Wednesday, May 09, 2018

Hyper or Super Grace (SD41)

Here are only a few examples of the heresies found in the book 'Destined to Reign' written by Joseph Prince.

1. The problem with Repentance
    Prince says it is not necessary to confess our sins. He says this because he believes that all of our sins, both past and future, have already been forgiven and that we should just be honest with God and speak to Him about our failures.
1John 1:9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
   Unless we confess our sins, the blood of Jesus will not cleanse us of our sins. We must work out our faith in the cleansing power of His blood by our confession, for 'Faith without works is dead'. Prince is successful in getting sinful Christians to be immersed in their sins, so that God cannot teach, anoint, empower nor enlighten them for His good works.
Jam 5:16 Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.

2. The problem with Discipline
    Prince says that believers are never punished for their sins
"You will never find an example of God punishing a believer for his sins in the new covenant." (chapter 5, p 57,)
Act 5:3-5 But Peter said, "Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and to keep back for yourself part of the proceeds of the land? While it remained unsold, did it not remain your own? And after it was sold, was it not at your disposal? Why is it that you have contrived this deed in your heart? You have not lied to man but to God." When Ananias heard these words, he fell down and breathed his last.
    Prince is telling lies and deceiving Christians.

3. The problem with Suffering
    Being a teacher of the Prosperity Gospel, Prince has made, and continues to make numerous statements about God's desire for Christians to be healthy and wealthy.
    Rom 8:16-17 The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together.
    Prince destroyed God's plan of 'glorifying Christians when they have suffered with Christ'.

4. The problem with Money
   In chapter one, Prince states that God calls His people to enjoy wealth. "You are destined to reign in life. You are called by the Lord to be a success, to enjoy wealth, to enjoy health and to enjoy a life of victory. It is not the Lord's desire that you live a life of defeat, poverty, and failure."
Luke 16:14-15 Now the Pharisees, who were lovers of money, also heard all these things, and they derided Him. And He said to them, "You are those who justify yourselves before men, but God knows your hearts. For what is highly esteemed among men is an abomination in the sight of God."
   The depraved Prince is like the covetous Pharisees of old, justifying himself for his covetousness.

5. Once saved always saved
    As a typical dispensationalist, Prince believes that once a person receives Jesus Christ as Savior they can never lose their salvation.
2Pet 2:20 For if, after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and overcome, the latter end is worse for them than the beginning.
    This heresy gives approval to Christians (or excuse) to sin by not obeying nor keeping His words in evangelism, good works, godly and holy living, etc.