If you’ve been reading long enough, you know that I have a passion for truth. I’ve learned over the years how knowing the truth about God, His Word and His ways can affect our passion for Christ and how we walk out loving Him and others.
This week I wanted to share about a prominent false gospel being fed to many in this time. You may know someone who needs to know the truth about this subject, or perhaps you yourself will come to know the truth as you read.
In a previous post, I mentioned an unbiblical practice called “decreeing and declaring” being promoted in some religious circles. Most often, we see this practice promoted by teachers of what is called “the prosperity gospel” or the “health and wealth gospel” in what is known as the Word of Faith movement (WOF).
Decreeing and declaring is also common practice in the Apostolic and Prophetic Movement, which contains many problematic teachings, emphases and practices. This movement has also been dubbed the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) by some. Both Word of Faith- and NAR-affiliated churches and ministries contain much more unbiblical teaching to be avoided by those who desire to know and live God’s truth.
Why am I talking about this lately?
Because I once bought into these false teachings and God has set me free. Because being silent while others are stuck in this deception is not something we should do. God loves them and desires their eyes to be opened, that they would know the true Gospel thoroughly and study His Word rightly and in context rather than receiving and believing twisted teachings of truth made to be about us more than about God.
That said, I recently created a page on the site with resources to help others on this journey: Resources That Opened My Eyes to the Truth About WOF/NAR
The False Word of Faith Gospel Versus the Gospel of Christ
In January, I read a book detailing Bible-based differences between the false gospel of the Word of Faith movement versus the true Gospel of Jesus Christ. This book helped in my search for truth concerning teachings I was previously taught but I was not finding in God’s Word as I studied in context.
This book, Health, Wealth & Happiness: How the Prosperity Gospel Overshadows the Gospel of Christ, was written by David W. Jones and Russell S. Woodbridge.
This book contains a wealth of information concerning the Word of Faith movement’s unbiblical roots. The author takes time to go through different aspects of prosperity movement teaching, comparing them to the truths and principles of God’s Word.
Chapters in the book cover:
- The roots and history of the Word of Faith movement and prosperity gospel.
- Errors and unbiblical teachings of the false prosperity gospel.
- What the Bible teaches on suffering, wealth and poverty and giving.
This book details what you need to know about the false Word of Faith gospel versus what the Bible actually teaches, such as:
1. How the Word of Faith movement’s roots are the New Thought movement
“…the New Thought movement was marked by religious beliefs not found in Scripture—that God is a force, that the spirit or mind is ultimate reality, that people are divine, that disease originates in the mind, and that thoughts can create or change reality... These teachings about God more closely reflect the concept of God in Hinduism than the biblical doctrine of God.”
2. What the false prosperity gospel is
“Instead of promising Christ, this gospel promises health and wealth… According to this new gospel, if believers repeat positive confessions, focus their thoughts, and generate enough faith, God will release blessings upon their lives. This new gospel claims that God desires and even promises that believers will live a healthy and financially prosperous life.”
3. The truth from God’s Word
“It is difficult, if not impossible, to find anyone in either the Old or New Testament who experienced a pain-free life on account of their faith. Many passages in the Bible presume that suffering is a regular part of the Christian life.“
“…believers must take up their cross daily and die to self in order to live for Christ (Matt. 16:24). The cross demands that followers of Christ make sacrifices for the sake of the kingdom of God and exalt God rather than themselves.”
These quotes are only small bits from the wealth of information covered in this book. I highly recommend this book to every believer. Whether you’ve faced these unbiblical teachings or not, you never know when you may need to reach someone else who has. Find this book in hard copy and eBook form on Amazon.
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