Do we have the ability to speak things into existence? This is a popular idea amongst tv evangelists. The idea that we, as believers, have the ability to create with our words just like God did is the type of heresy that developed through decades of biblical illiteracy and demonizing doctrines. I personally sat in a church for a decade that often encouraged positive affirmations. I never recall being admonished to pray and study, just naming and claiming, lots of wealth and health. You know what else I never heard? The Gospel.
If you read my testimony you know I was raised by a practicing Wiccan. My mother was eventually saved, however until I was 14 I heard a lot of the new age belief that words had power. Once in church I assumed that paganism had borrowed the idea from the church, imagine my shock learning that it was a pagan belief borrowed by the church! My mother, as a true convert, was very uncomfortable with the new age language being used in the churches. Eventually, once she voiced her concerns, we were actually kicked out of the congregation where we were baptized. Still, it took me over a decade to recognize the danger.
Proverbs 18:21 is not suggesting that we can create life, or for that matter death, with our words. God and God alone is in control of life and death. If you read the context of the scriptures used for this movement you’ll find that they are cautioning us all to be careful what we say. Some are even referring to eating right, as to not cause death through gluttony. Nowhere in church history was it believed that anyone except God could create ex nihilo, out of nothing.
This is why it’s important to take the full counsel of Gods Word, with context and historical background. There is so much being taught based on false doctrines, we must as believers test every spirit.
But why is this dangerous? That’s the question we should be asking after we ask whether it’s accurate of course. This doctrine is not just dangerous, but deadly. There are multitudes of people who have been told they can speak their sickness away. When they remain sick they’re told it’s because of their lack of faith. Many walk away from the faith altogether. Others go deeper, as a sign of faith, they’ll stop taking their medications. That is how this particular doctrine becomes deadly.
If you want a more comprehensive lay out of this false doctrine, and others, I highly recommend brother Justin Peters work in the area. You can find him on YouTube HERE
As always friends, be good Bereans and study to show yourselves approved!