- Category: FALSE TEACHINGS
How the Word of Faith Prosperity Gospel Twists Scripture
Q & A - Questions & Answers
HOW THE WORD OF FAITH PROSPERITY GOSPEL TWISTS SCRIPTURE - Check out some of the MANY ways that the False Teachers & False Prophets of the "Word of Faith Prosperity Gospel" Twist Scriptures... here are some of the many examples of how they do that.
- QUOTE BY MARTHA MAC, SO4J-TV: "FAITH is NOT Speaking into Existence what WE want, it's BELIEVING and OBEYING what HE wants." (1 John 2:3-6)
- Romans 16:17-18 "WATCH OUT for those who cause DIVISIONS and put OBSTACLES in your way that are CONTRARY to the TEACHING you have learned. KEEP AWAY FROM THEM. For such people are NOT SERVING our LORD CHRIST, but their OWN APPETITES. By SMOOTH TALK and FLATTERY they DECEIVE the MINDS of NAIVE PEOPLE."
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- WHY IS THE WORD OF FAITH PROSPERITY GOSPEL SO UNBIBLICAL?
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- WHAT IS A FALSE TEACHER? BY JOHN MACARTHUR
- BEWARE OF FALSE TEACHERS
- FALSE TEACHERS - SCRIPTURES
- WRONGLY LABELING TRUE BELIEVERS AS FALSE TEACHERS
- FALSE TEACHINGS IN THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH - MANY ARTICLES
- CULTS - SUMMED UP INFO ON CULTS - ARTICLES & VIDEOS
- Q & A - BINDING AND LOOSING - Matthew 16:19
- Q & A - WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO HAVE "MOUNTAIN MOVING FAITH?" - Matthew 17:19-21, 21:18-22, Mark 11:19-26
- Q & A - DELIGHT YOURSELF IN THE LORD & HE'LL GIVE YOU YOUR DESIRES - Psalm 37:4
- Q & A - PROSPERING IN ALL THINGS & BEING IN HEALTH? - 3 John 1:2 (KJV)
- Q & A - JESUS CAME TO GIVE US LIFE, AND LIFE MORE ABUNDANTLY? - John 10:10
- Q & A - GREATER WORKS WE WILL DO THAN JESUS? - John 14:12
- Q & A - CALLING THINGS THAT BE NOT AS THOUGH THEY ALREADY ARE?- Romans 4:17
- Q & A - HEAD AND NOT THE TAIL? - Deuteronomy 28:13
"BEWARE of those whose FAITH is based on their own: IDEAS, FEELINGS, and what THEY THINK is right-- RATHER than on what GOD'S WORD says!" TRUST in JESUS & in GOD'S unfailing WORD!" [Matthew 7:24-27]
Scripture Twisting of: Matthew 16:19
What Does it Mean to Bind & Loose?
A Believer now a days "Binds" Satan (so to Speak) by Putting & Keeping the Full Armor of God against our Struggle with Sin (Believing God's Word over your emotions, living Holy,etc), & Resisting Satan by Casting down Thoughts that are Contrary to God's Word (2 Cor 10:3-6).
The Prosperity Gospel Preachers get the Matthew 16:19 Scripture wrong (hover mouse over verse) big time. Below is from GotQuestions.org
"What does the Bible mean by BINDING and LOOSING?
Answer: The concept of “binding and loosing” is taught in the Bible in Matthew 16:19 Jesus says, “I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” In this verse, Jesus is speaking directly to the apostle Peter and indirectly to the other apostles. Jesus' words meant that Peter would have the right to enter the kingdom himself, that he would have general authority symbolized by the possession of the keys, and that preaching the gospel would be the means of opening the kingdom of heaven to all believers and shutting it against unbelievers. The book of Acts shows us this process at work. By his sermon on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2:14-40), Peter opened the door of the kingdom for the first time. The expressions “bind” and “loose” were common to Jewish legal phraseology meaning to declare something forbidden or to declare it allowed.
Peter and the other disciples were to continue Christ’s work on earth in preaching the gospel and declaring God's will to men, and they were armed with the same authority as He possessed. In Matthew 18:18, there is also a definite reference to the binding and loosing in the context of church discipline. The apostles do not usurp Christ's lordship and authority over individual believers and their eternal destiny, but they do exercise the authority to discipline and, if necessary, excommunicate disobedient church members.
Christ in heaven ratifies what is done in His name and in obedience to His Word on earth. In both Matthew 16:19 and Matthew 18:18, the syntax of the Greek text makes the meaning clear. What you bind on earth will have already been bound in heaven. What you loose on earth will have already been loosed in heaven. In other words, Jesus in heaven looses the authority of His Word as it goes forth on earth for the fulfillment of its purpose.
Scripture Twisting of: Matthew 17:19-21, 21:18-22, Mark 11:19-26
What Does it Mean to have "Mountain Moving Faith?" & "Mustard Seed Faith?"
- Matthew 17:19-21 "Then the disciples came to Jesus privately & said, "Why could we not cast it out?" And Jesus said to them, "Because of the LITTLENESS of your FAITH; for truly I say to you, if you have FAITH as a MUSTARD SEED, you shall say to this MOUNTAIN, 'MOVE FROM HERE TO THERE,' and it SHALL MOVE; and NOTHING shall be IMPOSSIBLE TO YOU. [But this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.]"
- Matthew 21:18-22 (NKJV) "Now in the morning, as He returned to the city, He was hungry. And seeing a fig tree by the road, He came to it and found nothing on it but leaves, and said to it, "Let no fruit grow on you ever again." Immediately the fig tree withered away. And when the disciples saw it, they marveled, saying, "How did the fig tree wither away so soon?" So Jesus answered and said to them, "Assuredly, I say to you, if you have FAITH and do not doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but also if you say to this MOUNTAIN, 'Be removed and be cast into the sea,' it will be done. And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive."
- Mark 11:19-26 (NKJV) "When evening had come, He went out of the city. Now in the morning, as they passed by, they saw the fig tree dried up from the roots. And Peter, remembering, said to Him, "Rabbi, look! The fig tree which You cursed has withered away." So Jesus answered and said to them, "Have faith in God. For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this MOUNTAIN, 'Be removed and be cast into the sea,' and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them."And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses. But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive your trespasses."
Short Excerpt from Got Questions Re Matthew 17— ..."Another thing to consider in biblical interpretation is the context of the passage. More often than not, when we take a single verse out of its native context, we end up misinterpreting the verse. In this context, Jesus rebukes the disciples for their weak faith and says that even if they had mustard seed sized faith, they could command the mountain to move. Contextually, the mountain must refer to the demon that was afflicting the man’s son. Jesus tells His disciples that if their faith was stronger, they could have commanded the demon to leave the boy, and it would be so. This was clearly the case in Matthew 10 when Jesus sent them out to cure diseases, cast out demons and spread the gospel. Therefore, it is clear from the context that Jesus does not intend to assert that mustard seed sized faith can literally move mountains. Rather, the expression Jesus uses was a common colloquialism of that day; to a Jew of Jesus’ day, a mountain is a metaphor signifying a seemingly impossible task. Faith that can move mountains is not meant to imply a faith that can literally move literal mountains. The point Jesus was making is that even a little bit of faith—faith the size of a tiny mustard seed—can overcome mountainous obstacles in our lives." [END]
What Does It Mean to Have "Mustard Seed Faith"?
Faith is so vital to the Christian life that Scripture tells us without it, it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6). And yet faith is such a powerful gift from God (Ephesians 2:8-9) that with just a tiny measure of it, the size of a mustard seed, Christ told His disciples they could move mountains. So, what does it mean to have “mustard seed faith”?
We see the reference to “mustard seed faith” twice in Scripture. First, in Matthew 17:14-20, we see Christ’s disciples unable to exorcise a demon from a young boy, even though Jesus had previously given them the authority to do this very thing (Matthew 10:1). When they inquired of Jesus why they were not able to drive the demon out, the Master replied, “Because you have so little faith. I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘move from here to there’ and it will move; Nothing will be impossible for you” (Matthew 17:14-20). Next, in Luke 17:6, Jesus tells His disciples: “If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it will obey you.” By using the uncommonly small mustard seed as an example, Jesus is speaking figuratively about the incalculable power of God when unleashed in the lives of those with true faith.
We know that this statement about moving mountains and uprooting trees by faith is not to be taken literally. No one can do such things, no matter how great their faith. The key to understanding the passages is the nature of faith, which is a gift from God. The power of faith reflects the omnipotent nature of the God who bestows faith on His own. The mustard seed is one of the tiniest seeds found in the Middle East, so the conclusion is that the amount of faith needed to do great things is very small indeed. Just as in the parable of the mustard seed (Matthew 13:31-32), Jesus uses rhetorical hyperbole to make the point that little is much when it comes from God. The mustard seed in the parable grows to be a huge tree, representing the tiny beginnings of Christianity when just a few disciples began to preach and teach the gospel. Eventually the kingdom grew to huge proportions, encompassing the entire world and spreading over centuries.
So, too, does the tiniest bit of faith, when it is true faith from God, grow to immense proportions in the lives of believers and spreading out to influence all they come into contact with. One has only to read histories of the great men of the faith, such as Foxe’s Book of Martyrs to know that superhuman feats were performed by those whose faith was, at one time, only the size of a mustard seed. (cont. right below with John MacArthur)
What Does It Mean to Have "Mountain Moving Faith"? (Cont.)
This Q & A below is by: John MacArthur from his New Testament Bible Commentaries—
This Q & A below is by: John MacArthur from his New Testament Bible Commentaries—
Matthew 17:19-21 Then the disciples came to Jesus privately & said, "Why could we not cast it out?" And Jesus said to them, "Because of the LITTLENESS of your FAITH; for truly I say to you, if you have FAITH as a MUSTARD SEED, you shall say to this MOUNTAIN, 'MOVE FROM HERE TO THERE,' and it SHALL MOVE; and NOTHING shall be IMPOSSIBLE TO YOU. [But this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.]"
THE POWER OF FAITH—
Jesus' purpose in the Miracle went beyond the healing of the demonized boy, important as that was. The Healing not only brought health to the boy and Great Joy to his father, but Glory to God. But for the disciples the important lesson of that event was yet to be learned.
It is not surprising that they questioned Jesus privately—in a house, Mark tells us (Mark 9:28), perhaps the home of one of the disciples. They were embarrassed at their own Failure and were perplexed as to why they themselves could... not cast it out. Why was He able to accomplish with a word what they had not been able to accomplish with great effort? "You commissioned and empowered us to heal and to cast out demons," they said, in effect. "And we have been successful before. Why did we fail this time?" They probably went about the act of casting out the demon in the same way they had on earlier occasions. They probably invoked the Lord's name, commanded the demon to leave, and awaited his departure. But this time nothing happened.
"The reason should be obvious," Jesus implied. "You failed BECAUSE OF THE LITTLENESS OF YOUR FAITH." It was not because of total lack of Faith BUT BECAUSE OF... LITTLENESS OF... FAITH that they were powerless. They had saving Faith, which they could not lose. And they had trusting Faith to some degree, or they would not have attempted to heal the boy But they lacked sufficient Faith to employ the power Jesus had given to them.
Having LITTLENESS OF... FAITH was a somewhat typical condition of the disciples. Soon after Jesus called them into His service, they sat among the crowd on the mountainside whom He charged with being anxious because of their little faith in God to provide for their physical needs (Matt 6:25-34). When during the fierce storm on the Sea of Galilee they despaired of their lives, Jesus rebuked them before He rebuked the waves, saying "Why are you timid, you men of little faith?" (Matt 8:26). When Peter started to walk on the water but became afraid and began sinking, "Jesus stretched out His hand and took hold of him, and said to him, 'O you of little faith, why did you doubt?'" (Matt 14:31). Shortly before healing the demonized boy, Jesus had again charged the disciples with having little Faith in not expecting Him to be able to feed the multitude near Magadan (Matt 16:8).
Those incidents illustrate that LITTLE FAITH is the kind of faith that believes in God when you have something in your hand, when HIS PROVISION is ALREADY MADE. When things were GOING WELL with the DISCIPLES and EVERYTHING SEEMED UNDER CONTROL, they found it EASY to TRUST their LORD. But as soon as CIRCUMSTANCES became UNCERTAIN or THREATENING, their FAITH WITHERED. Their Faith was like the Faith of most believers in all ages. When they are HEALTHY and have the necessities of Life, their FAITH is GREAT and STRONG, but when they are in NEED, their FAITH is SMALL and gives way to DOUBT.
GREAT FAITH TRUSTS GOD when there is NOTHING in the cupboard to EAT and NO MONEY to buy FOOD. GREAT FAITH TRUSTS IN GOD when Health is GONE, Work is GONE, Reputation is GONE, or Family is GONE. GREAT FAITH TRUSTS GOD while the WINDSTORM is still Howling and PERSECUTION continues.
The Lord was giving the disciples a sample of what their lives would be like once He had returned to heaven, when they could no longer see Him or touch Him or talk with Him in the way they were used to doing. He was also teaching them PERSISTENCE. We do not know how often they tried to cast the demon out of the boy, but at some point they gave up. When Jesus first sent the disciples out, their success at Healing and Casting out Demons was immediate. But Jesus had NOT promised that that would always be the case. The Twelve had to learn that, unlike the Lord's power, theirs was not inherent in themselves. It came only from HIM, by HIS DIVINE PROVISION and WILL.
It is ENCOURAGING to realize that even the Apostles, with their unique calling and Miraculous Gifts, always had to RELY on Jesus to minister effectively to STRENGTHEN their FAITH and sense of DEPENDENCE, the Lord sometimes made them WAIT—just as He often does with Believers today to help Strengthen our Faith, He may sometimes make us Wait a long time for an answer to Prayer. Just as an Athlete grows stronger by gradually lifting Heavier weights or by running longer distances, so a believer grows stronger in Faith by Facing ever-increasing Challenges that expose his own Weakness and Drive him to the Lord.
Continuing the lesson on Faith, Jesus said, "FOR TRULY I SAY TO YOU, IF YOU HAVE FAITH AS A MUSTARD SEED, YOU SHALL SAY TO THIS MOUNTAIN, 'MOVE FROM HERE TO THERE,' AND IT SHALL MOVE; AND NOTHING SHALL BE IMPOSSIBLE TO YOU."
Jesus seems to contradict Himself, first rebuking the disciples for having SMALL FAITH and then telling them that even the SMALLEST FAITH can MOVE MOUNTAINS. But as He made clear in the Parable of the MUSTARD SEED, the seed does NOT represent LITTLENESS as such but rather LITTLENESS that GROWS into GREATNESS. "When it is full grown," He explained, "it is larger than the garden plants, and becomes a tree" (Matt 13:32). Small faith can accomplish great things only if, like a MUSTARD SEED, it GROWS into something GREATER than it was. Only when SMALL FAITH GROWS into GREAT FAITH can it MOVE A MOUNTAIN.
MUSTARD SEED FAITH IS PERSISTENT FAITH—
It continues to GROW and become PRODUCTIVE because it NEVER GIVES UP. It is the sort of Faith exercised by the importunate man who kept knocking on his neighbor's door late at night until he got a response. "I tell you," Jesus said, that "even though he will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, yet because of his persistence he will get up and give him as much as he needs" (Luke 11:8).
Jesus also illustrated MUSTARD SEED FAITH in the Parable of the oppressed widow a parable He gave specifically"to show that at all times [the disciples] ought to Pray and NOT to lose Heart" (Luke 18:1). When the widow would not take no for an answer, the godless, indifferent judge finally gave her "legal protection, lest," he said, "by continually coming she wear me out' (Luke 18:5). "Hear what the unrighteous judge said," Jesus went on to explain; "now shall not God bring about justice for His elect, who cry to Him day and night, and will He delay long over them? I tell you that He will bring about justice for them speedily" (Luke 18:6-8).
It must also be clearly understood that Jesus was NOT talking about moving a LITERAL MOUNTAIN. Neither the Apostles nor the Lord Himself ever performed such a feat—nor has anyone else in the nearly 2,000—year History of the Church. That would have been the sort of grand but pointless miracle the scribes and Pharisees expected of the Messiah but which Jesus refused to perform (Matt 12:38-39).
ABLE TO MOVE MOUNTAINS—
The expression "ABLE TO MOVE MOUNTAINS" was a common figure of speech in that day that represented the ability to surmount great obstacles.
As WILLIAM BARCLAY has observed, a great teacher, who could really expound and interpret Scripture and who could explain and resolve difficulties, was regularly known as an UPROOTER or even a PULVERIZER of MOUNTAINS. To tear up, to uproot, to pulverize mountains were all regular phrases for removing difficulties. Jesus never meant this to be taken physically and literally After all, the ordinary man seldom finds any necessity to remove a mountain. What He meant was: "If you have faith enough, all difficulties can be solved, and even the hardest task can be accomplished. Faith in God is the instrument that allows men to remove the hills of difficulty which block their path. (The Gospel of Matthew [Philadelphia: Westminster, 1959], pp. 184-85)
JESUS WAS TALKING FIGURATIVELY ABOUT MOUNTAIN—SIZE DIFFICULTIES, SUCH AS THE NINE DISCIPLES HAD JUST EXPERIENCED IN NOT BEING ABLE TO CURE THE DEMONIZED BOY.
The promise NOTHING SHALL BE IMPOSSIBLE TO YOU is CONDITIONAL, valid only within THE FRAMEWORK OF GOD'S WILL. MOUNTAIN-MOVING FAITH is NOT Faith in ONESELF, much LESS FAITH IN FAITH, but FAITH in GOD. It is NOT FAITH ITSELF, no matter how great, that moves Mountains, but the GOD in whom the Faith is GROUNDED. Faith has only as much power as its object. When Jesus said to the Samaritan leper and the blind man of Jericho, "your Faith has made you well" (Luke 17:19; 18:42), He did not mean that their Faith in itself healed them. That would mean they healed themselves, which, of course, they did not do.
Jesus' point was that "NOTHING SHALL BE IMPOSSIBLE TO YOU when you PRAYERFULLY and PERSISTENTLY TRUST in ME." The disciples could not heal the demonized boy, even though they had Jesus' commission and promised power, because they did not persist in dependent prayer.
Throughout the ages believers often have failed to receive God's promised joy, freedom, forgiveness, guidance, fruitfulness, protection, wisdom, and countless other blessings simply because, like those disciples, they have not persisted in prayer.
"THIS KIND of demon DOES NOT GO OUT EXCEPT BY PRAYER," Jesus declared. Although that phrase is not found in the best manuscripts of Matthew (indicated by brackets in some versions), it is a genuine saying of Jesus and is found in Mark's account (Matt 9:29), from which an early scribe probably picked it up and added it to Matthew. However, the last two words of the verse, and FASTING, are not found in the best manuscripts of any gospel.
Jesus' emphasis was clearly on PRAYER. As James wrote some years later in James 5:16 "The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much”. Dedicated, fervent, passionate, persistent prayer gets results, because such prayer is honored by God.
During one point of his ministry, the nineteenth-century Christian leader George Mueller began to pray for five personal friends. It was not until five years later that the first one of them came to Christ. After five more years, two more of them became Christians, and after twenty-five years the fourth man was saved. He prayed for the fifth friend until the time of his death, a few months after which the last friend came to salvation. For that friend George Mueller had prayed more than fifty years!
Scripture Twisting of: Psalm 37:4
What Does It Mean to Delight Yourself in the Lord & He will give you the Desires of your Heart? (Psalm 37:4)
- Psalm 37:4 "DELIGHT yourself in the LORD & He will GIVE YOU the DESIRES of your Heart."
This does not mean that God will give us every fleshly Desire that we want on this Earth. What this Scripture means is that if we're CONFORMING to GOD'S WILL (i.e.Delighting in Him), HE will place in our Heart DESIRES that REFLECT HIS WILL. What's Gods Will? Pastor John MacArthur (from our Church: Grace Community Church in CA) says there are for sure 6 Things the Bible says is "God's Will" for us, and that is to be: Saved, Sanctified, Spirit-Filled, Submissive, Share in Sufferings of Christ, Say Thanks.
GOD'S WILL FOR YOUR LIFE IS FOR YOU TO BE—
To Watch a Video on this & More go to this page: How Do I Know What Gods Will Is For My Life?
God Promises Believers that He will Supply our NEEDS not all our WANTS.
- Philippians 4:19 Paul reminds the Philippians, "God will supply all your NEEDS according to His riches in Glory.."
Scripture Twisting of: 3 John 1:2 (KJV)
What Does it mean that we may Prosper in all Things & be in Health?
What Does it mean that we may Prosper in all Things & be in Health? (3 John 1:2)
Another Scripture that gets Twisted is 3 John 2:1 Re: Prospering in All things..and being in Health
- 3 John 1:2 (KJV) The Apostle John greets Gaius, "Beloved, I Pray that you may Prosper in all things and be in Health, just as your Soul prospers."
This above Scripture is just a Personal Friendly Greeting to John's Friend Gaius. This is not a blanket Statement & Promise of Prosperity & that you are going to be RICH in this life. Paul and others experienced MUCH SUFFERING in this life that the LORD sovereignly allowed to take place for His Eternal purposes. (2 Cor 11:23-30,2 Cor 6:4-10). This is NOT A Guarantee of Health & Wealth on this Earth. John was simply concerned for Gaius's Physical AND Spiritual well-being. He Prayed that Gaius' Physical Well-being would match how he is doing Spiritually. God wants us to LOVE HIM above all things, and NOT to LOVE of Money & Prosperity (Mark 12:30-31, 1 Tim 6:10, Matt 19:23-24), etc.
- Matthew 19:23-24 Then Jesus said to His Disciples, "Assuredly, I say to you that it is HARD for a RICH MAN to enter the KINGDOM OF HEAVEN. And again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a RICH MAN to enter the KINGDOM OF GOD."
Jim Bakker Speaks Out Against the Prosperity Gospel
Whether Jim Bakker has truly Repented for Real or Not remains to be seen. This Video however gives one a look into the Life of a Former Word of Faith Prosperity Gospel Preacher, Jim Bakker on how he Twisted Scripture.. and especially this scripture: - 3 John 1:2 (KJV) The Apostle John greets Gaius, "Beloved, I Pray that you may Prosper in all things and be in Health, just as your Soul prospers." (The Synching is a bit off in this video)
Scripture Twisting of: John 10:10
What Does it mean that Jesus came to give us Life, and Life More Abundantly? (John 10:10)
Another Scripture that they Twist is John 10:10 Re: Having Life & having it More Abundantly
- John 10:10 Jesus says, "I came that they may have Life (Eternal Life), and have it more Abundant."
Many are also told that Jesus said that He came to give us "Life and Life more Abundantly"... i.e. IN OUR FINANCES. Jesus however was actually referring to Eternal Life when talking about the Abundant Life. If our life is Abundant right now it is only because of Jesus, and His Holy Spirit living in us, who can give us an Abundant supply of His Peace & Joy no matter what Trial or Test we go through.
Scripture Twisting of: John 14:12
What Does it Mean that we will Do Greater Works than Jesus? (John 14:12)
Another Scripture they Twist is John 14:12 Re: Doing Greater Works than Jesus.
- John 14:12 Jesus says, "Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater worksthan these he will do, because I go to My Father.
When the Lord spoke of Believers performing Greater Works, He is also referring to the Greater Work of Preaching the Gospel, the Gospel that leads to people to Eternal Life— Salvation! (Rom 1:16) Jesus Never Preached outside of Palestine, yet the Believers after Him would Preach the Gospel throughout the World. Jesus had a limited outreach to the Gentiles, but the Disciples (Peter & Paul, etc) would reach the Gentile World with the Good News. Those being added as Believers would grow in numbers way beyond the Hundreds (Acts 1:15; 1 Cor 15:6) that were numbered during Jesus' lifetime.
There is nothing more important and more miraculous then the Miracle of Eternal Life!
Scripture Twisting of: Romans 4:17
What Does It Mean to Call those things that Be Not as though they already Are?
What Does It Mean to Call those things that Be Not as though they already Are? (Romans 4:17)
Another Scripture they Twist is Romans 4:16-17 Re: "Calling those things that be not as though they already were."
- Romans 4:16-17 "Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all, 17 (As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickens the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were."
Romans 4:17 does not speak about US Speaking Positive Confessions to make things happen. This Scripture is about the Lord, and how HE sovereignly calls people, and how HE Spoke Creation into Existence. A Scripture similar to Romans 4:17 would be:
- Hebrews 11:3 "By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the Word of God, so that the things which are SEEN were Not made of things which are Visible."
Scripture Twisting of: Deuteronomy 28:13
What Does It mean that the Lord will make us the the Head and Not the Tail? (Deuteronomy 28:13)
Another Scripture they Twist is Deut 28:13 re: "being the Head and Not the Tail"
- Deuteronomy 28:13 "And the LORD shall make thee the Head, and not the Tail; and thou shall be Above only, and thou shall not be Beneath.”
Many Word of Faith Preachers Twist this Scripture to mean that God is going to make us Debt Free, Stress Free, Prosperous, etc. This Scripture has NOTHING to do with with Believers being Debt Free or Stress Free,etc. In this Scripture the Lord was speaking to Israel. Israel was to be the Leader over the other Nations (“the Head”) and not to be in subjection to another Nation (“the Tail”)— that is IF Israel would obey the Lord. That's all that this Scripture means. It doesn’t mean that God is going to make us Debt Free, Stress Free, Prosperous, etc.
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