Posts Tagged ‘Word of Faith Theology’

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“America deserves the Osteens. The consumer culture, the cult of the therapeutic, the marketing impulse, and the sheer superficiality of American cultural Christianity probably made the Osteens inevitable. The Osteens are phenomenally successful because they are the exaggerated fulfillment of the self-help movement and the cult of celebrity rolled into one massive mega-church media empire. And, to cap it all off, they give Americans what Americans crave — reassurance delivered with a smile.”
– Albert Mohler, via http://www.albertmohler.com/2014/09/03/the-osteen-predicament-mere-happiness-cannot-bear-the-weight-of-the-gospel/

I can’t really add anything to this. I truly believe the Osteen’s and their ilk are a judgment from God on the culture-at-large, and the American church in particular.

There really is nothing new here. Nothing these people do surprises me any more.

Read the whole article. It’s a good read on a bad theology that is very dangerous.

Here’s a link to a humorous and appropriate response to Mrs. Osteen:

simul iustus et peccator,

Eric Adams

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Please read my previous posts in this series.

I am spending quite a bit of time focusing on the underpinnings of the Word of Faith worldview. It has many streams of influences, most of which should be viewed with great suspicion.

In my last post, I was explaining some of the influences on Watchman Nee’s theology, and hence on my own.

One can’t discuss 19th century Evangelical Christianity without mentioning Charles G. Finney. You also can’t discuss the origins of the Word of Faith movement without discussing Finney. We can thank him for much of the shenanigans we see in present day Pentecostal, Charismatic, and Seeker-sensitive/church growth/ mega church Evangelicalism today. If you have-

1. had AC/DC played in your church,

2. seen a trapeze act in your sanctuary, have

3. Been Pressured to “sow a financial seed”, or

4. Have been in long, emotionally-manipulative altar calls with all 12 verses of Just As I am,

you have been “Finneyized “.

In case you have any doubts about my position, Charles G. Finney was a terrible theologian, and a false teacher. Please allow me time to make my point.

I may sound harsh, but I have spent basically a couple of weeks in the writings of Finney. Lawyers make terrible theologians, and narcissistic egotistical lawyers make terrible Christians, if that term can even be applied to Finney.

I am not interested in his successful revivals, nor the pragmatic adulation of men like Billy Graham, D.L. Moody, or even the beloved Charles Spurgeon. Doctrine drives practice, and practice affects doctrine, and Finney’s theology is what drove his innovations. His theology stinks to high heaven. [I need a Finney cleanse].

I will continue this discussion in another post.

My reading has come from the following source:

Finney, Charles G. Lectures on Systematic Theology. Whittier: Colporter Kemp, 1946. Kindle File.

simul iustus et peccator,

Eric “not a fan of Finney” Adams