Morris’ next statement:
“Before this conference is over God is going to do something for you
that he’s never done before.”
Hyping the crowd statement number two as once again Morris is telling the crowd what they want to hear and this statement had the usual buzzwords of “breakthrough and new anointing” tagging not too far behind.
This kind of statement is usually tied in with the believer’s expectation of wanting to receive something from God, whether it is healing or a financial breakthrough.
Morris makes the intention of his statement clear when he then states;
“There are three feasts in the scripture, Atonement, Passover and Pentecost.
How you celebrate these feast determines how God’s going to bless us.”
Now you have to ask yourself as a bible believing Christian is God really going to “bless me” based on how I celebrate an Old Testament Jewish feast?
The Day of Atonement feast Leviticus 23:27-28
“Now on the tenth day of this seventh month is the Day of Atonement. It shall be for you a time of holy convocation, and you shall afflict yourselves and present a food offering to the LORD. 28And you shall not do any work on that very day, for it is a Day of Atonement, to make atonement for you before the LORD your God.
The word Atonement means; the making of reparation for a sin or a mistake.
Cerullo makes no attempt to present where the text comes from or give any biblical reasoning and clarity for his statement.
If I was a non-believer who had no understanding of the word “atonement” in the Christian sense then I would be none the wiser.
The Day of Atonement was done once a year on the tenth day of the seventh year. This would involve the high priest going in to the Holy Of Holies , the most revered holy place. The priest would go through various rituals of bathing and would sacrifice a bull as a sin offering. He would then sprinkle its blood on the altar. Please ref Leviticus 16:1-34 for more of the finer details.
Christ was sacrificed for our sins once and for all (Hebrews 7:27) and completed the finish work on the cross. Hebrews 10:1-12, verse 8 truly summarizes the point that the rituals before Christ are of no use to the Christian now.
“8When he said above, “You have neither desired nor taken pleasure in sacrifices and offerings and burnt offerings and sin offerings” (these are offered according to the law), 9then he added “Behold, I have come to do your will.” He does away with the first in order to establish the second. 10And by that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.”
This verse highlights the act of sanctification, this word and it’s meaning were never explained by Cerullo using the scriptures and I actually don’t recall the word “sanctification” being used by Cerullo at all.
This is a supposed conference that is geared at evangelizing to non-believers and empowering believers to spread the gospel.
If we are to spread the gospel then we must have a full understanding of exactly what that gospel is and this must be based on the scriptures so that we do not rely only on our own personal testimonies. How can a non-believer be expected to receive the gift of salvation (Ephesians 2:8-10) if the message of salvation is not explained and taught using the scriptures? Acts 2:37-41
Lastly, in order to be “blessed” by God we must be living lives that are in complete submission and pleasing to Him. (Romans 12:1-2) This is the doctrine that Cerullo should have taught and not one that claims we are blessed based on the basis of how we celebrate certain biblical feasts.
There were a couple of occasions during the evening’s proceedings that Cerullo would look for affirmation from his followers and for them to confirm his “prophetic” credentials by asking the crowd.
“Does God still have prophets?”
“Yes” replied the crowd.
“Does God still speak through his prophets?”
“Do you believe that Morris is one of God’s prophets?”
“Does God speak to his people through his prophet Morris?”
This particular routine intrigued me as Cerullo needed his audience to accept his authenticity of his self-professed “prophetic office” and authority before he could proceed with whatever he had to say next.
The view held by his followers was that this was God’s servant speaking God’s words. In my view the crowd in their affirmation had validated his statement and had therefore given his “prophetic license” the green light and Cerullo an open door to further say and do as he pleases.
I don’t recall any of the OT prophets seeking validation from their audience before they had to present God’s word. One of the reasons why all the prophets were persecuted and even killed in the OT was due to them speaking God’s words whether they wanted to or not of judgment to a nation that did not accept them.
Take Jeremiah’s lament while he was being tortured for example in chapter 20:8-9
For whenever I speak, I cry out,
I shout, “Violence and destruction!”
For the word of the LORD has become for me
a reproach and derision all day long.
9If I say, “I will not mention him,
or speak any more in his name,”
there is in my heart as it were a burning fire
shut up in my bones,
and I am weary with holding it in,
and I cannot.
Jeremiah was clearly un-liked by those around him because of the word of the Lord that he had no choice but to proclaim.
There is a major difference with one having to say the words that have been given by God as opposed to words that are pleasing to its hearer.
Galatians 1:10 10For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.
Cerullo establishes through his words and routine the he will not be presenting sound doctrine directly from the scriptures tonight as he goes on to say that God had been speaking to Him in his hotel room for a few hours prior to the conference through several dreams.
“You are going to see the greatest financial breakthrough I saw it in the spirit realm that God is going to do something in the next five months.
I saw hundreds of people carrying yokes, the devil is going to get off your back.”
I’m presuming that the scripture reference for this statement can only be found in Morris’ “God’s Victorious Army Financial Breakthrough Spiritual Warfare Bible” as there are no references in my ESV to the above Cerullo statement.
Cerullo continues by filling his audience with false hope and vague promises by stating
“If Morris is a prophet of God, then God’s going to do something for you before Sunday comes.”
This is what God says through His prophet Jeremiah in regards to the likes of Cerullo and their feel good prophecies and dreams.
Jeremiah 23:16-17 16Thus says the LORD of hosts: “Do not listen to the words of the prophets who prophesy to you, filling you with vain hopes. They speak visions of their own minds, not from the mouth of the LORD. 17They say continually to those who despise the word of the LORD, ‘It shall be well with you and to everyone who stubbornly follows his own heart, they say, ‘No disaster shall come upon you.
28: Let the prophet who has a dream tell the dream, but let him who has my word speak my word faithfully. What has straw in common with wheat? declares the LORD. 29 Is not my word like fire, declares the LORD, and like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces? 30 Therefore, behold, I am against the prophets, declares the LORD, who steal my words from one another. 31Behold, I am against the prophets, declares the LORD, who use their tongues and declare, ‘declares the LORD.’ 32Behold, I am against those who prophesy lying dreams, declares the LORD, and who tell them and lead my people astray by their lies and their recklessness, when I did not send them or charge them. So they do not profit this people at all, declares the LORD.
We now have God’s word in the completed canon of the scriptures.
Solid doctrine Titus 1:9 and the Holy Spirit are our guides.
Hebrews 1:1-2 1Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, 2but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world.
The problem with the modern day “prophets” like Cerullo is that they ease from country to country, city to city and conference to conference surrounded by all the excesses of westernized living. They are flanked by bodyguards and have a carefully selected entourage in tow.
A large percentage of their itineraries are filled with speaking engagements that have them presenting their message to a “church friendly” environment where the message is accepted and the ministry is supported financially. Rarely do you see Cerullo teach outside of the confides of a “church” setting whether it’s in a stadium or a conference centre the event has still been organized in conjunction with a Christian organization.
This is a far cry from the conditions of the prophets and the apostles of old whose ministries were besieged with persecution and hardships.
2 Corinthians 6:4-10 4but as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: by great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities, 5 beatings, imprisonments, riots, labors, sleepless nights, hunger; 6by purity, knowledge, patience, kindness, the Holy Spirit, genuine love; 7by truthful speech, and) the power of God; with the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and for the left; 8through honor and dishonor, through slander and praise. We are treated as impostors, and yet are true; 9as unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and behold, we live; as punished, and yet not killed; 10 as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, yet possessing everything.
Cerullo then makes one factual statement of the night.
“A true test of a prophet is if what he speaks comes to past”
Cerullo refers to a prophecy that he made last year in the UK.
“I was in Westminster and God said you tell my people that economic & political change is going to come. Now look you have a new government and new Prime Minister this was prophesied
Sa ka ba sun da la holi ba????????????????”
(Please apply 1 Corinthians 14:22 & 23 at this point thanks..)
Now if this is the best that Cerullo can offer in terms of the prophetic then I guess God really hasn’t got that much to say as even “Lloyd & Harry” from the film Dumb & Dumber could have predicted that one. Now if Cerullo had prophesied that “Dr Evil & Mini-Me” would be our Prime Minister & Deputy Minister then I would have been marginally impressed but still not that convinced. Once again his followers showed their approval with their exuberant applause.
What Cerullo forget to mention is what the scriptures clearly say should happen to those prophets who prophecies do not come to pass.. Did I hear the words “be & stoned??”..
“70 percent of you here are Morris Cerullo’s partners”
Cerullo states this and thanks them for their support.. I think the true objective of this conference is becoming more and more apparent.
“God said he wants me to prophesy over my people August, September, October, November and December.
Phenomenal spiritual financial breakthrough in these months,
God put a heavy burden on me, God said my people sitting before you are hurting and God said I want my people well.”
Notice that Cerullo’s prophetic words include the infamous financial breakthrough again and the promise of divine health.
So I think its safe to say at this point that we are clearly dealing with the “Health & Wealth Prosperity Doctrine” as none of Cerullo’s prophetic words had included anything pertaining to Holiness, Righteousness, The Sovereignty of God or Justification for example. These are essential subjects that pertain to our faith and I fail to understand how anyone who is professing to proclaim the gospel to the lost chooses to make no mention or teach on these important doctrines.
If Cerullo had covered any of these in his “prophecies” then I would have had no problem presenting them in this article as I made notes of his entire message.
I have documented and highlighted the essence of his message as close to the order that he delivered it that evening. Yes he spoke about Jesus, he spoke about the crucifixion and even spoke about sin, but never in any great detail and he never referred to the texts that covered the subjects.
“The price God paid to bring us what we need, salvation and healing.
We talk about the price that Jesus paid but what about the price God
paid watching His Son suffer.”
This teaching raises both theological and philosophical arguments in regards to whether God is Passible?– God does undergo emotional changes of state, and so does suffer. Or impassible? – God feels no emotional hurt and doesn’t suffer.
To be concluded….