Word of Faith:
These modern day Gnostic Heretics (otherwise known as Word of Faith teachers) have a few basic tenets on which they build their house. The one that I am addressing is the “positive confession” doctrine. The church that my husband and I were apart of liked to use the word “declare” to supposedly speak things into existence. This was of course done as if Almighty God were a trained dog they could command at their whim. “We declare” thus and so. This was how they prayed.
This is one version of “positive confession”, the one I am familiar with. There was no petition to God out of faith in Jesus’ finished work. It was a formulaic prayer of “reminding” God of His Word and that based on His Word they could now “declare” these things and then they would now come to pass, etc.
The “declarations” were based on the premise that whatever they “declared into the atmosphere” or “spoke out” (ie, confessed) would come to pass. This is the same thing that witches do. Witches also (at least the ones I used to know) believe that if you say something and want it bad enough, you can make it happen.
McConnell further states, that E.W. Kenyon’s New Thought classmate, Ralph Waldo Trine, attributes the confession of prosperity to “Occult power.” He says that “Trine believed that thought is a force, and it has Occult power of unknown proportions when rightly used and wisely directed” (Ibid., p. 174).
The usage of Occult powers is, of course, a practice that the Word-Faith teachers would publicly reject. Of course, this is not to say that those offering these teachings are Occultists. They are teachers who may never have thought through the implications of the practices they advocate. They may be unaware of the similarities between certain aspects of positive confession and Occulict practices. Nevertheless, the similarities do exist, and these practices are neither Biblical nor Christian.
John Ankerberg’s issue of News and Views, June 1988, p. 1, reports that these words are used in religious rituals to influence both the spirit world and the material world. The report quotes Occult magician David Conway discussing the power of magical words to affect these worlds:
“Unseparable from magical speculation about words is the theory of vibrations, which supposes that certain sounds have a powerful acoustic impact on both the spiritual and astral worlds. Like the spiritual world and astral plane can in some circumstances be affected by sound, so that verbal magic may be said to derive its power not only from the idea contained in certain words, but from the peculiar vibrations these words create when spoken” (Magic: an Occult Primer, pp. 74-75).
This is the very power of the anti-Christ spirit, the power of the deceiver, the power of the evil one–Satan.
When we as children of God through the blood of Jesus Christ ASK God in Jesus’ Name we should believe that it shall be done for us (Matt. 21:22). But in our case, at least what we saw with our eyes and heard with our ears, there was really no asking only “declaring”.Again, we know that if we pray something that is according to His Will, He will grant it to us because He’s our Father through Jesus Christ and He loves us; He knows how to give good things to His children.
God will only answer our prayers if they are according to His Will, not ours. We can claim all day for that new house, new cadillac, etc. but if it’s not His will and according to His purposes for you, it won’t happen. I know that I have asked in the wrong spirit for the wrong things and I thank God that He said, “NO.”
If your faith is misplaced, for instance, if you are believing that you have been given a certain amount of supernatural authority and power and you begin to “pray” based on this belief, then you will be operating in the flesh and you will be used by Satan.
You mean Christians can be used by Satan? Yes! Two examples are James and John in Luke 9:55 and also Peter in Matthew 16:23. James and John once wanted to call down fire from Heaven on people who had rejected Jesus, but Jesus rebuked them and said, “You don’t know what spirit you are of,” ( Luke 9:55). Peter told Jesus, or was even commanding, or trying to assert some kind of subtle manipulation of Jesus Christ when he said, “Far be it from thee Lord: this shall not be unto thee.” That’s when Jesus said, “Get thee behind me Satan. For thou art an offense unto me; for thou savorest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men.”
I believe that if your faith is not exclusively in the Lord Jesus Christ and what He did for you on the Cross, and you are trusting in yourself, or a church or a particular doctrine then you are in a position that I was once in. It’s called bondage to sin and Satan. Christians can go astray. But God the Father is longsuffering and merciful and will lead us back to Him according to His Word and Grace towards us which is great. This is my testimony.
(This was originally written in January of 2009 except for the quoted portion-which I didn’t write tagged below)