Apprising Ministries has been bringing you evidence of the accelerating acceptance of Word Faith prosperity mythology and its leading purveyors into the very heart of conservative Christendom.
This year’s Hillsong heresy-fest no sooner wrapped up and they announced the lineup for their annual conference in 2013; and Joel Osteen moves ever closer to embrace by the Seeker Driven camp:
There’s America’s megapastor Rick Warren with Craig Groeschel, pastor to Seeker Driven prophet-pastor Steven Furtick and Warren’s fellow speaker for Acts 29 R12 conference next month, along with WF preacher Joel Osteen.
Such is the sad state of evangelicalism that we are lately witnessing things like Steven Furtick Thanks Word Faith Heretic Joel Osteen For Inspiration and Steven Furtick As Televangelist At Lakewood Church Of Joel Osteen.
Now we come to this Osteen tweet where he promotes his new book of Word Faith mythology that dropped today:
The link takes us to Osteen’s personal website and his advertisement for:
Notice the idea that we can use our words to “declare” and “speak over” our lives. This is classic WF mythology commonly referred to as “positive confession.” As Dr. Gary Gilley points out concerning WF:
As is implied by the title “Word of Faith,” the supporters of this movement believe that faith works like a mighty power or force. Through faith we can obtain anything we want — health, wealth, success, whatever. However, this force is only released through the spoken word. As we speak the words of faith, power is discharged to accomplish our desires…
As you might guess the teachings of the Faith movement are very attractive to some. If we can produce whatever our hearts desire by simply demanding what we want by faith; if we can manipulate the universe and perhaps even God, then we have our own personal genie just waiting to fulfill our wishes… (source)
Sadly, now even the very heart of the visible Christian community is succumbing to Word Faith spiritual snake oil salesmen selling their superstitions and mythology, which flow out of what was known as New Thought.
I haven’t space here to get into all that entails. However, I covered this in-depth some four years ago in Joel Osteen: Apprising His Word Faith Teachings, so I’ll refer the interested reader there for more detail.
Suffice to say, the whole Word Faith idea of postive confession aka “name it and claim it” is rooted in the idea that the material world is largely illusion and that our spoken words actually have creative spiritual power over it.
Now hear it for yourself from Joel Osteen in this promo for his new book of WF mythology:
Here is Joel Osteen plugging his new book today on CBS This Morning. You might wish to note that this was in a segment that CBS even entitled Joel Osteen on the power of words:
I was once a follower of WF teaching so I know this is the very heart of the message of Joel Osteen. Don’t you think it’s time we become alarmed as evangelicals like Steven Furtick are promoting Osteen’s spiritual snake oil?