From Heaven to Earth
Morris Cerrullo claims at age 14, schooled by “the leading rabbis” of a New Jersey town that he was led out of their Jewish orphanage by two angelic beings; transported to heaven for a face-to-face meeting with God; and told he would be capable of revealing the future. (Cerullo, The Miracle Book, ix; and 7 Point Outreach, World Evangelism and You (pamphlet), “God's Faithful, Anointed Servant, Morris Cerullo”)
Cerullo’s encounter is quite different from others like Lairdon or Duplantis, “As I lay there on the floor in this condition, my spirit was taken out of my body and the next thing I knew, I was in the heavens… Suddenly, in front of this tremendous multitude of people, the glory of God appeared. The Form that I saw was about the height of a man six feet tall, maybe a little taller, and twice as broad as a human body with no distinguishing features such as eyes, nose, or mouth.” (Morris Cerullo, The Miracle Book (San Diego, CA: Cerullo Word Evangelism, Inc., 1984), x-xi.
Cerullo claimed that God was directly speaking through him about peoples giving, “Would you surrender your pocketbooks unto Me, saith God, and let me be the Lord of your pocketbooks....Yea, so be thou obedient unto my voice.” (Morris Cerullo, “A Word from God at the Deeper Life World Conference,” Deeper Life, March 1982, 15.) Cerullo had owned the landmark El Cortez Hotel in downtown San Diego and bought PTL television network and Heritage USA theme park in 1990, three years after the park closed when the PTL scandal engulfed the Bakker’s.
Many have questioned the validity of the miracles Cerullo claims. I have watched videos of Cerullo in action ands been horrified at what he does. In one video a man who had his neck fused has a brace on and is not supposed to move it for months. Cerullo calls the man up to the stage for his theatrics and removes the brace and starts yanking his neck around pronouncing the man healed. The man is clearly in pain and tells Cerullo of his situation of which Cerullo totally ignores.
Because of his being transported to heaven for a face-to-face meeting with God; he was told he would be capable of revealing the future. Cerullo writes “God has revealed to me revelations . . . of His Spirit, of His endtime, so sacred . . . . You never heard this word preached anywhere. I will make you pregnant with My reality. . . . The Holy Spirit is the part of God that will manifest the pregnancy in your being”(Morris Cerullo, London School of Ministry, promotional material, 1994.)
Morris Cerullo has been espousing word-faith/ Latter Rain teaching for some time now, “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 Endtime Manifestation of the Sons of God, (San Diego: Morris Cerullo World Evangelism, n.d.), audiotape 1, sides1 and 2.
Cerullo is especially involved in the prosperity teaching. A Few years ago he was selling anointed holy Ghost handkerchiefs as the week went by and he could not get the money he wanted for them the handkerchief's went on sale for a cheaper price. We should not forget to mention that Paul gave away for free whatever handkerchief he had (one - not many) on him. He did not make merchandise of the people who needed God's help.
Cerullo, now in his 70s, is no stranger to controversy or to the government investigating his ministry. This duplicate of God is now in trouble with the law again. On 14 November 2001Television Evangelist Morris Cerrullo appeared in the San Diego Appeals Court for possible Fraudulent Fundraising practices. Hunter Lundy the same attorney that exposed Jimmy Swaggart is challenging Morris Cerrullo in court. Apparently Cerrullo is pleading First Amendment rights that 'brothers cannot take brothers to court'. Several Vice Presidents of Morris Cerullo World Evangelism have resigned and confronted Morris Cerrullo about unethical fundraising practices. The US Government is also doing an investigation. Litigants claim the evidence is overwhelming. (reported in December 2001 issue of 'Contending Earnestly for the Faith' (CETF) magazine.)
Alas, Cerullo couldn't see his own future as reported in the newspaper:
Evangelist Indicted Over Taxes By Tony Perry, Times Staff Writer
SAN DIEGO — A federal grand jury Tuesday indicted evangelist Morris
Cerullo on three counts of filing false income tax returns by allegedly
failing to report more than $550,000 in income.
San Diego-based evangelist accused of evading taxes
By Seth Hettena ASSOCIATED PRESS, July 12, 2005
SAN DIEGO – A federal grand jury on Tuesday indicted the head of a worldwide evangelical movement on charges of income tax evasion.
Morris Cerullo, president of Morris Cerullo World Evangelism, misstated his income by $550,000 between 1998 and 2000, according to the indictment. Cerullo was charged with three counts of filing false tax returns, each of which carries a maximum penalty of three years in prison and a $100,000 penalty.
“After three years of investigation of both (Cerullo) and his ministry, he is pleased that the IRS has found nothing to be inappropriate in the operation of the ministry,” Vega said.
Two former executives of the San Diego-based ministry have sued Cerullo saying they were fired after they complained about Cerullo's fund-raising practices. When former senior executive John Paul Warren filed suit in 2001, his lawyers claimed at the time. Cerullo lived in a mansion in the exclusive San Diego-area community of Rancho Santa Fe and owned a jet with a gold-plated interior. Several employees had reported possible criminal violations to the Internal Revenue Service, according to the lawyers, who did not return calls seeking comment.
In 1992, authorities in India ordered Cerullo to leave the country after he was nearly lynched by an angry mob. Cerullo worked a crowd of 30,000 – many of them sick – into a frenzy for two hours and then pronounced them cured, prompting many in the crowd to call him a cheat. (Los Angeles Times, July 13, 2005)