Video link: https://youtu.be/YLhzlTQlvZc
Opening: Welcome to Almost Ordained. I am your host, David, the guy who graduated seminary, but never got ordained.
Have you ever heard someone claim that God spoke to them and said something that made you scratch your head and say, “I don’t think God would say that”? Like maybe, God told them they need a new private jet, top of the line, like a Falcon X7 or a Gulfstream G650? Do they really think God told them that? You might have dismissed it out of hand, but there are a lot of people who take that seriously. Maybe you know someone who does. If so, you’ll want to stick around, because I will show how this type of thinking and “hearing God” comes from a faulty understanding of faith, and hopefully help you maybe steer them toward a more biblical meaning of faith.
0:58 “Do You Like Your Plane?”
I’ve talked about the Word of Faith (WoF) movement before. I was drawn to it in part because of promises of miracles, and signs and wonders, and healings and divine health, wealth and success. But what intrigued me the most was when they talked about having conversations with God. They said God talked to them directly through the Holy Spirit. And they related these conversations like, “I said … and God said … and I said … and God said …” and so on. I thought, “They can actually hear God talking to them? I’ve gotta learn more about this.”
Here’s an example. Now, I don’t want to use names. But if you see and hear anything like this from someone claiming to speak in the name of God, just know the God they are talking about has nothing to do with the Bible, nothing to do with Christ or mainline Christianity, and nothing to do with the Gospel handed down to us from the apostles.
So without using names, one WoF preacher is talking to another. He talks about how while flying home from a revival meeting on his own private jet “that God so graciously gave us,” he says he heard the Holy Spirit say, “Do you like your plane?”
“Yes, Lord, it’s very nice.”
“Do you really like your plane?”
“Well, yes, Lord.”
“So are you saying this is the best I could ever do for you?”
“I thought, Now that’s an odd statement.” (Technically, it’s not a statement. It’s a question. But I keep watching to see where he’ll go with it).