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Sunday, June 28, 2009

Rodney Howard-Browne

Rodney Howard-Browne, another Word-Faith proponent, is the
man responsible for the Laughing Revival of the Toronto Airport Vineyard. Subsequently,the revival was taken from Toronto to Brownsville by the leadership of the Brownsville Assembly of God.

Rodney Howard-Browne teaches that Jesus was not God while here on earth. In his
book, The Touch of God, Howard-Browne says, Nothing Jesus did was because He was the Son of God. The Bible says He laid aside His royal robes of deity and when He walked the earth He did so as a prophet under the Abrahamic Covenant. This statement, claiming that Jesus laid aside His deity while on earth, is a denial of the deity of Christ, which is heresy. Thus, Howard-Browne, a man directly responsible for the current Brownsville revival movement, also teaches a
false Jesus.

This quote from Rodney Howard-Brown is attributed to this book The Touch of God, Pages 13-14. I will order the book to conform this quote is in the book.
Until I receive the book, I can only say that this is a very serious charge and all Christians should research the matter for themselves to see if Rodney Howard-Browne actually wrote that.


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5 Comments:

Blogger Faithful Witness said...

When I was a youth, I attended a church where both Rodney and Basil (his brother?) regularly visted and held meetings. This book, among others, sends a chilling reminder to me of how deprave men are.

Among the far-out charasmatics there seems to be a long standing departure from the traditional (read-biblical) understanding of the person of the Holy Spirit. He is looked upon as some sort of systematic power that can be manipulated by men, so long as the "laws of faith" are obeyed. Interestingly enough, the Christian philosopher and apologist Dr. Phil Fernandes points to a connection to the psudo-Christian mind science cults as the source of this impersonal view of the Holy Spirit.


Anyway, great blog.
F.W.
www.onenesspentecostal.net

July 1, 2009 at 10:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi I know Rodney and have been a part of his ministry. I was saved at a Rodney convention. I worship a Jesus that is risen and IS GOD ALMIGHTY.. when he was on earth and now.. I learnt this from Rodney..You guys should read your bible and when people are coming to know Jesus through you guys as they are through Rodney..then you might have room to speak...Until then I would say that you guys need to stop your judging cause one day you are gonna have to face God..Oh and when they attributed the work of the Holy Spirit to the devil in ancient days.. Jesus said they were in danger of going to hell. Be careful when you judge, that God is not judging YOU!!!!

July 21, 2009 at 8:43 AM  
Blogger Jason McFadden said...

If Rodney and other word of faith healers actually cast out demons, I'd say it was of the Holy Spirit since Satan cannot cast out Satan.

But I do not believe the manifestations that word of faith healers exhibit are genuine works of God but are rather of Satan. Why?

When God gets a hold of someone's life, let's say casts out a demon, then that person becomes normal. They act sane. However, many word of faith healers and their followers act insane instead. Slithering on the ground like a snake is something the devil can and does make people do. It happens in the occult.

Also, Satan is an angel of light. He can cause unnatural things to happen, when allowed, that can be used to deceive many.

And how does one avoid such decpetion? By using spiritual discernment. Testing things in light of scripture. Testing the spirits. Thus, one must JUDGE or in other words EVALUATE what is going on.

It is ludicrous for you or anyone to claim that a person who is rationally reasoning from scripture and evaluating a situation is being judgmental.

We must all evaluate and judge what others say and do. In fact, YOU yourself have done that very same thing by what you said in your comment. YOU have judged our blog post as being judgmental. Are you not also judging? Why are you doing that and telling us we can't?

When the Bible says to judge not...do you really think it means do not evaluate anything but just accept it. Do you accept the oocult? Do you accept Islam as being true?

The kind of judging God warns us against is that of condemning others. God alone can judge to the point of condemning someone.

However, we as Christians are called to rebuke others who claim to be Christians but are not holding to scripture.

We believe that Rodney and many other word of faith teachers do not hold to scriptrue and are thus false teachers and must be rebuked.

Yet, I would also acknowledge that some people can come to a true saving knowledge of Christ through even false teachers, but I'd say it's a rare exception.

God can use false teachers and many other things to reach a person. It is recorded in scripture that even Paul was glad that even though some teachers were teaching Christ in pretense or with the wrong motives, nevertheless Christ was being preached, and for that he was glad.

However, many false teachers simply don't teach the true Christ of the Bible. And that is something we must all beware of. And that is why we evaluate what others say and do in light of scripture. It is folly not to.

Evaluating what another professing Christian says or does is not being judgmental. It is being loving as part of an act of...accountability.

Galatians 6:1-2 even says that if you see someone overtaken in a fault that you must restore them...

Now how do you know theyr'e in a fault? Doesn't that require a general knowledge of right and wrong? Yes. And doesn't that mean you must judge, evaluate, what the person is doing in order to know that they have a fault and are in teh wrong? Yes.

Then you should tell the person, in the right way, that they're wrong...not to condemn, but to restore, as the scriputre teaches.

Telling someone they're wrong, when done the right way for the right reason, is an act of love and is required by scripture.

Telling someone they're wrong, when done the wrong way or for the wrong reason, is an act of wrong itself and is rebuked by scripture.

I hope this helps.

July 21, 2009 at 9:47 AM  
Anonymous Jim Leavenworth said...

Anonymous,
Wow, where do I start? first, I hope that you can see that you are using hypocritical judgment...much like you seem to be hinting that we're doing with regards to the famous "judge not lest ye be judged" passage in Matthew 7:1.

Look up the passage and read it in context...it's saying we shouldn't judge hypocritically, i.e. when we're doing the same thing.

You accuse us of judging...aren't you judging us? You are all but condemning us to hell for judging your friend. That's a bit hypocritical...

Here's an idea...how about answering what the article said, that Mr. Howard-Browne believes in a Jesus that wasn't God while on the earth. Did he say that in his book? Have you read it?

How about laying aside the emotional attachments to the man and answer the question on his doctrine. If you can prove Trevor was wrong in his quote I'm sure he'll retract his statement. Until then...stick to the issue.

THanks
Jim

July 21, 2009 at 6:00 PM  
Anonymous Jim Leavenworth said...

Anonymous,
ALso, here's a couple verses to chew on. You said "You guys should read your bible and when people are coming to know Jesus through you guys as they are through Rodney..then you might have room to speak...Until then I would say that you guys need to stop your judging cause one day you are gonna have to face God..Oh and when they attributed the work of the Holy Spirit to the devil in ancient days."

I guess outward results guarantee the right message? How about these verses?

20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. 21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
(Mat 7:20-23)

July 21, 2009 at 6:04 PM  

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