A major international Christian movement of believers called "The Word of Faith" are manifested in some of the largest mega-churches in all major cities. In these churches as well as thousands of smaller churches and home fellowships in the U.S. and in every nation on earth, the major tenants of "living (or walking) by faith" are preached and taught to adherents. Much is said outside of these churches about their doctrinal stands on God's Word.
Several distinctions of the Word of Faith teachings that create this persecution could be remedied by WOF adherents by simply correcting certain aspects of the teachings bringing more biblical doctrinal accuracy. The courage and willingness to take these steps may bring the Word of Faith teaching more acceptance within other church denominations.
In this third of our series on The Word of Faith, Dr. Don G. Pickney takes us into the reality of our relationship with the Blood of Jesus. Many who practice their Christianity in the Word of Faith movement, have accepted a teaching that is not biblically based regarding what is called, "applying the blood." They believe there is some kind of action on their part whereby they are required to "verbally apply Jesus blood" to circumstances, to protect their children, business, home, etc.
Where does this teaching come from? Its source is early 1900s Pentecostalism and teachings that sprang out of the early Pentecostal leaders. The teaching goes that you are required to "take the blood of Jesus, and apply it as a covering of protection, and to be certain of certain of God’s blessings.”
Not found anywhere in the New Testament, and not spoken of by any of the biblical apostles, this has become an accepted doctrine and taught by masses of Word of Faith pastors. One well-known lady minister in the Word of Faith movement shares that she learned this principle from her Grandmother who was one of the early pentecostalists in Oklahoma. This lady minister wrote a book on the subject of "applying the blood," and because she was often featured on the most prominent major Word of Faith television broadcast, her concept of the "blood of Jesus" quickly became widely accepted in Word of Faith churches nationwide and has now received almost universal acceptance.
In this teaching, Pastor Don reveals the unscriptural connections with this teaching, as he encourages those dedicated to the Word of Faith doctrine, to refuse certain aspects of the WOF teachings that, because of their unbiblical foundation, is leading to much persecution in forms of mockery and claims of heresy by other Christians.
Pastor Don says, "If our basic biblical revelations of walking and living in the supernatural power of faith are unable to be received because of a handful of unscriptural doctrines floating around in the Word of Faith movement, then it becomes necessary to expose these doctrines for their scriptural error, and adopt biblical truth in their stead. Only then may we be able to see the hearts of multitudes who refuse the great blessings of the Word of Faith to open and accept the wonderful benefits of our true inheritance in Christ, including a life of total victory, and God's promises of healing and divine health, and overall success in each area of our personal lives as we serve Christ and trust in His "exceeding great an precious promises."
This teaching series, as it continues will seek to make these necessary corrections in biblical truth and answer questions that have gone unanswered.
Get ready in this teaching for more in-depth revelation of God's Word.