Here is another stupid tweet from another Word of Faith heretic.
First Jesus came to set us free from the penalty and power of sin. Certainly sin is bondage: John 8:34 Jesus answered them, ” Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who practices sin is a slave to sin.
Those in bondage to sin cannot submit to God:Romans 8:7 For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God ‘s law; indeed, it cannot.
Jesus also came to set us free from the penalty of sin: Romans 3:23-25 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God ‘s righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins.
But unfortunately this is not what Jerry is talking about when he talks about bondage. Jerry’s idea of bondage is a bondage of sickness, or poverty, negative circumstances, negative thinking etc. Word of Faith and Prosperity Gospel proponents would have us believe that God does not want us to be in the bondage of sickness and poverty as you can see by the rest of the tweet.
Second, what is an “enjoyable’ rewarding, and satisfying life” for the Christian? Is it freedom from worldly troubles? Jesus said we can expect troubles: John 16:33 I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”
Is it freedom from suffering?
Paul makes it clear that the Christian will suffer: Romans 8:16-18 The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs — heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him. For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.
How about freedom from poverty?
Although having wealth is not a sin many Christians during the time of the Apostles were slaves and the Apostles themselves were poor. When the Apostle Paul was speaking to the Corinthians about the generosity of the Macedonian Christians he said: 2 Corinthians 8:2 for in a severe test of affliction, their abundance of joy and their extreme poverty have overflowed in a wealth of generosity on their part. Notice how he used joy and poverty in the same sentence. Their poverty was extreme and yet they had great joy!
The true “enjoying, rewarding, and satisfying life” for the Christian is found first in knowing that we have been forgiven, and second, knowing that we stand perfectly righteous before a Holy God.
Because Christ has absorbed in Himself on the cross all of the wrath that our sins deserve we are freely forgiven by God.
Because Christ kept all of the demands of God’s Law on our behalf (as our substitute) God freely imputed the righteousness of Christ to our account! We stand before God as those who have obeyed the entire Law of God perfectly because Christ obeyed in our place.
The Word of Faith, Prosperity message can never be rewarding or satisfying because because it’s main focus is the here and now and rarely if ever speaks of eternity.
Here is a great article from CRI on the Word of Faith movement.