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Mahayana Buddhism adopted Hindu Yoga for "metaphysical" demonic power.  It also received demonic doctrines.  Demons are smart, but they aren't a tenth as wise as the God of the universe.  When the Charismatic movement started, the Buddhists jumped in with their philosophy to hijack it.

What Is the Word of Faith Movement?

The Word of Faith (WOF) occult movement emerged as Charismatic/Pentecostal Christianity in the latter 20th century. The Word of Faith movement as a whole has no formal organization or authoritarian hierarchy, though the movement does have a number of high-profile teachers who heavily influence Word of Faith theology. The doctrines come from Satan and his fellow demons. Its basic theology is a peculiar mix of orthodox Christianity and the demonic.

Phineas Parkhurst Quimby (1802-1866) laid the occult foundations of the Word of Faith movement. It was Quimby's demonic teachings that influenced E.W. Kenyon, and it was E.W. Kenyon's teachings that in turn influenced Kenneth Copeland. Most prominent Word of Faith teachers today draw their inspiration from Kenneth Copeland.

The "force" of faith, an unbiblical view of faith, is the foundation of Word of Faith theology. Proponents believe they can use words to manipulate the faith-force, and thus actually create what they believe Scripture promises (health, wealth, etc.). Laws supposedly governing the faith-force are said to operate independently of God's sovereign will -- God Himself being subject to the "laws" of faith.

Doctrines considered essential by historic Christianity are not necessarily considered essentials in Word of Faith theology. Word of Faith teachers often redefine or reinterpret Christian essentials in order to fit them into their own peculiar theological systems. These reinterpretations are often derived from "revelation knowledge" (i.e. special revelations supposedly from God, given specifically to the WOF teacher). Placing "revelation knowledge" above Scripture is one reason why WOF teachers often blatantly contradict Scripture (and often each other). For example, one WOF teacher, when speaking of God said, there are nine of them; and yet another WOF teacher, when speaking of Jesus said, I (Jesus) never claimed to be God.

Word of Faith teachers are notorious for teaching everything from the heretical to the downright ridiculous. For example, one WOF teacher (who recently renounced WOF) once stated that Adam could fly, and women were originally designed to give birth from their sides. Many sincere Christians within the WOF movement are unaware that their favorite teachers are teaching doctrines that flatly contradict the Word of God. One reason for this lack of discernment is that followers are told that questioning the teacher is synonymous with "touching God's anointed," or "quenching the Spirit." Another reason is the demonic influence from the Kundalini cluster of demons within them.  They are unaware that Scripture encourages us to test all teaching by the written Word of God.

The Word of Faith movement is a serious threat to the Church -- this because WOF is assaulting Christianity from within the Church. What follows is a comparison of Word of Faith theology, as espoused by many of these prominent teachers, with the teachings of historic Christianity. Since this pamphlet represents a cross-section of Word of Faith teachings, Word of Faith adherents will believe some, but not necessarily all of these unbiblical doctrines.

GOD

WOF: God is not sovereign. God needs permission to act. "Satan had gained ascendancy in the earth by gaining Adam's authority, and God was left on the outside. God couldn't come here in His divine power and wipe them out. He had to move in an area where it would be ruled legal by the Supreme Court of the Universe" (Capps, Authority in Three Worlds, p. 51).  For others, "God" is just another word for Gaia (everything on earth) since there is no god.

BIBLE: God is sovereign over all creation. Man does not control God. "'I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.' It does not, therefore, depend on man's desire or effort, but on God's mercy" (Romans 9:15-16).  The all-sovereign Trinity blessed humans with dominion over all the earth (Genesis 1:26). But that doesn't mean he can't wipe out all human life on earth.  And He will intervene if humans ask for His aid according to His will. And He can give gifts of authority from the Holy Spirit to humans who ask Him.

JESUS CHRIST

WOF: You control Jesus with your mouth. "You create the presence of Jesus with your mouth....He is bound by your lips and by your words ... Remember that Christ is depending upon you and your spoken word to release His presence" (Cho, The Fourth Dimension, Vol. I, p.83).  For others, Jesus is just an ascended Buddha like we are all working to become.  

BIBLE: Christ is sovereign over all creation. Man does not control Christ. "These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the ruler of God's creation....You say, 'I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.' But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked" (Revelation 3:14, 17).  Jesus, when he was here on earth, did what God the Father told Him, not what people told Him.

THE ATONEMENT

WOF: Word of Faith theology has completely rewritten and redefined the atonement. In WOF, Jesus suffered and died on the cross, descended into hell (supposedly the seat of Satan's government), spent three days serving a sentence in hell (where He was tortured by demons), was then born again and released from hell on a technicality.

When Jesus was in the pit of hell, in that terrible torment, no doubt the Devil and his emissaries gathered around to see the annihilation of God's Son. But in the corridors of hell, there came a great voice from heaven: "Turn Him loose! He's there illegally!" And all of hell became paralyzed. (Capps, Authority in Three Worlds, p. 143, emphasis in original)

Jesus was born again before his eyes! (Ibid, p. 189, emphasis in original)

BIBLE: Jesus was not "born again." He could not be born again since He did not have a sinful nature. The sacrifice had to be perfect -- Christ alone had no sin nature. "But with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake" (1 Peter 1:19-20).

Christ did not descend into hell. He descended into Hades (Sheol) and preached to the Old Testament saints in paradise. "The he said, 'Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom. Jesus answered him, 'I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise'" (Luke 23:42-43).

Hell (Gehenna) is not the seat of Satan's government. Hell is currently unoccupied. Hell is a place of punishment and torment where Satan, demons, and the unregenerate humans will eventually be cast. Christ did not serve a sentence in hell; He atoned for our sins on the cross. "When he had received the drink, Jesus said, 'It is finished (tetelestai).' With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit" (John 19:30).

MAN

WOF: Man is a god (Buddha), though a lesser god than God the creator (AKA, Gaia). "Adam was an exact duplication of God's kind!....Adam was subordinate to God. God created him, gave him all this authority and power, and said to him, 'Be god over the earth as I am God over the heavens'" (Capps, Authority in Three Worlds, pp. 16-17). Others say There is no god, all is Gaia. We are all striving to become Christs (Buddhas), equal with the original Christ (Buddha).

BIBLE: Man is not, nor ever will be, a god or part of the Trinity. There is only one true God (John 17:3); if man is a god then man has to be a false god. "Before me no god was formed, nor will there be one after me" (Isaiah 43:10). None of have all the gifts of the Holy Spirit (1 Cor. 12:29-31)

FAITH

WOF: Faith is a force. "Faith is a power force. It is a tangible force. It is a conductive force" (Copeland, The Force of Faith, p.13).  Since all is illusion, we can change our minds as to what exists, if we believe hard enough.  Thus it is important to think good thoughts for good to exist. Beware what you pray for!

Words activate the force. "The force of faith is released by words. Faith-filled words put the law of the Spirit of life into operation" (Ibid. p. 18).

BIBLE: Faith is not a force. Faith is trusting in the promises of God. Faith is synonymous with 'being sure': "Now faith is being sure of what we hope for (when we pray) and being certain of what we do not see (when we pray)" (Hebrews 11:1). We exercise faith when we obey the promises of God.  The Trinity is sovereign over what we get through prayer, faith or no faith (James 4:4-10).  Faith is a gift from God (1 Cor. 12:9).

                                quoted and modified from: http://www.gospeloutreach.net/whatwordfaith.html

edited:  September 24, 2015         orderofsaintpatrick.org/buddha/word-of-faith.htm