Frequently seen on the Trinity Broadcasting Network is animated evangelist Jesse Duplantis—known by his devotees as the “Raging Cajun.” Infrequently practiced, the Bible admonishes Christians, to “test all things” (1 Thess. 5:21; cf. Acts. 17:11). Christians therefore, should not abdicate their responsibility to put Duplantis, in spite of his widespread popularity, to the test and see if what he says is in accord with Holy Scripture.
Visitation to Heaven
In August of 1988, Duplantis alleges that he went to heaven and postulates this claim behind the pulpits of some of the largest churches in America. Recently, Duplantis wrote a book entitled Heaven, Close Encounters of the God Kind wherein he describes his alleged visitation to heaven. He also has a video and audiocassettes that provide all the details of his extraordinary claim. What is most alarming though, is that notwithstanding his “Christian” vocabulary and by his own admission, his claim to be a “Christian” teacher; the fact is, Duplantis is preaching in some of the largest Christian churches Mormon theology
Mormon Doctrine of God (an exalted man)
Founder, first President, and prophet of the Mormon Church tells us: “God himself was once as we are now and is an exalted man. . . . ” (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, 345).
Also in the Mormon scripture, Doctrine and Covenants 130:22 declares: “The Father has a body of flesh and bones as tangible as man’s: the Son also. . . . ” The foundation of Mormon theology is that God is an exalted man. In Duplantis’ book, page 111, Duplantis tells us that he saw God’s throne. Then, on page 113, he goes on to describe how he saw God the Father: “I saw Elohim, Jehovah God, Yahweh sitting on the throne! But I saw his feet – only his feet.”
What is more, on page 114, Duplantis explains: “But I looked, again and I saw the lower part of his hand resting on the arm of the throne. He is so big – you can’t describe him in a dimension. His hand is huge!” Moreover, Duplantis tells readers on page 115 that God’s finger threw an angel to the wall:
Then I saw God’s finger barely move and when it moved, an angel that was flying near Him was thrown up against a wall. Bam! It didn’t hurt the angel. . . .
Incredibly, Duplantis agrees with Joseph Smith in teaching that God is a big man. Keep in mind, Duplantis is speaking of God the Father not Jesus, he tells about Jesus on pages 88 and 89. What is most distressing is that Duplantis is teaching this utterly blasphemous view of God to millions of people in Christians churches over airwaves and through his book, video, and audiocassettes. The truth of God is exchanged for a lie (Rom. 1:25). The Mormon god is a big man with hands and feet just as Duplantis teaches. However, this view is in stark contrast to the truth of God’s word. The God of biblical revelation is spirit. In John 4:24 Jesus absolutely confirms: “God is spirit (pneuma ho theos), and his worshipers must worship in spirit and truth.”
Furthermore, in Luke 24:36-40 Jesus tells us what a spirit is not: “See My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself; touch Me and see, for a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have” (Luke 24:39). Further, Jesus Himself clearly states: “No man has ever seen God [the Father] at any time. . . .” (John 1:18).
The LORD Himself declares: “Do not I fill the heaven and earth?” (Jer. 23:24; cf. v. 23; see also 2 Chron. 6:18). Discordant to Duplantis’ false teaching, God tells us in Hosea 11:9: “for I am God and not a man. . . .
Clearly then, Duplantis teaching of God, is a decidedly different God than that of Holy Scripture. Duplantis, as does the Mormons Church, have completely disregarded the perspicuous teaching of Scripture—mainly that God the Father is an invisible spirit, which no man has seen; and as the Apostle Paul points out, “whom no man has seen or CAN see. . . .” (1 Tim. 6:16).
Hence, Scripture is clear: No man has or can see God the Farther, including Jesse Duplantis.
Mormon Doctrine of Preexistence
Duplantis is in full concert with the Mormon doctrine of preexistence. According to Mormon theology, prior to their life on earth, all people existed in heaven as “spirit children”, then at appointed times, these spirit children are sent to earth to receive their physical bodies, thus becoming human (cf. LDS apostle Bruce R. McConkie, Mormon Doctrine, 589).
In harmony with Mormon theology, Duplantis explains on page 119, that he “saw babies flying around God’s throne . . . wearing nightgowns.” Duplantis then tells us that the babies were saying to God: “Can I be a spirit? Would you send me to the earth so I can be a spirit? I want to be a redeemed person. Can I be a spirit?” In point of fact, this teaching clearly contradicts biblical theology, Genesis 2:7 tells us plainly: “The Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.” The passage is so clear that no one could miss it, Duplantis however, holds to the Mormon doctrine of pre-existence rather than the biblical doctrine of man (see also Zec. 12:1).
The foundation of Mormonism rests squarely on the teaching that; God is an exalted man, the doctrine of pre-existence and exaltation (i.e., man progressing to become a God). Clearly, Mormon theology is not Christian theology. Mormonism is a polytheistic non-Christian cult that has been rejected by every Christian denomination since the cult’s genesis in 1830. Consequently, people that embrace Duplantis’ teaching are embracing the bedrock of Mormon theology.
Enlarging on Duplantis’ corrupt teaching of God, Duplantis tells us on page 118 and 119, that the Holy Spirit resides only on earth and not in heaven. If Duplantis would only rely on the Bible rather than on his experience he would understand that the Holy Spirit is omnipresent and therefore cannot be confined to locality—this is a basic teaching that most children learn in Sunday school.
Speaking on the omnipresence of the Spirit, David clearly declares: “Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence? if I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold thou art there” (Ps. 139:7, 8; see also 1 Cor. 2:11).
Without question, Jesse Duplantis is teaching contrary to Holy Scripture. If in fact, Duplantis really did have a bonafide vision, he should have consulted the Bible and put it to the test. But unfortunately, he did not and hence, he was duped by another spirit (cf. 1 John 4:1). Duplantis re-defines the God of the Bible and reduces him to merely a big man. He pointedly denies the omnipresence of the Holy Spirit and concedes to the erroneous Mormon view of preexistence. Jesus tells us to “watch out for false prophets” (Matt. 7:15-23). Christians are told to “refute those that oppose sound doctrine” and “rebuke them sharply” (Titus 1:9, 13; 2:1).
The tragedy of Jesse Duplantis’ teaching then, is that nice sincere people are being deceived. Regrettably, churches that have Duplantis behind their pulpits are allowing false teachings to creep in and devour the flock. Thus, the pastors who bring him in are accountable to God. If the Churches do not speak out against false teachings, then false teachings will be construed as truth. In the first century, the Christian motto was ‘contend for the faith’… but in present-day Christianity this motto has been traded for ‘don’t contend for the faith – someone might get offended.’
Let us not forget the words of the Apostle Paul, who did not care what people thought but only what God thought, as he warns the Church:
For I have not hesitated to proclaim to you the whole will of God. Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the Church of God, which he bought with his own blood. I know after I leave, savage wolves will come in among you and will not spare the flock. Even from your own number men will arise and distort the truth in order to draw disciples after them. So be on guard! Remember that for three years I never stopped warning each of you night and day with tears (Acts 20:26-31).