Heretics John Avanzini and Morris Cerullo
The encroachment of modern heresy into the Church of the past thirty years began in the “Charismatic Movement” of the 1970s. The Church began to drift from the teaching of sound doctrine into the obsession for miracles and dynamic “praise and worship”. As the movement grew, so also the spread of extra-biblical “revelation”. “New revelation” was not always “contrary” to scripture, but simply NOT FOUND in scripture, thereby causing it to be difficult to rebut. As the movement spread and began to drift in different directions, so also, more erroneous doctrine. In the past twenty years, the trend has leaped forward into downright HERESY, even to the point of denying that the “Blood of Christ alone” is sufficient to save. They have created for themselves, and those who follow them, a hodge podge mixture of truth and serious heresy. When confronted by orthodox theologians, they simply retreat to the outer parameters of orthodoxy until the heat is off, then return to the most heretical doctrines of the Christian age. Many walk a thin line between truth and heresy so as NOT TO DRAW FIRE from those who are authoritatively able to confront them. It’s a cagy game they play. Unfortunately, for modern day heretics, they have been recorded and in many cases have been filmed in their folly. They have come to spread their heresies around the world, especially into Africa where there is a willing audience due to the common practice of Witchcraft in the African Church. It’s an easy transition from Witchcraft into heretical Christianity—-especially into the “Prosperity Gospel”. As a missionary to Africa, I can tell you that “orthodoxy” has been ravaged in Africa, from Nigeria to Kenya—from South Africa to the Mediterranean it is so. We’ll take a look at some American heresies and the heretics that promote them.
Trinity Broadcasting Network is the largest religious broadcasting system in the world. It is also FERTILE GROUND for the growth of rank heresies. You will, no doubt, recognize many of the TBN heretics named in this work.
· John Avanzini
The Spirit of God “declared in the earth today what the eternal purpose of God has been through the ages…that He is duplicating Himself on earth.” (John Avanzini with Morris Cerullo, The End time Manifestation of the Sons of God, (San Diego: Morris Cerullo World Evangelism, n.d.), audiotape 1, side 2.
· Morris Cerullo
“Did you know that from the beginning of time the whole purpose of God was to reproduce Himself?…Who are you? Come on, who are you? Come on, say it: ‘Sons of God!’ Come on, say it! And what does work inside us, brother, is that manifestation of the expression of all that God is and all that God has. And when we stand up here, brother, you’re not looking at Morris Cerullo; you’re looking at God. You’re looking at Jesus.” (Morris Cerullo, The End time Manifestation of the Sons of God, (San Diego: Morris Cerullo World Evangelism, n.d.), audiotape 1, sides1 & 2.
- Let’s see what the Bible has to say about these heretical claims—–
8 “I am the LORD; that is my name!
I will not give my glory to another
or my praise to idols. NIV
11 I, even I, am the LORD,
and apart from me there is no savior.
12 I have revealed and saved and proclaimed–
I, and not some foreign god among you.
You are my witnesses,” declares the LORD, “that I am God.
13 Yes, and from ancient days I am he.
No one can deliver out of my hand.
When I act, who can reverse it?” NIV
5 I am the LORD, and there is no other;
apart from me there is no God.NIV
I am the LORD, and there is no other.
7 I form the light and create darkness,
I bring prosperity and create disaster;
I, the LORD, do all these things. NIV
8 For this is what the LORD says–
he who created the heavens,
he is God;
he who fashioned and made the earth,
he founded it;
he did not create it to be empty,
but formed it to be inhabited–
“I am the LORD,
and there is no other.
19 I have not spoken in secret,
from somewhere in a land of darkness;
I have not said to Jacob’s descendants,
‘Seek me in vain.’
I, the LORD, speak the truth;
I declare what is right. NIV
26 Then the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah: 27 “I am the LORD, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me?
4 I will not look on you with pity or spare you; I will surely repay you for your conduct and the detestable practices among you. Then you will know that I am the LORD.
62 So I will establish my covenant with you, and you will know that I am the LORD.
63 Then, when I make atonement for you for all you have done, you will remember and be ashamed and never again open your mouth because of your humiliation, declares the Sovereign LORD.’”
- A very special place in Hell is reserved for the likes of Heretics John Avanzini and Morris Cerullo