Word / Faith Teachings and The Secret
The Laws of Attraction
by Susan Bertalotto
Many of you are familiar with the Word/Faith teachings of Kenneth Copeland, Kenneth Hagin, Benny Hinn, Joyce Meyer, Casey Treat, Creflo Dollar, Frederick K C Price, David Yonggi Cho, Wendell Smith, Paul Crouch, Rod Parsley, Joel Osteen, whose book can be used for occult purposes (see end of this page). For those who aren’t, the following is a short synopsis:
Because we humans are made in the image of God and are exact replicas of God, we are gods, as in mini-gods, little messiahs. Since we are gods, our words have power just as God’s do. We can force good things into being by thinking positive thoughts and speaking positive words. The way to “activate” these powers is to have enough faith to do anything, even the seemingly impossible. The main thrust of this “power” is for material blessings, as in worldly gain or anything that brings attention to self.
Here is an example of word/faith at work:
- In David Yonggi Cho’s book The Fourth Dimension, he describes his journey from poor, beggar pastor without even a car or furniture, to rich well-known pastor of the largest cell church in the world. In order to achieve this feat, Cho imagined the things he wanted (a bicycle and furniture for starters) and traveled spiritually to the “4th dimension” to command the Holy Spirit to give him what he wanted. He accomplished this by using his faith, thoughts, and words.
This teaching is a doctrine of demons. Any time we can be successful using a particular doctrine or teaching, and be sucessful without Jesus Christ, the teaching comes under deep suspicion. And what does Jesus Christ have to do the Word/Faith teaching? Absolutely nothing. It is rooted in the biggest lie “you shall be as gods”, uttered by satan himself in the garden of Eden (Genesis 3:5). Anyone who believes that humans are gods and that we can activate God’s blessings by using our thoughts, words, and faith, is believing THE LIE.
Now for “The Secret”
Last year a DVD was released called “The Secret”, a motivational, self help film which is purported to change people’s lives. To harness the power of “the secret”, one must think positively, which changes one’s environment and events positively. A person becomes a magnet for “good things”. Sound familiar?
So what’s wrong with thinking positively? Nothing, as long as one is “bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ” (II Corinthians 10:5). What does Jesus Christ have to do with “The Secret”? Absolutely nothing. Anyone can use the method and be successful, all without Jesus Christ. According to the Lighthouse Trails Research site (Here and here), The Secret is no secret.
Rhonda Byrne, the author of The Secret, is a disciple of a couple named Jerry and Esther Hicks. In the Acknowledgements of The Secret, Byrne thanked the Hicks and the teachings of Abraham. Abraham is a group of spirit guides that Esther Hicks channels for guidance on spiritual issues…
The Secret is pure undisguised metaphysics and is the total manifestation of what the apostle Paul describes as seducing spirits (Abraham) and doctrines of devils (The Secret)…The premise of this is that we all have a divine essence within us [the Word/Faith god-man, ed.], and we just need to get in touch with it. In other words, as panentheists teach, God is in all of creation, including all human beings, and once a person becomes aware of this, there are no limits to what he can achieve.
Yes, “The Secret” is another form of THE LIE. Seducing spirits, lovers of self, doctrines of demons, winds of doctrine – all those are described in the Bible as a portend of the last days, the days before Jesus’ imminent return. Be aware of the times as Jesus admonished in Mark 13 – watch and pray.
The GoodKarma site is INFORMATION ONLY. “The Secret” cannot be “christianized” and Joel Osteen’s book is NOT a Christian book.
Osteen doesn’t preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and his book is devoid of the same thing. It is sad, but true. Just the very fact that one can use his book to implement the laws of attraction is very telling. Would one be able to use the Bible for the same purpose?In Christian circles, Osteen’s teachings are considered “cotton-candy”. Basically he teaches the same thing as The Secret – that we can all be happy by thinking happy thoughts and applying ourselves (action, according to James Arthur Ray).
Osteen has good intentions, endevouring to inspire and uplift his readers, but you can’t extract even a glimpse of the gospel of Jesus Christ from his book. It is becoming more and more apparent that Jesus is the dividing line between real Christians and those who believe in “God”. There is a scripture in 1st John 4 that says: “Hereby you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God.” “Jesus Christ is come in the flesh” means He is God-Incarnate, The Word made flesh (The Gospel of John Chap. 1), because Jesus is God, the 2nd person of the Godhead. Anyone who can’t or won’t declare (confess) Jesus Christ, that person is NOT OF GOD and his/her teachings must be avoided.
What you can experience with Osteen’s methods is New Age spirituality, a spirituality that does not need either the Bible or Jesus Christ as a foundational base. So if you choose to use The Secret and Joel Osteen’s book together then, yes, they are very similar and compatible. Only please don’t confuse it with Christianity because Christianity is just the opposite, unfortunately for Mr. Osteen.
Joel Osteen On The Gospel: