Friday, April 19, 2013

Why The Word of Faith Movement Lacks Faith in God

The Word of Faith movement is synonymous with the prosperity gospel. The movement claims that our words have power. One can speak things into reality. Name it & claim it. Of course this serves the prosperity gospel well. No one ever says I claim my poverty! No, they claim wealth, health and whatever they covet. And that's the point. Without the Law the gospel makes no sense. (Gal. 3:24) Hence, there is very little exhortation to repent. Thus, those who adhere to the prosperity gospel continue in their sins like coveting! And this shows in their lack of faith!

Adherents to the prosperity gospel have faith in themselves not in God. If they didn't get that big check or job promotion, it is because they did not speak it into existence. It's as simple as that! And this is contrary to what the bible says. Jesus taught us to pray for our daily bread. (Mt. 6:11) The writer of the "Letter of Hebrews" exhorts his readers to be content with what you have. (Heb. 13:5-6) The prodigal son claimed his inheritance and lost it! (Lk. 15:13)  Are you getting it? We are to see what God is providing for us and not covet what others have. God loves us so much more than the birds, that he will clothe us and feed us. (Mt. 6:25-26) If you truly believe in God, you will have faith that that this is so! We can see this in the very first words of the Twenty-Third Psalm.

The Lord is my Shepherd,  I shall not want. (Ps. 23:1)

God will provide for us! What shepherd does not lead his sheep to green pasture to graze and quiet waters to quench the thirst. (Ps. 23:2) False shepherds do but not the Good Shepherd! (Jn. 10:14) Is God so weak and unloving that He won't take care of us? Jesus tells us not to worry! (Mt. 6:25) He is guiding us so that we will lack nothing. So if you are lacking a need in your life, be humble and ask God, your loving Father, for it! Don't be a spoiled brat like the prodigal son & demand it. That's tantamount to saying to God, "You are dead to me!" Hence, you have no faith in Him!