In 1981, Marilyn and I were invited to a Kenneth Copeland meeting in Winnipeg, Manitoba by Art and Doreen Beals. During the meeting, we were uncomfortable with Copeland’s spirit, and with the spirit and form of worship. This was not because we were unfamiliar with the gifts of the Spirit or with emotion or anything else like that. There was simply something there that was not good.
As everyone was “praising the Lord” with hands lifted up, as led by Kenneth Copeland, Marilyn suddenly and urgently told me to put my hands down. I knew we needed to do so. As I put down my hands, I saw a cloud of spirits flying, or floating, in along the high ceiling. These spirits came down and entered into whomever they chose of those with upraised hands. I then heard people screaming here and there. We knew the Lord had spared us, and had revealed to us what Kenneth Copeland was all about. It was not good.
“But evil men and seducers will go forward to worse, deceiving and being deceived” (2 Timothy 3:13 MKJV). All manias end with a blow-off phase where all sense is abandoned, because people are given over to their lusts entirely. So we know that we are nearing the end of evil men and seducers when they laugh like devils and call that the worship of God.