Thursday, June 28, 2012



The theorist then has the idea of what causes illness followed by what can cure. So the next question is how do you do it? Rychlak’s (1981) final question is “What unique procedures are followed by the theorist in readjusting the disordered personality?”

For the Faith Teachers, we cure people the same way Jesus did. Jesus cured by speaking to the illness. Kenyon (1970 explained the technique as follows:

The Word in your lips becomes a living thing, just as the Word in Jesus’ lips could rule the sea, the winds and the waves. . . . so His Word now in your lips will take the place of Christ on earth. There is a sick one. If Jesus were here, He would say, ‘Son, you are healed.’ You are using His Word. That is your confession, that His Word, now has become the healer in your lips–the pulpit of Jesus Christ. (pps. 96-97)

When you affirm that the Word of God cannot be broken, you affirm that the Word and God are one, that when you trust in the Word, you are trusting in God the Father. You affirm to your own heart that behind the Word is the throne of God, that the integrity of God is interwoven into the pattern of His Word. (P. 106)

Another writer Norvelle Hayes (1984) has a track record of successes. He says: “The Holy Spirit lives within you, He manifests Himself according to what he hears. If He hears any Scripture (He will do what He hears).” Hayes is noted for persistency. In his talks, he tells believers to speak the Words of God to their mountains, i.e., their problems “every day, every day, every day.” He loves to tell the story of his daughter who was covered with ugly warts. Every day, he spoke to those warts telling them to go. His daughter would exclaim, “Daddy, you are driving me nuts!” Then one day she began screaming, “They are gone! They are gone!” In one moment they had completely disappeared!

In a sort of worldwide Zeitgeist, a Korean was picking up similar ideas and those in the know do not believe he had contact with the Americans or the other worldwide Christians in forming those ideas. Cho (1983) taught what he called “incubation.” Taking the verses in Hebrews 11:1 concerning faith: “Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” He has four points in his system summarized as follows: First you must have a clear goal. That goal must be in line with the promises of God in the Scriptures. Often God gives this goal to you as a desire of your heart. Secondly, you must be able to visualize the end result of that goal. He illustrates this with how God anchored Abraham’s faith in a figure for his imagination by having him count the stars. From then on, Abraham could visualize those children that he would father that, like the stars, could not be numbered. The image then becomes the “substance” the actual evidence of things hoped for, to hold on to even though the reality seemed impossible. Third, you pray that God will give you assurance thus giving real substance to your faith. Fourth, then you must confess with your mouth, the outcome.

The Scripture that launched Hagen, the most influential of the Faith Teachers was Mark 11 23 “verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.” That Scripture inspired thousands of teachers to go out and heal the sick all over the world.

Capps. C. (1976). The tongue a creative force. Tulsa, OK. Harrison House
Cho, P.Y. (1979). The fourth dimension. Plainfield, NJ. Logos.
Copeland, K. (1976). Our covenant with God. Forth Worth, TX. Kenneth Copeland Publications
Hagin, K.E. (1979). Man on three dimensions. Tulsa, OK: Faith Library
Kenyon, E. W. (1970). The hidden man. Lynnwood, WA: Kenyon Gospel
Osborn, T. (1981) Faith speaks. Tulsa, OK: Harrison House
Osteen, J. (1984) Reigning in life as a king. Houston: John Osteen
Price, F.K. (1976) How to obtain strong faith. Tulsa, OK: Harrison House
Rychlak, J.F. (1981) Introduction to personality and psychotherapy (2nd ed.) Boston: Houghton Mifflin
Savelle, J. (1981) Godly wisdom for prosperity. Tulsa, OK: Harrison House
Sumrall, L. (1984) Faith to change the world. Tulsa, OK. Harrison House.


Joe said...

"Faith as small as a mustard seed" has always been one of my favorite hints that God truly has hidden within our minds an incredible force and power if we can only have sufficient faith to unlock that power.