The faithlessness of the Word of Faith movement

I’m sure you’ve had contact with the “Word of Faith” movement.  They’re the well-meaning folk who say things like, “You just have to have enough faith”, or “If you speak life into it, it will come true”.

According to Wikipedia,

“The Word of Faith (WoF) movement has many distinctive teachings including physical, emotional, financial, relational, and spiritual healing or prosperity for any who has the right, belief-filled confession. The movement emphasizes choosing to speak the promises and provisions that the speaker wants, that agree with the Bible, as an act of faith and agreement with God’s plans and purposes. They believe this is what Jesus meant in Mark 11:22–23, when he said believers shall have whatsoever they say and pray with faith.”

The WoF people are the “Name it and Claim it” – by faith – people.  They believe that the Bible promises health, wealth and prosperity to all Christians – if they have enough faith.

The small problem with that the WoF movement is that God has not promised to give Christians health, wealth and prosperity.  Jesus was homeless and died young.  The Apostle Paul was constantly in prison and bad things happened to him.  The Apostle John was exiled. Stephen was martyred. Epaphroditus nearly died of illness. Timothy had constant stomach ailments.  Health, wealth and prosperity were not on the radar of the early Christians.

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Why you should not be discouraged

FIFA-LogoYou are probably discouraged today.  The reason you are discouraged is that we are surrounded by bad news.  Bad news about our State president probably not paying back the money. Bad news about FIFA corruption.  Bad news about unemployment stats.  Bad news about the increase in the petrol price.  Bad news about crime.  Maybe even bad news about close friends or family.  It’s easy to become discouraged.  What we need is some good news.

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