In this fourth in a series of teachings, Dr. Don G. Pickney explores the Word of Faith movement, of which he is a faithful part, for the purpose of exposing some doctrinal error that has been allowed to flourish within this precious movement of like-believers to which he has devoted the past 44 years of ministry.
This major international Christian movement of believers called "The Word of Faith" is 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 the fourth part of this series by Dr. Don G. Pickney, as a devoted insider within the ranks of the Word of Faith movement, details some scriptural error being taught today that creates unnecessary persecution from Christian circles outside of the movement.
Pastor Don says, "It is one thing to be persecuted for righteous cause due to people misunderstanding scriptural doctrine, but another thing entirely when the persecution is being raised over obvious error of interpretation within our circle of Word of Faith teachers."
Some historical background is offered in order to understand how these errors my be able creep into a movement such as the Word of Faith, that due to its lack of overall formal organization is more prone to the spreading of false beliefs.
The Charismatic Movement is the international trend of historically mainstream Christian congregations adopting beliefs and practices similar to Pentecostalism, but without the formation of a denomination. Fundamental to the movement is the use of spiritual gifts, including "speaking with tongues," “divine healing,” and “principles of faith.” Among Protestants, the movement began in the early 1960s as the Holy Spirit was poured out among Presbyterian, Methodist, Lutheran, and Episcopal and other more traditional denominations. Among Roman Catholics, the Charismatic Renewal originated around 1967 and continues to this time with most dioceses providing for “charismatic priests” to lead the order within each participating parish.
As the protestant denominations in which this event occurred in the 1960-70s, refused to formally accept the charismatic experiences of the Gifts of the Holy Spirit within their formal worship services, there developed an international group called The Full Gospel Business Men's Fellowship International. The role the FGBMFI played was enabled by business men and professionals (Doctors., Lawyers, Educators, etc.) from these mainline denominational churches, who organized local city and town monthly meetings (banquet style), and periodic larger regional conventions of thousands, for the purpose of perpetuating the use of the gifts of the Holy Spirit, and a better understanding of the scriptures.
It was during this period that Kenneth E. Hagin was ushered in as one of the leading FGBMFI convention speakers taking place regularly in cities all across the U.S. From a previous regional evangelistic healing ministry out of Texas, Reverend Hagin was soon in demand, speaking to hundreds of thousands annually.
Kenneth E. Hagin’s ministry was centered on "teaching faith." His primary reference to faith was Mark 11:22-24 that states that we can “have what we say, if we pray and not doubt, but believe in our heart that what we say will come to pass." In Romans 10:8, Paul referenced our walk of righteousness with God by faith as “Say not in your heart, who shall ascend up to heaven to bring Christ down from above, or who shall descend into the deep, that is to raise Him again from dead, but what saith it, the word of faith is nigh you, even in your mouth and your heart.” This is the origin of what has become known (evolutionally) as the “Word of Faith” movement.
Get ready for revelation from the scriptures as Pastor Don unfolds truth in this teaching.