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The False Christ of the Word of Faith Movement

By Pamela Couvrette

Cults and aberrant movements have one thing in common: a false Christology (the study of the nature and person of Christology). For instance, Mormons believe Jesus and Satan are brothers, while Jehovah’s Witnesses believe Jesus is the archangel Michael.

Jesus said we need to not only profess the name of the Lord, but follow Him if we are to enter heaven. However, we must make sure we are following the correct Jesus. We are warned in 2 Corinthians 11:3-4 that there will be false apostles who preach a different Christ and Jesus said, “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord’ will enter the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 7:21).

So what Jesus is the Word of Faith Movement professing, following, and looking to for salvation? Let’s unpack their claims by looking at 1 Peter 3:18-20 which they twist to justify their teachings:

For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit, by whom also He went and preached to the spirits in prison, who formerly were disobedient, when once the Divine long-suffering waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is eight souls, were saved through water.

First, who were the Sons of God? They were fallen angels. Genesis 6:4 speaks about the Sons of God who “saw the daughters of men were attractive” and had physical relations with them. 2 Peter 2:4-5 and Jude 1:6 tell us these fallen angels were sent to hell (Sheol/Hades). We see in 1 Peter 3:18-20 that Jesus went to hell to preach to them, but why would Jesus do that since it would imply these fallen angels would have a chance of redemption? Nowhere in scripture are we told they have an opportunity to be forgiven.

The explanation is found in the interpretation of the word “preach”. John MacArthur says the Greek word used in v. 19 is kerusso which refers to the announcing or proclaiming of something. The word in Greek for evangelizing is euangelizo, which is not being used here.*

Word of Faith Preachers also teach that Jesus battled the demons as a man and because He won, we have salvation. They go on to claim Jesus was the first “born again” man. Nowhere does it say this. Jesus paid for our sins on the cross and said, “It is finished” (John 19:30). We are not to believe that we have salvation because Jesus fought in hell.

These teachers also proclaim Jesus stopped being divine on the cross – that He died a spiritual death. Scripture tell us He is divine. God is eternal and eternally divine. He has never stopped being divine.

It is clear that the Word of Faith Movement’s Jesus is not the one found in the Bible.

It is my prayer that if you follow the teachings or teachers of this movement that you recognize they pray to a different Jesus and they serve Satan (2 Corinthians 11:13-15). The standard for testing truth is not the size of their audience or because these teachers “speak to you” (2 Timothy 4:3). Scripture is the standard for truth (Acts 17:11).

Let us rejoice in the true Jesus who paid for our sins so we can have eternal life and be thankful God has made truth known to us.

Soli Deo Gloria,

Pamela Couvrette

* cited from, The Triumph of Christ’s Suffering, Part 2

* verses are from ESV

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As a former atheist and New Ager, Pamela is passionate about writing for the defense of the Christian faith and truth in the areas of apologetics, discernment, and rightly dividing the word of truth. Visit her at http://www.GuardingTheDeposit.com

Article Source: http://www.faithwriters.comCHRISTIAN WRITER

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