Is the Word of Faith movement biblical?

Question: “Is the Word of Faith movement biblical?”

Answer: Word of Faith teaching is decidedly unbiblical. It is not a denomination and does not have a formal organization or hierarchy. Instead, it is a movement that is heavily influenced by a number of high-profile pastors and teachers such as Kenneth Hagin, Benny Hinn, Kenneth Copeland, Paul and Jan Crouch, and Fred Price.

The Word of Faith movement grew out of the Pentecostal movement in the late 20th century. Its founder was E. W. Kenyon, who studied the metaphysical New Thought teachings of Phineas Quimby. Mind science (where “name it and claim it” originated) was combined with Pentecostalism, resulting in a peculiar mix of orthodox Christianity and mysticism. Kenneth Hagin, in turn, studied under E. W. Kenyon and made the Word of Faith movement what it is today. Although individual teachings range from completely heretical to completely ridiculous, what follows is the basic theology most Word of Faith teachers align themselves with.

At the heart of the Word of Faith movement is the belief in the “force of faith.” It is believed words can be used to manipulate the faith-force, and thus actually create what they believe Scripture promises (health and wealth). Laws supposedly governing the faith-force are said to operate independently of God’s sovereign will and that God Himself is subject to these laws. This is nothing short of idolatry, turning our faith—and by extension ourselves—into god.

From here, its theology just strays further and further from Scripture: it claims that God created human beings in His literal, physical image as little gods. Before the fall, humans had the potential to call things into existence by using the faith-force. After the fall, humans took on Satan’s nature and lost the ability to call things into existence. In order to correct this situation, Jesus Christ gave up His divinity and became a man, died spiritually, took Satan’s nature upon Himself, went to hell, was born again, and rose from the dead with God’s nature. After this, Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to replicate the Incarnation in believers so they could become little gods as God had originally intended.

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The “word of faith” movement. It is patently un-biblical and deadly as a rattlesnake bite. Even so, it is spread like a virus by false teachers such as old grandpa, Ken Copeland and others. It is in fact a mind science deception as bold as the serpent’s assertion to the woman, “when you eat it, your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God.” The real danger is that this virus is now being spread by a whole “new school” cast of New Apostolic Reformation false teachers.

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BECAUSE THEOLOGY MATTERS [2019 A.D.] – Don’t’ be naïve when attending any Church today. It is important to understand differing Biblical Theologies & Doctrines matter a great deal THUS causing much division among the rank and file. JUST REMEMBER – Church is a PUBLIC ARENA and therefore may not be a safe place. Don’t be HOODWINKED by slick talk and imagery; think with your head and heart, let not your heart be deceived. BEWARE OF THE WOLVES IN SHEEP’S CLOTHING, it’s biblical and has great consequences to the naïve.

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