The following article is one of the top best three I have ever read on the subject of the Word of Faith Movement teaching being witchcraft veiled in Christian terms. I have linked to the other two at the bottom of this post. I have mined quotes from Occult, New Age and Witchcraft sources before to write a couple of articles on the subject but they are not as good as this one and the two linked at the end of this post.
Ohh, how I wish I could tell and convince everyone that redefining Christian terms is a necessary hallmark and defining feature of all Christian Cults. In fact modern Christian Cult Aplogetics pioneer Walter Martin has a chapter in his legendary book Kingdom of the Cults (link to the book in free PDF form) entitled “Scaling the Language Barrier” in which he says he was often asked “Why is it that when I am talking with a cultist he seems to be in full agreement with what I am saying, but when we have finished talking, I am aware of a definite lack of communication, almost as though we were not talking the same language?” He goes on to say “The answer to this question is, of course, that we have not been communicating, because the vocabulary of the cults is not, by definition, the vocabulary of the Bible”. Of course you might not think the Word of Faith is a Cult (resource link) and he is speaking about Cults like Mormonism, Jehovah’s Witness’s and Christian Science so his awesome book does not contain anything specifically on the Word of Faith Movement and teaching, but before he died he did some excellent work on the WoF focusing on the subject of this post under the more commonly known synonymous term Positive Confession. He also did other WoF works that are on this blog entitled The Health and Wealth Cult, Does God Always Heal, A Warning on The Word of Faith Movement and a related work called Evil and Human Suffering.
In fact Martin did so much Work on the WoF before his death that after his last appearance on TBN Benny Hinn put a curse on him and he, Paul Crouch and Kenneth Copeland very strongly inferred that Martin died because of that curse and for “coming against TBN”, “its anointing”, “Dad Hagin” and other WoF teachers. Of course they did not outright say that and you have to follow what was said by them chronologically to connect the dots and inferences. I have yet to write an article showing the dates along with the quotes to connect those dots but I hope to do so soon. It is possible I might not ever get around to it but I hope to one day. In the mean time I hope you enjoy and are edified by the following article and all the links I have provided.
So your probably wondering just how does the Word of Faith Movement redefine Christian terms to merely appear Christian and to fool Christians into practicing occult teaching? Well the more you study the movement the more you will see they redefine Christian terms just as much as any other Christian Cult – if not more. I will soon write an article showing all the ways the WoF redefines Christian terms, but for now we have a Resource Post showing how they REDEFINE FAITH that list most of the articles and videos here about that dastardly devious yet so sinisterly smooth and dangerous deception that distinguishes Joel Osteen and other WoF teachers from Biblical Christianity.
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Apostasy Alert: Joel Osteen And Oprah Preach New Age Magic - BegginingAndEnd.com SOURCE LINK
Following in the footsteps of Bishop T.D. Jakes, Prosperity Gospel preacher Joel Osteen, Pastor of Lakewood Church, the biggest congregation in America, has now joined Oprah Winfrey’s life classes to teach New Age heresy to the masses. Once again, a Christian pastor has come on Winfrey’s series and preached a message that had no mention of the Biblical gospel, forgiveness of sins or Jesus Christ.
As we noted in our Apostasy Alert article on T.D. Jakes, Oprah Winfrey has been one of the biggest promoters of the New Age movement in the world. Through her talk show, television network and multi media empire Winfrey, who claims to be a Christian, has launched books such as The Secret into all-time best sellers. The Secret, a book that teaches the ancient witchcraft technique, The Law of Attraction is not in line remotely with Biblical Christianity. Rather than looking to Jesus Christ for forgiveness of sins and reconciliation with God, The Secret teaches that a person has the power to attract success, wealth, romance and all sorts of earthly benefits through their own words and rituals.
Here is Oprah promoting the book on her show:
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The book popularized “The Law of Attraction”, an occult technique that involves visualizing a certain goal, constantly focusing and doing certain practices as if it has already happened and then “attracting” it by your constant thoughts and focus. Its author, Rhonda Byrne writes: “All good things are your birthright! You are the creator of you, and the law of attraction is your magnificent tool to create whatever you want in you life. Welcome to the magic of life, and the magnificence of You!” (p. 41)
Of course the Bible says of Jesus Christ: “All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.” (John 1:3). Jesus Christ is the Creator. Jesus Christ is God in the flesh. A person is blessed through faith in Christ who is the heir of the Universe. And Jesus teaches that constant focus on material gain should not be a Christian’s life:
Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. – Matthew 6:31-33.
Joel Osteen is taking much of his material from this book.
“When you focus your thoughts on something you want, and you hold that focus, you are in that moment summoning what you want with the mightiest power in the Universe. The law of attraction doesn’t compute “don’t” or “not” or “no,” or any other words of negation, this is what the law of attraction is receiving.” – The Secret, p. 9.
By the book’s premise, all power comes through the individual. A person can have whatever they want just calling upon “the mightiest power of the Universe.” Anything can be obtained. The Bible does not teach this. In fact it teaches that we cannot obtain anything of true meaning and significance without God:
Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up. – James 4:8-10.
Notice the difference: the Bible acknowledges that God is the means to eternal satisfaction and true peace. And it also teaches that it is sin that is our main obstacle to God. It takes a desire for forgiveness and faith in God to forgive sin through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ that is the message of Christianity.
The Secret reveals its true message later on in the book:
“You are God in a physical body. You are Spirit in the flesh. You are Eternal Life expressing itself as you.” (The Secret, p. 164)
This underscores the message of The Secret and the New Age: that a person can become God. This is of course complete contradictory to the Bible and is following the deception of Satan.
In our first article on Joel Osteen’s witchcraft, we detailed that the Law of Attraction is precisely what Joel Osteen preaches to his congregation and television audience on a regular basis. This is nothing more than witchcraft being given a “Christian”veneer. The Bible of course prophesied that as the end times approached there would be an apostasy – a falling away in the church, where pastors and their congregations would abandon Biblical Christianity in favor of their own man-centered, mystical doctrines. 2 Timothy Chapter 4 issues a directive to pastors to stand for the Biblical, Gospel-centered preaching in this age of Apostasy:
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