Q. I don’t understand a reply you gave about word of faith teaching.
You said : “Word of Faith” or “Positive Confession” as it’s also known is the belief that 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. This view is Scripturally sound, as far as it goes.”
I don’t believe that faith works like a force, this is not what the Bible teaches as far as I know. Is it not faith in the person of God that brings the answer to our requests and not faith in some power or force? Faith of itself is not a power. Don’t these wrong teachings about faith come from the heretical beliefs of false religions such as Christian science? I cannot see how you can say these views are scripturally sound in any fashion. This view does not allow for a sovereign God in my understanding of it. The way it is taught, God must obey our every request. Could you comment further on this and clear up my misunderstanding?
A. Psalm 37:4 says, “Delight yourself in the Lord and He’ll give you the desires of your heart.” In Matt 21:22 Jesus said, “If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.” In Mark 9:23 He told the father of an epileptic son, “Everything is possible for him who believes.” That’s what I meant when I said it’s scripturally sound as far as it goes.
Faith is a force capable of moving mountains (Matt. 21:21) and uprooting trees (Luke 17:6). But James 4:3 says that when we ask with impure motives, like selfishness or greed, we shouldn’t expect to receive. And Paul said we can be made rich so that we can be more generous, meaning the purpose of wealth is to facilitate generosity. My problem with the positive confession teaching is that it appeals to the wrong motives by not telling the full story.