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UCMINISTRIES : This is but a crude illustration which describes the origin of the Word of Faith, or as some have coined The Prosperity Movement..  Whilst this is by no means a complete or exhaustive picture, it does show how the origins of this teaching stem not from scripture but the doctrines of men.   The various relationships between the various ministries may vary from person to person, but there can be no doubt that the influences do exist.

Jude 1: 4 For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ

2 Peter 2: 1 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction

2 Peter 3: 3 And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.

This was predicted centuries ago and we are now seeing the fulfilment.  Sadly many a good man or women has been caught up in the movement and swept along.  These Pillow prophets have merchandised the gospel, crept in under our radar and seduced the church with their pernicious teachings.    I can only hope in time this tree with be added to show how others fit into the picture.  Mark them well as they have neither the health of your soul or your spiritual well being in mind.

Mat 7: 15 -18 @ 20 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.  Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither [can] a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.

There are many who do come to reject what Hagin taught, yet do not even realise that they are still drinking from the same polluted well. The same theology of faith as a force and the power in words to create ones own reality, still posses a heavy cocktail that many find to hard to renounce.  Motivational speakers like Joyce Mayer and Joel Osteen present to the unwary their own rehash revamped mixture of positive thinking and prosperity gospel all rolled into one.  Many see in these preachers what they lack in themselves, a positive image, a deep sense of self worth, and the need to see themselves in a more positive constructive light.  The sad reality however it is still not the gospel.  What makes this all the more dangerous is that these preachers are elevated and enthroned on pedestals as latter day apostles.  They cannot be questioned or rebuked less you are touching upon the Lords anointed.

The roots of this philosophy go very deep into a theology that’s alien to scripture.  Whilst Biblical terms like faith in God are used, inevitably faith gets placed in everywhere else but God.     The message may sound overwhelmingly positive but positivity in of itself is still not scripture. 

Scripture is made into a repetitive confession simply to be declared, rather than a belief to be lived by, and just because a man can confess there is a GOD does not mean he truly knows him.  A reptititious confession cannot bring a man closer to God, than reading a book makes you known to the author.

To say that the gospel has been hijacked is an under statement.  It has been repackaged, relabelled, prostituted to the ninth degree, Pimped out to whoever will be pay a buck, rebranded all in the name of God.  If Jesus was around to day he would have to cleanse the temple all over again.  Then we wonder why Christianity today if failing.  Unless we have smoke machines and disco lights on the platform the youth are not interested.  The Old guard are pushed out as out of touch and out of date.  Worship is more like an hour at the local disco.    

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  1. Tracy Myers says:

    SATAN HAS SET UP SHOP AND HE IS A LIVE AND WELL. THE SO CALLED FAITH MOVEMENT IS NOT FAITH AT ALL. IT IS A FALSE MOVEMENT THAT PROMISES YOU EVERYTHING AND DELIVERS YOU NOTHING IN RETURN. FROM ITS EARLY CONCEPTION WITH EW KENYON, TO KENNETH HAGIN, TO KENNETH COPLAND TO THE PRESENT DAY HERETICS. WHAT WILL THE END RESULT BE FOR THOSE WHO PROSTITUE THE GOSPELL? WHERE DID THE CHURCH GO WRONG ANYWAY. I KNOW I TOO WAS CAUGHT UP IN THE WOF MOVEMENT FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS. I BELEIVED THEY HAD THE ANSWER TO. BUT WHEN IT CAME TO THE DEITY OF CHRIST SOMETHING JUST HIT ME WRONG. I WAS ASSEMBLY OF GOD BEFORE AND WAS DEEPLY INVOLVED IN EVANGELISTIC EXPLOSION SO WE LEARNT ABOUT THE GOD MAN. AND TO SAY THAT JESUS WAS BORN AGAIN IN HELL WELL THAT TOO WAS HERESY. WHAT ATTRACTED ME TO IT WAS ALL WE HAD TO DO WAS TO CONFESS WHAT WE WANT AS LONG AS WE COULD FIND IT IN THE WORD WE COULD HAVE IT. IT WAS LIKE WE WERE LITTLE GODS. WELL I REMEMBER I TRIED TO ADOPT IT IN MY OWN THEOLOGY BUT FOR THE LIFE OF ME I CANT REMEBER ONE THING I RECEIVED BY MY CONFESSION. IF WE CAN TAKE A SCRIPTURE AND CONFESS IT AND WELL HAVE IT THAT TO ME IS KIND OF LIKE WITCHCRAFT YOU KNOW. NOW I HAVE A DIFFERENT LIFE BECAUSE I DO HAVE TO LIVE BY FAITH. I HAVE TO TRUST GOD NOT MYSELF. I AM FIGHTING THE GOOD FIGHT OF FAITH. AND WHEN I DO STUMBLE I REMEMBER ON THING. I CAN DO ALL THINGS THROUGH CHRIST THAT STRENGHENS MEN. PHILIPPIANS 4:13. Thank-you Jesus.

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