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Historical and Theological Roots of the Word-Faith Movement
 
The introduction of Word-Faith theology originated in the mid 1800's with an individual by the name of Phineas P. Quimby (1802-1866). Mr. Quimby's thesis is rooted in the metaphysical New Thought / Science of Mind cult. New Thought indoctrinates the marriage of positive thinking (the force of faith) with positive confession (containers of force) to unleash the power to change one's reality. Some of the central points of Quimby's New Thought theology include:
 
       1. The denial of sickness.
       2. Belief that it is God's will that we experience financial wealth.
       3. Belief that through the power of spoken words, one creates his own experience; either 
           positive or negative.
       4. The deity of man.
 
A close examination of the following statements from Mr. Quimby will reveal the dawning of Word-Faith theology:
Now compare Quimby's statements with those of Mary Baker Eddy (1821 - 1910), an associate of Quimby and founder of Christian Science. Here, you will detect parallelism of the notion that sickness is only a state of mind:
Following in the footsteps of Eddy and Quimby was Essek W. Kenyon (1867-1948). Kenyon attended Emerson College of Oratory in Boston, Mass. which was an environment promoting the development of New Thought ideology (John Coffe, Richard L. Wentworth, A Century of Eloquence: The History of Emerson College, 1880-1980, Alternative Publications, 1982). Kenyon adopted the doctrines of New Thought-Christian Science and proceeded to introduce this peculiar mix of doctrinal divergence into orthodox Christianity. Many of the popular apothegms devised by present day Word-Faith teachers were originally formulated by Kenyon. Take into consideration the following phrases:
Kenneth Hagin (1917-2003), the recognized "granddaddy" of the Word-Faith Movement, adopted and plagiarized the teachings of Kenyon and fused more fraudulent "enhancements" to the gospel in order to enthrall the Christian church. Hagin assures supreme health and prosperity to Christians, alleging:
Hagin then taught this theological revisionism to his star pupil, Kenneth Copeland, who has today become the leader of the Word-Faith Movement.
 
In their efforts to nullify these historical facts, Word-Faith proponents allege that such claims are untrue. However, when challenged to present evidence to prove to the contrary, they either attempt to shift the subject, resort to name calling, or become interestingly silent.
 
Moreover, to protect their erroneous beliefs against those who dare question them, many Word-Faith teachers will attempt to overtly or subtly "flip the script" by engaging in "psychological projection". Psychological projection is a psychological safeguard system where a person subconsciously denies or suppresses their own negative characteristics and then projects their negative attributes to other people. Word-Faith teachers must first convince themselves that they are teaching truth and anyone who opposes them must be wrong; therefore, the psychological projection system works well to preserve their self image and position of authority. The thought of losing money, power, and fame is just too painful to bear.
 
 
Today's Coalition of Heretics

 
The following false teachers associated with the Word-Faith Movement today are some of the most well-known and influential individuals within the church. Click on the names to read and hear some of their perfidious and unbiblical teachings. While this is a tall list, it is nevertheless, not all inclusive.
 
1. Andrew Wommack 2. Benny Hinn 3. Charles Capps 4. Creflo Dollar 5. Earl Paulk 6. Eddie Long
7. Fred Price 8.Jerry Savelle 9. Jesse Duplantis 10. Joel Osteen 11. John Avanzini 12. John Hagee 13. Joyce Meyer 14. Juanita Bynum 15. Kenneth Copeland 16. Leroy Thompson 17. Marilyn Hickey 18. Myles Munroe 19. Pat Robertson 20. Paul Crouch 21. Paula White 22. Peter Popoff
23.R.W. Schambach 24. Robert Schuller 25. Robert Tilton 26. Rod Parsley 27.  T.D. Jakes
28. Todd Bently 29. Morris Cerullo
 
Although not all Word-Faith teachers are unified in their positions, they do however; share an array of tenets that are an indignity to doctrinal purity. Their chief established heresies entail faith theology, deification of man, demotion of God, atonement theology, confession and health, and confession and wealth.
 
As we study these six points, we should be able to determine that Word-Faith theology clearly paints a strange misrepresentation of God, Jesus, Faith, Man, the atonement, healing, and prosperity.
 
 
Doctrinal Analysis of Word-Faith Theology
 
Let's now examine these six key issues. Before we begin, bear in mind that Word-Faith teachers engage in clever and subtle manipulation of the scriptures that give their false teachings a surface presentation of authenticity. However, if we allow the Holy Spirit to guide us and study the scriptures in their proper exegetical context (John 16:13; 2 Tim. 2:15), it will become very clear that Word-Faith theology deviates from the veracity of God's Word.
 
 
1. The Force of Faith
 
Let's examine Hebrews 11:1:
 
       "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen."
        (Heb.  11:1)
 
Using this verse, the Word-Faith teachers' commonly held view is that faith is a force; an invisible substance that can be tapped into to acquire anything we desire --- health, wealth, success, etc. It is proposed that spoken words are the "spiritual containers" that activates the force of faith either positively or negatively. Positive words of faith incite God to act on our behalf; and negative words incite the Devil to cause havoc in our lives. Whatever is confessed with the mouth, one can create in their own reality.
 
Spiritual laws supposedly execute the force of faith autonomously of God's sovereignty. Even God, they say, had to use the force of faith to create the heavens, the earth, and mankind. Kenneth Copeland, regarded as today's chief Word-Faith representative, claims that:
Copeland's clone and "spiritual son", Creflo A. Dollar, echoes these same distortions:
So, what's wrong with these teachings? Firstly and noticeably, the Word-Faith Movement's unbiblical theology is branded with the fingerprints of the New Thought cultic teachings of Phineas P. Quimby, Mary Baker Eddy, and E.W. Kenyon. Secondly, faith is not a force that is carried by spiritual containers (spoken words). Thirdly, there are no scriptures in the Bible that indicate or suggest that "God's guts are called faith stuff". In Hebrews 11:1, "substance" is from the Greek Word "hypostasis" and is more accurately defined as:
 
2. The Divinity of Man
 
Word-Faith theology states that man was created as little gods. Three passages of Scripture that are frequently cited to support this belief include the following:
 
       Then God said, "Let us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness..." So God 
       created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He
       created them. (Gen. 1:26-27)
 
       Jesus answered them, "Is it not written in your law, 'I said, You are gods" '? (John 10:34)
 
       ....by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through
       these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in
       the world through lust. (2 Peter 1:4)
 
Kenneth Hagin in Word of Faith Magazine states:
The notion that mankind are gods is the same lie that lead to Lucifer's downfall (Isaiah 14:14); and his lying tactics are the same. As recorded in Genesis 3:5, this is the exact lie that Satan used to initiate the fall of Adam and Eve. Since then, in every age of human history, Satan has used his ministers to promote the myth of the divinity of man.
 
The International New Thought Alliance, an organization that also adopted the teachings of Phineas Quimby, states in their constitution and bylaws:
Let's reminisce the notorious Jim Jones who led nearly one thousand men, women, and children to their brutal deaths. This infamous, misguided cult leader stated to his followers:
 
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