The Threats from the Untouchables (con't)
In regard to Romans 14:4, if we read verses two through four, it
will be discovered that this passage is about judging one in regards to what is proper to eat. In other words, we should not become
embroiled over non-essential, senseless and inconsequential matters. Likened to the previous two examples of scripture, this verse
has no relation to judging significant deviations of scripture within the Word-Faith movement. Their faith doctrine, their viewpoint
of God and Jesus; their atonement theology, and their health and wealth doctrine considerably deviate from essential doctrines in
the Word of God. Thus, we must divide.
There are a number of passages in the Word of God that give believers the moral right
to judge and discern. The following is an excerpt taken from my article entitled, "Judging and Touching the Untouchables":
- John 7:24
says that we are to "Judge with righteous judgment" --- meaning that we are commanded to exercise moral and doctrinal discernment.
- In Romans 16:17-18, Paul commands believers to "note those who cause divisions and offenses, contrary to the doctrine which you learned,
and avoid them. For those who are such do not serve our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly, and by smooth words and flattering
speech deceive the hearts of the simple." The word "note" means to "discern and judge". When false teachers are identified, Scripture
commands us to "avoid them"; yet many Christians will ignore the warning and blindly follow them.
- 1 Timothy 5:20 says, "Those who
sin are to be rebuked publicly, so that others may take warning." Public sin, which includes teaching false doctrines, is to
be judged and rebuked publicly to warn others of impending danger.
- In the Book of Galatians, Paul publicly exposed (Judged) Peter's
hypocrisy. "When Peter came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he was clearly in the wrong. When I saw that they were
not acting in line with the truth of the gospel, I said to Peter in front of them all, 'You are a Jew, yet you live like a Gentile
and not like a Jew. How is it, then, that you force Gentiles to follow Jewish customs?' " (Gal. 2:11, 14)
- In the first Book of
Timothy, Paul judges the false doctrines of Hymenaeus and Alexander. "Some have rejected these and so have shipwrecked their faith.
Among them are Hymenaeus and Alexander, whom I have handed over to Satan to be taught not to blaspheme."
(1 Tim. 1:19-20)
- In 1 John 4:1, it says to "Test the spirits to see whether they are of God." In order to "test the spirits", we must
- In 1 Cor. 5:12, it states, "Do you not judge those who are inside?" This verse clearly indicates that Christians should
judge sinful acts, which include those who teach false doctrines within the church.
- In 1 Tim. 1:3, it says: "As I urged you when I
went into Macedonia, stay there in Ephesus so that you may command certain people not to teach false doctrines any longer…." In order
to determine if a doctrine is false, we must judge it by the Word of God.
- In the second Book of Timothy, Paul instructed Timothy,
"Rebuke and encourage --- with great patience and careful instruction. For the time will come when men will not put up with sound
doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears
want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths" (2 Tim. 4:2-4). Now, on what grounds would
one be able to "Rebuke" without having to judge doctrine? Moreover, note that Paul says the time is coming when people will no longer
adhere to sound doctrine, but rather congregate with, not a few, but many false teachers who teach what they want to hear. Thus, they
will reject truth and follow false teachers. This is clearly happening today. That said; let's take a look at how the apostle Paul
addressed the church at Corinth regarding false teachers.
(End of Excerpt)
The abusive, illegitimate, and unbiblical threats issued
by Word-Faith leaders should now be transparent to the unbiased reader. Furthermore, taking into account the corrections and refutations
contained in this article, one should be able to clearly recognize that proponents of the Word-Faith Movement will utilize intimidation
tactics in a diabolic and desperate attempt to preserve their high profit yielding extortion scheme. Although they may be engaging
in some positive works, their determination to remain in error coupled with threats indicate that acquiring money and other valuable
resources is their primary agenda.
As we have learned, Word-Faith teachers are expounding false
doctrines in several key areas. Their chief established heresies entail:
- Faith Theology
- Deification of Man
- Demotion of God
- Confession & Health
- Confession & Wealth
We have examined these six essential points Word-Faith teachers profess and
compared them to what is taught in Scripture.
We have recorded the successions of the Word-Faith Movement beginning with
Phineas Quimby, Mary Baker Eddy, E.W. Kenyon, and Kenneth Hagin straight through the current Word-Faith camp.
It is important
to remember that God's Words instructs us to "test all things (1 Thes. 5:21). The Berean Christians, who were of noble character,
"searched the scriptures daily to find out whether these things (which Paul taught) were so" (Acts 17:11). We are cautioned numerous
times to be on the watch for false teachers and their corresponding false doctrines (Matt. 7:15; Rom. 16:17-18; 2 Cor. 11:13-15; Titus
1:9-16). Failing to expose and separate (Eph. 5:8-11) from wolves in sheepskin simply permit them to have a "field day" on unsuspecting,
naive', and idolatrous sheep. The wolves who quote and attempt to hide under Psalms 105:15, Matthew 7:1, and Romans 14:4 are so filled
with greed that they don't want to see the errors of their ways and the inconsistencies in judging others who have an obligation to
investigate what is taught from the pulpit (Acts 17:11; 2 Tim. 2:15; 3:16; 4:2-5; 1 John 4:1).
The bottom line is this: If we
"test" and "search the scriptures", it will be discovered that the Word-Faith Movement is teaching a different God, a different Jesus,
and a different gospel. We can rest assured that to refute and expose their false teachings brings swift inflamed responses from these
self-professed "anointed ones" and their zealous supporters. While some readers of this article may get offended, we must understand
that godly love does not rule out correction. Godly love for people does not signify that we disregard truth so that we not "rock
the boat". Proverbs 27:5 states:
"Open rebuke is better than love carefully concealed."
Godly love for people does not signify that we engage in self-imposed blindness ... tolerating false doctrine
in order to maintain unity. Psalm 119:104 says:
"Through Your precepts I get understanding,
therefore I hate every false way."
It brings discomfort to my spirit
to observe how Word-Faith teachers have infringed upon the body of Christ; spreading their false and cultic doctrines while concurrently
raping their victims of their financial resources. It further grieves my heart to observe Word-Faith proponents swindle and ridicule
those who are handicapped. If you are someone who has been crippled by disease, an accident, etc., remember that the Lord loves you;
and in whatever condition, God can use you to help bring glory to His Kingdom.
I will conclude this article with the words of
my Lord and Savior:
"But woe to you who are rich, For you have received your consolation.
Woe to you who are full, For you shall hunger.
Woe to you who laugh now, For you shall mourn
Woe to you when all men speak well of you, For so did their fathers to the false
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By: Victor T. Stephens