WoF activities in my home town: (Romnad, India)
Acts 4:20 – We cannot stop telling about everything we have seen and heard.
One young man near my native place went to a WoF Bible College in my state capital (known as Apostolic Faith Tabernacle). He came back and started a Church in my native place. He also lived in the same street and from our house we could see his entire house.
He started aggressively promoting the WoF teachings. If someone says to him that they were sick he would immediately yell back – oh no! don’t say that! You will get what you say. He targeted one Doctor in the town who is a distant relative of mine. He gave that Doctor’s family “a package deal” which he presented as the “full” Gospel. They all confessed Jesus as their Lord according to Romans 10:9 and got “saved” (without any repentance). Then the WoF Pastor introduced them the Prosperity message as part of the “full” Gospel and promised 100 fold return. Then that Doctor gave him a piece of land to him. The Doctor in spite of getting “saved” according to Romans 10:9 went from smoking to drugs. His marriage broke. This is what the WoF pastors do in India. They target either nominal Christians or members of other Christian denominations who are Doctors, Engineers, Lawyers, Government officials, college professors and wealthy business people. In other words they find out potential donors who can support their “ministry” and offer them the package deal.
They don’t go rural side or to poor people because they don’t have enough money and resources. Their prosperity magic does not work with poor people. After deceiving rich people they cling to them for everything. Rich people are usually appointed as elders in the Church and given important responsibilities. They don’t even bother if their rich supporters are genuinely repented and had a life changing experience! As long as they donate money these WoF preachers are happy with them. Doesn’t it remind about wolves. Wolves use the sheep as a food source (or resource). If a death or some important even happens in a poor believer’s home these WoF pastors won’t visit them but delegate their junior pastors or associates to visit them. If a death or any other important event happens in a rich person’s house the WoF preachers give them top priority. Even during normal days they visit the rich people often, let their wives to befriend their wives and let their children play with their children. The poor people are given only a few minutes of the Pastor’s time!!! This is how the WoF movement “plants” churches in India. Someone might say oh, these kind of incidents are isolated and not widespread and it is too much of a generalization to give these examples etc etc. But the truth it is wide spread and it had become norm in India’s WoF circles. These are not isolated incidents. That is the reason most of the Indian WoF Churches exist only in big cities where they can find rich people to support their ministries which are in many situations family enterprises or personal kingdoms.
II Corinthians 6:10
sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; poor, yet making many rich; having nothing, and yet possessing everything. Paul said he made many people rich!!!
Why can’t these WoF preaches make poor people rich as Paul did?
A friend of mine called Ravi who converted from Hinduism got fascinated by the above mentioned WoF preacher and went to his Church. One day he started telling me and other friends that he had gotten a job in “Hindustan Motors” with a salary of 4000 Indian Rupees. Hindustan Motors is a prestigious Government of India enterprise. We all believed him and praised God for that. Later we discovered that he actually did not get that job as he claimed. He was speaking things into existence!!! From that WoF church he learned how to write your own ticket with God. His parents were still Hindus at that time. I lost contact with him.
Another friend of mine who lived in the same street started going to this WoF church. He claimed that he had bought a “Maruti car” which was very popular in that India at that time. He even gave his testimony in that Church that he had bought that car. In those days (20 years ago) only rich people can afford to buy cars. When he gave his “car testimony” all belivers in that church shouted “Hallelujah” and praised the Lord. Finally it became obvious that he did not actually buy a car and it was only a positive confession! A few years later that WoF pastor got married and his wife started speaking in English to the believers in English who do not understand English. Some of them got offended and left that Church. Later the WoF pastor closed that Church and moved to the state capital.
Another common thing happens in Indian WoF circles if a woman in the Church becomes pregnant they would confess with their mouths that they would deliver a boy child. In India a girl child is a liability to the parents because of the culture and dowry system. The pregnant women and the husband would tell all their friend including Hindu friends that they would get a baby boy. Sometimes it happens and everyone is happy about it and give glory to God. But on some occasions they deliver a girl and everyone starts laughing at them. These kind of incidents are discussed by Hindus gleefully. They laugh at all Christians because of this. Even some local news outlets even publish these kind of stories and Christianity has becomes a laughing stock because of WoF. Christians who live in India are vastly out numbered by Hindus and surrounded by them everywhere. This kind of confess it possess it non-sense does not bring glory to the name of Jesus and the name of Jesus is ridiculed instead. But the WoF leaders take no responsibility about the things that don’t come to pass after positive confessions and they respond with their usual reply “Oh you did not have enough faith”, “Your faith was mind faith and you have to believe in your heart for miracles”!