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Word Faith vs. Christianity

 

The "Word Faith" movement is a curious theological development. Even as they profess to be Christian, they both deny essential doctrines of the Christian Faith, and add heretical doctrines to the Christian Faith. Far from being a denominational emphasis, or a "school of thought" within Christianity, the "Word Faith" movement is, at best, misguided, and at most, deceptive.

 

Seeking a public association with "Charismatic" Christianity, "Word Faith" teachers typically frame their arguments in terms of those who believe in Spiritual gifts and those who don't. But, "Word Faith" has nothing to do with the gifts of the Holy Spirit, and everything to do with promising its followers both health and wealth (with a decided emphasis on the latter).

Sadly, sincere adherents who become neither healthy nor wealthy become spiritual casualties. Derided for their lack of faith, disappointed supporters are left disillusioned with both Christianity and Jesus Christ Himself. That is why the Christian Church must do more than shake its collective head at primping, posturing televangelists. It must preach the Good News of a loving God offering comfort, forgiveness, and eternal acceptance rather than the temporary comforts of a fallen world.

 

           

WORD FAITH

 

 

CHRISTIANITY

 

“Word Faith” teachers re-define faith as being a force.  They teach that words are the containers of the force, and that by speaking "words of faith," you can create your own reality.

 

In actuality, faith is a channel of living trust between man and God.  True Biblical faith is only as good as the object in which it is placed.  God is both the object and the origin of faith.  If you put your trust in Jesus, and ask Him to forgive you of your sins, you can be certain of spending an eternity with God in Heaven.

 

Word Faith doctrine equates faith with financial gain. Some teachers even claim that being poor is a sin.

 

Money is not a measure of a Christian's faith. Although God can and does provide financial blessings, He frequently has more important gifts that He wishes to bestow. As Paul explains, "There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of money, and lovers of pleasure that money can buy, rather than lovers of God," (2 Timothy 3:1-5).

 

Proponents of "Word Faith" theology teach that if you send in tithes and offerings, God will multiply financial blessings back to you. "Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap." (Luke 6:38).

 

Yet, when we read Luke 6:38 in context, we see that it has nothing to do with financial gain. "Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you" (Luke 6:37-38).

 

"Word Faith" televangelists claim that If you speak positive words to your circumstances you will receive a positive result. However, if you speak negative words to your circumstances, you will be attacked by negative forces, and you will experience disappointment in your life.

 

This idea comes from a misinterpretation of Mark 11:24. "Whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours." However, when we consider the totality of Scripture -- rather than picking out a single verse -- we find several conditions placed on God's promise to provide "whatever you ask for."  In addition to faith, we need to:

1.  Ask with a right motivation, "When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives" (James 4:3)and,

2.   Ask according to God's will, "This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us" (1John 5:14).

Even Jesus prayed,  "Going a little farther, He fell with his face to the ground and prayed, 'My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from Me. Yet not as I will, but as you will'” (Matthew 26:39).

 

Word Faith teachers claim that symptoms of illness are demonic attacks designed to destroy a Christian's faith, and to rob them of their guarantee of healing. In response to sickness, Word Faith adherents are taught to deny their symptoms by speaking to them with a positive confession and demanding that the symptoms leave their body.

 

Although health and healing are gifts from God, they are not something that we can demand from God. Death comes to all of us in this world, and suffering is common to everyone. For the Christian, our hope is not in perfect health in this life, but in a resurrected body in the life to come. "And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose," (Romans 8:28).

 

According to Word Faith theology, God's reason for creating Adam was His desire to reproduce Himself. Indeed, they claim that the biggest problem today is that human beings don't realize that they are "little gods," and can change their circumstances at will.

 

Christian Apologist Ron Rhodes has compiled a convincing list of reasons that human beings cannot possibly be "little gods."

1.  God is all-knowing, "Who can fathom the Spirit of the LORD, or instruct the LORD as His counselor?   Whom did the LORD consult to enlighten Him, and who taught Him the right way?  Who was it that taught Him knowledge, or showed Him the path of understanding"? (Isaiah 40:13-14), but man is limited in knowledge, “Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation?  Tell me, if you understand" (Job 38:4).

2.  God is all-powerful,   “Hallelujah  For our Lord God Almighty reigns" (Revelation 19:6), but man is weak, "For we do not have a High Priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have One who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet He did not sin" (Hebrews 4:15).

3.  God is ever present, "Where can I go from your Spirit?  Where can I flee from your presence?   If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.  If I rise on the wings of the dawn" (Psalm 139:7-9), while man in confined to a single space at a time.

4.  God is holy,  "For I am the LORD your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior" (Isaiah 43:3), but even man's "righteous" deeds are as filthy garments before God "All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away" (Isaiah 64:6).

5.  God is eternal, "Before the mountains were born or you brought forth the whole world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God" (Psalm 90:2), but man was created at a point in time, "So God created mankind in His own image, in the image of God He created them; male and female He created them" (Genesis 1:27).

6.  God is truth "Jesus answered, 'I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me'" (John 14:6), but man's heart is deceitful above all else, "The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure.  Who can understand it?" (Jeremiah 17:9).

7.  God is characterized by justice, "The heavens proclaim his righteousness, for he is a God of justice" (Psalm 50:6), but man is lawless "Everyone who sins breaks the law; in fact, sin is lawlessness" (1 John3:4).

8.  God is love, "But because of His great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy,made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions — it is by grace you have been saved" (Ephesians 2:4-5), but man is plagued with numerous vices, "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23).

 

     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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