So, what are you doing next Friday (July 25th)? If you’re in Los Angeles, why don’t you stop by the “apostolic confirmation” service for Dr. Fred K.C. Price?
Freddy has ravaged the Gospel by touting the “little gods” heresy (among other heresies), extorting tithes taxes from his followers AND teaching others how to steal also, and starting an entire denomination that duplicates his heresy around the globe.
So how is Freddy rewarded for his assault on the Gospel? By being “affirmed” as an “apostle”, of course! Don’t believe me? Take a look at his seal (that makes it official, right?):
Now that you’ve stopped laughing (or crying) – let’s review what the biblically ignorant like to use as their scriptural justification for calling themselves “apostles”:
Ephesians 4:11-12 (New American Standard Bible)
Paul clearly told the church at Ephesus that Jesus gave “some as apostles…for the equipping of the saints…until we all attain unity of the faith”. So the question now becomes “if we all haven’t attained the unity in the faith that Paul spoke of, isn’t the apostolic office still open?”
If we go Ephesians 2, we see Paul clear write that it was one of the foundational offices (my emphasis in bold):
Ephesians 2:19-22 (New American Standard Bible)
So, we see that Paul FIRST STATES that the Apostolic office is a foundational office (in Eph. 2), then he explains the purpose (Eph 4). So does that mean that the work of the ministry is complete? Absolutely not! In fact, as we look at the apostasy that is strangling the church, we need the REAL GOSPEL preached more and more – but that IS NOT a justifiable argument that there are modern day apostles.
In fact, as believers of the Lord Jesus Christ, we have the infallible Word of God as a tool to proclaim repentance of sin and salvation unto God through Jesus Christ – does that make ALL OF US apostles?
Further, when you look at the American Heritage Dictionary definition for the word apostle, the first two entries confirm what we know scripture says:
- One of a group made up especially of the 12 disciples chosen by Jesus to preach the gospel.
- A missionary of the early Christian Church.
Even though Paul wasn’t a disciple, he clearly got his “marching orders” from Christ (Acts 9), thus making him (an official) Apostle. We don’t defend the title of “teacher” as much as we do the title of “apostle”. Why? Because the title “apostle” sounds more religious, and brings to mind a more lofty, authoritative ideal. Also, we have the rightful title of “pastor” and “elder” to successfully convey the job of a shepherd – have those titles become so common that we have to elevate the dialect?
Even further, we don’t see these modern-day “apostles” operating in signs and wonders – specifically because Paul said that they had already occurred (2 Corinthians 12:12)…not that God can’t work miracles and wonders through people, but the TRUE Apostles didn’t engage in parlor tricks or games. Can you imagine Paul or Peter exhorting the sheep to “sow” into a corrupt pyramid scheme in order to “gain favor” – or to “speak those things” in expectation for something from God? NO!
On the contrary, REAL APOSTLES chided the sheep for their desire of earthly gain and reminded them to be content no matter what state they were in (1 Timothy 6:8, Philippians 4:11, 2 Corinthians 12:10, Hebrews 13:5, 1 Timothy 6:6). The pimps who “claim their apostolic mantle” these days only do so to grease their well-oiled money taking machines.
So, if you want to call old Freddy an “apostle”, then go right ahead. In fact, I think I’ll call myself one too – Apostle Speaking Truth…I like the sound of that.
Thinking to myself: Hmmm…maybe I’ll take my “apostolic confirmation” service on the road. For a small “love gift”, I’ll bring my apostolic mantle to a strip mall near you!