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
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.
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
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.
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
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).
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)
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).