Posted by: adamgkrause | March 10, 2009

Faith in Faith, or Faith in God?



 Faith in Faith, or Faith in God? 

Ask any word of faither what Mark 11:23 says. Ten out of ten will spout it off without hesitation. They know it like they know their name. Ask them what the verse before it, Mark 11:22 says, and I’ll bet you nine out of ten will not be able to tell you. It seems to me that most word of faith preachers put way too much stock in these two verses, Mark 11:23, 24 “Whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.” Now I am not saying that these verses are not true. Jesus said it, they’re written in red, of course they’re true.

What bothers me is that by putting so much emphasis on these two verses without tempering it with the rest of the Word of God, word of faith preachers lead and teach their followers to elevate their faith even above God, in essence creating an idol of faith! They imply that it is their faith that will get them a brand new car, their faith that will keep them from getting sick, their faith that will keep every less than ideal circumstance out of their lives. In so doing, they do not give God the credit, who graciously grants us our requests, according to His will. Notice that word, REQUEST. It’s an absolute truth to say that we should believe we receive when we pray, of course we should believe! What is the point of praying if we don’t believe God will hear us?

But we are told to request of God, not demand of Him! The problem with putting so much emphasis and value on faith alone, is that it leads people to make the mistake of putting their faith IN their faith instead of putting their faith in God, where it belongs. What does Mark 11:22 say? Word of faithers would be much better off it they knew…”Have faith in God”.


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