The Dangers of The WoF Movement Part B

(We continue our short blog series exposing and warning about the dangers when one hears the teachings of the Word of Faith Movement. This post is not to attack those who are connected with the Word of Faith Movement, but to encourage our readers to begin to discern and question those claims made by those who are connected and teaching WoF doctrine, according to the meaning and teachings of the Scriptures as we are commanded to do so (Acts 17:11))

 

Last time we have examined and discovered, that the origins of the Word of Faith movement are cultic. We will continue to look briefly at the key doctrines that every Christian ought to be aware of.

Positive confession.

It is the belief that we have the ability to speak things into existence. It is the teaching that says that our words have creative powers and that what we say determines all things that happen to us. It is the belief that God has given us the power and the ability to speak life, or, to speak things into existence because there is an indwelling deity in us.  According to the WoF teachers, if you desire material blessings to come into your life; you need to speak them into existence. WoF preachers focus most on confessing wealth, health, success, all things which are connected with the fallen desires of the flesh (1 John 2:15-17).[1] They teach that God promises us all those things will come when we use our faith. Why faith? Dr. John MacArthur wrote ‘As the name ‘Word Faith’ implies, this movement teaches that faith is a matter of what we say more than whom we trust or what truths we embrace and affirm in our hearts’.[2] What you say and the way you say it will determine whether it will come to pass or not. If you say it in a positive way then God is required to answer back and give you your heart’s desire.

Here is a quote from T.D Jakes teaching that we are given a divine responsibility to be careful what we speak out with our powers. He said: ‘That word of God is how God procreates. It’s how God regenerates.. And that’s why once you get in the word of god you gotta be careful what you speak to, because the power of life and death is in your tongue.’[3]

Agreeing with T.D Jakes, Joyce Meyer said: ‘Words are containers for power. They carry creative or destructive power, positive or negative power. And so we need to be speaking right things over our lives and about our futures if we expect to have good things happen. Because what you say today is what you’ll probably end up having tomorrow’[4]

As the grandfather of the WOF movement E.W. Kenyon said ‘A spiritual law that few of us realize, is that our confession rules us’[5]. What we say is what we become. God is not the one who determines all things; rather, you play a part in it also by creating your own reality. TD Jakes added: ‘If the power of life and death is in the tongue and you can have whatever you say,’ hence you must ‘Declare it! Speak it! Confess it! Get your list out!’[6].

If you have doubts that this is their doctrine; take a look at another prominent WoF speaker.

Joel Osteen, explaining the reason why God shut Zacharias’s mouth when the angel told him about the coming of John the Baptist and the Lord Jesus, said ‘Why did God take away his speech? It’s because God knew that Zacharias’s negative words would cancel out His plan. See, God knows the power of our words, He knows that we prophesy our future and He knew Zacharias’s own negative words would stop His [God’s] plan.’[7].

At this point let ask this question: who can truly speak things into existence and command things to happen? The Lord Jesus Christ (John 1:1-3)[8]. If Joel Osteen believes that with our words we can create things or even alter God’s divine plans and decree with a word, or determine things to come to pass, then it is obvious that the WoF preachers are teaching their followers to be at the same divine level as God. Because none can alter God’s plans unless they are equal to God.

Let us ask another question: is there biblical teaching to support this?

They claim that their ‘proof’ text is found in (Proverbs 18:21) which reads ‘Death and life are in the power of the tongue,’ When we look at this part of the verse at first sight without proper study, it might appear that the WoF teachers are correct in what they say. But when we look at the next part of the verse we read ‘and those who love it will eat its fruits’, we see that their teaching is in error.

What is this Proverb really teaching us then?

The text does not teach that we have the power to determine what comes to pass with our mouths. Rather it teaches us that if we talk too much without being careful what we say, it can become a bad habit for us and harmful for others. It is true that the greatest harm and the greatest good are in the power of the tongue. However, this is not instructing us to handle our tongues in a supernatural sense. Let us think about this for a moment, logically. If the WoF preacher’s claims are true – that their words truly have the power to bring things into existence as God does, then they are the most wicked and ignorant of all people. One might ask why they do not stop hurricanes and earthquakes that kill many thousands.

It is obvious that the cultic origins of this doctrine were passed down by New Thought, Christian Science and E.W Kenyon as we have showed in our last article. Kenyon said ‘What I confess I possess’[9]. According to D.R. McConnell ‘Kenyon advocates ‘creative faith’” which is a combination of positive confession and creative faith “by which the believer can use God’s formula for creation ‘let there be’ to create his own reality.’[10]. Kenyon himself said ‘We have God’s faith produced in us by His living word, by His nature that is imparted to us’[11].

Application. What can we learn from this? Obviously, what they are preaching is a lie, for it is written (John 1:3) ‘All things were made by him [The Lord Jesus Christ]; and without him was not any thing made that was made’ (cf John 15:5, Isaiah 40:25 f).

In (James 3:6) we read that the tongue is like a fire. Sinful words can indeed spread destruction and only God has the power to tame the human tongue. Therefore we ought to be careful how we speak to others and especially to our fellow believers in Christ who are created in God’s image. The warning ought to remind us of the final judgement when every word will be taken into account on that day (Romans 14:12, Matthew 12:37). Let us ensure that we use our tongues in a biblical sense that is, remembering that we are fallen creatures who are merely dust and ashes (Psalm 103:14). We cannot and do not have the power to create, nor to determine, in a supernatural sense, anything to come into existence by the power of our tongues.

 

The Little god’s doctrine.

In order to relate the WoF doctrine of positive confession, that is, that we have a power of indwelling deity within us, the WoF teachers have also taught another doctrine known as the little god’s doctrine. Gleflor Dollar said in his so called ‘exposition’ of Genesis 1:26-28 the following:

‘Now that’s interesting because if everything produces after its own kind, we now see God producing man. And if God now produces man and everything produces after its own kind, if horses get together, they produce what? Horses. And if dogs get together they produce what? Dogs. If cats get together, they produce what? Cats. But if the Godhead gets together and say, “Let us make man,” then what are they producing? They’re producing gods. Now I’ve got to hit this thing real hard in the very beginning because I ain’t got time to go through all this. But I’m going to say it to you right now, you are gods, little G. You are gods because you came from God and you are gods. You’re not just human, the only human part about you is this physical body that you live in. The real me is just like God.’[12] .

Could there any be a greater blaspheme!

Kenneth Copeland taught that Adam was created on the same level as God “He was not subordinate to God, even..[Adam] was walking as a god”[13]. “When I read in the Bible where He [God] says, ‘I Am,’ I just smile and say, ‘Yes, I Am, too’”.[14]

Kenneth Hagin in his book ‘Zoe, The God kind of life’ published in 1989 wrote that God : “made us in the same class of being that he is himself,” and that the believer is “called Christ” because “that’s who we are, we’re Christ!”[15]

Nowhere is this taught in the Bible. This teaching of ‘little gods’ is nothing but repetition of Satan lie to Eve ‘ye shall be as gods’[16] (Genesis 3:5).

Dear friends if you hear of anyone preaching such error, it must be called blasphemy! Because the Holy Scriptures, God’s own Word says that there is but one God and none other. There might be other gods, but they are gods made by man’s imaginations. There is only one true living God [17](Deuteronomy 5:6-7, Isaiah 43:10, 1 Corinthians 8:4). God warns against turning things upside down (Isaiah 29:16), He is the Potter, we are the clay, we are not equal to God in any sense. This doctrine of ‘little gods’ is the reason why they preach inexhaustibly, on wealth, health and success. Because little gods cannot be sick and they certainly cannot live in a small home with little money.

Mormonism also teaches a strikingly similar form of the ‘little gods’ doctrine; that we can become little gods and own and dominate our planet. Even the New Age teachings of New Thought and Christian Science teach the same which undoubtedly proves that this doctrine which has invaded these churches is heresy.

Application: If any reader is exposed to these teachings, please carefully consider what has been written. Remembering the words of the Lord Jesus, ‘Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity’ (Matthew 7:21-23 f).

[1] 1 John 2:15-17

[2] John. F. MacArthur Jr, Charismatic Chaos, Zondervan, 1992, p.342

[3] T . D. Jakes, The Potter’s House, Trinity Broadcasting Network, 3 December 2001.

[4] Joyce Meyer, Enjoying Everyday Life, Trinity Broadcasting Network, July 16, 2002, also find on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ks3EdMMT48 18:40 min

[5] D.R. McConnell, A Different Gospel updated edition, Hendrickson, 1988,1995,p136

[6] http://ccrmin.blogspot.co.uk/2013/05/hank-hanegraaff-exposes-false-teaching.html, T. D. Jakes, The Potter’s House, Trinity Broadcasting Network, 3 December 2001

[7] Joel Osteen, Discover the Champion in You, TBN, May 3 2004

[8] John 1:1-3

[9] D.R. McConnell, A Different Gospel updated edition, Hendrickson, 1988,1995, p.135

[10]Ibid, p.138

[11]Ibid, p.139

[12] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2X5dpfzXUus, begin at 1:03:30 min

[13] John F. MacArthur Jr, Zondervan, Charismatic Chaos, 1992, P331, taken from, Kenneth Copeland, ‘The believers voice of victory’, broadcast July 9, 1987

[14] John F. MacArthur, Jr, Zondervan, Charismatic Chaos, 1992, P332, taken from, Kenneth Copeland, ‘The believers voice of victory’, broadcast July 9, 1987 also watch Sound The Alarm, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PzSsnhXIRnk, 32:17 min)

[15] Kenneth E. Hagin, Zoe: The God-Kind of Life, (Kenneth Hagin Ministries, Inc., 1989

[16] Genesis 3:5

[17] Deuteronomy 5:6-7, Isaiah 43:10, 1 Corinthians 8:4

 

To be continued..

If you are interested to continue further in this study, here is Wretched TV, Todd Friel interviewing Justin Peeters who is the expert when it comes to WoF theology, at (11:52 min) on the video on YouTube, is Gleflor Dollar’s claims of the little gods doctrine : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JETL29smggE

Also, i highly recommend purchasing John Macarthur’s Charismatic Chaos 1991 or listen to the sermon series at gty.org: http://www.gty.org/products/books/451118/charismatic-chaos-softcover?Term=charismatic%20chaos

 

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