As we finish up this series about the Word of Faith movement, I would like to take a look at the positive confession doctrine one more time. Again this is the idea that we can believe and confess things into existence. The scripture that is most often used is Mark 11:22-23.
Mark 11:22-23 And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God. (23) For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.
Do we get whatever we want?
Is Jesus promising us anything we want as long as we speak it with faith? Are there petitions that are denied by our Father?
Jas 4:3 Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.
This scripture alone, tells us that we cannot simply speak whatever we want into existence. God is sovereign and we are not. Mark 11:22-23 is not saying to confess whatever our sinful heart desires. Our petitions must be in line with God’s will.
Are the promises in the Bible for every believer?
Believers in the doctrine of Positive Confession often say that they are claiming a promise in the Bible. They will latch onto some promise given to a character or people in the Bible, disregarding the fact that the promise was not given to them. This is a very simple hermeneutical mistake. If we are to claim any promises in the Bible, make sure they are directed towards ALL believers. Most of the alleged promises in the scriptures are not directed to all believers.
Why aren’t believers living easy wonderful lives?
There are amazing Christians all over the world that are living with health problems and poverty. If all we had to do was employ positive confession, why aren’t more Christians living the high life? Why didn’t any of the apostles use positive confession to gain wealth, rather than sell all that they had to give it to the poor? Why didn’t the poor stricken believers employ the power of positive confession to gain the money they needed. What we see in the New Testament is a bunch of believers living in poverty and wrestling with health problems.
Positive Confession is not taught anywhere in the New or old Testament. Rather the Bible indicates the exact opposite. Believers experienced, sickness, persecution, poverty and death. Join Youth Apologetics Training tomorrow as we finish talking about positive confession and conclude this series on the Word of Faith movement.
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