Who really is behind it?………..
There are many Christians who feel strongly about the heretical teaching of the Word of Faith movement. They dislike its insistence that not only is it a legitimate part of Christianity, but that what it teaches is actually the ‘full’ gospel. In order to investigate this perceived threat to what is often referred to as ‘mainstream Christianity’, we need to examine just where this teaching originated and just who really is behind it.
The originator of Word of Faith heretical teaching is………
When speaking of Word of Faith, many names are often mentioned. Names such as Kenneth Copeland, Joyce Meyer, Jerry Savelle, etc. Also names from the recent past, such as Kenneth E Hagin, Oral Roberts, E.W.Kenyon, etc. But whilst all of these people certainly have a connection to the teachings of the Word of Faith movement, none of them were the originators of it. Every one of these people have merely quoted someone from much further back. In this post I will show that the originator of Word of Faith heretical teaching is none other than Jesus of Nazareth. Now before you question that conclusion, let me ask a question: How can we get to the real roots of this heresy, if there are certain places that we refuse to go, certain conclusions that we refuse to consider? We need to be prepared for the truth to be uncomfortable, and then we can deal with it.
Suffering that we all know is a hallmark of a spiritual Christian.
So let’s examine some of the things which Jesus said. We will begin with Mark 11:23, “If you have no doubts in your mind and believe that what you say will happen, then God will do it for you” (Easy to Read Version). Did Jesus really say that? Yes He did! Jesus was the first person to utter the classic Word of Faith claim that if you believe that what you say will happen, then it will happen – or in other words, ‘name it and claim it’. Another example of where what Jesus taught, is at odds with the teaching of many churches, is John 10:10, “I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance [to the full, till it overflows]” (Amplified Bible). Rather than promoting the humble life of having just enough to get by, a life where God meets our daily needs, but no more lest we become prideful, or lest money & possessions become a snare; Jesus is actually claiming that we can have a life of abundance! Furthermore, instead of the suffering that we all know is a hallmark of a spiritual Christian, Jesus is saying that we should actually be enjoying life! We can clearly identify this as prosperity teaching – if you are actively enjoying life, then you are obviously not suffering enough. Christians are meant to suffer, not enjoy a life of abundance.
Any rewards associated with giving will be received in Heaven.
Christianity has taught for centuries that any rewards associated with giving will be received in Heaven, and yet in Mark 10:29 Jesus has the audacity to claim that when we give for His sake and the gospel’s, we will receive “an hundredfold now in this time“! Not in Heaven like we have always been taught, but now in this time!!!!! Once again this is another link to the so called prosperity gospel. Or how about the Lord’s prayer, that is recited in so many churches? Have you ever thought about what that prayer is really saying? The main verse that we should be concerned about is Matthew 6:10, “Thy will be done on earth, as it is in Heaven“, a verse that is normally read over with no thought as to what it means. Jesus is praying that God’s will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven, so let’s see a couple of things that that would mean:
- Is there poverty in Heaven? Obviously not – in fact the complete opposite. But how can that be God’s will on Earth when we know that poverty is a sign of holiness and spirituality?
- Is there any sickness in Heaven? We can be pretty certain that there isn’t, but to claim that God’s will is that there be no sickness on Earth is totally at odds with the teachings of mainstream Christianity
It is unfair to blame the people.
If you put these two claims together, the seemingly innocent line, “Thy will be done on earth, as it is in Heaven“, is actually promoting what is often referred to as ‘health & wealth’ teaching. There are many more verses that I could quote, but I will quote just one more – Matthew 9:29, “Because of your faith, you will be healed” (Contemporary English Version). How many times have you heard Word of Faith preachers and teachers connect faith with healing? It is a fundamental part of their teaching that we receive is not as God wills (as mainstream Christianity has taught), but according to our faith. Of course the implication is that if we are not healed, it is because of lack of faith – a concept that is extremely insulting to many Christians. Matthew, the author of Matthew’s Gospel actually seems to agree with this heretical teaching. In Matthew 13:58 he claims that the people of Nazareth actually hindered Jesus: “He did not do many miracles there because of their lack of faith“. Surely if Jesus wanted to heal people and do miracles in Nazareth in could have! It is unfair to blame the people.
This leaves only two possible options……..
From what we have looked at in this post, there can be no doubt that the central beliefs of the Word of Faith type teaching, were originally propagated by Jesus Himself. Which of course is a very uncomfortable conclusion, if you are part of mainstream Christianity. This leaves only two possible options:
- We stick with the status quo of traditional Christianity and cherry pick the things that Jesus said that we are comfortable with.
- We accept the fact that Jesus never lied and that everything He said was completely true. We accept that rather than being a heretical offshoot of Christianity, Word of Faith style teaching is indeed, true, Biblical Christianity and things are a lot more positive before Heaven than we have been told.
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