My mother, an intelligent, successful, late 50s business woman, has gotten completely swept up into the Word on Faith movement, and I don’t mean prosperity gospel light. I seriously cannot believe some of the things she believes are in line with the Christian faith. Below is a portion of an email she forwarded me from one of her favorite pastors, Joseph Prince, because she found it to be inspirational…***. You will be shocked at this stuff.*** Recently, she has told me the only time we are meant to suffer in life is when we witness for Christ. Yikes.
I have tried all the standard apologetics arguments against Word of Faith. She says I don’t understand the teachings! “He doesn’t believe that. You are mistaken,” she says. I “lent” her a copy of Marcus Grodi’s book “What Must I Do to Be Saved.” I told her I wanted her to know a little more about Catholic beliefs. Well, I found she’s marked it up with all kinds of disagreements based on Word of Faith stuff. Here I am, a 28 year old man, going to have to tell my mother it isn’t polite to write in people’s books, lol…
I guess all I can really do is pray for her. It is so sad that a woman who has been such a devout Protestant her entire life has come to believe in these snake oil peddlers. I guess there is nothing else I can do. Honestly, it is so disheartening to me.
I wish Catholic Answers Live would do a show on the prosperity gospel/Word of Faith crowd. This movement is growing big time in evangelical churches.
[quote=Pastor Joseph Prince]Today, because we are in Christ, we are king-priests—a royal priesthood. This means that we have a double portion of speaking power because as kings, “Where the word of a king is, there is power” (Ecclesiastes 8:4), and as priests, “by their word every controversy and every assault shall be settled”. (Deuteronomy 21:5)
So if you are a Christian businessman, you will have an edge over worldly businessmen. What you say about your business deals will come to pass. And if you are falsely accused, know that by your very word, every controversy and every assault will be settled!
And as a king-priest parent, when you bless your children, your words have the power to set in motion supernatural events which will bring them into God’s abundance and superabounding grace. And there will be such a courage and resilience about them that it will empower them to win the fights of life!
When the devil comes to you and says that you will die young because your father and grandfather died young, or that you will never be successful because you are not well-educated, you must remember that the devil is neither a king nor a priest. There is no power in his words. But there is power in yours because you are a king-priest in Christ!
So instead of agreeing with him, believe and declare, “I will not die young. With long life He will satisfy me and show me His salvation!” Say, “The Lord will make my way prosperous and give me good success!” Use your double portion of speaking power and see these blessings come to pass!