Well, after 26 years in a traditional large trinitarian Pentecostal church (affiliated with the Assembly of God), we have recently begun attending a “Word Faith” Pentecostal church. It’s book store is full of Hagin’s writings and I know several of the pastors attended Hagin’s Rhema Bible School.
I have always looked down my nose at the “name it & claim it” groups as being shallow, simplistic, and carnal. Now, I’m not so sure. They simply believe the promises of scripture and expect that God will do what he says he will do. The descriptions of their beliefs that have appeared in this thread are not at all complete. Similar to saying that Baptists believe “once saved, always saved” or RCC believes in worshiping Mary. There may be a very small element of truth to the statements but they are not truly accurate.
As to money, yes, they believe in tithing. I know RCC does not believe in tithing but most all Protestant churches do. The big difference is that they don’t soft pedal it. Instead of an apologetic and meek suggestion to pay “God’s tithe”, they boldly proclaim that this is God’s plan and we should cheerfully bring God’s tithe into the storehouse and that God (per Malachi 3) will pour out His blessings because of our obedience. They don’t apologize for the doctrine like many Protestant churches, they embrace it. And they teach that the “blessings” that come are not necessarily monetary.
For the record, I’m with the RCC on tithing. It is clearly old covenant and is not a new testament teaching. In contrast, I believe that God owns ALL of my resources and that I must share liberally with God’s work, the poor, and those in need. This should far exceed 10%.
I have never expected to agree with everything any church says or does (guess that’s why I’m Protestant) but the clear difference in this Celebration Church is that God is moving there, the power and gifts of the Spirit are clearly evident, the teaching is excellent, and God is blessing the ministry.