In this post I analyse Victor Hafichuk’s recent claim to be a particular biblical prophet. I speak TO Victor and ABOUT Victor with the objective that others can see not only how his claim is false, but HOW I apply logic onto fact in order to divine truth. The end result of my deliberations (the WHAT) is only important to a few people but I think my thinking process will help others, especially those involved with Victor and his Path of Truth, past present and perhaps future.
Victor was born a Catholic in the Ukraine, immigrating and then doing a few things in Canada. He had a difficult childhood in some ways, most likely because of his uniquenesses that cause him challenges with human interaction. He came to faith in Christ; had a challenging adulthood but in mid-late adulthood settled into a teaching and preaching ministry which had a reasonable success in the early days of the Internet.
His ministry teaching is best described as a collection of fringe Christian theology woven into a largely coherent story/worldview. His style is confrontational, divisive and polarising with a caustic, overly judgmental attitude that has attracted claims that he runs a cult. Typical engagements with Christians involve an initial discussion of some aspect of theological truth, a very early/quick confrontation followed by extreme condemnation and curses.
Path of Truth was his brand and he spearheaded a small and vocal band of believers, some located physically on his organic farm (Harvest Haven) and others in a couple of places around the world, one in the United States, Canada and a few various adherents coming and going around the globe over the last couple of decades.
His chief “bulldog” Paul Cohen helped him enormously to punch well above his weight for years until his surprising and spectacular fall from grace and then inevitable departure in 2017. Paul had a way with words; was fiercely loyal as Victor’s 2IC and basically drove the entire Path of Truth ministry for Victor. Since Paul’s departure PoT and I believe, the associated Harvest Haven has retrenched.
Victor has also relatively recently taken up communications via Vlogging, You Tube videos allowing us to see more of the man at the centre of the storms!
My take is that Victor is indeed a Christian prophet, but a hugely flawed one at that. I’ve crossed swords with him online and am persona non-grata in his mind, but my detailed commentary over the last couple of years about Victor and the Path of Truth (TPOT) has helped many understand the emotional trauma they have experienced at PoT’s and Victor’s hands.
Victor claims to be a specific prophet (“THAT prophet”) mentioned in the Christian scriptures, Deuteronomy 18:15pp:
18:15 The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you – from your fellow Israelites; you must listen to him. This accords with what happened at Horeb in the day of the assembly. You asked the Lord your God: “Please do not make us hear the voice of the Lord our God any more or see this great fire any more lest we die.” The Lord then said to me, “What they have said is good. I will raise up a prophet like you for them from among their fellow Israelites. I will put my words in his mouth and he will speak to them whatever I command. I will personally hold responsible anyone who then pays no attention to the words that prophet speaks in my name.
18:20 “But if any prophet presumes to speak anything in my name that I have not authorized him to speak, or speaks in the name of other gods, that prophet must die. Now if you say to yourselves, ‘How can we tell that a message is not from the Lord?’ whenever a prophet speaks in my name and the prediction is not fulfilled, then I have not spoken it; the prophet has presumed to speak it, so you need not fear him.”
His claim is visible in his own words and voice online: (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iBOdkxURr7I)
Victor gives a dramatic prologue to this claim before he makes his announcement.
“If I speak presumptuously I’m dead!” he reminds us all, before stating in all somberness, “I need to make an announcement!”
Explaining how this was not an off-the-cuff thing and that he’s led up to this announcement with previous blog posts he says to all, “A few days ago He gave the go-ahead to do this!” which means that the Lord gave him the green light to speak it and then the big one:
“I am that prophet!”
In Christian circles there are various roles we can take – pastors, priests, evangelists, teachers, elders and so on . . . and prophets. It is more acceptable in modern society to explain the role of a prophet by saying that we “work in the realm of the prophetic” or perhaps that we have a “prophetic ministry” because it is socially challenging to claim that we are a prophet. People are threatened by such a label and they misunderstand the meaning, often confusing this role of FORTH-TELLING God’s word with FORETELLING (in other words future-telling).
Victor though goes even one step further and calls himself the actual prophet that Moses talks about. That’s a big call. It will raise the ire of his detractors, feeding them ammunition in which to ping him for delusions of grandeur. I think this is though valid. I’ve defended Victor Hafichuk and still will on his heart. He certainly has and I think to some degree still does demonstrate a genuine Christian faith but there is a world of difference between a specific prophet and working in the business of speaking forth God’s word.
There are some direct observations that work against any realistic belief that Victor is this prophet:
- I didn’t know that Victor was an Israelite, one of the conditions of his appointment into this role, if indeed he is “THAT prophet”. I don’t believe that this is the case. Victor must show me that he has a direct lineage back to Israel of old before I could believe him. I seriously doubt that he can;
- Delusions of Grandeur (GD) occur in people with psychiatric disorders. Victor is wired differently and while I am not a shrink, he’s given the world huge evidence of this in his autobiography. I don’t want to actually claim that he has bi-polar or Schizophrenia, yet, but I do suspect this and would counsel his loved ones to seek diagnosis;
- Despite his claim to the contrary that this is not a sudden “loose moment” in his walk of faith, it has occurred relatively quickly, I think we’re talking weeks or months at the outside. From my experience it is more likely that such roles are lifetime developments when one momentous event is understood over decades – Saul’s conversion; Moses and the burning bush; David & Goliath. These events happened (usually quite early in life) and then there was a long period (sometimes even a lifetime) until they came into fruition. It doesn’t ring true to me that just when his lifetime’s ministry is falling away, into tatters, that suddenly he’s this actual prophet – nah!
- Victor’s track record belies the soundness of mind, logic and capacity to understand his environment that is required of any leader, let alone a God-appointed one. Sure He can take a child and make him into a King but good raw material had to be there in the start. Victor’s always struggled in the human relationship department. He’s constantly gaining and losing respect from his underlings, and they have a universal description of hypocrisy within his circles. These myriad of events give me the picture of confusion – not of order.
There are two sides to every story and I’m not always right, but in my mind, there is a very, very small chance that I’m wrong. In my book Victor Hafichuk is definitely NOT the prophet Moses named!
Sorry Victor – you’re wrong.
Who are you Really, Victor?
Most would stop there . . . just another deluded fool ranting about how he’s the Christ, another nutter to be ignored and best to move on.
I’m not going to though because while his claim above is clearly nonsense, I think Victor needs to know how things look from the outside looking in:
Victor, you’re not the prophet but you are a prophet, for sure. At times you DO speak His word clearly and in a manner that lifts others in their faith.
You have however, wires in your brain that run differently to the rest of us. You’ve got a genuine personal faith and have picked up a huge volume of theology that is interesting and to my non-theological perspective is well worthy of attention . . . but you have serious difficulty working with others. This all comes back to you, individually, personally and you will be held to account.
Your divisive, caustic and overly-judgmental approach to people, like me, whom you cast off, curse and hurt is not godly, nor is it normal, nor is it blessed. It creates pain and hurt in others. Jesus deals with these situations differently, so you are in error. I’ve told you (and the world) many times of your failings. You can say that you are simply a fallible human being but you continue to act as if you are not. This example is a perfect example of it. This cognitive dissonance is what your ex-followers find so hurtful, which they call hypocrisy. They leave you because they call you a fraud (and sometimes worse). That’s the result of trust betrayed – hurt.
The process that you used to justify and then announce your latest revelation must have been faulty, for your end conclusion (that you are the prophet) is totally wrong. The world can see it. Obviously you cannot. It will be your job to deal with it, for you have cast me out and you would need to repent and apologise to me before you have the right to talk to me again. Your pride has never let you do this so far. I predict that it will do so for a long time to come too!
I summarise – yes, A prophet. No, not THAT prophet.
Lastly I return to Victor’s introduction speech where he says, “If I speak presumptuously I’m dead!”. This is a form of manipulation, where Victor’s solemnity is presented as authority (and therefore believable). No, it is false humility and a logical fallacy (called false dilemma). What Victor is doing is setting us up to believe an “either or” situation which doesn’t actually exist. He does this to validate his claims for by his own words if he lives, then God must have endorsed his claim to be “THAT prophet!” The falsity comes when there is at least another option – perhaps that Victor is wrong and that simultaneously the Lord is a loving God, a God of grace and mercy and does not want to ‘zap’ Victor into oblivion just because he gets (or got) something wrong.
Sure Victor may believe that he’s THAT prophet, and that he’s validated in that belief because God hasn’t struck him down with lightning, but I don’t. My take is that the unmentioned option in Victor’s commentary does exist and is realistic. God is good, and patient and kind and has spared Victor Hafichuk his life, despite his ‘issues” and errors.
That’s the nature of the Lord I know, love and serve.
Thank you for swinging by today and reading.
- Analysing Victor Hafichuk’s Ministry - the orginal post of May 2015 in which my call is "Yes, Christian but excessive judgementalism"
- Path of Truth Emails - the evidence
- More from Victor Hafichuk - analysing a third party communication
- “Path of Truth Cult” – Vanity Search - An adherent supports PoT but challenges following a vanity search
- Aquatechnology.net – Victor Hafichuk - A longstanding third party analysis
- Path of Truth – Logical Fallacies - Exposing multiple logical fallacies in an adherent's communications
- Path of Truth IS a cult - Analysis following claims PoT is a cult
- Victor Hafichuk – The Other Side - A Christian Ministry
- Victor Hafichuk “Nobody Is Perfect” - Confusing Perfected in Christ with Perfect
- Analysing A Path of Truth Detractor - Correcting a Disillusioned PoT follower
- Handling the Path of Truth - Leaving the PoT can be hard
- Path of Truth – Ripped Asunder - Victor fires his long-term 2IC
- Paul Cohen After the Path of Truth - Paul's opportunity/challenge
- Maturity in overcoming Path of Truth - An ex-PoT adherent bares all
- Victor Hafichuk – False Claim Analysis - Exposing 'Delusions of Grandeur'