Morris Cerullo a danger for the Christan community   Leave a comment

Morris Cerullo a.k.a. M.C., a.k.a. “The Godfather” has been for too many years a huge thorn in the body of Christ.

Cerullo claims that at the age of 12, he wanted to commit suicide, but 2 angels came and swept him off the second floor window, and transported him to heaven.

In 1952, the Assemblies of God ordained Cerullo as a minister.  In the early 50’s, while attending a local Assembly of God church, Cerullo prophesied that God called him to a special work.  Six months later, he had a vision that convinced him of his calling into the ministry.

In the early years of his ministry, he was associated with William Marion Branham who preached manifold heresies.  Indeed Branham came to believe that he was the apocalyptic prophet messenger.

Through the years Cerullo made astonishing revelations such as:

“Did you know that from the beginning of time the whole purpose of God was to reproduce himself? And when we stand up here, brother, you’re not looking at Morris Cerullo, you’re looking at God.”*

And since that day, he has been telling all sorts of lies and preaching false doctrines.  Morris claims he was transported to heaven for a face-to-face meeting with God, and told he would be capable of revealing the future.

We first encountered Cerullo in the late 80’s as his ministry visited our home town.  His meeting was held in a convention center that can easily seat 1,500 persons but the crowd did not number more than 200, including the organisers, who desperately tried to give away all the numerous tickets for the event.  Cerullo preached and screamed and tried some of his healing tricks; as far as I know nobody was healed that night.

Then in 1993, Morris Cerullo, took his circus to Orlando, Florida.  In the week of January 4-8 Cerullo held his 22nd Annual World Conference at the Marriott’s Orlando World Center.
There we met Cerullo’s ministry for the second time; one can read in our testimony all we had to endure with Morris and his friends.

Morris is one of the tenors of the Prosperity teaching, the “name it, claim it” concept.
During that convention held in Orlando, Morris reinforced his well-deserved reputation of a greedy man, and R.W. Schamback one of the guest preachers was more than happy to help his friend Morris secure more money.

Schambach is the same preacher who credited A. A. Allen – a famed faith healer – for the earthquake that struck the Californian city of Eureka, and the flood which damaged the same city in December 1955.  Schambach claims these events happened because the A. A. Allen ministry had been denied the use of Eureka’s municipal auditorium.

Schambach is also one of the best story tellers I have ever heard, his narration of the story of the man who found thousands of dollars under the transmission of his car can easily be compared to stories one can hear on the “Worst lies ever told” TV program.  Here is how Schambach worked the crowd of well-intentioned but gullible Christians:
Schambach asked for 1,000 individuals who would make a pledge of a $1,000 each.  He felt, led by the Spirit, the urge of supporting financially such a Godly ministry.
In response to Schambach’s request, between 1,000 and 1,500 people agreed to give $1,000.  If you make a brief calculation, Cerullo pocketed that day between $1,000,000 and $1,500,000 dollars.

Cerullo is a master in manipulation; on one occasion he claimed that God was directly speaking through him, to tell people to surrender their wallets and purses to God through him.

“Would you surrender your pocketbooks unto Me, saith God, and let Me be the Lord of your pocketbooks…Yea, so be thou obedient to My voice.”**

In May 1997, Richard Jones, 44, the British and European fund-raiser for Dr. Cerullo as he likes to call himself, was the subject of two fraud investigations, found guilty, and sentenced to 10 months.  Nevertheless, Jones is still regularly seen on Cerullo’s TV program “The Help Line”.

After ministering for many years in Europe, Cerullo added schools of ministry in Africa and Asia.  These training schools targeted indigenous church leaders.  This is probably when he connected with Raymond Mooi.

Faith healing holds a large part in Cerullo’s ministry, and of course like in all those healing ministries, healing never happens and if they do, they are short-lived.
One of the most disgraceful and heartbreaking incidents in Cerullo’s ministry relates to a time when Morris Cerullo paraded a very young 4 year old called Natalia Barnes around the stage of Earl’s Court in London, England, together with her mom, and then asked the audience to give thanks to God for the healing of little Natalia’s bone cancer.  Within a matter of two months, Natalia was dead. Click here to see you-tube video.

That was in 2007 and since then, Morris Cerullo has continued to fool people, to collect tons of money from them.  Known in Israel as money preacher, Cerullo distributed his books in Israel without the consent of the local Israeli congregations (condemned by a host of Israeli messianic pastors), a gesture that provoked Israel’s anti-evangelism law making it more legally difficult to present Jesus (Yeshua) to Jewish souls in Israel.

Cerullo did not care as long as he could make a buck out of it, what are souls compared to money?

John Paul Warren is known as a man of integrity.  In late 2008, he left Morris Cerullo, and ended their ministry partnership because Cerullo refused to repent and change his fraudulent fundraising practices.  Warren confronted Cerullo on many occasions in an attempt to bring purity and integrity to the ministry.  Cerullo refused all counsel and correction.
Like most of the false prophets, Cerullo has done quite well for himself, fleecing
God’s people out of their money.  He lives in a 1,000 square meters mansion in the exclusive Santa Fe community of San Diego and owns a Gulfstream G4 private jet with two full time pilots as well as several luxury automobiles.

“No man can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.” (Matthew 6:24 KJV)

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Posted april 6, 2013 by Dutch Bible Research Center. in Morris Cerullo

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