Here at Theology Today, my mission is to expose the false teachers that prey upon the Body of Christ. I attempt to do this by naming the false teachers and exposing their false doctrine or, in some cases, their agenda. Today, I will examine how some of these false teachers erroneously use the Word of God to separate their followers from their funds and how you can better protect yourself from the fleecer’s of the flock.
Genesis 3:1 Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? 2 And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: 3 But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. 4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:5 For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.
The serpent was more subtle then the rest of the beasts of the field. False teachers like Kenneth Copeland, Creflo Dollar, Paula White and Joyce Meyer (to name a few) mix truth with error in very subtle ways. These people are very charming, charismatic and win the trust of millions by telling their followers exactly what they want to hear. I mean, who doesn’t want to be rich? Healthy? Speak things into existence? Surely, these all appeal to our fleshly desires and these false teachers, just as the serpent did with Eve, appeal to the flesh.
Much like Eve, we have a set of guidelines laid out by God, only ours is the fruit that exists in the written Word of God. We are thoroughly instructed on what to partake in, and what not to partake in. We are continually warned throughout God’s Word that false teachers would abound and lead us away from fellowship with Him (Mark 13:22, Matthew 24:24). We are taught to study (2Timothy 2:15) and test (1John 4:1) what we hear to determine if what we are hearing is of God or of Satan. After studying and testing, and finding error, we are to have no fellowship with them (Ephesians 5:11).
The WoF teachers are very good speakers. They understand human nature and how to play on it much like the serpent played Eve.. They “scripture hop” so much that it can be difficult to keep up with them. They want their followers to take notes and oftentimes are Scripture hopping so fast they can leave even the most learned men confused and frustrated. These verses are usually taken completely out of context, but when mixed with some truth, and rapid fire deliveries, they sound very good. I’ll use the “agreement in prayer” doctrine as an example on how these teachers erroneously use Scripture to prove their point.
Matthew 18:19 Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven. 20 For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.
If taken at face value, this verse implies that if two or more pray together, God has to grant you your request. Sounds great, huh? This is where all the “point of contact” doctrines that you see on TBN and other networks come into play. It’s really only a ploy to get money. I know, sounds good still. Let’s look at this passage of Scripture the way God intended us to see this and determine if this “prayer of agreement” holds any water.
Matthew 18:15 Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother.16 But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established. 17 And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as a heathen man and a publican.18 Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. :19 Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.:20 For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.
You see, what the false teachers are claiming is “praying in agreement” isn’t really about prayer at all. Jesus is instructing us on how to deal with open sin within the church which is the whole Body of Christ. He was teaching us all on how to rightly handle sin and what to do if the sinner fails to repent of their sin. This is probably one of the best examples of Scripture being taken out of context in order to fleece their respective followers. Below is what Jesus has to say about prayer.
Matthew 6:5 And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.6 But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.7 But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.8 Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.10 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.11 Give us this day our daily bread. 12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.
The WoF teachings completely contradict what Jesus clearly taught in regards to prayer. The “agreement in prayer” doctrine is a false doctrine. You see how easy it is for these teachers to take one verse completely out of context and influence millions. It’s quite clear that we are to ask for things, through prayer, in secret. Jesus also never teaches that our prayers will be answered because of our “agreement” with the preacher. He tells us we are to ask that it be “God’s will” and He tells us to pray for our “daily bread, to forgive us our debts, to lead us not in temptation and to deliver us from evil”. We aren’t promised anything more or anything less. You won’t hear this from the WoF teachers.
The teaching above was fairly easy to refute. In fact, most of the WoF teachings are easy to refute if one just makes an effort. You don’t have to be a scholar but you do have to study the Word. There are plenty of free resources available via the Internet to aid you in your quest for the truth. How you spend eternity depends on how you spend your time on earth, so please, spend it wisely. If you don’t, you’ll hear the following;
Matthew 7:22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.