Perry Stone, Jr.
Born June 28, 1958, Perry F. Stone, Jr. is a fourth-generation charismatic, ecumenist preacher, the son of Perry ‘Fred’ Stone, Sr.
At the age of 16, Stone preached his first sermon. In 1985 he founded Voice of Evangelism (VOE) Outreach Ministries. Headquartered in Cleveland, Stone’s organization is a multi-million dollar ($11 million in donations in 2011; timesfreepress.com, ‘Million-dollar ministry: How Cleveland evangelist Perry Stone built a ministry empire’, by Shelly Bradbury, October 27th, 2013) international media empire that rakes in millions in donations and profits from the sales of his books, DVD’s and trinkets such as aprons, communion kits and (specially anointed by God) prayer cloths that he promises will bring the user untold blessings and healing.
Stone unashamedly lays claim to 80,000 (eighty thousand) hours (nearly 10 years) of uninterrupted Bible study.
The Stone family is composed of Perry, wife Pam (married in 1982) and two children, daughter Amanda and son Jonathan. They reside in a 6,100 sq ft house in Cleveland, a residence arguably larger than the vast majority of the domiciles of his followers, whose donations fund his lavish lifestyle. Stone drew a $104,115 salary in 2011 and gets around in a twin-engine plane owned by the ‘ministry’. While he doesn’t charge a fee from the churches at which he makes appearances, he does solicit ‘travel expense’ reimbursement and takes up a ‘collection’, which he keeps and, he says, turns over to the VOE ministry.
Manna-Fest, his seminal broadcasting effort, is televised on the heretical TBN (Trinity Broadcasting Network) and is regularly filmed in Israel. Seen on 84 stations in 249 countries, his programs are seeding the world with messages gleaned from a false gospel.
Stone espouses the most banal, and damaging, of heresies:
Stone undermines the Atonement of the Cross by teaching Lordship Salvation, that unless Christ is in command of every aspect of your life, you cannot be saved. Stone states in his version of the Sinners Prayer “I now ask Jesus to come into my heart. Be my Savior. Be my Lord. Be my soon coming King. I will do my best to obey yoI ur teachings as recorded in the Bible.” (voe.org)
Personal to Perry Stone: I thought that believing in the life, death and Resurrection of Christ was sufficient for Salvation, that of Grace, not works, lest any man boast. Once one is saved, repentance and forgiveness ensue and one’s character changes through the urging of the Holy Spirit. We change from the ‘old man’ to the new. Our actions and works come as a result of Salvation, not in hope of it. By faith we are saved, and if truly converted, we begin to emulate the Christ like nature that comes as a result of Salvation.
Perry’s father Fred relates an encounter he says he had with the disembodied spirit of a friend, Al Collins, during a moment of prayer in a cabin in the mountains of West Virginia. Fred says that this spirit of his dead friend commanded him to take up a life of preaching.
Fred also relates an out of body experience in which he says the Holy Spirit took him to God’s library in Heaven and he saw a book called the ‘Mighty Acts and Works of Jesus’, a three foot tall tome which he says he took from the shelf and within which read additions to the Sermon on the Mount that are not included in the Bible. He also says that when Perry preaches, the Holy Spirit puts the words of Jesus in his mouth. (You Tube – ‘Has Perry Stone Repented of Necromancy?’)
Perry enthusiastically endorses his father’s claims of speaking to the dead and considers it to be well within the realm of Heavenly revelation.
‘Perry Stone teaches that tongues are the evidence of the baptism of the Holy Spirit. He is a charismatic and his Voice of Evangelism ministry subscribes to the statement of faith of the “Church of God” denomination, which states, “We believe…in speaking with other tongues as the Spirit gives utterance and that it is the initial evidence of the baptism in the Holy Ghost.”’; (from ‘Perry Stone’ By Dane Gardow, truthsource.net)
Perry speaks in tongues on many occasions, but a specific broadcast of his Manna-Fest program included T.L. Lowery and Ron Phillips, two renowned tongue-speakers. By misrepresenting the meaning and context of Romans 8:26 ‘Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. 27 And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God. 28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose’. and John 3:5 ‘Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God’., as well as creatively translating Biblical Greek, Perry and his co-conspirators justify and explain the inane babblings which emanate from the mouths of false teachers everywhere. – (You Tube – ‘Perry Stone Speaking in Tongues’)
Modern day tongue-speaking, or ‘evidential tongues’ is a hallmark of false teaching and is a language of the fallen. Do not be deceived, speaking in tongues was a gift of the Spirit to the Apostles during the first era of the church. Every tongue spoken was a terrestrial one, foreign to the Apostle but clearly understood by the native speakers to whom the apostles were preaching.
‘Perry Stone claims to be a prophet who sees visions from God. He claims that he has supposedly prophesied of various events accurately before they came to pass, a few of which include “Governor Bush becoming President; the 9-11 vision of the towers, and more recently the Oil Rig off the coast of Louisiana.” He testifies that he receives such visitations from the Lord Himself: “During every visitation I have at some point shared with you what I have seen, long before it came to pass, which gave credence that the word was from the Lord.”’; (from ‘Perry Stone’ By Dane Gardow, truthsource.net)
“In April 1998, I had an unusual spiritual experience in the early hours of the morning. As I was coming out a deep sleep, I was aware I was lying in bed beside my wife. Suddenly I heard a voice say, ‘It is My will for the Governor of Texas to be the next President of the United States.’ I leaped out of the bed and awoke my wife saying, ‘You won’t believe what just happened! I just heard a voice speaking to me.’ I repeated the words to her and she smiled, said a few words, and went back to sleep. I dressed and went into my office to tell my office manager about the incident. We checked the Internet to confirm that George W. Bush was the Governor of Texas. I told my office manager, ‘This is the man who is supposed to be the next president.’ I felt odd talking about the incident since no one, not even Governor Bush, had announced his run for the presidency. While I said nothing publicly, I confided only in a few close friends and family members. I experienced the same inner inspiration that I had when the word came to me in 1992 concerning the spirit that would come upon the nation. An unexpected event in Israel seven months later confirmed to me that the word from God was accurate.”; Perry Stone, ‘Plucking the Eagle’s Wings’, 2001, pp. 233-235.
“God does not control your blessing, you do.” This seems to hold God and His Will in the control of the believer, the direct opposite of Biblical teaching.
Stone is also a peddler of cheap magic. In his book and video “The Meal That Heals”, he outlines the following magical recipe of spells and incantations to receive divine healing:
“Through a daily, personal Communion service with God — right in your own home — you can experience spiritual renewal and physical healing in your life.”
“When taking communion—I suggest you take a whole cracker—look at it and begin to thank Jesus for healing your body. Tell Him you are taking this as heavenly medicine for your body. Thank Him that His body was broken so you could be whole. He was torn up so you could be well. He carried pain and death in His body so you and I could be free of pain, free of cancer, free of blood disorders, free of bone diseases, etc. Then break that cracker. Realizing that it was because of our sin that His body was broken, it was for our healing that stripes were laid on His back—His body was given to us—for our healing. Don’t just discern the blood—Jesus commanded us to discern His body also! Partake of His flesh! (John 6:53-58) Sound too gross for you? It did to His disciples also, and many left Him that day because of that saying. Will you? Will you choose to ignore His words and not lay claim to the price He paid for you and me in His body?
How do we appropriate it? This is the awesome part. Get some grape juice or wine, which ever you prefer to use and keep it in stock along with crackers. Begin to make it a daily routine in your life to just take a few minutes and take communion. Each time you do, not only consecrate yourself to Him, but look at that cracker, break it and lay claim to what Jesus gave His body for—for your healing, for your soundness and peace of mind, for your total well being. Take it as daily medicine!! How many of you take medicine daily? I would go so far as to suggest that every time you have to take your medicine, take God’s medicine along with it! Give God equal time and opportunity! The great thing about this is, I don’t have to have total faith for instant healing—I have faith in what Jesus did for me in His body—faith enough to appropriate it personally, on a regular basis. I can know in doing this that each time I do it, I’m getting a little more well, healing is coming into my body, from God Himself, every time I lay claim to His body—-my manna from heaven!”
I would like to remind Brother Perry that we followers of Christ are commanded by our Saviour to partake of communion thusly; 1 Corinthians 11:24 ‘And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me. 25 After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me. 26 For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come. 27 whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. 28 But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup. 29 For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body.
Not sure where eliciting favors of healing from God fits in there. Though God can, and does heal, there are no guarantees and to expect, rather than ask God for healing will invariably lead to disappointment.
Acts 20:28 ‘Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood. 29 For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock. 30 Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them.’
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