“For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.” Genesis 3:5.
Just as satan convinced Eve she would be as a little god, so to does the word of faith doctrine. The grace revolution promotes true confession as putting faith in articulating God’s promises, “positive confession”, while maintaining it is not Biblical for us to confess our sins. Sinners confess sins and saints confess righteousness is their doctrine. “If we confess our sins He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9. Sinners are called to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ (John 3:16) and saints are to confess.
In the past I have been corrected while trying to explain this positive confession was a form of “works”. People would explain that by declaring these scriptures over their situation would cause it to sink into their soul, so to speak. It would build their faith. “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith;” Hebrews 12:2. How does Jesus author and finish our faith when we are doing the work? In Luke 17:5 the Apostles asked the Lord to increase their faith “And the Lord said, If you had faith as a grain of mustard seed…”. It is not the amount of faith we have but the object of our faith, Jesus Christ and Him Crucified. When our faith is placed on His finished works, it is solid…at times it may be little and other times great but always on the Solid Rock, Jesus. When the building of our faith is placed in our own hands by positive confession, it is of man and God cannot use man made faith.
Word of faith doctrine promotes faith but not the faith God recognizes. The only faith God recognizes is faith in Jesus and what He has done, not faith in our decrees. If our faith is man made it is not authored by Jesus. “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.” Romans 10:17. Regarding hearing, according to the Parable of the Sower (Matthew 13:1-9), only 25% of the seed falls onto good ground and will hear. “And He said unto them, he who has ears to hear, let them hear.” Matthew 13:9. Those who seek the Truth of the Word will hear as the Holy Spirit reveals and their faith will be built. It is heart knowledge, not head knowledge. The hearing ascends up to your head and not down into your heart. The Gospel is purposely designed this way to weed out the insincere.
“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” Matthew 6:33. When we seek God first, it is revelation by the Holy Spirit and His Word, not repetition by man, that builds our faith. This revelation will ALWAYS line up with the Word of God. There is no “new” revelation as many claim – the Word of God is enough. Seeking the heart of God is like a mirror. When we seek His heart, our heart is reflected and we realize just how unrighteous we are, which in turn, humbles us to be declared righteous anyway…all because of Jesus and what He did on the Cross. Yes, as a Christian, we are the righteousness of God. “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” 2 Cor. 5:21. However, I would prefer to declare Jesus’ righteousness and allow Him to be the author of my faith. – Donna Warren.