Rodney Howard Browne; a Dangerous False Prophet

Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple, And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.  Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God. ( Matthew 4)

I hope the President of the United States is among those who actually denounce the incomprehensibly foolish boasting of South African false Prophet Rodney Howard Browne.

What did He boast about? Why Should the President denounce him?

Browne, who is currently a Pastor in Florida, mocked the whole idea of social distancing, and announced that “ Social distancing is for pansies”,

‘The only time the church will close is when the Rapture is taking place’: Florida pastor mocks coronavirus social distancing orders and says his mass sermons will continue since his followers are ‘revivalists, not pansies’

UK Daily Mail

He also claimed to have turned the Zika virus away from America, and that he has plans to do the sam to the Corona Virus. There is a name fo this kind of presumption in Scripture, it is called “Tempting the LORD”.

Why Should President Trump denounce this ‘prophet’? Because there are pictures of Howard Browne laying hands on the President in the Oval office, along with his friends Paula White and other Christian leaders and prominent pastors. Browne’ presumption is dangerous, in the time of a serious , daily plague, an he is making fun of serious efforts to contain the plague.

Where does Howard Browne arrive at such Hutzpah? He and White and others subscribe to a strain of Heresy called the Manifested Sons of God, which later took the name “Word of Faith ” movement, and most recently the NAR, (New Apostolic Revival). The belief is that in the last days , certain Christian leaders are going to discover that Jesus has given his church virtually all power and authority over sickness , disease and over the Devil, and is waiting for us to recover that power and use it, to set the world right and to defeat all sin and evil.

This ‘revival’ will happen after the restoration of the office of Apostle, and of Prophets in the church who by their own decrees will excercise power and authority in the name of Jesus. Howard Browne is one of these prophets. He became famous for being an instigator of the so called “Laughing Revival” in the 1980’s, which brought Pentecostal churches not states of “Spiritual Drunkenness” , in which people literally crawled on their hands and knees and barked like dogs, banged their heads on the stages and staggered and slurred under the influence of Howad Browne’s “anointing”.

Howard Browne literally called himself “God’ Bartender” and induced pastors in the thousands into trances and drunken states of consciousness in public. He is a dangerous mystic and certainly a false prophet. No He is mocking the idea of quarantine, and precautions about distance.

I believe in Divine healing and that God can do anything He pleases, but I also believe in the Sovereignty of God. We (Christians) are not Supermen, we are actually petty weak and frail, yet we have this treasure in earthen vessels. Furthermore this Plague is serious. Quarantine has precedent in the Bible. Howard Browne did not save America from the Zika virus as he said in the article, and He certainly will not save us from Corona.

He is misusing scripture, ( He has a long history of doing just that) just as the Devil did in the gospel when he used Psalm 91 to try and tempt Jesus to force God to catch him if He jumped off of the Temple. Jesus would have none of it.

“It is written, You Shall Not Put the LORD thy God to the Test!”

Howard Browne reminds me of the false prophets in Jeremiah’s day, who accused His messages of surrender to the Babylonians as being effeminate, and unworthy of Israel. They had a more ‘masculine’ prophecy… thus they neutralized Jeremiah’s message and the people suffered and died for listening to false prophets. Beware of the fake Bravado of false Prophets!

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12 Responses to Rodney Howard Browne; a Dangerous False Prophet

  1. Mark Yeadon says:

    Thank you Bill! Very helpful article.

    We are facing the false apostles of the NAR here in the UK on a regular basis. I value your insightful commentary.

    Blessings! Mark

    Sent from my BlackBerry — the most secure mobile device

  2. Amen brother!
    The Bible tells us these deluded charlatans will be very prevalent and dangerous in the last days and we are to expose their unfruitful works of darkness.
    The Lord bless you and keep you as you labor for Him in these unprecedented times! Marantha!

  3. Onesimus says:

    I have no time for the dangerous foolishness of people like Howard Brown and that statement.
    I agree that there is too much similarity between what he’s saying and the situation Jesus faced when Satan told Him to jump from the temple.

    You said with regard to Divine healing that you:

    …also believe in the Sovereignty of God.

    So do I, but I also believe that God does not act against His revealed will and God has made His will regarding the health of His people blatantly clear throughout scripture.

    I’ve previously told you of the health diagnosis I was given a few months ago.
    As a result I decided I needed to find God’s will in regard to my health, taking into account the promise in 1 John that “if we ask anything according to His will He hears us, and if we know that He hears us – WHATEVER we ask – we know that we have what we asked of Him”.

    A very clear and unambiguous promise regarding asking for things within God’s will.

    So I if I was going to pray for God to heal me, it would be very helpful to actually know God’s will regarding the matter. It was no use praying in ignorance. We can’t pray for anything, believing and not doubting (James 1: 6-8) if we don’t know God’s will regarding the thing we are asking for.

    So the question was, how do I find God’s will regarding my own health situation?

    The answer to that question was surprisingly easy to find when I went to scripture. His sovereign will is health for His people.

    “I set before you life and death, blessing and curses, NOW CHOOSE LIFE, so that you may live and love the Lord your God…” (Deut 30)

    He even prefaced that promise with “This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death…”
    In other words, God called witnesses to the fact that HE commanded the choice of life – so HE is in no way to blame for any failure to receive the promise of life that He made.
    Israel failed because they did not fulfil the requirements of the Law required to receive the promise – however, the new covenant with better promises is based on faith, not law (Rom 9:30-32)

    In addition to that promise to God’s people in Deuteronomy, Jesus who ONLY did the Father’s will healed everyone who came to Him. More proof of God’s will regarding healing.
    Appeals to “God’s sovereignty” to explain a lack of healing is effectively a contradiction of God’s sovereign will revealed throughout scripture and is a stumbling block to the faith required to receive anything from God.

    when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do. (James 1) NIV

    • billrandles says:

      Thank You Onesimus, I have been praying for you also since I heard. When I say that I believe in God’s Sovereignty , I am not setting that ob=ver against Divine healing. I am saying that in the face of the theology that absolutizes Healing in every. jesus did indeed heal people everywhere He went, and He is the Revelation of the Will of God. But when he went to a porch of sick people in John 5 He healed one man. Then He said “I only do what I see My Father doing”. We ray for the sick all of the time, and hav seen many miracle, in fact one just recently. but we do not claim that “We” are going to destroy certain diseases as RHB boasts.

      • Onesimus says:

        But when he went to a porch of sick people in John 5 He healed one man.

        Yes, in that case He healed one man, who hadn’t approached Him for healing, and who even after being healed didn’t have a clue who Jesus was. That was a Sovereign act of God.

        The case of the man at the pool give a totally different (even opposite) picture of sovereignty to the one often portrayed, where “sovereignty” is cited as a reason people don’t get healed.

        Jesus didn’t heal everyone but HE did heal all who sought healing, revealing God’s sovereign will regarding health.
        God desires that all repent and be saved – clearly only those who turn to Him in faith, receive salvation from sin. God’s will isn’t always done regarding salvation or healing, but the provision is there for all to receive. Sadly its probably been made harder to receive healing because of centuries of church tradition that has denied the validity of healing.

        Unfortunately the ludicrous (non-biblical) claims of people like RHB also help to bring doubt upon the truth regarding God and healing.

    • Tim Netherwood says:

      I agree that we should seek His will for any situation, we can’t expect to get prayer results which are not of His will. However I will say this as testimony from a friend: that his church were praying for the healing of a sick friend, over many days, but God spoke to him most clearly to say He could not heal this particular case as He had already ordained when that person would return home to Him (Ps 139:16) and suggested he pray instead for his friend to return home to Him, which he did and the friend died very soon after.

      • Onesimus says:

        but God spoke to him most clearly to say He could not heal this particular case

        And there is the significant difference.

        If God has specific intentions that differ from His overall will as already revealed in scripture, then He will make that known, as HE did in the case of Hezekiah. However even in Hezekiah’s case God responded to pleas for longer life.

  4. Jeanne T. says:

    I’m glad you mentioned Psalm 91 and its misuse. It’s the second time in two days that I’ve heard a message which warned against this (and there are many other verses that are misused as well). The foolish claims and mishandling of Scripture only discredit Christ. There are, however things we can do to prevent the further spread of this virus, like the quarantines. For those who are upset about the quarantines, there is Biblical precedent for this in the Old Testament for those with contagious diseases. Long before modern medicine, God gave us guidelines for our health and preventing the spread of disease!!

    While I see nothing unbiblical about praying for healing this side of eternity, and indeed I think we should — and Tim, I continue to pray for you, brother — we must also remember that one day all those in Christ will be healed and there will be no more diseases and suffering. That will be the ultimate healing!

  5. GJ says:

    God’s will was for King Hezekiah to die. Hezekiah prayed for healing and God answered his prayer.
    Was Hezekiah the better off for the extended life? When God wanted to take him, it seems he would of died well… with honor. He left a blight on his name and family, which we still read about today, during his extended years. Was it God’s mercy, and will, to take him when He said He initially would… that God would have removed King Hezekiah from the evil to come 2 Kings 20? If so, is this really true healing… to be removed from evil… the ultimate being the grave and condemnation in Hell Psalm 30:2-3?

    Isaiah 57 1The righteous perisheth, and no man layeth it to heart: and merciful men are taken away, none considering that the righteous is taken away from the evil to come.2 He shall enter into peace: they shall rest in their beds, each one walking in his uprightness. [Revelation 6:9-11;12:10-12;14:12-13]

  6. Joan Janet Segar says:

    I can still remember him laughing about everything, and wondered how he was accepted by many. I guess the apostasy started long ago. I see his add on the list of ones who use internet. One day all with face the L-rd our G-d and answer. the fear of the L-rd is beginning of wisdom, but so many seem to have no fear of anything. so we pray and try to reach many with truth. most won’t listen. we are in the very last days, thank you for all you teach, it is precious and loved.. thank you so much

  7. Many, many years ago when my husband ( who is now with the Lord) and I were new Christians attending an Elim church, one of the members took a special interest in us and began to do a regular Bible study with us. He was so knowledgeable, kind and helpful and so we accepted everything he said because he showed us from the scriptures what he called the ‘five-fold’ ministries and how the church should really be functioning. Of course he was full of stories of healings and miracles and his hero seemed to be William Branham. We were very impressed!
    When the Pastor heard of his visits, he forbade him to come to us , but he never explained to us why or what was wrong – had he done so from scripture , we would have been very open to that, as our own knowledge of the Bible was limited, coming from a non- religious/church upbringing.
    The result was, we thought the Pastor was just being heavy-handed and we left the church to join this man in a house group. To cut a long story short – the Lord graciously led us to understand the errors that we had been taught as our knowledge of the word of God grew. It wasn’t till years later that we came to understand that we’d been taught the ‘Latter Rain’ heresies , with its emphasis on how powerful we could be for God’s Kingdom and its focus on signs and wonders. It was very seductive to us as young Christians!
    The point of me relating all this, is to say how important it is for true Christians to continually speak out and name false teachers, false prophets and heresies in the churches ….especially in the momentous days we are living in , so thank you for your much needed warnings Paster Bill

  8. Deemar says:

    I have been thinking of this verse in regard to healing lately;
    this is God’s will for us (His people) in that regard….

    “Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.”

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