DANGERIOUS DOCTRINES SERIES PART 4: JESUS DIED SPIRITUALLY

Posted: August 6, 2015 in HOT TOPICS
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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)

 

What if I were to tell you that Jesus never died nor atoned for your sins on the cross? What if I were to tell you that the cross was meaningless? That it served no true or genuine purpose other than it sent an innocent man to his death? What if I were to tell you that Christ became a sinner, that he himself needed to be “born again”, but it would occur in a place called Hell, or Hades? Would you still listen to me? Would you believe every word I told you? If you said no, then you would be correct in departing from me and labeling me as a false teacher. Yet the truth is, there are countless thousands of Christians who are doing the opposite, believing such a lie, and they are being led by some of the most popular Charismatic/Pentecostal preachers and pastors today.

The teaching in which I am referring to is what is generally called the ‘Jesus died spiritually‘ doctrine. This teaching simply states that Jesus did the following:

  1. Jesus became a sinner.
  2. Became one with Satan.
  3. Went into Hell as a sinner and not as our redeemer.
  4. Was tormented for 3 days and nights in the flames of Hell.
  5. After the third day God redeemed Christ, making him a reborn man thus atoning us from all sin.

Now, who would teach such false statements of what I just described? The names would surprise you:

  1. Kenneth Copeland
  2. Joyce Meyer
  3. Jesse Duplantis
  4. Charles Capps (deceased)
  5. Kenneth Hagin (deceased)
  6. Fred Price

I won’t drag this article out simply because there are many well written articles about this very topic, small in number, yet just as powerful in their presentation, still I wanted to examine what each of these popular preachers believe when it came to Jesus going to hell and why they are wrong.

Joyce Meyer declares in her book “The Most Important You’ll Ever Make” the following:

 

  • Jesus was born again:  “Jesus paid on the cross and went to hell in my place. Then as God had promised, on the third day Jesus rose from the dead. The scene in the spirit realm went something like this: God rose up from his throne and said to demon powers tormenting the sinless son of God, “let him go.” Then the resurrection power of Almighty God went through hell and filled Jesus. On earth his grave where they had buried him was filled with light as the power of God filled his body.He was resurrected from the dead–the first born again man.”
    • The Most Important Decision You’ll Ever Make, by Joyce Meyer, second printing, May, 1993, page 36.
  • Victory was gained in hell:  “He went to hell in your place and gained victory there, triumphing over the enemy. (Acts 2:31)”
    • Meyer, Joyce (2008-10-23). The Most Important Decision You Will Ever Make: A Complete and Thorough Understanding of What it Means to be Born Again (Kindle Locations 287-288).

Kenneth Copeland states that:

  • Jesus was separated from the presence of the Father & jesus paid full price of our redemption in hell:  “The death God warned Adam about was spiritual death. It’s the inward death that takes place when a spiritual being is separated from God. That’s what spiritual death is—separation from God. Adam experienced it the moment he sinned. He was immediately cut off from his fellowship with the Father, and the light of God’s life and glory within him was snuffed out. For Jesus to become our substitute, He had to go through the same kind of separation. He had to die, not just physically, but spiritually, and descend into hell to suffer the whole penalty of sin. It shocks some people’s religious sensibilities to think of Jesus in hell, but that doesn’t change the fact that He went there. The Scriptures verify it again and again. They tell us that He descended “ . . . into the deep [or the bottomless pit]” before He was brought up from the dead (Romans 10:7); and that “his soul was not left in hell, neither his flesh did see corruption” (Acts 2:31). Psalm 18, which paints a detailed, prophetic picture of what Jesus went through between the cross and the throne, declares, “The sorrows of hell compassed me about: the snares of death prevented me” (verse 5). Not only did Jesus go to hell, He sank to the deepest, darkest part of it to suffer everything that was necessary on our behalf. We’ll be forever glad He did, too–because had He not gone to hell, we would have to. Had He stopped short of paying that price, we would have to pay it ourselves. The only reason we can walk debt-free through heaven’s gate is because He paid it all.”
  • Jesus’ blood did not atone on the cross:  “Jesus went into hell to free mankind from the penalty of Adam’s treason . . . when his blood poured out it did not atone . . . Jesus spent three days and nights in the bowels of this earth getting back to you and me are right with God.” (Dr. D. R. McConnell, A Different Gospel [Peabody, Massachusetts; Hendrickson publishers, 1988], p. 120, footnote 27, “Personal letter from Kenneth Copeland,” Fort Worth, Texas, March 12, 1979)

Even Fred Price falls into the trap of delusion by suggesting:

  • Jesus’ punishment for our sin was to go to hell, not the cross:  “Do you think that the punishment for our sin was to die on a cross?  If that were the case, the two thieves could have paid your price. No, the punishment was to go into hell itself and to serve time in hell separated from God . . . Satan and all the demons of health thought that they had him bound, and they threw a net over Jesus and they dragged Him down to the very pit of hell itself to serve our sentence.” (Ever Increasing Faith Messenger [June 1980], p. 7;

 

So if Jesus did not go to Hell as these people are declaring, then where did he go? The Bible clearly tells us where Jesus went:

  • Luke 23:43, And He said to him, “Truly I say to you, today you shall be with Me in Paradise.”
  • Acts 2:27, “Because You will not abandon my soul to Hades, nor allow Your Holy One to undergo decay.”
  • Acts 2:31, “he looked ahead and spoke of the resurrection of the Christ, that He was neither abandoned to Hades, nor did His flesh suffer decay.”
  • Acts 13:35, “Therefore He also says in another Psalm, ‘You will not allow Your Holy One to undergo decay.’”
  • 1 Pet. 3:19, “in which also He went and made proclamation to the spirits now in prison.”

 

The truth is this, Jesus paid for our sins on the cross, not in hell “by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross.” (Col.2:14) Nor did Christ go into the pits of hell to be raped, ravaged and beaten by demonic spirits for three days and three nights to then be born again himself first, then he could redeem us second. This is heresy and those who preach such are false teachers. Galatians 1:8 continues to warn us of this truth. This makes the ‘Jesus Died Spiritually‘ a dangerous doctrine, and those who follow and believe it – fools.

Christopher

christopher152@gmail.com

Comments
  1. Tammy says:

    I agree almost entirely the difference though is this, Jesus did go into the prison of hell but preached to the spirits locked in chains.
    1 Peter 3:18 For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:

    19 By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison;

    20 Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water.

    Those spirits are certainly not in paradise!

    • That he did. What exactly he declared to them we simply do not know, it would be pointless conjecture.

      • I believe I know what he declared. I published a book in which I deal with that very thing. It’s called :”That Holy Thing” It’s available on line at amazon and a few of the other book stores. If you would be interested in a copy I would be happy to send you one.

  2. clinton alexander says:

    I do not believe in the name it claim it gospel and I do not believe in the prosperity the way its taught today

  3. clinton alexander says:

    what about joel osteen and benny hinn dont they teach that false teaching

  4. Anonymous says:

    If we can not except the fact that our brother CHRIST died in the flesh so that we could and do become born again spirit beings then we do not really understand the reality of our brother. We would till be living under Jewish “Isrealli” LAW…..for me my grace is what makes me worthy….Grace “FREE” and sufficient because of my brothers flesh death.

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