Where to start? Rod
started out with a small congregation of 17 and has watched it grow
to where they now have a facility that seats 5200 people. When
I first started watching Rod Parsley, I felt very uneasy with his
actions, preaching and just overall had a really hard time
witnessing with his spirit. That may sound strange to some but
if you practice discernment with the Gift of Discernment from the
Holy Spirit, you find yourself being able to recognize many things
about a person and their message. I made a concerted effort to
listen to Rod every chance I could and to learn as much about his
teaching as I could. I was always leery of his way of getting
people to give money and soon learned that he was just another
follower of the name it and claim it group. In the last few
years he has really come out of the closet so to speak. He now
is a real hustler for not only his own church but for TBN also.
You will see by the comments below that even if Rod had not begun as
a name it and claim it prosperity gospel preacher he certainly is
now. His ranting and ravings along with his antics while in
the pulpit and stage have given him the nickname of the "Raging
We do ask that like
all these preachers and those who follow them, that you would pray
for them that their eyes and ears would be open to the truth of the
Word of God.
Click here to see a sample of Rod's
S. Liichow of
Inner-City Christian Discernment Ministry
www.discernment.org had this to say about Rod Parsley.
Rod Parsley is
a fast rising star in Pentecostal/charismatic circles. Well on
5-21-97, sent right to my home is a glossy packet stating
"Release the anointing. .
.Receive Your Miracle."
enclosed is a
MIRACLE PRAYER CLOTH
and I am supposed to:
RECEIVE this prayer cloth as your point of contact
PLACE this prayer cloth in the envelope provided and
BELIEVE God to receive YOUR miracle. . .I
am to do these 3 things and RUSH my
back to Pastor Rod
(hopefully with a donation)
and wait for my miracle to manifest. "As
you send me your prayer cloth and your most generous gift toward our
Breakthrough ministry, I will send you my 3-tape audio cassette
series, "Releasing the Anointing. . .Your Breakthrough to Victory."
This is nothing but a shameless
con to transfer dollars from the pockets of God's people who in many
cases have a genuine need but lack Biblical understanding and thus
fall prey to ministers of this type.
I think Mr. Liichow has said it
his book, Renamed and Redeemed, asserts: “JESUS IS NOT SICK —
I DON’T HAVE TO BE SICK.”
Yet Rod Parsley has back problems and at times says that this has
kept him out of the pulpit for weeks at a time (He stated this at
TBN's Spring Telethon 2004 and other times as well). Yet, hear
what Rod teaches, "Let's
settle the matter once and for all, God doesn't want you sick."
Rod suffers from a bad back which has caused him to miss a few
preaching engagements. How can this possibly be when he
preaches the above. Could it be that Mr. Parsley doesn't
practice what he preaches?
preaches and teaches that the tithe and offering are “seed.”
If you sow your seed, you can expect a bigger return than you have
sown. Actually, you will not only double and triple your money, you
can get it back one hundred fold.
have said that it’s selfish to ask God to give a hundredfold return
on the seeds sown in the financial realm. No it’s selfish not
to expect the hundredfold return. ... The anointing is on the seed.
If you will divest, God will invest.”57 Rod
Parsley, God’s Answer to Insufficient Funds.
Columbus, Ohio: Results
1992, pp. 46-47. This is just
another attempt to convince people that you have to pay God for what
you want. These preachers have to teach this because if their
congregations ever were told the truth they would stop giving so
much. What is the truth? I believe we can find it in
Scripture where Jesus said the following:
The same heard Paul speak: who stedfastly beholding him, and
perceiving that he had faith to be healed,
you see the man at Lystra
had FAITH, not
money. You cannot buy a healing or a miracle from God.
Now maybe you can from Satan. Ever think of that? There are
only two powers at work here, God and Satan. THERE IS NO GRAY
AREA! Either we do the work of the Lord or we do the work of the
Let's take a
look at some of Rod's comments which will tell us a lot about his
style, beliefs, wants and wishes, etc. This is compilation of
quotes for various sources.
not sowing it believing it for the miracle to happen. The
miracle has already happened! I just unlocked it with a seed!"
(Rod Parsley, "Spring Praise-A-Thon," April 7, 2005)
This teaching is false in that they are actually playing a word game
with the congregation. What they are referring to is that
Jesus paid our debts and HE is our pathway to God. Everything
is known beforehand by God the Father and therefore these preachers
just sort of stretch the point to teach you to believe that all
these miracles are already predestined and waiting for you IF you
will only act upon them. The sad part is that they convince so many
that they must "give to get" instead of just believe.
Crouch gave a word tonight if I didn't.
That is that you can receive a miracle by mixing your praying and
(Rod Parsley, TBN, Praise-The-Lord "Macedonian Call," July 25, 2005)
Here we see Rod working hard to get all the money he can for TBN and
Paul Crouch. It also shows that Rod Parsley believes that Paul
Crouch is a prophet or he couldn't give a word from God to begin
is speaking that to 34 people.
Everybody else sow $1,000 if your need can be represented by a
If you can't sow the whole $1,000 right now sow $500 and believe
God for the other $500...But take a step of faith right now.
I'm giving you an opportunity to miss the mess!"
(Rod Parsley, TBN, Praise-The-Lord "Macedonian Call," July 25, 2005)
First of all, we see that Rod is an expert on playing to people's
egos. He knows there are a lot of people viewing TBN and is
banking on 34 of them having an ego large enough to think they have
to be part of that special group. Secondly we wonder what
"mess" he is talking about?
"Where there is doubt concerning the will of God, faith very simply
I use to pray these words, 'If it be thy will for healing,'
before I read and believed God's word. Since I was a good
Christian boy, I would get on my knee's like many of you and I'd
pray, 'Oh God!' I thought for many years that God's first name
was oh. 'Oh
God, if it's your will heal this person.' Do you know what my
doubt filled prayers produced? Seven members of my immediate
family died within 18 months.
I practically grew up in a funeral home listening to preacher after
preacher explain how it was God's will that another flower was
picked for the bouquet in heaven...Let's settle the matter once and
for all, God doesn't want you sick." (Rod Parsley, "Healing is the
Children's Bread," TBN June 11, 2004)
Let me just say that there is no reason to be hypocritical but Rod
sure sounds that way when he says, "Like a good Christian boy".
Why make that type of point? Do any of really believe that Rod
thought God's first name was Oh? Also I would have to perceive that
none of the seven family members were believers because they died
and were not healed of whatever killed them. But if you
believe Rod Parsley, you know that he says you have to "give to get"
so maybe they didn't give? I do not want that to sound
facetious but that is what Rod teaches. Also and I mean this
with all my heart, Rod has a son who is real sick and I do pray that
the Lord will heal this young man and make him well. The
problem with this type of teaching is that how does Rod justify his
son being sick and not healed when he claims the things he does.
We all know that the Lord wills as He wills. We cannot demand
anything from God. Jesus said to "ask" in His name and it will
be given unto you. He did not say, "demand" in His name.
We should all pray that God will perform a miracle healing on Rod's
son and let all the Glory go to God.
Parsley is upfront with his congregation about the church's need for
just love to talk about money,'
he told them.
'I just love to talk about your money. Let me be very clear —
I want your money. I deserve it. This church deserves
(Rod Parsley, "An Empire of Souls," page 35. "ROD
PARSLEY: THE RAGING PROPHET")
First and foremost, the church nor Rod deserves anything except
which is given by God. You may say, "well, if Rod was a
follower of Satan, he wouldn't be getting anything from God, even
though he may have a lot of money, etc." My answer to that is,
"Yes he is getting what he deserves from God. He is getting
his just deserves because God is not protecting him from Satan".
You must remember that all things are made possible by God.
That includes Satan's right to buffet one who is not a follower of
the Lord. Satan can only do what God allows him to do which is
justified by our fallen nature until we turn to the righteous one,
Jesus Christ and then Satan is commanded away from us by the Power
of you are standing there like you ain't got no trouble. I saw
what you drove here in. Don't tell me you ain't got no
(Rod Parsley, "The God Of More Than Enough," June 1, 2004,
Does this mean that if you drive an older car, you are in trouble?
You are not good enough? You are undeserving? Maybe you
drive an older model car because you give to the poor and help the
hurting and elect to drive a cheaper car.
feel my pastor, he said, 'I'd say this word one time on television
and 100,000 homosexuals and lesbians would be instantly set free.'
I'm about to, I'm about to declare your freedom. Shout and
take authority over that spirit. Cast it down! Cast down
that lie. Cast down that deception! Cast it down!
Cast it down! Cast it down! When I say three. When
I say three. When I say three. You shout two words,
'Come out!' I did this the other day.
Two lesbians were having perverted sex, drinking alcohol, and
snorting cocaine. But when I shouted, 'Come out' their glasses
burst in their hands and they slithered out of the bed and got
gloriously born again and filled with the Holy Ghost."
(Rod Parsley, "Dominion Camp Meeting," TBN July 6, 2004)
Now tell me something reader. How can these two lesbians be
converted and filled with the Holy Ghost without having heard the
Gospel. Also notice the choice of words Rod used. He claims
they "slithered" out of bed. Were these actually serpents of
some kind or what and how did he hear about this experience in the
first place. If the two lesbians told him, are they still
lesbians, are they following the way of the Lord? Also, what
were they doing having perverted sex, drinking and WATCHING &
LISTENING TO ROD PARSLEY ON THE TELEVISION SET. This is
just TOO strange to believe. This is just like so many other
things you hear preachers of this type talk about. They claim
so much but with NO DOCUMENTATION! We are expected to believe
it just because they said so.
ready to exchange what is in my hand for what's in God's
hand...Give! Give! Give! Sow! Sow!
(Rod Parsley, TBN, Praise-A-Thon, March 31, 2004)
You know, I believe Rod on this subject.
He wants to exchange what is in his hand for what is in God's hand.
You remember the old song, "He's got the whole world in his hand"?
Well I honestly believe Rod wants the whole world.
reap a perpetual harvest you need to sow a perpetual seed. I
got a need for seed."
(Rod Parsley, TBN, Praise-A-Thon, March 31, 2004)
won't get to the text until you get to the phone."
(Rod Parsley, TBN, Praise-A-Thon, March 31, 2004)
Parsley is also a dominionist. This
too, grows out of the Word-Faith error. Dominionism teaches that
powerful anointed men will bring in all the benefits (healings and
miracles) of the millennium, creating a Utopia to which Christ will
return. Somehow they will reverse the consequences of the Fall and
totally subdue disease and the hard circumstances of life.
This teaching is also identified as
“Manifest Sons of God” doctrine. It confuses glorification by
intermingling it into the sanctification process. One cannot take
glorification and arbitrarily impose it on the sanctification
process. It is a grave and fundamental error that produces chaos.
Sanctification is growth while glorification is completion or
perfection, which comes in resurrection and the eternal state
(Romans 8). Parsley no longer wants “a mansion over the hilltop,” he
wants it here and now.
Parsley derives the dominion teaching
not from Scripture but from a “prophecy” of the late
evangelist-healer Tommy Hicks (1909-1973). Hicks held mass meetings
in Argentina in the mid-1950s and was a friend of Juan Peron.25
What should be alarming to any Christian is that Hicks seemed to be
open to occultist phenomenon.
Hicks’ so-called prophecy26
referred to by Parsley is wild imaginings of science fiction. He
claims to have seen in a vision on July 25, 1961, that a great
anointed miracle army was then about to burst on the scene, healing
multitudes and invulnerable to bullets and death. This unstoppable
army would be miraculously transported from place to place. Hicks
must have known about the occult phenomenon called astral
Will man ever be invulnerable to
death? According to 1 Corinthians 15, death will not be finally
destroyed until Jesus comes. Here, almost 40 years later, Hicks’
imminent army has not shown up.
In the May 28, 1999, installment of
his daily program (filmed in a replica of the Upper Room in
Jerusalem, Israel), Parsley predicted a new “wave” coming that would
empty out hospitals and anoint seemingly ordinary believers. The new
wave or as it is sometime called, “the new thing,” has been touted
for over 50 years (over a decade longer than Parsley has been
living) and goes back to the heretical Latter Rain Movement of the
late 1940s,27 which, by the way, was condemned by the
Assemblies of God until recently.
On the program, Parsley appealed to
the Hicks “prophecy” and added the twist that we are not to look to
the Book of Acts, but to a far greater, future day of miracles.
Parsley’s claim is that there is an end-time Church coming greater
than the Church of the Apostles, which will routinely heal the sick
and raise the dead.
Telling people to turn away from the
Bible, the Book of Acts and the former Apostles and Prophets and to
believe men’s “prophecies” as Parsley does, is a major slide to
error and deception. After all, if it is not in the Bible, how do we
know it’s true? End-time restorationism is a chimera and a myth.
Occult researcher Kurt Koch names
Tommy Hicks as dealing in “psychic shock effects” and found that his
claimed healings did not last.28 Though Koch was open to
the possibility of miraculous healing, he was convinced that men
such as Hicks did not measure up and moved more in the realm of the
psychic and suggestive.29
Dominionism, with its new breed of
prophets, is a convoluted postmillennial scheme that makes man the
Messiah and focal point. Historically, postmillennialism taught that
the universal spread of the Gospel along with Christian preaching
and teaching would be the moral dynamic of bringing in the kingdom.30
Historical postmillennialism is Word-centered and Gospel-centered,
not man-centered. Dominionism is prideful and humanistic, centering
on self-appointed “super prophets and super apostles” who bring in
the Kingdom. It totally confuses Christ and the Church.
Albert James Dager, of the apologetic
ministry Media Spotlight, says Dominion teaching is predicated on
three basic beliefs:
“1) Satan usurped man’s dominion over
the earth through the temptation of Adam and Eve; 2) The Church is
God’s instrument to take dominion back from Satan; 3) Jesus cannot
or will not return until the Church has taken dominion by gaining
control of the earth’s governmental and social institutions.”31
Michael Moriarty further explains
Dominionism and Parsley’s connection:
“In any event, the new charismatics
continue to stress the need for the church to exercise dominion over
society. Power-packed conferences like Dominion ‘90 (July 29-Aug. 3,
1990), hosted by Pastor Rod Parsley and World Harvest Church in
Columbus, Ohio, serve to raise the consciousness of the church to
the responsibility to take dominion over society. Some charismatics
claim that ‘God told them’ that Jesus will return in our generation
‘if’ the church becomes more responsible in its dominion pursuit.”32
Since it will take the power and the
mighty coming of Jesus to establish the Kingdom, dominionism is a
figment of man’s imagination though a lucrative one. It’s a tired
old hat that is preached ad infinitum by the likes of other
Pentecostal superstars as well, including Benny Hinn, Kenneth Hagin
and Rodney Howard-Browne. The “day of creative miracles” or “the day
of dominion” is always just on the horizon, but it never seems to
arrive. It is, in part, the bait which keeps the devotees of these
Charismatic leaders perpetually nipping at their hooks.33
So many of the “healers” have died of
major illnesses (and the living ones have sicknesses) that their
teachings are a joke to those who know better. A genuine and
thorough reading of the Book of Revelation leaves no doubt that it
is the “King of Kings and Lord of Lords” who will bring in the
perfect and final Kingdom (Revelation 19:11-20:5). Man cannot
miraculously recreate the earth and bring in heaven.
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These are selections from
a Telethon several years ago on Sky Angel by Ellen Parsley, mother
of Rod Parsley. Ellen could put Rod to shame with her ranting
and raving. Some people even refer to her as a "Screaming
Maniac Mad Woman".
1:22:00 3/6/2000 Ellen Parsley
– (Rod Parsley’s mother on
Celebration – Daystar TV
Network, Dallas, TX):
“I’m not preaching this off of somebody
else’s sermon. I’m preaching this out of my own experience and the
church of the living God is coming into a season of experiencing
1:22:30 Ellen: “We’re in a time that God is
bringing a church into new revelation.”
1:23:15 Ellen: “So God’s got you in the
right place tonight, in the right season and he’s going to help you
to become impregnated with your miracle.”
1:24:00 Ellen: “You can cry and scream and
wail all you want to, but until you’re willing to come into covenant
with God. God is a covenant God, until you’re willing to lay some
seed, some surety, some agreement upon your covenant and tell God
what you want, you can just pray till your tongue falls out and you
won’t get the results that you really truly need. But the minute you
come into covenant, lay surety upon the covenant and tell God what
1:25:00 Ellen: “You place a seed upon a
need. You sow a seed upon a need. Why? Because that is a natural law
and God does everything in the natural, He does in the spirit to
help us understand.”
1:25:35 Ellen: “You know you can’t have
10,000 dollar faith until you have 20 dollar faith. You can’t have
10,000 dollar faith until you have 365 dollar a year faith.”
1:27:00 Ellen: “When you get in seriousness
with God and you’re willing to lay a seed on your need and come into
covenant with God and tell him what you want, he’ll keep his part of
the covenant. . . God is going to impregnate you tonight with your
miracle. You’ve got a miracle seed tonight if you’ll just release it
into the hand of God.”
1:30:25 Ellen: “Poverty is a curse. God
wants you to be rich and very rich. I’m a child of the king! God
don’t want me walking around in rags. Oh rags, raga, rags! I am a
child of God! I ought to have diamonds on my fingers. I ought to
wear the best clothes. Why? I’m a child of the King!” (She
shouts & audience cheers.)
1:31:00 Ellen: “How are we going to have
more television stations if the people of God don’t get rich?”
1:31:20 Ellen: “When he says the wealth of
the wicked is laid up for the righteous, just wait brethren, the
precious fruit of the earth, it’s getting ready to come into your
hand. I’m telling you, if Abraham was rich and very rich, I am in
the covenant of Abraham. I am of the seed of Abraham, then I
am also an heir of Abraham’s finances. Oh, hallelujah, I get excited
1:32:05 Ellen: “It doesn’t matter how good
your seed is, you’ve got to have somewhere to plant it. That’s why
God said in Malachi, wherein will you rob me? You rob me in tithes
and offerings. Offerings is a form of seed . . . it is a way for
God’s people to have equity in the kingdom of God.”
1:34:04 Ellen: “Paul said, ‘I don’t need
your money!’ He said, ‘but you need some credit laid up to your
account when you stand in the judgment.’ There’s three times in the
Bible he said do not appear before me empty handed.”
1:40:05 Ellen: “Poverty is a sin! Because
God told you to multiply!”
1:40:25 Ellen: “I wish somebody would bring
me some money, real quick, real quick. I’ll give it back, just give
me some money, real quick, real quick, come on buddy, oh you don’t
know what you’re in for! (A man comes up w/cash.) Is this ok or do I
have to be religious? Just give me a bunch of money, any kind of
money. Oooh, where’s his money? (Guy struggles to find some in his
wallet. She takes it and drops some on the floor and demonstrates it
multiplying by dropping more money on top.)
1:43:00 Ellen (to
man who came up): “He’s going to multiply your seed. When I give it
back you’re going out in the holy ghost. Aaaah, a hundred fold!”
(She shouts as she returns his money by slipping it into his
trousers above his fly –
man jumps up & down but does not “go out” or down.)
The notion that Parsley himself might actually be divinely anointed
-- and thus someone to whom congregants owe utter obedience -- is an
unmistakable part of the marketing strategy at World Harvest. During
the musical prelude to a recent service, as the Stepford-like
“Praise Team” sang “holy, holy is our God Almighty, holy is His name
alone,” the cameraman, whose work was projected onto a half-dozen
large-screen televisions flanking the stage, panned away from the
singers to a close-up of Parsley.
Moments later, when church elder Bill Canfield came onstage to
deliver a stern lecture about a biblical passage on obedience, hands
all around me reflexively reached for the offering envelopes stacked
on the backs of the pews. Canfield had not even uttered the words
“money” or “offering” yet, but sure enough, he went on to say, “If
you want to be obedient to God, I want you to take out a seed right
now … . If you sow a seed in obedience to God, he will work in
supernatural ways to multiply your seed.” After the offering buckets
had been collected, Parsley took the stage, and in his typical
call-and-response style, urged the audience to “praise the Lord.”
When they didn’t respond enthusiastically enough, Parsley grumbled
angrily into his microphone: “It’s not a suggestion. It’s a
Posner is a freelance writer and a contributor to The Gadflyer blog.
Rod Parsley is getting bigger and bigger in the world of religion
and politics. Rod is now consulted by President Bush before
making certain decisions. We need to pray that the part of Rod's
teachings that are contrary to God are not being rubbed off on the
President. Pray that the President would recognize what Rod
really stands for and not listen to his counsel.
We do pray this article has been of help
to you in understanding where Rod Parsley is coming from.