Before you say, "Duh," understand that this isn’t so much a warning to the discerning Christian who ought to be able to recognize these most blatant examples of wolves as much as it is a sad commentary on what fills stadiums and screens.
I remember feeling physically sick in 2012 watching men bestow the title of “Bishop” on false teacher and accused pedophile Eddie Long, wrap him in an ancient scroll and then hoist him high and lifted up on a royal velvet-covered chair and parade him around the sanctuary for all to see and worship.
Then there’s this guy, “Prophet” Manasseh Jordan, who sold his soul long ago to sell resurrections for $1,000. This is happening right now. Today.
From New York to Orlando to Chicago to Georgia, Texas, and more, the effeminate-voiced Jordan brings his miracle tour to those hungry for signs and wonders.
He regales audiences of tales of bringing people from the dead back to life by his touch.
The 25-year-old Boston-based profit (sic absolutely intentional), appears weekly on BET and has an audience on DayStar as well, with his “The Prophet’s Touch.” His website testimony fools millions:
"God specifically spoke to me and told me to reach for your hand through this television ministry and that you will reach for mine. “The Prophet’s Touch” was birthed and is built upon prayer."
1 John 4:1 says, “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God.”
But just as the devil knows Scripture, Jordan knows that verse too. Here’s the problem: people believe this man because of his proclamation:
"As a Christian he believes and testifies that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and there is no other way to salvation than through Him. His ministry and his life are based on this belief."
And that, dear Christian, is why the Bible tells us to test the fruit of all teachers. The fruit is not only in the words actions of a man, but of his doctrine.
Let’s inspect that fruit.
The man’s real name is not Manasseh, but Yakim. The Daily Beast reports that Yakim is unable to release his prophetic words without promise of a financial gift. “I must know how much money you are asking God to release. So write me back, and email me immediately...I have to give you this prophecy.”
"In several sermons, Jordan relays a tale of raising someone from the dead. For $1,000 from “the Johnson family” in Texas, Jordan brought a woman named Glenda back to life. “When he got outside, the hospital called and said, your mother that died a couple of hours ago came back to life,” he told a room full of believers. Also in Texas, Jordan relayed the story of Kathy, who for $2,000, also came back to life after hearing the voice of the prophet."
Yakim began preaching at eight years old, and had quite a following. They called him “The Young Prophet,” and claims his birth was foretold by famous Word of Faith false prophet Benny Hinn, who now regularly appears at stadium-filled knock-em-down events. Says Hinn: "Do you know I prophesied his birth?" Jordan claims that Hinn helped spiritually raise him, along with his profit (sic still intended) father:
"Jordan’s own father, Bishop Bernard Jordan, is a “master prophet” known for inviting church members to litter church altars with dollar bills. At one event, he invited congregants struggling with financial hardships to raise their purses to the heavens, then open and speak into the empty billfolds, “Shift is happening.” The elder Jordan then demanded that to see the shift, an offering should be made, and $50 would do just fine. The parishioners lined up, the music swelled with women singing “Shower down, Lord,” some people made change, and to those for whom parting with such a sum might leave a grimace on their face, he reminded them, “God loves a cheerful giver!”
Jordan once bilked 75-year-old Ruth Glass, wife of David Glass, a former Wal-Mart executive and owner of the Kansas City Royals, out of $300, 000, after she’d already paid ginormous sums for miracles that did not work. Calling her up on his stage, he told her that God Almighty Himself was testing her to see if her faith was strong enough to pay up if she wanted her husband’s cancer to be healed. Pushing her to the ground, Jordan yells, “God says that you’re going to stretch and you are gonna stand with that seed of $300,000 and God says you are gonna see a turnaround in the next 30 days, thus saith the spirit of almighty God.”
Jordan has been sued 16 times in federal court within 3 years for an alleged violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), by relentlessly making unsolicited pre-recorded robocalls to people without consent.
“I started getting calls from this guy and he's making me furious. Just thinking about the lonely, scared, desperate people he's taking advantage of makes my blood boil. How do we get this guy to stop?” And, “My 86 year old mom has been inundated with these calls, sometimes 4/day from different numbers.” Source
And that’s just the fruit on the top of the basket. But people are not testing it. Instead they are emptying their purses and wallets so that Jordan can live like a king. His most current listed addresses include a $2 million luxury condo on Sunny Isles Beach, Florida and a $4 million waterfront mansion in North Miami Beach.
For false christs and false prophets will arise and perform signs and wonders, to lead astray, if possible, the elect. Mark 13:22