Posted by: John Edwards | September 30, 2008

IS The Word of Faith Movement merely Flirting with Jesus


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I’m not sure what the word flirt means, but I think it means to act interested in someone without being serious. That is how a lot of people act towards Jesus. They flirt with Him, with no real intentions of having a committed relationship.

As a Word of faith pastor, I soft coated the Gospel to make it user friendly. Like smiling Joel Osteen, I wanted to appeal to people without offending them. I presented Jesus as someone that is just wanting to bless them right where they are, and that everything is just OK, and God will meet you half way. That is a load of B.S.

Jesus demands a total sell out to follow Him. No baby steps. He demands absolute repentance and commitment. Right now, today, no excuses. Jesus is very legalistic and demanding. He demand total repentance and total Lordship right now today in every area of our lives. No baby steps.

Word of Faith ministers are selling a healing Jesus, a bless me Jesus, a prosperity Jesus, a self help Jesus. That is not the Gospel of the New Testament. That is watering down the message.

The message of prosperity, as taught by smiling Joel Osteen, Kenneth Copeland, Charles Capps and Creflo is not the New Testament Gospel. It is a humanistic compromise. It is not Biblical. It is weak.

The Jesus of the New Testament is a hard core radical that demands absolute Lordship from His disciples. He still calls for total sacrifice. He still calls for us to die to ourselves, our visions and our plans. He demands to be Lord and God. He demands to be worshipped in every area, all day, all the time. Our God is a jealous God, and all consuming fire.

The Christian life, as presented by the Word of Faith ministers, is a farce.

They would have you to believe that God is absolutely wanting to fill your pockets with cash, and as Pedro in Napoleon Dynamite said, “Vote for me and all of your dreams will come true”. That is not what Jesus called for.

Jesus wants every inch of our lives, every beat of our hearts, right now. Not in baby steps, but in taking up that cross right now and dying to ourselves and following him.

I’m glad to hear that the preacher at the Church of Brook Hills is preaching the same message that Christ and Paul did. It is not as popular as what is being sold as the Gospel by the Tele-evangelist, but it is the TRUTH! Listen to Jesus Christ right now:

26If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.

27And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.

28For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it?

29Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him,

30Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish.

31Or what king, going to make war against another king, sitteth not down first, and consulteth whether he be able with ten thousand to meet him that cometh against him with twenty thousand?

32Or else, while the other is yet a great way off, he sendeth an ambassage, and desireth conditions of peace.

33So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple.

34Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be seasoned?

35It is neither fit for the land, nor yet for the dunghill; but men cast it out. He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.


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