(03)As a Preacher of Positive Mental Attitude
Positive Mental Attitude is a teaching of the Word-of-Faith
Doctrine. The positive mental attitude promoted in Joel Osteen’s
books has its background in the Word-of-Faith doctrines.
Positive Confession, Positive Mental Attitude(PMA),
Prosperity Gospel and The New Age
Linked to the Positive Confession movement is the concept of
Positive Mental Attitude (PMA). PMA has become the major
link between sorcery and Christianity. It is the human potential
movement that incorporates the age old Eastern mystique that
all men can acquire godhood, that “we can achieve
But the Bible says: “With God all things are possible.”
Positive Mental Attitude, however, declares:
“With man all things are possible,” which means either
that we do not need God or that we are God.
Paul said, “I can do all things through Him
[Christ] who strengthens me.”
The New Age and Positive Mental Attitude, “Christ”
is a state ofconsciousness rather than a historic
The Christian has a positive attitude not because
he believes in the power of positive thinking, but
because he is trusting in God.
The Positive Mental Attitude that is promoted in
today’s New Age, however, is based upon humanistic
psychology’s first article of faith: “Human potential is
The real Christian is happy and positive in all
circumstances because he believes that God, who
alone is infinite, loves and cares for him.
These two concepts — Christian and Positive Mental
Attitude are mutually contradictory, in spite of the
sincere people who believe they are the same thing
expressed in different language.
Those directly responsible for bringing Positive Mental
Attitude into the professing church are Norman Vincent Peale
and Robert Schuller. Napoleon Hill and W. Clement Stone,
the originators or the Positive Mental Attitude concept,
talk about “God” in their books, but their “God” is a
metaphysical “Divine Power” that can be tapped into
through mind-power techniques (from visualization to
positive self-talk and other forms of self-hypnosis and
Hill and Stone don’t substitute Positive Mental Attitude
for faith, but promote an even more dangerous idea:
that Positive Mental Attitude and faith are one and the
same, that believing in the power of the mind is somehow
the same as believing in God; that the human mind is
some kind of magic talisman that wields a metaphysical
force with infinite potential because, somehow, it is part
of what they call Infinite Intelligence. This is the “God”
of the mind-science cults and of the New Age.
Positive Mental attitude is the sugar coating.
The poisonous core is the positive confession.
The Positive Confession is best summarized in the words
of John Osteen, the father of Joel Osteen. John Osteen
was a big crusader for the error of positive confession.
This is a metaphysical belief that we can either create or
change our reality by the power of our words, for example
he stated the following:
When they say like they did to Smith Wigglesworth,
“How are you feeling today?” He said “Listen, I don’t ask
my body how it’s feeling; I tell it how to feel.” And your
words should not be to describe the situation; your words
should be given to change the situation. And so,
read it, meditate upon it, and speak it.
I am the sum total of what I have been confessing through
the years. My children are the best children that ever lived
on the face of the earth. They are blessed of God. They are
the sum total of what Dodie and I have confessed and
loved them into being.