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"Growing Dangers in the Positive Confession Faith Teachings"

(an article from the Christian Research Newsletter, Volume 1:

Number 3, 1988, page 3) by Walter Martin.

The editor of the Christian Research Newsletter is Ron


From the FROM THE DIRECTOR column:


In 1980, on a cassette entitled _The Errors of Positive

Confession,_ and in subsequent tapes, which have been widely

distributed nationally and internationally, I warned that the

teachings of Kenneth Copeland, Kenneth Hagin, Earl Paulk, Charles

Capps, and others of the so-called "faith teachers" were a

perversion of biblical theology and could only lead to deeper

heretical doctrines.

Since that time the doctrines of the born-again-Jesus and of

Christians being "little gods" have evolved from the original

positive confession teachings. Christians are now being told that

Jesus Christ not only needed to die on the cross for their sins

but also suffered in hell for them, and then needed to be born

again in order to become their Savior! People have been misled

into believing that men are little gods since they were made in

the image and likeness of God and are to "take dominion" over the

earth because of their godhood.

It is an unchanging law that heresy begets heresy and error

begets error when men depart from the objective authority of the


This does not at all necessarily mean that individuals who

fall into these errors are unbelievers. It need only mean that

they are ignorant or sincerely mistaken. But those who refuse to

repent of their heresies when shown the error of their ways must

be classified as false teachers in the biblical sense.

Certainly, we at CRI are all for faith healing in its proper

biblical sense. But to teach people that their faith is sovereign

over the sovereignty of God is a gross perversion of the Bible.

It is God who is on the throne of the universe, not the faith of

His creatures. We are informed in 1 John 5:14 that if we ask

anything _in accordance with His will_ He hears us. It is

axiomatic that if it is not in accordance with His will, He will

not grant our petition no matter how sincerely we ask or how

great the magnitude of our faith.

The faith movement has proven itself to be a divisive force

splitting churches, dividing families, and leaving a trail of

broken spirits and bodies belonging to those who believed that

all they had to do was confess with their mouth and God was

obligated to obediently perform. The God of the Bible is not some

divine bellhop who jumps at the exercise of our faith. He is the

sovereign Lord who works all things after the counsel of His own

will (Eph. 1:11), and, when it pleases Him, graciously takes into

account the faith of His children.

The so-called positive confession movement has done a great

disservice to the body of Christ by paving the way for the errors

of the born-again Jesus, the "little gods," and the dominion

theology doctrines. In the end these things will come to nothing,

because, as the Lord has reminded us, "Before Me there was no God

formed, neither shall there be after Me....I am the first and I

am the last, and apart from Me there is no God" (Isa. 43:10,


The Lord Jesus Christ died once for all, offering one

sacrifice for sin forever. Nowhere does the Bible teach that He

ever suffered in hell or that men may become gods. This is Mormon

theology, cultic theology, and Christians should beware when they

hear it. This theology divides and does not unite the body of

Christ, and must be avoided at all costs (Rom 16:17; Tit 3:9-11).


Because the following text was right at hand when I prepared the

above material -- and because it was so brief -- I felt that it

should be included in the same file. Please note that the

material below is from an out-of-print booklet CRI used to sell

and is no longer available.



(partial text)

1st Edition, Copyright March 1991, Christian Research Institute


by Robert M. Bowman, Jr.

Much of the mail which Christian Research Institute receives

concerns the teaching known variously as "positive confession,"

the "faith" (or "Word-Faith") teaching, and the "prosperity"

doctrine. Some of the best-known American televangelists

subscribe either partly or wholly to this teaching. Its chief

representatives today seem to be Kenneth Copeland, Kenneth Hagin,

Fred Price, Robert Tilton, and Benny Hinn, though there are many

other evangelists, teachers, and writers promoting the teaching.

It is our considered opinion that this teaching, at least in

its complete form as expressed by the above men, is at best

extremely aberrational and at worse heretical. (We use the term

"aberrational" to refer to teaching which is decidedly unbiblical

and damaging to authentic Christian faith, but which is not quite

so heretical that its adherents must be considered

non-Christians.) CRI has attempted to meet with these men and

dialogue with them concerning their teachings, but most of them

have refused. We were able, however, to meet with some of them

and discuss a few of our concerns. We are continuing our efforts

to engage these men in dialogue.

In brief, the teachings of these men may be summarized as

follows: God created man in "God's class" (or, as "little gods"),

with the potential to exercise the "God kind of faith" in calling

things into existence and living in prosperity and success as

sovereign beings. We forfeited this opportunity, however, by

rebelling against God in the Garden and taking upon ourselves

Satan's nature. To correct this situation, Jesus Christ became a

man, died spiritually (thus taking upon Himself Satan's nature),

went to Hell, was "born again," rose from the dead with God's

nature again, and then sent the Holy Spirit so that the

Incarnation could be duplicated in believers, thus fulfilling

their calling to be little gods. Since we are called to

experience this kind of life now, we should be successful in

every area of our lives. To be in debt, then, or be sick, or (as

is often taught) be left by one's spouse, and not to have these

problems solved by "claiming" God's promises, shows a lack of

faith. While certain aspects of the above doctrine may vary from

teacher to teacher, the general outline remains the same in each


End of document, CRN0003A.TXT (original CRI file name),

"Growing Dangers in the Positive Confession Faith Teachings"

release A, March 9, 1993

R. Poll, CRI

(A special note of thanks to Bob and Pat Hunter for their help in

the preparation of this ASCII file for BBS circulation.)



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