Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Gabriel Doufle Issues and Concerns

The time has come for me to publicize my concerns about Gabriel Doufle Kokou's messages.

I have previously written about the revelation of heaven and hell he received on December 9, 2011. Then in my article on the topic of divorce, I also used excerpts of a subsequent message he received about Nelson Mandella. I had accepted these as being genuine revelations. However, for about a year now, I have had some serious concerns about some of his other messages, and have kept silent about those concerns until now.

As I stated in my article about his first revelation, "It is my opinion that he is sincere and this testimony is genuine. (see Testing the Spirits of False Prophets). Having said that, this does not mean I give a blanket endorsement of all other revelations he has received. Each one must be judged individually, based on its own merits, as I have explained in my article, Judging Revelations, Visions, and Prophecies." That is why I did not remove my article about him. However, the following things from other revelations he received are just a few areas about which I had concerns.

The Only Christian on Earth
First of all, on March 25, 2015, I got an email from Gabriel Doufle's natural brother Benjamin, regarding Gabriel.  In his email he said, “…for the moment the Lord is considering him [Gabriel] as the only Christian on this earth.” That obviously cannot be true.

Marry or Burn
Secondly, there is the issue of a prophetic word that Gabriel has given publicly to two people that they must either marry or burn in hell. In order to help make my point, let me begin with a story my wife has written, which is based on the true story of what Gabriel Doufle has done, in order to illustrate his error:

Three characters:

Matt - a man who has dedicated his life completely to the Lord, is in ministry, and has made a decision to remain single so that he can serve the Lord

Pam - a woman who also has dedicated her life completely to the Lord, is in ministry, and has made a vow to remain single so that she can serve the Lord

Ed - the one who prophesies

The story

Ed gives a public (not private) prophecy (as if speaking the very oracles of God) to Matt and to Pam.  He insists, in the name of the Lord, that Matt must let go of his decision to remain single and that Pam must break her vow to remain single and that instead Matt and Pam must marry one another.

It is imperative that they marry one another. In fact, if they do not obey the Lord in this they will..........burn in hell.

Moreover, it is communicated in the prophecy that, while Matt is a spiritual leader in his area, only one person in his area is going to heaven.  So, Matt should be ashamed of this.  This is also evidence that Matt really needs Ed to input his life, just as Jethro gave input to Moses.

Questions:

1)  Do you believe the precious Holy Spirit of God would speak through a third party to demand that the other two parties (who are seeking to love and follow the Lord) to change a decision and break a vow so that they can do something they possibly have not even heard the Lord indicate for them to do?

2) Do you think Paul would have tolerated this kind of behavior among the early church when it came to prophesying?

3) Would you be apt to receive a word from Ed concerning your life or ministry or anything about the things of God, for that matter, if you knew he prophesied like this?

So that is my wife's story of Matt, Pam, and Ed, and her questions related to Ed's prophecies. It should be obvious to anyone reading it that "Ed" is not speaking a message from God. He is in serious error.

The True Story of Gabriel Doufle Kokou
Now here is the true story of Gabriel Doufle's prophecy to Dr. David Edward Owuor (in Kenya) and sister Claire Andoun Atongo (in Ireland) given sometime in December 2015. In Gabriel's new "message from Jesus", Gabriel Doufle says that if brother Owuor doesn’t get married to sister Claire, he will go to hell. This conflicts with Scripture.

He said to brother Owuor something like, "Which Jesus told you to make a decision not to marry?  I, Jesus, say..." (this is probably not the direct quote, but it's the essence of what was said).  Then at one point in the word, he said, "I, Gabriel,.."

In response to His disciple's statement, "It is better not to marry," Jesus said that this is not a word that everyone can accept, but that he who can accept it should accept it (Matt. 19:10-11). Therefore, based on Scripture, the true Jesus is not at all against those who chose to remain single.

In his prophecy, Gabriel says that not only will brother Owuor and sister Claire go to hell if they do not marry one another, but that anyone who stands in they way of this from being fulfilled will go to hell.  He says that he prophesied that Paul and Linda Rika were to be married.  At first they did not see it to be so, but then it came to pass.  Now when this word comes to pass, it will be recognized as being from God.  Isn't it strange that he puts everyone who opposes this word in a place of damnation, if the word does not come to pass?

By pronouncing damnation on anyone who opposes this word, isn't that implying that the word cannot be challenged?  If a word cannot be challenged or opposed, isn't this putting the word above the Scripture that says that prophecy should be tested (1Co 14:29)? See my article, Judging Revelations, Visions, and Prophecies.

You are welcome to listen to his message yourself on You Tube, titled "Message from Jesus to Dr Owuor," and judge it according to Scripture, particularly 1 Corinthians 7. On March 9, 2016, Rachael Mushala alerted me to this recent prophecy, saying, "I have quoted a few verses from that passage, which I would like you to pay attention to, and judge if it's really the Jesus of the Bible who is giving Gabriel his messages. And as usual with deceptive revelations, he has added some truths about vain glory to make it more believable. Here are the verses all from 1 Corinthians 7."

7:8  "But I say to the unmarried and to widows that it is good for them if they remain even as I."

7:34b  "The woman who is unmarried, and the virgin, is concerned about the things of the Lord, that she may be holy both in body and spirit; but one who is married is concerned about the things of the world, how she may please her husband."

7:35  "This I say for your own benefit; not to put a restraint upon you, but to promote what is appropriate and to secure undistracted devotion to the Lord."

7:36  "But if any man thinks that he is acting unbecomingly toward his virgin daughter, if she is past her youth, and if it must be so, let him do what he wishes, he does not sin; let her marry."

7:37  "But he who stands firm in his heart, being under no constraint, but has authority over his own will, and has decided this in his own heart, to keep his own virgin daughter, he will do well."

7:38  "So then both he who gives his own virgin daughter in marriage does well, and he who does not give her in marriage will do better."

As these Scriptures clearly show, it is not a sin for two people to remain single. In fact, the apostle Paul said they would do even better to remain single than to marry, because they will be able to devote themselves to the Lord without distraction. Moreover, Paul counseled single people to remain single like him.

It was actually one year ago that Rachael first shared with me her concerns about Gabriel Doufle in March 2015. At that time, she wrote:

"I do not believe this testimony, because the time I asked the Lord about it (last Sunday [15 March 2015]), He told me it isn't true...Later at midnight when I was praying, the Lord Jesus Christ came to me...One of the questions I asked Him was about this testimony, and He told me it isn't true. It’s just meant to put people in bondage...All revelations must be weighed on Scripture...I remember the first time the Lord revealed Himself to us, He showed me a sword and said we’ll conquer the enemy using this sword (which is the word of God).  ALL revelations must have Scriptural backing."

I absolutely agree that all revelations must be in agreement with the Word of God, or else we must dismiss them as false. Since this prophecy Gabriel gave to brother Owuor and sister Claire is not in agreement with Scripture, I do not accept it as true or genuine. It does not bear witness to me or my wife as coming from the Spirit of God, but instead seems like manipulation, mind control, and spiritual abuse. That is why I have removed Gabriel Doufle's revelations from my blogs.

If you would like to educate yourself about the mind control techniques commonly used by cults to control their members, please see the article by Cult Watch entitled "How Cults Work." Brethren, let us be careful not to let anyone manipulate us.

Forbidden Fabrics 
Gabriel says there are forbidden clothing fabrics that will take you to hell, such as "jeans" and "nylon." He states: "About the nylon, I saw a woman of the Church 'Deeper Life' in hell, saying that the Lord had shown her the nylon is equal to the bite (nylon is not different from the bite that is snake) for her to tell the Christian women no longer use [nylon], but rather the old wire braid to braid hair. But she had not said and that is what led her to hell. Then the Christian advised to use the old thread to weave in order to go to heaven." He also speaks of something he calls "the demon of nylon from Paris"

What is the demon of nylon? What Scripture is that based on? It leads us to believe that certain fabrics are sin, which is not supported by Scripture. There is no scriptural basis for such a revelation. The type of fabric we wear cannot in itself send a person to hell or heaven. The issue is whether something is modest or immodest, godly or worldly, not what fabric it is made from.

Only Fifty People Ready for Heaven
He has also made some questionable statements that there are only fifty people in the world who are ready for heaven. He said that according to the Lord, in the whole world right now (at the time the word was given), there are only 50 souls ready for heaven. He emphasized that if the Lord does not come right away, if He wastes one minute, then even these 50 souls will be lost (the enemy will find a way to cause them to sin, and then they will die in their sin).

This makes it seem as if the Lord is unable to keep those who are His own. It contradicts Scripture that tells us of His keeping power. For example, "I am confident of this: He who began a good work in you will be faithful to complete it in you." and "To him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy--" (Jude 24). And "He will keep you strong to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God, who has called you into fellowship with his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, is faithful." (1 Cor 1:8-9). See Keeping Power of God.

This message from brother Gabriel makes it seem like the devil is greater than the Lord Jesus. I don't agree with that, because the Bible says, "Greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world." (1 Jn 4:4).

There are a number of errors in this message:

1) The Lord showed him how many people in each nation are ready for heaven, and he listed nations, giving the numbers of souls going to heaven. In that list of nations, he inserted names of cities, which are not nations, such as Paris and Berlin.

2) He stated that in "North and South America - only 1 soul" is ready for heaven.

Then he indicated that in Canada there is one soul ready for heaven.  North and South America are continents, not nations, yet they are included in a list of nations. And since Canada is in North America, it is quite odd that he would first say only 1 person in North and South America is ready for heaven and then say only one person in Canada is ready. This would mean that not a single person here in the US is ready.

3) Among all the 1.357 billion people in China, brother Gabriel says that not a single one is ready for heaven. We know that some of these people are suffering under communist persecution and many are probably dying for their Christian faith, but supposedly they are going to hell...

4) Meanwhile, in Gabriel's home country of Togo, which has only a population of merely 6.8 million people, there are supposedly 12 people ready for heaven. That is very strange, since that one nation has more people ready for heaven than any other nation on earth, and it happens to be the nation where brother Gabriel lives.

Lack of Accountability
In my opinion, Gabriel seems to lack accountability. What I mean is that nobody is allowed to challenge or question any of this prophecy given to brother Owuor and sister Claire. Those who do are threatened with hell fire.

No matter who gives a prophecy, it must always be tested and judged, not only by the individual who gives it, but also by others. Paul said, “Let two or three prophets speak, and let the others pass judgment.” (1Co 14:29). He also said, “Do not quench the Spirit; do not despise prophetic utterances. But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good; abstain from every form of evil.” (1Th 5:19-22). In fact, Paul himself, who wrote half the New Testament, went up to Jerusalem to submit himself to the apostles there and ensure that his gospel message to the Gentiles was valid. He wanted to ensure that he had not been running in vain. He said, “Then after an interval of fourteen years I went up again to Jerusalem with Barnabas, taking Titus along also. It was because of a revelation that I went up; and I submitted to them the gospel which I preach among the Gentiles, but I did so in private to those who were of reputation, for fear that I might be running, or had run, in vain.” (Gal 2:1-2)

The apostle John warned us, “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.” (1Jn 4:1). The Berean disciples were commended for seeking to find out if Paul’s messages were Scriptural. It says, “Now these were more noble-minded than those in Thessalonica, for they received the word with great eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see whether these things were so.” (Act 17:11). We must always be free to examine everything carefully, test it, and pass judgment on every single prophecy. If anyone puts themselves above that process, threatening anyone who attempts to do so with hellfire, then that is dangerous. That person is not accountable to others in the Body of Christ.

Therefore, Gabriel needs to submit to authority and make himself accountable to others in the Body of Christ. He must also be correctable and teachable. He must allow others to speak into his life and bring adjustments as necessary. (Please see Accountable, correctable, and teachable).

Putting it All Together
Dear people, I think I have said enough. Gabriel Doufle said a year ago that the Lord considers him the only Christian on earth, and then he later said there are only fifty people on earth ready for heaven. He forbids certain fabrics, saying that they can take you to hell. He has prophesied publicly to two, single people, counseling them in the name of the Lord that they must marry or else burn in hell, which is a form of manipulation. He also seems to lack accountability and forbids anyone to judge his message to these two people. These are major issues and concerns, and Gabriel does not have Scriptural support in saying such things.

This is my judgment on the matter, which I humbly submit to you, but ultimately the Lord Jesus alone has the last word or judgment. Please go back to the Lord and ask Him about this man and his ministry, whether his messages are truly from the Lord. He is faithful, and He will show you.

Afterword
On May 10, 2017, sister Claire Andoun Solomon passed from this life into glory after a brief illness. She had just recently been married on April 6, 2017 to an evangelist named Solomon. She did not marry Dr. David Owuor, as Gabriel Doufle had prophesied she must do. On Sunday, April 17, 2017, the Lord gave her a wonderful dream of the rapture, which I would encourage you to read at this link. On April 22, 2017, she had a supernatural experience during intercessory prayer with her husband at 3:00 AM, in which she saw the Holy Spirit. I strongly encourage you to read about that as well in my article, The Bodily Form of the Holy Spirit. Then on May 11, 2017, the day after she passed away, a sister in Christ in Norway, who did not even know sister Claire, had a vision of her during prayer, and the Lord identified to her the woman she was seeing in the vision as sister Claire. In the vision, sister Claire was going on into glory.

Praise the Lord! Our sister Claire has made it on into glory, and the Lord gave a vision to a woman who did not even know her in order to confirm it. Shortly afterward, a brother in Christ, who had just recently gotten to know Claire, also had a vision of her making it to heaven. (To read the full text of these two visions, please see my article, The Home Going of Sister Claire Andoun Solomon). For those who question the message and the ministry of sister Claire, let this be a sign to them that she carried the message of the Lord and was pleasing to Him. And for those who would condemn her to hell for not marrying Dr. David Edward Owuor of Kenya, let this be a reproof to them from the Lord.

As for Gabriel, a video was posted on his channel (the Dahoe Agbossou channel that publishes his videos) on May 13, 2017 that claims Claire Andoun Atongo was seen in hell fire on May 12. The video is simply a still photo of a young girl sitting down with the text of this short message on the screen and no sound at all. It contains a reference to Ecclesiastes 12:13-14, which states, "Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the duty of all mankind. For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil."

It states that a video testimony would follow about this that would give the reason for Claire's death. Then on May 29, 2017, that same channel posted a twelve-part video by Doufle called, "Five hours in the afterlife, Apostle Gabriel Doufle, the father of the nations." Incidentally regarding that title, Gabriel cannot be the father of the nations, because that would contradict the Bible.

Gabriel Doufle, May 29, 2017
To make matters even more bizarre, in the video series under that title, the self-proclaimed "apostle and father of the nations" (pictured left) is sitting under a tree outdoors on a huge sofa chair, wearing a military combat fatigue uniform and combat boots. He is wearing an orange bib scarf and what appears to be something on his shoulders that looks like rank insignia. He is holding a Bible and preaching. The description of the video in French says it is directed "to the children of Claire," apparently referring to her spiritual children.

Although I do not understand the words that he is ranting in the video, since it is in the ÉwÉ language, he repeatedly says Claire Andoun's name. At one point, he appears to be imitating a demon mocking her in hell. He also  apparently speaks of her crying out to the Lord asking forgiveness, as well as crying out, "Papa Gabriel!" He also says the word "marriage" in French and mentions the name "David," which is apparently a reference to Dr. David Owuor, the man whom Gabriel prophesied must marry sister Claire or else both David and Claire would perish in hell.

Then in another video in this series, he is standing up someplace outdoors wearing the same uniform and this time has a red beret cap on his head. He appears to preach for a while with the cap on, even though the Bible says that if a man prays or prophesies with his head covered he dishonors his head (1 Cor 11:4). He also sings a song while saluting with his eyes closed. Apparently according to one of his videos, his reason for dressing up in a combat uniform is because he considers himself a soldier of Christ. However, it reminds me too much of the tyrants who liked to dress up in military uniforms like Lybia's Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, Uganda's Idi Amin Dada, the former Soviet Union's Josef Stalin, Cuba's Fidel Castro, Iraq's Saddam Hussein, and Germany's Adolf Hitler.

The Lord Jesus did not wear a combat uniform, and neither did any of His apostles that are recorded in the Bible. They walked in great humility and never did such things that would only serve to draw attention to themselves. Gabriel Doufle is not acting in line with Scripture by dressing up as a soldier, and he is not imitating Christ or the apostles by doing so.

The video about Claire Andoun was not the first or only time Doufle appeared in this uniform. He apparently first began wearing it publicly in April 2017, as part of a theme, according to some of his published videos. In the first public worship service where he appeared in uniform, when he walked to the front of the meeting, the people applauded loudly and wildly for a long time, shouting and dancing, while some took pictures of him. He stood there and allowed them to do this to him. They had been in the midst of worship, singing and praising the Lord, when he walked to the front of the group. Their excessive admiration and praise over seeing him was greater than the praise they had been giving to the Lord before he interrupted them. While someone may say that this is all completely innocent, I think wisdom would sound a word of caution. This sort of adulation seems to me like man worship, but God knows their hearts. I hope that all who care about their own souls will take heed to this warning.

When Cornelius fell at the apostle Peter's feet as he walked into the centurion's house, Peter would not allow it. He said, "Stand up! I am only a man myself." (Ac 10:25-26). When the people of Derbe praised the apostles Paul and Barnabas as gods, wanting to offer a sacrifice to them, the apostles "tore their clothes and rushed out into the crowd, shouting: 'Friends, why are you doing this? We too are only human, like you. We are bringing you good news, telling you to turn from these worthless things to the living God, who made the heavens and the earth and the sea and everything in them.'" (Ac 14:14-15). Yet Gabriel Doufle did not seek to stop the people from doing what they did to him.

Finally, Doufle's twelve-part video series, in which he is wearing a combat uniform, is not the only video produced about sister Claire, her recent marriage, and subsequent death. Doufle's brother Benjamin also has a video on his channel published in French on May 28, 2017 that shows a photo collage of sister Claire, her husband Solomon, Dr. David Owuor, and Gabriel Doufle. Once again it identifies Doufle as apostle and "the father of the nations." Sadly this man whom sister Claire called "Daddy" and his brother Benjamin have spent a lot of time broadcasting these false messages about her to the world.

In fact, I tried to warn her about this. In my last email to sister Claire on March 10, 2016, to which she never replied, I sent her the link to this present article with a short message that simply said, "If this man is someone you call Daddy and consider your spiritual father, this is going to have a negative effect on your life and ministry." Although she never responded to that email from me, I have learned that within five months after I sent it, by August 2016 she had parted ways with Gabriel Doufle and no longer associated with him.

Let me conclude by saying I believe that the so-called revelation about someone seeing sister Claire in hell is completely false, as was Gabriel's original prophecy about her in 2015. Now that I have warned you, I hope that this article has helped to open the eyes of those who still follow him.

Attribution notice: Most Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, except where noted otherwise. Other Scriptures taken from The Holy Bible, King James Version.

Author's Note: I also recommend reading Exposing Heresy, The Nature of False Prophets, A Tale of Two Kings, What Then Must We Observe?, Scripture Alone, Judging Revelations, Visions, and Prophecies, Testing the Spirits of False Prophets, Accountable, correctable, and teachable, Accurately Handling the Word of Truth, By Grace AloneRighteousness by Faith not Law, and The Home Going of Sister Claire Andoun Solomon. You can access the Home page of this blog for more articles on Truth and heresy, as well as my complete blog directory at "Writing for the Master.
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Len Lacroix is the founder of Doulos Missions International.  He was based in Eastern Europe for four years, making disciples, as well as helping leaders to be more effective at making disciples who multiply, developing leaders who multiply, with the ultimate goal of planting churches that multiply. His ministry is now based in the United States with the same goal of helping fulfill the Great Commission. www.dmiworld.org.