What We DO NOT Believe
In discovering what we “do” believe, we also must clarify what we “do not” believe. To help you understand our stances on what we do not believe, below, we have clarified our stance against deep seeded belief's in Christian circles, that are heretical and not at all support by the Assemblies of God nor other major protestants; whether Pentecostal or not. The common title to the FALSE belief is known as "Word of Faith". Additionally, we have given the names of the preachers and teachers that subscribe to the heretical "Word of Faith" beliefs with proofs of their foundational errors Biblically speaking. You will find most of the "Word of Faith" preachers are TV preachers.
There are HUGE errors of "Word of Faith" that have sadly seeped into many hearts and churches in this area due to heretical schools such as Rhema. Furthermore, these fallacies are not in agreement with the Assemblies of God, let alone majority of protestants, whether Pentecostal or not.
This is NOT an attempt to demonize "Word of Faith" preachers or their adherents, but it is to state what they believe at the foundation level is clearly not Biblically accurate and therefore hurtful and damaging to those who hold to it.
If we let people continue to think that we are in agreement with them according to such heresies, it creates greater heartache and deeper conflict.
The job/duty of a Pastor:
Titus 1:9 (NIV) 9 He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught,
so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it.
Titus 2:1 (NIV) 1 You must teach what is in accord with sound doctrine.
2 Timothy 4:2-4 (NIV) 2 Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage--with great patience and careful instruction. 3 For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. 4 They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.
1 Timothy 6:3-5 (NIV) 3 If anyone teaches false doctrines and does not agree to the sound instruction of our Lord Jesus Christ and to godly teaching, 4 he is conceited and understands nothing. He has an unhealthy interest in controversies and quarrels about words that result in envy, strife, malicious talk, evil suspicions 5 and constant friction between men of corrupt mind, who have been robbed of the truth and who think that godliness is a means to financial gain.
2 Timothy 2:15 (NIV) 15 Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.
2 Timothy 1:13 (NIV) 13 What you heard from me, keep as the pattern of sound teaching, with faith and love in Christ Jesus.
Romans 16:17-18 (NIV) 17 I urge you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and put obstacles in your way that are contrary to the teaching you have learned. Keep away from them. 18 For such people are not serving our Lord Christ, but their own appetites. By smooth talk and flattery they deceive the minds of naive people.
It can be uncomfortable but regardless it is necessary. Today, perhaps more than any recent era, the gospel is in dire NEED to be clarified with proper doctrine and theology. That need has greatly increased, especially in the church and because of pluralism.
We are excited about the days ahead as we grow in the truth and see others grow because the truth sets us free!
Here is the Christian Research Institutes breakdown of why "Word of Faith" is not Biblical HERE
The Assemblies of God has a specific position paper against the WOF belief in positive and negative confession: HERE
Southwestern Assembly of God Theology Class' position paper on "Word of Faith" and it's founders as scripturally incorrect: HERE