Fact a Day: February 26th - Ankerberg Theological Research Institute, John Ankerberg Show

Fact a Day: February 26th

The Facts on The Faith Movement (Harvest House, 1993) pp. 39-40

How do the teachings of the Faith Movement hinder personal sanctification?

The Faith teachers claim their methods will lead the believer into a higher level of spirituality. But unfortunately, the Faith Movement actually works against the spiritual growth of a Christian. It does this in many ways, directly and indirectly.

1. By Experientialism—First, it teaches Christians that spiritual experiences are the primary emphasis of the Christian life and more important than biblical study. This undermines biblical authority.

2. By New Revelation—Second, the Faith Movement undermines Christian growth through an appeal to newer, allegedly better revelations. But all these new revelations have accomplished is to confuse believers with false teachings.

3. By Spiritual Malnourishment—If only “faith” is preached (and a distorted faith at that), can this provide spiritual nourishment? If people are never told the content of the Bible, of what value is their “faith” when there is precious little that is biblical for such faith to act upon? Even Kenneth Hagin, Jr. confesses that “a portion of the Word of God preached without the whole counsel of the Word of God is as dangerous as a baby playing with dynamite. And that is the problem in Charismatic Christianity today….”*

4. By Spiritual Pride—The Faith Movement can also foster spiritual pride, and nothing is more deadly to spiritual growth. The Bible teaches that God hates pride and that pride destroys people spiritually (Proverbs 8:13; 11:2; 16:18). Unfortunately, pride in spiritual leaders tends to beget pride in their followers.* People who think that God speaks to them audibly on a regular basis, who believe that they are “little gods” and have the powers of Jesus, who claim to perform miracles, who have vast multimillion dollar ministries with international satellite communications networks, who think they can literally command angels and manipulate creation, speaking into existence things which do not exist—these are things which may generate spiritual pride.

5. By Distortion of Priorities—When the Faith teachers claim that Jesus was not poor, and that we can have whatever we say and that nothing is impossible to us in the realm of making money or being successful, they are tragically reducing the glory of what it is to be a Christian. They have emaciated the Christian life to a trivial focus, that of meeting only surface needs (cf. Hebrews 11:25-26).

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


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