Religious Relativism (part 2 of Emergent Characteristics)
“Relativism” is the philosophical concept that a certain aspect of one’s experience is dependent upon another. For example, one person may believe an individual to be beautiful while another person believes that same individual to be quite unsightly. In such cases, the application or understanding of beauty is indeed “relative” to the person interpreting it. In certain applications however, relativism is the philosophical enemy of the concept of “absolute truth,” (or universal truth) which essentially asserts that what is true for you is true for me, and it is true for people of all times and places. Continue reading
The Emergent/Emerging movement needs special explanation concerning its inclusion in the Wolves in Wool: Creeps in The Church series. More specifically, a disclaimer should be noted concerning this movement. Unlike the Word of Faith movement studied up to this point, the Emergent/Emerging movement is much more difficult to define. And, its definition leaves perhaps half of the movement in the “Creeps” category, while the other half of the movement – though suspect- appears to be attempting to uphold orthodox theological thought. Continue reading
The Apostles Were Wealthy
Continuing this charade of wealth being the divine right of believers, WOF teachers furthermore present the apostles as wealthy men, heavy hitters and financially influential in their time. Continue reading
Continuing in their pursuit of “get what you want” theology, the next major assault of the Bible in the WOF teaching concerns their doctrine of wealth. This doctrine teaches that each believer in Christ should expect to be wealthy and have the absolute best of everything our culture offers.
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Word of Faith Wealth Theology
Continuing in their pursuit of “get what you want” theology, the next major assault of the Bible in the WOF teaching concerns their doctrine of wealth. This doctrine teaches that each believer in Christ should expect to be wealthy and have the absolute best of everything our culture offers. And, to not be wealthy puts one in the same esteem as one who is not healthy in their world view: a spiritual failure. Continue reading
Word of Faith Healing Promises
Jesus’ Salvation in Hell
As noted in the last several sections, WOF teachers maintain that Jesus was not God while on the earth, that he took on the nature of Satan on the cross and that he went into Hell (the eternal lake of fire, not Sheol/Hades) upon his death to suffer the penalty of man’s sin.
These atrocities alone are enough to make the Taliban seem biblically motivated. Yet these false teachers are not through with their systematic untying of the knot of valid soteriology (theology of salvation). According to them, there is still an issue remaining for Christ to be able to achieve the atonement for mankind: he, Christ, must be born again. Yes, read it again if necessary; there is no typo. Continue reading
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Word of Faith Atonement: Jesus in Hell
Jesus takes the nature of Satan on the cross
As noted in the last section, the WOF teaching concerning the nature of Jesus was not the traditional church’s position, namely that Christ was man and God, but rather that Christ relinquished his divinity when he came to earth as a man. While this is a poor beginning for an atonement doctrine, it gets much worse.
In accomplishing the work of salvation, according to the WOF movement, Jesus also took on the very nature of Satan. Continue reading
Word of Faith Atonement Flaws: Kenoticism
“Atonement” is the theological term for rendering one’s sins forgiven. Atonement is the process whereby sins actually become forgiven and one is made right with God.
Most Word of Faith teachers have historically been accurate on atonement issues at some point, but have since jumped onto a bandwagon heading toward the continued demotion of God, in the person of Jesus Christ.
This section deals with the false atonement principles of the WOF, which render Christ imminently discredited in light of historical theology and biblical testimony. Please note that each heading in this section contains a flawed premise, as taught from the WOF perspective.
This article is an edited excerpt from the author’s book, “The Return of The King: A Prophetic Timeline of End-Time Events.”
This short chapter is added for the benefit of some who argue against a Messianic Kingdom.
It is the belief of some groups that the idea of a Millennial Kingdom (or “Messianic Kingdom” – a literal one-thousand year reign of Christ on Earth) is a product of the book of Revelation, only. This belief, contrary to that of the author, is that the book of Revelation is metaphorical in its content and should not be taken literally. Continue reading
The Law is Made Inoperative in Christ
The previous section notes clearly the biblical depiction of the law of Moses as a “guardian” or a “tutor” in the lives of God’s people until the time when Christ arrived, and maturity was accomplished through him.
Just as the authority of a tutor becomes null and void upon the graduation to “adulthood” by his student, so scripture teaches that the law- as our tutor- has become inoperative to the adults in faith who have found their proper identity as disciples of Christ. Continue reading