Updated: Sep 8
The Words of Faith movement is self-help, therapeutic type of preaching that sounds like biblical exposition, but it is NOT! There are the so-called “preachers” (Steven Furtick, Benny Hinn, Kenneth Copeland, Creflo Dollar, T.D. Jakes, Bill Johnson) just to name a few, who call themselves “god.” This is not only anti-biblical, but against the God whom they allegedly speak of (see the first commandment). How is this possible? Lack of knowledge (Hosea 4:6). You see, many in the body of Christ are not reading, meditating, let alone studying the Word of God.
In case you did not know, it is the gospel of Christ, like James states, “Therefore put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls,” not the attempt to “improve” it, that brings people to the knowledge of God. This attempt to improve it is seen in the sentimentalist approach lead by none other than (Joel Osteen, Rick Warren, and Max Lucado) that is aimed to sell books, not to bring souls into repentance by the gospel. Have you noticed it?
It is very apparent why these types of “feel good” preaching and ministries are so prevalent today. People want easy-to-understand sermons, not studying the Word of God as indicated to us by Paul, “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.” Why? Because these Words of Faith sermons and “preachers” make people feel good about themselves, not as the sinners that they are—and that is all people need or want! This is scary…
If you follow any of these false teachers and please, I am not trying to be critical but “approved” by God, then, you need to know that God is calling you to a more personal relationship. One that would lead you to hear His voice, and not the unsound doctrine which will take you from one place to another. Paul says it best, “so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes.” I hope and pray that you catch that!
E.R. Báez, MDiv, JD, Ph.D ABD
Mighty Fortress Church