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Why health, wealth and prosperity preachers never fall sick or even die (Ahem).

If I am master of my fate, architect of my destiny and my words contain power as the WOF (word of faith) and prosperity preachers tell me then I am pretty much invincible. I do not need to pray to God, afterall what can He do that I cannot speak into existence. I am sovereign. So, do these WOF and health, wealth and prosperity preachers ever fall sick, fill in job application forms, go to the bank for a loan, get drenched by rain or even die? Well check this out

Here’s a rhyme, how much wood could a wood chuck chop, if a wood chuck could chop wood? Here’s another. How much deception can be seen and heard, when there is no word, and nobody is really listening?

How long will we look the other way while people are ravaged by false teaching’s promoted by men who spread their own miracle rumors?

It was E.W. Kenyon in his book the Hidden man on pg.99 wrote, “I know that I am healed because he said that I am healed and it makes no difference what the symptoms may be in my body.” An example would be if they are coughing and you say you have a cough they respond by “no I don’t, I haven’t had a cough in years.” That’s called denial of reality at best, and lying at worst.

This is what was adopted by Kenneth Hagin who writes in his book “In the name of Jesus” on the topic of divine healing and health. “I have so often said, I haven’t had a headache in so many years (45 to be exact) … Just a few months ago, as I left the office building and started home, suddenly my head started hurting, someone might say, “well, you had a headache. No, I didn’t have one! I don’t have headaches. I haven’t had a headache since August 1934. 45 years have come and gone. And I haven’t had a headache…but if I had a headache, I wouldn’t tell anybody. And if somebody asked me how I was feeling, I would say, I’m fine, thank you.” (In the Name of Jesus, p.44) Notice he says he wouldn’t tell you how he really feels because his words override the pain. Is this honest? Is it true? Is this the way someone is to represent the Lord. Did Jesus teach this nonsense? Of course not.

E.W. Kenyon studied at the Emerson College of Oratory in Boston which was a hotbed at the time for the emerging New Age thought. They imagined they have discovered laws of faith, promoting a Christianized version of occultism.

Kenyon had divorced his wife even when he taught that what one speaks they will possess. E.W Kenyon who is certainly the Father of the Word of Faith Movement taught divine healing and that it was always God’s will to heal. But he died in a coma, brought on by a malignant tumor.  He died from disease

While Hagin says he has had no headaches, he had 4 major cardiovascular failures. But this is one of those incidents he’s not telling you (Christianity in Crises, pp.237-238; a Different Gospel by D.L McConnell) Hagin suffered 4 separate episodes of heart-crisis in 1939, 1942, 1949, and 1973.

Kenneth Hagin died Sept. 23.2003 After eating breakfast his head fell to his chest. Charisma News Service reported that “An exact cause of death was not immediately known” Hagin had been hospitalized in a cardiac intensive care unit since Sept. 14, when he collapsed at home. (Charisma News Service  September 23, 2003 edition People & Lifestyle) We later find out that was transported by an ambulance admitted to the cardiac intensive care unit and remained in the hospital until he died. This become an interesting point of contention because Hagin claimed he was healed of his heart problem supernaturally years before. He also held to the belief that one should actually wear out, not die this way…

Kenneth Hagin had his sister die of cancer. Hagin’s great faith and words of confession did not keep her from death. I don’t say this to belittle the pain or loss, but to point to the facts. It doesn’t work like they say, otherwise this would not be happening to them. There would be a substantial difference between the faith teachers and those who do not practice this word faith confession. But the facts show otherwise.

‘“Hagin’s son mentioned that his own young son (senior Hagin’s grandson) was “diagnosed as having a brain tumor that required immediate surgery,” but there is no mention of any faith healing whatsoever.”’ (Kenneth E. Hagin, Jr., The Answer for Oppression (Tulsa, OK: Kenneth Hagin Ministries, 1983], 14-16, 23). (Cited from Christianity in Crises, Hank Hannegraaf)

Many others have died needlessly because they tried to confess healing and bind Satan ignoring medical treatment. …

 Some like Copeland go even further and say it is divine health not just divine healing.

Copeland says “I’ve had people die on me standing there saying bless God you ain’t gonna die. And they did anyway and I’m glad I stood, and I’m glad I stood, and I’m glad I stood. I ain’t never stood for anything in my own life that didn’t come to pass. I can only use my faith just so far with you.”

Copeland is saying that his faith works efficiently and successfully for himself but for others it is not optimum strength. Yet it is not his fault. He teaches  faith never fails, especially for himself. So where is God in this. Its all dependent on him. His faith, his power, his will. But it can fail for you…

While these faith healers claim to heal all kinds of diseases, their cancer is still in the body of Christ and growing both spiritually and physically. What is interesting is that the people who are called Word of Faith teachers do not seem to have any of a lesser ratio of cancer and sickness than others. These ministers know one another, they teach the same doctrine, and share the same stories…

Almost the majority of the known healers went for some kind of treatment from medical professionals. This was in spite of all their claims of miracles and the practice of their “positive confession” faith.

Even Joyce Meyers did, and she was honest to admit that she had breast cancer and was medically treated. One of the few honest admissions.

There are many documented cases where people who were dying prayed to God of their own religion (and imagination) and were healed. There are numerous documented cases where people who were sick and dying had made no claim to faith, used prayer, or even believed in God, had a miraculous cure. How are these explained? You could be sure if a faith-healer was nearby they would find a way to attribute it to their ministry.

Excerpt from Death by faith.

9 responses to “Why health, wealth and prosperity preachers never fall sick or even die (Ahem).

  1. Pingback: Now I can compete with prosperity preachers. Look what I got!!! (satire) « A Twisted Crown of Thorns ®

  2. patricia November 1, 2012 at 22:30

    I believe you are wrong in your comments about wof preachers, and equally wrong about what they are preaching and doing and why. (Wouldn’t it be better for you to be quiet than to criticize what even ‘might’ belong to the Lord?- just in case, ..You are the one who is wrong,…have you ever been,…wrong?)

    I have noticed your disrespectful attitude, and your put downs of these people. This is not just disagreeing with them, nor being concerned about the Truth of the Holy Scriptures, but placing yourself above them, by making them the butt end of your sarcastic jokes.

    I followed Copeland’s instructions on how to be healed, when I broke my finger and was in screaming pain. Within 2o minutes my finger swelled to 2 or 3 times its’ normal size, and discoloured greatly. After praying and asking the Lord to heal my finger, I spoke to it in the name of Jesus, commanding it to be healed, as Jesus taught us in the Word of God (WOG), then I received my healing from the Lord, from the healing scriptures, =what He has already said about healing and that I can have it-, then I begain to thank and praise the Lord that my finger was healed, according to His Words. As I was thanking HIm for providing this for me, while I was still in screaming pain, and my finger looked the same, I noticed after about 10 minutes the pain had subsided, and so I looked down at my finger to find that it had returned to normal colour and normal size, and was still without any pain, while I lifted up my hand and bent it to test it out. I checked with medical people afterwards, and they confirmed that the ‘crack’ I heard, when I injured it, probably meant the bone cracked. They also told me the swelling and discolouration would never go away by itself in only 10 or 20 minutes, without ice, etc., even if it wasn’t broken, and only badly injured.
    This is the whole truth, which I wold swear as true upon the Holy Bible.

    • Acidri November 2, 2012 at 21:22

      No body is above the authority of scripture. It is good to measure up every body’s teachings against the Word of God. It is loving to warn weak and young believers against error. It is condemnable to elevate man above the Sovereignty of God. Wof has made many shipwreck themselves, led countless into lust of money, greed and idolatry.

  3. Lara February 28, 2014 at 15:25

    Yep. When I hear someone say, “Don’t confess that!” I get quite irritated. Let’s examine how the apostles spoke; what they did. Yes, they healed the sick & raised the dead, but then you got the young godly whippersnapper Timothy who is told by Paul to take a little wine for his stomach’s sake & for his FREQUENT ailments. He didn’t say, “Name it claim it”; No, he gave him practical advice. Paul mentions a worker (the name fails me at the moment) that was sick, even on to death, but God spared that worker b/c Paul needed him. Did God spare him b/c he named it claimed it? No. God heals, yes He does. But when our time is up, it’s up. Our time is in His hand, and we can not manipulate Him with our words like this word of faith seems to teach.

    • patricia March 2, 2014 at 03:27

      hello Lara,

      I want to reply to your above comment-not for argument’s sake, or to win a debate, but because I love God’s word and His people and I want to make what I have discovered known. I wish prosperity gospel and prosperity preachers would not be used as terms, because it throws people off what the real topics and issues are.

      Yes we have to pay close attention to scripture, and not to line up with and agreee with just what your denomination teaches and preaches.
      This is a subtle trap of the spiritual opposition too, to keep you in the dark because of what your denomination has held as correct, perhaps wrongfully. We have to let go of denominational favouritism, and also dis-favouritism, and look to the Word of Truth, which will not mislead us.

      The surprising thing that I discovered is that there is scripture to support what the Word of Faith teaches and preaches.!
      This is not because I am Word of Faith, (which I am not, by the way) nor because my denomination supports them. (my denomination calls them names and disagrees with them, the same as you do)

      I discovered there is scripture to support ‘speaking things’, (from Jesus’ own teachings and many other places in scripture, so it is BONA FIDE no matter how many names you call it, you cannot argue against scripture.)
      Yes Paul did tell Tim to drink wine for ailment, and how other believer was healed for continuing service to Paul, etc.

      This is the surprising thing about the scripture, there are many things like this in the bible, while the bible is all True and TRUTH, there are things that seem to oppose other things, yet both are correct. God has geat Wisdom and He will show you how everthing fits with everything else, if you ask Him, Holy Spirit is with us to reveal and guide.

      Word of Faith is a denomination I think and they may have mistakes and misunderstandings of scipture, too, as all denominations do, I believe.

  4. patricia March 2, 2014 at 03:33

    dear acidri

    there are different kinds of healings, Hagin taught about this, there are some that occur by someone with the gift of healing, there are some that come from an annointing someone has to heal, there are some that occur when the ‘presence of the Lord to heal ‘ is present, this is a scripture quote,…and there is healing strictly by faith on God’s word.

    I have had miraculous healings on my body, twice that were immediate turn arounds, and several times also on the common cold virus, where I was healed, after the cold had entered my body and was producing symptoms, that it just left, after I commanded it in Jesus name. (no, this does not make me a spiritual superstar, it is what Jesus taught us to do, 1) use his name, 2) speak to the sickness 3) command it to go…

  5. patricia March 9, 2014 at 03:21

    dear acidri, re: Kenyon, Hagin, dying from ailments and diseases

    i want to provide some info. on how healing is transacted, from the gospels that describe how Jesus did it.

    this is important, because most church pastors have never been taught it, and therefore those in the congregations never hear about it.

    healing is not automatic, and it does require that both the person desiring healing and the person providing the healing, have faith of the nature that is able to produce the result of a miracle or a healing. (they are not the same thing) (a miracle is something like an arm growing into a full arm, whereas it was only a stub previously, etc., something that is above the laws of nature, ie. a blind eye taking on a new retina to allow the person to see, -this is creative,-whereas, healing is regneration of something that wasn’t functioning properly into some thing that now functions well.

    Jesus required faith FROM those asking for healing. ie.’daughter, your faith has healed you’ and ie. from Jesus’ own hometown experience,..
    ‘He could do no mighty work amount them, because of their unbelief.’

    He also directly told one man to ‘believe’ and another to ‘keep believing’ in order for them to receive what they asked.

    (tongue in cheek) You would think that God himself, (Jesus) would only have to pray and believe once to order a healing or miracle, yet this wasn’t the case, because the other person and their faith or lack of it, was involved in the healing,…ie. Jesus prayed twice for the blind man, first he saw trees, …then after the second prayer, he could see clearly.

    Kenyon and Hagin were men who loved God and His Word, and had the same types of battles with the devil in this world that we all face.
    The DEVIL you say? Yes, Jesus described Satan as being responsible for sickness and disease when it was written in the scripture, that “Jesus went about doing good and HEALING ALL those who were oppressed by the devil.”

    This above points out that God Himself believed that sickness and disease were put on HIs people by the spiritual opposition, and that Jesus relieving people of this devil oppression, was what brought healing to their bodies.

    Kenyon and Hagin were in a stronger fight re sickness than you or I, in that I am sure they were targeted for satanic attack on their health to discredit what they preached.

    Discrediting what they preached by making the preachers sick, stops others from being helped by these men explaining what the Word of God WOG says.

    WOG is the way to go, there is no WOF,….there is only WOG and those who know it and teach it.

  6. patricia March 9, 2014 at 03:25

    p.s. in addition to the above comment on Jesus and how He healed,..
    ….the Bible itself says, ” persecution comes for the Word’s sake,.” meaning,…persecution comes to steal the Word out of our hearts so we cannot receive from God, and also, to discredit what the Bible says by stopping it from happening in the lives of His saints.

  7. patricia March 9, 2014 at 03:26

    this above mentioned persecution is satanically inspired trouble usually coming through people, aimed at us….

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