“…Calling those things that are not as though they were…”(Rom 4:17) This is perhaps the number one quoted and misinterpreted portions of scripture. This portion (And I mean portion) of scripture is the foundation of the Word of Faith theology. The way that the Word of Faith has interrupted this scripture is heresy and hinges on the metaphysical. Let us look at the Word of Faith’s basic tenants:

“Words have power!” – One of the major tenants of the WoF theology states that our words when spoken in the spiritual world are containers of power that can change your life. The WoF theology supposes that we should direct our future, and allow us to get our life in line with God’s Will. The WoF theology says that words can carry God’s Power (As if God needs our help) to literally heal your body, bring financial blessing to your circumstances, and bring the promises of God’s Word into this natural realm to bless you and your family.

Speaking the Word is called “Confession.” The WoF theology holds to the mindset that “Confession brings possession.” This saying is not biblical and not a revelation of God i.e. not in His word. WoF believers state that in order for the Power of God to cause something that God has promised to be manifested in this natural realm, you must speak, or confess, His Word and agree with God. Only then will God back up His promise by bringing it to pass in this natural realm! Do you see the heretic theme here? God needs your permission to fulfill His will.

Now that you understand the foundation, let us look at the WORD of God.

The WoF theology hinges its beliefs on two New Testament scriptures, Mark 11:22-24:

Have faith in God,” Jesus answered. “I tell you the truth, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.

In addition, Rom:4:17:

As it is written: “I have made you a father of many nations.” He is our father in the sight of God, in whom he believed—the God who gives life to the dead and calls things that are not as though they were.

But typical of the WoF theology is the foundational belief that uses scripture out of context. For example in order to put Mark 11:22-24 into its proper context one would have to back up to Mark 11:12-14:

The next day as they were leaving Bethany, Jesus was hungry. Seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, he went to find out if it had any fruit. When he reached it, he found nothing but leaves, because it was not the season for figs. Then he said to the tree, “May no one ever eat fruit from you again.” And his disciples heard him say it.

In the text, we see Jesus looking at a natural tree (man) and being disappointed that it was not operating in God’s creation order (Season). All of creation is subject to the perfect order of God’s creation. Verses 22-24 of chapter 11 deal with the punishment for falling outside of the perfect will of God. Not being in God’s will cause us to be cut off. Notice Jesus words to His disciples the day after the fig tree was cursed. Jesus says to His disciples “Have faith in God.” Have faith in God’s order or lest you suffer the same fate as the fig tree. Then Christ talks about asking for things in “prayer” not speaking about what you want. This is important! We pray the will of God. We can fully expect His will to be fulfilled because God is perfect and His character will not allow Him to go against His will. The WoF theology supposes that we can speak things into existence and that my friend is dead wrong. The only thing we can do is ask for things we do not see and expect to see God’s will.

The theology that supports the WoF rhetoric partially derived from Romans 4:17 is easiest explained by taking a deeper look at the chapter 3 and ALL of Chapter 4 including ALL of verse 17. GET YOUR BIBLE OUT. Don’t take my word or a Pimps word for it. Read this for yourself!

Chapter 3 of Romans Paul methodically expounds on important Christian tenants of faithfulness, righteousness (No one is righteous) and righteousness through faith (You cannot work for your righteousness).

Chapter 4 picks up on the theme of righteousness and how Abraham was justified by his faith and not by his works (what he did or say) or the law. Here is the key:

….the God who gives life to the dead and calls things that are not as though they were.

Did you catch that? Paul is speaking about God having the ability to ‘…call things that are not as though they were….’ NOT MANKIND. Paul is talking about the awesome mighty power of the resurrection. Only God could pull such a mighty feat off. The WoF theology’s theory falls short! Try it out yourself. Stop working and receiving a paycheck then speak and proclaim for some money to come to your pocket. See what happens.

I am not trying to bash anyone. However, I am trying to shed some truth (Light) on a doctrine I used to subscribe to whole-heartedly. I now know that I can petition God but His will is always going to supersede my petition. Revelationof God through His word will help you understand what you in your prayer life. Trying to ask for tings out of the air and outside of God’s will is going to frustrate you for life!