Fact a Day: February 16th - Ankerberg Theological Research Institute, John Ankerberg Show

Fact a Day: February 16th

The Facts on The Faith Movement (Harvest House, 1993) pp. 9-10

How powerful is the Faith Movement, and why has it been so successful?

Every week over one-half billion viewers worldwide watch television preachers.* Many of these men preach a “Faith” gospel. Thus, no one can deny the power that is currently wielded by the leaders of the Faith Movement; they have a tremendous influence on Christianity.

All this raises an immediate question: If the Faith Movement is unbiblical, as its critics maintain, why has it been so successful? The reasons are varied, including well-liked charismatic leaders, an outward appearance of great success and blessing by God—and faithful followers. But the Faith message of health, success, and wealth is also what many people wish to believe. As Michael Horton, editor of The Agony of Deceit, a critique of the Faith Movement, observes, “It is appropriate that a prosperity gospel be born in the hedonistic, self-centered, get-rich-quick milieu of modern American society. We are, by nature, pagan. Either our religion will transform us or we will transform our religion to suit our sympathies.”* Nevertheless, the great influence of the Faith Movement is why Christian leaders everywhere are concerned.

*For full documentation, please see The Facts on The Faith Movement.

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