According to WOF teachers, Words have power and that is why it is often called “name it and claim it.” WOF preachers take a verse such as Matthew 11:24 out of context. “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. “ to support their doctrine.
The Bible, however, teaches that God’s will determines the answer to our prayers, not man’s will.
‘And this is the boldness which we have toward Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He heareth us. And if we know that He hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions which we have asked of Him.’—I John 5:14, 15.
“In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God. “Romans 8:26-27
“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what [is] that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. “Romans 12:2
“ Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord [is].” Ephesians 5:17
“Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain: Whereas ye know not what [shall be] on the morrow. For what [is] your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. For that ye [ought] to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that.” James 4:13,15
WOF also teaches that God wants to bless Christians with money, big homes and new cars, ect. Using verses as Malachi 3:10 out of context.
“Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the LORD Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.
That is why WOF is called the “prosperity gospel” or “health and wealth gospel.”
However the Bible tells us that seeking after money in this life is sin.
“He who loves money will not be satisfied with money, nor he who loves wealth with his income; this also is vanity. When goods increase, they increase who eat them, and what advantage has their owner but to see them with his eyes? Sweet is the sleep of a laborer, whether he eats little or much, but the full stomach of the rich will not let him sleep.” Ecclesiastes 5:10-12
“Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.” 1 Timothy 6:9-11:
“Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5
“No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.” Matthew 6:24
“Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him”. 1John 2:15
Wealth is not a sign of favor from God. Many drug dealers, corrupt businessmen, and pornographers are wealthy and millions of hardworking, honest Christians are poor.
“Listen, my beloved brothers, has not God chosen those who are poor in the world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom, which he has promised to those who love him? “ James 2:5
WOF also teach that people are created in the image of God and therefore are “little gods.” They imply that Christians are able to control a “faith force” and have the power to bring their desires into being. They take John 10:34 out of context Jesus answered them, “Is it not written in your Law, ‘I have said you are “gods ?”
This claim is idolatry because Jesus was quoting Psalm 82, which referred to judges as “gods.”
Jesus was stating that he was above all judges being the Son of God, deity.
True Christians are indwelt by the Holy Spirit but are not little gods. God is the creator and humans are his creations. Christians are to be in submission to God’s will and his Lordship, living their lives to please him alone.
“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” James 4:7
“Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children. “ Ephesians 5:1-33
“Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you. “John 15:14
“And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. “ Luke 4:8