Clouds Without Water -Pastor’s Notes

A Biblical Critique of the Word of Faith Movement(more commonly known as the Health and Wealth or Prosperity Gospel).

In this post, I will be exposing the false teachers that are plastered all over the “Christian Television” today. 

“Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offenses contrary to the doctrine which you have learned; and avoid them. 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 unsuspecting.” (Romans 16:17-18).

Here is a brief history of the Word-Faith Movement.

1Dangerous Doctrines
  • Phineas P Quimby (1802-1866) – The great grandfather of the Word-Faith movement. He was the father of new thought (a metaphysical cult) who believed whatever you think about you bring it upon your (good or bad). He was a student of occultism, hypnosis, and parapsychology. His theoretical formulations served as the basis for mind (Christian science) cult formed by Mary Baker Eddy and later formed theology word of faith movement. 

Essek W. Kenyon (1867-1948) was the grandfather of the word of faith movement. He has ties to the metaphysical cults (new age, new thought). He attended Emerson College of Oratory. He taught God created something out of nothing by speaking faithful words and we can do the same. That humans took on the nature of Satan in the fall fore fitting to him the divine dominion and made him the legal god of the earth. He taught that Jesus not only died a physical death but also a spiritual death as well. That health and wealth are obtainable by the believer’s positive confession.

Kenneth Hagin (1917-2003) was the father of the modern word of faith movement. 

All word of faith preachers claims to get divine revelations from God. 

1Postive Confession

Positive confession preachers teach that we can speak things into existence just like God. They teach faith is the object of our faith, not God. 

List of Postive Confession False Teachers

  • Benny Hinn
  • Kenneth and Gloria Copeland
  • Creflo Dollar
  • T.D. Jakes
  • Paul and Jan Crouch
  • Jesse Duplantis
  • Rod Parsley
  • John Hagee
  • Joel Osteen 
  • Joyce Myer
  • Paula White Cain
  • Joseph Prince
  • Todd White
  • Larry Huch
  • Seth Dahl
  • Bill Johnson
  • Roberts Liardan 
  • Don Piper
  • Colton Burpo
  • Bill Weiss
  • Mary Baxter
  • Todd Bentley
  • Fredrick Price

What the Word of Faith Teaches on the Fall

  • Adam was an exact duplicate of God
  • Adam sinned and lost is Godhood to Satan who became the god of earth overthrowing God.
  • Satan is now the legal god of earth 
  • When a person gets saved they get their Godhood

The dangerous lure of the health and wealth gospel is the appealing aspect that if you come to Jesus he will make you rich and he will heal your body. (The real gospel says come to Jesus because I am a sinner in need of a savior).

Softing of Sin

The prosperity gospel says God can only do what we give him permission to do. That he can only do what he wants in heaven, not on earth. 

The bible says “Our God is in the heavens, He does whatever he pleases (Psalm 115:3). Whatever the Lord pleases he does, in heaven and in the earth. (Psalm 135:6)

Be aware that if they preach a different Jesus they preach a different gospel. The prosperity gospel also denies that Jesus is the only son of God. (Jesus is the only begotten son of God read John 3:16).

Things False Teachers Say:

Bill Johnson says “Jesus laid his divinity aside as he sought to fulfill the assignment given to him by his father (No he did Not)

Rod Parsley said ” I perceive virtues going out of me, I feel your faith tugging on me 

Todd White says “The Godhead is not comprised of “parts”. That Jesus did not live on earth as God ( Yes he did). Said Jesus did not atone our sins on the cross (Yes he did). He says that Jesus made an atonement in
Hell after dying on the cross. 

Spiritual Death of Jesus

The false teachers say that Jesus died a spiritual death. My friends if it was true that Jesus died a spiritual death then he would cease to be God. 

God is a Spirit, therefore he cannot lie, he cannot sin, cannot deny himself, cannot act outside of his character or nature. God cannot cease to be God!

The false teachers claim that when Jesus said ” My God, My God, why hast thou forsaken me” on the cross the relationship between God and Jesus was broken. The use verses Psalm 22:1, Psalm 22:19-24. to support their claims. However, they cant the passages out context like most health and wealth like to do a lot of. 

Jesus was however separated from God but it was humanity, not the deity. Read CCol 1:19-20, Rom 5:9, I Peter 3:18, Eph 1:7.

1Papacy

The Roman Catholics blaspheme against God. By giving the Pope titles such as Holy father, head of the church, Vicar (substitute) for Christ. They do not believe we are saved by grace alone or faith in Christ without works. 

Session 2: Mangled Manifestations

Continuism vs. Cessationism

Beth Moore is ecumenical she teaches and believes that Catholics are Christians when they are not. She has poor hermeneutics and applies old testament promises to the believers under the new testament law. She is mystical and extra-biblical claims in divine revelation from God. That he speaks to her outside of scripture. She is known to associate with known false teachers. 

Question: Which theological group does the following?

  • Erratic jerking and shaking.
  • Uncontrollable laughter 
  • Slain in Spirit
  • Prophesy 
  • Healing
  • Speak in tongues
    Answer: Hindus!

The teachings of the word-faith and the Hindus are almost identical. 

1Tongues

Talking in tongues is not unique to Christianity since other religions claim to be able to do the same thing. Tongues can be practiced arrogance, ungodly manner (see 1 cor 13:1, 14:4-9). 

Speaking in tongues is not the incoherent gibberish you here the prosperity preachers use. The word tongues are actually referring to different languages that were spoken. 

If different languages are being spoken then it should be one person at a time with someone there to interpret the words (1 Cor 14:28) not the all talking at once gibberish that Sid Roth does who claims he can speak in tongues. 

It is false that all believers should talk in tongues. ( I Cor 12:29-30, 14-23)Yet the prosperity gospel says it is a sign of faith. He says that.

The Bible says tongues were a sign of judgment for those who did not believe (I Cor 14:20-22) and that tongues were known languages (Acts 2:5-12).

Question: Are there Apostle Today:
Answer: No!

There were 3 requirements one had to meet in order to be an apostle of Jesus Christ.

  • A first-person eye witness of Jesus (Acts 1:27, 10:38-41, I Cor 9:1, I John 1:1
  • Directly appointed by Christ (Mark 3:14, Luke 6:13, Acts 1:2, 10:41, Gal 1:1
  • Ability to work (signs) of the Apostles (Matt 10:1-2, Acts 1:5-8, 2:43, 4:33, 5:12, 2 Cor 12:12. 
    There is not a person on earth that can meet any or all of those requirements so all the teachers that titled themselves as Apostles are false teachers.

Session 3: The Hurt Of Healing

The prosperity preachers teach that its always Gods will for us to be healed an if we arent it is our fault and lack of faith. The text they use to support this is (Eph 5:23) but they have taken it out of context. The verse is talking about the body of the church, not the fleshly earthy body.

They also use (Jeremiah 29:11) as their primary reason to suggest that God wants us wealthy. But again they are taking the true meaning of the verse away since it was written to the Jews in Babylonian exile and not us. They were in exile because they failed Gods instruction to leave the land to follow every 7th year. But they failed to follow these instructions for 490 years. God sent them into exile for 70 years (490 divided by 7 = 70).

God does have great plans for us. He uses us to glorify him. He had plans for:

  • Stephen – was stoned (Acts 7)
  • Peter – was crucified upside down (John 21:18)
  • Paul – was stoned, imprisoned, shipwrecked, and then beheaded. (Acts 14,16, 27, 28.

Other favorite verses they like to use to support their teachings are (3 John 2, Matt 18). 

Joseph Prince teaches that if your sick then you just need to bind your sickness. He gets that from Matt 18. But this verse has absolutely nothing to do with binding sickness or disease. This verse is talking about church discipline.

If you see someone doing wrong then you are supposed to take these steps in helping that person overcome there sinning ways.

  • Go talk to the person about there sin (if they refuse to listen and change)
  • Take more people with you and talk to them. (if that doesn’t help)
  • Tell the church (if they still refuse to do anything about it)
  • Treat them as an outcast to the church because they are a false convert. Healing In The Atonement

The word-faith teachers say that Jesus paid for our healing on the cross 2,000 years ago, they use (Isaiah 53:4-5). But this verse isn’t talking about physical health, it’s talking about sin and being healed from it. 

There is physical healing in the atonement. But the faith preachers get it very wrong. They say not all of the benefits of the atonement are promised to be fully realized this side of heaven!

The prosperity preachers have no understanding of the true gospel of Christ none. They say if you don’t get your healing then you just don’t have enough faith. 

Following these false teachers will lead you down a path that doesn’t lead you to the God of the Bible.

In conclusion if you or someone you know is apart of this health and wealth prosperity gospel break all ties with them, whether it be Catholic, Javoha Witness, Scientology, whatever it may be and come to know the real God of the Bible and the truths of his words and you will find a much happier fulfilled life that will lead you straight to Heaven.

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