Watch out for fake faith. I have seen two kinds over the years, and there may well be more. When I was under the false teaching known as name it-claim it / prosperity gospel, I was taught we could essentially wave our magic wands at God and have anything we wanted if we had enough faith.
We were taught to never “confess” anything we didn’t want or we would end up with it. For example, if I said, “I am catching a cold,” I was told I would end up with a cold. I knew two women under that false teaching who literally died of cancer refusing in one case to speak of “cancer” and in both cases to speak of “dying” and “death”. They were taught like I was that if they “confessed” over and again they were “healed,” they would not die of the deadly disease they had.
It all boiled down to what we under that teaching were told had to do with our faith. If we had enough faith for whatever we wanted, whether or not it was God’s will, it was ours for the asking, or, rather, demanding God. Mind you, God can heal anyone He desires, and faith most assuredly per the Bible is crucial. But fake faith which is what I learned to muster up is meaningless. In fact, is it possible fake faith is an offense to the Lord? I can only imagine!
The other kind of fake faith I have witnessed is when brothers and sisters in the Lord speak to one another and tell each other they are not worrying about something even though they are. They want to look like “good Christians”, so they pretend to have stronger faith than they have if they have any at all concerning a matter. Isn’t this pride? Isn’t there possibly shame in this? And fear? Worry of what we will look like to fellow believers in the Lord? This is all sin, friend. We must repent!
Friend, I have fallen into fake faith in the past under false teaching and at times when I feared people’s reactions. But the longer I follow Jesus, the more time I spend in His presence, the more I study the Bible, I see not only how much the Lord calls us to a life of faith in Him. But also how much He calls us to a life of humility.
So instead of fake faith, let’s humble ourselves, not pretend we have faith we don’t have, increase our faith by continuing to follow the Lord and studying and hearing preached His Word, and learn to use the faith we do have to pray for God’s will in our lives rather than our own.
So long, fake faith. As far as faith in Jesus is concerned, let’s get real. Humble. And honest!
Dear Father, I had no intention of writing this message. But I am learning more and more to be surrendered to you. I could easily press the “delete” button on my computer and erase the whole message and figure it was just some random thing I wrote that doesn’t bear any significance and isn’t worth passing along. But Lord, I have a strong sense you led me to write this, that the message needs to be heard by your followers, and I pray you will use it to bring loving correction to those who need to hear it and help us to grow in your ways and to bring glory to your name day by day. Amen!
“So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Romans 10:17
“Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.” 1 John 5:14-15