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Word-Faith Movement

The Word-Faith Movement has its deepest roots in both the Latter Rain Movement (which came out of the Assemblies of God in 1948) and the ministry/teachings of William Branham and E.W. Kenyon. In many ways, its' basic philosophy is most easily defined as a "mind science" type cult. By that we mean it teaches there are universal laws which God has put into place. Those laws are available and useful to anyone who wishes to "tap into" those laws. Man thus supposedly takes and plays the role of God who has supposedly created and subjected even himself to those same laws. This is idolatry!

Some of the specific false teachings in the movement are seen in the following:

Over-Realized Eschatological Kingdom – We can supposedly have the fullness of God's future kingdom in our present situation without Jesus Christ. The initial "dominion" teachings have evolved into this familiar defined system:
1. Kingdom Now Theology

Extra-Spiritual Class of Remnant Believers – Only those initiated with these "believers" get to experience the benefits of that present kingdom.
1. Manifest Sons of God
2. New Breed
3. Joel's Army

Gnostic Belief Structure – Only those baptized by the fire/spirit have the spiritual anointing and wisdom and insight to participate in this movement because they are the ones to really see what the Bible is saying. A "gnosis" or special knowing is necessary. (Not to strictly be equated with 1st -3rd century Gnosticism, but there are certain similarities).
1. Revelation Knowledge
2. Positive Confession
3. Name-It and Claim-It
4. Prosperity Theology

Super-Spiritual Class of Leaders – Only those with "extra-special anointing" get to be the leaders of this new apostolic breed. (Just like Adam and Jesus were "special").
1. Adam as God-Incarnate
2. Born-Again Jesus
3. Super-Apostles/God's Anointed

Dualistic Theology – They have a belief structure which undercuts the sovereign nature of the God of the Scriptures. This leads to placing the adherents into an on-going false spiritual struggle between the God of the Bible and Satan with the "believer" critically involved in the "present middle" with and for the actual success of the former against the later. We see this especially played out in their false spiritual warfare teachings. Their gnostic belief structure takes them to this dualistic thinking as well.

If you are a part of this pseudo-Christian cult get out as fast as you can. Repent and trust the Lord Jesus Christ of the Holy Scriptures as your Lord and Savior. Maybe you already have done that and have inadvertently been caught up in this movement. Repent. Ask God for wisdom on what to do and how to expose the false doctrines and help others out of this movement.

Who are preachers and teachers who have their roots in the modern word-faith movement and/or can be considered at some point historically supportive of their teachings and/or teachers?

Ernest Angley, John Bevere, Markus Bishop, Juanita Bynum, Charles Capps, Morris Cerullo, Mark Charonna, Paul Yonggi (David) Cho, Kim Clement, Kenneth & Gloria Copeland, Paul & Jan Crouch, Creflo Dollar, Jesse Duplantis, John Hagee, Kenneth Hagin, Norvel Hayes, Marilyn Hickey, Benny Hinn, Rodney Howard-Browne, Larry Huch, T.D. Jakes, Bishop Eddie L. Long, Clarence McClendon, Joyce Meyer, Myles Munroe, Steve Munsey, Mike Murdock, Joel Osteen, Rod Parsley, Peter Popoff, Frederick K.C. Price, Joseph Prince, Oral Roberts, Jerry Savelle, R.W. Shambach, Robert Schuller, Karl Strader, Robert Tilton, Paula White, Ed Young

It's Roots: Latter Rain Movement/Pentecostalism, William Branham, & E. W. Kenyon
The New Order of the Later Rain - Let Us Reason Ministries
The Latter Rain - By Jewel van der Merwe
The Strange History of Pentecostalism (Part 1) - Let Us Reason
The Strange History of Pentecostalism (Part 2) - Let Us Reason
The Strange History of Pentecostalism (Part 3) - Let Us Reason
William Marrion Branham: His Beginnings & Calling - Let Us Reason Ministries
The Teachings of "the Prophet" William Branham - Let Us Reason Ministries
Word-Faith/Positive Confession:It's Philosophical Roots (pdf) - By Albert James Dager

Popularized By: Kenneth Hagin, Kenneth Copeland & Others
Death by Faith - Let Us Reason
An Examination of the Word-Faith Movement - By Richard J. Vincent
Word of Faith Series - By Justin Peters
Kenneth Copeland's prophesy: "Jesus is no longer the Only Begotten son" and his Latter Rain teaching - Let Us Reason
Word-Faith Movement Defined - Apologetics Index
The Changing Views of Joyce Meyer - By G. Richard Fisher & Paul R. Belli
The Way of Balaam - By Dave Hunt
Whom Do They Think They Are Kidding - MKG at Personal Freedom Outreach

Gnostic Fire/Revelation Knowledge, a Born-Again Jesus & the Deification of Man
What is Gnosticism? - Let Us Reason
The Gnostic Jesus, a Gnostic Christianity Part 1 - Let Us Reason
The Gnostic Jesus, a Gnostic Christianity Part 2 - Let Us Reason
Strange Fire: The Rise of Gnosticism in the Church (pdf) - By Travers & Jewel Van Der Merwe at Discernment-Ministries
The Gnostic Heresies of the First & Second Century - By Henry Longueville Mansel (e-book)

Dominion, Restoration, Positive Confession & Spiritual Warfare
PANENTHEISM! WHAT IS THAT? - By Orrel Steinkamp
Spiritual Warfare (Part 1) - By Gary Gilley
Spiritual Warfare (Part 2) - By Gary Gilley
Spiritual Warfare (Part 3) - By Gary Gilley

T.D. Jakes, Joel Osteen & Prosperity Teachings
The Velcro Bishop with Another Gospel - By G. Richard Fisher
Joel Osteen and The Prosperity Gospel - By Gary Gilley
Joel Osteen's New Age Life Now - By Brannon Howse
Dr. John MacArthur's thoughts regarding Joel Osteen - Ligonier Website
The Elephant in the Elephant Room (Jakes) - Grace To You/John MacArthur
T.D. Jakes Archives - Apprising Ministries

Links for further study:
Word-Faith Movement Articles - Deception in the Church
Word-Faith Directory - Let Us Reason
The Word-Faith Controversy - By Robert M. Bowman, Jr.
The Word-Faith Movement - By Gary E. Gilley

Theological Studies
Contemporary Concerns
Deception in the Visible Church