A copy of (http://www.aquatechnology.net/victorhafichuk.html) a longstanding third party commentary reproduced in full as the original website is not always available.
Victor Hafichuk – “Prophet” or Tool of Satan?
INTRODUCTION Before we finish this webpage, it should be noted that Paul Cohen, Hafichuk’s partner in this charade, continues to send us demeaning e-mails, using language that is not from a Christian mouth but from a mouth of anger, strife and confusion. One of the Cohen e-mails that we can print here is as follows: “What a liar you are! A complete and total bullshitter, if there ever was one.” I won’t print the other one on file – our ISP might yank our connection to the server. “…Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My bretheren, these things out not so to be so. Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter? Where envying and strife are, there is confusion and every evil work. But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle and easy to be entreated”. James 3: 10-17. This is the type of vile communication that is proceeding from one side of the mouths of Victor Hafichuk and Paul Cohen…while out of the other side they publicly claim to be “latter day prophets”, perfect in their walk(click to see their statements below) and able to discern who is and isn’t saved or walking correctly before God, giving forth what they call “righteous judgement”. Are these the type of people you want to associate with or take spiritual advice from(Eph. 5: 6-11)? Are these the type of people who a Holy God would give spiritual guidance to by actual communication as they claim? It is one thing to attempt to correct error in a correspondent in a manner which is in love and compassion – it is another to assume an arrogant and judgmental position, claiming to have the Spirit of God…and then talk this way. You be the judge… ************** PREFACE It has come to our attention at this date(7/16/06) that Victor Hafichuk and Paul Cohen have discontinued their Internet diatrabes with individuals who have corresponded with them, requesting advice, counsel or spiritual support. Any number of correspondants with these two individuals have contacted us and thanked us for the following article – exposing Hafichuk and Cohen for the viscious and two-faced individuals that they have shown themselves to be. Hafichuk and Cohen have never publicly disputed or denied the information presented below – primarily because such a denial would expose this posting to their entire mailing list – making things even worse for themselves that it already is. We are happy to see them go back to their organic farming hobby – perhaps as organic farmers, as they till in God’s soil they will see that plants thrive on care and feeding and not abuse. Individuals(like plants) who come looking for answers( and nutrition) rather than a tougue lashing are many times turned away from spiritual growth as well as the ability to bear fruit(or bring the gospel to others). Clearly, Hafichuk and Cohen have not learned that very basic lesson. Their “Issues of Life” series(http://www.thepathoftruth.com/issuesoflife/index.htm) clearly shows their diminished capacity to fully understand the Gospel of Christ and how one is to gently and compasionately replicate Jesus’ example of sharing the Gospel and helping snatch the unsaved from the grasp of the devil. NOW – THE STORY OF VICTOR HAFICHUK AND PAUL COHEN Typically we do NOT give space to this website to discuss specific individuals. Groups and ideologies yes…individuals no. However, in the case of one Mr. Victor Hafichuk of Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada we will make an exception. According to various church and religious leaders we have spoken to in that city, Lethbridge, Alberta, is a sect and cult-infested community and area, a breeding ground for such which has roots in Saskatechewan, Alberta and Vancouver BC for activity ranging from Neo-Pentacostalism to classical heresies such as Mormonism to sects and “Jim Jones and Koresh-prophet-style” leaders devoted to the subtle as well as overt undermining and destruction of orthodox Christian beliefs.
When an individual begins misleading others with a private interpretation of scripture, the Bible commands us to point out that error and warn others not to heed or associate with such an individual or teaching. Such heresies appear to be the thrust of one Victor Hafichuk and his “yes man”, Mr. Paul Cohen in Helena, Montana. “Let no man deceive you with vain words; for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the sons of disobedience. Be not ye, therefore, partakers with them…and have no fellowship (with them), but rather, reprove them“. Eph. 5:6-11. “…no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation, for the prophecy came not (not “will come”) in old time(not in the year 2000)by the will of man but holy men of God spoke(not “will speak”)as they were moved(not “will be moved in the future”) by the Holy Spirit. 2 Peter 1:20. The spiritual illness that we observe here is that Hafichuk and Cohen concentrate on demeaning and denouncing what would appear to be sincere, dedicated Christian correspondents who collectively and individually are shocked that Hafichuk and Cohen would presume to know what is in their individual hearts and souls by condemning(or even damning) virtually every sentence and paragraph of such correspondence. Hard to believe? Ask to get on their distribution list and see for yourself. Somewhere in their past they have lost the love that God places in the hearts of dedicated Christians who weep and pray over lost souls. It leaves one wondering why individuals such as Hafichuk and Cohen who claim to be led of God would display such arrogance and judgmental attitudes. At least that is the concensus of others who have written to us and been at the receiving end of the Hafichuk diatribes.
In turning out page after page of hateful correspondence to individuals who stumble innocently into his path, Hafichuk certainly commands an impressive knowledge of the Bible(although Satan himself knows the bible backward and forward as well); and anyone with a decent word processor and thematic bible search software can quite easily duplicate Hafichuk’s and Cohen’s expositions. Simply entering words such as “judge”, “judgement”, “sin”, “hate”, “anger”, “condemn”, and so forth will turn up most of the scripture Hafichuk and Cohen repeatedly use on their postings. There is no doubt that this world is a crummy place, with sin that belabors even the very strongest of Christians. It is the unsaved who need to be turned from their wrongdoings, misdeeds and spiritual blindness. That is the Great Commission. After that, there is the issue of dealing with backsliding brethern(including oneself) in a firm and caring manner. There is also a group of would-be Christians who we will identify later in this posting who perhaps need some serious correction—but to this date, I haven’t seen any of these bedfellows of Hafichuk on the receiving end of his vicious attacks. God will do the correcting and lifting up for the son or daughter of Christ who is now attempting to walk in a righteous manner. They may fall and are certainly not perfect but they remember this: “…for a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again” Proverbs 24:16. Solomon and perhaps others who penned the book of Proverbs acknowledged that the man who strives for righteousness still fails and falls in this human body but rises up again by the indwelling of the Spirit of God who will gently and repeatedly correct and re-orient each one who accepts Christ as personal Savior. As noted in the above verse, that correction may be here or at the Bema Seat at the hands of God, but not at the hands of Hafichuk or Cohen. It is a shame that these men cannot direct their several energies in directions which are worthy of their talents and turn others to Christ rather than demean Christians who are at least trying to live the best way they know before God. We are to gently correct the brother who might be straying, rather than beating Balaam’s poor donkey which has the fear of God in its heart and strays off the path. It seems that the donkey saw the light while poor Balaam was only intent on demonstrating his “dominance”, “command” or “control” of the situation. God corrected Balaam — I don’t recall him admonishing the donkey. I’ll let you decide for yourself after you read our continuing posting and Hafichuk’s writings if you think Hafichuk and Cohen are Balaam or the donkey. This analogy is not meant to be cute – it just appears to fit the situation at hand. ******
After reading several of Hafichuk articles and writing most of them off to the mind of someone who simply could not make it in normal society and/or conventional Christian circles, we began reading articles which demonstrated a highly disturbed and disoriented spiritual search during adolescence and which has resulted in a clearly twisted view and use of scripture as well as self-aggrandization which is symptomatic of an ever-widening range of neo-Pentacostal activities. With the encouragement of others who have firm Biblical foundations and who have been verbally trashed and abused by Hafichuk, we thus began our thinking about a public rebuttal of Hafichuk’s scrambled theology. It is important to remember that in every deviation from orthodoxy, there is always a good bit of truth mixed in with a dose of error. Ninty-eight percent of rat poison is wholesome food. Only two percent is deadly. On the surface, it sounds good, logical and meets many of the spiritual tests one applies to validate theological soundness. It may even reach the point of perhaps convicting selected individuals of misunderstandings or errors of their own. But, the leaven is still present and when unremoved, can ruin the entire host. After you read the following, you can then determine, on your own, whether Hafichuk and Cohen are indeed the latter day “prophets” that they claim to be, if they are a “half a bubble off center” in their self-righteousness and over zealous efforts to judge others, or if they are being deceived by spirits sent by Satan to confuse and discourage those in committed Christian service whose sincere and dedicated efforts are to bring the gospel to the unsaved world. COMMENTS FROM PAST CORRESPONDENTS OF VICTOR HAFICHUK AND PAUL COHEN
“Thank you SO much for what you have written about Victor (Hafichuk) and Paul (Cohen). I found my interaction with them most disturbing and abusive. I cried out to God to reveal the Truth to me. I felt very judged, misunderstood and condemned. Thank you so much. I reached out to them for help and got blasted instead”.
A believer in the Way, in the Messiah, Jesus Christ the Son of God,
L. W. Texas. (MORE COMMENTS TO BE ADDED HERE) Hafichuk’s verbal minstrations cover everything from Amway to Christmas trees, and from masturbation to why Hitler will be in heaven and why Billy Graham and a host of other evangelical and fundamental Christian outreaches and soulwinning ministries are satanic. When these subjects are inserted into Hafichuk’s Canadian mixmaster and bits and pieces of a half dozen of his theological bents are thrown in, and the mixmaster set to “frappe”, the result is representative of what we see from a growing number of last days sects, cults and other fringe organizations determined to undermine both orthodox Christian beliefs as well as create discord and confusion for those who happen to sample the mixmaster’s end product. We have seen similar “spiritual” activities in Guyana and in Waco, Texas with perhaps slightly different messages but with similar motivations and leadership. Actually, the legalistic, sabbatical, judgmental and anti-denominational messages Koresh hammered into his Waco followers was quite similar to those from Hafichuk and Cohen…and of course we know the eventual results in Texas. Jesus gave a solemn warning in Matthew 7:21-23 “MANY will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.” In each of these cases, we have “last day prophets”, springing up from separatistic Protestant or Pentacostal backgrounds, sequestering their “converts” spiritually and/or physically and driving them into a false theological corner from which there may be no return. We can’t possibly cover all of the topics of concern in this short memorandum, so we will concentrate on only a few illustrations of where Hafichuk’s cart and horse have both gone into the ditch but more importantly, exposing the underlying theology that Hafichuck has carefully woven into and hidden in his responses and articles. Knowing this theological or spiritual background, you can then form your own opinion as to whether you would want to download any of Hafichuk’s writings, much less show them to your kids, friends or neighbors. A HOUSE BUILT ON SHIFTING SAND Hafichuk is very clever not to disclose who his theological bedfellows are and the underlying beliefs that power his animosity toward evangelical and fundamental Christianity. If one reviews his various articles at http://www.thepathoftruth.com/issuesoflife/index.htm one quickly determines that his innermost spiritual life is governed by several ideologies that most evangelical and fundamental Christians have little familiarity with: (1) An erroneous teaching that the Church is built on the foundation of present-day “apostles” and “prophets”, parts of which are referred to as the “five-fold” ministry. (2) A “restoration” of personal prophecy by way of these “apostles” and “prophets” producing what is called “present truth” or “what the Spirit is saying today” or what is commonly known as the “Signs and Wonders Movement or “The Third Wave”. These “revelations” are allowed to add to and/or have equal authority to the closed canon of Scripture(clearly a carryover from Hafichuk’s confusing experiences in the Catholic church and its Magisterium), his belief in Calvinism(or Hyper-Calvinism) as well as his upbringing in an area of Canada where Pentacostalism bred these heresies a generation ago; (3) an anti-denominational and anti-organizational stance(arrogance might be a more appropriate descriptor); separatism combined with legalism many times leads to heretical theologies as history has shown us century after century. (4) a resurrection or resurgence of Jewish Old Testament law, applied to believers in this Church age and and which would be harshly administered by the “apostles” and “prophets” identified in (1) above; The law was given to the Israelites during that dispensation to demonstrate to the Jew that it was indeed impossible to attain righteousness by keeping the laws(hundred of them). To claim that the OT law is binding on this current dispensation is to simply not understand the purpose of the various economies that God has(and will) employ to show man his imperfection away from the saving grace of Jesus Christ. (5) the subsequent confusion of grace and law, flying in the face of Christ’s finished work on the cross; (6) the emergence of an elect group of individuals who have attained a near state of perfection in righteousness who will drive satanic influences out of the earth’s nations and prepare a righteous environment to be judged and governed by this elect group called the Manifest Sons of God(MSOG)(see link below); this is no different from the viewpoint of the New Age or the Indian and Tibetian monks and yogi’s who invoke spiritism to attain their own “perfection”; (7) what amounts to a modern version of the classic heresy of Gnosticism, which taught that a spiritual elite possesed “hidden knowledge” of the divine realm which placed their personal revelations, spiritual experiences, and private interpretation of Scripture above the ordinary revelation of God’s Word. Today, this feature is found in elements of Calvinism which absorbedAugustine’s highly successful efforts to integrate Gnosticism into the Catholic Church’s theology in the fourth century. (8) post-millennialism/anti-semitism – consistent to varying degrees across virtually all of the organizations listed below. THE PARTICIPANTS AND THEIR ORGANIZATIONS These are indeed dramatic and henious departures from orthodox, first-century Christian beliefs. In fact, Hafichuk openly admits that his organization IS a cult. However, Hafichuk shares these and other beliefs and heresies with a growing number of religious organizations, that unlike himself, DO have organizational names, DO identify their theological sources and DO provide a statement of faith and constitute a growing influence inside and outside of many Protestant and Catholic churches. Some of Hafichuk’s ideological bedfellows who share and at times expand on the several ideologies listed above include Latter Rain, Manifest Sons of God(MSOG), Kingdom Now/Dominion Theology,Reconstructionism, Coalition on Revival, Progressive Revelation, Joel’s Army, Replacement Theology(see also Latter Rain) , Signs and Wonders, Jubilee/Feast of Tabernacles, Revival/Harvest, Territorial Warfare, Restoration of Apostles and Prophets, The New Apostolic Reformation, The Prophetic, First Fruits, Sonship, The Endtime Elijah Company, The Overcomers, Restoration Movement(SeeKingdom Now/Dominion Theology), Revelational Knowledge(see Paul Cain, below), Toronto Blessing(see Latter Rain above), and others. It doesn’t take much reading of Hafichuk’s and these other organizations listed above to see that they all truly have what one would call “the gift of gab”…cleverly twisting and skewing the discussion of critical issues in a manner which avoids a direct answer(as one individual’s e-mail to us regarding Hafichuk complained) and effectively reversing an initial, defensive posture to one which is offensive or attack-oriented. This highly effective technique appears on the surface to be a smooth and polished methodology but in reality is crass manipulation of not only the subject matter but also the opposition, be it an individual, an orthodox Christian doctrine or organization. Read Hafichuk’s postings—that is exactly what is happening…and heretical cults operate that way. Some of the other modern day, self-described “apostles” and “prophets” which you may recognize and with which Hafichuk shares considerable common theological ground, and which are responsible for the development of the MSOG/Latter Rain movements(First Wave) (William Branham, for example, who taught that he was the prophet Elijah)as well as subsequent post WWII Charismatic movements(Second Wave) which incorporate these original teachings and have progressed to the Signs and Wonders Movements(Third Wave) include Kenneth Hagin, Bill Britton, Kenneth Copeland, J. Preston Eby, Jerry Savelle, Jesse Duplantis, Norval Hayes, the self admitted alcoholic and practicing homosexual “prophet” Paul Cain, Frank Hammond, Bernard Jordan, Rick Joyner, Oral Roberts, T.L. Osborn, Bob Jones of the Vineyard Church*, Alan Vincent, Turnel Nelson, Jefferson Edwards, Earl Paulk, Benson Idahosak, Benny Hinn, John Wimbler (deceased), Meheh Chavada, the Word/Faith tax evader Morris Cerello, Rodney Howard Browne, Randy Clark and John Arnott. The list of additional movements and promoters could fill the remaining page. A more comprehensive list and related information on individuals and organizations which claim extrabiblical powers, information and spiritual “insight” is given HERE. Go to this link to get a better appreciation of the depth and breadth of the heretical teachings spreading throughout both Protestant and Catholic congregations. It has been said that when heresy crawls in one generation, it walks in the next, then runs into the next. Such truly has been the case with the First, Second and Third Waves of Pentacostalism and the heretical offshoots as we are investigating in this webpage. So, Hafichuk’s deviations from orthodox Christian beliefs are not unique in any manner as indicated by the above lists. What IS different is that most if not all of the above individuals and their ideologues are unafraid to publicly identify themselves with their movements and beliefs. To recap…if one compares the writings of Hafichuck at http://www.thepathoftruth.com/issuesoflife/index.htm with those of many of the Second and Third Wave proponents listed above, there is little difference at the core of their “teachings” regarding latter day “prophets” and “apostles”. Some are even more judgmental and divisive than Hafichuk while others are even more experientially oriented than Hafichuk. Morris Cerrulo (our friendly Faith/Works convicted tax evader) said it best in a 1991 program entitled “Manifested Sons of God“: “…you represent all that God is and all that God has…Jesus was the visible expression of God. Jesus was the Son of the Living god. Now, who are you? Sons of God…everyone say it. What is working inside of us is the manifestation. When you look at me, you are looking at Jesus…To see Jesus was to see God. To see me is to see Jesus. Jesus knew who He was. Don’t you think it is about time we know who we are?” The direct implication here is clearly: “…when you see me you are seeing God”. Read it again if you cannot believe what was really said. Hafichuk states: “I do declare I am from God, that I represent Him” The Big Lie Exposed ,http://www.thepathoftruth.com/writings/index.htm You do not recognize or know that we judge, as we have been judged, by God. “Judgment begins at the house of God,” not ends there. You know nothing as you ought to, Greg(a correspondent). If you are a friend (friend?), you will receive us and our words. If you are not, you will remain in your sins, and condemnation, by which you condemn us, and far worse, God who is with us.” Judge Righteous Judgement – Hafichuk “…this is not man’s response to your question, these are God’s words directly as He has given them to me“. Hafichuk in several correspondence references. But here’s the bottom line. In a recent correspondence with a subscriber to his writings, where the issue of Hyper-Calvinism was being discussed, Hafichuk stated, verbatum: “In 1997, when the Lord took me [Victor Hafichuk], with gracious opportunity granted to consent (choose), and lowered me down to the very bottom, He revealed to me, that we were, all of us, in “wrongness.” Knowing what I know now, after that terminating, needful, and ultimately blessed event, I suppose that it would be madness and folly for God to give man any opportunity to determine anything on his own, until he becomes one with His Maker. However, then it is not on his own, is it? Ironically, at that predestined point of oneness with his Maker, man no longer seeks to be independent of Him (to have a “free will”); he HAS BECOME God [Hafichuk’s emphasis!]”. And, finally, the clincher… “How can you assume that we(Hafichuk and Cohen) are not perfect”: Subject: “Judge Righteous Judgment” Fri, 2 Dec 2005 13:34:18 -0700 This is outright blasphemy. Hafichuk claims in his “perfection” that he is NOW GOD. Hypocritically, he is claiming the same beliefs as the New Age crowd while holding the Holy Bible in his hands and condemning and judging others. Is this twisted thinking a product of the guidance from the Holy Spirit or “another spirit”? While he claims to be “as God” as noted above, he then hypocritically writes an article entitled “Men Mistake Themselves as God” which you can view HERE. Hafichuk wants it both ways and hopes that his readers don’t catch his dichotomized viewpoints on critical issues such as this. So, we see that at the core of each and every one of these various ideologies(including Hafichuk’s) is the same lie that Satan presented to Eve in the Garden when he promised that “…ye shall become as Gods”. Hafichuk may not be a Canadian tax evader(as best we know) but he, Cerrulo and many of the others listed HERE and in the text above certainly have the same heretical messages, and from the same “spirits”. Are you willing to trust what any of these men(and women) are saying? Once you understand the core belief structure of Hafichuk(and Cohen) as briefly illustrated above it will be much easier for you to see why their cart(and horse) have both gone into the ditch in several areas of scripture as we discuss below. SO WHERE DOES ALL OF HAFICHUK’S “I AM FROM GOD—WE ARE PERFECT— I HEAR FROM GOD—AND NOW IN PERFECTION I AM GOD” STUFF COME FROM? AND IS HAFICHUK THE ONLY ONE HEARING FROM “SPIRITS” WHO APPEAR TO BE FROM GOD? “Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? And in thy name have cast out demons(or devils)? And in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you; depart from me, ye that work iniquity”. Matthew 7:22. The heart of unregenerate man strives for self-edification, fame, fortune and the accolades of those around him. Under the umbrella of carefully selected Biblical scriptures, we find many following this path. Although individual beliefs may vary from person to person, running through all of these individuals, including Hafichuk, is a common belief that they are a special, last days “prophet” or “apostle”, annointed by either personal “revelation” or an “annointing” of their organizations’s heirarchy to judge, discipline, restructure, reorganize and Christianize the world prior to the Second Coming of Christ. Read now how false spirits have entered the last day’s churches and convinced many well-meaning individuals that God has bestowed special knowledge or power on them and their “ministry” in these end times. Read now about the “fruit” that this position of prophet or apostle has brought to those around them. Are they false apostles and prophets or truly sent by God to instruct and guide others to the saving grace of Jesus Christ? “By their fruits ye shall know them”. Matthew 7:20. Read now and learn… THE “THIRD WAVE” AND “STRANGE FIRE” Before we correlate these two interesting topics with Victor Hafichek, it is important that we realize the gravity of the various statements provided by not only Hafichek but also others who claim to have “perfected” their earthly activities to the point that if they were not actually God, they are essentially in a state indistinguishable from God. If there were a heresy greater than this, it would indeed be hard to find. So, let’s review some of the commentary by Hafichuk and his theological bedfellows on this subject. Hafichuk says: “In 1997, when the Lord took me [Victor], with gracious opportunity granted to consent (choose), and lowered me down to the very bottom, He revealed to me, that we were, all of us, in “wrongness.” Knowing what I know now, after that terminating, needful, and ultimately blessed event, I suppose that it would be madness and folly for God to give man any opportunity to determine anything on his own, until he becomes one with His Maker. However, then it is not on his own, is it? Ironically, at that predestined point of oneness with his Maker, man no longer seeks to be independent of Him (to have a “free will”); he HAS BECOME God [Hafichuk’s emphasis!]”. “How can you assume that we(Hafichuk and Cohen) are not perfect“: Subject: “Judge Righteous Judgment” Fri, 2 Dec 2005 13:34:18 -0700 “Christians are little gods“. (Praise the Lord (TBN), recorded 7/7/86) Paul Crouch(Head of Trinity Broadcast network) “We (the church) are Christ.“ (Kenneth Hagin, As Christ is — So are we, Tape #44H06) “Man is a spirit who possesses a soul and lives in a body…., He is in the same class with God” (Kenneth Hagin, Man of Three Dimensions [Tulsa: Faith Library, 1973] “[Man] was created on terms of equality with God, and he could stand in God’s presence without any consciousness of inferiority…God made us as much like Himself as possible…He made us the same class of being that He is Himself…Man lived in the realm of God. He lived on terms equal with God…[The] believer is called Christ…That’s who we are; we’re Christ“ (Kenneth Hagin, Zoe: The God-Kind of Life, 1989. pp. 35-36, 41) “Are you ready for some real revelation knowledge….you are god“ (Benny Hinn, Our Position In Christ, tape # AO31190-1) “We are ‘little gods’ and even part of God with all the power of God; and (8) We are ‘little messiahs,’ everything that Jesus ever was”. (Benny Hinn, reported in The Berean Call, 1992 Media Spotlight Special Report, Feb) “I am a ‘little messiah’ walking the earth” (Benny Hinn, Praise-a-Thon on TBN, November 6, 1990). “Though we are not Almighty God Himself, nevertheless, we are now divine” (Benny Hinn, 12/1/90, TBN) “You are a little god on earth running around.” (Benny Hinn, Praise-a-thon broadcast on TBN, November, 1990) “Don’t be disturbed when people accuse you of thinking you’re God.” Kenneth Copeland(Voice of Victory Vol. 15, No. 2, 2/87) Christians will become “gods”. Kansas City Fellowship – statement of faith(Bob Jones, Paul Cain). “Here then is eternal life – to know the only wise and true God; and you have got to learn how to become Gods yourselves, and to be kings and priests to God, the same as all Gods have done before , you, namely, by going from one small capacity to a great one; from grace to grace, from exaltation to exaltation, until you attain the ressurection of the dead, and are able to dwell in everlasting burnings , and to sit in glory. as do those who sit enthroned in everlasting power.” Joseph Smith, The King Follett Discourse, Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, pp.346, 347 As we see above, there are different organizations and individuals such as Hafichuk which teach that Godhood is a graduated experience (God was once man) and that man can actually attain the level of Godhood. The number of religions which teach this is increasing as more polytheistic, Eastern religions/New Age heresies are being introduced to America. Joseph Smith (founder of Mormonism) taught the following:
“God himself was once as we are now, and is an exalted Man, and sits enthroned in yonder heavens…I say, if you were to see him to-day, you would see him like a man in form — like yourselves, in all the person, image, and very form as a man….it is necessary that we should understand the character and being of God, and how he came to be so; for I am going to tell you how God came to be God. We have imagined and supposed that God was God from all eternity, I will refute that idea, and will take away and do away the veil, so that you may see….and that he was once a man like us; yea, that God himself the Father of us all, dwelt on an earth the same as Jesus Christ himself did.” (Journal of Discourses, Vol. 6, p. 3). “Then shall they be gods, because they have no end ; therefore shall they be from everlasting to everlasting , because they continue; then shall they be above all, because all things are subject unto them. Then shall they be gods, because they have all power, and the angels are subject unto them.” Doctrine and Covenants 132:20
“… for salvation consists in the glory, authority, majesty, power and dominion which Jehovah possess and in nothing else; and no being can possess it but himself or one like him.”After quoting many passages of scripture, the record of the Prophet’s teachings continues: “These teachings of the Savior most clearly show unto us the nature of salvation, and what he proposed unto the human family when he proposed to save them – that he proposed to make them like unto himself, and he was like the Father, the great prototype of all saved beings;…”Mormon Doctrine, McConkie, p. 258
“In this way both the Father and the Son, as also all exalted beings, are now or in due course will become Gods of Gods.“ (Teachings pp. 342-376) Mormon Doctrine, McConkie, pp. 322-323]
“Mortal persons who overcome all things and gain an ultimate exaltation will live eternally in the family unit and have spirit children, thus becoming Eternal Fathers and Mothers.” Mormon Doctrine, p.517
To Victor Hafichuk, the Mormons, the Charismatics and MSOG adherents who promote self-exaltation to “apostles”, “prophets”, and eventually to god,… GOD Says “NO“
“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 was no God formed, neither shall there be after me.” Isaiah 43:10
BEFORE ME WAS NO GOD FORMED, NEITHER SHALL THERE BE AFTER ME.
It’s really very straightfoward and simple. God means exactly what he has said through one of his true prophets, Isaiah. You can never become a God, because God said so.
The God of the Bible is not one of a multitude of Gods with many before him and many following him. There was simply none before Him and there are simply none after Him. He stands alone in all the universes. he did not become a God at a point of time by obeying some kind of “law of eternal progression” as Victor Hafichuk has stated. He always was God and He surely always will be God. “…even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.” Psalms 90:2
Verses heretics use to teach man can become God or as God. The apostle Peter wrote of being “partakers of the divine nature” (2 Pet. 1: 4). A careful study of the text reveals the apostle is teaching that we are to acquire traits of God, such as “godliness,” “virtue,”, etc. (vs. 5-11). Indeed, we are to be Godlike and partake of the divine nature in this sense. Jesus used the word god in an accommodative sense in John 10: 34, 35. “God,” as used in John 10 and Psalms 82: 6, is applied to superior people, rulers. Jesus, however, is not teaching that these rulers had become God as God is God.
The Attributes of God. While the scriptures teach that God’s people are to progressively become more Godlike in character, they do not teach that they will or can become God in the essential traits and elements which constitute deity. God is self-existent (Jn. 5: 26), enjoys eternality (Rom. 1: 20), has unlimited power (Matt. 19: 26), infinite knowledge (Acts 2: 23, 15: 18), absolute holiness, and truthfulness (I Jn. 1: 5, Heb. 6: 18). Moreover, God has creative power (Rom. 11: 36). To teach graduated Godhead(CLICK to see Hafichuk’s claim above), there must of necessity be the attendant teaching of polytheism or many gods. Victor Hafichuk correctly denounces Mormonism in some of his writings, but by his own statement, clearly follows their beliefs of polytheism! So, where does the belief come from that men were created to be “gods,” either in this life or in some future exalation? FIRST – THE “THIRD WAVE” As we have stated in the preceeding sections of this posting, there is a popular teaching in certain Evangelical and Pentacostal circles that there are still prophets today, in the Old Testament sense. What I mean is that they have a “new word” from God, a “Thus saith the Lord” revelation that is not found in scripture. Turn on the local Christian Television station and sooner or later you will hear that they have a new word from God for you, a revelation if you will. Search the writings of Victor Hafichuk and you will find the same ideology and the same claim of apostolic succession. They believe that they have been given the discernment to enact judgment based on their perceived understanding of an individual’s standing with God. In other words, they can see into a man’s soul and determine if that individual is saved or not, if he or she is walking correctly with God or not. This “third wave” of “prophets” and “apostles” follows the Charismatic movement(Second Wave) and the First Wave(The Latter Rain) as noted earlier in this posting. The “special knowledge” that these self-appointed “prophets” and “apostles” purport to have is claimed to come from direct communication with God himself. “I do declare I am from God, that I represent Him” The Big Lie Exposed ,http://www.thepathoftruth.com/writings/index.htm – Victor Hafichuk. Such a concept does not spring from orthodox Christianity but comes from a private interpretation of scripture as one would expect. There is no portion of scripture that clearly states that Apostles and Prophets were to post-date Christ’s original apostles as described in the New Testament. However, God has said: “Then the Lord said to me, The prophets prophesy lies in my name; I sent them not, neither spake unto them: they prophesy unto you a false vision and divination, and a thing of nought, and the deceit of their heart”. Jeremiah 14:14. But even in the face of these warnings by God, man persists in his egotistical ways, believing to have special knowledge and hence control over others in this day and age. Hafichuk makes no bones about this issue in his writing HERE(“All believers have equal authority and status.”) which further attempts to establish a hierarchy capped by present day apostles and prophets, of which he claims to be one. The New Testament definition of a prophet is any person that proclaims God’s Word (1 Corinthians 14:3, 24-25), in the sense that he is forthtelling what God has said, basically it means to preach God’s Word. However, to claim that there are prophets today like the ones found in scripture such as Elijah and Ezekiel is unbiblical.
Why do so many people add to the Bible? Is it not God’s infallible, inerrant, unchanging, living, breathing, and eternal Word? Why do we need anything else? Scripture repeatedly says that it is all we need for our growth and comfort in our daily affairs.
Prophets were needed in Old Testament Israel because God’s Word was not complete and God needed to warn them of danger, judgement, war, etc. We have all of those warnings for our learning (1 Corinthians 10:11, Hebrews 8:5), therefore prophets are not needed today, we now have a complete revelation from God.
Let us now look to God’s Word to find the answers in this matter:
God Spoke Through Prophets In The Past
“God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds.” Hebrews 1:1-2
“The law and the prophets were until John: since that time the kingdom of God is preached, and every man presseth into it.” Luke 16:16
“For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John. And if ye will receive it, this is Elias, which was for to come.” Matthew 11:13-14
“But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.” 2 Peter 2:1
“This second epistle, beloved, I now write unto you; in both which I stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance: That ye may be mindful of the wordswhich were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Saviour.” 2 Peter 3:1-2
“We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts: Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.” 1 Peter 1:19-21
“Beloved, while I was very diligent to write to you concerning our common salvation, I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints.” Jude 3 Ironically, Victor Hafichuk quotes this last verse at the end of each of his communications yet denies it by claiming to be a last days prophet who can add to the “faith once delivered”. The source of this heresy is Gnosticism which infected Augustine’s thinking in the fourth century and spread to Calvin and on to modern man where Hafichuk as well as the Reconstructionists and Kingdom Now “intelligencia” have used it to forge a theology which is outcome and perfection oriented based on man’s abilities. In Hafichuk’s intellectual concept of “perfection”, man is able to be “as God”. This Gnosticism carries with it several characteristics which we can identify both within the organized church as well as in heretical cults such as that led by Hafichuk. Here are some of the Gnostic earmarks that you can observe by reading Hafichuk’s confused writings. What is Gnosticism? According to Webster, it is “an occult salvational system . . . stressing [knowledge of spiritual things] as essential . . . combining ideas derived especially from mythology, ancient Greek philosophy, ancient religions, and eventually, from Christianity”. [Webster’s New World Dictionary, Simon & Schuster, Inc., 1988, p.577]. An abundance of historical information on Gnosticism is readily available. Many books and articles on the subject have been written and can be obtained in any quality bookstore or library. Old manuscripts with reference to Gnosticism dating back to the early Church are also available, and provide great insight into the teachings and influence of Gnosticism on the world and in particular, the Church. W.H.C. Frend writes that “in the second century Gnosticism was a world-wide movement.” [The Early Church, W.H.C.Frend, Hodder and Stoughton, London, 1965, p.62]. As noted above, Augustine was deceived by Gnosticism when he attempted to merge Christian thought with it in the fourth century. Calvin in turn was deceived by Augustine’s writings and modern man, including Hafichuk who have turned to Hyper-calvinism are likewise deceived by this satanic influence. Because certain “popular” theological concepts as well as abberent theologies such as those promoted by Hafichuk and Cohen are not being measured and subjected to strict Scriptural scrutiny, Gnosticism is gaining a stronghold. As a result of new theological thought, even fundamental Christian doctrines are being grossly changed into seed-beds for Gnosticism. Such attitudes forment the basis for separatistic organizations who believe they possess this “special” knowledge and proceed to condemn others who, in their view, are not enlightened by visititations of the Holy Spirit who it is supposed provides this “gnosis”. We can now effectively identify Gnostic thought as it emerges in the church today. As listed earlier in this memo, there is a growing network comprised of loosely linked groups with a common Gnostic theme. They refer to themselves in many ways. They use Biblical sounding titles such as “Overcomers”, “The First Fruits”, “Manifest Sons of God”, “The Elect”, “A New Breed”, “Son of Man Company” and even “The Manchild Company”. These groups can be involved in a wide spectrum of teaching from anti-Semitism, Prophets and Apostles, Restoration, Kingdom Now Theology, and most sinister of all – the New Age philosophy.
Though diverse in their outworking, these groups have a common origin in three main bodies of teaching: the Latter Rain Movement, the New Order and the Rosicrucian Order. A FOCUS ON THE LATTER RAIN MOVEMENT – ITS INFLUENCE ON HAFICHUK Most Pentecostal history books date the historic Pentecostal revival of the Latter Rain movement to 1948 and attribute its geographical origin to North Battleford, Canada, Victor Hafichuk’s area of upbringing. Its beginning was explosive among the Pentecostals and like a wild fire spread quickly throughout Western Canada, North America and many places around the world. The movement was characterised by many healings and miraculous phenomena . . . There was an emphasis on spiritual gifts which were to be received by the laying on of hands. [Dictionary of Pentecostal and Charismatic Movements, Zondervan Publishing House]
Leaders felt that God was giving the Church, in these last days, great insight into the mind of God by prophetic revelation and manifestations. With the outburst of the revival, the ministry of an apostle and a prophet was elevated to the rank of an “office”. “The ministries were not restricted to penetrating the mysteries within the Bible but included the unveiling of people’s lives and heart.” [Dictionary of Pentecostal and Charismatic Movements, Zondervan Publishing House (emphasis added)]. A casual reading of any of Hafichuk’s correspondence with individuals clearly shows this presumptive ability to know what was in the heart and soul of those he converses with, a characteristic which he apparently drew from his experiences during adolescence in the North Battleford area. New revelations into the spiritual world emerged from this Latter Rain movement – communication with angels, divine visitations, and even out-of-body experiences. Revealing a “new thing” or gaining knowledge either by allegorizing the Scriptures or by personal prophetic revelation was the spirit of absurdity that overtook what initially seemed to be a move of God. The records show that the revival started out well. Unfortunately, in certain major respects, it ended in abuse and apostasy, thus showing once again the need for the teaching of true Biblical doctrine. As noted earlier, the Movement was ejected from the Assemblies of God congregations around 1948, spewing a wide variety of adherents throughout Canada to influence young minds such as that of Victor Hafichuk and his wife after their personal rejection of a strong biblical environment during his adolescence.
The Latter Rain Movement had a notorious reputation for imparting an assortment of strange teachings. The origin of these teachings, which have no thread of Scriptural foundation except where the Scriptures have been applied out of context, can be traced beyond any reasonable doubt to the occult. These teachings are invariably accompanied by what seems to be supernatural manifestations, which when examined, are characteristically descriptive of the occult. There is evidence that with the Latter Rain revival came a blaze of subjective theology that centered on man, his senses, imagination and intuition above the objective and scriptural knowledge of truth.
This new emphasis started a paradigm shift. The initial paradigm, an orthodox perspective of Christ shifted or changed, causing Christians to be receptive to subjective impressions of Christ, experiences and ideas. To maintain the interest of followers, new ideas and new revelations were (and are) continually in the making.
Most people who have had any history in Pentecostalism at all have been influenced at some time in their lives by the Latter Rain Movement. There have been many sincere people who felt they were part of the move of God for the Last Days and were earnestly partaking of the fruit that was offered. Since 1948 the Latter Rain influence has permeated the churches, Bible Colleges, evangelism and Christian television broadcasting networks. The overall magnitude of its influence makes it more difficult to warn of the inherent dangers that are involved. We have listed HERE some of the many organizations who have allowed this heresy to infiltrate their ranks, resulting in the Pentacostal confusion and destruction of christian witness on many fronts, both here in the West as well as in mission fields worldwide.
As a result of the Latter Rain influence in the Christian Church two basic streams of thought exist side by side. Sometimes it is hard to distinguish the one from the other. Like the tares and wheat they have grown up together. Only through God’s written Word can a true separation be discerned. The first stream is “Gnostic” thought – the inspiration of many masquerading as apostles and prophets. The second is “Christian orthodoxy” thought based on the Holy Scriptures. It is the Gnostic stream of thought that divides the Christian Church into a dichotomy. Victor Hafichuk promotes the first concept where he feels he is truly representing christian concepts but unfortunately has been cleverly deceived by the Gnostic influence of the heresies he embraced after leaving bible school in Northern Saskatechewan, Canada. The result is the confused theological mixture one reads on his website, a blend of the Hebraic Roots Cult, Hyper-Calvinism, MSOG and Latter Rain philosophies. THE TRAGIC MANIFESTATIONS OF ERROR There are many illustrations of Hafichuk’s theological cart and horse going into the ditch. Only a handful are presented below. The rest you can find on his website. You can then be the judge. Salvation, Soulwinning and The Great Commission Particularly egregious in Hafichuk’s Gnostic tendencies as well as his abilities to manipulate his bible software search program is his Hyper-Calvinistic denouncation of Jesus’ commands to go forth and give the gospel to the world so that man can be snatched out of the hands of the devil and given God’s free gift of eternal salvation. One example of their duplicity in responding to reader’s comments regarding soulwinning and the Great Commission can be found in:
“The False and Misleading Gospel of “Accepting” Jesus Christ, Part 2 of 4 Date: Fri, 29 Jul 2005 17:44:24 -0600
From: “The Issues of Life”
“The false gospel, which says you will go to Heaven if you accept Christ, and to
Hell if you do not, closes the eyes of those who receive and believe it to every evil imaginable in the present.” Taken from: The False and Misleading Gospel of “Accepting” Jesus Christ, Part 2 of 4 Date: Fri, 29 Jul 2005 17:44:24 -0600 From:
“The Issues of Life”
Date: Fri, 10 Jun 2005 17:46:59 -0600
From: “The Issues of Life”
Men understand what repentance is before they are converted, not after. (Acts 2:37) The Holy Spirit enables them (which is the internal call) and then they repent. It’s not any more complicated than that. To complicate it by claiming that God elects one and condemns another flies in the face of so many scriptural texts that it is only by the desire of egotistical humans(such as Calvin and now Hafichuk) that they be honored or raised above others to the position of “prophet” or “apostle” by special “election” that this heresy continues to take hold in modern times. Any number of Internet websites are complete with all of the scriptural evidence to refute Hyper-Calvinism and its many manifestations. If the devil can convince man that God will make the “call”, then man will serve satan’s plan of not seeking God. What a devious program satan has instilled in Hyper-Calvinism. I remember listening to Harold Camping on Family Radio while driving down the freeway one day. He took a call from a lady who was almost in tears on the phone asking how she could be saved. Camping simply replied in his typical, Hyper-Calvinistic fashion that it was not her lot to seek God, it was God who would elect her, and then it was not certain if the individual would know if and when that call was made and the certainty of salvation. Is this “…the faith once delivered to the saints” that Hafichuk and Cohen keep referring to?
It is vital to remember that the Hyper-Calvinist mind is in a conundrum. They simply do not understand how to reconcile the Sovereignty of God and the human responsibility of man. That is precisely why Hyper-Calvinism exists. They desire to tread where theological license has not officiated them to travel. I suppose, then, we could say with the proverb, “Curiosity killed the cat.” For Hyper-Calvinism, unwarranted curiosity in the decrees and counsel of God has caused them to enter a realm where God has not revealed Himself. “Let us be clear about this: It is not man who “accepts” God, but God Who chooses, draws, and saves those whom He wills, by His mercy and grace. It has nothing to do whatsoever with anyone ever accepting Him.
Those who think to have something from God in that manner have only that which is manufactured by religion and flesh”. Reprinted from: The False and Misleading Gospel of “Accepting” Jesus Christ, Part 1 of 4 Date: Wed, 27 Jul 2005 18:16:37 -0600 From: “The Issues of Life”
“Salvation is possible in this life only“. It goes on to say regarding this statement: “A convenient lie(Salvation is possible in this life only) once, and still used to pressure, by fearmongering, someone into your church organization. Is God unjust that He would damn forever someone who has never heard of the Lord Jesus Christ and therefore was never given opportunity to believe?” (my note: read Romans 1:20 – where it is stated that all men are without excuse) Oh sure, give me all your intellectual and philosophical reasonings ad nauseum which have no Scriptural foundation and which are not by any means as new as you may be to them. Nowhere but nowhere does the Scripture support this doctrine because it is a diabolical doctrine, nothing more, nothing less.
“And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many…” is a passage of Scripture used to support this evil doctrine. (Hafichuk disputes this verse – (Hebrews 9:27)because he apparently does not believe that Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many(the next verse) due to the hold that the Mass of Catholicism still has on his heart and mind). He continues: There is nothing there saying that judgment is eternal or temporary damnation. In fact, the word “judgment”only means a decision, for or against. My Note:(the fact that after a thousand years, that the beast and the false prophet are still in the lake of fire, personally existing, should give pause to anyone listening to Hafichuk’s heresy. Hafichuk concludes: In that men die only once in this world, can one suppose(…suppose? – and this is scriptural, from one who claims to be a “prophet”) that therefore there are not other worlds in which men may have occasion to believe? The fact that men die once from this world does not mean they no longer have opportunity to be saved.” (and where does it say this in scripture? Book of Hafichuk, chapter 1:10?) Now, tell me if this theology isn’t from the very pit of hell. It is pure human, Gnostic reasoning, another mark of the false teaching of self-appointed “prophets’ and “apostles”. Revelation 22:18 warns against adding to scripture: …if any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book”. JUSTIFICATION FOR DENOUNCING THE CHURCH HERE, we see Hafichuk make the following statement denouncing Christian, denominational assemblies: “But comes the Mother of harlots, Mystery, Babylon the Great, and her daughters saying, “Forsake not the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is…”” (Heb. 10:25). A clear scriputural command for us to assemble and worship is denounced and blasphemed on a wholesale basis by the self-appointed “prophet” Victor Hafichuk, citing the source for this scripture as Babylon the Great! Where does it say in scripture that the source of Hebrew 10:25 is Babylon the Great? Is this the type of individual who is led by the Holy Spirit? Is this the type of individual who God would honor and assign the position of latter day “prophet”, even if such positions were ordained after the cessation of the ministry of the original apostles? “Wherefore, by their fruits ye shall know them”. Matt. 7:20. Know who? “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheeps clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.” Matt. 7:15. There we have it…the false prophets. Does Hafichuk’s statement regarding the congregational assembly of the saints for worship sound like good or bad fruit? You be the judge. THE METHOD OF RECRUITMENT TO HAFICHUK’S BELIEFS Sara Schmidt’s “testimony”: if you want to see how Hafichuk and Cohen “troll” through Internet chatrooms and rip innocent youngsters out of their adolescent dreams and family life to the point where the child and parents and siblings are brought to words or enmity agains one another and the child ultimately moves to the community where Cohen resides—read this link and beware as parents. Here’s a story of a young lady, spiritually wrenched back and forth between the Internet “writings” of Hafichuk and Cohen and her desire to serve God in the best way her family and adolescent surroundings were providing. A startling revelation by a young women who awakes from dreams where Victor Hafichuk and Paul Cohen are ferreting her away into a dark room and placing her on an “altar” as a “sacrifice to God”. Sound familiar? Harry Potter? Anton Levay? After you read some of Hafichuk confused writings at his site, and this young woman’s personal “testimony” you will be more mindful that your own children could be slowly and subtly indoctrinated by such individuals, potentially destroying young lives under the pretense that they alone are providing the “truth” that solid doctrinal teachings warn against throughout scripture. The end result – a growing Christian family torn apart in a manner repeated daily in homes where cults such as Mormonism, Jehovah’s Witnesses and even others such as Catholicism intrude. The “testimony” closes with Sara running away from home to live hundreds of miles away from her family and next to Paul Cohen as a “webmistress”, responsible for placing a continuous steam of blasphemous writings of Hafichuk and Cohen on the Internet. There, but for the grace of God, might go your son or daughter. CUTTING TO THE CHASE – THE INDELIBLE MARKS OF A FALSE PROPHET AND PRECURSOR TO ANTI-CHRIST False prophets have a subtle way of catching sincere, ignorant Christians in the web of their religious thoughts about God. As we noted at the beginning of this page, they use the same ploy Satan used on Eve in the garden of Eden…the BIG LIE, “ye shall be as gods”. For clarity, we repeat Victor Hafichuk’s statement regarding man becoming manifest as God: “Ironically, at that predestined point of oneness with his Maker, man no longer seeks to be independent of Him (to have a “free will”); he HAS BECOME God [Hafichuk’s emphasis!]”. We received an e-mail from Sara Schmidt, the “webmistress” for Hafichuk and Cohen, stating that she did not believe that Hafichuk was promoting heretical beliefs by making statements such as that immediately above. If claiming that man becomes God is not heresy, then Hafichuk, Cohen and Schmidt are beyond human correction, and the scripture “…because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved, for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie”. 2 Thes. 2:10-11. has indeed found fulfillment in the lives of these three individuals. …the BIG LIE, “ye shall be as gods”. When one lives in a pigpen wallowing about with the swine, that individual doesn’t see any difference between how the pigs look and how she or he looks and therefore cannot make any objective determination as to what is clean or dirty, truth or heresy. Though the New Testament Church has not been given Old Testament Israel’s commission to slay the false prophets, we are to mark and avoid those who give offence to the Body of Christ. * “Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them” (Romans 16:17).