We already told the churchwatchcentral mob and their cohorts yonks ago that the Word of Faith movement didn’t have it’s roots in metaphysical New Thought controversy, but they went ahead and wrote reams of nonsense based on this misrepresentation anyway.
They have many times accused folk involved in the movements they go after, especially those in their contrived NAR conspiracy theory, of being part of a metaphysical cult.
Now, after Steve Kozar of Messed Up Church at Pirate Christian Media read a book by Robert Bowman Jr ‘The Word-Faith Controversy’, they have backtracked on their former claims and agreed with Bowman that the origins of what is called the Word-Faith movement were actually evangelical, protestant, and linked to the faith-healing movements of the early 20th century.
Yes, well we told you that as well.
Bowman even goes as far as informing Kozar that E W Kenyon, who is wrongly said by a host of copy-cat regurgitating critics who believed D R McConnell’s claims about Kenyon, to be the ‘father’ of the movement, was from the evangelical holiness movement which was out of the late 19th century, which we said here many moons ago.
We also said that, being disillusioned with the school of oratory he attended when he was nineteen, he met his future wife, had a change of heart spiritually, rededicated his life to the Lord, and joined a Baptist church, training to be a baptist pastor.
As Kozar says of D R McConnell’s controversial book ‘A Different Gospel’, which is still featured at the churchwatchcentral sites, ‘It painted with too broad a brush.’ Indeed. In fact, as Bowman admits, McConnell was ‘arguing for historical influence’ by naming Kenyon and attempting to align him with exponents of metaphysical practices, something I have already rebutted on this site.
Bowman still wants to criticise the Word-faith movement, but his argument is that when people who are part of Word of Faith movements hear the rather condescending claim that Word of Faith is a metaphysical New Thought hybrid they switch off knowing that the message they hear has nothing to do with metaphysics, or Christian Science, or New Thought, or any other mind teaching.
Bowman says that McConnell misdiagnosed the source origin of Word-Faith and therefore has misrepresented the entire theology, which, in fact, has evangelical roots. Again, this is something we have said here many times.
I have to give notice here that neither Kozar nor Bowman intend to lend orthodoxy to Word-Faith, or Word of Faith movements or their teaching. But this is one part of the controversy that one of their own is beginning to clear up.
Bowman is merely setting the record straight and downplaying the significance of McConnell’s claims. Kozar, attempting, himself, some fairness in the discussion, has, at least, had the honesty to put this on the record.
The churchwatchcentral crew have replayed the discussion, but they could have saved themselves a lot of time and wasted articles if they’d only taken notice of posts at this site that have already pointed out McConnell’s errors.