A Biblical Response to the teachings of Pastor Apollo Quiboloy and The Kingdom of Jesus Christ

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An Outline Response

  1. General1
    1. Oneness Pentecostalism leanings with a denial of the Trinity.
      1. See here for a refutation.  
    2. Prosperity Theology
      1. The Bible teaches that even the righteous can and will endure persecution, suffering, and even times of financial hardship (1 Cor. 4:11; Mt. 8:20; Lk. 9:58).  True faith does not necessarily lead to financial prosperity (Mt. 19:21; Rom. 15:26).  While God certainly wants us to be wise stewards of our finances, these finances are not the measure of our spirituality or faith. 
    3. Radical exclusivism
      1. The Bible is available for all to read and interpret.  It is not the exclusive treasure of some Church or organization to dictate infallibly what it teaches (2 Pet. 1:21; Acts 17:11).
      2. It is the job of Christians by carefully using sound interpretive principles to rightfully divide the Word of Truth (2 Tim. 2:15; cf. Acts 17:11).
  2. Jesus
    1. Jesus was the savior for the Jews and Quiboloy is the savior for the Gentiles.
      1. Jesus is the Savior of all people in the world (John 3:16; 1 John 2:2), which is why Jesus sent the apostles into the entire world to preach the Gospel (Mt. 28:18-20; Luke 24:47; Acts 1:8).
    2. Quiboloy makes himself equal to Jesus by calling himself a "begotten Son" and "the Son of God."  Also, Quiboloy claimed to be ushered into sonship in 2003 in the same sense that Jesus has eternal sonship.
      1. Jesus is the unique Son of God (Jn. 5:18; Heb. 1:1-3). While the term “Son of God” was used in the Bible to refer to individuals other than Jesus, it is Jesus alone who is the son of God in the sense that he is equally God rather than a son of God through adoption which is is the position of believers to God (Rom. 8:14-25).
    3. Quiboloy is in a state of perfection similar to that which Adam experienced before the fall.
      1. All humans are unrighteous (Rom. 3:10-11) and have sinned (Rom. 3:23).  Though we are all positionally righteous before God (Rom. 4:5), we still sin while on this earth (1 John 1:8-9).
  3. Fall
    1. Serpent Seed Doctrine: Eve had sex with the serpent in the Garden to cause the fall.
      1. It requires a reading of the text that clearly doesn’t fit the context of the book of Genesis.  It is clearly not a historical interpretation of scripture and has never been accepted as part of Christian orthodoxy.  The doctrine assumes that the fall was sexual however the whole of scripture speaks of sin as disobedience and rebellion against God (Rom 3:9-19).
  4. Salvation
    1. We can only have salvation by acknowledging 'Pastor' Quiboloy as the Son of God.
      1. Jesus taught that salvation was available only through Him (John 14:6; cf. Acts 4:12).  Jesus has not changed (Heb. 13:8).  Therefore, Jesus is the only way the salvation, not Pastor Quiboloy.
    2. God’s work of salvation was not finished at the cross.
      1. Jesus said His work was finished at the cross (John 19:30).  His work on the cross accomplished salvation for all who would believe.
  5. Bible
    1. Authoritative in so far as it is interpreted by Quiboloy.
      1. The Bible is an authoritative book regardless of a person’s interpretation; problems arise when one person feels that their interpretation has precedence over everyone else’s, especially when they have no historical basis.  Many cults have to use isolated verses to defend their position rather than looking at the larger context.  This is specifically the problem that Quiboloy is responsible for.  A plain reading of the Bible by the believer just wouldn’t lead to Quiboloy’s heretical conclusions, we simply are not meant to be expecting new written revelation or a new savior for the ‘Gentile setting’!
    2. Quiboloy is seeking to add a new written revelation to the Bible in his Book of Fulfilment.
      1. All Scripture is given by inspiration of God (2 Tim. 3:16-17) and, as such, Scripture endures forever (Is. 40:8; cf. 1 Pet. 1:25).  Therefore, there is no need for a new revelation of Quiboloy’s to be on par with the Bible.
      2. Since Quiboloy’s teaching directly contradicts Scripture in a number of instances, this potential new revelation of his is not from God.
      3. Jesus warned about false christs who would arise (Mt. 24:24; Mk. 13:22).  Since Quiboloy claims to be equal with God and the only way to God, he is definitely a false christ.
    3. Quiboloy constantly twists Scripture to support his erroneous doctrines.
      1. This is a characteristic of a false teacher.  Jesus rightfully rebuked the Pharisees for their constant twisting of Scripture (Mt. 15:3, 6).  Though Quiboloy’s teaching is vastly different from the Pharisees, Jesus’ same warning applies to him also. 

More Detailed Response to Some of the Above Topics

1. Jesus is the Savior of the Whole World for All Time

Quiboloy’s claim that there are two savior figures: one of the Jewish people (Jesus) and one for the Gentiles (Himself) is false.  Jesus and the apostles taught that salvation was only available through Himself not any other person (John 14:6; Acts 4:12).  Since “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever” (Heb. 13:8), He has not since lost His exclusive claim to salvation for all people in the entire world.  Although Jesus was the Jewish Messiah, He was also the savior for the whole world (John 3:16; 1 John 2:2), He still healed many who were not Jews while he was on earth such as the Samaritan leper (Luke 17:11-16) and the Roman centurion's servant (Mt. 8:5-9).  The early Church has always been a mixture of Jewish and Gentile believers because Jesus' ministry to the Gentiles continued with Philip (Acts 8), Peter (Acts 10), and Paul who called himself the 'Apostle to the Gentiles' (Rom. 11:13).  Furthermore, Jesus’ earliest followers understood that He was the savior of not just the Jews, but the whole world.  This is why the Gospel was to be preached to the entire world (Mt. 28:18-20; Luke 24:47).

2. Jesus is the Unique Son of God

Quiboloy equates himself as the Son of God, but not in the sense Christians mean as God's adopted Sons and daughters (Eph 5:1; Gal 4:5; Rom 8:15).  Quiboloy means that he is on par with Jesus as another begotten Son.  The problem with this is that Jesus is always referred to as the only begotten son (John 1:18, 3:16-18), and also the Greek for 'Only begotten' is monogenes which essentially means “one of a kind,” the prefix mono is used in western English to mean one, such as “monorail,” which means one rail over using two.  Quiboloy's claims are utterly false and blasphemous.

Jesus is the unique Son of God. While the term “Son of God” was used in parts of the Bible to refer to individuals other than Jesus, it is Jesus alone who is the son of God in the sense that he is equally God rather than a son of God through adoption which is is the position of believers to God (Rom. 8:14-25).  Jesus‘ disciples understood that there was a clear distinction between the way Jesus used the term to describe himself and the way it should be applied to believers.  Jesus himself uses the term "Son of God" in John 5:18-23, 3:16-18, and Matt. 16:16-20, to describe himself in a way that clearly shows that he claims to be equal with God and this was clearly recognized by his many critics and would eventually lead to his death on the cross.  It should also noted than even in the New Testament, like the Old Testament, the term "Son of God" was used by Matthew (Mt. 2:15) quoting from Hosea 11:1 (describing the people of Israel, see also Exo 4:22), and also referring to man created by God in Luke 2:38.  Jesus' early followers clearly recognized that Jesus was the unique Son of God and proclaimed this to the world after his ascension (Acts 8:36, 9:20).

The author of Hebrews, for example, states in Hebrews 1:1-3 that the father has spoken to us by his son (Jesus) and with whom he created the universe.  The Son that the writer is describing is said to reflect the glory of God and be the very duplicate of him (Greek - charakter - meaning "exact duplicate").  It is made clear that if Jesus is the exact duplicate of God, then he possess the very nature or being (Greek - hypostasis) of God.  Then it would follow logically that he was then exactly equal to God in regards to his attributes and creating power since he "upholds all things," (Heb. 1:3).  The Greek for "only begotten" is monogenes which literally means "one of a kind," so this clearly refutes any claims by Quiboloy that he is a begotten son of God.  If we are to assume that Quiboloy knows what he is doing, we should understand that he is claiming equality with God!

3. The Bible must be interpreted in its History and Context

The Bible is the authority only through Quiboloy’s interpretation.  Feel free to listen to him as he makes himself equal with God by avoiding sound Biblical interpretation for his heretical teaching (see: http://vodpod.com/watch/3063762-part-2-why-pastor-apollo-c-quiboloy- is-not-a-false-prophet-on-give-us-this-day).  It is truly sad to see how easily people can be lead astray and follow such false teaching.

It should be noted that when one leader claims to be the only one who can interpret the Bible correctly we have a big problem.  Quiboloy is one such person; it is extremely obvious for anyone who knows a little bit about the Bible that he just twists scripture and adds his own meaning in his attempt to persuade others.  In fact, it looks like he will be going one step further in the future by adding his own book to the Bible which will be known as "The Book of Fulfilment."  Quiboloy claims on his website that he will soon be putting pen to paper and claims that it will be a guide for believers similar to the New and Old Testaments.  This he says will allow his followers to be more like him.

Quiboloy is a good communicator and a passionate speaker.  It is easy to see after viewing his videos and listening to his sermons, how those who are not rooted in God’s Word, can be easily swayed by his nice exterior.  This is clearly a movement that claims to be "Christian" but it's clearly contrary to sound Biblical teaching on many levels, and it diverts worship from Jesus and instead focuses on Quiboloy.  After reading lots of material from his followers, sadly little is said of Jesus if at all.  When Jesus is mentioned and his words read it's only to twist what he said to support Quiboloy's outlandish claims and ministry.  However anyone with a little discernment and knowledge, should be able to easily see where Quiboloy wanders from the truth.  Christians have no need for a new saviour in the Gentile setting nor do we have any need for Quiboloy's future written revelation.  Paul seems to sum up Quiboloy quite well in Romans 16:17-18:

I appeal to you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and create obstacles contrary to the doctrine that you have been taught; avoid them.  For such persons do not serve our Lord Christ, but their own appetites, and by smooth talk and flattery they deceive the hearts of the naive.

  • 1. For a list of sources consulted, please see here.

 

 

 

 
 
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