The predatory claims of Daniel King.

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Daniel King, the worldwide evangelist and alleged healer I mentioned in a previous post, has a website advertising his books where he makes some claims that some might consider pretty spectacular. I thought in light of the post I made a few days ago, it might be worth following up with some more insight and thoughts on the matter. As a side note, I think its worth mentioning that Daniel King has responded to me a few times and engaged with me on these matters. This is a rarity and something that is appreciated. In a small way it sets him apart from the overwhelming majority of word-faith preachers, and I think this is a virtue worth being lauded.

In any case, let’s get to the thrust of the post, which is to review and comment on the promo page for a recent book that he wrote and some of the claims that he makes about not only his ability to heal, but the means and extent in which he heals.  The book is called “Healing Power”.  I would post the link, but after I spoke to Daniel about, the website was taken down and redirected.  It was healingpowerunlimited.com. If you can find it in the interweb achieves , anyone, please link in the comments so I can update this post with it.  I have saved the entire page, however, and will quote it verbatim.

In the first section, we see a few claims. We see him saying that the powerful truths that have cured thousands are available to “you” indiscriminately. If you buy his book, you will be the recipient of the knowledge of God’s healing power. You will learn that much of the secret of healing originates in Daniel Kings ideas, which he says he proved repeatedly. He also states that because he has witnessed countless miracles, he knows that the person buying this book will also be the recipient of a miracle

“To: YOU

From: Daniel King

Subject: How YOU can be HEALED!

Dear Friend,

EVERYONE needs healing in some area

For the last fifteen years of my life, I have intensely studied God’s Healing Power…I read over two hundred books on healing…I have tested and proved every one of my ideas in countless services on almost every continent in the world…I have personally witnessed thousands of miracles with my own eyes…and I KNOW God can perform a miracle in your life! In our services, blind eyes are opened…deaf ears hear…cancer is cured…the lame walk…bad backs are repaired…”

What part of your life needs healing? Is your body sick? Do you need healing from bitterness, fear, or loneliness? Have you ache from abuse in your past? Do your relationships need healing? Do you need spiritual, sexual, emotional, or physical healing? Do you suffer from Alcoholism, Allergies, AIDS, Arthritis, Asthma, Back Pain, Bleeding, Blindness, Bruises, Burns, Broken Bones, Cancer, Crippled Legs, Colds and Flu, Coughs, Curvature of the Spine, Depression, Diabetes, Deafness, Down’s Syndrome,  Eye Problems, Epilepsy, Fear, Fever, Heart problems, Tooth Aches, Infections, Infertility, Liver Problems, Lung problems, Mental illnesses, Skin Diseases, Sore throat, Sprains, Stomachaches, Smoking, Swelling, Growths, Tumors, Warts, Effects of Strokes, Ulcers, Uneven legs or any other physical ailment?”

We see that the miracles consist of curing major physical illness and life threatening conditions. We’re not simply talking about bad backs and leg lengthenings. If you have cancer, AIDS, Down Syndrome, blindness, or any other major problems, you do not have to suffer these anymore. You do not have to experience the pain, isolation, crushing financial burden, anxiety, fear or heartache that this must cause you or your loved one. Daniel King knows for a fact that you will be healed if you purchase this book.

Are you interested in discovering proven “step-by-step” secrets to DRAMATICALLY improving your health?

Would you like to learn how to QUICKLY receive the healing you need?

If so, I know you will find this book EXTREMELY valuable!

Because I’m going to show you what took me over fifteen years to perfect…a proven, “Battle-tested” system for tapping into God’s healing power…

Daniel King then gives us some testimonials of those who have been healed. To say they are vague and non-specific is generous.

In the Dominican Republic, a seven year old boy named Valintino who was born deaf and dumb was completely healed!

In Honduras, a deaf girl’s ears were instantly healed because of the secrets in this book.

In Sudan, Africa a blind baby was suddenly healed as his mother listened to my message.

In Brazil, a man jumped up out of a wheelchair and began running because of the truth he heard.

If you were sceptical up to this point, and you think of your mother dying of breast cancer in a hospice, your brother hooked up to a dialysis machine, your best friend wasting away from HIV, your father-in-law losing his mind to the ravages of dementia, or your young son battling leukemia, and you think this sounds too good to be true, Daniel King wants to allay your concerns and suspicions.

“This book is bare-bones facts about how to be healed…no nonsense about trying to figure out if it is God’s will to heal you…this book proves it is God’s will to heal you…and teaches you how to apply this truth to YOUR life.  Learn the healing secrets that work…both in receiving your own healing and in helping others to get healed.  If you have a friend in the hospital, don’t buy them a bouquet of useless flowers (roses won’t heal cancer) get them a copy of this book so your friend can LEAVE THE HOSPITAL.  Stop sitting around complaining about your aches and pains…learn some faith principles that are GUARANTEED by God to succeed.”

Stop complaining about your cancer and your friends and family suffering. That cold, helpless feeling you feel in the pit of your gut  is unwarranted, as its quite the simple process to take care of any frightening situation. All your loved ones need is a copy of the book. Don’t believe him yet? Well here are a few more objective, properly sourced, medically confirmed testimonials to convince you.

“The doctors found four tumors on my ovaries…after prayer I visited the doctor for another sonogram…the tumors disappeared!  – Woman in Brazil “

Whenever I start feeling sick I pull out your book “Healing Power” and re-read the stories about how God heals the sick…without fail, I feel better almost immediately.” – Man in Ohio

And another guarantee that everyone can be healed of anything

Now, Daniel King is on record sharing the facts on how anyone and everyone can be COMPLETELY healed.  You will learn in a few pages what many Bible school students have spent years studying.

We learn the benefits of what buying his book will do, which include courses on  “17 Secrets to Healing Power” and “the healing power of positive confession. If you buy this book and do what it says, you will see these benefits

Pain Free Living
Reduce Doctor’s Bills
Help Your Sick Friends or Family Members
This is not heavy reading…just bare-bones essentials to what you need to know to be healed.

We are then given another quick assurance which again attests to the secrets found within [notice that the term "secrets" is a major theme here]  Daniel King has discovered the secrets to perfect health, and in fact, he markets it as “healing insurance” so that you never get sick in the first place.

Everyone needs healing…but the reason so few are healed is because they don’t use any of the secrets in my book. If they knew and applied these faith building techniques, healing would quickly appear! Not only will this book help you get healed…it will also help you STAY HEALTHY. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Don’t wait until you get sick to turn to God…buy healing insurance today by using the valuable information in this book to build your faith for when tough times come.

So Daniel King has made some pretty astronomical claims, which could be summarized as follows “God will definitely, definitely, definitely cure and heal every sickness and disease if you buy this book, thereby allowing you to discover the secrets that I knows, and then apply them to your own life.” I imagine it is a great and awesome responsibility to bear- knowing that you have discovered secrets that are so profound and earth shattering, yet also being super easy to learn and can be done in a step-by-step process. Is Daniel King going to hospitals in North America and emptying them out? Is he going to the oncology department in a childrens hospital and imparting his gifts? What is he doing with this information?

Well, he’s selling it. Allow him to explain

“How much does the book cost? I’ll be honest with you…the truths in this book are not cheap by any means…it cost me tens of thousands of dollars to learn what is in this book…you can learn in a minute of reading how to activate what took me years to learn.

A single week in the hospital can cost thousands of dollars…insurance costs keep rising year after year…a visit to the doctor’s office can be extremely expensive…

The  wisdom in this book is worth thousands of dollars…but I’m making it available to you for just $19.99.”

A few things here. First, why did it cost Daniel tens of thousands of Dollars to learn these secrets? Are not all these secrets found in plain view in the Bible? Wouldn’t all the effort involve him simply reading the texts and doing what it says,  or are the secrets found in extra-biblical texts written by other human beings? Second of all, this strikes me as an implicit chastisement to all the people who are in hospitals being overwhelmed by hospital bills because they or they’re loved ones are battling debilitating illnesses. If only you were willing to pay 20$ for this book, you would have had healing insurance and you would  not gotten sick in the first place. Your husband wouldn’t  have gotten prostate cancer and your little girl wouldn’t have been born with down syndrome. Daniel King knows the secret to get everyone healed of anything, and he is willing to share his secret knowledge, but you have to pay for it first. No money, no miracle. Freedom from grief and pain isn’t free. It’ll cost you. 20 bucks.

“If you think that is too much, you can keep paying enormous doctor’s bills.

But, if you want healing in your life, sow a seed that will produce a miracle harvest. By selling this book, I’m not trying to get money FROM you, I am trying to get God’s blessing TO you.

If I did not believe these secrets would help heal you, I would not make them available to you. These are the most valuable ideas of my years in ministry…all in one place for you to access.”

This book is available as a free instant download. That means there are no production cost involved. He doesn’t have to pay for the paper, or the printing press, or the labor, or the overhead. He could easily make this a free download without costing him any money and more easily get this into the hands of those who need it most if he truly believes that they will be healed. But like he said, if you don’t want to pay 20 $ for it, then keep on paying your medical bills. Keep on selling your home and cashing in your kids savings funds and RRSP’s and 401k’s, all in a desperate bid to keep hope alive and to survive.

Once you order, you will be able to INSTANTLY download the entire book “Healing Power” to your computer as a pdf file…NO WAITING TIME…NO SHIPPING CHARGES… you can keep the book on your computer…or you can print a copy out for FREE if you want.

And there you go. That’s the end of his advertisement for his book. As nice as he comes across, as well meaning as he tries to be, as much as I appreciate him responding to me and trying to interact with me, this ultimately comes down to an issue of predation. Daniel King is a predator. He preys on the hope and desperate fear of people looking for a miracle and promises them the world, all the while delivering nothing. He preys on the destitute, the desperate, and the dying. It takes a special kind of  brazeness and audacity to prey on people this way, and to use this particular tactic. He promises them miracles in exchange for money. Blessings for bucks. Deliverance for dollars.  He promises things that he cannot and does not deliver, and he will not allow himself to have his claims seriously examined by his critics and by those who would disbelieve him. Its simply not believable, and this is just a small part of a larger whole of dangerous beliefs that he holds. Avoid at all costs.

I don’t believe in healing ministries or crusading faith healers

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I believe that God heals. I believe that the Lord, in his mercy, can do wondrous miracles. I believe that a man or woman can be healed from the most frightening, hopeless illnesses. I don’t think its common, but I believe it happens. That being said, I don’t believe any one person has a gift for healing, or that there is such thing as a healing ministry that actually heals anyone on a regular or semi-regular basis. Furthermore, I think the extreme vast majority of all so-called faith healers who hold huge crusades and rallies are all charlatans, and I don’t believe anyone is ever healed at those things.

Much of the reason for this is theological. At this point I won’t name their collective names so as not to detract from the point, but when I survey all the big name and many smaller names who are in the game and claiming to perform amazing miracles, I am struck by the non-coincidence that none of these men are sound in the faith. Instead, what you have is a rag-tag collection of prosperity-gospel heretics who are fleecing the flock in exchange for some impartation of very bad theology . While everyone in this crowd has a different tweak on how they preach and emphasize the gospel of health and wealth,  I would consider it a monstrous, demonic belief and the calling card of this particular brand of heretic.

In the scriptures, we see that whenever a miracle was done it was to support the message that was being preached, which invariably pointed to Christ and was always indirectly the repentance and the forgiveness of sins in the finished work of Christ. Heretics didn’t get to perform miracles. In the same way we don’t consider healings from witch doctors and shamans as being legitimate miracles from God,  so likewise do should we disregard these faith-healing prosperity preachers, whose message is just as useful and sanctified as the shamans is.  So whenever you hear some prosperity preacher telling you that you can get your miracle if you send him 10 bucks as a seed offering, or whatever, you know this is someone is in the process of slaughtering the sheep and who is not from God, and therefore does not have God’s power to do miracles through his name and through the shed blood of his Son.

But there is another, less theological and more practical point to consider. These men claim to have healed hundreds of thousands of people of every terrible, wasting, incurable illness and physical calamity known to man, but there is no proof. I’m not the first person to suggest this, but why not open up the crusade to journalists and other medical professionals? I’m going to pick on one person in this post, and that is Daniel King. Daniel King is a traveling evangelist/miracle worker who came out to speak to Fort McMurray a few years ago at the behest of a local church. When he’s not preaching convoluted messages about the gnostic secrets of Obed Edom, he has massive rallies where he claims that  says  he has healed thousands of people from ailments such as cancer, blindness, deafness, infertility, HIV and Aids, crippled legs, Down Syndrome, tumours, and every other affliction that a man could be burdened with.

So why not contact CNN, BBC, the New York Times, or some other major players in the industry and invite them out to the event? Invite them to bring their high definition cameras, recording equipment, broadband connection,  and grant them an all- access pass to be on stage, back stage,  or mingling with the crowds and being wherever they want to be. Let them come with their equipment, their manpower, their sceptics, and then promote the hell out of this thing. Run full-page ads in every newspaper for a month. Rent TV time to run ads during primetime television. Start an on-line media blitz using every social-media means you can muster.

And then start the revival.

And then start the healings.

You could invite the best and brightest of the scientific world to attend- men and women from the most renowned universities and think-tanks in the world. You could also invite the most hardened sceptics to observe and interact with the crowd and with those being healed. They could stream the entire thing, with commentary, to hundreds of millions of people around the world who could then witness these amazing miracles being done in the name of God.

After all, Jesus and the apostles did their miracles publicly. Their miracles were done to believers and non-believers, in the presence of believers and non-believers, and the reality of their healing was without dispute. In the scriptures, no one was questioning that the miracles had taken place. Instead the sceptics and unbelievers were left grappling for explanations as to how this could be done. Can Daniel King not do the same thing? The doctors could examine the people right before they go on stage, the journalists could talk to their friends and families and their own family physicians, and then Daniel King could do his thing and heal this person who has so much faith. Once healed, the doctors could examine the newly minted recipient of miracles. They could run some quick tests and see what physical transmogrification has taken place, confirm for the world that these indeed were all legitimate healing, and then after that they could stick around for a few days after to do follow up and make sure all the proof is in good order, which would then lend even more credibility to what has transpired.

Wouldn’t that blow the world up? Wouldn’t that set the world on fire for God? Invite the New Atheist out to the party and see what happens when the power of God and his miraculous healing falls on people in a way that has them disbelieving their own eyes.  Wouldn’t that absolutely shake to the core the spiritual state of the world? They could put it up on YouTube and the Atheists, Agnostics, Muslim, Hindus, and every other non-Christian group out there would witness first hand the power of the true and living God, confronting them in a way that they could never deny, and opening the floodgates to give an unbelieving world something to believe in?

We could take this out of the context of secrecy and suspicion. Instead of telling people about some guy you know who know a guy who knows a missionary who raised someone from the dead somewhere “in Africa”, we could say “God is all powerful, and his son Jesus Christ proved he was God by being raised from the dead. And as a sign of his power and great might, we are going to perform some miracles, so you can see the power of the one true God, and these miracles will confirm our message and the gospel we preach, which is that whoever repentant of their sins and outs their faith in Christ will be saved.” and then in front of hundreds of millions of people- Daniel King can do what he does best- he can perform these miraculous acts of healing, in the same way and same vein as the thousands upon thousands he has claimed in the name of Jesus to have done.

What do you say, Daniel King and the rest of the faith healing gang? You’ve been quoting us John 14:12 for years, and saying that we can do greater things than Jesus. What on earth could possibly be stopping you from implementing this and reaching half the world for Christ in one, single, solitary day?

God will destroy you if you don’t follow all the laws in Deuteronomy?

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I had a someone post a comment to a post yesterday, and I thought it worth visiting in a bit detail. In this post, I wrote a sermon review of a pastor named Daniel King who came to town as a guest speaker. The sermon was bad, bad, and more bad, and was your typical word-faith heresy. For example, we heard “The Secret of Obed-Edom will teach you how to activate God’s plan for wealth creation in your life. Hidden in this book are the secrets of Godly promotion and how to achieve unprecedented wealth in your life” The rules of the prosperity gospel are simple- God wants to do nothing but give you blessings, health and wealth. If anything bad happens to you- you get sick, get laid off from work, lose any of your money, or have a relationship fall apart, its because you are disobedient and don’t have enough faith. To acquire the wealth and prosperity, you need to have faith- which is evidenced by you giving money to the preacher to “activate” your faith. You can see a complete refutation of Daniel King and his secrets of Obed-Edom HERE, as well as the original comment, which I’ve posted below.

“I agree with Daniel King.In talking about blessings in Deuteronomy 28:1-14, there was nothing like poverty. lack, diseases and sicknesses. Rather theses were results of curses due to disobedience. Jesus also said the poor shall always be with us because of people like Austin who think that Christians should remain poor in order to go to heaven.”

 

Deut 28 1 and 15  is essentially the summary of the old covenant  blessings-cursing system which was in the process of being established. It was summary of the moasic law, in that

 

” If you fully obey the Lord your God and carefully follow all his commands I give you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations on earth. All these blessings will come on you and accompany you if you obey the Lord your God….However, if you do not obey the Lord your God and do not carefully follow all his commands and decrees I am giving you today, all these curses will come on you and overtake you:”

So according to Deuteronomy 28. If you follow all the commands of the preceding 27 chapters, you will be blessed in these ways.

You will be blessed in the city and blessed in the country.The fruit of your womb will be blessed, and the crops of your land and the young of your livestock—the calves of your herds and the lambs of your flocks.Your basket and your kneading trough will be blessed.You will be blessed when you come in and blessed when you go out.The Lord will grant that the enemies who rise up against you will be defeated before you. They will come at you from one direction but flee from you in seven.The Lord will send a blessing on your barns and on everything you put your hand to. The Lord your God will bless you in the land he is giving you. Deuteronomy 28:3-8.

But what happens if you don’t follow ALL the commands from the entire book of Deuteronomy  that God gave the Israelites thousands of years ago? The law that not even the apostles could keep, and which Paul described as the law of death.

The Lord will send on you curses, confusion and rebuke in everything you put your hand to, until you are destroyed and come to sudden ruin because of the evil you have done in forsaking him.The Lord will plague you with diseases until he has destroyed you from the land you are entering to possess. The Lord will strike you with wasting disease, with fever and inflammation, with scorching heat and drought, with blight and mildew, which will plague you until you perish. The Lord will turn the rain of your country into dust and powder; it will come down from the skies until you are destroyed.

The Lord will cause you to be defeated before your enemies. You will come at them from one direction but flee from them in seven, and you will become a thing of horror to all the kingdoms on earth. Your carcasses will be food for all the birds and the wild animals, and there will be no one to frighten them away. The Lord will afflict you with the boils of Egypt and with tumors, festering sores and the itch, from which you cannot be cured. The Lord will afflict you with madness, blindness and confusion of mind. At midday you will grope about like a blind person in the dark. You will be unsuccessful in everything you do; day after day you will be oppressed and robbed, with no one to rescue you.

You will be pledged to be married to a woman, but another will take her and rape her….Your sons and daughters will be given to another nation, and you will wear out your eyes watching for them day after day, powerless to lift a hand. A people that you do not know will eat what your land and labor produce, and you will have nothing but cruel oppression all your days. The sights you see will drive you mad. The Lord will afflict your knees and legs with painful boils that cannot be cured, spreading from the soles of your feet to the top of your head.

The Lord will drive you and the king you set over you to a nation unknown to you or your ancestors. There you will worship other gods, gods of wood and stone. You will become a thing of horror, a byword and an object of ridicule among all the peoples where the Lord will drive you.

Because of the suffering your enemy will inflict on you during the siege, you will eat the fruit of the womb, the flesh of the sons and daughters the Lord your God has given you. Even the most gentle and sensitive man among you will have no compassion on his own brother or the wife he loves or his surviving children, and he will not give to one of them any of the flesh of his children that he is eating. It will be all he has left because of the suffering your enemy will inflict on you during the siege of all your cities. The most gentle and sensitive woman among you—so sensitive and gentle that she would not venture to touch the ground with the sole of her foot—will begrudge the husband she loves and her own son or daughter  the afterbirth from her womb and the children she bears. For in her dire need she intends to eat them secretly because of the suffering your enemy will inflict on you during the siege of your cities. [portions from Deuteronomy 28:15-59]

So here are a few questions of the commenter. Why do you think any of that is for you? Why quote me Deuteronomy 28, and try to make the case that this is normative for you? Deuteronomy states that unless you follow every command in that book, dietary laws, tithing laws, festival laws, clean and unclean laws, animal sacrifices, etc, that God will destroy you, and that your fiance will be raped and that you will be forced to eat your own children due to sickness and starvation, and a host of other unspeakable horrors. Are these the consequences that you foresee happening?

You can’t claim that all these blessings were written specifically for you and that God is still working under the old covenant law system, while ignoring the consequences of what happens when you fail to keep up your end of the bargain. You don’t get Deut 28 blessings without accepting Deut 28 curses.  I would ask my commenter; are you being fully obedient? Are you obeying every rule and law in Deuteronomy? Are you living up to the standards that not even the apostles could?

No? I didn’t think so. So don’t try to put people under the law and return us to this system which was a shadow of things to come, which is a new and better covenant under Christ.

Also, no one said that you needed to be poor to go to heaven. That is a very strange thing to say, but it is interesting. In the word-faith system, people are poor because they don’t have enough faith, or are disobedient. You heard the commenter say it just now- if you have poverty and lack and sickness- pretty much everyone living in third world countries, it’s because you are disobedient in some way.

That is a scary and tragic way to look at the world, and a scary and tragic way to use scripture.

Sermon Review. MGA. Daniel King. January 10, 2010

“The Secret of Obed-Edom will teach you how to activate God’s plan for wealth creation in your life. Hidden in this book are the secrets of Godly promotion and how to achieve unprecedented wealth in your life. Order your copy today by calling: 1-877-431-4276.” [Promotional Material for Daniel King Ministries]

Τhis is a sermon by a guest speaker called Daniel King, who is part of Daniel King ministries. The sermon is based on his book “The secret of Obed-edom.” The sermon starts off by talking about the importance of the presence of God, and that as you pray you enter into the presence of God. To underscore this point he sets forth a thesis, which is that the presence of God radically changed the life of Obed-edom, and that “tonight, the story of his life is going to change your life.”

As it were, Obed-Edom is a fairly obscure Bible character that is first introduced in 1 Chronicles 13, where we read [As the ark was being carried to Jerusalem] “When they came to the threshing floor of Chidon, Uzzah put out his hand to take hold of the ark, for the oxen stumbled. And the anger of the Lord was kindled against Uzzah, and he struck him down because he put out his hand to the ark, and he died there before God. And David was angry because the Lord had broken out against Uzzah. And that place is called Perez-uzza  to this day.  And David was afraid of God that day, and he said, “How can I bring the ark of God home to me?” So David did not take the ark home into the city of David, but took it aside to the house of Obed-edom the Gittite. And the ark of God remained with the household of Obed-edom in his house three months. And the Lord blessed the household of Obed-edom and all that he had.” 1 Chronicles 13:9-14.

Pastor King tells us “God blessed his house and everything he had. Everything that Obed-edom had was blessed. His animals were blessed, his crops were blessed, his family was blessed, his marriage was blessed, his children were blessed, his business was blessed . God blessed his household and everything he had. And this is what God wants to do for you. When you invite God’s presence to come dwell in your house, you can expect the blessing of God to rest upon your house.” He also says that “God wants us to be blessed in every area of our life, and it all begins when you discover the presence of God. Everything you need can be found in God’s presence”.[see notes in reflections]

Settling into his sermon, he remarks that it is surprising that God chose to bless Obed-edom, for three reasons. The first is that the name Obed means slave, that Obed was labelled as a slave, and that every time someone calls him Obed, they’re saying “Hey slave. Come over here.” The second reason has to do with the name Edom. He says that this means he is an Edomite, a descendant of Esau and therefore he is an enemy of Israel.  The last comes with him being a “Gittite” this means that he is from the city of Gath, the place of David’s greatest enemy, Goliath. These are three strikes as far as Pastor King is concerned, but this is his point – that it doesn’t matter what sort of background, education, or  family history you have, because when God is going to come live in your house, you are going to be blessed.

Continuing the narrative after David left with the ark, It would seem that “In those three months with the ark,  Obed- edom became so addicted to the presence to God that he decided to follow the ark to Jerusalem….He was standing around the temple area one day when he found out they needed gatekeepers, so he volunteered. And they said ‘aren’t you a slave and an enemy of Israel from Gath’? and he said ‘it doesn’t matter, because of the presence of God.’”

Much speculation ensues, and he makes the case that Obed-edom then became a gatekeeper. [1 Chronicles 15:18-19]  Why? “Because God had blessed his house, and so he wanted to bless God’s house.” We are told that the success of our house and God’s house is intertwined, and that if you are a blessing to God’s house, Gods will bless your house. If you’re not blessing God’s house, God won’t bless your house.  After this little episode Obed-edom, not content to be a gatekeeper, becomes a lyre or harp  player and joins a music ministry. [1 Chronicles 15:21]

Pastor King tells us that “It is not your ability that impresses God, it is your availability. It’s not your aptitude, it’s your attitude. God is not impressed with your IQ, he is impressed with your ‘I will’. God is looking for people who are willing to be used.” In any case, Obed-edom is not just a musician, but in 1 Chronicles 15:24 we see him also becoming a doorkeeper at the ark. Following the trajectory, we see  Gatekeeper, Musician, and then Doorkeeper for the ark. Obed-edom was getting closer and closer to the presence of God, presumably because he was addicted to it, and this is what God wants to do for you, because  “God’s presence is the greatest commodity in the universe.” [what does that even mean? perhaps he means a commodity to buy and sell? cough]

Following his stint as doorkeeper, Obed-edom then becomes a minister in the house of God . We are told that “Every Christian is called to be a minister. If God has done a miracle for you, then that qualifies you.” and that “Ministry is simply telling people ‘this is what God did for me, and this is what he can do for you.’” In any case, after Obed-edom had been a minister for a while, he then became a leader in the house of God, as related in 1 Chronicles 16:38, where he had 68 associates working for him.

Pastor King says “Jesus said “I did not come to be serve, but to serve. Jesus said the greatest in the kingdom is the servant of all. Jesus said if you’re faithful in the small things, I’ll put you in charge of many things.” He recounts the parable of the talents, and how God rewards the faithful servants, and that if you are faithful, God will promote you like Obed-edom was promoted.

But the story doesn’t end there. We see in 1 Chronicles 26:4-8 that all Obed-edom’s children and grandchildren are serving with him in the house of God, and that whereas Obed-edom has a bad history and past, all his kids had names that were good and had good meaning, and that Obed-edom had reversed the curse and found his destiny. This is because when you are faithful to serve God, you are a building a family legacy. Lastly, the story ends in 2 Chronicles 25:24, where we see Obed-edom becoming the keeper of the temple treasury, and is placed in charge of the resources of the entire kingdom.

Pastor King says “I believe that this is the last stage of spiritual promotion, when God releases unprecedented wealth into your hands. As you’re faithful to serve God, you’re faithful to pay your tithes, to give offerings, to be involved in what God is doing in the church. As you’re faithful to serve God, as God sees that you’re faithful he’ll begin to promote you. I believe the day will come that God will put you in charge of tremendous resources.”

He then tells a story of mosques popping up all over Ethiopia which are funded by Saudi princes, and he says that “God’s antidote for oil money from Saudi Arabia, is oil money from Fort McMurray”. He ends the sermon by talking about finances and souls, and how his goal is to lead 1,000,000 souls to Christ per year, and that he has already led a million people to Jesus in a salvation prayer, and that he has seen thousands of miracles performed. He says though that he needs a million dollars a year to reach a million souls per year. and that “now I have a word from God for this church…your story is not finished yet.” And talks about how we can do more for God and be used by God and so forth…… “God’s blessing begins when we make Jesus the lord of our life” It’s on that note that he leads an altar call, rife with evangelical lingo and the distinct impression that if you “ask Jesus into your heart” you can get the blessings.

REFLECTIONS

I hated this sermon. In fact, barring the weekly output from the  apostate Tabernacle of Praise Church, this has been the worst sermon I have ever reviewed. It is rife with historical inconsistencies, biblical absurdities, and boils down to little more than the false gospel known as the prosperity gospel, packaged with an obscure story with obscure and illegitimate ties to the new testament and the new covenant in order to fool unsuspecting people into believing that this is relevant to their lives.

To start this off, what does it mean to be in the presence of God? We as Christians believe that when we are born again the Holy Spirit comes and dwells inside of us and because of  Him we now have a relationship with the Father through Christ. We believe the Athanasian creed, which says that God is present by His essence everywhere and in all things by reason of His immensity. In a very real way, as believers, the presence of God is inside of us and we have it all the time, in every moment of our lives. And yet pastor King speaks of the prescence of God as a commodity, and that we must do certain things in order to grow closer to it, or to experience more of it, or to be privy to in in greater amounts. I suspect this is because he fails to understand that there is a vast difference between the relationship of Yahweh towards the ark of the covenant for the Jews, and the Holy Spirit in us as believers, and when that distinction is blurred trouble abounds. Obed-edom interacting with the ark by having it in his househould, as a man under the old covenant, is not the same as a man under the new covenant interacting with the Holy Spirit after he has been saved and indwelled.

There is a reason why this line is blurred and spoken about as if it is applicable for us today. In fact, we quickly see in the early onset of the sermon that this is a message in the prosperity-gospel vein. He makes it clear several ways, by advancing the heretical idea that if we invite the presence of God into our house [again, what does this mean?] our whole lives will be blessed and every aspect of our life will be blessed and we’ll eventually get rich and will dwell in abundance. He say “”God blessed his house and everything he had. Everything that Obed-edom had was blessed. His animals were blessed, his crops were blessed, his family was blessed, his marriage was blessed, his children were blessed, his business was blessed . God blessed his household and everything he had. And this is what God wants to do for you. When you invite God’s presence to come dwell in your house, you can expect the blessing of God to rest upon your house. God wants us to be blessed in every area of our life, and it all begins when you discover the presence of God.andI believe that this is the last stage of spiritual promotion, when God releases unprecedented wealth into your hands. As you’re faithful to serve God, you’re faithful to pay your tithes, to give offerings, to be involved in what God is doing in the church. As you’re faithful to serve God, as God sees that you’re faithful he’ll begin to promote you. I believe the day will come that God will put you in charge of tremendous resources.” [Read; Cash Money]

Right. Tell that to the Aspotles, of whom almost all were persecuted and martyred for their faith. Tell that to Paul, who says in 2 Corinthians 11;23-29 “Are they servants of Christ?  I am a better one—I am talking like a madman—with far greater labors, far more imprisonments, with countless beatings, and often near death. Five times I received at the hands of the Jews the forty lashes less one.  Three times I was beaten with rods. Once I was stoned. Three times I was shipwrecked; a night and a day I was adrift at sea; on frequent journeys, in danger from rivers, danger from robbers, danger from my own people, danger from Gentiles, danger in the city, danger in the wilderness, danger at sea, danger from false brothers; in toil and hardship, through many a sleepless night, in hunger and thirst, often without food, in cold and exposure.  And, apart from other things, there is the daily pressure on me of my anxiety for all the churches. Who is weak, and I am not weak? Who is made to fall, and I am not indignant?” Honesty, why don’t you just systematically abuse the Abrahamic covenant while you’re at it? Tell it to the tens of millions of faithful saints who live in crushing poverty in third world countries. Tell it to the saints whose businesses fail, who lose their homes and have to live on the street. Tell it to the faithful whose children die in their youth, or whose spouses contract incurable diseases and perish. Tell it to the hundreds of millions of people over the centuries who by virtue of the pain and suffering and poverty they’ve experienced in their lives puts the lie to that claim and shows it to be the damnable heresy that it really is!

If I had been a pastor at the MGA, I would have shut it down then and there. I honestly would have. I would have walked up to the pulpit, and asked for the microphone, and would have said “I’m sorry, but we don’t preach and teach that here, and because we love our flock, we cannot allow you speak these words, nor can we allow you to continue.” You don’t have to publicly ridicule the man, but once he left the stage you’d better believe that whoever had intervened should have been fired up and ready to preach for all he was worth, to set the record straight and to preach Christ and him crucified and glorified and supreme and sovereign and more than sufficient in our poverty and pain and destitution.

But the man continued, so I continue. As far as the three reasons, all are ridiculous. First of all, just because your last name is King, that doesn’t mean you would have been a king in the Bible. Your name does not automatically and magically dictate what your profession and social status and  will be like. Second of all, Obed-edom does not mean slave. Instead, the name is better understood to mean “servant of Edom”, or “servant of God”, or “follower”, or “servant of the red one.” And so his little scenario where people greet him and disparage him by saying “Hey slave. How’s it going slave?” is fanciful and the product of a bad imagination. As well, the fact that he was an Edomite did not automatically peg him as an enemy of Isreal. Edom had become a vassal of Israel under the reign of Saul, [after the defeat at the valley of the salt] and at some point David placed over the Edomites Israelite governors and prefects, and this form of government continued for a while. That is to say that  they had certain obligations with Israel which included  military support and mutual protection, in exchange for certain guarantees and monies, which would have put them at peace. And third, being a Gittite [from Gath] would not make him his enemy, simply because he came from the same town as Goliath. That’s just foolishness. In fact, we see in 2 Samuel 15 that 600 Gittites, led by Ittai, protected David and acted as his bodyguards when he was fleeing from Absolom. And so no, being from Gath did not make you an automatic enemy, but in fact there were some Philistines who were loyal to David. That’s one perspective. Being a Gittite might also have meant that he was a native of Gath Rimmon in Dan and would have been a Levite of the family of the Korhites, which means he would have been qualified to take care of the ark in the first place, and it would have been good and right for it to have stayed with him.

Pastor king says that It doesn’t matter what sort of background, education, or  family history you have, because when God is going to come live in your house, you are going to be blessed. Again I ask, what does it mean when we say that God is going to live in your house? There is no ark in our house, and the spirit of God already resides in us, as we are justified and sanctified. I agree that the power of Christ makes new creations out of every man, regardless of past history, but the exact nature of that blessing is suspect, because we as followers of Christ are promised to be persecuted for his name-sake. We are not promised to be partakers of a blessing that will revolutionize and prosper every area of our lives. It is so deceitful to try to apply the blessings of god bestowed upon one pagan man 3000 years ago and twist it into  some formula which will guarantee us those same blessings. By using the same exegetical and hermeneutical imprecision, we could just as easily say that “We are all like Uzzah, and if we get too close to the presence of God we will die. And so to live a long life, stay away from the presence of God.” Right? there is no difference between those two scenarios.

He then recounts the history of Obed-edom, and this is where he makes several fatal mistakes, on top of the ones he has already made. First he engages in way too much speculation surrounding the motives of Obed-edom for doing what he has done,  and he tries to pass off said speculation as fact. Secondly, he makes the mistake in assuming that every mention of Obed-Edom is referring to the same one. I’ve been poring over the texts, as well as reading all the commentaries I can find, and it seems that the only person who thinks that these are all the same people is Pastor King. In fact, Obed-edom was probably the name or three or four different people; the Edomite Gittite who had taken in the ark, a Levite musician, a Merarite Levite who was the temple porter/gatekeeper, and the temple treasure keeper. Even if most of those are the same people, the last one is not for sure.  Pastor King concludes that Obed-edom near the final leg of his life was promoted to be the custodian treasurer. Funnily enough, the Obed-edom who was the custodian did not live during the reign of King David, but instead lived under the rule of King Joash. He was custodian when Joash had captured Amaziah of Judah, some 170 years after the fact! And so the climax of his book where Obed-edom finally gets rich in his old age is nothing but a sham. As well, when you read verses like this “ David left Asaph and his kinsfolk there before the ark of the covenant of the LORD to minister regularly before the ark as each day required, and also Obededom and his sixty-eight kinsfolk; while Obed-edom son of Jeduthun and Hosah were to be gatekeepers”. 2 Chronicles 16.37-38 it seems clear that there is more than one Obed-edom involved.

He also makes the comment that “”It is not your ability that impresses God, it is your availability. It’s not your aptitude, it’s your attitude. God is not impressed with your IQ, he is impressed with your ‘I will’.” I don’t get this at all. It lends the impression that God is up there, and he sees that you have a positive attitude and he’s like ” well dang! that guys sure has a positive attitude! I’m totally impressed by his “I will” attitude. What a fantastic surprise! I’m going to bless that guy for sure.” Listen, God is not impressed with anything. God will use whomever he wills, and if you are not game, then he’ll see it that you will be. God out of his great mercy converted Paul, who most certainly did not have the right attitude and the ‘I will’ mentality. God’s not a CEO looking for the worker with the most cheery disposition to promote, but rather in his sovereignty does what he wills. If anything he’s looking for a broken heart and a contrite spirit, and he loves faithfulness and the humbleness. There is no recipe or sure-fire way to ensure that that we will be being used by God. And I ask; where in the bible does it say that God is impressed with your availability, attitude, and ‘i will’?

In 1 Chronicles 16:38, he says that Obed-edom had had 68 associates working for him. This is a poor translation and should better be understood not as associates or employees, but as relatives or kinfolk who were working with him, and not under him. As I said earlier too, he talks about how the last stage in spiritual promotion is being put in control over massive wealth, when in fact the Obed-edom who took the ark in was not the one who was in charge of the treasury 150 years later, but another man.

I’m going to cut this short, but those are only a few things wrong with this sermon. The crux of the message is that the more you get God, the more blessed you’ll be, the better life you’ll have, everything you touch will turn to gold and in the end you’ll be rolling in the  lucre. At one point in the sermon he attacks seminaries, calling them cemeteries, and I think I can understand why; because usually going to a seminary gives you at least some degree of discernment, which then in turn can be used to root out all the lies and falsehoods in this sermon.I find it ironic that he is speaking of the financial blessings that God’s going to give the blessed, when on his blog numerous times he is asking for money. It’s all about seed faith, and that if only you’ll give them 1000 dollars, or 500 dollars, or 100 dollars…. Even the last 5 minutes was a money grab. You would think if he was blessed by God that God would provide, and that he would be a recipient of his own beliefs, when he says that “I believe that this is the last stage of spiritual promotion, when God releases unprecedented wealth into your hands.” How does he plan to unlock wealth beyond his wildest dreams for others if he can’t even do it for himself? Right? I’m not denying that he isn’t doing some good with his ministry, but you don’t build a temple to yourself on the back of the flock you’ve fleeced, and on the crumbling mortar that is the theologically bankrupt prosperity gospel.

I was reading his publicity package that he releases through his Daniel King Ministries, and I found these two quotes which were used by him to promote his book. [I already posted one of them] “At the beginning of his life, Obed-Edom was disadvantaged. He was extremely poor, disenfranchised and known as a slave, but then he got hooked up to God’s economic stimulus package and by the end of his life, he had wealth beyond his wildest dreams,” [where does it say in the Bible that he was extremely poor and disenfranchised? Also, was he wealthy, or did he guard the wealth? Third....ugh. ]

You know…. Daniel King is probably sincere, but he’s also tragically misguided. I’m not here to rip the man apart,  but rather to be a Berean and examine the sermon and the scriptures and the theology of it to see if it accords with sound biblical doctrine. It doesn’t. I have not read the book, but I have read his entire blog, as well as watched as many as his youtube videos I could find, and I think I have a good angle on him. I have not met him, though I imagine he’s a really nice guy. He recently became a new father of a son named Caleb, and the joy and exuberance he has been expressing as I read through his blog and facebook is contagious. Because this man has a soul and feelings I want to be gracious towards him, and not belittle him or dismiss him. The man may be good, but his message is toxic. I have not said anything here that I would not say to his face, and in fact I would love to sit down with him and talk about life and God and biblical hermeneutics. Because for as nice and genuine and caring as a man he may be,  it does not change the fact that his sermon  is poisonous, and for that reason I must take a stand against it and publicly oppose it.

I have contacted both the head Pastor of the MGA as well as Daniel King himself about 3 days ago and so far have not heard back from either regarding this post. I know they are probably busy, and so I’m not faulting them for not responding yet, but I’m hoping to update this post with their thoughts on the matter.  I would have hoped that the MGA would have vetted this man more thoroughly, and that even if they missed what I have discovered,  that after that terrible sermon they would have publicly  repudiated his false gospel and his tragic misuse of God’s word. I don’t want to be the guy who’s always criticizing, or presuming to tell a church and their leadership what they ought to do, and I don’t think I am. But I firmly believe that the onus is on the MGA, a church which has been known to preach the true gospel, to set the record straight regarding what was preached, and it is my prayer that they would so, so that Christ’s name would not be profaned, but instead could be glorified. If they have already done so, and I don’t know about it, and then may God bless them for it. If not, then please, church, humbly do so.