Imagine a woman walks into a room wearing stethoscope around her neck. As she takes a few steps into the room she glances at a man seated opposite of her and she yells at the man, “Amoxicillin!” She then looks towards a woman leaning against the wall and yells, “myocardial infarction!” Without skipping a beat, she continues to walk through the room heading towards the back exit and before she departs, she glances toward an infant and shouts, “Gastroenteritis!” This woman had the appearance of a health care provider, confidently and loudly shouted medical sounding words, but it was a charade of utter nonsense. And this example illustrates the ministry of David Hogan.
In speaking engagements, David Hogan routinely chirps, hops, and skips while shouting, “Jesus is King!” all sandwiched between Christian-sounding words and pietistic platitudes. To the casual observer he sounds like he is saying something—after all, a lot of words are emanating from his mouth—but, when Hogan breaks out in his Christianese, he is quite literally not saying anything meaningful. Hogan might as well be chirping and hopping while saying, “Pizza squid is light mud car! Jesus is King! Fire!” I am confident many in attendance would still throw up a hand and respond back, “Amen!”
This is not to say that Hogan is incapable of coherent thinking or clear expression. He has no problem talking about how tough he is, how brave he is, how strong he is, and how spiritually gifted he is—he has a lifetime of tall tales about himself. In between stories about himself, he most likely will share a story about how the “Holy Ghost” knocked some people around a room and they left saved. Hogan routinely uses the word, “gospel,” but I have yet to hear him explain the gospel. The best I have been able to conclude is that David Hogan’s gospel is all about power and health. I am not being hyperbolic when I assert that Hogan’s gospel is entirely about power and health, I have not heard him talk about the gospel in any other terms.
We ought not be surprised of Hogan’s different gospel; listen to Hogan explain or teach Holy Scripture and it becomes clear why he has such a shallow and poor theology. For example, listen to five minutes of Hogan explain Luke 17:11-19 and it ought to become clear he is NOT pulling from the biblical text—he is borrowing a few facts from Scripture to make a point that is not in the text.
David Hogan is a false prophet and a heretic. I am willing to correct this label is someone can provide me a video of David Hogan sharing the biblical gospel or correctly handling (teaching) the word of God.
“Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves. – Matthew 7:15 (NASB)
It really shouldn’t be a surprise that Heidi Baker is a false prophet and heretic. Heidi and Rolland Baker are founders of Iris Global (previously Iris Ministries); and while the pursuits of Iris Global certainly seem to follow a Christ-like mission (caring for orphans, widows, and loving others) we ought not get so caught up in their humanitarian goodwill that we ignore the substance of their Christian ministry.
First, naming themselves Iris Ministries should have been the first hint to brothers and sisters-in-Christ that they may want to discern their ministry before getting so caught up in their charismatic charm.
According to Wikipedia:
“In Greek mythology, Iris is the personification of the rainbow and messenger of the gods. She is also known as one of the goddesses of the sea and the sky. Iris links the gods to humanity. She travels with the speed of wind from one end of the world to the other, and into the depths of the sea and the underworld.”
I find it strange that a Christian ministry would name themselves after another god. While my charge of false prophet and heretic do not stem from the name of their ministry, I do believe it’s fair to point out two facts. One, we have one God (Isaiah 46:9-10), and two, he is a jealous God (Exodus 34:14). I do not understand how naming a Christian ministry after another God glorifies him and I believe this point should serve subtle caution that something may not be right – and we don’t need to dig far to validate our concerns.
Heidi Baker talks a lot about being saved, the Holy Spirit, and her frequent personal experiences with God – however, in hours of listening and reading sermons/messages from Heidi Baker I’ve never actually heard her share the gospel. In fact, here is a 4-minute promotional video from her ministry titled, “The Simple Gospel.” When I found this video I was very hopeful; but, either the title is purposefully deceptive or Heidi Baker simply doesn’t know the gospel.
Ignorance or Deception
I believe that Dr. Heidi Baker is very knowledgeable, educated, and intelligent; her qualifications and depth of Christian knowledge probably far exceed my own and many of her critics. And while these achievements are notable it also makes ignorance of the facts highly improbable. Is it possible that she doesn’t know the simple good news of Christ? No, it isn’t possible.
No, I believe Dr. Heidi Baker is purposefully deceptive; and I also believe she is filled by a spirit – just not the Holy Spirit.
Heidi Baker talks a lot about being saved, the Holy Spirit, and her personal experiences with God – however, in hours of listening and reading sermons/messages from Heidi Baker I’ve never heard actually talk about the gospel.
13 For such men are false apostles, deceitful workers, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ.14 No wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.15 Therefore it is not surprising if his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness, whose end will be according to their deeds. – 2 Corinthians 11:13-15
Heresy – Opinionordoctrineatvariancewiththeorthodoxoraccepteddoctrine, especiallyofachurchorreligioussystem. I limit my accusation of heresy to those sharing a different gospel message – or in most cases, those who don’t share any gospel message at all. Instead of sharing the gospel of salvation they focus on feelings & signs.