"We have the power to speak things into existence" or "Positive Confessions"
"Name it and claim it by faith" or "Blab it Grab it"
These are popular phrases used by many Christians who desire for God to move on their behalf. In this article I will use Biblical passages to further examine the Word of Faith Doctrine in attempt to expose it for what it truly is...New Age Mysticism that has nothing to do with God or the Bible.
First I implore you to ask this question;
If God is Sovereign then how can we say he needs OUR permission to move? Word of faith implies that God cannot move unless we speak some magical words that will pull strings...
Romans 9: 15-16 "I will have mercy on whom I have mercy and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion"
It does not depend on MAN's Effort, But GOD'S mercy and grace!He is not our personal Genie.
Romans 4:16 "Therefore it is of faith that it might be by grace..."
WORD OF FAITH ORIGINS
Kenneth Haggin,E.W.Kenyon and Phineas Parkhurst
Kenneth Haggin was considered to be the founder of the Word of Faith Movement but he was influenced by a man name Phineas Parkhurst Quimby (1802-1866).Phineas laid the foundations and was a Metaphysical Christian who inspired E.W. Kenyon who in return inspired Kenneth Haggin. E.W.Kenyon studied Mysticism and mingled Mystic and New Age theologies with Christian teachings.
NEW AGE, MYSTICISMS(Affirmation Prayers and relation to Confession of Faith)
Affirmations in New Age and New Thought terminology refers primarily to the practice of positive thinking—fostering a belief that "a positive mental attitude supported by affirmations will achieve success in anything." More specifically an affirmation is a carefully formatted statement that should be repeated to one's self and written down frequently. For an affirmation to be effective, it needs to be present tense, positive, personal and specific. -Wikipedia
Affirmative prayer is a form of prayer or a metaphysical technique that is focused on a positive outcome rather than a negative situation. For example, a person who is experiencing some form of illness would focus the prayer on the desired state of perfect health and affirm this desired intention "as if already happened" rather than identifying the illness and then asking God for help to eliminate it.
Here we can see that New Age and Mystics intermingled these "Affirmation" theology with Christian teachings, distorting God's words. Kenneth Haggin, E.W. Kenyon implemented these false satanic doctrine into Christianity and now we have people quoting scriptures out of context to "speak things into existence"
Word of faith gives the impression that man hold the power hence men are Gods. Although we are created in God's image and he gave us power over the Earth, there are no scriptures that state we are given power to usurp over God's will, and if it is NOT in his will, he will NOT perform it. You are not gods over God.
Isiah 43:10 "Before me no god was formed, nor will there be after me"
All these extra, additional formulas and special "mantras" to get favor from God to receive things is ridiculous and wrong. Those who do such things are plainly working in a spirit of unbelief.
"seek ye not what ye shall eat or drink, neither be ye doubtful of mind"
So if your seeking God for earthly needs when he has already provided us (which he has from birth)we are working in unbelief;
Luke 12: 28 "If Then God so clothe the grass, which is to day in the field, and tomorrow is cast into the oven; HOW much MORE will he clothe you, O YE OF LITTLE FAITH?
So in actuality "professing" speaking out confessions of faith for such things are signs of unbelief and distrust or even a sign of being UNGRATEFUL.
WHAT IS TRUE FAITH?
"Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen"
Faith IS things hoped for(we put our hope in things we cant see, Spiritual things) the evidence of things not seen (hope is the evidence of things that do exist BUT we CANT see, like Jesus). No where in this verse is there any indication of having faith for whatever man wants which is usually material, temporal, earthly wants. If you can see it (material things of this earth) then you cant have faith in it or hope for it. Last I check you can see a car, house, money etc. This scriptures is not speaking about obtaining material things but having faith in God whom we cant see (with our physical eyes) and believing that He is with us (even though we cant see him), NOTHING MORE THAN THAT! Verse 3 clearly explains this;
"Through Faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the WORD (which was unseen) of God, so that things which are seen( material things,earthly things) were NOT made of things which do appear (not made by things you can see, touch and feel)."
God is the reward you receive with faith. Faith is always with us because Jesus is our faith, we just have to trust and be fully persuaded IN our faith.
With further reading and studying of Hebrews 11 it would be clear that people now having faith for earthly temporal things are using text out of context.The individuals quoted in Hebrews 11 were NOT promised earthly goods and gains. And if God was obligated to give us what we say he promised us...then why did those quoted died NOT receiving the promises? Hebrews 11:13. yet they died IN Faith?
NAME IT CLAIM IT?
Many use this formula when seeking to possess things such as a job,financial blessings, cars, house, husband or wife or to get over sickness etc.
what does it mean to claim?
1. A demand for something as rightful or due.
2. A basis for demanding something; a title or right.
3. To take in a violent manner as if by right
4. To assert one's right to or ownership of.
Now having these definition in mind...does this sound like a respectful way to approach God our creator? Demanding from him, asserting our rights to something from him, take by violence?
First of all, Who are we to tell God he is obligated to give us what we feel is rightfully ours? And if God Has already promised, then why do we need to make such statements? It would be sensible to rationalize that if God has it, then no one else can take it from him and if we do not have it in our possession at the time of making "claims", then its safe to say we don't deserve it. Again God is not obligated to give us ANYTHING, no matter if we rant on like spoil children. Again if God has it for us what is the point of "speaking out words of faith" this makes absolutely no sense!When ever HE feels fit, He will grant it to us...on HIS TERMS. So we can "name and claim" until we turn blue.
Secondly you cannot claim something that is already in your possession, so if you believe its yours already why make professions?If its not yours God is not going to be your partner in Crime and steal some one's possessions and give it to you. "Demanding" from God is stating that we don't trust that he will FREELY grant it.
If one is sick and claim healing but does not heal, then it is said their faith was not strong enough or they didn't believe enough.This is False.Just because you want to be healed or see some one healed does not mean it is God's will for them to heal! We cant manipulate His Will with some "profession of faith" formula. Also remember your body is also Temporal , it will perish but the spirit is what God is most concerned about. 2 Corinthians 4:16 "For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day"
"Name it claim it" IS NOT IN THE BIBLE.Its simply using scriptures out of context.
Romans 8:26 "for we know not what we should pray for as we ought"
And because of this we need to operate in the Spirit which is there to GUIDE and TEACH. Jesus laid out a prayer for us (Mathew 6:9-15) and no where in that prayer is there any request to be made for financial blessings,and other earthly, material things that God gave us hands to work for on this earth.
Its because we are working out of our flesh, we want what we want and use God as our servant. But we are His servants!
Other Scriptures that require further study...
Romans 4: 17 "...calleth those things which be not as though they were."
some love to quote this scripture as well to justify "name it claim"
again, misinterpretation and using scriptures out of context.
Study the full text and pray for understanding. And even then, realize this simple fact...this very scripture has NOTHING to do with getting what you want in the natural.
Psalms 37:4 "...and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart..."
Before we come to christ we have worldly desires. So after Christ we desire spiritual things or should desire spiritual things such as peace, wisdom, understanding etc.
So again nothing to do with God being obligated to give us our carnal, self centered desires.
God is more focused on supplying us with spiritual/eternal resources and blessings not material/temporal. Satan blesses with worldly things
I think we are getting the two confused.
Be not wise in your own conceit
"Word of Faith" Indoctrination at its WORSE...
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Friday, July 8, 2011
What does it mean to be a Christian?
This is a question we as believers must ask ourselves and when formulating an answer, it should be inline with what the word of God describes a christian. We cannot define Christianity with our personal opinions and ideas of how WE should live OUR lives because we are NOT our own. Being a christian is complete submission to God and his laws outlined in True Biblical doctrine.This is what sets us apart from the world.
Romans 12:2 "Be not Conformed to this world:BUT be ye Transformed by the renewing of your MIND..."
True Christians are those that strive to be more like Christ, those that have denied themselves to follow after Jesus Christ(Mathew 16:24-26). Too many are looking to figures in media to define Christianity.Individuals such as Tyler Perry, Steve Harvey, Oprah and some famous Gospel Artists are promoting a false doctrine of mixing sacred with the profane.As a result we have compromising and misguidance and a false indoctrination with in Christiandom. With this indoctrination,Christians find themselves in debates with one another, unfortunately diverse denominations in Christianity is the result of such disagreements along with the frustration of trying to minister truth to some who refuse to accept Truth. There is an enemy in the camp.
Here,I will expose some who are cunningly and subtly redefining Christianity and reveal how so many Christians are adopting false doctrines (such as the doctrine of INCLUSION) through movies, radio and tv individuals who claim Christianity but are wolves in sheep clothing leading many astray...
Doctrine of Inclusion
simply the belief that all will make it in the kingdom of Heaven with or without Christ and making any changes to who you are. This is why we see so many mixing of world with the church in different forms of entertainments.Also mingled with this false doctrine is a satanic movement called New Age Movement
The Tyler Perry Indoctrination.
Many so called Christians are in support of this man because of his "inspirational life story" or "claim to fame". He produced stage plays in his earlier days and used talented Christians to star in these plays. His scripts were inspirational and funny, they touched many, particularly women because his stories appealed to their emotions concluding with a surge of redemption...and with a dash of muscular shirtless men flexing and women in revealing apparels he enticed lustful responses, as the world would say "sex sells". This should have been a red flag in our spirit that something is wrong. But people were already mesmerized by Tyler's talent to care about the seemingly harmless innuendos. Unknown to many, this is a form of Desensitization,meticulously crafted to slowly strip away our spiritual guards and defenses.
When our gaurd is down, we compromise, make excuses for sin and become blind to the evil associated with the themes.
Themes that appeal to our flesh by touching various aspects of our emotions are always used as tools in media to desensitize in order to indoctrinate, bringing forth acceptance of unGodliness.
1 John 4:1 "do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for MANY false prophets have gone OUT into the WORLD."
This scripture also pertain to entertainers such as Tyler Perry.Through the guise of entertainment many are being deceived into accepting false doctrine.We claim to know truth and use this as a window to allow falsehood to come in as if we are immune but in reality we are susceptible to deception.
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Tyler Perry's plays eventually caught attention from big names in Hollywood aka satan's playground. And as his reputation grew we notice his work mingled more and more with secularism, even the songs used in his plays are secular songs that speak to the emotional/carnality vs spiritual. His audience or followers had grown so use to him and his style of entertainment that it really didn't mattter.But you see becoming successful in Hollywood requires denouncing the true Christ and true God.
The Bible says you cant serve two masters! And light and Darkness cannot coincide.But these so called Christians in Hollywood believe in a totally different doctrine.
Tyler's character Madea is the star of majority of his shows/movies, without this character Tyler Perry's name would have no significance.We are finding entertainment in a character that is a transvestite (woman who acts like a man and is a man in a dress), we laugh as Madea makes a mockery of scriptures, "ministers" to others in between foul language,violence,lewdness etc. Not to mention his movies are full of unGodly material such as fornication,cursing, adultery glorification of divorce etc? we label this as Christianity and ministry? Last I checked the Actors that he hires for the roles are living in sin.If the very secular actors and musicians he uses are not changed by his so called "ministry" then what do we say about those who gave their lives to Christ through his work? Were they introduced to the true Christ? or a Christ Hollywood created who will accept our carnal ways that mix sacred with profane? Did he really need to play a character to introduce man to Christ? This is absurd and hold no Biblical credibility.
If your claiming Christianity then produce true Biblical doctrine in your works that ministers TRUTH. If you want to do worldly materials then do worldly materials, do not mix the two!
Revelations 3:16 "So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth"
"He is an actor, he is just acting" .
We Fail to see that many times these actors suffer from personal psychological and spiritual shortage and is in need of prayer, most of the time the spiritual influence embedded in these characters that we think are talents and gifts of actors are from demonic forces!Some Actors use this venue (acting or becoming something else)as a way to cope with an even bigger problem that they struggle with internally...so it is not always just "Acting" we need to seriously pray for this man. To get some insights on what goes on in Hollywood with Actors...see my blog "Illuminated Hollywood"
Tyler's Sexual Molestation and abuse
Tyler Perry came forth admitting to the world on Oprah, that he was a victim of sexual abuse as a child at the hands of 3 different men.And many young boys who were sexually abused seek affection from the same sex (become gay) or they become confused in their sexual orientations hence you have transgenders.There are countless homosexuals that came out of the "closet" per se and had an history of being sexually abused in their child hood.
There is a good chance that this man did not fully heal from his past ordeal, though I fully sympathize, for we all have a past,it takes time and Spiritual growth to fully recover and be delivered.Some would use other venues to heal and the Entertainment industry is full of them, they feed off the approvals of others to feel better but internally they still struggle, its worse when your constantly around that which you are trying to be delivered from.
He is a savior?
Many Christians claim that Tyler Perry's antics are bringing people to Christ as I mentioned.
But did not the Bible warns us of those who take up the claim of Christ but are not of his...
Even NOW there are MANY anti-Christs..." 1 John 2:18.
Let me say this...there are many claiming Christ but the bible clearly state that
many shall come and make claims only to deceive.Then we are told that we shall know them by their fruits. Does Tyler's movies and plays minister the True Gospel of Jesus Christ? no.
The world seem to be able to make the distinction...why cant we?
Christ describe such as Anti-Christ.Tyler Perry is leading many to a false Christ. A Christ that supports LGBT,this is the dangerous and evil workings behind the Madea Character. If we claim to love God and have his spirit within us, I find it hard to believe that we are not convicted in some way.Tyler Perry and his movies are indoctrinating alot of women and shaping their perspectives on relationships, their views of men, their role as women in an un-Biblical way.
which leads me to my next individual in the media that many of these silly women (as the bible describes them) are following...
This man would need a separate blog on all the deceptions he is currently dishing out to his christian followers.
Ever since his carnal Anti-Christ book "Think like a man act like a woman" came out Christian women has bought into his false teachings, he then became the spokes person for single women seeking answers from sources outside of God.
Steve Harvey became an over night relationship guru, appearing on "The View" and "Oprah" to impart his "wisdom" to naive women. I ask how is a man who does not know anything about being married to one woman for a life time is going to teach us anything? He is coming from a carnal and worldly perspective! Being well known to the world and famous does not give him any Authority of God to counsel any one let alone a christian woman.
Never mind his radio talk show that is nothing short of disrespectful to Christianity.This man needs to accept Jesus Christ into his life instead of claiming to know God but still remaining in sin. His methods is also a form of indoctrination, introducing the doctrine of "Inclusion".This doctrine states that God will accept any and every one no matter if they change their former ways or not, come as you are to Christ and leave as you are before you came to him...this is false doctrine!
There should be a change when you come to Christ and fully know God
2 Corinthians 5:17 "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new."
Many Christians support this man and listen to him because they are unlearned and have been desensitized, where in the end they will compromise. This is a spiritual mark of the Anti-Christ. This is the workings of Satan! If you were to come up to a christian and say this man is wrong and we should not support him, they would use scriptures out of context to back up this man and continue in rebelliousness. Again this behavior is a sign of accepting the anti-Christ agenda and carrying the mark!
enough said about her.
The enemy is like a roaring lion walking to and fro seeking whom he may devour. In these last days as Christians we have to be on our spiritual guards, not just externally but internally. Watch what we feed our spirit and what enters our minds. Media was designed to influence, reshape and control our thoughts. No one christian is above the influence and the pride we develop in thinking we are "strong" enough to handle such things...is one who trust in the flesh.For God himself spoke to us and instruct us to AVOID such things, TOUCH not, TURN away from.
Romans 12:3 "to every man that is among you not to think of himself highly than he ought to think, but to think SOBERLY..."
As Christians when truth comes we should submit but instead we turn our backs and choose to remain quiet and neutral.This is the day to stand, WATCH and pray and equip our selves with knowledge so we are not caught off guard and deceived.
A pastor broke down the word "Enter-tain-ment" as this; to DETAIN you for ENTRY (to DETAIN you so that a spirit can ENTER you).This is very very true.
I ask you again What does it mean to be a CHRIST-IAN?
"you are known by the company you keep"
Great Merger (Documentary of Church merging with World)