Posted: January 17, 2014 in Uncategorized
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“But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed.” Galatians 1:8

Deception comes in many forms, sometimes it’s clear and precise in its appearance, while other times it takes some effort to distinguish where the deception lies. Then there are the types of deception that is clearly open and bold, daring to be discovered. Such is the case with the popular teaching of “Jesus died spiritually”.

What exactly is the doctrine of ‘Jesus died spiritually’? This particular doctrine states, in essence, that Christ was not completely sinless, that he had to be reborn in hell where he (Christ) was tormented for three days and nights, suffering the flames and wrath of God and Satan – as a sinner. That’s right, the concept of Jesus dieing spiritually on the cross is built upon the framework that says Christ was tortured, raped, beaten, mentally and physically assaulted in the pit of hell for our deliverance from sin – only then could Christ redeem man – by going to hell as a sinner. It’s heresy.

When Christ went to the cross, he died once (By this will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. Heb. 10:10) he (Christ) did not go into the flames of hell to be “reborn” as one of the founding promoters of this doctrine teaches, for Christ was sinless (For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. 2 Cor. 5:21) the idea is simple, Christ was the perfect sacrifice, he took upon himself the sins of the world, yet was sinless himself, in other words, Christ identified with man’s sin; man identified with Christ’s righteousness. But this is not what is being taught by those within the word of faith movement, this is their belief; “Spiritually separated from God, spiritual death also means having Satan’s nature, Jesus experienced the same spiritual death that entered man at the garden of Eden, he became one with man in spiritual death after Jesus was made sin, he had to become born again, you see when Jesus died you have to realize that he went to hell as a mortal man, made sin, but he didn’t stay there thank God, he was reborn in the pit of hell.” Kenneth Copeland

This is doctrinal error. When someone says Christ did not atone for the sin of mankind on the cross, what he (or she) is doing is making the cross obsolete. But notice the words of the apostle Paul regarding the work of Christ and the cross; “And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.” (Col.2:15) What’s worse, this teaching literally takes away Christ deity, his perfection and his sinless state and renders him with the nature of man, and worse, puts him in the same condition as Satan.

When we make Christ too human (though he was man, yet fully God) we subject him to the same inner problem – sin. It must be remembered that if we get Jesus wrong, then we will get everything else wrong when it comes to our theology, and that is the worse place to be. Jesus was not ever “born-again”. He was without sin, the spotless sacrifice, he never became sin, he was never “lost”. From the beginning the Church has regarded such teaching as damnable heresy and it still is.

So what did Christ do on the cross? He (Jesus) did the following:

1.Reconcile man to God by redemption through His blood for the forgiveness of sin. (Eph. 1:7; Col. 1:14; 1 Pet. 1:18, 19; 1 John 1:7).

2. Justified man by His blood (Rom. 5:9).

3. Purged our conscience from dead works, by His blood, to serve the living God (Heb. 9:14).

4. Sanctified us (make us holy) with His own blood. (Heb. 13:12).

5. Wash us in His blood from our sins (Rev. 1:5).

6. Make peace through the blood of His cross, and to reconcile all things unto himself; whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven. (Col. 1:20)

7. In his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed. (1 Pet 2:24)

8. Bring the Gentiles who were far off  near  by His blood (Eph. 2:13).

9. Made Himself our peace, who hath made both Jew and Gentile one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between them (Eph. 2:14).

10. Abolished in His flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of two, both Jew and Gentile, one new man, so making peace; (Eph. 2:15).

11. Reconciled unto God in one body, both Jew and Gentile, by the cross, having slain the enmity between them (Eph. 2:16).

12. Confounded the wise, destroy their wisdom, and bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent (1 Cor. 1:18, 19).

13. Blotted out the handwriting of ordinances (the Law) that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way (Col. 2:14).

14. Become dead to the law through His body, and marry Himself to us who is raised from the dead, to bring fruit unto God (Rom.7:4).

15. Became the author and finisher of our faith (Heb 12:2).

16. Died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose from the dead.    (2 Cor. 5:15)

That is what Christ did for us – on the cross – not in hell.

If someone states that Christ had to be re-born in hell, had to be “saved” then by who will Christ be saved by? And from whom? What sacrifice was paid then for Christ? See how foolish this teaching is? Yet people like Kenneth Copeland, Jesse Duplantis, Joyce Meyer and Fred Price teach and believe this. So what do we make of this? It’s false doctrine that if we continue to accept and embrace this teaching, our salvation will be overturned by a doctrine of demons. Satan is behind this teaching for one reason, he despises the cross! If Satan can create a new more enticing doctrine such as Jesus did not pay for the sins of man on the cross, but paid for it in hell, it literally makes the cross null and void, this in turn makes the cross meaningless, and once it’s meaningless, it is forgotten, after all, in the mind of Kenneth Copeland, the cross is a statement of perversion! Copeland HATES the cross! Kenneth Copeland dislikes the cross because it continues to stand in his way of the message of his apostasy, that salvation came from hell and not from the cross. That is the real reason why Kenneth Copeland rejects the cross and why we should reject Kenneth Copeland!

Some might argue that by calling out names is wrong, but tell that to the apostle Paul, who named over 8 men who were preaching a false gospel and doing wrong. The truth is, we need to expose what needs to be exposed for the sake of the body and not out of hostility toward them personally, but hostility toward the false teaching. This is our responsibility. Jesus never died spiritually, he died ONE time and one time only – on the cross. Stay away from these teachers who have itching ears, desiring to teach you false ideas and false ways, for if you are not careful, you too will become a casualty in these last days concerning false teaching and your soul become shipwrecked by the false gospel of the Jesus Died Spiritually lie.


  1. I really think you misjudged these disciples of God. They teach that Jesus was sinless and the reason he was punished in hell is for the sins of the world. None of his personnel sins. If He (Jesus ) did not pay for your sins then you are still in your sins and that means you will go to hell and stay there because you do not have sinless blood.

    • Why would the son of God punish himself? Why would Christ, the perfect, sinless sacrifice, who knew no sin, be tormented? Christ became sin, the actual rendering means he did not BECOME sin, he simply stood in judgment FOR our sins, not that he became a sinner. That is the distinction. Christ knew no sin, throughout his entire ministry and life, Jesus was sinless, not a trace of sin was found in him, so to suggest that Jesus died a sinner suggests that he was imperfect, with a spot of corruption, but he was not. Christ paid for our sins on the cross, not in hell.

      • Laurie says:

        Jesus did not BECOME a sinner. He became the SACRIFICE (the same way lambs were slain as a blood sacrifice to atone for sin). Christ became the sacrifice for all men. God had to look away when Jesus was on the cross because He cannot look upon sin. Jesus was completely sinless, he did not become a sinner, but all sin was laid upon Him while He was on the cross.

  2. waycross1948 says:

    Christopher, this is a frightening, incidious teaching. Coming from these established men of God with large followings, it is being accepted throughout the church without people truly understanding what they are really teaching and what it means to the concept of Christ’s sacrifice on the Cross. At NO time did Christ become a sinner! Why is that so difficult for Christians to understand? He was never “punished’ in Hell. That belief also opens the door for the Catholic belief in pergatory. How easily people can be lead astray when they just accept what is taught to them without real understanding of the Word. I pulled the following paragraphs from a site on the net. It gives a simple explanation for the issue we are discussing.
    ” First we need to understand that Jesus fully paid the penalty for our sins through his death on the cross. When Jesus died he said, “It is finished” (John 19:31). “It,” in this case, was the work of redemption, which was fully completed by Christ’s death on the cross. He did not have to suffer in hell for eternity—or even for three days—in order to add to what he had already accomplished on the cross. The basis of his payment for our sins is found in the value of his sinless and sacrificial life. As the Lamb of God, Jesus alone is “worthy” to pay for our personal sins and for the sins of the whole world (Revelation 5:1-9, 1 John 2:1,2). ”
    “According to the Bible, when Jesus died, he descended into the “lower, earthly regions” (Ephesians 4:9) . He went to the “place of torment” (Luke 16:28 KJV) to make “proclamation to the spirits now in prison” (1 Peter 3:18-20 NASB)(3). Here Jesus made a declaration of victory over death, “Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” (1 Corinthians 15:55 NIV). Jesus was not “abandoned to the grave” (Acts 2:31 NIV) because he was not a captive but a deliverer. Jesus explained it in this way, “I am the Living One; I was dead, and behold I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades” (Revelation 1:18 NIV).”

  3. Kenneth Boyd says:

    Luke 23:43 Jesus told the Thief on the cross ; Truly I say unto thee,Today shalt thou be with me in paradise. Not in torment. Jesus lied if Copeland’s doctrine is true, because according to Copeland Jesus was tormented for 3 days. Copeland and all that minister with him teach many heresies which make up another Jesus Paul warned about that doesn’t exist. 2Cor 11:4

  4. Kenneth Boyd says:

    I have heard them refer to the sacrifice being offered as a burnt offering, justifying their heresy,but this is reading something into the text it doesn’t say.Did the offering rise again after it was burnt? Of course not,His Spirit wasn’t tormented in hell either.I quote Copeland speaking of Jesus,”his wormy little emaciated spirit” is what Copeland said was tormented.

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