“Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” Acts 4:12.
I believe many of us have seen “hyper-faith” in action but maybe, like myself, didn’t know the term. Hyper-faith tends to take Jesus out of the picture and focuses on the actions or “rules” of the New Testament. Hyper faith believers regard the New Testament as the new law. If your prayers are not answered it is because you did not have enough faith in God to answer them. They take God’s will out of the equation and impute their will for their life. Their “knowledge” of the New Testament exalts them above the Apostles and even Jesus Christ Himself because they now have “instructions” on how to accomplish prosperity – again, by taking Jesus completely out of the picture and focusing on “their” will for their lives and any failures are due to lack of faith. The “hundredfold return gospel” is a prime example of hyperfaith. We give and expect a hundredfold return. When we don’t receive a hundredfold it is our fault because we didn’t have enough faith.
Hyperfaith exalts prosperity of man through knowledge of the New Testament but does not bring salvation. Only faith in Jesus’ work on the Cross brings salvation. We have faith in Jesus and the Cross, live in accordance to the Word of God and pray for His will in our life – that is what brings true and eternal prosperity. BUT we don’t do this just for the prosperity, we do this because of our love for Jesus. We don’t “want” to sin but we do stumble. When we stumble we feel the Holy Spirit gently correcting us; not condemning us.
Making the New Testament into the new law results in another type of legalism in which condemnation always follows. Maybe its not our faith that failed but what we have faith in that failed us. Our faith is in Jesus, not in doctrine (old or new). We seek Jesus and His Gospel, not prosperity and the hundredfold gospel. Often we start off seeking Jesus, then are led away. Matthew 24:11 “Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many.” This is precisely why a personal relationship with Jesus is so important. The Word of God is the mirror of our soul and without Jesus is merely knowledge. The Word of God, with Jesus, is alive inside each one who has faith in Him. With Jesus alive in us through our personal relationship, His Word teaching us and His Holy Spirit guiding us, we will not be led astray. “This only I want to learn from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? Are you so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are you now being made perfect by the flesh?” Galatians 3:2-3.
We have all heard the saying “If its too good to be true”. One thing is for sure, if it comes with a sales pitch, its not the truth. The only truth is the Gospel of Jesus Christ, anything else is the deceit of the enemy. “looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:2 – Donna Warren