Word of Faith Teachers: Origins & Errors of Their Teaching (Full Film)

Apologist Keith Thompson has put together a definitive refutation of the heretical word of faith movement and the prosperity gospel.

“Are you or someone you know a follower of Joel Osteen, Paula White, Cindy Trimm, Kenneth Hagin, Joyce Meyer, Kenneth Copeland, Creflo Dollar, Benny Hinn, or T. D. Jakes? This film takes a responsible look at the major doctrines which separate this movement from historic biblical Christianity. Its origins and errors are documented with evidence and fact.”

Enslaved: The Heresy of the Prosperity Gospel part 1


Part 1 – What is the prosperity gospel? What is word of faith theology and the law of attraction and where did they come from? The answers might surprise you.

This documentary is meant to be a starting point to help educate the body of Christ on the relevant issues pertaining to the prosperity gospel. This is meant to help get you started in understanding what it is and developing a strong apologetic against it.

The Prosperity Gospel: A Documentary TRAILER

Here’s the trailer for my upcoming documentary on the prosperity gospel/word faith movement.

The documentary will look at the following heretical doctrines and methods of the prosperity gospel:

1. the occult roots of the movement
2. the little gods doctrine
3. law of attraction
4. allegorizing the biblical text (scripture twisting)
5. how false teaching obscures the truth and ultimately separates people from Christ
6. how prosperity/word faith teaching is virtually indistinguishable from new age/occult teaching

Persecution and the Absolute Carnival of Narcissism in the Church

Pure, gospel driven church in America is a beautiful thing. Faithful churches rightly dividing the word of God, serving their community in love, pouring out blessings from the abundance God has graciously given, and pushing the good news of Jesus Christ into the utter darkness of their cities. However much of the church, particularly in the west, seems to be stuck in a fantasy land of narcissism, where the greatest danger looming is if your unsaved neighbor catches you wearing a scarf that doesn’t match your loafers.

I recently stumbled across pastorfashion.com, a web site of “fashion for pastors” by Ed Young Jr. As ridiculous as “from the runway to the pulpit” sounds, it actually highlights a significant problem within the American church. We’ve forgotten what it’s like to actually have to suffer for the gospel. In our abundance and prosperity we have caved inward to self and have forgotten how to push outward with real truth, blessing, and a genuine love for others. This atrophied mindset has given birth to some of the most ridiculous, outlandish, and shameful  displays that the church has painfully tried to offer up as “the gospel”. The worst part about this “carnival of self” is that our impoverished and persecuted brothers and sisters around the world look at us and come away (God forbid) envying us and wondering why God hasn’t blessed them, or worse yet, thinking both we as a church and God have forgotten and abandoned them altogether. We need to start realizing that we live in a fantasy land of heresy and entertainment. Church in America isn’t the norm, but rather the exception when compared to the rest of the world. True ministry success is defined by fidelity to the gospel, a true affection for Christ and a love for others, not by how many people grace your seats, or by your circle of influence, or if you are sporting the latest and greatest by Dolce & Gabbana.

Click on the links below, watch the videos and take them both to heart. It’s not even 5 minutes of your time. Let the dichotomy burn into your consciousness. Let the visual of sacrificing your life in the service of the risen King Jesus rattle you back into reality. Use it as a catalyst to a deeper love for Christ, a deeper appreciation for the bible in your hands, and to remind you to not hold your blessings so tightly that you forget to share them. Let this be a jumping off point where you intercede for your brothers and sisters around the world who don’t have a shirt on their back, don’t own a single page of the bible, and will lose their life and their family for the cause of Jesus Christ.

The first video discusses the importance and fashion of skinny jeans, while the other is a graphic video of one of our brothers being beheaded because he professes Jesus as his Lord. (*warning* if you aren’t ready to see this level of violence, then click here for an edited version of the video). See just how far removed from reality we have become and may it drive us to repentance and to action.

Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.” Matthew 10:39

Pastor Fashion: Skinny Jeans

Persecution: Christian Beheaded in Afghanistan

Abundant Life? What Did Jesus Mean in John 10:10?

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What did Jesus mean in John 10:10 when he said “life and have it abundantly”? Was he talking about living a full earthly life with happiness? Was he talking about material possessions? Or was he talking about salvation? We’ve heard this verse a thousand times and almost always wrongly used in the context of a happy life or money. If we aren’t careful, the way we are biased to define “abundant life” can obscure the deep and rich meaning of Jesus’ words. We will end up exchanging Christ’s glorious promise of eternal life, for a lesser (false) one of wealth and material happiness.

The thief comes only to steal, kill, and destroy; I have come that they may have life and have it abundantly.” John 10:10

The Greek Word for Used for Life Means “Life in the Spirit”

The true meaning of this text can be found by simply looking at the Greek word for “life”.  If Jesus was talking about material life such as possessions and earthly prosperity, then the Greek word used for life would have been “bios”, which refers to earthly, physical life, or “that by which life is sustained such as resources, wealth, or goods”.  However, the Greek word used in the text is “zoe”, which means “…life, both essential and ethical, which belongs to God, and through him both to the hypostatic “logos” and to Christ in whom the “logos” put on human nature”. So when Jesus said “I have come that they may have life and have it abundantly“, he is talking about the things of the spirit, he was talking about eternal life. This word fits perfectly with the entire context of John 10.

The Subject and Context is Clearly of Eternal Salvation

The subject Christ is addressing and the context in which he is speaking is in regard to salvation. Jesus is teaching about how to spiritually enter the Kingdom of God and he uses the example of describing himself as a door or gate (mediator) through which his sheep enter into pasture (eternal life). In verse 9 he says, “I am the door, if anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture.” He uses the term “he will be saved” because Jesus is talking about the means by which we are spiritually reconciled back to God. He’s saying, if you are seeking spiritual reconciliation, it can only be found and accomplished through him. Nowhere in this passage does he mention his mission being to give a fulfilled life or to grant material possessions.

A little further down in the same chapter, Jesus is going to use the example of describing himself as a Shepherd with us as his sheep, but he is going to be more blunt with the meaning.

My sheep hear my voice, I know them and they follow me.  I give them eternal lifeand they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand.” John 10:27

Other Clues

There are other clues in John 10:10 as well. Jesus says Satan comes to steal, kill, and destroy. We often present this verse in the context of Satan destroying your life through various means such as sickness or taking away your wealth and security. Satan does do that, however it is always for the greater ultimate purpose of separating you from Christ. This isn’t about your pocketbook or your happiness, this is about getting you to curse Christ and to turn from him.

In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.” 2 Corinthians 4:4

I am afraid that as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning, your thoughts will be led astray from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ.” 2 Corinthians 11:3

Satan answered the Lord and said, “Skin for skin! All that a man has he will give for his life. But stretch out your hand and touch his bone and his flesh, and he will curse you to your face.” Job 1:11-12

So when Jesus says the thief, (Satan) has come for this purpose (to destroy with the purpose of separating), he immediately says in rebuttal to this “but I have come…“. So why did Christ come? To reconcile us to God through Christ with the promise of eternal life. Again, nowhere in this passage does it claim explicitly or imply through context that the coming of Christ is about a temporal material definition of “abundant life”.

Christ was sent from God the Father (John 6:57);
to accomplish the will of God (John 6:38); which is
to resurrect people to eternal life (John 6:40).

This entire passage and the words of Jesus paint a large picture of Christ’s eternal mission to reconcile man back to God and the means by which he bestows salvation. It would make no sense given the Greek word used and the context Jesus was speaking in for him to all of the sudden start talking about temporal material possessions. To translate this text in that way completely takes the beauty off of Jesus’ promise of eternal life and instead, hangs it on the idol of material prosperity. When this happens, we miss out on hearing Jesus boldly proclaim his promise that anyone who hears and follows him will be given eternal life, and no one will be able to take that away from us. Don’t fall into the trap of exchanging Christ’s greater eternal promises of salvation for lesser temporal ones by misinterpreting Christ’s words and ignoring the context in which he was speaking.

A New Ager, a Satanist, & a Prosperity Preacher Walk Into a Church…

One of these quotes is from a popular Christian pastor of a large mega church, one from an avowed Satanist, one from the founder of Mormonism, and one is from a best selling New Age guru. Can you guess which quote is coming from behind a pulpit and broadcast into your home?

A. “In reality, we are divinity in disguise, and the Gods contained within us seek to be fully materialized.”

B. “We are not servants of some God; we are our own Gods.”

C. “…we keep seeing ourselves as little slaves and He’s the big boss. I’m going to say something, we are Gods.”

D. “Here then is eternal life-to know the only wise and true God; and you have got to learn to be Gods yourselves…

Unfortunately, they’re almost indistinguishable from one another. The best defense of the Gospel is to know the Gospel.

Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.” 1Tim. 4:16

Messianic Jew Ron Cantor Responds to the “Bishop Eddie Long Crowned King” Video

If you saw the “Bishop Eddie Long crowned King” fiasco, you probably had some reservations and questions about what you saw take place. Ron Cantor of Maoz Israel Ministries and Messiah’s Mandate gives an explanation of the falsehoods and inaccuracies shamefully displayed by Ralph Messer.

Maoz Israel Ministries is a Messianic Jewish non-profit organization founded in 1976, and whose ministry headquarters is based in Tel Aviv, Israel.

A Call For Discernment: Dangerous Doctrine by Justin Peters

If you are a believer in Christ or have any experience with church, chances are you have come across Word Faith teaching or one of it’s many variants. Watch Justin Peters give a historical background and biblical critique of the occult influenced Word Faith Movement and it’s heretical teachings.