Confessions of a Word of Faith Pastor

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Over the past year I have become familiar with a number of ministries on the web that have made it their aim to “expose the false teachings of the Word of Faith movement.” While I have absolutely no problem with people disagreeing about biblical interpretation I do have a problem with a great deal of the spirit in which most of this so called interpretation on the WOF is carried out.

I believe that healthy debate and dialogue is not only beneficial, it is essential if we are to maintain sound doctrine. Yet a great deal of the attack against WOF ministries is not only misleading, it is simply dishonest. I have heard prominent ministers declare over the radio, internet and TV, that WOF preachers are preaching a different Jesus, and therefore they are preaching a different gospel.

The only Jesus I know of any WOF preacher proclaiming is the one who shed His blood to take away the sins of the world as stated in Scripture. I don’t know of any WOF preacher that has ever declared that there is any other name given among men whereby we must be saved than the name of Jesus. So if we proclaim that salvation is through the shed blood of Christ alone, and by His atonement, then for these folks to say that we are preaching another gospel is simply misleading.

When a person makes a public declaration that another minister of the gospel is a false teacher, or not a Christian this is very serious allegation. People who listen to these ministers who oppose the WOF usually know little or nothing about what we preach, so they are taking the word of the one making the statements.

To make matters worse, these ministers will often use sound bites from messages of various WOF ministers to persuade their audience that these ministers are heretics. Nearly every one of these sound bites I have ever heard have been pulled completely out of context, or at best distorted. I have always believed that a half truth is a whole lie.

This sort of witch hunting has nearly always caused a great deal more harm than good. While I realize that these men who attack the WOF movement believe that they are called to expose error, and false teachers, I question the motives and methods that they are employing. I have never heard a single one of these men ever humbly admit that they could possibly be mistaken. Or that perhaps they are misunderstanding what we actually believe.

I have absolutely no problem with people disagreeing. What I have a problem with is accusing men and women of God of heresy without so much as even attempting to engage in a constructive dialogue with them. What I have a problem with is the negative impression that is left upon those who know absolutely nothing about most WOF ministers, and yet who will come away with the erroneous idea that we are some type of fringe cult group.

I will attempt to clarify a great deal of erroneous misunderstanding about what we believe. There is a great deal that the body of Christ has gained from the WOF camp, and much we have to offer to those who might be willing to hear.

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    1. Hi Zanspence,

      Thanks for the reply. Word of faith is simply a term coined from Romans 10:9-10 But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith which we preach): 9 that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.

      WOF ministers cover a vast range of people from many different camps. Most anti-WOF people refer to Kenneth E. Hagin as the grandfather of the WOF movement, although he was simply teaching a great deal of truths that he had gained from other ministers, many who had actually come out of the assembly of God. http://www.rhema.org/

      Some of the more popular WOF preachers are Kenneth Copeland, Creflo Dollar, Rod Parsley.

  1. Ah. I did a bit more research. First it seems to be another confusing religious sociological term like “evangelical”. Evangelism ,The great commission (Matt 28:16-20), is for everyone. Likewise life and death is in the power of the tongue(Proverbs 18:21) and if we confess with our mouth then we will be saved. Speaking the word of God and the will of God sounds biblical to me. I think what’s going on is unfair blame to WOF. I will blog about this at a future date but I’ve had some personal history with this since I was raised SDA and now attend a non-denominational charismatic church. Many times our walked with God is not as fruitful as we would like and we put 100% blame on the denomination. But with a foundation of trinitarianism, authority of the word, justification by faith, etc there is enough of a foundation for salvation. Some have the fruits of the spirit with little to even error teaching and some don’t have as much fruit but are in church with a lot of biblical truths. Some are doing a lot things but aren’t in works, some are doing very little but they feel justified by it so are in works. All this because the enemy comes in on an individual basis but the blame is that the denomination fostered their bad fruit. I don’t have anything bad to say about the SDA church because not everyone that keeps the Sabbath is in legalism. I just needed a place that embraced God as supernatural to break my stronghold of depression. More than ever I have an intrafaith (not inter, I’m no universlist) respect for the entire body including Catholics and Orthodox not just Protestants. I agree with you that we can’t write off any preachers. Nice talking with you! Bless you.

    1. Thanks,

      I have had friends who are SDA, and it seems like as with all camps you find a great deal of diversity within each group. Some SDA folks are very rigid, and somewhat legalistic, while others are pretty much evangelical in their style, and presentation. There seems to be a tendency within Christianity to throw the baby out with the bath water. There are things about pretty much any particular camp of believers that are good, bad and at times even down right ugly. But this doesn’t mean that we should just write the whole lot of them off.

      Thanks for your comment.

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