A Critique On The Word Of Faith Movement, Part 2of3, Matt Neceda

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Jude 1:4, “For certain men have crept in unnoticed, who long ago were marked out for this condemnation, ungodly men, who turn the grace of our God into lewdness and deny the only Lord God and our Lord Jesus Christ”

Another Word of Faith doctrine is faith being an actual substance or a force that we can direct at God. For this, they would appeal to Hebrews 11:1 which says “ now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” From looking at this verse you would think they’re right, but if you look at the word “substance,” which in the greek is “hypostasis,” you’ll see that a more accurate translation in today’s speech, is the word “assurance.” In most other translations, other than the KJV, the word assurance or confidence is used in place of substance. This is because the King James translation is about 400 years old and language has evolved since then. WOF teachers hold that we can use this substance, or specifically, faith filled words and direct it at God, which causes Him to act. They insist that just as God created with His words, so can we.

Most importantly, Word of Faith preachers have a distorted view of the person and work of Jesus Christ, and His atonement for our sins. There are some, like Kenneth Copeland, that say that Jesus wasn’t God, he grew into his Godhood. Others claim, like Paula White, say that Jesus isn’t the only begotten Son of God, only the first of many. E.W Kenyon, who is known as the Grandfather of the WOF movement, claimed that Jesus’s death on the cross didn’t atone for our sins, but there was a “Spiritual Death” that occurred, which served as our atonement. This is taught by many in the WOF movement, including Joyce Meyers, and is a complete contradiction of the Word of God. 1Peter 3:18 says “ For Christ also died for sins ONCE and for all, the just for the unjust, so that He might bring us to God, having been put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit.”

There are some that feel that questioning the doctrinal accuracy of certain teachings is divisive. That we should all just get along and not test popular teachings against the bible. In response to this kind of criticism, the late Dave Hunt said this “Biblical unity is not something we establish by making an agreement not to disagree with each other. We are to KEEP the unity that has already been established by God the Holy Spirit, of whom Christ said, ‘When He, the Spirit of Truth, is come, He will guide you into all truth.’ Christians are united in Christ not by some joint effort they put forth but by the Holy Spirit, who indwells each member of His body, and by the truth that each member embraces. Such unity is not MAINTAINED but BROKEN by compromise”

In the book of Galatians, there’s a confrontation that takes place between the Apostle Paul and the Apostle Peter. What led to that was that prior to certain men coming to Antioch, who were members of the “Party of the Circumcision”, Peter used to eat with the Gentiles. But once these men arrived, he began to separate himself from the Gentiles. You see, he was reverting back to Jewish customs, and in doing so, he was causing other men to do the same, including Barnabas. That in itself doesn’t seem like something that would be cause for Paul to “oppose Peter to his face,” but when you look at verse 14 it becomes more clear as to why he did. It says in Galatians 2:14, “when I (Paul) saw that they were not straightforward about the TRUTH OF THE GOSPEL, I said to Cephas (Peter) in the presence of all, ‘If you, being a Jew, live like the Gentiles and not like the Jews, how is it that you compel the Gentiles to live like Jews?” Paul opposed him in such a way because they weren’t being straightforward about the TRUTH OF THE GOSPEL. Paul knew that a man is not justified by the works of the Law but through faith in Jesus Christ. He was compelled to stand up for the TRUTH much like Jude is urging us to do in his epistle.

To finish, blessing Matt

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