(10)The Word of Faith
1.According to the heretical doctrines of Word-of-Faith,
words are the most powerful thing in the universe because
they are containers that carry[faith]. The Word-of-Faith preachers
believe that words are so powerful that they can influence and
alter the physical and spiritual worlds.
2.[And God said, Let there be light,and there was light. God saw
that light was good, and he separated the light from the
darkness] (Gen 1:3-4).
3.Twisting these Bible verses in Genesis, the Word-of-Faith
preachers falsely claim that God created the Universe by the
power of His word, instead of using His own power. They
claim that God has faith in His own words. When God created
the Universe, God spoke words of faith: [Let there be light].
Because God has faith in His words, therefore they come to pass,
[and there was light].
4.In the Bible, the power of God’s word was not in the words, but
solely in the divine speaker of those words. The power that God
used in creating the Universe was solely God’s power. The words
that God spoke in creation had no power of its own. All power
comes from God Himself.
5.At times, God can use men as His spokesmen and use their words
powerfully, but the power of man’s words is not its own power,
but the power given by God and used solely for God’s special
6.[David said to the Philistine, You come against me with sword and
spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the
Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have
defied. This day the Lord will hand you over to me, and I’ll strike
you down and cut off you head. Today I will give the carcasses
of the Philistine army to the birds of the air and the beasts of the
earth, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel!
All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear
that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give
all of you into our hands](1 Samuel 17:45-47).
7.David’s words make it clear that he was fighting in God’s name
and with God’s help. As far as David was concerned, his spoken
words and his following action were a sign, not of his own
greatness, nor of the power of his words, but of God’s power.
The words of David were inspired by the Holy Spirit for God’s
honour. The claim by Word-of-Faith teachers that David
used his words to activate the power of God to bring about the
subsequent killing of Goliath is an example of Scripture-twisting.
8.In the heretical doctrine of Word-of-Faith, God created the
world out of nothing by faith, and He created men as little gods
to exercise the same kind of faith.
9.They believe that since God [by His faith], using his words, spoke
this world into existence, the believer, by his faith, using his words,
can also speak things into existence.
11.Mark 11:22: [Have faith in God, Jesus answered].The Word-of-Faith
preachers changed the correct translation of this Bible verse from
[Have faith in God] into [Have faith of God]. The faith referenced in
Mark 11:22 is clearly [the faith which has God as its object], not
the [the kind of faith that God has].
12.God is omnipotent and does not need or have [faith]. Faith is
depending on something outside ourselves. If God depends
upon something outside Himself, He is not Supreme and therefore
13.Man , not God, is in need of faith. According to the heretical
doctrines of the Word-of-Faith, there is a spiritual force residing
in the human spirit. This spiritual force is the force of faith.
The spoken words of man can release the force of faith. This
force of faith can activate the power of the [Holy Spirit]
to make their confessions come true.
14.Therefore, Word-of-Faith followers believe that getting every
desire of the heart depends simply on getting their formulas
correct. The formula is that they should first decide what they
want,believe it is theirs, and confess it to be true, state it
positively and without wavering. Reputedly, they can obtain
the longings of their heart by naming and claiming them by faith.
15.James 4:13-16 clearly contradicts this heretical teaching.
[Now listen, you who say, Today or tomorrow we will go to this
or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make
money. Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow.
What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and
then varnishes. Instead, you ought to say, If it is the Lord’s will,
we will live and do this or that. As it is, you boast and brag.
All such boasting is evil](James 4:13-16).
16.The followers of Word-of-Faith believe that God’s ability to bless
us supposedly hangs on their faith and their faith is a matter of
what they say more than who they trust or what truths they
embrace and affirm in their hearts.
17.When their dreams do not come true, (for nearly all they won’t
come true), their preachers will attribute the failure in thought
actualization to their lack of faith. Eventually these followers
walk away in bitterness, believing that Christianity is a con job.
Such horrible experiences undermine the witness and credibility
of the true Christians.
18.As the non-Christians cannot tell the difference between the
true Christianity and the heretical one, the Word-of-Faith is,
in effect, the anti-evangelism.