Definition of False Teacher: One who presumes
to teach in the Name of the Lord when God has not sent him.
False Teacher - Sonny
Sonny Instead of the Son
Join yourself to the
works of men and you’ll receive the destructive fruits of following
man rather than God. Man will ultimately disappoint you, but you
to blame, because you attached yourself to him for what he could
do for you instead of seeking God for what He requires of you for
your salvation through His Son.
We received this note:
Thank you for exposing False teachers. I was surprised that your
list does not include Victory Outreach founder Sonny Arguinzoni and
his son in law Al Valdez of Victory Outreach San Diego. Their ministry
is founded on the Prosperity gospel, which is a false gospel. I and
many others were wounded by VOSD, and would like to see them exposed,
to prevent others from being hurt by their ministry.
Hi Mrs. L,
We would like to help you. Have you red the introduction to
our False Teachers section? It explains why many false teachers aren’t
on the list.
We agree with you that the “Prosperity gospel” is
demonic, and we have many teachers of this lie posted, people like
Branham, Kenneth Copeland, Joel
Osteen, Joseph Prince, and others.
We also have David Wilkerson posted, where Sonny’s spiritual
foundations allegedly originate. We also tried talking to Nicky
Cruz, to no avail. These men are into their own works for their
I’ve visited Sonny’s site and immediately
spot many sure indicators of blatant falsehood.
Help us help
you and others. Will you tell us specifically how you’ve
been hurt by these people? Give us as much detail as you can.
Mrs. L’s response:
Hi Victor, I started attending VOSD because I was looking for someone
to mentor my brother, who has a mental illness. My coworkers brother
attended VOSD and said he would help my brother. When I visited VOSD
I fell in love with their worship and continued to attend.
to study the Bible on my own by listening to GTY.org. I always want
to serve, I got involved in the Newcomers ministry there
and also served in many ways I could.
The trouble started because
I developed a Health Fair for the full time ministers and it went well.
I brought medical doctors and other
professionals to provide free services. The Senior pastor asked
me to do the same for the community, which I organized. Little did we
know 1000 people would show up. A local TV news channel cover the
event live. It seemed like God was blessing all of my gifts.
one Pastor got jealous and wanted to take over the health fair, by
excluding me. He said things from the pulpit that were
to me. I also found out the Senior Pastor had a couple which
we grew close to, were reporting back everything we did and said,
our home. They also took thinks out of context.
On one occasion,
I was in severe pain from my back, the Senior Pastor sent people to
my house to have me attend in time for
I was and am a very generous person, I love giving my tithes
and offerings, time and talent. I could hardly walk, and later
surgery on my back.
He did not care, he wanted the money. My husband called him
to talk with him, he never called us back. He too said things from
directed at me.
I realized they have mind control, they are
worldly and love money. They spend 15-20 min every service on asking
are treated like Gods and they do not know scripture. They
groups and their groups are very closed. You can not say
anything is wrong
because you are shut out like you are the problem.
there, I am a professional, RN; but the people in that ministry talk
down to their people, because many of
drug hx, or prostitutes and they feel like they don't fit
in any place else.
I have heard many stories of people that have been used,
and spiritually bruised.
There was more that
happened, but it is a ministry based on the prosperity gospel that
that have no
I gave all that I could, the place where I opened my
heart was where I was deceived "in the name of Jesus".
So many of their Pastors have been either arrested, or
are unethical etc because there is a
rush to send leaders out to serve unequipped, because
numbers count. The longer the lines, the more they brag about the
There is a lot that happens there, too much to explain
on email, but hopefully you get the main picture. I
now do not
Pastors or leaders
and still am afraid to attend church. I am attending
a Bible study, but need to thoroughly check out a church
become a member.
I hope this answers some of the questions you have.
Thank you for your explanations and answers about Sonny Arguinzoni
and his organization. As I view Sonny’s site, the things you
say about them are immediately confirmed.
Let’s remove a stumblingblock
at this point, lest those who begin to read this judgment of Sonny
are offended and reluctant to
While Sonny’s works are commendable to men, they’re contemptible
to God. Works may be magnificent, but has Sonny gone so far as to
have his body burned?
“If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be
burned, but have not love, I gain nothing” (1 Corinthians 13:3
Sonny and his wife have a ways to go before they even gain nothing.
Don’t they have love? Obviously, the Word of God says sacrifice
and great works don’t prove they do.
Did they ever have
love? Let’s find out. To the church
at Ephesus, the Lord said, “I know your works…but
I have somewhat against you because you have left your first
love” (Rev. 2:1-4). But
we don’t see that Sonny ever had the Lord as his first
Understand: We want to see everybody saved. We earnestly
desire to see all convicts, former and present, addicts, prostitutes,
persons, pushers, gangsters, the hungry, naked, homeless and
the helpless, the widows and orphans, homosexuals, thieves, and
as the socially and financially rich and comfortable, redeemed
and enjoying the love and spiritual peace, joy, and prosperity
Especially so does God, but in His time and way, every
man in his order (1 Cor. 15:23). First come the heart and its issues.
dealt with, all the rest falls into place:
“But seek first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness, and
all these things will be added to you” (Matthew 6:33 ESV).
words, it’s not about redeeming drug addicts and
gangsters; it’s about redeeming souls, whoever and wherever
they may be. It’s not about specialized ministries; it’s
about salvation for those whom the Lord calls and chooses,
to farmers to businessmen to religious people to secular
people to tax collectors to Pharisees to rich to poor to failures
to Samaritans to jailers to parents to children to women
men to people black, brown, red, yellow, and white.
what we see at Sonny’s website:
It’s all about Sonny, not the Son. This
is another run-of-the-mill demonstration of men’s works in the
Name of God, a man using God to build his own kingdom and glorify
himself. His name is in lights,
his ministry is named after him, an “impressive” picture
is featured of him preaching and a crowd of people “worshipping.” It’s
all about Sonny Arguinzoni and more Sonny.
These are things
that impress men, but not God. To Him, it’s
abomination. Sonny doesn’t represent Him (so don’t
blame God when Sonny’s organization brings you hell
and death through men’s adulterous spiritual works).
He’s promoting himself,
his satanic image (satanic = of
men, anti-Christ), and his
gods, primarily being a hero in the name of reaching out
to the “outcast
The Lord is calling us to be outcasts
and marginalized for His sake. That’s what taking up
cross is all about. If you come to know the Lord, there
go your family and friends
and here comes, “outcast
“And brother will deliver brother over to death, and the father
his child, and children will rise against parents and have them put to
death. And you will be hated by all for My Name's sake. But
who endures to the end will be saved” (Mark 13:12-13 ESV).
“Welcome to the family,” the intro ends. If family is what
about, fine, but family isn’t what the Lord’s
message of repentance is all about. His call is to the cross
The Kingdom Message isn’t about being loved
for your sake (the devil’s gospel), but about being
hated for Christ’s
sake (the True Gospel), didn’t you know?
“You are welcome here,” the homepage says. Of course, you’re
welcome! Welcome to be a part of his organization, his vision,
his works, and to provide financial provision for those works. Why wouldn’t you be welcome? Does he care who you are or what you do as
long as you join him and do things his way?
Does God roll out the red
carpet to just anyone? Is that
what John the Baptist said to the people when they came
to him – “You’re
Luke 3:7-9 MKJV
(7) Then he said to the crowd that came forth to be baptized
by him, “O
generation of vipers! Who has warned you to flee from the wrath
(8) Therefore bring forth fruits worthy of repentance,
and do not begin to say within yourselves, ‘We have Abraham for our father.’ For
I say to you that God is able to raise up children to Abraham
from these stones.
(9) And now also the axe is laid to the root of the trees.
Therefore every tree which does not bring forth good
fruit is cut down
and cast into the fire.”
That’s how John the
Immerser dealt with those coming to him, never mind those
just wandering around on the internet.
People seldom consider
that the Pharisees and Sadducees were great workers - preaching, reaching
attending synagogue and Temple regularly, reading the
Scriptures, and making
disciples. So what’s new? And what’s so
different with this organization, which totally focuses
on Sonny’s “vision” and “mission,” his “values-driven
approach to ministry, personal growth, and global-community
He cares nothing about faith and obedience to, and
worship of, Jesus Christ. Their meetings aren’t
They are whip-up hyper sessions in religious Babylon
- business as usual.
He begins with appealing to the righteousness
1967 I have had a single-minded purpose with a clear
mission: to empower individuals to take control of
their lives by placing
in the hands of God.”
Where in Scripture can anyone
find the idea that a man can empower any other man,
or that individuals
lives in any fashion, especially by being their own
saviors, i.e. “placing
their future in the hands of God”? When the rich
young ruler, zealous of good works and worshipping
God, walked away sad, unable
to place his future in God’s hands, the disciples
were amazed. “Who
then can be saved?” they exclaimed. Jesus says
that with men, these things are impossible. Still,
the Lord told him what he needed
to do. He had to be told, but it wasn’t assumed
he could do it. Sonny clearly makes that assumption.
appeals to the flesh. He is a son of Nimrod, the great
hero and hunter of souls. “Beware of
men,” Jesus said. Here’s
such a man, one of many, to beware of. Sonny calls
his a “unique
vision.” What is so unique about it, and what
does he have to boast of? If God gave him something,
shall he boast? But he boasts
because God hasn’t given him anything from above,
except the power to dominate, even as God gave to Cain,
Nimrod, Pilate, Simon
the conjurer (Acts 8:9-11), and so many others. Sonny’s
domination of people is not one of righteousness in
Sonny states, “Since the beginning, my
highest priority has been cultivating a sense of family.”
Jesus’ take on “cultivating a sense
“Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I
have not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to set a man
his father, and a daughter against her mother, and
a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. And a person's enemies will
be those of
his own household” (Matthew 10:34-36 ESV).
is invariably true that false prophets and teachers
will amply reveal themselves for what they are out
of their own
in all their
fruits. The question is: To whom are these things manifest?
Who is able to discern what is there? The blind and
simple can’t see
these things for what they are. We are here to speak
forth that which is there, but only those to whom it’s
given will receive it.
These fellows like Nicky Cruz
and Sonny Arguinzoni come from the crucibles of “hero” stories
like David Wilkerson’s. They aspire
to be spiritual giants in order to feel important and
be praised of men. Everybody wants to be somebody.
Nobody wants to die or be nobody.
But if we are to be Christ’s faithful servants,
we need to take up the cross and follow Him. Read The
Cross - Only the Death Sentence
Will Avail and listen (or read the words) to It’s
Great to Be Somebody.
Heroes also want money, money,
money. One sure mark of an anti-Christ minister is
the solicitation of funds
promote his work. In this case, the solicitation is
At his homepage, there are no less than seven direct
requests for financial
contributions. There are his “Books” (for
sale), “Donate,” and “United
We Can” buttons at the top, the same three buttons
at the bottom, and the “You Can Help, Give a
Gift” picture on the
Some other indicators at Victory
I watched Sonny speak
on a video (no longer available), in which he referred to the Muslims
and how they go
pray, and Sonny used their example to encourage believers
to pray. How
Shall worshippers of other gods be used as an example?
Are they the light of the world? Doesn’t Sonny
know any better? Obviously not.
is not of God at all. Besides what has been mentioned,
we see that these people commend
of other men at Awards.
“And [Jesus] said to them, ‘You are those who justify yourselves
before men, but God knows your hearts. For that which
is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God’” (Luke
People, if you want to know God, to walk
with Him, to please Him, to worship Him in spirit and in truth,
works of men
they will destroy you.
“Concerning the works of men, by the word of Thy lips I have kept
me from the paths of the destroyer” (Psalms 17:4 KJV).
also that “deep calls unto deep.” If
you are blind or attracted to these works, it’s because
right in your heart. Don’t blame Sonny
or the myriads of other deceitful workers in
Name. Repent, go to God, and have yourself examined
and corrected. The issue is with you, not with
Nicky, David, Billy, Jimmy, or any other false
art the man (woman).”