Word of Faith: A Dangerous Road to Follow

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What is Word of Faith? Word of Faith is a movement whose teachings derive from Romans 10:8. It is also famously known as the "name it, claim it, confess it, possess it" theology that is dominating the teachings in churches today. It came out of the Pentecostal movement in the late 20th century, founded by E. W. Kenyon. Later, Kenneth Hagin, who studied under E. W. Kenyon, “made the Word of Faith movement what it is today” (gotQuestions.org).

What does the Word of Faith teach?

The Word of Faith doctrine teaches that God wants everyone to be prosperous and healthy. Seems harmless, right? This movement teaches to have “faith in faith.” It even teaches a more dangerous doctrine telling their followers that they are little gods, taking on God’s nature when they are saved. This is a misinterpretation of verses taken out of context, such as in Psalms 82:6, John 10:34, and 2 Peter 1:4.

For example, in 2 Peter 1:4, “Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.” (KJV)Here, the Word of Faith teaching is redefining the word “partakers.” One only needs to look at a Hebrew lexicon to know this word means “partners, sharers, a companion.” It does not say we take on God’s divine nature but that we are made “partners” of His divine nature.

Word of Faith teaches the “positive confession” doctrine. This doctrine teaches that if one believes what they ask for in faith and confesses it, then one will receive what they confess.

Word of Faith also teaches a prosperity theology, also known as the “prosperity gospel” or the “health and wealth gospel.” Their prosperity and health messages teach that God wants His people to be financially prosperous and healthy. It teaches that if you are not prosperous in life or do not have good health, it’s because of a lack of faith and because you have given Satan authority in your life. They extract verses from the bible concerning financial wealth, and contrary to traditional teachings, teach that Jesus and His apostles were wealthy and financially well off.

The Word of Faith teachings appeals to our human weaknesses and needs. Who doesn’t want God’s financial blessing? And why wouldn’t God want to bless us with good health? What’s wrong with all this? After all, miracles, divine healings, and abundant blessings are mentioned in the Bible. True. However, when a church leader’s messages are continually filled with out-of-context, erroneously interpreted Bible verses to justify their Word of Faith messages, and when it encourages believers to ask for nice houses, expensive cars, a position of power and authority, or when it tells you that if you do not have what you asked for (or I should say, demanded from God) it’s because you have no faith, then there is definitely something wrong. These are false teachings.

The Word of Faith teachings revolve around their central theme – name it, claim it, confess it, possess it! They propagate a belief system consisting of a mix of Orthodox Christianity and mysticism to exercise mind control in their followers.

Furthermore, the Word of Faith movement punishes believers by shunning or rejecting them if they are found criticizing or challenging this doctrine. Anyone daring to challenge their teachings is accused of having no faith, of being spiritually immature, and of sowing division in the body of Christ.

What does Scripture teach?

The Word of God teaches us repentance and forgiveness, hope, trust, love, humility, compassion, mercy, and to be a righteous servant of the Lord most high. It teaches us to overcome adversity, to pray continually, and give thanks in all circumstances. It teaches us to be selfless, and to walk in the Spirit and not in the flesh.

It also teaches us to have faith in God and not in yourself or other people, and to search for truth in the Scriptures. Acts 17:11 gives us a perfect example in how the Bereans examined scripture daily to see if what Paul was teaching was true. The Word warns us about turning to a different gospel (Galatians 1:6-9). It teaches us to test the spirits (1 John 4:1), and repeatedly warns us about false teachers (see relevant verses). The Word of God teaches us to be righteous, and gives us instructions on how to live a Godly life.

What happens to the Word of Faith victims?

Once a Word of Faith follower sees that there is no truth in what this doctrine teaches and walks out of it, how does it leave him or her? It leaves them with confusion, fear, and guilt. They are left confused upon discovering the contradictions between what this belief system teaches and what Scripture says. They are afraid that if what they were taught was not true, then is there any real truth in what the Bible says. And they experience guilt because they begin to struggle with their faith.

Sadly, many have left their faith as the result. To give an example, someone left me a comment not long ago in one of my hubs about how he lost his faith in Jesus. He felt Jesus lied when He said that if you ask anything in His name, He will do it. And although he felt he had more faith than anyone and believed with all his heart what Jesus said, his prayers were not answered even after asking in Jesus’ name. This sounded to me like false teachings was behind his way of thinking, and it reminded me of the Word of Faith teachings of having “faith in faith.” Once you lose that faith, that is, your ability to believe in faith, the result is a falling away from God.

False doctrine leaves people suffering. Once I met a woman in church, she was in her early 30’s, who made a publicly “positive confession” that left me shocked. She strongly and whole heartedly believed that God was going to give her a new womb because hers was removed in surgery. That was several years ago and she is still waiting on God for this miracle, but not without pain and guilt because she feels her faith is not strong enough to bring about the results she wanted. God heals even when one has little faith. God, not man, is in control.

If you are teaching the Word of Faith doctrine, I urge you to re-examine your teachings and the dangerous path you are leading others into. Remember Paul’s warning to the church elders of Ephesus,

“Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which he bought with his own blood.I know that after I leave, savage wolves will come in among you and will not spare the flock. Even from your own number men will arise and distort the truth in order to draw away disciples after them. So be on your guard! Remember that for three years I never stopped warning each of you night and day with tears.” NIV (Acts 20:28:31)

The damage false teachings have caused has led many to ask, “Is Christianity becoming a cult?” In certain religious groups you can safely say that. However, a follower of Jesus, breathing and living the truth our Lord teaches, can find comfort in knowing they are not following a cult. On the other hand, anyone following any man who claims to come in the name of Jesus, and outwardly appears to be doing the works of God but is adding, twisting, and taking away from the Word is following a cult.

False teachings is prevalent in many churches today.

Every church I have visited teaches the Word of Faith doctrine to some degree. Whether they teach this doctrine knowingly or unknowingly, it is prevalent in many of the charismatic and evangelical churches of this era. Anyone attending their services is fair game. Unfortunately, there are no warning signs outside church buildings that says “Warning! We teach false doctrine here.“ Therefore, everyone, especially new Christians, will be exposed to heretical teachings even before they begin to read their bible.

Just because someone is teaching from the pulpit with a bible in their hand does not mean they love God and are teaching truth. In Mat 7:21-23, what did Jesus say He’ll say to those who will come to Him at the appointed time claiming to have prophesized, cast out demons, and performed miracles in His name? There are people who appear to love God, but their hearts are full of avarice, self-love, and deception. People like these are giving truth-seeking and truth-following Christians a bad name. It’s no wonder many do not want to be labeled as “Christians” in fear of being looked upon as greedy hypocritical evangelical wolves. It is sad that many idolize and follow blindly after these propagators of false teachings. As one fellow Christian once said to me,“ when you follow people who do not follow God, it is called idolatry.”

The Health and Wealth Gospel is not biblical.

How do you know if what you are hearing coming from the pulpit is truth and not false doctrine? For that you will have to read my other hub, but here’s a tip. If you ever leave a church with the uneasy feeling of having been conned into giving what you can’t give, you have been a victim of the “prosperity gospel.” It leaves one feeling confused and spiritually violated. And it not only leaves one confused but also feeling guilty for not giving joyfully because after all, isn’t it for God? This should be your first sign to leave this church and never come back.

This is not only a form of mind control, but a dirty low-down spiritual mugging. It’s just done in a more subtle and “holier” way. Simply put, it is spiritual coercion. Many fall into this deception for years and do not even realize it until the damage is done. Once people see that this “faith” doctrine does not work, they are left emotionally and spiritually scarred for a long time. The result is many become cynical, depressed, and part away from God. For those who remain, it can take them a long time to heal and gain a new understanding of Scripture. I speak from experience here.

The prosperity gospel goes against all of Jesus teachings. All one has to ask is, does this belief teach one to be selfless? Or does it teach one to be selfish? If it teaches one to give in order to receive blessings, then one is not giving selflessly but selfishly. God does not need our money to bless us. When we give, we are supposed to give not only joyfully, but selflessly, compassionately, and with humility. We are not to expect anything in return from God. His grace should be sufficient. However, God does bless us in many ways when we walk in righteousness.

Here’s another red flag. Have you been told that if you are in financial need it’s because you are not tithing? How about relating your sickness to your lack of tithing? One day in church, while everyone was worshiping and praising God, the worship leader, suddenly in the middle of his singing said, “Are you having financial problems? Problems with your health?” then he laughs out loud as if he knew the answer to our problems and said, “Have you tithed? .. Ahhhhh,” and then laughed again. If this isn’t mind and spiritual manipulation presenting itself at the opportune moment, I don’t know what is. Many were already at the altar on their knees or crying. This is not only a false teaching but a condemnation aimed at believers who hadn’t tithed. It places a bigger burden of guilt on those who are already struggling not only with sin, but with financial and health problems as well.

The final (proverbial) straw that broke me and finally made me walk out of this church and all the false teachings was when one day right before passing the collection plate, one of the elders led the collection with a prayer. He asked for everyone to pull out their wallets and checkbooks, and to hold them up high while he said the following prayer.

“Heavenly Father, thank you for your many blessings and I thank you that as I give tithes and offerings, I am believing the Lord for:

Jobs and better jobs, raises and bonuses, benefits, sales and commissions, favorable settlements, estates and inheritances, interest and income, rebates and returns, discounts and dividends, checks in the mail, gifts and surprises, finding money, bills decreased and bills paid off, blessings and increase.

Thank you Lord for meeting my financial needs that I may have more than enough to give into the kingdom of God and promote the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Amen!”

The Prosperity Gospel has lead many baby Christians down the wrong path. Some time ago, while talking to another fellow Christian about the necessity of having good reliable transportation, he asked me if I had asked God for a car. Not just any car mind you, but a specific model. Not knowing what he meant, he smiled and gave me a few expensive examples. I looked at him, thinking about the next words that were going to come out of my mouth, and I remember thinking this is someone who has been derailed from that narrow path by false doctrine early in his walk with Christ. He, like many others, had been seduced and brain washed by the false teachings of the Word of Faith movement. My answer to him was “We should ask God in humility and always in His will.”

Avoid those who bring you another gospel.

Today when I turn on the TV and see a televangelist preaching the “Health and Wealth” gospel, I turn it off. It doesn’t matter who’s preaching it or how prominent they are. I sincerely pray that you do the same. Instead open your Bible and read the Word. If you are seeking truth, start there and not with man. Real truth-seekers are a minority.

I am not writing this to condemn or judge anyone who believes or follows these teachings. I was born again in a charismatic church and I, like many, was indoctrinated for years by the Word of Faith doctrine, but I came out of it. I didn’t know at the time that this doctrine had a name; I only knew there was something wrong with these teachings.

After leaving behind this belief, I really struggled with my faith. I was very confused about what the Scriptures really taught, but I persevered and held on to God. I devoured every word I read in my bible, reading it carefully, and studying it. I prayed for truth, guidance, and wisdom. By God’s mercy and grace I came in contact with one Orthodox Christian that put me back on the right path.

In the end, I never stopped loving my brothers and sisters in Christ who shared in the same doctrine as I once did. I continue to pray that they also come out of these false teachings, and many have. Those who chose to heed the warnings and prayed for guidance have left. A few, sadly, avoid me because I no longer belong in their circle. Yet, I continue to pray for them.

I leave you with Paul’s final instructions to the Thessalonians,

“Now we ask you, brothers and sisters, to acknowledge those who work hard among you, who care for you in the Lord and who admonish you. Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work. Live in peace with each other. And we urge you, brothers and sisters, warn those who are idle and disruptive, encourage the disheartened, help the weak, be patient with everyone. Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always strive to do what is good for each other and for everyone else. Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. Do not quench the Spirit. Do not treat prophecies with contempt but test them all; hold on to what is good, reject every kind of evil.” NIV (1 Thes 5:12-22)

In Christ’s love.

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celafoe 3 years ago from Planet earth. between the oceans

Absolutely one of the best and most needed expose of this deceitful satanic cult that I have seen. I have taught against this false doctrine for over 35 years and there are very few places or people that open to hear in the USA, but it easily seen for what it is in most poorer countries of the world where Christians actually have to trust God for survival.

Some of the main purveyers of this false doctrine are Kenneth Hagin; Kenneth Copeland; Frederick K. C. Price; David (Paul) Yongii Cho, Robert Tilton, John Avanzini, John Osteen, T. L. Osborne, Charles Capps, Marilyn Hickey, Jerry Savelle, Joyce Meyer, Morris Cerullo, Casey Treat, Dwight Thompson, and Richard Roberts and many other would be leaders of it..

This false doctrine , if you look closely at it is very similar to the temptation in the garden. Would a God that loves you withhold anything from you? And appeals to the basic natural desires of man. With it satan has found a way to use those professing to be Christian ministers, but with an unscriptural ”love of money” to work for him inside the churches of men. I pray that all reading this will open their hearts to truth and cast out this false doctrine from their lives so they can learn to walk properly with God.

Thank you my sister.


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Faithful Daughter 3 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

celafoe,

Thank you for being the first to courageously comment. God had placed this message heavily in my heart for quite some time, and now that I have finally sat down to write it, I feel as if a heavy load has been lifted off of me. I pray that it will help all that are blindly in bondage to come out of it.

Thanks again for stopping by. Keep preaching God's message to others about heresy in the church.


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celafoe 3 years ago from Planet earth. between the oceans

I will my sister as that is my calling from my Father. And you must continue in yours. I pray much success for you.


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Faithful Daughter 3 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

God bless you celafoe!


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FriendofTruth 3 years ago from Michigan

Amen Faithful Daughter! The word of faith movement appeals to our flesh and it does thrive on guilt - signs that it is wrong and full of error. I too came out of this movement and am thankful for God's faithfulness to lead us in the Truth. It is terrible when people follow this movement and become victims of it. Something that helped me to come out of it was when my boys were babies and they were both very sick. I prayed and believed in their healing and was claiming it. But after two weeks of them not getting better I finally took them to the doctor. They both had ear infections in both ears. Had I not taken them to the doctor, they could've had hearing problems. I told my Pastor's wife (who is not in this movement) about it because it had me confused. And she said, pray for God's healing and then take them to the doctor - we have to have common sense. This almost tragic event helped me to break out of the false doctrine that I had believed in. But sad to say, a lot of people don't get out in time and end up blaming themselves and their lack of faith on not getting results and then eventually distance themselves from God. It's sad. And it is terrible that these religious leaders and doing this. May we beware of false doctrines and read God's Word and know Him so intimately.

God bless you Faithful Daughter!


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Faithful Daughter 3 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

Hi FriendofTruth,

Imagine the harm done to your babies if you wouldn't have taken them to the doctor. You had not only good common sense but a mother's intuition to see to their well being.

Unfortunately, not too many people use this and have lost their children to a false doctrine. I read a story of statistics done in this town where a church there practiced this doctrine. The study showed that many children died unnecessarily because their parent's did not take them to a doctor. What's more astonishing, these were treatable sicknesses. I wish I could remember where I read this so I can post the link.

The worse was when my mother, who was very ill, was told by this associate pastor from my sister's church that she was "healed." My mother believed she was healed until she died of the sickness she had, I wrote about it in my other hub "What not do do if someone asks you for prayer." Is the Word of Faith a harmless belief? Absolutely not! It is preventing many people from getting the medical care they need, and many have died because of it. I was really "messed up" (as some people say) for a while, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. I literally aged from grief from my mother's death and was never quite the same after that. I was very angry for a while because I believed in her healing as well and because of what others in that doctrine were telling me.

I pray that people will open their eyes and see into the deception behind false doctrines.

Thanks for stopping by and sharing your story with us. God bless you!


Lisa 3 years ago

It is b/c of this movement, that I am an Athiest. I never want to set foot in a church again. Im sickened...


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Faithful Daughter 3 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

Lisa,

I can certainly understand why you feel this way. This movement is one reason why many are leaving the faith. I pray that one day you will reconcile with God. Thanks for stopping by to read and comment.


desiretruth 3 years ago

I read your hub some weeks ago when I had myself just come out of WOF teaching and in fact was a member under EMIC and KCM...I no longer attend EMIC and I am so blessed and so happy to be free. I have been like a Berean and search and search out scripture continually! Your hub is very accurate! Unfortunately my husband is still very indoctrinated and I am praying that he too will wake up and come out! This has been a strain personally on our marriage because he thinks I am off the wall now! How can someone suddenly after 21 years change their mind? Well, I believe that when you are truly hungry for the Truth, HE will see to it that you get the truth! Your hub and another that I have found via PlanksandNails has brought me so much peace because what you both have said has been backed up with True Scripture in the correct context that Scripture is given in! I thank you for that and I am believing that the Lord will lead many to read your hubs because WOF is one of the most subtly taught false doctrines there is and because it is so subtle I believe it makes it one of the most dangerous. They say Jesus is Lord! But Jesus also said" you call me Lord Lord and I will say I never knew you. It really looks right, it really sounds right but it is in serious error! I firmly believe that WOF is like the Laodecian church in the book of Revelation. I will say that I did not have much confusion upon leaving because I believe in the 21 years under this teaching there were always questions within in me. But, when I was led to this hub and others like it, it was total peace of mind and confirmation that what I was questioning in regards to WOF teaching was total confirmation and in that, the actual confusion ended and clarity ensued! Again, I thank you! If I could say anything to those in WOF it would be this, when you read the Word get Kenneth and Gloria's voices out of your heads and read it with the Voice of the Holy Spirit...you will hear something totally different. Ask yourselves what did Jesus really teach, you will find that He did not teach what WOF teaches and that certain scriptures are used way out of context. Find out what really what is meant by Proverbs 17 in regards to "the power of life and death are in your tongue" it has nothing to do with what WOF teaches you, it is in regards to the fact that when you gossip against your brothers and sisters you are killing their spirits with your words, it has nothing to do with yourself being a creative force. There is only ONE Creator and you are HIS creation, Also in regards to being taught that Jesus died two deaths one physically and one spiritually is a lie from the pit of hell. The scripture has been taken out of context in regards to "HE died deaths" in Hebrew language yes it is plural, but if you understand the context of the Hebrew translation it is an idiom for "He suffered such a violent death it was like dying over and over and over again!" That word "deaths" does not refer to two deaths be it physical and spiritual...HE died ONE DEATH and HIS ATONEMENT was fulfilled on the cross not in Hell! Please WOF peeps seek God and get the truth, you are being taught to elevate yourselves to the same position that Lucifer himself wanted and you know what happened there! Come down off your power trips and take the Berean Journey and be of noble character and search the scriptures for yourselves and you will find the truth and you will get free! I know you want all the good stuff that you are believing for, but it is all dung! There is something far more valuable than your material needs and wants and please don't say that your wealth will enhance the Kingdom of God! I have sat next to peeps at EMIC who were so rich and couldn't help a brother yet it is the one who is just as hungry and is just about to be evicted, or who lives in their car who share the most! It is time to wake up and really ask yourselves if you really believe what you are hearing is truth. And if you do, you better find out if Jesus ever said to one who came to Him for healing "son did you make sure you have been confessing what you want before I touch you?" Did He say to the people ? "Are you sure your walking in love? Are you sure your tithing? Are you sure? I have seen this deception first hand, and as some WOF peeps might say to me "oh you must have been offended, or you must be hurt" Sorry, but not the case my heart sought the Lord and HE won me! Also, HE is the one we look to, not Kenneth Copeland, you look to Kenneth Copeland like the children of Israel looked to Moses, ask yourselves "Am I standing on Holy Ground or sinking sand?" Go to Jesus! Have ears to hear the One True Faithful One, Kenneth Copeland is speaking out of his head, not at all by the Holy Spirit. Jesus said "Follow ME" not man or ministries! Faithful Daughter sorry for the rant I just am so fresh to this and my heart cries out for peeps to wake up!


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Faithful Daughter 3 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

Desiretruth,

Thanks for stopping by again and leaving a comment. I am happy that you have left this movement behind. I pray that your husband will do the same. Be patient with him. And remember to be ready to give gentle answers when questioned because sometimes unknowingly we do make an impact with what we say. This brings to mind Hebrews 4:12.

You are so right in all the things you brought up in your comment. Please share your experience with others about the WOF movement. You can start here in Hubpages. You can be helping many others come out of this movement.

God bless you!


desiretruth 3 years ago

Again I have to thank you! I am really trying to be sensitive and led by the Holy Spirit on what to say and what not to say and when to say anything because he is very defensive of WOF and mostly of the Copelands. He feels that I am judging them :( I am honestly considering writing about what I know because I really desire to see others set free...this is all so new to me and is a little intimidating but I know that it is right! God Bless you my sister and again I can't thank you enough it really feels good to be free of what Jesus came to set us free from.


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Faithful Daughter 3 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

Desiretruth,

Yes, do write about it, please. Others need to be set free from this. I've encountered many people that do not see anything wrong with this movement. I have friends and members in my own family that have also been indoctrinated by this movement, but believe me if you keep speaking truth and continue to pray for them, in time, with the help of the Holy Spirit, they'll begin to see the lies behind the WOF teachings.


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Tamarajo 3 years ago from Southern Minnesota

Upon my return to Christ from prodigal living, I was drawn into the prosperity gospel. Your article does well to expose the hidden agendas of this movement that shifts the focus of God and eternal life to self and comfort in this life alone.

The dangers of it are similar to the New Age movement in that they steal the principles of God for selfish purpose which creates much confusion as your article well states.

They teach people how to use and attempt to manipulate God for self rather than living in subjection to Him. It at times can be a bit witchcrafty in methodology.

I took one thing away from the movement and that is when God does reveal a promise in His Word that we can sink our teeth into it and not let go. My youngest son whose name is Derek was living about as decadently as anyone could imagine for several years. I believed the Lord to have said to me to pray Psalm 1 over him that he would not be a man who walked in the ways of the ungodly or stand in the way of sinners nor sit in the seat of the scornful... I later learned to read Hebrew and when I read the Psalm in Hebrew his name was in that Psalm 3 times "derek" in Hebrew means way or path. I had no idea. My son is now 3 years chemical free and continuing on his way back home to Jesus. much work yet to be done yet much so already accomplished. It wasn't a magic wand type of speaking incantation or anything. It was a simple building of my faith in hearing by recitation in prayer that God really was going to do something. All I could see at the time was my son's life going down the tubes and God gave me this psalm to shift my focus onto what He was about to do.

I don't believe in scripture shopping for selfish purpose but if God reveals a promise to us we can count on it.

I think where many people are led astray in these principles is in not reading the entirety of scripture which makes abundantly clear that life is all about Him, loving Him (loyalty), serving Him, glorifying Him because He is worthy. Jesus lived to please the Father not Himself and it is in His gracious mercy that we should receive anything from Him. We can't demand it nor think He owes us anything.

Appreciate your wisdom and insight in your article.


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Faithful Daughter 3 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

Hi Tamarajo,

Thanks for stopping by. It is a blessing to hear that God came through for Derek.

I am in agreement with you that God does reveal His promises to His children, and prayer and scripture reading to learn of His promises, strengthen our faith, and guide us does not go against God's Word.

WOF captures some of the essence of this in their faith teachings but twists it for self-glorification and gratification. While some may not realize it, this belief is simply manipulation, just as you mentioned. God cannot be manipulated to work for us by merely claiming things or by positive confessions. God is not our employee or our servant where we call upon Him when we need something done for us. That was a BIG revelation for me one day when I saw that what I claimed and positively confessed did not come to pass. What a humbling but learning experience, and an awakening to the truth in His Word.

It took me a while to straighten out what was truth and what was a lie when I came out of the WOF movement. Like you said, this brings in New Age beliefs and sort of witchery beliefs combined, and I did not want any part of this anymore.

Great to hear from you again :)


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lifegate 3 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

FD,

Thanks for the warning and setting the Scripture straight. Wealth and finances? Tell that to Jesus or Paul. Great hub, but what I really wanted to say is that I just found this one. Somehow I don't think I get all my notifications. You're not the only one I've missed. Not sure what's going on.


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Faithful Daughter 3 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

Hi LG,

You are welcome and thank you for commenting. It's always a pleasure to have you stop by.


Lisa 3 years ago

I stopped in around seven months ago. I was full of anger and rage back then. I've been researching endlessly what happened to me. I truly think I was brainwashed or mind controlled by these churches. I don't know what's next but I do know something is happening in me :)


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Faithful Daughter 3 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

Hi Lisa, allow yourself time to heal. Men lied to you, not God. Remember that. Thanks for stopping in again.


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skye2day 2 years ago from Rocky Mountains

Daughter This is the most needed truth to be shared dearest and precious sister. I love how you mentioned the guilt that comes when we do not receive. We wonder what is wrong with our faith. I did allot of name it claim it per teachings and this has so helped me. God Bless You dear sister. I was to hear this today. I can see where shame or guilt may come to believers who claim healing or wealth and it does not come. We do not earn our salvation it is a free gift. We do not need to earn healing it is given to us in God's timing and good purpose for His Glory.

I am not rich like money but I certainly have my needs met. I am rich in Christ Jesus. He is my wealth. He is my Glory. He is my source. I am not healed but I know today His grace is sufficient. When we focus on receiving rather than Jesus it can take us from the word of God to our self and what we are doing to not receive. Thank you for this. May Gods favor abound in you today and always precious sister. I will come back to meditate more upon His truth. It is allot for me to digest right now. I am bookmarking. Hugs Galore sister.

Love you Faithful daughter. In Christ Jesus. Skye

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Faithful Daughter 2 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

skye2day, I am blessed by your visit. I was also caught in this belief until I had a rude awakening! I realized that God does not work for us but we work for Him an His kingdom. To expect positive things is not wrong but to expect that God will deliver just because we claim it, and we put our faith on our beliefs rather than on Christ is wrong. I take one day at a time and I lean on Him everyday for my strength. Like you, I am not healed, yet, and I might not be healed but I have His promises and His salvation!

God bless you my dear sister in Christ. May His mercy and blessings be upon you always!


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snerfu 2 years ago from Madurai, India

Nice article, very inspiring and enlightening too. May the faith grow Amen.


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Faithful Daughter 2 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

Thank you snerfu.


Lisa Ranieri 2 years ago from Silver Spring, Maryland

Hi!

I just posted this on my FB timeline and as I did I found myself almost begging God to let others who believe these lies (as I did) to read it. THANK YOU for the article and thank you for writing it in love.

Lisa R

Alexandria VA


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Faithful Daughter 2 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

Lisa, thank you for reading and sharing it with others. I do pray that the Holy Spirit will convict them and guide them out of this false doctrine. God bless, Evi


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ladyguitarpicker 11 months ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

Read your bible and study it and you will not have any problems. Your article was great. I can't believe people get so mixed up in the name of religion. God bless,stella


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Faithful Daughter 11 months ago from Sunny Florida Author

Hello Ladyguitarpicker,

Yes, agreed. Reading your bible is the solution but many are too lazy to even bother doing so. It is easier for them to believe the words coming out of these preachers and that is when they will be lead into the wide path, away from God.


KingdomCome 11 months ago from those of the Ecclesia

Faith Daughter- I just finished reading this article. And I must say it is outstanding and it gets right to the point. I am a full believer in studying the bible and I surely don't place any trust at all in church clergies. The sad thing is most people who call themselves "christian" have no idea what the bible says. Most will take the word of the person at the pulpit. They will swallow what ever the clergy feeds to them. I also believe the driving force behind most clergy is the money made by "preaching the gospel". How many of them (clergy) would continue "spreading the gospel" if the money dried up. The false teaching of tithing (for christians) is what keeps most of them going.

What is really up setting is the idea that most denomenational and non-denomenational churches believe they are the body of Christ. And as the church they have the duty to draw in new members. Everything is then centered around the "church" which many believe is the building they worship in. Many clergy will even teach on the subject of church and attending church which many will claim and believe comes from the word ecclesia (ekklesia). This word "church" used by most "christian clergy" is most often time used to discribe a place for so called christians to worship. What most clergy and so called christian fail to realizes is the word "ecclesia" is a Greek word and can be traced back as far as 500 B.C.E. The true meaning of the word ecclesia is; Assembly of citizen. ( gathering of those summened) Called out. This Greek word ecclesia was a political word, not religious. The Atheian Ecclesia was a Government body made up of individual males who were at least 18 years of age and older.

What I find to be a bit odd is how does the word ecclesia that was used in Greek text 500 years before the birth of Christ all of a sudden is translated (the first time) as "church" in the year 1557 when William Whittingham printed the Geneva New Testament Bible. In the year 1565 the word church is used again in the Bishops Bible. And in 1611 the word church shows up in the King James Version. Now, we see today the word church in most peoples minds is a building to worship in, which has absolutely nothing to do with the word ECCLESIA.

Jesus Christ did not come to into this world to build a church. He came so that he can identify and assemble his citizens for the Kingdom of heaven.

Matthew 16:18-19 (NKJV) state:18 And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My ECCLESIA, and the gates of Hades shall not pervail against it. 19 And I will given you the keys of the KINGDOM OF HEAVEN............

This is why I will NEVER trust church clergy and the garbage they teach.


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Faithful Daughter 11 months ago from Sunny Florida Author

KingdomCome, thank you for you insightful and educated comment. I whole heartedly agree with you 100%.

It is a fact that many who come to discern this falsehood in today's man-made churches will lose their trust in people, especially in preachers who are responsible for God's flock. Once the trust is gone, it is hard to get it back, and rightly so. We are to discern these wolves in sheeps clothing leading the flock astray . Those who have discerned this falsehood have tried to educate others and turn them back around to the right path, however, many are not willing to listen and continue in their beliefs and man-made doctrines that ultimately will cause them to lose faith or end up severed from God.

Let's continue to spread truth to the those on the wide road and pray that they will listen.


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ladyguitarpicker 8 months ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

Hi, never got involved with the, Word of Faith doctrine. I'll stick to reading my bible. Interesting hub.


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Faithful Daughter 8 months ago from Sunny Florida Author

Thanks again for stopping by ladyguitarpicker.

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