Posted by: John Edwards | June 19, 2009

The Unbiblical Practices of the Word of Faith

Unbiblical Practices of the Word of Faith

WOFtshirtI was involved in the Word of Faith Movement for fourteen years and as a pastor for ten years. There are some things in the Word of Faith that are practiced virtually every Sunday which are not found in the Bible. Here are a couple of them:
1) Getting slain in the Spirit. In Word of Faith churches, this occurs when the pastor lays hands on the congregant and then the congregant falls backwards onto the floor as if they have been knocked out. This practice was never found in scripture or in church circles until a French hypnotist began to make his rounds in the 1800’s. There is no scriptural basis for falling out when getting touched by a preacher. It’s simply learned behavior and peer pressure. Besides, I have seen people get knocked out or shot and their whole body goes limp and falls into a heap. In Word of Faith churches, they fall slowly back to be caught by trained ushers. Preachers are famous for pushing to help the congregant fall under the power.
2) Women preachers. The New Testament forbids it no matter how you look at it. I used to try and spin this one away, but I always had trouble with those two scriptures that forbid women to speak in church or to have authority over men.
3) Holy Laughter. Again a practice that is nowhere to be found in the Bible. It is easy to produce in a crowd. Rodney Howard Browne has been using manipulation and peer pressure to cause crowds to laugh in the Spirit. I saw Hagin manipulate crowds to fall out in the Spirit and to start laughing. It’s really just a culture thing in the Word of Faith. Just like showman Benny Hinn throwing his suit coat at people to make them fall out.
The Word of Faith world is full of unbiblical practices. It has evolved it’s own culture. Peer pressure and manipulation abound. I was prophesied over by a “Prophet” one year ago for almost ten minutes. Nothing he said came to pass. In fact, everything opposite of what he said came to pass. Then to top it off, I found out last night that he had been in jail prior to the night he laid hands on me. The craziness in Word of Faith circles never stops!


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