Posted July 8, 2016
During the summer of 1983 a man came over
from Word of Faith Outreach and shared that God had told him to install a
satellite receiver at a church in Plano. He went on to share that none of
the churches he approached would have it. I replied, “You haven’t asked me.”
He responded, “You wouldn’t take it”
“You don’t know that,” I said.
I went on a seven day fast and on the sixth day the Lord directed me to take it. It was installed and working with no cost to the ministry. We began taking Word of Faith Satellite once a month beginning that September.
We received the monthly meetings by satellite from Word of Faith Church in Farmer’s Branch, Texas. The meetings included ministers such as Bob Tilton, Marilyn Hickey, Charles Capps, Norvel Hayes, Hilton Sutton, T.L. Osborn, R.W. Schambach, Frederick K. C. Price, and Bob Yandian.
At one time during these meetings a lady at Water of Life came to me and said, “Don’t you see some of these teachings are in error?”
“Yes,” I replied, “But God told me to take Word of Faith Satellite and I obey God.”
Charles Capps spoke during one of the evening meetings and God led me to confront him about something he said. Charles was reading from Hebrews 7, about Melchisedec and he read the first three verses;
1 For this Melchisedec, king of Salem, priest of the most high God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings, and blessed him;
2 To whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all; first being by interpretation King of righteousness, and after that also King of Salem, which is, King of peace;
3 Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of God; abideth a priest continually.
As Charles Capps read the last verse he said, “You know he had to have a father and a mother.” I could not stand any more; I had to make a phone call. I called Capp’s office. The person on the other end said to me, “Do you disagree with what Charles Capps is teaching?” I replied, “No, he disagrees with himself. He says the Word of God is truth, but then denies the Word of God right here, saying Melchisedec had to have had a father or mother.”
The response I got? “We will give Brother Capps your message.”
In March of 1986 a series of meetings took place on Word of Faith Satellite with Bob Tilton and Norvel Hayes. They were saying it was another Azusa Street, making all kinds of proclamations and continuing every night. On the morning of the eighth day, as I was shaving, I said out loud in my bathroom, “This is not God.”
God spoke immediately to me, “Now that you have rightly judged, you are free from taking Word of Faith Satellite.”
I could not wait to get to church to terminate it. I ended it that day. Several months later the whole Word of Faith Satellite Network collapsed.
A couple of times after that we rented the building out to the Maranatha Group, so they could receive their meetings by way of the satellite feed.
Later I subscribed to a series of meetings via satellite from Kenneth Hagin’s Ministry. On the second night the satellite would not work. I called for the technician and he promised to be here within the hour, but was not. I kept trying until the Spirit of God spoke to me and said, “I don’t want you to take any more satellite.” With that word, it ended and I removed the dish from the property.
God bless you,
Originally posted in 1983 A Work of Righteousness.