I have heard it said... that If the New Age movement is the greatest threat to evangelical Christianity from without, the Word-Faith/Positive Confession movement is its greatest threat from within. This is not entirely accurate. The Word of Faith movement IS the New Age movement... with a few Christian terms and concepts sprinkled in to keep it believable. It is a not an honest doctrinal difference among orthodox believers, but a confrontation between the gospel preached by the Lord Jesus Christ and another gospel. The Prosperity Doctrine (also known as the Health and Wealth gospel, or the prosperity gospel) is nothing but the Word-Faith/Positive Confession movement... applied to finances. Healing ministries are all too often the Word-Faith/Positive Confession doctrine applied to healing.
Does God Want Us To Be Rich?
It is deeply alarming that most Christians seem to be blissfully unaware of the fact that the principles of the Word-Faith movement being trumpeted from pulpits across the land, not only stems from the same occult sources as the spiritual movement known as New Thought, but uses exactly the same terminology and techniques. The non-believing world claims that there are spiritual “laws” which people can learn to use on their behalf. However the Word Faith group, claiming to be Christian, have to somehow “Christianize” the concepts and add God into the mixture. But since the Biblical God does not fit this mold, they completely reinvent Him in an image that conforms to their beliefs, teaching that the power of faith is a force… one that can even twist God's arm. This in spite of the fact that a) there are no clear examples of Positive Confession in the Scriptures, b) The texts quoted over and over again by the Word of Faith teachers are usually taken way out of context and therefore do not prove their point, c) The Scriptures refute the general principles behind the beliefs and teachings of the Prosperity Doctrine camp and d) The teaching that believers are to confess rather than to pray for things which God has promised is contradicted by the Bible. But make no mistake.. the secular world, by learning and applying certain principles, can and does match, or even exceed, the gain that "Christian" ministers promise. And we are to believe that this is from God?
Is Physical Healing Included In The Atonement?
One of the assumptions consistently and universally made is that humans are divided into components... physical, emotional/mental and spiritual or, if you prefer, body, mind, and spirit. However there is a fundamental mistake being made by both sides of the Healing in the Atonement issue ... Plus the much misused words of one of the greatest spiritual passages in the Scriptures... Isaiah 53.
The work of the Holy Spirit, or unbiblical, devilish and dangerous. Additionally Agnes Sanford mother of the Inner Healing movement developed her ideas from some very strange sources
Are All Miracles From God? (Below)
Is God the only one that can heal? Or do Satan and his demons use healing as yet another means to fool people and perhaps, in many cases, lure them over to their side?
Roots of Evil
The common origins of Christian Science, New Thought, Unity School of Christianity and the Word-Faith movement. The loosely organized movement that began with Phineas Parkhurst Quimby, an unschooled Maine clockmaker and inventor who believed that he had rediscovered the lost healing methods of Jesus, eventually became known as New Thought, which is the cornerstone for most of the formulas for happy and successful living. Reduced to it’s essentials, it very simply believes that your thoughts play a crucial role in the kind of life you experience, which is exactly what is being trumpeted from pulpits across the land. However, what is particularly disturbing is that Phineas Quimby’s metaphysical teachings influenced E.W. Kenyon, and it was E.W. Kenyon's teachings that in turn influenced Kenneth Hagin, known as the father of the Word/Faith movement. Since tracing this unholy genealogy can be confusing, the chart on this page should make it a little easier.
In the final analysis, The Secret is nothing more than so-called Name It-Claim It, Positive-Confession, Prosperity Theology (minus God and the Bible), built on a foundation of New Age self-deification. In other words, the book is just a secular version of what some TV preachers have taught for decades: Namely, if you will sustain the right thoughts, words and feelings, you will receive whatever you want. But The Secret adds this important twist: ‘your thoughts can bring anything into your life because you are god’.
"Imaging" and "Visualization" are increasingly appearing as Christian meditation, "mind-stretchers," or a consciousness-awakening experience in Christian workshops, and you'd better believe that visualization as a cultivated exercise comes with all sorts of metaphysical and spiritual baggage in tow. Frankly, some of these bags desperately need to be opened up before being admitted into Christian territory.
Lifestyles of the TeleEvangelists
Capitalizing on Christianity has proved to be far more lucrative than starting a new religion.
The Apostle Paul never once appealed to tithing even though he obviously often suffered financial difficulties. However, he wrote rather a lot about FREELY giving financial support where one is able. (In-depth Article)
Which brings us to the Million Dollar Question... Is God the only one that can heal? Or do Satan and his demons use healing as yet another means to fool people and perhaps, in many cases, lure them over to their side. Apparently too many Christians, to their detriment, ignore the words of our Lord in Matthew 24:24
“For false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and miracles to deceive even the elect
In other words..
“It's not a question of counterfeit versus real; Satan's miracles are not counterfeits any more than foreign currency is a counterfeit of our own currency. Counterfeit "miracles" are those feats of legerdemain performed by professional magicians, and charlatans who create ruses to bilk people out of money. A miracle from the spirit realm is genuine, whether from God or Satan. Satan's healings are not illusory; they are real. That's what makes them dangerous. The reason people believe teachings when they are accompanied by signs and wonders is that they don't believe Satan or his demons can perform genuine miracles. Therefore they think that any teaching accompanied by signs and wonders must be from God. [Albert Dager. An Examination of Kingdom Theology. http://www.apologeticsindex.org/l02.html]