As we’ve been discussing previously, much concerns who exactly the Word Faith movement believes Jesus is. Obviously, they cannot be talking about the Lord Jesus Christ of the Bible.
Key to the Word Faith teachings is the belief that the Christian can order God around, order the Lord Jesus Christ around, and order the Holy Spirit around. Now, at this point, I need you to STOP.
THINK about this, for a minute! This is the Lord your God you are talking about! You cannot order God around in a manner you would not ask a waiter at a restaurant! You do not COMMAND the Lord your God to do ANYTHING!!!
“I order you to…” goes all the way back to the Azuza Street Revival, when the people there ORDERED the Holy Spirit to take over people! An eyewitness account in ‘Demons and Tongues’ by Alma White; Pillar of Fire Publishers, 1949 recounts how the people at Azuza street spoke, saying “Holy Spirit, we command thee to go into this soul!”
To command, to order in this imperial style, is reminiscent of a high rank Military Official to order someone that is reluctant to perform a task – and usually that tone is taken only if the person is in a great deal of trouble. “I’m ORDERING you to advance!”
So, are you saying you have a higher rank than God, the Holy Ghost, and the Lord Jesus Christ?
It’s the tone slave drivers took with slaves, treating them as subhuman, demeaning them, and then whipping them if they didn’t obey.
Is God your slave?
God made the Heavens and the Earth. You work a job.
God caused the Red Sea to drown the Egyptian Army, the greatest military power at the time. You drive home from work and maybe stop at the grocery store.
God made the sun to stand still. You stood in lines at the grocery store.
God made the Flood, while keeping Noah and family safe. You got home and put a burrito in the microwave and cooked it too long, making the edges a little too tough. And part of the middle was still cold.
God loved you so much He died for you. He gave you salvation, when you were still a sinner. You on the other hand didn’t read your Bible last night, because you were up late watching a sports game on TV.
Do you see the huge difference, here?
If your god is someone you can order like a genie from a lamp, then he’s not the God of the Bible, but either a figment of your imagination or a devil.
If your holy spirit you can order into another person’s soul, then it’s a devil – the Holy Ghost does not obey your bidding like a genie or a leprechaun. The Holy Ghost is one third of the Trinity, active in the creation of the world! The Holy Spirit will not enter just anyone’s soul, as the Holy Spirit only enters the soul of saved people. No care was taken at Azuza to ensure that the woman who was present was a Christian or not – they just commanded the Holy Spirit to enter her soul.
You cannot command the Lord Jesus Christ around! Who do you think you are? He’s going to judge the living and the dead! At His word, souls will enter heaven… or be cast into Hell!
Give unto the LORD, O ye mighty, give unto the LORD glory and strength. 2 Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name; worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness. 3 The voice of the LORD is upon the waters: the God of glory thundereth: the LORD is upon many waters. 4 The voice of the LORD is powerful; the voice of the LORD is full of majesty. 5 The voice of the LORD breaketh the cedars; yea, the LORD breaketh the cedars of Lebanon. 6 He maketh them also to skip like a calf; Lebanon and Sirion like a young unicorn. 7 The voice of the LORD divideth the flames of fire. 8 The voice of the LORD shaketh the wilderness; the LORD shaketh the wilderness of Kadesh. 9 The voice of the LORD maketh the hinds to calve, and discovereth the forests: and in his temple doth every one speak of his glory. 10 The LORD sitteth upon the flood; yea, the LORD sitteth King for ever. 11 The LORD will give strength unto his people; the LORD will bless his people with peace. Psalm 29:1-11 (KJV)
The biggest sin I think Christians are guilty of is forgetting WHO the Lord our God is. We get caught up in His mercy, and forget the awesomeness of God.
10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad. 11 Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are made manifest unto God; and I trust also are made manifest in your consciences. 2 Corinthians 5:10-11 (KJV)
Read Psalm 29 again, and tell me you are of Higher rank than God. That God is your slave. Tell me you have that much audacity.
The issue is – Mormons teach they will someday become gods. Word Faith’ers go two steps further, assuming they already are gods, of higher rank than the Heavenly Father who bought them. If He really bought them, that is.
“But I don’t think I’m higher than God!”
You sure do act like it. Copeland, Price and the rest have told you to order God around. Osteen avoids mentioning it, but suggests that you thank God in advance for your “blessing”. Really? That’s presumption. You’re presuming that you can embarrass God into giving you whatever thing you ask for.
This is a blasphemy, to order God around. To order the Holy Spirit around. To order around the Lord Jesus Christ.
Here’s where the challenge comes in – show me once verse, one example in the Bible, where ANYONE ordered God to do his bidding! Did Elijah order God to set fire to the wood and water when he challenged the priests of Baal? no, he implored – begged – the Lord God.
Frederick K. C. Price would scoff at that. “That’s foolish.” he would sneer. He’s not the only one.
“Never, ever, ever go to the Lord and say, ‘If it be thy will’ don’t allow such faith-destroying words to be spoken from your mouth.” (Benny Hinn, “Rise And Be Healed”, Page 47).
“If you have to say, ‘If it be thy will or Thy will be done’ if you have to say that, then you’re calling God a fool….” (Fred Price, “Ever Increasing Faith”, TBN, November 16, 1990)
“It is unscriptural to pray, ‘If it is the will of God.'” (Kenneth Hagin, “Exceeding Growing Faith”, Page 10)
How do these men explain away common sense Scriptures, where the Lord Jesus Christ prayed, “Not my will, but thine!” as a lesson to us. I don’t know, but that looks mighty Scriptural to me!
Indeed, let’s take a minute and examine the Gethsemane account, and see what the Lord wants us to learn from this.
39 And he came out, and went, as he was wont, to the mount of Olives; and his disciples also followed him. 40 And when he was at the place, he said unto them, Pray that ye enter not into temptation. 41 And he was withdrawn from them about a stone’s cast, and kneeled down, and prayed, 42 Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done. 43 And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him. 44 And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground. Luke 22:39-44 (KJV)
The Lord often prayed as an example to us.
He now began to be sorrowful, and never ceased to be so till he said, It is finished. He prayed that, if possible, the cup might pass from him. But he also showed his perfect readiness to bear the load of his sufferings; he was willing to submit to all for our redemption and salvation. According to this example of Christ, we must drink of the bitterest cup which God puts into our hands; though nature struggle, it must submit. It should be more our care to get troubles sanctified, and our hearts satisfied under them, than to get them taken away. It is well for us that our salvation is in the hand of One who neither slumbers nor sleeps. All are tempted, but we should be much afraid of entering into temptation. To be secured from this, we should watch and pray, and continually look unto the Lord to hold us up that we may be safe. Doubtless our Lord had a clear and full view of the sufferings he was to endure, yet he spoke with the greatest calmness till this time. Matthew Henry, Matthew Henry Concise Bible Commentary, WORDsearch CROSS e-book, Under: “Chapter 26”.
Matthew Henry nails it – we should pray “Not my will, but thine.” We may be brought to this point again and again, until we learn this lesson. And if you listen to Hinn, Copeland, or Price – you’ll never learn this lesson!
We need to remember the correct relationship – God is God. We are but His worthless servants. He says “Do!” and we should answer, “Yes, sir!” That’s the lesson of Gethsemane.
And if you noticed, it’s the direct opposite of everything Word Faith teaches.
In the next post, I will show that just about EVERY word faith teacher has denied the divinity of the Lord Jesus Christ.
- The Word Faith Movement Examined 15 (matthew714ministries.wordpress.com)
- The Word Faith Movement Examined 16 (matthew714ministries.wordpress.com)