Posted by: Damon Whitsell | March 9, 2009

The Word Faith Movement: by Christian Research and Outreach Ministry

Word Faith Movement

First of all let me tell you that the “word faith” is a very dangerous theology.Word-faith rests upon the idea that Christians can use thier faith to “speak something into existence.” For example, if I need (or even desire) a $1,000 I can claim that and speak it into reality using my faith and prayer. So my prayer would go something like “In the name of Jesus I claim that thousand dollars for __, right now I speak it by faith that that money would be delivered to me in the name of Jesus. Amen.”

The problem with word-faith is that it does not depend on God’s own will to fulfill prayer. When we pray and ask for something to fill a need, we always depend on God’s own will to answer that prayer. God may answer your prayer or He may not depending on what He has determined for you beforehand. But word-faith works the other way around. It demands God’s actions. It does not rely upon God’s will, but rather upon man’s will. Word-faith says to God “You will give me thus-and-such because as a child of God, i say so.

The Word-Faith Teachers

The Word-Faith Teachers. This is the group that would seek to convince us that Jesus and His disciples were rich, that to be poor is a sin, to be sick is a sin, and that faith is a creative force that we can use to shape our world just like God supposedly created this world and universe that we live in through His “faith”!

God does not operate that way. Whenever God bestows a blessing upon us (material or otherwise) it is according to His grace, His mercy, and His will. It is never according to our own merit, faith, or authority. The Bible is very clear concerning this.

This guy is one of the well known word-faith preachers around. And just look what he says about God. It is just amazing.

� Kenneth Copeland said, “I was shocked when I found out who the biggest failure in the Bible actually is�The biggest one in the whole Bible is God�Now, the reason you don�t think of God as a failure is He never said He�s a failure. And you�re not a failure till you say you�re one.” (Kenneth Copeland, Praise-a-Thon program on TBN (April 1988). He also said, “Adam committed high treason; and at that point, all the dominion and authority God had given to him was handed over to Satan. Suddenly, God was on the outside looking in�After Adam�s fall, God found Himself in a peculiar position�God needed an avenue back into the earth�God laid out His proposition and Abram accepted it. It gave God access to the earth and gave man access to God..Technically, if God ever broke the Covenant, He would have to destroy Himself.” (Kenneth Copeland, Our Covenant with God (Fort Worth, TX: KCP Publications, 1987), 8-11 passim.

Copeland also teaches us that “God is a being that stands somewhere around 6’2″, 6’3”,(9) intimating that God has a body, an error subscribed to by the Mormons. Copeland states, without any biblical warrant, that the earth we live on is a “copy of the mother planet”(10) which God lives on, again imitating a Mormon doctrine. Never mind that the Bible plainly states that God is spirit (John 4:24), never mind that the Bible never says a thing about this earth being a copy of any so-called mother planet. Yet these arguments don’t work with the faith teachers because they have supposedly received these teachings by direct revelation from God. Therefore to oppose them is to oppose God. These men have lifted themselves above any critical investigation yet they have forgotten the biblical mandate that anything not in accord with the Word of God must be rejected.


Stated most simply, the error of the faith movement is that they exalt man and decrease God. They exalt man to God status and reduce God to man’s status. They are aware that what they are teaching is unorthodox and controversial to say the least, yet they have no wish to change their tune. They refuse to be accountable to anyone.

No man is an island unto himself. These men who are spokesmen for the Christian faith to the public and represent the Lord Jesus to millions through their television programs are preaching a different Jesus, a different gospel, and a different spirit than what is revealed to us in Holy Scripture.

The Apostle Paul has some strong words for these men and with them I close. I pray we will take them to heart and that the Spirit that so moved Paul to action against false teachings will move within us to produce in us a holy zeal for truth!

“I am amazed that you are so quickly deserting Him who called you by the grace of Christ, for a different gospel; which is really not another; only there are some who are disturbing you, and want to distort the gospel of Christ. But even though we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to that which we have preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so I say again now, if any man is preaching to you a gospel contrary to that which you received, let him be accursed.” (Gal. 1:6-9)


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