When WOF or Word Of Faith came out, it gave the impression that there was more to the Lord than what I was getting from denominational churches.
That’s a great selling point.
When what you’re experiencing at one place is “inferior” to what you could be getting, you hunger for it. And then you hear about how “blessed” they are. You go after it.
It would be there that Scripture would be taught as “revelation knowledge.”
The phrase revelation knowledge came from E. W. Kenyon in a book called “Two Kinds Of Knowledge.” Kenneth E. Hagin was a student of Kenyon from the books he had written. At first, it made sense, because interwoven with Scripture was reasoning and to the unsuspecting, it made sense.
But my mentor said something that made sense.
“All books are commentaries.”
Just because a comment sounds spiritual, it doesn’t mean that it will agree with Scripture.
Revelation knowledge, in other words, is something revealed by the Holy Spirit that’s hidden in Scripture.
Now there’s nothing wrong with being taught correctly by the Holy Spirit.
John 16:13-15 (NKJV) “However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you. All things that the Father has are Mine. Therefore I said that He will take of Mine and declare it to you.”
1 John 2:20-21 (NKJV) “But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you know all things. I have not written to you because you do not know the truth, but because you know it, and that no lie is of the truth.”
The word “things” isn’t in the Greek text.
We don’t know everything. Only God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit knows all things.
There’s an interesting note in the margin that helps make sense to “and you know all things.”
(NKJV) [2:20] 5. NU “you all know.“
In the preamble to the NKJV, this is given as information that when you see “NU” it’s important information.
These variations from the traditional text generally represent the Alexandrian or Egyptian type of text described previously in “The New Testament Text.” They are found in the Critical Text published in the twenty-seventh edition of the Nestle-Aland Greek New Testament (N) and in the United Bible Societies’ fourth edition (U), hence the acronym, “NU-Text.”
Paul received the NT by revelation (see Galatians 2:1-2 and 2 Corinthians 12:1-6).
The letters after the gospels was given to Paul, James, Peter, and John by revelation.
The complete mind of God the Son is contained in these letters as well as the gospels.
That’s why we need to stay with the Scriptures and the harmony of the Scriptures so we won’t “invent” things that sound spooky.
Proverbs 30:6 (NKJV) “Do not add to His words, lest He rebuke you, and you be found a liar.”
Anyone can create a doctrine from the Scriptures and make it a doctrine, but when you leave the consistency of the harmony of Scripture to make a doctrine, the thing you look for is consistency. If what they’re teaching isn’t replicated, and it fails, then it’s not Scripture.
The whole intent of sound doctrine is so we won’t become desirous of myths or fables, old wive’s tales, and cancerous doctrine that lead people astray.
To unlearn what you’ve been taught or received as “revelation knowledge” takes a willingness to return to the Scriptures and relearn Basic Bible Doctrine. For Basic Bible Doctrine is sound doctrine.
Lifeless is considered non dramatic, dead, and full of dust. But Sound Doctrine under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit is never lifeless.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NKJV) “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
There will be many that will reject Sound Doctrine and turn their ears away from the truth and be turned to fables because fables tickle the ears. The people are “desirous to hear pleasant things.“ That’s the definition of itching in the expounding of the Greek.
When it comes to teaching the Bible, anyone can take a book and invent things in Scripture to make that doctrine sound so real. And people eat it up. Then when it comes to applying what’s taught, people are disappointed when what was taught didn’t happen the way that they were taught.
I find it amazing that when John G. Lake had gone on a healing missionary tour to South Africa, his wife died of a disease. You kind of figure that what worked for others would work for you. We overlook this glaring light and ignore the fact that what was taught would work 100% of the time.
Especially when the teacher himself is teaching it.
When it comes to the Scriptures, we’re looking for 100% consistency in teaching and in practice.
Then a lot of false prophets, teachers, pastors, apostles, bishops, rose up and many are swept away with their polished, near flawless presentation coupled with stage worthy oratorical performance skills, and their personalities or persona. People are captivated and mesmerized with their skills and abilities.
That’s why you have to appreciate Paul…
1 Corinthians 2:1-5 (NKJV) “And I, brethren, when I came to you, did not come with excellence of speech or of wisdom declaring to you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. I was with you in weakness, in fear, and in much trembling. And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.“
Then you see two dynamics happening.
1 Timothy 4:1-2 (NKJV) “Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron…”
2 Timothy 4:2-4 (NKJV) “Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.”
When the consistency is missing, it’s a dead giveaway.
You see, when the Scriptures that they teach fail before your eyes, it’s a dead giveaway.
It’s a signal that a false teacher is among you.
1 John 4:1-6 (NKJV) “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God:
Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God,
and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world.
You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. They are of the world.
Therefore they speak as of the world, and the world hears them. We are of God. He who knows God hears us; he who is not of God does not hear us.
By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error.“
Now among “spiritual warfare” proponents, there’s a complete misunderstanding about this passage among them.
“try the spirits” isn’t about trying or testing demonic spirits by themselves.
This passage is about trying false prophets that are controlled by demonic spirits. Reread the passage.
The spirit of the Antichrist operates within false prophets. So John says that you have overcome them (false prophets that have the spirit of the Antichrist).
So the test was towards the false prophets that came to tell the believers that the Lord Jesus didn’t come in the flesh. The Gnostics was about mysticism knowledge. To deny that the Lord Jesus came in the flesh, throws the entire gospel into jeopardy.
That’s why John, the apostle of the Lamb, taught about the blood of Jesus. If the Lord Jesus didn’t come in the flesh, then His blood wasn’t shed, and our sins aren’t atoned for. There’s no propitiation or appeasing sacrifice to satisfy the just and righteous demands of the Holy God. And that means that there’s no remission or releasing one from the debt of sin.
It’s important to state that in the teachings of Paul, and John that it was all about the doctrine or teaching of Christ. James and Peter mentioned healing in just a few verses, but a major doctrine was never made of them.
Healing from God is at His discretion. His will be done. No ours. There are times when He will not heal. Why? Isaiah 57:1-2 is the answer.
Finally, it’s not that difficult to make the transition back to Basic Bible Doctrine.
It just takes a willingness to stop chasing after things that are considered elasticity of text.