(21)It is time for action!
What should we do after going through the major heretical
teachings of the Word-of-Faith doctrines?
Richard J. Vincent made the following suggestions:
(A)What should we do? I see at least three things that can be
done and they are not minor operations. When a cancer
is first recognized in a body, the procedure to remove it is
quick, easy, and relatively painless if the cancer has been
caught in its early stages. But when a cancer has gone
unnoticed for years and has been allowed to nurture and
infiltrate an entire body, then the procedure to remove it
will be much more complicated, slow, and painful. The
Word-Faith teaching is a spiritual cancer that
has infiltrated the church to its very marrow.
We must take action now and it will not be pleasant.
(B)First, the most obvious thing to do is to not support any
of these ministries monetarily. Don’t watch any of the
Word-Faith teachers programs and encourage and warn
others to do the same. Don’t buy their books.
If your local Christian bookstore carries their material
let them know that you will not frequent their stores
if they continue to carry this spiritual cancer.
(C)Second, take a stand for Jesus! Why won’t the church
take a stand? I have asked myself that question over and
over. Are we afraid to attack evil in the supposed
name of unity? Is it that we are so far gone that we don’t
figure that it matters what you believe as long as you
[love Jesus]? If so, let’s quit calling other religions false
and accept the cults into our fold. Let’s bring in the
Jehovah’s Witnesses who love their Jesus (even though
to them he is the archangel Michael, the first and greatest
created being). Let’s bring in the Mormons, and the
Unitarians, etc. Let’s say good-bye to the creeds and
sound doctrine. Let’s forget the stern warnings of the
Apostle Paul to beware of false teachers and false doctrine
which spreads like gangrene. Let’s all just [love Jesus]
(whoever that Jesus might be to us)?
(D) NO! We cannot forget the creeds, we will not abandon
truth. We must obey our Lord when He tells us to
[Beware of the false prophets, who come to you
in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous
wolves. You will know them by their fruits]
(Mat. 7:15-16). The fruit of the Word-Faith teachers is
none other than the fruit that the devil deceived our
ancient mother Eve with. It is still as deadly and still
as putrid in God’s sight as it was then. The Word-Faith
teachers and their movement must be actively
opposed and rejected as non-Christian! Who will
stand for Christ?
(E)Third, this would not have come about if more Christians
knew their Bible and what it taught. This would not
have come about if more Christians knew what the Bible
has to say about the nature of man, the nature of God,
the doctrine of the trinity, etc. It is time to return to
teaching sound doctrine so that the common
Christian man can be armed against error. It is time
to study the great foundational doctrines of our faith
so that we won’t be deceived by religious charlatans.
Doctrine is not just for theologians. Words like
propitiation, sanctification, justification, trinity, incarnation,
predestination, redemption, etc. are not just useless
theological words but are the very foundations of the
(F)It’s time to use our minds again. It’s time to quit
being so emotional, mystical, and man-centered
in our doctrine. It’s time that Christians took some
in-depth journeys into the wonder of the Holy Scriptures
to find out about truth and reality.
(G)Do you want a vibrant growing faith? Search the Scriptures.
Do you seek truth, real truth? The kind of truth that
infiltrates every area of your life with purpose and
meaning and joy! You won’t find it on a TV station.
You’ll find it when you spend time alone in an attitude of
worship and prayer with an open Bible and the very God of
the Universe teaching you and loving you through His
blessed Holy Spirit applying His most Holy word directly
to your life. Theology is not always entertaining
but it is always enriching. It is a lot easier to turn
on that TV and turn off your mind but you’ll be at a loss
because of it, and you will miss out on one of the most
wonderful blessings of life: communion with the