The Word Faith Movement Examined 20


So far we’ve established…

  • Speaking in tongues is a sign to those who do not believe
  • Biblically, “tongues” refers to languages
  • There were only three cases of speaking in tongues in the Book of Acts: 2:4-11, 10:44-48, and 19:1-8
  • All three instances of speaking in tongues, Apostles were present, and Jews were present. In all three cases, unbelieving Jews were in the vicinity to witness.
  • speaking in an unknown tongue probably refers to speaking in Hebrew, according to two commentators (Adam Clarke and Charles Hodge)
  • Speaking in tongues must be done one at a time.
  • there must be no more than three people per service speaking in tongues.
  • Someone must be there that understands that language to interpret.
  • There must be no more than three people to preach at any service.
  • women may not preach or speak in tongues.
  • The sign gifts can be demonstrated departing somewhere around 60AD.
  • Paul was unable to heal three of his friends of sicknesses, one of them sick near to death.
  • Prophecy has demonstrably passed away
  • Many false and pagan religions speak in modern tongues
  • Modern Tongues has too small a vocabulary to be a real language
  • Modern tongues lacks the grammar structure to be a real language.
  • Modern Tongues have been studied by language experts and declared not a real language.
  • Modern tongues have been described as essentially the same as pagan speaking in tongues
  • supposed “raisings from the dead” are apparently unverifiable – nobody is forthcoming with the names, or even the persons themselves.
  • claims of amputees being healed also are unverifiable.
  • serious birth defects apparently cannot be healed by these faith healers.
  • Most Pentecostal healings amount to back pains and headaches, and have the healing powers of aspirin
  • The tongues movement originates from the Shiloh group in Durham/Lisbon Falls Maine and Frank Sandford.
  • Death, disease and suffering clung to all of the originators of the movement, whether themselves or their immediate followers.
  • The god of the Word Faith movement does not have all power and all knowledge, and therefore is not the God of the Bible
  • the god of the Word Faith movement has faith in something other than himself, and is not the God of the Bible
  • Most Word Faith teachers deny either the Trinity or the Godhood of the Lord Jesus Christ
  • Word Faith doctrines originate in New Thought, Theosophy, Mormonism, Christian Science, and Swedenborgianism
  • Anyone denying the use of heresy when teaching some questionable teaching is in fact teaching the heresy they deny teaching!
  • The redemption was finished on the cross
  • the blood of the thieves could not have atoned for our sins
  • Jesus did not go into Hell, but rather took those in Abraham’s bosom to heaven.
  • The Spiritual Death of Jesus doctrine is Blasphemy
  • The Lord Jesus Christ cannot cease to be God, or He was not God in the first place
  • We are human beings, not gods.
  • we cannot ever be gods
  • We are created beings
  • The Lord Jesus Christ is not a created being, but existed eternally with the Father.
  • The Lord Jesus Christ is not a sinner, and never sinned.
  • The penalty of our sins fell upon the Lord, not our actual sin
  • The Lord Jesus Christ became a sin offering, not a sinner.
  • As such, the Lord Jesus Christ did not need to be born again.
  • To say the Lord Jesus Christ was “the first born again man” is a blasphemy, and is a denial of Jesus Christ.
  • Satan and his devils are on earth and walking in heaven… not in Hell, as the Word Faith teachers teach.
  • we cannot order God to do anything.
  • 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.
  • All Word Faith teachers add to the Word of God, through prophecies, and through the claim to direct divine knowledge that supersedes or surpasses the Bible because “God told me” or “God told Kenneth Hagin..” or “God told Kenneth Copeland.”
  • Word Faith doctrine is uncanny in its resemblance to witchcraft, and features necromancy, divination, demonic possession, spell casting, cursing enemies, and familiar spirits.

By now, even the most ardent Word Faith proponent should be hesitant to continue embracing Word Faith.

Let’s discuss the next controversy – demonic possession. Can any Charismatic show me anywhere in the Bible, where people shook their heads violently, over and over again as a manifestation of God’s power? It simply does not exist.

Then why do many Charismatics support such a demonic manifestation as from God?

1 In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre. 2 And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it. 3 His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow: 4 And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men. Matthew 28:1-4 (KJV)

Like the “slain in the spirit” phenomenon, the only Biblical example of this is of the enemies of God.

4 Jesus therefore, knowing all things that should come upon him, went forth, and said unto them, Whom seek ye? 5 They answered him, Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus saith unto them, I am he. And Judas also, which betrayed him, stood with them. 6 As soon then as he had said unto them, I am he, they went backward, and fell to the ground. John 18:4-6 (KJV)

“Signs of Kundalini Awakening: There are various signs and symptoms of Kundalini Awakening, and these may be of varying duration and intensity. Some of the experiences may seem similar to those of Prana flowing in Sushumna, though the intensity is quite different. The specific experiences may also vary from person to person, and the words used to describe the experiences may be different. The nature of the experience is also affected by the degree to which the individual chakras are involved in the energy increase. However, there are some general signs and symptoms that are commonly reported:

  • Involuntary jerkiness or shaking in the body
  • Intense feelings of pleasure or bliss
  • Feelings of cold in the body
  • Intense heat in the spine, or a particular chakra, as if molten metal were flowing in the spine
  • Striking flows of energy, like electricity or internal lightning bolts
  • Feelings like snakes or ants crawling on the body, particularly along the
  • spine, or between the feet and head
  • Mudras (hand gestures), Bandhas (locks), Asanas (postures), or
  • Pranayama (breathing practices) may come spontaneously rather than being intentionally practiced
  • A sense of confusion or uncertainty about what is happening in these experiences
  • Spontaneous emotional shifts or mood swings
  • Increase in the experience of inner colors and lights
  • Inner sounds, such as musical instruments, buzzing, roaring, or thunder
  • Waves of creative, intellectual, or spiritual insights

From Kundalini Awakening, http://www.swamij.com/kundalini-awakening-4.htm

This is from a demonic practice, called Kundalini. I’m definitely not the first person to notice it.

Compare this description of the phenomenon from a Charismatic church:

‘…one minister, after shaking for about 45 minutes, screamed at the top of his voice, “Don’t touch me, you’ll get electrocuted!” Others were on the floor rolling or laughing or shaking under the power of God.’ Of another pastor’s experience, with whom this pastor said he had prayed for one morning, without any ‘powerful manifestations’ at that time, he said, ‘…When he tried to start the meeting (in his own church) that night he was struck dumb and, then, all he could do was laugh!’ The response of this same pastor, in answering the question, ‘How is it possible that people can be changed by lying on the floor, rolling, or laughing or shaking,’ is very intriguing. He responds, ‘Well, if the power of God touches you, it’s like 20,000 volts (of electricity) trying to go through a piece of fuse wire something has to give!'” (The Gospel Truth, Vol. 13 No. 1, January 1996)

Notice the description is identical to the Kundalini manifestation!

The man then started to flap his coat, saying “Oh, it’s hot” (another supposed sign of the presence of God!) as he continued to show signs of heat. He was laughing throughout, as was everyone else. (Christian Doctrine website, http://www.christiandoctrine.net)

The practice of chanting is often used to begin the awakening of the Kundalini power. Many of the praise songs used in the beginning of word Faith services feature often repetitive lyrics, sometimes a bridge or a chorus that is a single sentence spoken over and over again. Incidentally, this is identical with self-hypnosis as well. The person at a Word Faith service is rendered into a state of suggestibility. This is often reinforced by the pastor exhorting “don’t analyze this! Don’t question it! You’ll hold it back!”

Counterfeit Revival leader Rick Joyner confessed that at one of his conferences participants sang one song “for over three hours.” (CRI, http://www.equip.org/articles/the-counterfeit-revival-part-four/)

Singing one song for more than five minutes can begin to create a hypnotic effect, as mentioned above. It’s no secret that in the Word Faith movement, a great deal of emphasis is placed upon the praise and worship service. Would, I wonder, the “Spirit fall” if they sang hymns for three hours? No drums, just piano and a choir?

  • Counterfeit Revival guru Rodney Howard-Browne explains that “you can’t understand what God is doing in these meetings with an analytical mind. The only way you’re going to understand what God is doing is with your heart.”
  • On one occasion, as a woman was about to lapse into an altered state of consciousness, she became apprehensive and called out to God in prayer. Immediately Howard-Browne commanded her to cease. “Would you listen to me?” he shouted indignantly. “If your praying had helped, it would’ve helped you; now get laughing.”
  • Even while people are lined up waiting to receive his touch, Howard-Browne commands them not to pray: “Now people in the lines, wait for me to come and lay hands on you, and don’t pray, please don’t pray.” He addresses those who insist on praying as “stubborn people,” adding, “People come trying to be all serious and praying. No! This is not the time to pray. This is not a prayer meeting; get in the joy; you can pray on the way home.” (all quoted from CRI, http://www.equip.org/articles/the-counterfeit-revival-part-four/)

How do we confuse this with being from God? Where in the Bible anywhere are Christians roaring like lions, crawling on all fours, complaining of burning heat (The rich man in Luke complained of burning heat – and he most definitely was not saved), feelings of electrical shocks, head shaking, nodding, laughing incessantly, drunkenness – all behaviors the Bible FORBIDS!

We Christians need to repent that we even tolerate this in our midst.

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