ARE CHRISTIANS EQUAL WITH GOD?
by David McAllister
Last Updated 2/5/02
[c] The Belfast Berean 2002
Sounds all so familiar? As we move back down through the corridors of time and remind you of the
very first created being who ever dared to think such a though! "How thou art fallen from heaven, O
Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground....For thou hast said in thine heart, I will
ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will sit also upon the mount of the
congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the
most High." [Isaiah 14:12-14]
believed he could be like the most High. There are those within the church
we are already like the most High. These teachers Messrs. Creflo Dollar and Kenneth Copeland
encourage Christians to quit belittling themselves, and the Almighty God with a 'filthy rags' mentality
and recognize their equality with Jesus and God. Dollar and Copeland not only claim that man is an
exact duplicate of the image of God, but a exact duplicate including size and shape, who has an
ability to create with words as God did.
They reason that
because Jesus Christ said that God was His Father and claimed to be equal
God, that Christians are also equal with God. Why and How you may think? Because God is our
Father, and we are sons and daughters of God through our faith in Christ Jesus, so we also have the
same equality with God that Jesus Christ has.
like Dollar and Copeland don’t seen to understand is that God is a Spirit,
[Rom 1:20; Col 1:15-16; 1 Tim 1:17; Heb 11:27] how then could man be made exact duplicates of the
image of God including size and shape? Yet the Bible could not be more clearer in Isaiah 43:10 that
no god or little god has ever been formed. The Bible could not be more clearer in Isaiah 46:9 when
God says "I am God and there is none like me". However Kenneth Copeland and Creflo Dollar
somehow seem to miss this. How no one can tell?
Yes it is true
that in this world there are those who call themselves 'gods' or 'little
gods', and there are
those who are called 'gods' and 'lords' in this world by others. But to the true evangelical 'Born-Again
Bible Believing Christian', their is but ONE GOD and they would totally reject these teachings as the
same lie of the serpent in the garden of Eden to the Woman in Genesis 3:4-5.
Dave Hunt in
his book Occult Invasion, page 345 writes "To teach that man is God, a
god ,or equal to
God, and that faith is a force that works according to certain laws, differs little from atheism. Either way,
there is no being in the universe who is man’s superior."
The God of the
Bible through His prophet Isaiah makes it abundantly clear that He alone
is the only
true and living God, and their is none like unto Him, and their are no other 'gods' or 'little gods'
beside Him. It is written "Ye are my witnesses, saith the Lord, and my servant whom I have chosen;
that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed,
neither shall there be after me." [Isa 43:10] It is written in 1 Cor 8:5 "For though there be that are called
gods, whether in heaven or in earth, [as there be gods many, and lords many,] but to us [Christians]
there is but one God the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by
whom are all things, and we by him." The only true and living God says "I am the first, and I am the
last; and beside me there is no God....Is their a God beside me? yea, there is no God; I know not any."
[Isa 44:6-8] and again "I am the Lord, and their is none else, there is no God beside me....I am the Lord,
and their is none else....and there is no God else beside me; a just God and a Saviour; there is none
beside me. Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God and their is none
else" [Isa 45:1-22] and again "Remember the former things of old: for I am God; and there is none else; I
am God and there is none like me;" [Isa 46:9]
like Creflo Dollar and Kenneth Copeland reject the counsel of the Almighty.
received the following e-mail from the ministry of Creflo Dollar in response to the above article
'KENNETH COPELAND and CREFLO DOLLAR EQUAL WITH GOD?' In the E-Mail we are told 'We pray
that the following information will bring you even greater understanding concerning the subject of our
equality with God.' However as one reads down the list of pretexts used to support this teaching, one
can quickly see how faith teachers like Dollar are apt at talking a biblical text out of its context, whilst
paying scant heed to the context of the passage it has been lifted from. Below we will look carefully at
each text that Dollar has used and show within the context of that passage that what Dollar is teaching
The E-Mail reads:
'....The Bible states that Jesus Christ called God His Father thus making
equal with God (John 5: 17-18). As sons and daughters of God through our faith in Christ Jesus, we also
have equality with God. (I John 3:2). a.) John 5:17-18 Jesus called God "Father " thus making himself
equal with God b.) Ps.82:6 You are gods and children of the Most High God c.) John 10:34-36 Jesus
quoted Ps. 82:6 and The Jews wanted to stone him for blasphemy d.) Ps 8:4-5 Man was created a little
lower than the angels (angels-Heb. word "Elohim"- God - The Creator of all Physical things.) e.) Gen.
1:26-27 Man was made in the image and likeness of God f.) "It's understood that you and I are not God.
There is only one God. However, as His children, we are like him. He's the big "G", and we're the little
"g". (Dr. Creflo A.. Dollar from his new book-The Image of Righteousness-pg.91). g.) "You are an exact
duplicate of the image of God. This does not mean that you are God. It means that you are made in
God's image and His likeness, with an ability to create with words as God did. (Dr. Creflo A.Dollar from
his new book-The Image of Righteousness-pg. 83)....'
John 5:17-18 "But Jesus answered them, My Father worketh hitherto, and I work. Therefore the Jews
sought the more to kill him because he not only had broken the Sabbath, but said also that God was his
Father, making himself equal with God."
This is the first
instance were Creflo Dollar pays no heed to the context of the passage
and he fails to understand what Jesus Christ was claiming when He said God was His Father making
himself equal with God!!
explains "He [Jesus] claims equality in seven particulars:  Equal in
things soever he [the Father] doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise" [v 19].  Equal in knowing: "For
the Father loveth the Son, and showeth him all things that himself doeth" [v20].  Equal in resurrecting:
"For as the Father raiseth up the dead.....so the Son quickeneth whom he will" [v 21 with vv.28,29]. 
Equal in judgement; "For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgement unto the Son" [v.
22 with v. 27].  Equal in honour. "That all men should honour the son even as they honour the Father"
[v23]  Equal in regenerating: "He that hearth my word, and believeth on him that sent me....is passed
from death unto life" [vv. 24, 25].  Equal in self existence: "For as the Father hath life in himself; so
hath he given to the Son to have live in himself" [v. 26].".
teachers may now understand what blasphemy it is to claim to be equal with
God in the
context of this passage, or any other for that matter? Is Creflo Dollar Equal with God in Working? Equal
in Knowing? Equal in Resurrecting? Equal in Judgement? Equal in Honour? Equal in Regenerating?
Equal in Self Existence? Of course not!
Philippians 2:5-6 "Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus. Who being in the form of
God, though it not robbery to be equal with God"
does not encourage Christians to think they are equal with the Almighty,
deals with the deity of Jesus Christ and warns that just because Jesus Christ made himself of no
reputation, becoming a servant made in the likeness of men, does not mean He became less than
deity. Is not the key to this passage in v 'Who being in the form of God'? The reason that Jesus
Christ though it not robbery to be equal with God due to the fact he is God? As the text suggests?
God is not telling Christians to have the like mind of Christ when He thought it not robbery to be equal
with God, but instead to have the like mind of Christ when He humbled Himself and made Himself of
no reputation becoming a servant to all.
In the Hebrew-Greek
Key Study Bible [KJV] we read "What is to be understood here is that Christ
merely relinquished His glory which he had due to the fact that He was deity. Prior to His death, He
asked the Father to glorify Him in a position next to God with the glory which He had even before the
world was created [John 17:5].... The Lord lacked recognition and glory by men while He was on earth
as the Incarnate God. However, as far as God was concerned, Christ never lost His position before
Psalm 82:6 &
Psalm 82:6 "I have said, ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most high. But ye shall die like
men and fall like one of the princes"
"Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, ye are gods?
If he called them
gods, unto whom the word of God came, and the Scripture cannot be broken: Say ye of him, whom the
Father hath sanctified, and sent into the world, Thou blasphemest: because I said, I am the Son of
We ask the simple
question was Jesus Christ confused? Is their another god beside him? Is
really another like unto him? Is Jesus Christ contradicting himself because he had already taught to
the Jews beforehand that there is only one God in Mark 12:29?
pays very little heed to the context of the Psalm in question. In fact
God has nothing
good to say about those 'gods' in Psalm 82. God is clearly unhappy and warns "How long will ye
judge unjustly, and accept the persons of the wicked? Defend the poor and fatherless: do justice to the
afflicted and needy. Deliver the poor and needy: rid them out of the hand of the wicked." [v2-4] Would
these same judgements by the Almighty apply to ‘god’ Dollar and ‘god’ Copeland?
In the book of
Jeremiah 10:11 we read "Thus shall ye say unto them, The gods [Dollar and
that have not made the heavens and the earth, even they shall perish from the earth, and from under the
heavens." We need to remind Creflo Dollar that he like other faith teachers only quote half of Psalm
82:6 and leave out the other half "But ye shall die like men and fall like one of the princes."
In the book Christianity
in Crisis, page 115, Hank Hanegraaff gives some good advice "...if Faith
propents want to take Jesus literally when He makes His ironic statement about being gods, why not
take Him literally when He calls the Pharisees "snakes"[Matthew 23:33]?"
As a Christian
pointed out to me If it really were true that we are gods, why then did
the woman not
rebuke the serpent in Paul Crouch style by saying "I am a little god! Critics, be gone!" Creflo Dollar
explains? Dollar says that the real deception of the serpent was not in telling the woman she would be
like God, but to blind the woman from the truth that she was already like God. Dollar warns that this
deception still runs rife in the church today by those who do not want people to understand that they
are already gods. In fact the real truth is that serpent tempted the Woman promising "ye shall not
surely die....ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil."
In the book Occult
Invasion by Dave Hunt, page 352, we read "It was Satan, not God, who had
promised godhood to Eve and not that she would be God, "but as [the] gods" [Genesis 3:5]. Ah, there
was the catch! There is only one true God. The gods are all false, They are the pretenders after
godhood, the followers of Satan, who have believed his promise of godhood."
While the serpent
promised the woman "ye shall be as gods", Faith teachers like Dollar and
say "we are gods". Whilst Lucifer believed he could be like the most High. Copeland and Dollar teach
we are already like the most High. What’s the problem then? We just need to realise we are gods.
In fact this
very teaching is found at the heart of the New Age Movement. We are all
gods, but have
forgot that we are gods and through Transcendental Meditation [TM] a form of Yoga one can realise
that they are god. Through TM one experiences that they are god and can structure their lives the way
they want creating reality with their minds.
In the book of
Acts some of those who witnessed God heal the impotent man through the
Paul cried "The gods are come down to us in the likeness of men." Unlike Copeland and Dollar the
Apostle Paul rebuked those who were about to do sacrifice with the people and said "We also are
men of like passions with you" and preached "that...[they] should turn from these vanities unto the
living God, which made heaven and earth, and the sea, and all things that are therein" Acts [14:11-15]
In the Believers
Bible Commentary by William McDonald [Edited by Art Farstad], page 675,
"In Psalm 82, rulers and judges are addressed by God as gods. Actually they are not divine, but
because of their position as God's ministers, they are dignified with name of gods. Their greatest
distinction is that the word of God came to them, that is they were officially ordained by God as higher
powers concerned with government and justice [Rom 13:1]. If the name gods could thus be loosely
applied to men like them, how much more fully and accurately can the name God be applied to the Lord
In the HEBREW-GREEK
STUDY BIBLE [KJV], page 760, we read the following: "Some people attempt
to explain the phrase 'ye are gods' to mean that human beings can be gods as equal to God in His
essence. The solution to this misinterpretation of these words is found in the proper interpretation of the
word 'god' in Hebrew. It is the word Elohim  which is used of God referring to His office as a Judge
and Diviner of justice. In the establishment of the office of judge in the OT, men were given the
responsibility of representing this office of God. Thus, the usage of the term Elohim would not be
confusing to one who understands that the man merely represents God. In this psalms, however, God is
condemning those who had perverted justice and had abused their God-given privilege to hold the office
of a judge. The warning given in verse seven is that though they be 'gods,' though they hold this
honourable office among men to rule over them as God's representative, yet they are but men and will
die like all other men."
In the book Christianity
in Crisis, page 113, Hank Hanegraaff writes "One thing is certain: A literal
interpretation of the term "god" in Psalm 82:6 is clearly ruled out by the context. It is hard to miss that
this passage opens with a strong denunciation of the injustices perpetrated by the judges of Israel [v2].
As representives of God [cd.Exodus 4:15,16; 6:28-7:2], they should have been just; instead, they were
dishonest. How unlike God men are!"
I John 3:2
1 John 3:2 "Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be; but we
know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is."
Some time in
the future, [and not now] all Christians will receive the same glorious
that Jesus Christ received at his resurrection. Our vile bodies shall be made like unto his glorious
body and Christians will be morally like Jesus Christ.
Psalm 8:4-5 "What
is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest
thou has made him a little lower than the angels, and has crowned him with glory and honour."
The text says
it all, God made man a little lower than the angels. The truth is man is
not even equal to
the angels, never mind being equal with God. Again we must take the time to remind Copeland and
Dollar of very first created being ’Lucifer’ a angel who dared to think in such a way! "How thou art fallen
from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground....For thou hast said in
thine heart....I will be like the most High." What will happened to Lucifer? God says "Yet thou shalt be
brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit"! What do you think the most High will do with any other
wannabes like Copeland and Dollar?
Genesis 1:26-27 "And God said. Let us make man in our image, after our likeness....So God created
man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them."
teaches that man was made in the image and likeness of God, and is a exact
of the image of God with an ability to create with words as God did. Kenneth Copeland teaches that
man is an exact duplicate of God, including size and shape, and he can speak things and they come
to pass. Faith teachers like Copeland could not possible be correct, as God is a Spirit and therefore
invisible [Rom 1:20; Col 1:15-16; 1 Tim 1:17; Heb 11:27] Paul in the book of Romans warns about
those who would changed the glory of the incorruptible God, into an image made like to corruptible
man. Romans 1:21-23.
states "It's understood that you and I are not God. There is only one God.
However, as His
children, we are like him. He's the big "G", and we're the little "g". We ask Creflo Dollar the question
again is God confused? Is their really another god beside him? Is their really another like unto him?
Creflo Dollar "You are an exact duplicate of the image of God. This does not mean that you are God. It
means that you are made in God's image and His likeness, with an ability to create with words as God
did." Creflo Dollar seems to be talking in forked tongues. In one hand he says ‘you and I are not God.
There is only one God....’ and then on the other ‘we are like him. He's the big "G", and we're the little
in the book Christianity in Crisis, page 115, writes ".....Satan is also
referred to as a
"god" in 2 Corinthians 4:4. But surely no one assumes that this means that Satan is an exact duplicate
Is it not written
"Is there a God beside me? yea, there is no God; I know not any." [Isaiah
and Copeland say the Almighty is mistaken!
Is it not written
"Remember the former things of old: for I am God; and there is none else;
I am God and
there is none like me;" [Isaiah 46:9] Dollar and Copeland would say the Almighty is in error we are like
Is it not written
"...there is no one like me in all the earth"? Dollar and Copeland say
OH NO wrong
again! We are exact duplicates of you!
Is it not written
Exodus 9:14 "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways
saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher that your ways, and
my thoughts than your thoughts." [Isaiah 55:8-9] Dollar and Copeland respond in Paul Crouch like
fashion with "I am a little god! Critics, be gone!"
Dollar makes the very mistake that the Apostle Paul warn about in Romans
"Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God neither were thankful; but became
vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they
became fools, And changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible
The truth is
that man was made to reflect certain aspects of the image of the invisible
justice, truth, holiness. mercy, morality, knowledge...etc. Man is not divine or can he ever be! Man is
not omnipresent, omniscient or omnipotent like God, and neither does he have an ability to create
with words! Only God has these abilities. May Creflo Dollar and Kenneth Copeland reject these silly
notions once and for all.