18 November 2011

100 Days of Favor - That's It?

Word-Faith prosperity preacher Joseph Prince was excited to announce this morning that his book, 100 Days of Favor, is now available for Kindle. 100 days, huh? Will each of those be like a Friday? In order to maintain the favor, do I have to re-read it once the 100 days are up?
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Well, I hate it when I'm not apprised and up-to-date on the latest Scripture-twisting efforts of the prosperity preachers, so I hastened to Amazon to read more.
In 100 Days Of Favor, Joseph Prince invites you to embark on a purposeful and powerful journey in discovering and experiencing the unmerited favor of God. Dive headfirst into the vast ocean of God’s favor and learn how it releases good success in your life. You will develop a strong sense of favor-consciousness and see God empowering you with every blessing to overcome every challenge in your life.

Beloved, take a rest from the stress that comes with depending on your own strength, willpower and intelligence to achieve the results you desire. Pull yourself away from the busyness of life to saturate yourself in life-transforming truths from God’s Word. As you step into the realm of God’s unmerited favor, you will discover how you can experience a victorious life God’s way, with results that will be far more awesome and effective than you can ever achieve on your own.

Make the decision today to dive into the vastness of God’s love for you. Delve into 100 Days Of Favor and immerse yourself in a journey that will impact and change your life forever! (Online Source)
"Dive headfirst into the vast ocean of God’s favor and learn how it releases good success in your life. You will develop a strong sense of favor-consciousness and see God empowering you with every blessing to overcome every challenge in your life." Um, do I need a scuba suit for this dive? And what is "favor-consciousness?" I'm honestly beginning to wonder if these preachers are just reading a different Bible entirely. I suppose we could applaud Prince for his creativity, but that's about all we could cheer, and even that would be done while gritting our teeth! But what do we do with this claim of the "favor-consciousness" allowing us to be empowered "with every blessing to overcome every challenge in your life." The word "every" is a loaded one, and it's not to be tossed around flippantly. Of course, that's never stopped the Word-Faith teachers in the past. If we're going to discuss blessings, then, let's turn to Ephesians 1, for it is an excellent passage to examine the blessings that belong to the believer:
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.
In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will, so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory. In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory. (Ephesians 1:3-14)
I see a lot of wonderful blessings in the above verses. Amazing promises from God to His children. Indeed, the Apostle Paul declares that those who are in Christ have received every spiritual blessing! And while we most certainly do enjoy each of these even now, we know that we will experience these in their fullness upon the final coming of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God's power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. (1 Peter 1:3-7)
Wait a minute, what did Peter say? "In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials..." But, according to Joseph Prince, once you achieve "favor consciousness," then you will "see God empowering you with every blessing to overcome every challenge in your life." So who is correct, the Apostle Peter or Joseph Prince? According to Peter, the believer experiences and rejoices in his God-granted blessings, as well as in the promise of his full inheritance upon the revelation of Christ. Yet, at the same time, the believer knows that he will be afflicted by worldly trials and tribulations...otherwise known as challenges. 

Joseph Prince says, "As you step into the realm of God’s unmerited favor, you will discover how you can experience a victorious life God’s way, with results that will be far more awesome and effective than you can ever achieve on your own." One must wonder if this book will describe what a "victorious life God's way" actually looks like, as set forth in Scripture.
Three times I was beaten with rods. Once I was stoned. Three times I was shipwrecked; a night and a day I was adrift at sea; on frequent journeys, in danger from rivers, danger from robbers, danger from my own people, danger from Gentiles, danger in the city, danger in the wilderness, danger at sea, danger from false brothers; in toil and hardship, through many a sleepless night, in hunger and thirst, often without food, in cold and exposure. And, apart from other things, there is the daily pressure on me of my anxiety for all the churches. (2 Corinthians 11:25-28)
Now who is there to harm you if you are zealous for what is good? But even if you should suffer for righteousness' sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled, but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect, having a good conscience, so that, when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame. For it is better to suffer for doing good, if that should be God's will, than for doing evil. (1 Peter 3:13-17)
“If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. Remember the word that I said to you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will also keep yours. But all these things they will do to you on account of my name, because they do not know him who sent me. If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not have been guilty of sin, but now they have no excuse for their sin. Whoever hates me hates my Father also. If I had not done among them the works that no one else did, they would not be guilty of sin, but now they have seen and hated both me and my Father. But the word that is written in their Law must be fulfilled: ‘They hated me without a cause.' (John 15:18-25)
I have a sneaking suspicion that Joseph Prince's definition of a "victorious life" is not the same as God's definition. So while 100 days of favor may sound like a hot deal, I think I'll opt instead for an eternal inheritance and trust in the pure truths of God's Word.

7 comments:

  1. My small group was going to send some clothing, soap, shoes, toothpaste, pencils, pads of paper, etc. via an underground organization to believers in dark countries where persecution of Christians is particularly gruesome. Maybe we should just send a few copies of this book instead.

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  2. Do you have an opinion of the Daniel Fast? I value your even handedness balanced with staunch truth

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  3. Anonymous,
    What a marvelous idea! Why send those boring ol' necessities when you could send the gift of 100 days of favor! After all, clearly those in the persecuted church messed up somewhere along the way and failed to appropriately acquire their favor.

    Seriously, though, what a wonderful endeavor for your small group! Let's remember to pray for and provide (if we can) to our persecuted brothers and sisters.

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  4. Elizabeth,
    Well, this may come as a surprise, but I do have an opinion on the Daniel Fast. :) I think it's poppycock, and the way Rick Warren has gone about it is especially dangerous. His bringing in New Age teachers like Dr. Oz and Dr. Amen (and the other one whose name I can't recall right now) is absolutely astounding. People should be leaving his church in droves but since he's tackling the "felt need" of weight loss and self-esteem, he's found the audience's sweet spot. Look, if you want to lose weight and eat healthier, then go ahead and do it. But don't try (and fail) to use Scripture like some sort of heavenly diet book. How atrocious! And I'm still waiting for someone to pick up on these verses in Daniel:

    Then Daniel said to the steward whom the chief of the eunuchs had assigned over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, “Test your servants for ten days; let us be given vegetables to eat and water to drink. Then let our appearance and the appearance of the youths who eat the king's food be observed by you, and deal with your servants according to what you see.” So he listened to them in this matter, and tested them for ten days. At the end of ten days it was seen that they were better in appearance and fatter in flesh than all the youths who ate the king's food. So the steward took away their food and the wine they were to drink, and gave them vegetables.
    (Daniel 1:11-16)

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  5. Hello EBenz,

    Thank you so kindly for answering my question! I appreciate it so much. :)

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  6. Hi EBenz,

    you may want to check out some other "choice quotes" of Prince's heresy here (http://astronova.multiply.com/journal/item/211).

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  7. Um...whoa. Thanks for sharing that link, PuritanReformed. Those quotes certainly demonstrate some of the abhorrent heresies taught by Prince!

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