Summary: False teachers deminish the cross so that we have the power instead of the power of God.
Invalidating the Cross
This section is divided into two parts. The first part addresses false doctrines and the
second part examines scripture and biblical doctrines.
It is a serious offence to demote Christ or to reject Him as He has revealed Himself in
scripture. Let’s begin by looking at Psalm 2:
11 Serve the LORD with fear, And rejoice with trembling.
12 Kiss the Son, lest He be angry, And you perish in the way, When His wrath is
kindled but a little. Blessed are all those who put their trust in Him.
In spite of this warning, false teachers proudly demote Jesus Christ. This in itself is bad
enough, but as we will see, they take it a step farther. They belittle and invalidate the
cross as they deny that it is our way of redemption. The Bible has this to say about the
cross in 1 Corinthians 1:
18 For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to
us who are being saved it is the power of God.
The Bible also says that the cross reveals the power of God. In spite of this, Word-Faith
teachers declare the cross itself is useless in our salvation. Here are some examples:
"It wasn’t physical death that paid our penalty on the cross - it had to be more than
that. If it was physical death, any man or prophet who died over the last 4,000
years could have done it."
The thing that redeemed us was not Jesus being nailed to the cross. His spirit and
soul went into Hades. He walked into the door of Hades... And they wrapped
their grimy hands and the chains of hell itself around Jesus and they confined
Jesus into one of the cells in the Hades section of the underworld...Jesus sat their
immobile not doing anything except serving our sentence". - Fredrick Price
Kenneth Copeland declared that the Spirit of God revealed to him that Jesus was "an
emaciated little wormy spirit" who suffered in the bottom of Hell. He then goes on to
explain that any man could have redeemed mankind if they had the knowledge Jesus had.
Spirit of God spoke to me. A twice born man whipped satan in his own domain. A
born again man defeated satan. You are the very image and a copy of that one.
You can’t mean that I could have done the same thing? Oh yes. If you had the
knowledge of the word of God that he did, you could have done the same thing
because you are also a born again man - Kenneth Copeland
Joyce Myers declared that unless you believe that Jesus suffered in Hell, you cannot be
"There is no choice of anyone going to heaven unless they believe this truth I am
presenting. You cannot go to heaven unless you believe with all your heart that
Jesus took your place in hell."
"For three days He was alone paying for our sins as "only a man."
Kenneth Hagan explains that Jesus had to taste spiritual death for every man and had to
be reborn in Hell:
"Why did He [Jesus] need to be begotten or born again? Because He became like
we were - separated from God. Because he tasted spiritual death for every man
and because his spirit and inner man went to hell in my place. Physical death
wouldn’t remove your sins. He’s talking about spiritual death. Jesus was the first