Fact a Day: February 22nd - Ankerberg Theological Research Institute, John Ankerberg Show

Fact a Day: February 22nd

The Facts on The Faith Movement (Harvest House, 1993) p. 18

Do the Faith teachers claim that their new revelations come directly from God?

Many of the leaders in this movement claim that God, Jesus, or angels appeared to them and taught them these ideas. But we must ask, “Are these revelations biblical if they condone actions that are unbiblical or foolhardy?” In fact, the supposedly divine visions, revelations, prophecies, and interpretations are often so false or unbiblical that one wonders if these visions are from their own mind or, worse yet, from the devil. For example, the history of the Old Testament is not without persons claiming to be spiritual leaders who thought that the visions of their own mind originated in God. But God told them, “The prophets are prophesying lies in my name. I have not sent them or appointed them or spoken to them. They are prophesying to you false visions, divinations, idolatries and the delusions of their own minds” (Jeremiah 14:14, NIV).

Nevertheless, almost to a man, the Faith leaders claim God as their authority. Kenneth Copeland implies many of his teachings are a result of divine revelation. For example, his Prosperity: The Choice Is Yours “has been birthed by a natural flow of revelation knowledge from my heart to yours.”* The Jesus Copeland spoke to told Kenneth that he must “believe that your words have power and the things you say will come to pass. The result is that you can have whatever you say when you believe.”*

*For full documentation, please see The Facts on The Faith Movement.


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