Today we are going to finish the Word of Faith series and conclude by talking a little more about positive confession. Again Positive Confession is the idea that we can supernaturally influence the world around us with correct thoughts and words. In other words, by declaring our desires and believing we have them, we will receive what we want. Today were going to pick up talking about Positive Confession where we left off yesterday.
The opposite of a positive confession is a negative confession. According to the Word of Faith movement, a negative confession happens when we either speak negatively about something, or if we pray in a way that admits we have a problem. Some say that if we pray for God’s help are we betraying a lack of faith?
“ If you have to say, ‘If it be thy will’ or ‘Thy will be done.’ If you have to say that, you are calling God a fool” (Frederick Price).
When Jesus prayed “thy will be done” in the Lord’s Prayer, was he calling God a fool? Was Jesus betraying a lack of faith? When Jesus asked the Father to take the cup (the suffering) from Him, was Jesus negative confessing?
The psalms are filled with sober cries for help from our Father. The Psalmists described their situations realistically. They did not try to speak positive words or lie to themselves. Their prayers were realistic assessments of their situations and pleas for help. Were they rebuked for these prayers? No. Does the Bible teach against praying in this way? No.
Does the New Testament speak against negative confessions? No. Do we see any of the apostles being rebuked for praying to God in a realistic, truthful way? No?
So what reason do we have for believing in the Word of Faith doctrines of positive and negative confessions?
Occult Roots of Positive Confession
Earlier in the series we talked about the source of Kenneth Hagin’s Word of Faith ideas. This concept of positive confession tracks back to a man named Phineas Quimby. Quimby had blended Christian ideas with occult teachings. His ideas were the inspiration of Christian Science, The Unity School of Christianity, the New Thought Movement, and a man named E.W. Kenyon. Phineas Quimby believed that through correct thinking and positive words, one could overcome sickness.
Kenneth Hagin was a fan of E.W. Kenyon and borrowed most of his ideas on faith from Kenyon. Hagin did not get these ideas from the Bible.
Another source for this doctrine comes from the Law of Attraction. A woman named Esther Hicks channeled a group of spirits that identified themselves as Abraham. This collective of spirits gave Esther Hicks the Law of Attraction. Again this is the idea that we can change the world around us with positive thinking and words. It is believed that our words are containers of power.
If Positive Confession cannot be found in the Bible but can be found being practiced by occultists, why should Christians practice it? Why should we practice something that the apostles and Jesus did not practice? Why should we lie about reality and profess something that is not true? Why should we as Christians claim promises in the Bible that were not intended for us?
Here is the conclusion…We should not practice Positive Confession.
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