Many of you out there who are avid fans of Kent Hovind will probably have nothing to do with me after you read this, and that's fine; I just pray that you read and understand it, that's all. With the amount of emotionally heated emails I've received after explaining to people the truth about what Kent Hovind is doing right now, I realized I needed to make a public page like this so people can at least be warned about what's happening.
Much of the reason I was convicted to write this is because many of you know that I based our seminar series on the original work of Kent Hovind, and since then, over the years, I've edited, updated, and polished them into my own seminar series. Because of this, many people thought I was going to jump out and immediately support everything that's happening with Kent Hovind right now, but Kent is not my final authority in all matters of faith and practice, and even though he was wrongfully put in prison, he is guilty of other things which he needs to repent and get right with the Word of God.
Although Kent will probably never read this, know that everything that I'm saying in this article is exactly what I would say to Kent himself. Although I've had very little direct communication with Kent, I have watched nearly everything he has ever put out on video. I have met Eric multiple times, and I've been to Florida and met Kent's family. I have written Kent while he was in prison, and Eric told me that they took one of my letters to their entire staff and read it to them because he said it was so encouraging to them, but with all that in mind, know that today, I sanctify myself from the Hovinds in general because they are in serious need of rebuke that, so far as I've experienced, they will not hear.
1. The day after I was first saved, I found Kent Hovind's materials. I didn't have any work at the time, so I watched his seminars 16 hours a day for three weeks straight. I have watched all his debates multiple times, some of them I've listened to over forty times. I got to the point where I could quote him word for word out of his creation course series (101-104), and I've watched numerous other videos he's produced, including his radio show, and so I would please ask that people refrain from accusing me of not knowing anything about Kent Hovind, because I probably know more about Kent and his teachings than most of you reading this.
2. I really like Kent, and I tend to lean to the position that he is born-again in Christ; this is not a topic where I would charge him with being a false convert (at least, not yet... my indecision is due to his position on repentance/salvation -- I'll talk more about that later), which is why you don't see this article in our "Wolves in Costume" series. This article is being written so that others can beware of the danger, and sanctify themselves from the leaven the Hovinds have amassed, but also consider that many of the topics I have written about today that have helped some of you (based on the testimony of your letters), I was originally informed about those topics from Kent's materials.
On the other hand, please keep in mind that just because someone preaches well on one topic (like creation/evolution) doesn't automatically mean he is right with the Word of God. We need to stop putting our trust in men.
Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD.
"Pressured by Congress, the IRS said Wednesday it is changing its policies and[He apologized, but no one at the IRS is losing their jobs over it, and no one is getting restitution for their lives and businesses--how convenient.]
apologizing for seizing banks accounts from otherwise law-abiding business ownerssimply because they structured bank transactions to avoid federal reporting requirements. Their alleged crime: routinely making bank deposits of less than $10,000. That allowed the business owners to avoid reporting requirements designed to catch drug dealers and money launderers. IRS Commissioner John Koskinen told Congress that the IRS is changing policies to prevent the seizures, as long as the money came from legal means. ' To anyone who is not treated fairly under the code, I apologize,' Koskinen told the House Ways and Means oversight subcommittee. 'Taxpayers have to be comfortable that they will be treated fairly.' By law, bank transactions above $10,000 must be reported to the IRS. It's a felony, called "structuring," to manage transactions to avoid the reporting requirement, even if the money is legally earned. In some cases, the IRS seized and held bank accounts for years without bringing charges."
-Stephen Ohlemacher, "IRS apologizes for using bank secrecy law to seize accounts of law-abiding small businesses," Associated Press, Feb 11, 2015, retrieved Aug 12, 2015, [usnews.com/news/politics/articles/2015/02/11/irs-apologizes-for-seizing-bank-accounts-of-small-businesses]
Most people who were charged for this had fines, and others had some jail time, but most typically a maximum of 1-3 years. Kent Hovind received FAR over the maximum (10 years) for a first offense, which should lead anyone to raise an eyebrow in suspicion.
Granted, if Kent hadn't tried to start up "Dinosaur Adventure Land," which was completely unnecessary (following the footsteps of men like Ken Ham who unbiblically puts millions of dollars into a giant useless boat), this probably would never have happened, but the IRS stole tens of thousands of dollars of donated funds from the Hovind family, and atheists (and many creationists) couldn't care less because they hate Kent personally. I want people to understand that this article is coming from someone rubuking those scoffers in their shame, but I also want to warn my Christian brethren with the whole truth about Kent.
Let's start with some recent interviews Kent Hovind was in, and analyze some of the things he said:
Kent Hovind was asked: What are your thoughts on 501c3 churches, specifically Creation Today? (Creation Today is owned by his son Eric.)|
If you have not yet read our article "501c3: The Devil's Church," please click the link and go read it now before you continue because Kent's statement is a cop-out if I've ever heard one, and we need to go into some details to understand why. First, I want everyone to notice that Kent NEVER mentioned Eric or Creation Today (which was the purpose of the question), and it shouldn't take a genius to figure out why: He's protecting his son.
Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather division: For from henceforth there shall be five in one house divided, three against two, and two against three. The father shall be divided against the son, and the son against the father; the mother against the daughter, and the daughter against the mother; the mother in law against her daughter in law, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.
Paul Hansen is Kent's lawyer, and he has written a blog post on his website called "Churches Should Never Go 501c3: Reasons to Unincorporate Your Church." In it, he states:
"This is how the corporation came to the churches. We learned it from the heathen. Churches incorporate for basically three reasons: 1. To avoid responsibility and accountability for their deeds. (liability) 2. To make the church eligible to borrow money and go into debt. 3. To get tax exemption to increase giving. None of these are Scriptural...
Please carefully consider the following question:
(Hansen does not claim to be a lawyer because he refused to take the BAR test; getting a BAR license is basically getting a license to steal.)
|Kent's statement about 501c3 was also very hypocritical because, in his many debates, Kent has pointed out his evolutionist opponent's escape mechanism, avoiding answering questions about a topic, by saying "I'm not a geologist" or "I'm not a chemist." Kent does the exact same thing, avoiding any direct statements about the topic by simply saying "I'm not a lawyer."|
This lukewarm position on 501c3 should not be surprising to those of us who have followed Kent's teachings for many years because we know that he promotes MANY leavened 501c3 ministries, like Eric Hovind, Ray Comfort, Carl Baugh, and many others. Again, we don't sanctify ourselves from their wicked leaven because it's fun and we enjoy it; I am afflicted constantly by having to do this, but we suffer that afflication and sanctify ourselves for the sake of the Truth of the Word of God.
Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;
Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth... And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth.
Kent Hovind is asked for his thoughts on Christian rock music:|
"My only concern with what's called Christian rock is the association that's going to be in the minds of some people with the other rock. Somebody driving by your church and they cannot hear the lyrics, all they can hear is the music, what will they think?... I wouldn't fight them; those that want to do it, great. I preach in lots of churches that do that stuff... it's one of those things
As a side note, I'd like to point out that the person writing the question to Kent Hovind mentions some artists who she claims are not just in it for entertainment and money, and she references to Chris Tomlin. I use one of his songs as a primary example of pure vanity that has nothing to do with the Lord Jesus Christ in our article on "Christian" rock, so please take a look at our teaching if you haven't already.
I'm glad he sanctifies himself from the "Christian" rock for the purpose of not putting a stumblingblock in others way; that's good and Biblical, however, he also encourages these people to get involved in "Christian" rock, and wouldn't say anything against it. Thus, he sees a problem with it, but then keeps his mouth shut so as not to offend anyone's lust of worldly music.
A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
(Read "What's Wrong With Christian Rock?" here at creationliberty.com for more details.)
For God is the King of all the earth: sing ye praises with understanding.
I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.
Please also consider that if he comes out and takes a stand against wicked rock music with false doctrine, and 501c3 churches, Kent would automatically be rebuking at least 95% of the church buildings in which he's been invited to speak. That percentage will get MUCH worse if you include pagan witchcraft rituals.
Kent Hovind asked if he celebrates Christmas and/or tells the children about Santa Claus:
"Jesus was not born December 25th... December 25th was a pagan holiday to celebrate the shortest day of the year when they bring the sun back up... My understanding is the |
If you don't understand the problem with a born-again Christian participating in Christmas rituals, please read our article "Christmas: The Rejection of Jesus" to gain understanding on the matter, and how this celebration is abhorrent to the Lord Jesus Christ. I put emphasis on learning about this subject because you will see just how many things Kent Hovind said that were wrong.
Those of you who understand the heresy of Christmas, and study the Word of God accordingly, can probably already see how compromising Kent Hovind really is on these issues. First, he tries to tell people that it's a blending of a "Christian" holiday, which has to first stand on the presupposition that Catholicism is "Christian," when it ABSOLUTELY is not. I'm not saying Kent believes Catholicism is Christian, but his explanation has to ride on that presupposistion.
(Read "Corruptions of Christianity: Catholicism" here at creationliberty.com for more details.)
Kent, once again, tries to side-step the issue by claiming that "celebrate" is the wrong word. Let me show you why he's a little nervous about saying that word in relation to Christmas:
celebrate (v): to honor or distinguish by ceremonies and marks of joy and respect
(See 'celebrate', American Dictionary of the English Language, Noah Webster, 1828, retrieved Aug 13, 2015 [webstersdictionary1828.com])
Thus saith the LORD, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them. For the customs of the people are vain: for one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe. They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not.
I can only pray that, since Eric will not repent of his wickedness, perhaps his wife and children one day may read these things and gain understanding so they can get right with the Word of God.
The lukewarm position Kent Hovind takes on all these subjects is not as surprising when we hear about some of the places outside of the Bible he is choosing to educate himself. Let's look at what Kent says about a book he recommends as the best he's ever read:
KENT HOVIND: "It [The Shack] is amazing!... It is incredible!"|
"The Shack... is
Author William P. Young wrote a book called The Shack in which he portrays God as a black female, Jesus as a long-haired male construction worker, and the Holy Spirit as an Asian woman. Young contradicts the Bible throughout the entire book, and gives the reader a false impression and understanding of the True Living God, which I'll demonstrate in more depth later, but I would like to reveal a bit of it with a few quotes.
Mack is the main character of the story, and his wife calls God "Papa." Papa says:
I don't need to punish people for sin... It's not my purpose to punish it;"
-William P. Young, The Shack, Windblown Media, 2008, p. 120, ISBN: 9780964729292
I have forgiven all humans for their sins against me, but only some choose relationship."
-William P. Young, The Shack, Windblown Media, 2008, p. 225, ISBN: 9780964729292
"For you to forgive this man [the murderer to who killed his daughter] is for
you to release him to me and allow me to redeem him... He too is my son."
-William P. Young, The Shack, Windblown Media, 2008, p. 224, ISBN: 9780964729292
Jesus... has never drawn upon his nature as God to do anything."
-William P. Young, The Shack, Windblown Media, 2008, p. 99-100, ISBN: 9780964729292
The first aspect of God is never that of the absolute Master, the Almighty. It is that of the God who puts himself on our human level and limits himself."
-William P. Young, The Shack, Windblown Media, 2008, p. 88, ISBN: 9780964729292
So far we've already seen a false goddess of Young's making who does not punish sin, has automatically forgiven all men despite the lack of repentance, is incapable of redeeming one man without the help of another man, paints a "jesus" that has never used his power as God, and tears down the holy aspect of God as the Almighty Master. Without another word, a born-again Christian ought to have nothing to do with this false teaching, but the book is still deceiving millions around the world, Christian and non-Christian alike.
The "Jesus" character in book speaks about the people of the world, and says:
I have no desire to make them Christians."
-William P. Young, The Shack, Windblown Media, 2008, p. 182, ISBN: 9780964729292
And yet, Kent Hovind says this book contains "a lot of meat." Author James B. DeYoung wrote a counter-book called Burning Down The Shack, and though I don't recommend DeYoung's book because he's uses the new-age NIV, he used to be a friend of Paul Young [author of The Shack], and knows much about his personal beliefs. Let's read his testimony to find out what Paul Young actually believes:
"For almost seven years Paul and I drove together to almost every meeting--a trip of about thirty minutes. We would share our latest thinking about a host of things. It now appears that some of the ideas found in The Shack took seed during those discussions. But none... ever rose to the level of heresy as the evangelical church defines the term--not till 2004, that is.
In April of that year, in a 103-page, single-spaced paper,
Paul surprisingly presented his embrace of universal reconciliation. It is the Christian form of universalism, not the pagan form. It is crucial to understand this distinction. The pagan form, also called general universalism, claims that there are many ways to God and that Jesus Christ is only one of the many ways to God. This is rightly rejected in The Shack.
So-called Christian universalism, which Paul Young did embrace, insists that all must come to God through Jesus Christ either before they die or after they die.If people do not believe in Jesus before they die, God will use the fires of hell to purge away (not punish) the unbelief of all, even that of the devil and fallen angels, so that hell is finally emptied of all beings and all go to heaven. In others words, after people die, they have a second chance to repent of their sins--actually not just a chance to repent but a certainty that they will. The point is that in the end hell ceases to exist. There is no eternal judgment. This is the form of universalism embedded in The Shack."
-James B. DeYoung, Burning Down The Shack: How the 'Christian' Bestseller is Deceiving Millions, WND Books, 2010, p. xiii-xiv, ISBN: 9781935071846
How is it that Kent Hovind could have read this book nine times, and not discerned these obvious heresies to Scripture? Consider the answer to that question carefully.
But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.
Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.
STEVE ANDERSON: "Listen to me, I hate him [Bruce Jenner] with a perfect hatred. |
"Here's my sermon:
KENT HOVIND: "
It should be obvious, even to a new Christian, that Steven Anderson does not carry the repentant heart of one who was brought low and born-again in Christ.
So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.
But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you,
rail (v): to utter reproaches; to scoff; to use insolent and reproachful language; to reproach in hateful terms
(See 'rail', American Dictionary of the English Language, Noah Webster, 1828, retrieved Aug 19, 2015 [webstersdictionary1828.com])
But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat... Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person.
-1 Corinthians 5:11-13
Normally, among the Christians I know, if they were caught yoked up with a man like that, and heard the truth about him, they would be sorry they were involved with him, repent, and sanctify themselves. Instead, Kent just makes excuses and justifies himself with lukewarm "ride-the-fence" answers, claiming that he's not yoking together with Anderson, even though he's been on his show for interviews multiple times and calls him a friend who loves the Lord and does what's right.
During interview conversations between Anderson and Hovind, Kent made some statements that were very strange. Let's listen:
Kent Hovind: "|
There's a lot to be said after a statement like that. First, please don't misunderstand Anderson and Hovind because in the interview, they specifically stated it's not Christians that should be executing anyone, but rather civil governments who are put in place to punish evildoers as it says in Romans 13.
For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same:
(Read "False Doctrine: Unlimited Submission to Government" here at creationliberty.com for more details.)
On the other hand, Anderson and Hovind both emphasize the following verse:
The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple.
We need to understand that this is heresy that comes from some strange belief that mankind has goodness inside, and must (if I may use the term) "evolve" into that goodness by selection. If we operated according to eliminating the morally inferior, then no one would live, and that's why the Lord Jesus Christ did the following:
Jesus went unto the mount of Olives. And early in the morning he came again into the temple, and all the people came unto him; and he sat down, and taught them. And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst, They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act. Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou? This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not. So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her... And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst. When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee? She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more. Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.
And when he was come out of the ship, immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit, Who had his dwelling among the tombs; and no man could bind him, no, not with chains: Because that he had been often bound with fetters and chains, and the chains had been plucked asunder by him, and the fetters broken in pieces: neither could any man tame him. And always, night and day, he was in the mountains, and in the tombs, crying, and cutting himself with stones.
But when he saw Jesus afar off, he ran and worshipped him, And cried with a loud voice, and said, What have I to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of the most high God? I adjure thee by God, that thou torment me not. For he said unto him, Come out of the man, thou unclean spirit. And he asked him, What is thy name? And he answered, saying, My name is Legion: for we are many... And all the devils besought him, saying, Send us into the swine, that we may enter into them. And forthwith Jesus gave them leave. And the unclean spirits went out, and entered into the swine: and the herd ran violently down a steep place into the sea, (they were about two thousand;) and were choked in the sea. And they that fed the swine fled, and told it in the city, and in the country. And they went out to see what it was that was done. And they come to Jesus, and see him that was possessed with the devil, and had the legion, sitting, and clothed, and in his right mind: and they were afraid.
A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.
Before read this section, for those of you who may not understand this issue, I would strongly encourage you to read "Is Repentance Necessary?" here at creationliberty.com for more details. New-age church buildings will use their corrupt English-Greek lexicon and read one definition of "repent" as "to turn," when repent has more than one definition, and it changes depending on the context.
(Read "Dangers of Using Lexicons and Concordances" here at creationliberty.com for more details.)
KENT HOVIND: "|
"Is repentance a work that man does...
"Is repentance a work? I think probably yeah...
Though repent can mean "to turn" in some instances, it doesn't always mean that in every verse. In the video, you can hear both the host and Kent agree that repent only means "to turn" in every instance throughout the Bible. Repent also means godly sorrow, and that is the repentance that leads us into salvation; the law being the schoolmaster that gives us godly sorrow that we have done wrong in the sight of God, which brings us to the foot of the cross on our knees.
But shewed first unto them of Damascus, and at Jerusalem, and throughout all the coasts of Judaea, and then to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, and do works meet for repentance.
repent (v): 1. to feel pain, sorrow or regret for something done or spoken
2. to express sorrow for something past
3. to change the mind (Exd 13:17)
4. to change the course of providential dealings (Gen 6:7, Psa 106:45)
5. to sorrow or be pained for sin, as a violation of God's holy law (Luk 13:3, Act 3:19)
6. to remember with sorrow
(See 'repent', American Dictionary of the English Language, Noah Webster, 1828, retrieved Aug 20, 2015 [webstersdictionary1828.com])
The Lord God must give us that godly sorrow:
And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.
-2 Timothy 2:24-26
But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.
(Read "False Converts & Eternal Security" here at creationliberty.com for more details.)
I'm sure that there will be more to add to this article in the future, but for now, this is more than enough for me to know that I ought to sanctify myself from Kent Hovind. Whether a Christian wants to believe Kent is saved or not could be debatable, but there is one thing Christians know for certain, and that's our duty to sanctify ourselves from leaven.
Then understood they how that he bade them not beware of the leaven of bread, but of the doctrine of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.
And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.
Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly, and not after the tradition which he received of us.
-2 Thessalonians 3:6
A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump.
But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:
-1 Peter 3:15
For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;