Saturday, March 6, 2010

The Word Faith Movement: Part 5

Some of Their Other Teachings
Christians do not sin

Word of Faith
"I'm going to tell you something folks, I didn't stop sinning until I finally got it through my thick head I wasn't a sinner anymore. And the religious world thinks that's heresy and they want to hang you for it. But the Bible says that I'm righteous and I can't be righteous and be a sinner at the same time...All I was ever taught to say was, 'I'm a poor, miserable sinner.' I am not poor, I am not miserable and I am not a sinner. That is a lie from the pit of hell. That is what I was and if I still am then Jesus died in vain. Amen" ~ Joyce Meyer
Word of God -
"If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us" (1 John 1:8).
Why? "It is Christ's righteousness imparted to us, not ours, that makes us righteous."

Jesus took your place in hell

Word of Faith -
"There is no hope of anyone going to heaven unless they believe this truth I am presenting. You cannot go to heaven unless you believe with all your heart that Jesus took your place in hell." ~Joyce Meyer
In other words, the work of redemption was not complete on the Cross.

Word of God -
"And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven. And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled. In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight:" (Col.1:20-22)
The Bible always links redemption with what happened on the cross. It is never even implied, much less taught, that redemption took place in hell. Paul declared that he would glory in nothing less than "the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ" (Gal. 6:14). (Dave Hunt, Beyond Seduction)

Christians are not called to challenge false doctrine

Word of Faith -
"It amazes me, and not only does it amaze me, it aggravates me. These people who think they've got a ministry of exposing what's wrong with everybody else...Why is it that people think that it's their call to go around and find out what's wrong with everybody else and print it? Do you know when people were try to stop Jesus, finally some very wise man said, 'Why don't you just leave us alone? If it's of God, you're not gonna stop it. And if it's not God, it won't last too long anyway.' Hallelujah! I mean, that's just the way I feel about it." ~Joyce Meyer
Word of God -
"Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offenses contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid the. For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple." Rom. 16:17-18
"For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables." 2 Tim. 4:3-4
There is power in the spoken word

Word of Faith -
"Words are containers for power." ~Joyce Meyer
"Having faith in your words is having faith in your faith." ~Kenneth Hagin
"...this force is only released through the spoken word. As we speak the words of faith, power is discharged to accomplish our desires." ~Kenneth Hagin
Word of God -
"And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him." 1 John 5:14-15
“In the world of the occult, the metaphysical “mind power” of one’s belief is reinforced by speaking it aloud. This act releases what occultists call the “creative power of the spoken word” and brings into existence whatever one says or decrees. This occult idea forms the basis for mantras, incantations, and hexes. Nevertheless, the faith teachers continue to expound upon this unbiblical and occult thesis and represent it to be the teaching of Scripture through their ministry in the pulpit, radio, and television, and in books such as The Tongue - A Creative Force and You Can Have What You Say.   (Dave Hunt, Beyond Seduction)
True Christians should live free from sickness and disease

Word of Faith -
 "God intends for every believer to live completely free from sickness and disease." ~Kenneth Copeland
Copeland claims that any time a believer has a problem receiving healing, "he usually suffers from the ignorance of the Word of God." (Healed: To Be or Not to Be)

The verse used for this is: "For by whose stripes ye were healed" (1 Peter 2:24) and "But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed." (Isa. 53:5)

Word of God -
Christ personally carried the load of our sins in His own body when He died. He stood in our place, bore the punishment that we deserve, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. The healing we receive is not a physical healing, rather a spiritual one.

Divine health is taken from you by the devil

Word of Faith -
"...divine health is not not something we are trying to get from God; it is something the Devil is trying to take away from us. When the Devil tries to put a symptom of sickness or disease in my body, I absolutely refuse to accept it." ~Jerry Savelle
"The deceased simply did not have enough faith to bring about their healing." ~Frederick Price
Word of God -
Godly individuals who were not healed: Paul (2 Cor. 12:7-10; Gal. 4:13-150; Timothy (1 Tim. 5:23); Trophimus (2 Tim. 4:20); and Epaphroditus (Phil. 2:25-27).

God healed those who believed (Matt. 8:13) and those who did not have faith (John 9:1-38). No where in Scripture is perfect healing promised before the resurrection and glorification, which will occur at the final judgment.

God's will is for Christians to be financially prosperous

Word of Faith -
"God wills the financial prosperity of every one of his children, and therefore for a Christian to be in poverty is to be outside God's intended will; it is to be living a Satan defeated life." ~Gordon Fee
"When asked by Time magazine whether he wasn't "tithing to get," Kenneth Copeland replied, "Yes, yes, yes! A thousand times yes! I want to get healed, I want to get well, I want to get money, I want to get prosperity!"
Word of God -
"Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him?" James 2:5
The Bible names countless individuals who, although they were righteous before God, were poor: Paul the apostle (Phil. 4:11-12); his companions (1 Cor. 4:9-13); and the Old Testament faithful (Heb. 11:37). (Walter Martin, "Kingdom of the Cults")
"Prosperity" is mentioned only two more times in the entire New Testament, which seems hardly an adequate basis for a "prosperity gospel," much less for teaching that every Christian's divine right is to be wealthy." (Dave Hunt, Beyond Seduction)
Jesus was wealthy

Word of Faith -
"While on Earth, Jesus was wealthy, lived in a big house, had a great deal of money, and wore the finest clothes." ~ John Avanzini
Word of God -
Nowhere in Scripture indicates that Jesus was wealthy. It clearly portrays Him as being poor. "Neither poverty or riches or riches have any spiritual stigma attached to them." (Walter Martin, "Kingdom of the Cults") 

God no longer has dominion over the earth

Word of Faith -
"When God gave Adam dominion, that meant God no longer had dominion. So, God cannot do anything on this earth unless we let Him or give Him permission through prayer." ~Paul Yonggi Cho
Word of God -
"And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth." Gen. 1:26
"For I am the Lord, I do not change." Mal. 3:6
"Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever." Heb. 13:8
There is nothing about the Christian giving God permission to act on his part.

Read Part 5