It requires ‘revelation knowledge’.

Like the Gnostic heresies all through the ages, Word-of-Faith needs special knowledge in order to be effective. Leaders see themselves as having a commission to bring new spiritual revelation to the Body, and they condemn ‘sense-knowledge’ as inadequate. In this scheme, it is not sin and disobedience that causes us to fail, but ignorance of the Word. Moreover, this revelation knowledge is limited to the few who can receive it; the less intelligent are at a disadvantage. This is elitism.


It makes the Almighty God and Creator a weak ‘faith-being’ who is at the mercy of His own universal laws.

Although Word-of-Faith ministers speak of God in a personal way, they treat Him like an impersonal ‘energy source’ with ‘forces’ that can be operated by the use of laws – laws which even God has to obey in order to create and run His universe. God, they say, has left the control of the planet in man’s hands and is powerless to intervene without a covenant partner. God’s omnipotence and sovereignty is damaged by these teachings.


It makes the Divine Son of God into a born-again man who had to die in Hell to pay the price for our treason.

Jesus, according to Word-of-Faith doctrine, discarded His divine powers and walked earth as a mere man filled with the Spirit. He had to use the Word and the laws of faith to do miracles. When He died, His blood did not atone, but He had to take upon Himself the very sin-nature of the Devil, causing His spirit to die, and suffer three days and nights of hellish torment AS A MAN before the Father gave the command for Him to be re-created as a re-born man. Thus, they say, Jesus was just the first of many sons, the Pattern for us all to follow.


It elevates man to equality with Jesus.

A consequence of the ‘Jesus-died-spiritually’ doctrine is that all born-again Christians stand in the same place of power and authority as Jesus – not by virtue of their unity with Him, but in themselves, as men filled with the Spirit. This would mean that we have already been resurrected from the dead and it only remains for us to gain ‘knowledge’ of our new condition in order to discard the trappings of the fleshly body and begin living as spiritual gods on earth!

Thus, the Christian walk is one of education in using the same spiritual laws as Jesus in order to dominate the circumstances and do miracles. In Word-of-Faith teaching, believers do not depend on God’s own power, nor submit to His will, but feel they have the right to develop their own powers, and to discover the laws governing creation and dominion on the earth.


It makes man a god.

To understand the special position that Word-of-Faith gives to man, we need to know their interpretation of the Creation. In their teaching, man HAS NO NATURE OF HIS OWN but takes his nature from his ‘lord’. When God was his Lord, then man had a divine nature – for he was created as god of the earth, they say – but after man’s fall, he took the sin-nature of the Devil and became like Satan. (All this, of course, is contrary to scripture). So, Word-of Faith believers would reason that a born-again man has regained his divine nature. Thus, he is entitled to use the attributes of his divinity, such as creative powers and domination of the environment, etc.


It makes the redemption into a restoration of dominion for mankind.

Word-of-Faith teachers stress the loss of dominion over the earth, not sin, as the root problem. So, salvation becomes a matter of re-discovering one’s place of godhood and learning to rule as kings on earth. The role Jesus had to play in redemption was that of a substitute Adam, coming to earth to fulfill all that Adam failed to do, demonstrating the possibilities of dominion, and then taking Adam’s place in Hell to let mankind ‘off the hook’. The worship given to Jesus by Word-of-Faith believers is more from a sense of gratitude than a recognition of His divinity. It also misses the whole point of redemption: that Jesus HIMSELF is the Life and Salvation of mankind and that we are only saved in union with Him.


Its goal is the transformation of the earth by spiritual dominion.

Because Word-of-Faith believers see themselves as having returned to their god-like dominion of the earth, they foresee the time coming when – by sheer force of numbers, probably – all mankind has to bow the knee to God. They teach that all the wealth of the world will flow to the Church, and that the laws, government and entire social structure of the world system will have to change. Despite scriptural warnings of apostasy and increasing wickedness in the end-times, they foresee a great victory for the Church in the future, as the Spirit sweeps millions into the ‘kingdom’ on earth. Whether or not they claim to believe in the end-times plan of Revelation, the Rapture, the Millennium or any of these things, they still seem to be able to fit a scheme of global Church unity and triumph into the plan of the ages.


It replaces prayer with confession, and God’s will with the manipulation of ‘forces’.

Word-of Faith teaches Christians to draw upon powerful ‘forces’ that reside in the human spirit – such as the force of faith – to bring certain laws into operation. They emphasize the word (not the Son of God, but the scriptures) as the power used to operate all these spiritual laws. So, learning and confessing the Word continually is the method used to obtain anything we want. This self-rule leads to pride and greed. But a Christian must deny himself and submit to the entire will of God, as revealed moment-by-moment by the Holy Spirit.


It denies the reality of sin and sickness.

Word-of-Faith ministers teach that the only true reality is spiritual, and the earthly senses are deceptive. Thus, believers are led to deny that they are ill, poor or in any way below par. They are taught to overcome adversity by confessing a suitable ‘positive’ scripture, instead of seeking God’s guidance. Also, the reality of sin, and the need for forgiveness is glossed over by teaching that a simple confession of the Lordship of Jesus will effect a change of lifestyle.


It focuses on self and the world instead of God and Heaven.

The emphasis in Word-of-Faith doctrine is all on success, prosperity, advancement, gain, health and strength. There is little compassion for those who fail to come up to these exacting standards. Any adversity is said to be a ‘lack of faith’ to confess the appropriate Word.

Tricia Tillin

False Teachers to Avoid

  • Alec, Wendy
  • Arnott, John and Carol
  • Ashimolowo, M.
  • Avanzini, John
  • Baker, H.A.
  • Basham, Don
  • Baxter, Mary
  • Baxter, Sidlow
  • Bevere, John
  • Bishop, Darlene
  • Bishop, Markus
  • Bosworth, F.F.
  • Bowling, Sarah
  • Branham, William
  • Brown, Tom
  • Buckingham, Jamie
  • Butler, Keith
  • Camping, Harold
  • Capps, Charles
  • Cerullo, Morris
  • Chironna, Mark
  • Cho, Paul Yonggi
  • Clement, Kim
  • Copeland, Kenneth and Gloria
  • Crouch, Paul and Jan
  • Cymbala, Jim
  • Davis, Marietta
  • Dollar, Creflo
  • Duplantis, Jesse
  • Eastman, Dick
  • Ewing, James Eugene
  • Finis, Dake
  • Gillies, George and Harriet
  • Godwin, Rick
  • Hagee, John
  • Hagin, Kenneth
  • Hammond, Mac
  • Hayes, Norvel
  • Hayford, Jack
  • Hickey, Marilyn
  • Hill, Steve
  • Hinn, Benny
  • Hogan, David
  • Howard-Browne, Rodney
  • Huch, Larry
  • Jackson, Travis
  • Jakes, T.D.
  • Jenkins, Leroy
  • Joyner, Rick
  • Kaseman, Jim
  • Kenyon, E.W.
  • Kilpatrick, John
  • Kuhlman, Kathryn
  • Lamb, Marcus
  • Larson, Bob
  • Lea, Larry
  • Lindsey, Gordon
  • Long, Eddie
  • McClendon, Clarence
  • McPhearson, Aimee S.
  • Meyer, Joyce
  • Mumford, Bob
  • Munroe, Myles
  • Munsey, Steve
  • Murdock, Mike
  • Osborn, T.L. and Daisy
  • Osteen, Joel / John and Dodie
  • Parham, Charles Fox
  • Parsley, Rod
  • Paulk, Earl
  • Peale, Norman Vincent
  • Popoff, Peter
  • Pratney, Winkie
  • Price, Fredrick K.C.
  • Prince, Derek
  • Roberts, Oral
  • Roberts, Richard
  • Robertson, Pat
  • Robinson, James
  • Savelle, Jerry
  • Schambach, R.W.
  • Schuller, Robert
  • Scotland, John
  • Scott, Dr. Gene
  • Seymour, William
  • Springer, Rebecca
  • Strader, Karl
  • Stewart, Don
  • Sumrall, Lester
  • Swaggart, Jimmy
  • Tenney, Tommy
  • Thomas, Kerney
  • Thompson, Leroy
  • Tilton, Robert
  • Tomczak, Larry
  • Treat, Casey
  • Wagner, Peter
  • White, Paula
  • Wigglesworth, Smith
  • Wilkinson, Bruce
  • Wilkerson, Dave
  • Wimber, John
  • Winston, Bill
  • Witt, Marcos
  • Woodworth-Etter, Maria
  • Zahnd, Brian


  • Trinity Broadcasting Network
  • Christ for the Nations
  • Charisma Magazine
  • Vineyard Movement
  • Lakewood Church
  • Promise Keepers
  • Rhema Bible Training Center
  • Oral Roberts University
  • Last Days Ministries
  • Mercy Ships
  • Christian Equippers International
  • InterVarsity Christian Fellowship
  • Spirit Led Woman Magazine
  • Life in the Spirit Bible
  • Spirit-filled Bible
  • Dake’s Annotated Bible