Hello! My name is Shawnice and I am set free from an insidious false gospel know as Word of Faith. I was involved in this movement for 11 years. During the last 3 years, I sensed something was wrong, but could not put my finger on it.
When my eyes were finally open to the truth, I chose to ignore what I was seeing. The truth was very ugly and hurt to the core of who I thought I was. After two years of studying the scripture on my own, I was able to see that I had received the wrong gospel and the wrong Jesus. Once the Holy Spirit showed me the errors of what I had been believing, I was able to make the decision to leave the movement.
This blog started out as a place to journal my experience in coming out of the word of faith movement. When I realized the dangers of the word of faith doctrine, I knew I had to stand up for the truth and expose the lies Satan has planted in the church. I have not “arrived” and am continually learning the one true gospel as well as the many false gospels (and movements) we face every day. Someone once told me “there’s not a demon under every stone.” That may have been the case decades ago, but I was shocked to learn that so many people follow a different gospel as a collective or have their own gospel. I was shocked to learn that so many people believe there are many ways to God. I was shocked to learn that many assemblies have embraced new age religion. I can go on and on about what I have learned. It’s enough to make one want to give up. But souls are at stake. The cost it too high to not do anything. So, I stand. And, I often stand alone.
Leaving the word of faith movement was painful. I was filled with anger and resentment at loosing 11 years of my life. It took many months to come to an understanding that this is all working towards God’s purpose. I still find areas in my life that I need to shore up. I still find hurt and pain. When you leave a word of faith assembly, you leave alone. I was not expecting that.
In my personal study, I rejoice when I see the simple truth of the gospel. I still discover dark places in me and learned to stay in that place until the day dawns and the morning star rises in my heart. The Holy Spirit truly is a teacher!
I am no longer not interested in church doctrine or the traditions of men. I am only interested in the simple gospel of Jesus’ birth, death, burial, and resurrection. If it can’t be found in the bible within proper context (beware of proof-texting), I reject it. Is it easy? In the beginning, it was hard as all get out. But I learned by starting with this verse:
Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. ~ 1 John 4:1
In February, my prayer was that there would be a marked difference in my life as time progressed. I was in a tough place and the road seemed dark and dreary. This new road is not lonely. I’ve met great believers from various parts of the country. I’m still moving forward. Still learning. Still standing.