This was a posting in the “Ministers and Evangelists” Yahoo! group:
Dear Precious Prayer Warriors:
Please lift up Mark, a relative of one of our warriors. Mark is an 18 year old with cancer throughout his body. He is believing JESUS to be healed as a testimony to the world of JESUS HEALING AND DELIVERING POWER. Please stand with him in faith believing for a healing miracle. Thank you. Dr. Fred Metz
Our posting for the group:
For all who would know the truth, in which alone there is hope in Christ Jesus, read God Heals Today, His Way.
A reader’s reply:
Please pray for me I have lung cancer and it’s getting worst, that my doctor will find the right medication for me. I am also suffering from fibromyalgia and mayofacial syndrome, plz pray for my family also and my grand kids…. God bless us all.
Elaina, have you red God Heals Today, His Way? There are answers; there is a better way.
This posting was blocked. We received a message saying we had been banned from the group, and Sara sent a message asking why.
The moderator’s answer:
“God Heals Today” is very much an offending essay. It attacks men of God who follow Biblical principles in ministering to people in need. As a pastor who has seen much healing and deliverance, I won’t allow such nonsense to be spread on my group.
Apostle William & Pastor Monique
Books & Seminars at http://www.lulu.com/DrZ [webpage defunct]
Paul and Victor’s reply:
Have you actually red the paper, God Heals Today, His Way, which you condemn? It appears you stopped after reading the first line, or paragraph. That is where we declare that Benny Hinn, Oral Roberts, Peter Popoff, Reinhard Bonnke, plus many others, are hype artists and frauds. We warn people up front that, while God most certainly heals today, as always, they err by going to these imposters who cannot deliver the real goods.
You say that you have seen much healing and deliverance, but if you are speaking of healing from these “men of God,” with whom you identify in your works, then you are a liar. Even if you are not speaking of them, you are still a liar, and we will show you, and everyone else, how, beginning with this:
Of Jesus it is said that He healed all that came to Him:
“And evening having come on, they brought to Him many having been possessed by demons. And He cast out the spirits by a word, and He healed all those having illness” (Matthew 8:16 LITV).
“But when Jesus knew it, He withdrew from there. And great crowds followed Him, and He healed them all. And He warned them that they should not make Him known” (Matthew 12:15-16 EMTV).
How many do you, and those whom you defend, heal? These “televangelists” have many people coming to them for healing, believing there is a connection with God to enable such. Yet a very small percentage are allegedly healed, and of those few claims made for miraculous healings, careful and unbiased investigation shows that most are greatly exaggerated or outright fraudulent.
I once called the spouses of two people that were written about in a book regarding alleged healings at Kathryn Kuhlman’s meetings. Both of the supposedly healed people were already dead, one from cancer, the other from what, I do not recall. The language of the spouses indicated that something “seemed” to happen at the “healing crusade”; there was some improvement in chronic conditions, but there was nothing definitive. Suffering with the illness was still there.
A competent, reputable, veteran journalist for CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation), Rob McKuen, on the regular program, The Fifth Estate, did a documentary on Benny Hinn. Because Hinn would not grant an interview, they took hidden cameras into healing “crusades” held in Toronto, Ontario and Calgary, Alberta. It was discovered that they have a screening team, led by Hinn’s brother, that determines the truly sick and disabled, and prevents those from coming on stage.
Hinn claims that they only publicize medically verified cases and confirmed healings. McKuen and his team from CBC followed up on at least four allegedly medically verified healings:
One lady declined to speak to them. (We should wonder why?)
One was supposed to have been diagnosed with cervical cancer and healed. It turns out she had only been diagnosed with mild dysplasia and was being treated for it after the “healing.”
Another was supposed to have been healed of diabetes. Her diabetes only worsened so that she was hospitalized after Hinn. (Can you see this happening with Jesus?)
The fourth was supposed to have been healed of AIDS. She still had the disease.
Remember, these were all cases Hinn publicly announced as medically verified healings.
A cancer victim reported to have been healed died.
A mother with a young crippled daughter (heartbreaking to see) was interviewed, who testified that they were turned away by screening teams controlling who comes to the stage. They did not get so much as a prayer, much less a healing.
A crippled theologian, Justin Peters, suffering cerebral palsy, carrying crutches, allowed himself to test the Hinn organization at a crusade by hidden camera. He was diverted from the stage by the screeners. The documentary gives us his interview, along with the camera work.
Hinn also promised a fund to be reserved for a partially blind eight-year-old boy, which never materialized, though Hinn was reminded of his promise. Three years later, the family reported having received nothing. Hinn is a blatant liar.
Hinn promises great and sensational miracles, that limbs will be restored where missing, for example. He first pumps the crowd for money, implying that they will receive according to their giving. He makes a great show, which we saw on tape. They proclaimed many healings and walked off with hundreds of thousands of dollars, but with no verifiable results. Many thousands attended that “crusade” and nothing, in any way, shape or form, happened that anyone could determine. Tell me, “Reverend Doctor Apostle,” if that would be so with Jesus and His disciples, if that is your take on how things happened in the gospels.
A Catholic Hospital Administrator in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada, declared publicly, in an interview, that claims Benny Hinn had made about great healings by him in her hospital (in a book he wrote, Welcome Holy Spirit) were entirely false.
A former security man with Hinn, who helped screen those coming to the stage, and who collected money, testified with specifics as to Hinn’s modus operandi. He testified that Hinn would declare who was healed and who was not, without any verification whatsoever, right on stage. His question was, “How does anyone know those people were healed? Who is witness to those healings?” The Lord tells us a thing must be established by two or three witnesses.
The fellow spoke of how Hinn gloated over the money and how he spent it on himself and his entourage in great extravagance. He boasts not of the healings or of the souls saved, but of raking in half a million dollars in one night, of signing 30 Bibles, then standing up and declaring, “I just made $30,000!”
His spending on a luxurious lifestyle is also a matter of record. Two Mercedes Benz cars, worth over $80,000 each, a 7,000 square-foot house worth $10 million in a posh oceanfront neighborhood (Ritz Cove in California), complete with security personnel, all paid for…utilities and all, as a “parsonage,” and it is all tax-free. His suits are worth several thousands each, stitched with 24-carat gold thread; he stays in presidential hotel suites, in the finest hotels in Europe as in Milan and The Lanesborough in London, for several thousands per night.
He will not report his income though most churches readily yield those figures if asked. He sends out letters asking for donors to make up a 10% shortfall in income, saying he needs $2.5 million extra. What is 10 times $2.5 million? When cornered in a lobby by CBC, he promised to call them, brushed them off, and they never heard from him. They had tried to contact him, without success, just like the family to whom he promised financial support for the partially blind boy.
CBC’s The Fifth Estate obtained documents to prove these activities. After a crusade, he and his family and team flew in their private jet to Milan, Italy, to enjoy a $10,000 per night stay for a few nights in the most luxurious hotel in Europe, the Savoia, with no expense spared…Turkish baths, you name it. From there, to London and The Lanesborough Hotel for $4,000 per night, with another $6,000 for expenses like gratuities. The man is a cheat, a fraud, a liar, a thief, a charlatan, a deceitful worker, seducing a world full of religious fools. And you, great “apostle and doctor,” William Zook, are either among the deceived, or the deceiving, or both. In either case, you are no apostle of Jesus Christ.
We do not need these reports to know the wickedness of this charlatan. We know by revelation of the Spirit. These things only confirm what we already know in spirit and in truth. But you are a blind, damned fool, William, and we find you to be a false apostle and deceitful worker. If you were an apostle of God, you would know that what we speak is true. Instead, you condemn our report.
Popoff was exposed and proven a liar and crook. It is on record. But “Reverend Doctor Apostle” Zook stands with these men, courageously, piously defending them!
Where is Oral Roberts now? Where is his 777-bed hospital? Did the Lord really say that He would “take Oral home” if he failed to raise several million dollars? Did Jesus ever pump for money? Did any of His disciples ever do so? Did David and Solomon need to beg the people for money to build the Temple, which, in today’s terms, could be worth perhaps billions of dollars?
No, friend, “Doctor,” “Apostle,” “Reverend” William Zook, it is not God’s truth, which we declare, that is offensive nonsense, as you call it, but your lies and the lies you zealously support. Angels hold their noses with one hand while drawing swords with the other, ready to strike, when witnessing your hypocritical sacrifice of dung on God’s altar. You support scumbags in the Name of the Lord and your exposure is here. You are as they.
Regarding the inconclusive nature of the healings that are reported from the meetings of these charlatans, do you believe that those whom Jesus healed had doubts about it because they were not sure something really happened? That the lame man went home and began limping around, or went back to his lameness, the blind man squinting and going back to seeing men as trees or not at all? Did their families have any question at all that God had performed a miracle?
“And seeing, the crowds marveled, and they glorified God, the One giving such authority to men” (Matthew 9:8 LITV).
At the religious meetings of those you defend, only a very small percentage of those attending are “fortunate” enough to be “healed,” whereas all that came to Jesus, believing He was of God, were healed. This did not require coughing up cash. They were not required to make an “altar call.” They were not mass hypnotized with soft music and suggestive speech. And no one could deny that healings took place! The blind could see, the lame could walk, the lepers were cleansed, the deaf could hear, the dead were raised, the gospel was preached, and blessed were those that were not offended in Him!
You may foolishly object, saying, “But that was Jesus! We aren’t Jesus! He’s God!” Yet, did He not promise:
“Truly, truly, I say to you, He who believes on Me, the works that I do he shall do also, and greater works than these he shall do, because I go to My Father” (John 14:12)?
Now, getting back to the Scripture I quoted earlier about how the Lord healed them all – it concludes by saying that, “He warned them that they should not make Him known.”
Jesus healed them all and told them not to publicize Him, whereas these scoundrels heal no one, yet have their names in lights, their hands and collection buckets out for pay before the promised healings, whoring around for any attention they can get, claiming to do it all in His Name. You think He is not angry, and that His wrath is not on such? Think again! That is why we warn people:
“And he [Moses] said to the people, Come away now from the tents of these evil men, without touching anything of theirs, or you may be taken in the punishment of their sins” (Numbers 16:26 BBE).
Not only is there not healing there, but there is wrath and destruction.
And look at you, the “Rev. Dr. Apostle” William Zook! Is that not an advertisement that says, “Come unto me, one and all, as I make myself and my greatness known to you”? Talk about clouds without water, foaming out their own shame! Jesus, the only One worthy of reverence, did the very opposite of you when He came in the flesh. He did not give Himself titles or seek the approval of men. His true disciples do not consider themselves greater than their Master:
“Truly, truly, I say to you, A servant is not greater than his master, neither is he who is sent greater than he who sent him” (John 13:16).
You follow an altogether different “Jesus,” a blasphemous, man-pleasing, self-worshipping hoax. That goes for your fellows, too. That is why you do not and cannot deliver anyone.
You say you are protecting your group by blocking our words. You are protecting yourself, you liar:
“Woe to you, lawyers! For you have taken away the key of knowledge. You did not enter in yourselves, and you have hindered those who were entering in” (Luke 11:52).
You are letting your group perish in their sins, as is presently happening, with no sign of hope or deliverance. Are they being healed?
Here is the truth, which Victor wrote after the first paragraph in God Heals Today, His Way, where you stopped reading, or closed your eyes and shut your ears:
“The purpose of this writing is to notify all who are given to hear and to believe, that all healing, physical, mental, and spiritual, is indeed available from God, in due time, to all those of true faith and obedience to Him. The record of God is clear:
‘He said, ‘If you will listen carefully to the LORD your God and do what He considers right, if you pay attention to His commands and obey all His laws, I will never make you suffer any of the diseases I made the Egyptians suffer, because I am the LORD, Who heals you’ (Exodus 15:26 GW).“
How can you argue with that, William? Why do you refuse it? Because you do not care for the truth; you care only for yourself. If it does not promote your scam, it is out. If it is the Lord coming into the temple to clear out the moneychangers, you try to bolt the door. Too late! You are now getting whipped. The spiritual wares that you sell at your site, by which you make merchandise of God, are overturned, for those with eyes to see.
Every single person in your group list is perishing [ask us if you wish to see a collection of their prayer requests], not because Jesus Christ’s hand is shortened that He cannot save and heal them, but because they are looking to the magic fairy “Jesus” that you preach and serve. This magic fairy is really a nice guy, but, while he promises a lot, he can’t deliver. You just might have to die from your sickness, or continue suffering horribly in illness, relationship, lifestyle, debt, and other problems, because, hey, what can he do about it? He would like to help you, but there is Satan, whom he cannot control, and you just don’t believe enough (possibly not giving enough of your money) for him to break through to you. It is said you lack faith, or enough people praying for you, or something, anything, as an excuse that will get this magic fairy off the hook. Some of his proponents will even admit that this magic fairy “Jesus” really does not control things as the Bible says the true God does.
Your “Jesus” belongs on the hook. He needs to be exposed as the blatant fraud and rip-off artist that he is, and that you are, posting him up there like a cardboard cut-out, front man for your illicit glory-seeking carnal empire. Neither your more famous ilk nor you deliver anyone, in the name of this god, from their sins. You cannot because firmly ensconced in your own sins. And when someone comes along, sent by God Almighty for deliverance, you shut him out, or try to. Your day is over, Satan, with your reprehensible and blasphemous depictions of God the Savior. Jesus Christ comes in the flesh, and rebukes you.
People, there is a better way. It is not the way of “pixie dust” and hoping to be the one by the water when the angel comes to stir it. It is not the way of “ever learning and never coming to a knowledge of the truth.” It is not as a lottery, the luck of the draw. It is the way of the cross, the atoning blood of Christ, and the power of His resurrection, which cannot be stopped or denied. There is enough to go around for all and to spare, just as when Jesus fed the multitudes with a few fish and loaves of bread. He is the Provider, and is sufficient in all things, having the keys of Hell and Death to free those who follow Him as Lord without the camp, taking up the cross that, He promised, leads to life.
But you have been offended in Him, and hence no blessing. You embrace the false, and reject the true. “Too hard!” you cry. “Do not tell us we need to repent, to change our ways, and that we have to listen to You!” You call Him Lord, but do not do as He says. So He does not know you, and you perish. That is why we are sent to tell you to repent. There is a way out. Yes, it is narrow, and few there be that find it. But it is failsafe. We know that way, because we know the Way, and are that Way, in Him. So we can say with brother Paul, follow us as we follow Christ. We speak of the real Jesus Christ, not the impostor with his name in lights everywhere, appearing as an angel of light, who leaves you disillusioned every time, bloody and beaten in a dark place, wondering what happened.
“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end” (Jeremiah 29:11).
In the end it is not about healings or miracles. Ten lepers were healed, but only one came back. In the end it is about our relationship with our Lord God, Creator and Savior. Here is the promise to His people:
“Then shall you call upon Me, and you shall go and pray unto Me, and I will hearken unto you. And you shall seek Me, and find Me, when you shall search for Me with all your heart. And I will be found of you, says the LORD: and I will turn away your captivity, and I will gather you from all the nations, and from all the places whither I have driven you, says the LORD; and I will bring you again into the place whence I caused you to be carried away captive” (Jeremiah 29:12-14).
And unto all:
“And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him who gives ear, say, Come. And let him who is in need come; and let everyone desiring it take of the water of life freely” (Revelation 22:17 BBE).
But to you, William, and all who despise His appearing:
“But God says to wicked people, How dare you quote My decrees and mouth My promises! You hate discipline. You toss My words behind you. When you see a thief, you want to make friends with him. You keep company with people who commit adultery. You let your mouth say anything evil. Your tongue plans deceit. You sit and talk against your own brother. You slander your own mother’s son. When you did these things, I remained silent. That made you think I was like you. I will argue My point with you and lay it all out for you to see. Consider this, you people who forget God. Otherwise, I will tear you to pieces, and there will be no one left to rescue you” (Psalms 50:16-22 GW).
Contending for the faith, as Jude prayed we should:
“Dear friends, I’ve dropped everything to write you about this life of salvation that we have in common. I have to write insisting–begging!–that you fight with everything you have in you for this faith entrusted to us as a gift to guard and cherish. What has happened is that some people have infiltrated our ranks (our Scriptures warned us this would happen), who beneath their pious skin are shameless scoundrels. Their design is to replace the sheer grace of our God with sheer license–which means doing away with Jesus Christ, our one and only Master” (Jude 1:3-4 MSG).
Paul Cohen and Victor Hafichuk