Word Faith Movement

I really enjoyed your web sight with all the information that you have provided. I have a question concerning "just speak the word" and if you believe it will happen. If you are sick you are told not to use such words because sickness is only from satan so you are showing signs of unbelief because "by His stripes are you healed." Also faith is a "force" and that is what Jesus used the word of faith as a force to cause the fig tree to wither (example). there is so much more, it appears the main focus is on self and what you can have Jesus was not poor so you don't have to be poor you can do greater works than Jesus did, healing, resurrection of the dead you can do more than He did if you have faith and speak it without doubt or unbelief. What are your views on this movement? I hope that you are able to decipher what I am trying to say (smile). God Bless you continuously.

My response is in Green:

I am glad you enjoyed the site. I think that the Word Faith movement is a false teaching and the promoters of it, at least those in leadership are false teachers. Jesus told us to deny ourselves and pick up our cross daily to follow Him, but you won't hear these false teachers talk about that. Let me give you another portion of Scripture you won't hear them talk about: (2 Corinthians 12:7-9 NIV) [7] To keep me from becoming conceited because of these surpassingly great revelations, there was given me a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. [8] Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. [9] But he said to me, 'My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.' Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me.

What was Paul's problem, too little faith? Of course not. God does not always do what we want Him to do no matter how much faith we have. When Jesus told us to ask anything in His name and He would do it for us, it did not mean anything in the sense these men try to make it sound. For example, if we asked that Jesus would kill someone because they bother us, would He? Of course not. What Jesus said if you take it in context is that if we ask anything in His name that will bring glory to the Father and further His kingdom He will do it. Having preachers with gold dripping off of them and driving in expensive cars and living in million dollar homes, does not bring glory to God, if anything it brings His name into disrepute.

The second thing is if you really look at what these people teach you will find heresy in their doctrine. For example they teach that we are all little gods. They teach that Jesus did not pay the price for our sin on the cross, but rather that He paid the price in hell for three days. That is false teaching. When Jesus said on the cross "it is finished" it was finished. He spent three days in Paradise, which is where the Old Testament saints when before Jesus opened heaven to them by His blood and resurrection. That is why He told the thief on the cross "today you will be with me in Paradise." We read that after His resurrection He lead the captives to heaven: (Ephesians 4:78 NIV) [7] But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it. [8] This is why it says: 'When he ascended on high, he led captives in his train and gave gifts to men.'

They have many more false doctrines but that should be enough to show they are false teachers. God loves us and will provide for us, but not always the way we want Him to. We should pray as Jesus prayed "Your will be done."

I hope that helps.

Ralph

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