we are to shine for Him so as to glorify The Father in heaven.

    I pray that we can turn Holly’s wonderful blog into an encouraging spirit filled site for one another. It would be so wonderful if others would read this blog and write comments like Trust in the Lord, I recieved Christ today, I was water baptised today, etc.

    Thank you all and God Bless

    Your Brother in The Lord



  6. Anonymous Says:

    Well written and Bible based. Thank you and may God bless you.

  7. Ian Williams Says:

    Well, where do I begin? I am a survivor of both the WOF and River movements, and yet I was clearly drawn into both by God as part of my learning experience. All the time Jesus just kept saying to me, as He still does to this day, “Keep your eyes on ME and learn OF Me!”

    One thing I have come to learn more clearly is how people twist the scriptures to suit themselves and how a little leaven can be a dangeous thing, and that while many profess to know Jesus and to do things in His name, that they only think that they do.

    Many years ago, I was challenged with these words as I sat down to study for a sermon – “Moses did not have an Old Testament, and Paul did not have a New Testament – they had a relationship.” Some time afterwards, Jesus came to me in the early hours and told me that I did not know Him, I merely thought that I did, and that He was going to reveal Himself to me as He really is.” This was after years of “Christianity” and experiencing virtually every manifestation of the Spirit, even to raising the dead.

    I have come to realise that their are two types of people in this world, those who really KNOW Jesus, and those who think that they do, but are imprisoned in the vanity of their own minds and their own judgmental knowledge of Good and Evil. The former are as “trustees” and the latter as prisoners, but we are all in the same place – Romans 11:32.

    The other ‘gospel’ which Paul warned about with tears is the prevailing ethos in the wider church – it is the ‘gospel’ of works righteousness – and many shall say in that day, “Look what we did in your Name” and He shall say, get out of My face with that self-justifying, self-serving nonsense and consider the darkness of YOUR ways, for I did not KNOW you.”

    As for me, I have purposd to know only the place of PEACE (rest), JOY (strength) and RIGHTEOUSNESS (right-standing) in the Holy Spirit, and to preach the hope of that kingdom to the world and to the confused Christians, who are many.

    Most Christians could not even tell you what the Gospel of Jesus Christ is – Jesus came saying “Repent (exchange your way of thinking for His), for the Kingdom of God is approaching, it is at hand, it is even in you.” This is His Gospel, and He is the Power of God. Aa-meen. (Aa-meen is the original Aramaic word, meaning absolutely, certainly, truly – Amen is the name of the Egyprian deity).

    Paul, Peter and the other Apostles said that our whole purpose and gifting is to preach the hope of the kingdom, to strengthen (confirm) one another in LOVE, and to pray for those who have been taken captive of Satan, to do his (whose?) will – if you compare this with Romans 11:32 you might just start to see how it all fits.

    God called us as witnesses, not as judges. People make mistakes, but God made people and He NEVER MAKES MISTAKES, so let us first remove the beam from our own eyes, so that we may see clearly to remove the speck from our brother’s. More than anything, God hates the merciless, hateful, judgmental attitude which has permeated a “church” which is more focusd on rightness than righteousnes and which has more to say about hell and punishment than about heaven and correction. Aa-meen?

    The delusion of the prosperity preachers and pillow prophets is sent by God because of their own idols, let us not crave our own opinions to the point of them becoming abominations before God, lest we revert to the same condition as those we judge, for we do the same thing ourselves. Let us be preachers of righteousness and not reporters of sin. Aa-meen.

    Ian Williams

  8. Servant2112 Says:


    God hates sin. He hates it because He’s perfect and holy. He hates it so much, that He can’t stand to be in it’s presence. Subsequently, He sends unrepentant sinners to hell. Yes, I said it: Hell. Is that merciless, hateful, or judgmental?

    I wish my brothers and sisters in Christ would stop rebuking the teaching of hell. If it is “merciless,” “hateful,” and “judgmental” to teach on hell and punishment to the unregenerate, then count me in. Call me unloving, but I love the lost so much that I would rather warn them of their impending doom if they don’t repent, than allow them to march inexorably into their eternal destruction while telling them all is well in heaven. I refuse to smile and say “who am I to judge” while sinners are going to hell. How are we supposed to witness to sinners if they don’t know the consequences of their sin?

    If they insist on calling out others for teaching hell, then they need to start with Jesus, who preached more about hell than heaven. The reason He came in the first place is to save us from Hell. To brush away the topic of hell and dismiss it as “hateful” or “unloving” is to impugn His ministry and to minimize the immensity of what Christ did for us on the cross. Teaching heaven without teaching hell is not representative of the Gospel of Christ. The good news is that we have been spared the torment of hell because of His sacrifice. There is no good news without hell.

    God bless you.

  9. Mark Jeremiah Says:

    Sister Holly

    Thanks. My heart leaps when I find others with eyes wide open and can discern error from Truth. Thank you Jesus for answering my prayers.

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