My Will Be Done
Devotions with Pastor Jason Lim
The “Word of Faith” movement arises from false teaching. It is a lie that corrupts the true biblical meaning of faith. It twists biblical faith into a mutated "name-it-and-claim-it" positive confession. Word of faith adherents believe that one just needs to speak or declare the desired outcome and God will be "obliged" to fulfil that supposed "faith-filled" confession! God is reduced to a servant to do the bidding of man. It is often accompanied by the health-and-wealth or the prosperity false gospel.
Kenneth E. Hagin, the father of the “Word of Faith” movement, claims Jesus told him that with positive confession, you can obtain whatever you desire. More shockingly he said, it matters not whether you are a Christian or not, but by practising a positive confession of ‘faith’ you can receive health and wealth. Joseph Prince of New Creation Church openly acknowledges that his own ministry and preaching find their roots in Hagin's Word of Faith teachings.
The Word of faith movement is abominable because it falsely teaches that faith is a self-willed positive confession that brings material success. It teaches that by making a positive confession, we can bend God’s will to serve our carnal cravings for worldly goods. The movement corrupts true faith into a false manipulative ‘faith’. It is espousing a false faith that presumes that God must always deliver well-being, wealth and my wants to people.
Real faith never presumes God must. It understands that God is sovereign in His choices. Real faith acknowledges that God gives and takes away (Job 1:21). He may supply health and material comforts one moment and stop it the next, but His name is still to be blessed! Real faith prays with Jesus, "Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done.” (Luke 22:42) God can be trusted for His will is always for our good and His glory. Let us say together with Job too, “Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him” (Job 13:15).
God is not our servant to do our bidding, but we are His servants to do His. Faith is believing that God can, not that God must, do what we ask. He knows best and faith rests in that blessed assurance.