Did Shai Linne Really Name “False” Teachers?

I recently posted about a new Christian hip-hop song: New Song Drops Names: “False Teachers” by Shai Linne. This song is off Shai Linne’s new album Lyrical Theology, Pt. 1: Theology which releases April 9, 2013.

In the song Linne names 12 false Bible teachers which I listed in the above post. A commenter in that post suggested some evidence needs to be shown why Linne and others call these 12 false teachers. Hence, my question of whether the teachers Shai Linne named are really “false” teachers.

Below I’ve provided a examples of false teachings from each of the teachers Linne mentions in his song. Most of the quotes were take from Christianity In Crisis: The 21st Century by Hank Hanegraaff as footnoted. I used the Logos Bible Software edition so there are no page numbers. Hanegraaff did not write much about Eddie Long so I’ve referenced some material from Victor Stephens as you’ll see below. I used YouTube as well which allows you to hear each person teach in their own voice. For the record, I don’t endorse everything on a person’s YouTube channel that I’m linking to.

Joel Osteen

  • Professed that Mormons are Christians. (Source)
  • Our words are vital in bringing our dreams to pass. It’s not enough to simply see it by faith or in your imagination. You have to begin speaking words of faith over your life. Your words have enormous creative power. The moment you speak something out, you give birth to it. This is a spiritual principle, and it works whether what you are saying is good or bad, positive or negative.  Joel Osteen, Your Best Life Now: 7 Steps to Living at Your Full Potential (New York: Warner Faith, 2004), 129.[1]

Creflo Dollar

  • “Every tither I know ends up saved.” (Source)
  • He taught when two Christians have intercourse they are having sex with Jesus. (Source)
  • And somebody said, well, Jesus came as God! Well, how many of you know the Bible says God never sleeps nor slumbers? And yet in the book of Mark we see Jesus asleep in the back of the boat. Please listen to me. Please listen to me. This ain’t no heresy. I’m not some false prophet. I’m just reading this thing out to you of the Bible. I’m just telling you, all these fantasy preachers have been preaching all of this stuff for all of these years and we bought the package!-  Creflo Dollar Ministries: World Changers, Trinity Broadcasting Network, 8 December 2002.

Benny Hinn

  • Each person of the Trinity is a triune being and there are nine of them. (Source)
  • The Holy Ghost is upon me . . . The day is coming when those that attack us will drop dead. You say, “What did you say?” I speak this under the anointing of the Spirit. Can I tell you something? Don’t touch God’s servants; it’s deadly . . . Woe to you that touch God’s servants. You’re going to pay. “And the day will come,” the Lord said that to me. He said, “The day will come when I will punish instantly. Woe to those who touch My chosen.” They will fear us. Hear this: today they mock us; tomorrow they will fear us.[2]

TD Jakes

  • I’ve written about Jakes and problems with the Trinity. (Source)
  • Jakes is equally prolific in proclamations regarding the power of the tongue. Says Jakes, “You gotta be careful what you speak to, because the power of life and death is in your tongue.” As such, blind Bartimaeus was healed not by the power of Christ but by the power of confession. In fact, according to Jakes, “Jesus was saying, ‘My hands are tied because I can’t do any more for you than what you say.’ Conversely, says Jakes, “If the power of life and death is in the tongue and you can have whatever you say,” it’s time for you to “Declare it! Speak it! Confess it! Get your list out!” Even Jakes’s Jesus seems subject to the power of the tongue: “As long as Jesus was talking on the cross, He couldn’t die. It was only when He shut His mouth and hung His head in the locks of His shoulder that death could come and take Him because He had so much life in His mouth that as long as He was talking, death couldn’t get near Him.” In other words, Jesus did not stop talking because He died; He died because He stopped talking.[3]

Joyce Meyer

  • Taught Christians are little gods. (Source)
  • Meyer’s moral is this: if you are a paralytic or a paraplegic, you are the problem! Instead of feeling sorry for yourself, just “Get up!” Put another way, the key to health and prosperity is to have faith in your faith rather than faith in your God. Says Meyer, “Faith is not just some little, ‘Well, you know, I believe in Jesus.’ Faith is a force that will change your life and change your destiny.” [4]
  • Meyer made this explicit, saying, “Words are containers for power. They carry creative or destructive power, positive or negative power. And so we need to be speaking right things over our lives and about our futures if we expect to have good things happen. Because what you say today is what you’ll probably end up having tomorrow.” In other words, the words we speak will create the future realities we experience.[5]

Paula White

  • False prosperity teaching and other stuff. (Source)
  • Another self-proclaimed prosperity preacher who feeds “faith food” to “millions around the world” is Paula White. White claims “a divine visitation in which God gave her a vision of multitudes of millions of people as far as her eyes could see. In the vision, every time she opened her mouth and began to declare the Word of the Lord, there was a visible manifestation of the power of God—souls were saved, the sick were healed, and the broken were restored. Conversely, when she was silent, people began to fall into utter darkness.”The message Paula was commissioned to proclaim is that “God does not want us to live in poverty or lack for he wants you to be prosperous.” Indeed, says Paula, “God wants you to have it all.”[5]

Fred Price

  • Jesus’ death was a suicide. (Source)
  • If them animals belonged to, if those animals belonged to God, how come God didn’t give them their names? Why did he leave it up to a puny man to give them the names to the animal kingdom, the plant kingdom, and the vegetable kingdom? Because they belonged under the control of Adam and not of God . . . Why? He had dominion. Not God, Adam.[6]

Kenneth Copland

  • I was shocked when I found out who the biggest failure in the Bible actually is . . . The biggest one is God . . . I mean, He lost His top-ranking, most anointed angel; the first man He ever created; the first woman He ever created; the whole earth and all the fullness therein; a third of the angels, at least—that’s a big loss, man . . . Now, the reason you don’t think of God as a failure is He never said He’s a failure. And you’re not a failure till you say you’re one.[7]
  • “Satan conquered Jesus on the Cross,” and brashly proclaims that Christ went to hell as an “emaciated, poured out, little wormy spirit.”[8]

Robert Tilton

  • Says Tilton, “If you have a problem, any kind of need, housing, transportation, situation in a marriage, you can release the creative—see, this all works by faith—the creative force of God into existence.” Of course, with Tilton it takes more than just words! In his case, it helps to make a vow of faith sealed with a generous donation. In most cases, a thousand dollars is the magic number.[9]
  • SEND ME YOUR GREEN PRAYER CLOTH AS MY POINT OF CONTACT WITH YOU! . . . WHEN I TOUCH YOUR CLOTH . . . IT WILL BE LIKE TOUCHING YOU! . . . When you touch this cloth, it will be like taking MY hand and touching me. I want the anointing that God has put upon my life for miracles of finances and prosperity to come directly from my hand to yours . . . You can reign in life like a king![10]

Eddie Long

  • “God says the only way people can see me is through my people. They have been looking for God and He can’t be seen. Didn’t Jesus say, ‘that you are gods?’ You are gods with a little ‘g’. Don’t you understand that you are mighty? Don’t you know that you are a king? If Elohim (gods) could only get you to act like El (God).” / “I don’t have to have somebody tell me that Sunday I preached. I looked in the mirror and said to myself, ‘You preached!’ Then I gave myself an offering.” / “You have been saved too long to be broke!” (Eddie Long, TBN, Praise -A-Thon, March 29, 2004) (Source)
  • “My whole objective in life is to be His image, His duplicate, His witness and to show folk what He look like. Somebody say, ‘I want to see God.’ Here He is, look at me!” (Eddie Long, “God Is After Himself”, Ministry CD) (Same source)
  • “How would you feel if I announced to you that if you declared something that it had to happen?” / “You have enough glory in your mouth that when you declare a thing, then it shall be established.” / “Touch your neighbor and say, ‘You got power in your mouth.’ Tell them, ‘There is power in your words.'”/ “If you go to the graveyard you better watch out! People might come crawling out of their graves because you got the manifesting power When you speak words of faith.” (Eddie Long, “There’s Power In Your Words”, March 2, 2003) (Same source)

Juanita Bynum

  • In her words, “If God ain’t going to work for you, then what’s all the tongues about? If God ain’t going to work, what is all the Bible about? If you not going to step out on nothing, and trust God for something, then why are you saved? Are you hearing what I’m saying? Are you hearing God tonight? If God’s not going to work for you, then why serve Him?”[11]
  • You watching me in television land and you saying all I got is $900. But I hear the Lord saying, I double-dare people that are watching me right now, this one is for you, I double-dare you to empty your checking account. If you got $79.36, empty it out. Empty it out, at the voice of the prophet.[12]

Paul Crouch

  • Claims TBN was God’s plan and he’s attended funerals of people who tried to get in TBN’s way. (Source)
  • If you’re broke, if you’re at your wit’s end, if you’re out of a job, out of work, let me tell ya. Not only are we gonna bless the world and preach Christ to millions and multitudes around the world, but you can be saved yourself, by planting seed in this fertile soil called TBN.[13]

I’m sure there are more examples that may be found and offered, but there is only so much time in the day. Feel free to add additional information in the comments.

For the Kingdom…


[1][13]Hank Hanegraaff, Christianity in Crisis: The 21st Century (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2009). Logos Bible Software edition.

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{ 26 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Stephen Newell April 8, 2013 at 1:29 pm

Please, PLEASE don’t leave out the hilarious, ungodly farting of Robert Tilton.


2 nickvahalik April 8, 2013 at 1:38 pm

You don’t even scratch the surface! A good overview.

3 Ken Temple April 8, 2013 at 4:00 pm

Another good book that I forgot to mention is this one, where he quotes and documents a lot of the same things from the prosperity heretics, as Hannegraaf does. This book is good in that it has chapters on what the Bible really teaches about suffering, healing, wealth and prosperity.

4 TC Rulz April 8, 2013 at 4:13 pm

You need to add Graham Cooke, who said “Confession attracts provision. Agreement releases power.” And who claimed to be taken to the Throne Room of God. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pu-nxBFxfGQ

5 theoldadam April 8, 2013 at 8:49 pm

There’s no shortage of ’em…that’s for sure.

6 Mark April 8, 2013 at 10:05 pm

Ken, thanks for the recommendation.

TC, maybe Shai can update the song. 🙂 Thanks for the link.

7 Doug Hibbard April 8, 2013 at 10:13 pm

Not to be over-picky, but you have a chuckle-typo under Paul Crouch. The first network mention is TBS. Which was once God’s plan to spread the Braves around the country, but I’m not sure that’s what Crouch said…

Thanks for summarizing.

8 Mark April 8, 2013 at 10:15 pm

Doug, that was a shot at Ted Turner not a typo. Just kidding! It’s probably from growing up in Georgia. Thanks I fixed it.

9 Doug Hibbard April 9, 2013 at 10:32 pm

Yeah, well, I thought it was funny…and worked as a shot at Ted, too.

10 djwadeo April 9, 2013 at 11:47 pm

Thanks for posting this. Many people in the Christian Hip Hop Community have asked about shai providing something like this.

11 Mark April 10, 2013 at 9:24 am

djwadeo, thanks for stopping by. I wonder if Shai will respond further and give some of is own thoughts.

12 Speedy Gates April 10, 2013 at 9:43 am

Amen for Shai being bold! Thanks for sharing this. If True Christians stand we can start silencing these heretics mouths!!

13 Marty April 10, 2013 at 1:14 pm

While I am not a big fan of rap music (too loud for these 54 y/o ears), that guy has got some boldness that a lot of REAL preachers don’t! He calls ’em as he see’s ’em!

14 djwadeo April 11, 2013 at 7:28 am

Mark, I’ve asked his label to a couple of times. Not sure whether they will or not. Paula White’s son responded to the song with this letter yesterday, so maybe that will start some form of dialogue: http://wadeoradio.com/paul-white-ministries-responds-to-shai-linnes-fale-teacher-song/

15 Mark April 11, 2013 at 9:54 am

djwadeo, thanks again. Interesting letter. I think he’s right to question what false teachings Shai has in mind since he made the charge. On the other hand, there is not a lack of discernment/apologetics ministries out there critiquing White’s teachings. I need to link this letter.

16 djwadeo April 11, 2013 at 10:30 am

Mark – absolutely. There are tons. The thing is, one of the criticisms that these ministries often make is that all of this stuff comes across as attacks and that no one is ever even willing to sit down and talk with them about what they truly believe and address specific charges.

I could tell you many stories about tons of artists and even a mega pastor that I lumped in with the WOF Heretical stuff and then found out these folks were genuine believers. Sure they had errors, but there weren’t heretics who were trying to deceive people on person. Saying someone is a False Teacher is saying they do that on purpose. I don’t see how you definitely say that without a personal conversation with them and opportunity to repent.

17 migugu April 13, 2013 at 7:12 pm

If you were a public preacher, I’ll find tons of statements you’ve made that are just similar to these, especially if I choose to take them out of the context and the explanations you took time to make.

18 migugu April 13, 2013 at 7:13 pm

Check out Shai Linnes lyrics over time, and you’ll pick out tons too!

19 David Nix April 15, 2013 at 4:41 pm

Does anyone wanna add themselves to the list? I know I’ve said wrong things like they were right before…would real Christians want to silence people who are wrong or show the love of Jesus by allowing them to be wrong and forgiving them even before they realize it?…that’s what Jesus did for me anyways

20 kenric myles April 16, 2013 at 10:52 am

I heard Paula White say on TBN that God told her that he will use her beauty to draw many people into the kingdom. The woman is SICK.

21 Mark April 16, 2013 at 12:07 pm

In this video, White says something about God saying He will use her beauty. I also found a quote on another site claiming she said as much in 2008.

22 Eric April 27, 2013 at 11:46 am

Thanks for the details on these guys. Some of them in Shai’s song I hadn’t heard of before (but maybe that’s ’cause I don’t watch enough TBN).

23 Nathaniel McCarthy April 28, 2013 at 2:38 pm

This has led people astray by so far. These preachers have been so influential (in a good way) over the years. This is just a ploy by the devil to just stop people from listening to these people so they do not hear the word of God. Every single one of these I am sure can be exposed to be the lies they are by the true uninterpreted word of God (The Bible). This rapper could be seen to be the false teacher himself.

24 MarMac2768 April 28, 2013 at 10:28 pm

NO! Most of these false teachers (and he only mentioned a few) are doing the modern day version of “Selling Snake Oil” They are followers of the Elmer Gantry type of preachers such as Oral Roberts, one of the biggest charlatans of all time. THEY LIE!!! They don’t know one thing about proper interpretation. Watch their messages, get your King James Version out and follow along. What little real Bible they read will be full of things that are taken out of context and forced syllogisms all the way through. THEN, you have the real bold ones who will look all “spiritual” (actually a false “spirit”) and start claiming to have a revelation from God and then give their doctrine (false) that will always be about the suckers giving more and more to them while they buy a bigger jet, Mercedes, house, etc.

25 David February 3, 2014 at 7:46 pm

Graham Cooke is outstanding and knows more than all the idiots who posted here including the moron author


I laugh at you idiots.

I admit…many of those listed are phony but so are you. You live the wasted life

26 sad parishioner June 25, 2014 at 5:55 pm

the insulting comment from the graham Cooke supporter speaks volumes.

so sad. contempt isn’t what’s called for here. discernment is. can’t you be like the bereans, exhibit some noble character and search the scriptures to see if something is true?

I found this blog by trying to find information on graham Cooke. newsletter from a ministry I usually don’t have a problem with printed an article by him. creepy. not reflective of the gospel, but full of scripture quotations, like someone we know who gave Jesus a hard time in the desert.

I wanted to see if I was the only one who found his language and message disturbing.


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