ne of the Word of Faith's core teachings is on the power of words.
But do words in and of themselves really contain power like these teachers claim?
Yes and no. Let me start by saying that words are indeed containers, but not necessarily containers of power on their own. Basically, the building blocks of written and spoken languages are letters, which make up words, and these words are given meanings and are used to form sentences, in short, they help us to communicate. Words, therefore, are really containers of information. The only time words contain any "power" is if they are written, or uttered by someone with authority like a judge, a police officer, or a military officer, or an expert. Even then, only within their legal jurisdictions, does their power have any effect on the rest of us. Nations also have jurisdictions, and authority over the people that reside within them, while their powers don't apply outside their borders.
One thing Jesus says about authority is that he gives authority to whom ever he chooses (Luke 4:6). And even then, he limits their authority to certain areas, and time frames (Acts 17:26). But the Word of Faith followers are heavily indoctrinated in the belief that they are their own authoritarian, which is true to a point, but not the point they make. They seek to wield Jesus' authority as their own. Let's not get carried away with delusions of grandeur. Again, we do have a great deal of say in how we conduct our selves based on what is "spoken" over us, but we still have to answer to the Almighty some day for how we have lived our lives. Well, how about the verses in Scripture that say if we ask for anything in Jesus' name, then he will do it for us? Is this a blank check of authority? No, far from it! But it may seem like one, and it could even become one, to the unskilled and untrained in righteousness. Let's take a closer look at what Jesus was really saying in order to make sure our egos aren't trying to cash forged checks.
"And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask [Me] anything in My name, I will do it." John 14:13-14
Then, if our petition glorifies the Father in the Son, which would mean the petition is in line with his will and character, then Jesus, and not our "faith", will give us what we asked for. Wow, this still sounds like a pretty good deal, right? So, if we ask Jesus to heal someone, then surely he will do it, because healing is definitely according to Jesus' will and character, right? This is true, but people forget that there are more facets to Jesus' character then being just a healer. He is also righteous, and he is the disciplinarian, or chastiser, of his sheep. Jesus is evermore concerned with our motives and spiritual welfare than with our physical needs and comforts. So if physical healing is asked for, but not received, then that doesn't mean you didn't have enough faith, it just means the answer was, "No." But why was the answer, "No?" That is a question that you must ask the Lord and expect him to answer, and he will, provided that you ask in humility, not in a sense that he is in a low position to answer to you.
Chastening can be a touchy subject for some, but fortunately for us, the writer of Hebrews instructs us regarding the chastening of the Lord in chapter 12:5-9 and rightly references Prov. 3:11-12. Chastening means: to correct by punishment, or suffering; to prune of excess, pretense, or falsity; to cause to be more humble, or restrained. When humans are in the midst of any kind of physical, or emotional distress, we usually lift our faces toward the heavens and seek God for answers, help, or in repentance, or at least, that is what we should do.
That is the godly and goodly purpose of the suffered chastisement. God often employs his four sore judgments for this very reason - to bring his naughty children running back to him in repentance. God uses these physical chastisements rather then coming down from on high, and putting us across his lap for some well deserved lashes. This is also where the Word of Faith indoctrination goes awry. It is assumed that all sickness and disease is of the Devil, because it is a curse. This is not a good assumption. Like I said earlier, the Lord reserves the right to chastise his sheep as he sees fit, and if that includes some sort of ailment, then so be it. We, despite what the Word of Faith preachers say, cannot tell the Lord God Almighty what to do, or how to punish us, unless of course he gives us a choice of punishment like he did for King David. He is not at our beck and call, we are to be obedient to his commands.
Therefore, beloved, looking forward to these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, without spot and blameless; 15 and consider that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation—as also our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given to him, has written to you, 16 as also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which untaught and unstable people twist to their own destruction, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures. 17 You therefore, beloved, since you know this beforehand, beware lest you also fall from your own steadfastness, being led away with the error of the wicked; 18 but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen.
2 Peter 3:13-18
Scripture & The Power of Words
A man’s stomach shall be satisfied from the fruit of his mouth; From the
produce of his lips he shall be filled. Death and life are in the power of the
tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.
These words came from King Solomon, a man of great authority and wisdom. Word of Faith teachers would have you believe that this verse is teaching that positive words will attract life, while negative words will attract death. This is yet another half truth. In this Scripture, no such distinction is made using positive and negative words, so the Word of faith teachers are inserting their vain human reasoning into this verse, by using expert slight of hand techniques. Verse 21 is actually a summation of the previous verses in the chapter that discuss the ways a foolish person uses words, and how a wise person limits his words. The foolish person [verbally] rages against all wise judgement [v.1], enters into contention [verbal arguing] and invites blows to his mouth [v.6]. A fool's mouth [where words come
Therefore the king of Israel (wicked Ahab) gathered together of prophets four hundred men, and said unto them, Shall we go to Ramothgilead to battle, or shall I forbear? And they said, Go up; for God will deliver it into the king's hand. 2 Chronicles 18:5
“Therefore thus says the LORD concerning the prophets who prophesy in My name, whom I did not send, and who say, ‘Sword and famine shall not be in this land’—‘By sword and famine those prophets shall be consumed! Jeremiah 14:15