I saw this the other day on Wikipedia:
Suffer the Children, a documentary highlighting some of the teachings of the Word of Faith movement, has a video clip of Creflo Dollar teaching the “little gods” doctrine to his congregation based on the notion that “everything reproduces after its own kind”:
Dollar: “If horses get together, they produce what?”
Dollar: “If dogs get together, they produce what?”
Dollar: “If cats get together, they produce what?”
Dollar: “So if the Godhead says ‘Let us make man in our image’, and everything produces after its own kind, then they produce what?”
Dollar: “Gods. Little “g” gods. You’re not human. Only human part of you is this flesh you’re wearing.”
There is a word of faith teaching that we, those who are born again, are little gods. This teaching is denounced as heresy among those who do not following the word of faith movement and it does sound strange so might as well look at it before jumping on the band wagon.
One of the basis for this teaching comes from Genesis
And God made the beasts of the earth according to their kinds and the livestock according to their kinds, and everything that creeps on the ground according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”
The argument is that when a male and female get together and reproduce, the offspring has to be of the same kind as what created it. Dogs don’t randomly spawn cats. Followed up with God saying man, meaning both men and women, are created in our image, God must produce gods. Personally I think that argument is a bit flawed. You see, we were not offspring of God but rather creations. When Adam and Eve reproduced, they produced little humans. Now I like the part from God where He says we are created in “our” image. I personally hold in the trinity and that man was created in 3 parts that worked in unison. Body, Soul, and Spirit. When Adam ate the fruit, something died that day, his spirit. That is why when we are born again, we get the Spirit from God to once again make us complete.
The Jews answered him, “It is not for a good work that we are going to stone you but for blasphemy, because you, being a man, make yourself God.” Jesus answered them, “Is it not written in your Law, ‘I said, you are gods’? If he called them gods to whom the word of God came–and Scripture cannot be broken– do you say of him whom the Father consecrated and sent into the world, ‘You are blaspheming,’ because I said, ‘I am the Son of God’?
In the Law, is says we are gods. This phrase refers to Psalms
Give justice to the weak and the fatherless; maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute. Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.” They have neither knowledge nor understanding, they walk about in darkness; all the foundations of the earth are shaken. I said, “You are gods, sons of the Most High, all of you; nevertheless, like men you shall die, and fall like any prince.” Arise, O God, judge the earth; for you shall inherit all the nations!
The word for gods in Psalms is used in Exodus as well, but it is used in the manner to denote a judge, magistrate, and ruler. I find it interesting that each of these positions were set forth by God, but with each one, the person taking on that role had the Holy Spirit on them. With each position, the person was a representative of God and represented His authority. Being born again, we have the Holy Spirit dwelling within us and are we not called to share God with the world and walk in His authority.
Salvation is multifaceted, but one aspect is the adoption into the family of God. We become His children and co-heirs with Christ. We walk in the authority of Jesus as we are in Him and He is in us. Is it such a far thought to think that we are little gods. Maybe it is the term gods that is tripping up people. Listening to the snippets on YouTube, the pastors preaching this message start off by talking about our divinity. Is this what we should be focusing on more than the term little gods?
When mankind fail, the authority was given over to Satan. Jesus does not deny this fact in Matthew.
Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. And he said to him, “All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me.” Then Jesus said to him, “Be gone, Satan! For it is written, “‘You shall worship the Lord your God and him only shall you serve.'”
Satan has no authority over God though. Jesus is God, so Satan has no authority over Jesus. Being saved, if I am in Jesus and He is in me then logic would dictate that Satan has no authority over me either. This is the message of divinity that I think they are trying to make. It is hard to tell because all of the clips stop after the claims of being little gods is made and then they are called heretics. If I am right, then the message is not heretical. It is a message to believers to know their place in the kingdom and to react based on that knowledge. I am not saying we are like the Mormons and believe we will rule over our own planets. We will never be equal to God. But we are in the family of God and should act like it. If the message is ever altered that we will be like God, then run from that message and the one bringing it.