He is known as the ragin cagun coming from Louisiana, and he is a very entertaining and funny
man. But when it comes to sound Bible teaching, he is even funnier.
Ecclesiastical dogma is not the same as theology, which means the study of God. The majority of the New Testament written by someone who had great theological understanding, the apostle Paul. Is the Devil using theological understanding to cool us down. Its clear that what you will not hear from his mouth is anything related to theology and consequently understanding. He will mock people who want to be educated avoiding education as a better way to be spirit filled.
Jesse Duplantis encapsulates the radical Pentecostalism of today. He's gone to heaven and received new revelation and has written a book on it. He slays people in the spirit. He yells at the devil and he has never ending tales of the supernatural. He screams “Jesus. Jesus. JESUS into the converts ear that any devil would run from the sheer volume. Take the Holy Ghost he says. He speaks in tongues in between stories and yells while he lays hands on them.
He asks -- “Someone has a liver disorder come forward while the anointing of God is present.” He promises-- “I guarantee you will be revived after the sermon”(Mar.7, 2000 TBN).
He does not say anything close to being biblically accurate, with statements as-- If God told a lie, it wouldn't be a lie because it would become truth. (Oct. 6, 2000) No a lie is a lie and God ONLY tells the truth, the bible says he cannot lie.
He claims in his plane travels that it has been hit with lightning a number of times. He has quite a story for each one. The Devil was after Jesse and sent some lightning but he missed him. One time it blew a hole in the plane right above him and he got up out of his seat and yelled you missed me Devil. But just to be safe he went out and bought his own plane. Like his discipler Copeland, Duplantis flies to “protect the anointing.” Go ask someone who flies a plane if lightning can hit a plane and blow holes in them and not affect those on board. This is certainly a story to check out.
He begins by relating the account of Jesus reading from Luke 4:18 and from this text he makes the following comments (taken from The Nov. 1997 Voice of the Covenant magazine, p.5) “The very first thing on Jesus` agenda was to get rid of poverty! Would you like to know why some people, including ministries, never get out of poverty? Its not because they aren’t smart. Its not because they don’t have windows of opportunity. Its because they’re not anointed. If you’re not anointed, poverty will follow you all the days of your life. His first objective was to get rid of poverty.”
Obviously, He consider poverty a worse problem than blind eyes or salvation. And he just condemned the apostle Paul who said he was 1 Cor.4:11-12 “To the present hour we both hunger and thirst, and we are poorly clothed, and beaten, and homeless. And we labor, working with our own hands. Being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we endure.” Peter is condemned as being not anointed because in Acts 3:6 Peter said to the man at the gate of the temple “Silver and gold I do not have.” I guess the apostles did not know yet what Duplantis and the rest of his friends know today. Maybe its just TV story time.
Duplantis has a lot to say about money. Many of his preaching is stories are about money, his. People say, “Well, I believe God. I don't believe in that prosperity stuff.” It's in the Bible. “Well, people got greedy with it.” Well, that's true, but you don't throw the baby out with the bath water. If poverty is so wonderful, how come Jesus left? He ain't poor no more!… I've had many people say, you can't believe like that! Well, bless God, watch me! What faith will do for one man, faith will do for another. … You watch me and this Mr. Cessna man here, I'll be the first preacher to buy a brand new, spankin' new, brand new jet that will fly all over this world. Get that sucker out of that glass hanger!...You can say all you want, Jack. I'll fly by your house and tip the wing. I'm gonna get something for Jesus. I'm gonna do something for God” (Jesse Duplantis Show, TBN, 9/ 8/97)
Jesse is approached by someone in the media in Louisiana tells him “I’m wearing my wealth well.. I’m not a broke man” (TBN Sept.13, 2006). He then tells him that he would not have a job if it wasn't for him.
Jesse also boasts, “I can honestly say that the Lord has done everything I have prayed for ” (p.44 Heaven Close Encounters of the God kind). One hundred percent answered prayers is quite a feat since there is not one person born beside Jesus that could says this. but nothing stops Jesse from saying what he wants, he gets what he wants - in Jesus' name.
His exegesis on mark 4, this is the most important chapter in the Bible,“Now the Lord told us to go into the world and preach the gospel to every creature, didn't He? It costs billions of dollars to do that, between the satellite communication hookup and everything! Well, how come we haven't done it yet? Because we've lost verse 4, we've lost verse 5, we've lost verse 7. Every once in a while we get blessed on verse 8. But just think if you got blessed 30, 60 or 100 fold on verse 4; 30, 60 or 100 fold on verse 5; 30, 60 or 100 fold on verse 7… every time you give God $50, He gives you $5000. Every time you give Him $100, He gives you $10,000. Every time you give Him $1000, He gives you $100,000. Every time you give him $100,000, $10 million. Before you know it, that building is yours, because they will sell it for the right price. You pick the denomination, God picks the multiplication.” …So it's up to you what you give. But you see if you forget what you sow and do not name your seed, then the devil will steal your harvest and you don't know - 'God, the devil's stolen' - you can't figure out what is happening...I had a man say, “You look so prosperous, Brother Jesse.” I said, “Well, I'm backed by a very rich Jew. Yeah!! Yes, I am! His Name is Jesus. I'm backed by Him.” (Jesse Duplantis, TBN, Sept. 21, 1998) What a deal. Get in line its starts behind HIM. And don't forget to name your money that your giving otr the Devil will get it; sounds biblical doesn't it?
“You are God’s child why can't you have God’s stuff.” He justifies it by saying “many people don't like it but that’s what you said.” (12/121/99) As God is reduced to Duplantis’ servant, like his discipler can ask for anything. And why not, as a Copeland disciple, Copeland states “The powerful force of the spiritual world that creates the circumstances around us is controlled by the words of the mouth” (The Laws of Prosperity, Kenneth Copeland, Ft. Worth: Kenneth Copeland Publications, 1974).
Jesse Duplantis can even lead the people into cooperate decreeing as they repeat after him. “I declare and Decree the anointing of increase” to his congregation. (12/121/99)
Where does it teach this in Scripture?
Duplantis claims the anointing of increase is so much on our lives that our washing machines don’t break down (Apr.29, 2001 TBN). This could be better than no more Maytag repairmen. Duplantis can get away with saying just about anything he wants because he makes people laugh.
So Duplantis can say “What faith will do for one man will do for another” (Jesse Duplantis Jan. 22, 2000 Lesea). The force of faith is all we need to get what we want. Isn’t that wonderful, he will do for you what he did for Jesse. Does Jesus say our desires will be met in everything we want. Or does Jesus teach our needs will be met and ONLY if our desires are God’s desires he can entrust us with them. You decide.
Bustin’ up the Devil
Duplantis states,”I will not fight the devil, I will walk on him.” Dirt diggin days are over spring up, increase.” “Even the smallest amount of faith is enough to kick the Devils brains out”(Nov.29, 2000). So if we all have faith we can all be bustin the Devil up. I wonder how all these people that attend these meetings explain they’re continuing to battle the Devil all the time, does it mean they don’t have faith? Or does it really mean that what Duplantis is saying about faith is not right. Read Jude’s warning of people that speak like this. Here’s another example of Duplantis putting words in Jesus’ mouth when the devil came to Jesus to tempt him to change stone to bread is described by Jesse as “Jesus said NO! I don’t take orders from a low classed most low barely angelic fool” (Aug. 12 2001). Yea, that’s how Jesus spoke. Read Jude and 2 Peter 2 that warn about those who speak irreverent of angelic beings, this is not a good example to follow.
Duplantis seems to have a face to face battle with the Devil even when it isn’t him… “The lord spoke to me one time while I was preachin' he said make me laugh, how do you make God laugh Benny (maybe telling tall tales like this one)...he said the gift that I gave you let it come out of you .. so I said ok so I began to minister and I tell you what I have made God laugh.( ed. no comment! You get the point) many many times. One time the funniest was I'm embarrassed to say this, this is when I first started preaching I knew enough to be dangerous (no difference now) you know how that is. We didn't stay in hotels in those days,..Stayed in peoples homes...I got this apartment, I got this bedroom and I always take my bible before I go to sleep… when anyway I fell off to sleep with the bible hit me on the chest and I woke up and there’s this big gray object in the corner and it would move. That scared me but I wasn't getting off that bed, I said no I ain't getting off this bed, I said I rebuke you, you devil from hell get out of here get out of here…I spit and hollard and screamed and rebuke all until 5, 5:30 till my throat was horse. And the light began to come through the window and it was a raincoat hangin’ over a hat rack. I can't believe I that I actually rebuked the raincoat for 3 hours. Now here’s the funny part I got mad at God, I said why didn't you tell me? He said “Jesse that’s the funniest thing I ever saw.” Rebuking a raincoat boy.”
(Nuf said) It would be funny if it wasn't so tragic that people believe this and so does he.
Conversations with what God?
When Duplantis was a guest on Benny Hinn’s program in early 2,000, he got into quite a discussion. “I'm going to say something that may sound controversial. Not long ago I was in prayer in my own study, and I know the Lord just like you know the Lord. And man I went in there and started off my day with the lord and said 'Lord Lord how you doing today. It’s going to be a great day. And I noticed the lord wasn't acting right, …cause I know God, you know when your child is not felling good, right. Hinn, right! You know when something, you may not know what it is but he wasn't acting right for lack of a better term. I know God I know him and I know the fulness of his presence , and I know him. And I said something’ wrong. And this is what I'm saying, it wasn't with me. And then it hit me, I said Lord you had a bad day? Now watch this (whenever faith teacher says this you need to pay careful attention, here it comes) I said and he said “Yea my children have been disobeying me” then it dawned on me. I said somebody hurt you today, I said lord I don't ever want to hurt you anymore so lord I’m going to cancel all my appointments and all this stuff that we call ministry and I'm gonna sit here and I don’t know how to say this God for a lack of better term, till you fell better. Cause so many people hurt him that day… Lord I said I'm just going to bless you, I'm gonna praise you, I'm gonna just call your name. And it dawned on me and the Lord went, “Thank you Jesse.” (Interview-This is Your day, B. Hinn Feb. 2,000)
This is more than controversial--God is having bad day! It appears God becomes more human than we are. Jesse is going to console God for everyone’s else's disobedience. God is called the God of all comfort, He sent to us the Holy Spirit, who is the comforter for us on earth. But now God needs comfort because he’s bummed. And he gets his comfort from Duplantis of all people! God does not need anything to sustain Him, not food, water, air to breath. He does not need help or comfort from anyone, especially Duplantis who himself is disobedient.
(another time Duplantis relates on his trip to heaven and how Jesus is tearful in heaven and Jesse puts his hand on him to comfort the Lord. Jesse says I didn’t realize how much he needs us, I always thought we needed him, God says “But I need you boy, I need you Jesse”)
First Duplantis starts with the wrong relationship by asking how the Lord is doing. God searches our heart; we do not search His. He uses the illustration of when a parent knows a child and reverses it. Duplantis is going to solve God’s emotional distress personally. Why would God say this to any human? Does God have a bad day or do we? This is so ludicrous to be accepted by those who claim to be SPIRIT filled. Duplantis makes God to have a fallen human character in not acting right. He is the I Am, eternal all sufficient perfect one. I can only wonder who Duplantis is having a conversation with if this is how it works. It was not God-- at least according the HOLY BIBLE.
Duplantis explains how God gives and takes life, “When someone dies, the opposite occurs. God is there to receive that breath of life back to Himself. When God breathes out, things come alive. When He inhales, that life goes back into Him. Think about that.” “When my mother died, I heard her breathe her last breath. God spoke to me then and said, “I just did to your mama the same thing I did to Adam.” God had breathed life into my mother when she was coming into this earth. He then received that life given breath back unto Himself as she was going out” (p.15 Heaven Close encounters of the God Kind.).
So then no one is in hell if there spirit goes back to God? This is not what the Bible describes about death and Duplantis makes no distinction from his story and the truth of the Bible. In the Old Testament they went to Hades, even though what Duplantis is quoting is from the Old Testament. This is not the same as God breathing into Adam; as his life came directly from God, ours does not come from God breathing into us. So who is Duplantis hearing from if it contradicts the Bible?
Here is one of the more serious problems in his book close Encounters of the God kind when he went to heaven he states “I saw new lives of little babies singing and flying around God's Throne. It seemed to me that babies just came out of the breath of God. They looked like they were wearing nightgowns. They flew into the presence of Jehovah. I realized they were new souls who came from the thoughts of God. God thinks kids. Now I know why those newborn babies are so precious. Babies are gifts given to us directly from the Throne of God. I heard them saying to God, "Can I be a spirit? Would you send me to the earth so I can be a spirit? I want to be a redeemed person. Can I be a spirit?" And while I watched, I heard that mighty sound of God's power, Whooosh! I saw these babies leave the Throne by the power of God. (Heaven Close encounters of the God Kind p.119).
If they are life then they are spirit, human spirits. Are we to believe that those being brought into existence can ask this. God thinks kids and they are created? Not only is this on a fairy tale level, but this is Mormon doctrine where we all exist as spirit before we incarnate on earth. The Kabala, a Jewish mystical book also teaches that the soul is pre-existent, before conception (The Kabalah, page 17). duplantis is in good company with his tall tales. His Throne room revelation of babies asking to be sent to earth to be redeemed people is contradictory to reality and Scripture. Obviously not all are saved on earth, yet if God is sending them to earth he is damning them purposely. Because they have asked to be sent to earth to be redeemed, and are not. In Jesse’ imagination there is no problem with this but the Bible is quite different. What is even more unfortunate is that this does not bother those who are entertained by Duplantis and they will purposely ignore these made up myths for what ever reason.
Jesse Duplantis' Journey to Heaven?
An angelic encounter or a Biblical one.
Duplantis’ has a story beyond all others. He has gone to heaven and has quite a tale to tell. Unlike the apostle Paul who kept quiet for 14 years Jesse stays quiet for 9 years after the Lord tells him to tell everyone, and he agreed, he then disobeyed. Do we need Duplantis to tell us Jesus is coming back? But he says this is the very reason he was brought to heaven, to let us know he’s really coming.
Duplantis is one who believes what you say is what you get. Prior to his trip to heaven Duplantis says in his book “I had read in the Bible where God had shown himself to people, so I decided I wanted to see the Lord” (p.36, Heaven Close Encounters of the God Kind). He was later told by a minister that God was going to grant him a visitation. It happened one night when he went to bed he felt wind blowing out his eyes and under his fingernails and out the pores of his skin. Duplantis says “I lost all strength and felt pinned to my bed.” Then a voice spoke audibly “You asked to see me now turn around” this was said a few times because he did not look. His wife was still asleep beside him while he carried on a conversation with this being in his room.
Are we to believe that Duplantis prayed two years for this experience, God answers by personally showing up in his bedroom and Jesse won’t look to see the answer to his prayer! He even disobeyed the audible voice of God when he was present -so God just shows up and leaves. Latter he went down to the kitchen to make a sandwich from the fridge and carried on a conversation where God said he was glad he did not turn around, “because you wouldn’t be able to handle my glory”(p.42). So here we have God who showed up for Jesse to see him, telling Duplantis to turn around to look and then He then contradicts himself by saying He was glad He didn’t. Then why show up in the first place? Who is Jesse hearing from if it contradicts the Bible .
How different this is from the saints who did see the Lord such as the prophet Isaiah who said “Woe is me for I have seen the Lord.”
Duplantis has had numerous visitations, there are times when angels visit him, one time they filled the seats where the choir usually sits, he describes them as shafts of light (p.54) he goes on to say ...They walked down out of the choir section and off the platform. . .As they walked down through the church, everybody just fell on the floor under the power of God. Boom! I was the only person left standing.” What does this mean that he is the only not falling under God’s power? Duplantis gives no reason for the angels manifesting themselves, they brought no message from the Lord, there only mission was to slay the people in the church, all except Jesse.
How do we test a spiritual experience to see if it is from God, by the spirit? No. The Bible tells us to test the spirits, but not just by the spirit, we test the spirits by the objective word of God. And if someone does not speak according to this word they have no light in them. Does God still speak today, certainly, but he does not give new doctrine or more information on a subject that even the apostle Paul dared not speak on. This does not stop Jesse Duplantis or a host of other Charismatics to write books on their special tours from “the other side.” Paul says it was crime to speak of the things he saw in heaven, Jesse goes out and tours the country and writes a book. So did he see what Paul did?
When Isaiah saw the Lord in a visions he was undone, when John the apostle saw the Lord he fell at his feet as if dead. When Paul went to heaven he kept his mouth shut, when Duplantis sees the Lord it is like seeing any other person, it has none of these effects that it did on holy men of God.
In his hotel room on August 1988 he “felt a suction as if I was being pulled up out of the room” which he describes as” zooming along at a phenomenal rate of speed, being carried in something like a cable car. It was a chariot without a horse” He notices a “ blond-headed angel” and asks, “Where are we going?” He smiled and said, “You have an appointment with the Lord God Jehovah” (ibid. p.69).
Kept saying on his close encounters DVD “The Angel of the Lord” (not an angel of the Lord) is the one leading him to see the great God Jehovah, even saw Jesus. But The Angel of the Lord according to the Bible is Jesus, no confusion here. Jesse continually speaks of his theology comparing what he saw as upsetting it.
Duplantis met Jesus and describes him as between 5’11 and 6’1 yet Copeland says he is 6'-2", 6-3"; whose right (besides all the other word faith opinions). I would say NONE of them are right. There are so many problems with Duplantis' journey to heaven that one can only put it in the category of a fable.
From his trip to heaven he says heaven is a planet. And why not, being a Copeland disciple Copeland says “You don't think Earth was first, do you? Huh? Well, you don't think that God made man in His image then made Earth in some other image. There's not anything under this whole sun that's new. Are you hearing what I’m saying, This is all a copy. It's a copy of home. It's a copy of the mother planet” (Following the faith of Abraham #01-3001 Audio tape side 1.) So God lives on a planet, just like earth. Duplantis also finds children singing and carrying little harps. Flowers stepped on that don’t crush; we find there are horses dogs and cats there. The whole scene is like an improved earth.
Duplantis is “still dressed in my regular clothes, jeans and a shirt, but I noticed that many people coming from those vehicles were wearing beautiful, glorious robes” Jesse admits he was in his natural body when he went to heaven, even his same clothes (no robe or gown). He notices that “ some leaves off those trees, put the leaves up to their faces and breathed in, smelling them. “Then I saw other people who didn't have on robes; they were wearing gowns. They started walking toward the city, but they seemed to get weak.” He asked the angel, “What's happening?” “He said, “Some of them have not lived the life they should. They believe in God and love Jesus, but they didn't live to their fullest potential.” Then I asked, “Will they still be able to go before God's Throne?” “Yes, God is merciful to them,” he said. “But they have to be prepared to stand in the presence of the Almighty.”(p.72)
People are weak and will have to work to make themselves ready to stand in the presence of God in heaven! Was not Christ’s perfect work sufficient for us to be changed and be able to come into the presence of God with no guilt. Instead some of us will need to make ourselves ready to face God as we are in heaven. The Bible says we will be like Him when we see him. One scripture should be sufficient to dismiss this notion presented, Hebrews 12:23 “to the general assembly and church of the first-born who are enrolled in heaven, and to God, the Judge of all, and to the spirits of righteous men made perfect.” All who are in the book of life will be perfected. However even Jesse is told by the angel to “Eat this fruit so you will be able to withstand the glory of God.” The angel who brought him picked him up and said, “Come, come, my son.” Then he took that Man over to those trees and said, “Eat of this fruit. and smell these leaves.” I realized that those leaves were for the healing of the nations that the Apostle John spoke of in Revelation 22:1,2.” I take this to be the tree of life, imagine an untransformed man who is not staying in heaven doing this.
He later meets Abraham, Abraham walked over to us. He gave the goblet to me and said, “Hey, Jesse! Drink this.” “Then he told the angel, “Take him. He must stand before the Most High God.” There was a fragrance in the air, so I asked the angel, “What's that smell?” He said, “It's the fragrance of God. He's in everything here.” I believe he meant the fragrance was all through heaven”(p.81) Now we have goblets to drink from and a God fragrance. The only fragrance the Bible mentions is “the smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, ascended before God” (Rev 8:4)
Ever wonder what the Book of Life would be like? Here Jesses describes it for you, “Right inside the city I saw the Book of Life. It is huge, about five feet five inches vertically and one and one-half inches thick. It looked like it is bound in a gold lame cloth. It has an inscription in it, etched in deeply” (p.87)
Duplantis decribes Jesus as a “ shaft of light. He was so glorious! He turned toward me, and I fell at His feet. I said, reverently, “Oh, God!” He said, “I'm here.” As I was kneeling down, I noticed Jesus' feet looked like burnished brass. I thought there would be scars in His hands and feet. But it wasn't like He had been cut and scarred. I could see the holes in His feet. They were so big - about the size of a nickel (Heaven Close encounters of the God kind p.88).
Duplantis comments “Jesus was taller than I thought He would be. I would guess Him to be from five feet eleven inches to six feet one inch. I thought at first His hair was white; but when He turned His head, I caught a glance and saw that it was light brown. When He looked at me, the glory of God was emanating from Him.I said, “Jesus!” He said simply, “Do you like this place?” I said, “Yes, Sir”(ibid. p.89).
Why are You doing this?” “I want you to go back and tell My people I'm coming.” “But they won't believe me,” I said.” They didn't believe it for centuries, but I came, and I am coming again.” Then He put His hand on my shoulder. I'll never forget it. He looked at me and said, “There are many things you shall see and learn here, but I have brought you here so that you will go tell My people I'm coming.”I said, “They know that.” “No, they don't know that. I brought you here so that you would go tell them I'm coming. Do you hear Me? I'm coming. Go tell them” (ibid. p.90).
Jesus put His arm around me as He watched a man walking toward us who was wearing a crown. Then He said to me, “I want you to meet another king.” “I recognized him as the man that I had seen earlier. He had reddish hair and a red beard. I knew immediately it was David. As he approached us, he spoke to Jesus, “To the great King of kings I bow” Jesus said, “Jesse, I want you to meet the king of Israel.” The Lord said, “Take Jesse to his home. Show him what I have prepared for him. Then bring him to My Throne. I must go. My Father wants Me.” Then He turned and walked off.” I looked at the man Jesus had introduced and said, “Hello.” I didn't know what else to say. “Your name is David, isn't it?” (ibid. p.93) Jesse describes David as “ the only one I saw with a crown on his head other than Jesus” (ibid. p.99).
Yet the Bible mentions crowns for all (2 Tim. 4:8; Jm.1:12; 1 Pt.5:4; Rev.2:10, 3:11) Whether these are literal or symbolic can be discussed but to say David is the only one besides Jesus is a little bit of a stretch from the truth.
In a conversation with Jesse King David ends up saying to him “that when he allowed God to come through him, he was able to write anointed messages like, The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He did use Psalm 23 as an example as he explained, “ I allowed God and the anointing to come through in that song. In other songs I sang strongly about my troubles. I think I should have allowed more of the answer to come through, instead of the complaining. Those weren’t his exact words, but I knew that was what he meant. Then he added, “ I wish I had written more songs about God’s answers than about my problems.”
David could have allowed more of the answer and the anointing to come through his songs instead of his complaining? Does this mean all that David wrote was not as inspired. This is all philosophical babble having nothing to do with the truth God’s word is to be. What I see is a consistency with all those who have visitations or supernatural encounters, they all end up demeaning God’s word by adding or changing the intent. For the Bible says in 2 Tim. 3:15-17 “All Scripture is inspired by God”, so if David was wrong in what he wrote so was God. This sounds more like a charismatic friend Duplantis is having a conversation with than David.
“Then he took me to my house. When I walked up, I looked at the grounds. There was a water fountain in the front yard and manicured grass.” “Everything was decorated and the furniture was just the kind I liked.” I wonder if there be refrigerators in heaven and stoves too. After all, Duplantis has described animals trees flowers, that heaven sounds just like earth except with improvements. Obviously we won’t have to pay for the electricity. David then tells him “Jesse, the earth is God's creation. His taste there is His taste here. Every desire you could possibly think of has been met to your specification for your home, plus God put a few of His own (Heaven Close encounters of the God kind p.103)
Jesse’s view is that we get what we want on earth and in heaven. Jesus went to prepare a place for us just the way we like it.
As Jesse near the throne hears a “ massive sound, Whoosh!” ...“Then I saw God's finger barely move and when it moved, an angel that was flying near Him was thrown up against a wall. Bam! It didn't hurt the angel, but I felt if God just barely moved, a universe could be annihilated (ibid. p.115) I guess God better not move otherwise angels and people will be flying everywhere. Looks like chaos and slain in the spirit goes on in heaven in even a greater calamity’ than earth. Clearly this is a justification for their own meetings.
Jesse sees Jesus comes out of the glory of the Father and begins to preach to the assembled crowds “He was a preacher full of victory, shouting and hollering!” and Jesus is a preachin’ machine. This is what the prophet Isaiah says of him while he was on earth. Isa. 42:2 “He will not cry out, nor raise His voice, nor cause His voice to be heard in the street.” Now here we have a description of how Jesus conducted himself. He wasn't a fire brimstone shoutin’ screamin’ preaching machine as Jesse Duplantis describes. He didn't have to be loud, people were captivated by the content and the attitude He spoke by. And to whom is Jesus preaching too in heaven? Everyone in heaven is supposed to be saved! The Bible says he shall not raise his voice in the street. Duplantis says Jesus is a preachin machine, oh well just another small difference, right! After all it says his voice is like many waters.
Duplantis is privy to things the apostle Paul said was illegal to tell. Because of what God showed Paul, he kept his mouth shut. Duplantis seems to have had a close encounter but hardly a Biblical one. So what was it?
Here is one of the more serious problems “I don't know how long I was there, but I felt that I couldn't stand it much longer. That's why I think that I was there in the flesh - that my body was physically there” (ibid. p.119). Paul said in the third person about himself he didn’t know whether he was in the body or not, he couldn’t explain it. But Jesse can.
If Duplantis was there in his flesh this would contradict the word of God. The Bible says flesh and blood cannot enter the kingdom, he is fallen man not transformed to go to heaven in the body, but Jesse enters no problem. Jesse then receives a revelation of the Trinity “But that form of a Man (who was Jesus) as He walked toward that energy would transform back into Spirit. I understood how the Trinity are Three, yet They are One. Still lying on the floor, I turned my head toward that angel and asked, “Where's the Holy Spirit?” “He is on the earth,” he said. Of course! Later when I thought back to the incident, I felt so stupid to have asked such a dumb question at the Throne of God. I'm still embarrassed about it. (p.119) In his interview on TBN he responded “oh yea I know that, I know that.” When in fact he did not.
Can the One God be separated spatially. In any event, the Holy Spirit is not in heaven and according to Duplantis and we, or he can ask some very dumb questions in heaven.
But David who Jesse met in heaven said “Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? If I ascend into heaven, You are there; if I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there (Ps 139:7-8). David was actually near him when this was said and had nothing to say contrary. This all makes for good story telling but not Bible teaching. The Bible tells us God is unchangeable but Jesse says something different from direct revelation of being in heaven. so who do we believe?
I Tim. 6:16: “Who only hath
immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath
seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen.”
After Dupantis says to Jesus, “I'll do anything for You.” He smiled at me and said, “I chose you. No one else wanted you, and I need you, Jesse.”I said, “Okay. I'll tell every soul I meet that You're coming.” He said, “I brought you here for this.” Then He said, “Now you must go back”(p.131). Does God need us? If anyone dies will God’s plan be unaccomplished? Look at how this conversation is framed “No one else wanted you, and I need you.” Is this how God does his choosing? Duplantis certainly has not lived up to what he told Jesus to his face, as he did not say anything about this for many years, and yet he said he would tell everyone-- hardly a promise he could live up to anyway.
Jesus again affirms for Dupantis to tell everyone he’s coming and Duplantis “ My destiny was for this lesson. I thought, That's it? That's why He brought me here? I was disappointed to learn that my trip to heaven was for this lesson. I thought I was going to learn something nobody had ever heard.” He’s got to be kiddin’, most of his book consist of things no one heard, and quite imaginative on his part. Personally I don’t think Jesse went anywhere but if he did, then this is a very serious matter, as he has contradicted the Word of God and his revelation numerous times; but does the church care?
The clincher is when Jesse tells us that the name of Jehovah is used in heaven. As the angel says “You have an appointment with the Lord God Jehovah” (ibid. p.69). The angel also fell down, saying, “The Most High God Jehovah! Hosanna in the highest!” (ibid. p.70) “The great God Jehovah!” (ibid. p.81) “The angels with wings were circling the Throne, singing and shouting, “The Great God Jehovah!” (p.114) This is a BIIIG booboo on Duplantis’ part. The name Jehovah is a made up human name, it is a slang word put together by a Roman Catholic monk who took the vowels and the Tetragrammaton and made a new word. Even the Jewish Encyclopedia says it is a mis-pronunciation of the Hebrew YHWH the name of God. This pronunciation is grammatically impossible. The form “Jehovah” is a philological impossibility.” (The Jewish Encyclopedia p. 160) So when Duplantis is saying the angels are praising and using this name it is just nonsense. So where was Jesse taken to? Was it his imagination, or was it a a real false vision?
Before Jesse is sent back home to earth Jesus explains how He dreads the day when He has to send some of the creation He loves to hell. “I wanted to reach out and comfort Him, so I put my hand on the Lord. . .I could tell that Jesus was hurting” (p.127). The One who created Jesse and keeps all things by His power (Heb. 1:3) feels sad and is hurting and Jesse is going to comfort God Almighty! That not a comforting thought!
The faith zone
Recently, back on earth, Duplantis says, “When you hear people preach against faith, you can take it to the bank they’re not living in the faith zone.” Duplantis seems to dismiss that he could be teaching something other than biblical faith, so he is beyond criticism in this area. (Interesting that he mentions taking it to the bank, since most of his messages are about money).
Duplantis is able to rebuke Satan for anything he is doing to God’s people ( if this were so then all of God’s people would have what he speaks, they do not) “I speak healing today, I also speak salvation today for all those who are watching” (Aug.6, 2001). All means all, but do all get healed and saved?
Duplantis then gives a gospel message, this is about as close as he gets. With no prior teaching related to sin nor why Christ died he says, “you see when you give your life to God you believe with your heart you confess with your mouth that Jesus rose from the dead, let me tell you something it is imperative that you believe in the power of the resurrection cause if Jesus rose than you rise glory to God that’s what its all about.” Is this what someone needs to be saved, does this help them understand God's glorious gospel that saves men from sin? Few are the preachers of yesteryear that thundered true gospel messages centered about the cross and the cost for sin.
“Faith will create attention… in your soul it breaks the piece between what is and what ought to be.!” (Aug 6, 2001) Thy words were heard and I am come for they words, I want to deal with that statement tonight… but if your not sayin’nothin’ then the lord has made a trip for nothing.” (much like Copeland’s statement that Jesus is the high priest over my words) Duplantis states of God, “I have come for your words, what, God can’t do something until we say it ladies and gentleman”(Aug. 12 2001).
This is rank heresy and the final conclusion of those who are of the word faith denomination. Did God need someone to speak when he created the whole universe by himself? Does God need a creature to make his will happen?
Duplantis has copied Creflo Dollar's sermon (Our Equality with God Through Righteousness 1/21/2001) repeating the same false teaching. If one believes where Creflo got it from, it was Holy Spirit revelation to him. Now we have two” faith teachers wrong” as they contradict God’s clear word on this. I’m sure more will follow as this revelation spreads like wildfire through the word faith camp. They consistently borrow each others stories because of a lack of bible study.
In joking Duplantis fashion speaking of what God was thinking in the garden “He didn’t have the foggiest idea what a horse was, he said maybe Adam might know what this is. He is made in my image and my likeness lets see what he says it is, because he has a speaking spirit just like God the speaking spirit.” “He brought them, that means he carried them…what do you call that Adam, do you see that he brought them. He didn’t say horsy get down the road and trot down there and find out what your name is, bird fly down there … no there not living. God is expecting Adam to do the same thing he did, “speak spirit!”
“Watch this, I don’t want you to believe this because I said it, He brought them to Adam to see what he would call them watch this and whatsoever Adam called ever what, say it louder, living creature, that was their name. When he brought them they weren’t livin ladies and gentleman, Adam did the exact same thing that God did when he formed him out of the dust of the ground and God said speak spirit. Now he said now your made in my image now you create. And he made Eve he could have made the whole complete universe but he said no you’ll create SPEAK spirit! Don’t tell me a women can’t preach she is speaking spirit.”
My Bible says in Gen.2:19 God brought the animals to Adam to him to name them alive “And whatever Adam called each living creature, that was its name.” Adam did not give life to the creatures anymore than he did to Eve. Furthermore if we go back to Gen.1 v.20 God calls them living creatures, and let the birds fly. V:24- 25 God said “Let the earth bring forth the living creatures according to its kind, cattle and creeping thing and the beast of the earth made the beast.” These creatures were alive before Adam was even made, as God said for them to multiply on the 5th day (v.22). That would be more than difficult to do if your not alive. But Duplantis goes on to say “and Adam said horse, cow, sheep and all these manikin looking things became living creatures. Don’t tell me you can’t do something… your created in the very express image, so let me help you -speak spirit. What are you saying, your words so powerful that God’s got to send angels to pick them up.” “Words are most powerful things upon the earth” (Aug 12, 2001).
Here’s how Jesse explains it worked, “Womens seed spoke just as God spoke Adam into existence as Adam spoke those animals into existence Mary spoke Jesus into existence. Don’t tell me a women cannot preach the gospel they got Jesus here without us.” “And women’s seed, what was that. When she spoke a speaking spirit came out of Mary and got Jesus on the ground. I guess we can now change Mary full of grace, to Mary full of power. Like Creflo, Jesse interprets man becoming” a living soul as another speaking spirit” in conformity to the word faith teaching. This is proof these men borrow each others stories as there are many instances that can be cited of how someone’s new revelation runs circles through the faith camp as each uses it to further their ministry.
“If you go over to Corinthians Paul says this “I would like to speak to as spiritual but you are carnal because you are babes, y’know what the word babes mean, ready-- non speaking…in other words babes are non speaking spirits.”
Is Duplantis saying they could not speak? Obviously his intent is to show they can’t speak things into existence. Is this what Paul meant? Lets look at how the Bible defines the word in1 Cor. 3:3. The word for babes means fitted for the flesh sarx, one who lives according to the flesh kata (from Robertson's Word Pictures). It means they were simple-minded, immature Christians, childish. They could not receive the spiritual word because they had not grown. Thayer’s Lexicon states it means an infant, little child a minor, not of age metaphorically: childish, untaught, unskilled. The word for ‘speaking’ is used prior to this “And I, brethren, not could speak in Greek is laleo meaning a prolonged form of an otherwise obsolete verb; to talk, i.e. utter words: say, speak, talk, tell, utter. It is a completely different word.
What is interesting is the twist on this as Paul is rebuking them for following men and being divisive in this. This is what the word faith movement fosters. By presenting their unbiblical faith formula they make people babes and followers of themselves. Those involved do not see this, anymore than those whom Paul had addressed.
It seems Jesse can speak all he wants but who really are the ones that are babes in spiritual understanding? Those that do not take the word the way it was written, changing it the way they would like it to be.
I have said many times that the whole heresy of the word faith movement begins with the error of what image and likeness in man actually means. We have barely scratched the surface into what this mans teachings are about; word faith would only identify a small portion of what he teaches. I don’t think there is much choice in deciding whether this was a real trip to heaven when we look at the Biblical record. Considering that it was Jesus who specifically took Duplantis to heaven, he comes back teaching outrageous false statements of Adam in the garden, and changing the Genesis record. It is amazing that someone can say these things and even write a book and have any portion of Christianity accept this. Ironically, Yes Jesse is right, Jesus is coming back. Stories like Duplantis’ become a sure sign of the deception Jesus warned of.