Witchcraft includes the use of an incantation or enchantment to cast spells. An incantation can take place during a ritual, a hymn or prayer, and may invoke or praise a deity. It also can be used to cast spells on an object or person. This is known as pharmakeia, a word where we get the modern day word, medicine.
Pharmakeia was also known to make spell-giving potions believed to have transforming powers, such as the ability to extend life, boost energy, or enhance the mind. It also refers to any substance used to poison, prevent or treat disease, or gain control of someone’s behavior. In the case of the word of faith doctrine, the substance is your words.
When faced with a problem, any problem, a word faith teacher will instruct you to go to the bible and find every scripture that references your need. For example, if you are sick you would find every scripture that references healing. If you are having financial problems, you would find every scripture that reference prosperity and abundance. You will then need to repeat these scriptures on a regular basis.
Sometimes, a false teacher will give you a list of preselected confessions for the year. These confessions are to be read privately and with the congregation. The confession may also be part of the Sunday morning worship service.
Positive confession is a new age/thought practice of saying aloud what you want to happen in your life and expect that God will make it a reality. Not only do you have to possess the correct words, you must also have enough faith. Little faith is not going to cut it. Neither can you speak any negative words (negative confession) for that will make your confession null and void. Negative confession is saying the truth/reality of a situation or expressing fear aloud. Saying you get the flu during flu season would be a negative confession resulting in you actually getting the flu during flu season. This logic falls on it’s face when you read how king Nebuchadnezzar thought he had power. After God was finished with him he glorified God and said “all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and he does according to his will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay his hand, or say unto him, What doest thou? Daniel 4:35
What is man that he can command God? Can creation manipulate the Creator? No. God, forbid!
Positive and negative confession is also known as the “law of attraction”. This is a belief that ‘like attracts like.’ What you put out into the universe will be given back to you – positive or negative. In “The Secret”, writer Lisa Nichols suggests that if a person opens an envelope expecting to see a bill, the envelope will “confirm” those thoughts and contain a bill when opened. A person who decided to instead expect a check might find a check instead of a bill.
My former pastor would tell the congregation that if you have little/weak faith, you better have a good doctor.
Going to the doctors can be seen as a sign of little or weak faith. Many individuals have suffered needlessly because of this teaching. I was one of them. That posting is coming later.
This new age practice IS witchcraft and is being taught in many congregations. I have seen it coming from individuals who are members of Baptist, Pentecostal, Purpose Driven, and seeker/sinner friendly assemblies. The practice of pulling scripture out of the bible to fit your personal narrative is contrary to the gospel. God’s promises are being distorted while this practice continues to be embraced as the key to success, riches, and happiness.
Scripture must be understood as it was written, meaning in the proper context. The bible is not a smorgasbord of words and phrases we can use any way we see fit.
When individuals do not see their words manifesting for them, false teachers support their practice by stating they are a sum total of what they’ve spoken and believed. They’ll say “if it works for me, it will work for you.” You only need to speak it and believe it. Simple, right? Wrong. The problem is the teachers ignore 2 Corinthians 4:1-2
Therefore, since through God’s mercy we have this ministry, we do not lose heart.
Rather, we have renounced secret and shameful ways; we do not use deception, nor do we distort the word of God. On the contrary, by setting forth the truth plainly we commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience in the sight of God.
If you really listen to their sermons, the underlying message is WEALTH – physically, socially, mentally, materially, and financially. For a long time I pondered why these preachers do not see that thee teachings are in error, even when confronted. These things were foretold in scripture. The false teachers believe scripture is the road map to success. They failing to understand that scripture is not about them. The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. For what we preach is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. Galatians 4:4-5
But, there is another twist to the story. That is you have to sow a seed in order to reap. That leads down another rabbit hole, so I’ll end this article here.
Believer need to have faith in the Word of God and not in their own words. The Word of God must not be misinterpreted or misapplied. Rightly dividing the word in its true context is the only way to avoid handling the Word of God deceitfully.