(Below, we will be evaluating one thing, and one thing only. And that is, the recent Kenneth Copeland video clip in which he appears to be telling his audience to speak to their bald spots, and command them to grow hair. To ensure the integrity of the evaluation process, I will not be conflating this with anything prior that Mr. Copeland has said or done.)
I understand there is going to be a level of culture shock to seeing this video clip. But that doesn’t tell us whether it’s valid or not.
So, knee-jerk reactions aren’t going to help, here.
We have to think harder and clearer.
Ask questions like, “if something seems odd, does that make it bad or untrue?”
Of course not.
In fact, it will help with perspective to remember that, as Christians, we believe in all kinds of things that—-and there are no two ways about it——will seem odd, fantastical, and downright ridiculous to the average person. Whether it’s talking snakes, floating hammers, she-bears mauling kids, or cursed fig trees—-there’s a lot to choose from that the natural man will laugh at us for.
So the level of bizarre isn’t going to tell us if something is legitimate or illegitimate.
The Bible is our standard for that. And as far as I’m aware, the Bible doesn’t tell us that commanding a bald head to grow hair, is wrong. Nor does it tell us it’s right. So it isn’t verifiable, one way or the other. It isn’t falsifiable. Now, we could draw a conclusion from silence and say that it’s okay because it isn’t spoken against in the Bible. But we could just as easily draw the opposite conclusion and say it isn’t okay because it isn’t promoted in the Bible. People who make arguments from silence are free to do so, but these claims are also not verifiable in Scripture. The Bible does not tell us anywhere what should be implied from its silence on any given topic.
So, since we can’t arrive at a conclusion of legitimacy based on how weird it seems, nor based on what the Bible says, that leaves us with the category of, “personal conviction.” You just gotta use wisdom and stay open to hearing whatever the Spirit of God leads you into.
Below are some videos that deal with similar topics as this and may further help with perspective and context.
On speaking to things and commanding:
On Odd Charismatic Practices:
More On Arguments From Silence: