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Rebuttal to the Believer's Voice Of Victory "Q&A" Section, 10/99
by Sandy Simpson, 1999
In the October 1999 issue of Kenneth Copeland Ministries "Believer's Voice Of Victory" magazine Kenneth Copeland answers some questions in his "Q&A" section.
Q: Brother Copeland, I've heard some preachers say that God uses sickness to teach or discipline us. Then I've heard others say that sickness is of the devils and that it is not God's will for us. What's the truth?
A: Tradition has taught that God uses sickness, trials and tribulation to teach us. This idea, however, is not based o the Word of God. God HAS NEVER used sickness to discipline His children and keep them in line. Sickness is of the devil, and God doesn't need the devil to straighten us out! He sent His Word to do that ..." (emphasis theirs) (Kenneth Copeland, Believer's Voice Of Victory, Q&A pg. 23, October 1999)
This answer to an alleged question (no questioner named) is clever but denies the facts. It contains within it the potential for shipwrecking the faith of any believer who believes what Copeland and other Word-Faith teachers are teaching worldwide.
Let's deal with the first statement: "Tradition has taught that God uses sickness, trials and tribulation to teach us. This idea, however, is not based on the Word of God." Tradition may well teach that God uses sickness to teach us, but so does the Word of God. This is typical of the selective reasoning of Word-Faith teachers like Copeland who simply ignore much Scriptural truth.
You can read the original article here: http://www.deceptioninthechurch.com/vov.html