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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A word on the Word of Faith movement

wheelchair 2One of the characteristics of the Word of Faith Movement is that it emphasises physical healing.  According to them Jesus’ atonement not only secured our spiritual healing, but our physical healing too.  According to this movement, Christians should simply claim God’s promises by faith and the sick will be made well and the ill restored.   Sickness and disease are enemies from Satan and God wants his people to be healthy and prosperous. 

 

If, as a Christian, you are not healed it is because you do not have enough faith or because you have unrepentant sin in your life.  Many Christians as a result have left Word of Faith churches disillusioned and damaged. 

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