SBC state conventions are teaching “Vision Casting,” Beth Moore is receiving direct divine revelation about hairbrushes, SBC seminary professors are giving credence to Heaven Tourism and Lifeway is selling Sarah Young’s divine revelation. Obviously, there’s lots of evidence that the SBC largely became tongueless charismatics a long time ago. A few things are indicating the SBC is going well beyond tongueless charismania and beginning to embrace (if not promote) the Word of Faith. First was Ed Stetzer (Director of Lifeway Research) tweeting a pic of Hillsong’s Word-of-Faith Pastrix, Christine Caine.
Have no fear! Christine Caine has also preached (yes, preached) for other Southern Baptists, including Steven Furtick and Beth Moore. And then comes this unbelievable tweet from Steve Gaines (above). The content is truly amazing. Not only are we placing “spiritual curses” by using “curse words” but “words are verbal seeds that reap a harvest.” Folks, this is, plain and simply, Word-of-Faith. That more people wouldn’t be alarmed truly is an indication of the breakneck speed of this Downgrade. One commenter in social media did ask Gaines where in the Bible he finds these things (to no answer, of course).
When somebody calls you something, either good or bad, that seed is planted in the soil of your mind. However, you get to determine whether or not that seed takes root and grows. You’re giving it a right to become a reality. That’s why it’s so important to have a disciplined thought life. It’s great when people tell you, “You’re blessed. You’re talented. You’re going to do great things.” Water those seeds.That’s what you want to become a reality. – Joel Osteen
This is standard fair in Word of Faith. It’s absolutely foreign to the Word of God. Osteen, for example, says something about this nearly every day because it’s that central to Word-of-Faith heresy. For many, Gaines can’t possibly be spouting Word-of-Faith nonsense because he believes in inerrancy and is a political conservative. And yet, Gaines is the perfect example of what happens when we rant on about inerrancy and have no semblance of understanding of the Scripture’s sufficiency.