“These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.” – Acts 17:11
Robert Tewart has an excellent post today on his Street Fishing blog about Justin Peters excellent seminar “A Call For Discernment” which deals with the “Word Of Faith” movement and it’s dangerous implications affecting the Church and individual Christians alike.
I first met Justin about 3 years ago when he came and conducted his seminar at our church, First Baptist Church of Keller, TX. He is a long time personal friend of my pastor, Keith Sanders and I found him to be an especially effective communicator who relies exclusively on the Bible as his source of truth and presents it without the hype and theatrics that is many itinerate evangelist’s “bread and butter.”
Justin gives a clear presentation of the questionable tactics and spurious doctrines of many of the “Word of Faith” movements most prominent leaders and how they are not only far outside of the teachings of orthodox Christianity, their methods may even be condemning people to lives of hopelessness and despair. What else can a person with a loved one with a major affliction or maybe even their own illness think when these preachers, such as Benny Hinn has said on numerous occasions, that healing is as easy to receive from God as forgiveness is. Not only does that equate healing with justification (a clear heresy), but it places the responsibility of the affliction squarely in the lap of the afflicted! The Bible clearly teaches that it is God who directs the paths of those who belong to Him for His ultimate glory and if He chooses to afflict one of His own, there is a definite plan that will lead to His glorification. We can rest in the fact that even through major affliction we are in the perfect Hands of God Himself.
This becomes so compelling when you realize that Justin suffers from a mild form of cerebral palsy. He even considers it to be a vital part of his ministry. His testimony of his own encounter with a WOF evangelist as a teenager is illuminating to say the least.
As a personal note, when Justin was at our church the first time, my 10-year-old son (at the time) listened very intently at every session. He even would pull out Justin’s DVD and watch the seminar again and again. I am convinced that this was a turning point in his young life and has since been a real encouragement to me in his love for lost people and evangelism. Words are simply not adequate enough to express how much I am eternally grateful for the ministry of Justin Peters. I wholeheartedly recommend his ministry and pray that he will be as much of a blessing to you as he has been to my church and my family.