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Section 10A .. The Contemporary Church/
The Prosperity and Word of Faith Doctrines

 

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Chapter VII - How Words Precede Form

Carol Brooks

    All Nine Chapters - Index and Summary

    Chapter 1 -  Introduction To The Prosperity and The Word-Faith Gospels. HERE
    Chapter 2 - Alleged Biblical Support For The Prosperity Doctrine. HERE
    Chapter 3 - The Never Mentioned Verses. HERE
    Chapter 4 - Uninformed People in The Scriptures? HERE
    hapter 5 - The Word of Faith Doctrine and New Thought. HERE
    Chapter 6 - Joel Osteen - The Blind Leading The Blind. HERE
    Chapter 7 - How Words Precede Form. HERE
    Chapter 8 - God and Money. HERE
    Chapter 9 - The Crown Without The Cross? HERE

     

    How Words Precede Physical Form?
    The problem is that Napoleon Hill's principles or "magic formula" actually seems to work. This was testified to by men such as United States presidents Theodore Roosevelt, Harding, Wilson, and Taft, well-known scientists like Thomas A. Edison and Luther Burbank, also some of the founders of America's leading corporations:  John D. Rockefeller, F. W. Woolworth, William Wrigley, Jr., George Eastman (Eastman Kodak), Robert Dollar (Dollar Steamship Lines) etc. The following endorsements (among other) are seen in the 1941 edition of Think and Grow Rich.. [Emphasis Added]

      Woolworth said "By applying many of the 17 fundamentals of the Law of Success philosophy we have built a great chain of successful stores. I presume it would be no exaggeration of fact if I said that the Woolworth Building might properly be called a monument to the soundness of these principles."

      William Wrigley "Whatever success I may have attained I owe, entirely, to the application of your 17 fundamental principles of the Law of Success. I believe I have the honor of being your first student."

    And through the ensuing years since Hill first set pen to paper, his principles and techniques have, in one form or the other, been taught by every motivational speaker/ life coach on the planet - with often successful results. In fact, by learning and applying certain principles, the non-believing world can match or even exceed, the gain that "Christian" ministers promise.

    This unsettling parallel should give pause to any discerning believer especially because the Bible teaches nothing that even resembles the Word-Faith doctrine. This leaves us with only three options

      1) We are actually 'little gods' which is what is taught by many New Agers and heartily endorsed by many Word of Faith preachers based on one verse no one really understands and another taken out of context.
      2) Matter can be manipulated by the words a person speaks
      3) An intelligent force hears these words then does what it takes to make them a reality.


    1.) We Are "Little gods".

    Word of Faith preachers, who have to somehow add God into the mix, teach that not only is it possible for our words to transform physical reality, but it happens because people are 'little gods'. Since the book of Genesis tells us that all matter was spoken into existence by God, people made "in His image" can, to some degree, do the same thing. This in spite of the fact that we have little idea what being made in God's image exactly means. Here is an example of statements made by Kenneth Hagin, Kenneth Copeland, and Benny Hinn.

      KH. "[Man] was created on terms of equality with God, and he could stand in God's presence without any consciousness of inferiority... God made us as much like Himself as possible... He made us the same class of being that He is Himself... Man lived in the realm of God. He lived on terms equal with God...[The] believer is called Christ... That's who we are; we're Christ" [01]

      KC. "You don't have a god in you, you are one." [02]

      BH. "God came to earth and touched a piece of dust and turned it into a God." [03].

    Apparently they and many other Word of Faith preachers in the church do not realize or do not care that they share this belief with both the occult world and Hindu gurus. Walsch and Butterworth are well known New Agers, the other two Hindu gurus. (One has to love the fact that New Agers and Hindu Gurus try telling the world what Christ and God said and what they meant)

      Neale Donald Walsch: "Do you want your life to truly "take off"? Then change your idea about it. About you. Think, speak, and act as the God You Are" [04]

      You are already a God. You simply do not know it. Have I not said, "Ye are Gods"?" [05]

      Eric Butterworth:  "I insist that all persons are Divine. Jesus made the discovery of the Divinity of man" [06]

      Sathya Sai Baba: "I am God. And you too are God. The only difference between you and Me is that while I am aware of it, you are completely unaware.' [07]

      Maharishi Mahesh Yogi:  "[When] Christ said,'Be still and know that I am God.' [He also meant] 'Be still and know that you are God." [08] (I have to wonder how he knew that).

    See The Deification Of Man


    2.) Matter Can Be Manipulated
    Various groups of people including New Agers have their own unique idea of what or who God is. Perhaps the most common factor is that human beings, the Earth, and everything that grows and lives on it - in fact, the universe itself - are all part of one nonphysical primordial energy called "god". Therefore, everyone and everything in the universe can be identified with the Divine. In other words, god is immanent - present in every person and thing. See The New Age Part I. Definition, Growth, Expansion & Diversification, etc.

    Ernest Holmes, founder of the worldwide Religious Science Movement wrote The Science of Mind, sometimes called as one of the greatest New Thought books ever written. In it he tells us that Divinity is hidden in the "Innermost Nature Of Man Himself". The back cover of the original 1926 editions ays (emphasis added)

     Holmes was the creator of Religious Science a spiritual movement belonging to the larger New Thought movement, which believed that science, philosophy, and religion could all be connected for the betterment of each individual. According to Holmes, God is a never ending energy source, present in the whole universe. Through prayer, a person can reach God and heal spiritual mental and physical wounds.

    He believed that God's action and will occur in the present and that with each and every choice a person makes, they are creating the "Eternal Now". Homes argued that the universe was neutral, allowing each person to dictate positive and negative feelings in their life and allowing them to create their own individual reality. [09]


    3) An Intelligent Force Hears Our 'Positive Confessions'
    In examining this third option, it has to be considered that there are only two intelligent forces in the spiritual world.. God and His angels, and the very dark world of demonic beings.

    While it is all very well to use high-sounding terms like "Cosmic Ordering", these terms are meaningless since the cosmos or universe neither has the intelligence nor the ability to hear your words or perceive your thoughts. It takes intelligence and power to order a sequence of events that leads to poverty or riches - to cause your boss to offer you that dreamed of promotion, or have your number to come up a winner in a lottery.

    The problem is that people don't believe Satan or his demons can perform genuine miracles. The Christian has repeatedly been told that God is the source of health and wealth and that Satan's sole work is to maim and destroy. Thus they assume that any teaching that is accompanied by signs - whether a fat bank account, freedom from debt or a physical healing - has to be from God.

    However, it has to be remembered that Satan is not particularly concerned whether or not you prosper financially and materially or have perfect health in this life as long as at the end of it all you are judged unworthy at the judgment seat of Christ. Satan is perfectly capable of giving you your heart's desire whether it be money, property or the constitution of an ox.

    Besides which

      It's not a question of counterfeit versus real; Satan's miracles are not counterfeits any more than foreign currency is a counterfeit of our own currency. Counterfeit "miracles" are those feats of legerdemain performed by professional magicians, and charlatans who create ruses to bilk people out of money. A miracle from the spirit realm is genuine, whether from God or Satan. Satan's healings are not illusory; they are real. That's what makes them dangerous. The reason people believe teachings when they are accompanied by signs and wonders is that they don't believe Satan or his demons can perform genuine miracles. Therefore they think that any teaching accompanied by signs and wonders must be from God. [10]

    The very fact that much of this teaching originated with an imaginary 'Council of Seven' should speak volumes. Unfortunately, too many Christians, to their detriment, ignore the words of our Lord in Matthew 24:24

      For false Christs and false prophets will arise and will show great signs and wonders, so as to mislead, if possible, even the elect. (Matthew 24:24 NASB)

    It is not only God that can grant health and wealth.


    Continue On To Chapter 8
    - God and Money.
    The Bible never once condemns the wealthy just because they have money. In fact some of God's finest... Abraham, David and Job for example, were men of substance. However, the rich men in the Bible were nearly all in the Old Testament - the New Testament emphasized spiritual not material prosperity. And no, God's works doesn't take millions of dollars - He funds His own plans. Much to the contrary, the fund raising, begging, and numerous gimmicks to raise money is to fuel man made projects that the Father did not commission and, of course, their own extravagant lifestyles. The Bible has already warned that you will become a means for their gain (2 Peter 2:3) HERE


    End Notes - Chapter 7

    [01] Kenneth Hagin, Zoe: The God-Kind of Life, 1989. Pgs. 35-36, 41

    [02] Kenneth Copeland, "The Force Of Love" tape # 02-0028

    [03] Benny Hinn TBN, Dec 1, 1990

    [04] Neale Donald Walsch, Conversations with God. Book 1. Putnam Adult; First Edition edition (October 28, 2011) Page 76

    [05] Neale Donald Walsch, Conversations with God: an uncommon dialogue, Book 1 1996, Putnam Adult; First Edition edition (October 28, 2011) Pg. 202.

    [06] Eric Butterworth -Unity minister. The Truth In A Nutshell. http://www.ericbutterworth.com/read/truth-nutshell

    [07] Sathya Sai Baba: The Man Who Was God Is Dead. Time Magazine. http://content.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,2068080,00.html

    [08] Maharishi Mahesh Yogi] As quoted in Word of Faith Preachers: How Misinterpretation of Scripture Might Lead You Astray by Joseph T. Bachota Jr . Pg. 12

    [09] Ernest Shurtleff Holmes. The Science of Mind. (Original 1926 Edition). Back Cover. Publisher: Digireads.com Publishing (September 22, 2017). https://www.amazon.com/dp/1420956094/ref=rdr_ext_tmb

    [10] Albert Dager. An Examination of Kingdom Theology. http://www.apologeticsindex.org/l02.html

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