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 JIMMY SWAGGART’S CROSS DOCTRINE  Part I

      

Jimmy Swaggart loudly proclaims in a boisterous manner what he calls the doctrine of the cross. He claims that God gave him the message of the cross years ago and that by his teaching many would be saved. May 13, 2012, Mr. Swaggart said that the cross is the reason Jesus came to earth and it is the power of the church. Also, the only thing standing in the way of judgment is the cross and the preaching of the cross. Several times he has said that his preaching of the cross is keeping Jesus from returning so that many can be saved. He claims that many preachers are now teaching his cross doctrine and his preaching of the doctrine isn’t enough, now many are doing so. 

This article is not intended in any way to disparage the cross of Christ and the Bible message. It is to point out the false nature of  Mr. Swaggart’s preaching and the manner in which he twists scriptures, such as what Paul wrote in I Corinthians 1:17-18 For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect. 18 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. Mr. Swaggart uses verse 17 to prove that baptism isn’t necessary and then claims that the cross is Paul’s central message of all his preaching. However, Mr. Swaggart would do well to look at I Corinthians 2:2 For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified. What Jimmy Swaggart does not teach is that the cross and crucify are formed on the same root stem. Whereas crucified means to nail (estauroomenon), cross (stauros -- pronounced: stow-ros) refers to the stake or pole upon which the crucifixion took place. It also denotes the place of shame and sacrifice which Mr. Swaggart seldom if ever mentions.

Jim Woolsey (5-2-2012) said that the central message of the Bible was the cross. However, Hebrews 12:2 says Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. That is very different than what Mr. Woolsey stated. But the Swaggart teaching tells the hearer to look to the cross. The verse also refers to the shame of the cross which Mr. Swaggart doesn’t often state.

Loren Larson parrots the teaching also. He says we must keep faith in the cross; whereas the scriptures state that faith must be in Jesus Christ. There are 4 verses that contain the words faith in Christ, Acts 24:24; Galatians 3:26; Colossians 1:4, 2:5. Mr. Swaggart adds to each one of those verses with the words and the cross to promote his doctrine. Paul wrote in Colossians 2:5-7 (5) For though I be absent in the flesh, yet am I with you in the spirit, joying and beholding your order, and the stedfastness of your faith in Christ. Mr. Swaggart’s comment speaks of “holding rank,” and refers to maintaining one’s faith in the cross.” Verse 6 As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: His comment- “behavior is to be ordered in the sphere of Christ and the Cross.”  Verse 7 Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving. Comment- for stablished in the faith he wrote “in Christ and the Cross and for abounding therein with thanksgiving “this refers to the fact that the Gospel of the Cross, which brought them to Christ, …”

All of them teach that the cross must ever be the object of our faith. Romans 6:3-5 is misquoted to support his doctrine because he says that all were crucified at the cross with Christ. In Colossians 2:14-15 Mr. Swaggart uses those verses as a reference to support his doctrine when Paul plainly says it is Christ who, when crucified, nailed the ordinances to the cross. Then he uses Ephesians 2:13-18 in the same manner, putting the emphasis on the cross verse 18, instead of Christ in verse 13.  Mr. Swaggart cherry picks verse, uses then out of context to support his twisted doctrine. Instead of the gospel of Jesus Christ, Mr. Swaggart teaches the gospel of the cross. The cross didn’t die for us; it didn’t rise from the dead and ascend into heaven. It is obvious that Mr. Swaggart’s cross doctrine all but eliminates Jesus from the gospel.

© 05-21-2012 DEC

                 Jimmy Swaggart’s Cross Doctrine Part II