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Volume Eighteen – March 2007

By Michael C. Gaudiosi - The Noble Berean

ROMANS 4:17 - (As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were.

This passage of scripture is pretty clear and straightforward. There could be no possible way to misquote or take this verse out of context. So my question is...why is this verse of scripture always misquoted and taken out of context, especially by the Word of Faith preachers on TV? The answer is simple, because misquoted; this verse becomes the bedrock of the Word of Faith Movement!

Next question is, how is it misquoted? Simple, the Word of Faith preachers claim that WE can call those things which be not as though they were! I have heard Joyce Meyer say it; I have also heard Rod Parsley say it recently on his Breakthrough TV program. I have also heard Paula White say it; in fact here is a quote from Paula herself:

Your imagination is more powerful than your reality. That’s why God says in Romans Chapter four verse seventeen call those things that are not as though they were” (Daystar Fall Share-a-Thon 9/29/06)

Romans 4:17 in no way states that we can speak to things that do not exist and call them into being! It says that GOD quickens the dead and calls those things which be not as though they were! But, no matter, it still gets taken out of context and misquoted! I always notice they leave out the “quickeneth the dead” part when they read this verse! If WE can call those things that are not as though they were, then WE should be able to quicken the dead as well!

It doesn’t end there! Rod Parsley has been making some pretty bold statements on his website, which he claims came from the Lord. However, the question must still be asked…did God REALLY speak to Rod Parsley? The fact that Parsley is a very influential minister and has a huge church and a global television ministry does not mean that God is speaking to him! We must search the scriptures for ourselves and see if God really is speaking to Rod. If the Bereans searched scripture to confirm the apostle Paul’s claims (Acts 17:11), then we must also search scripture to confirm Rod Parsley’s claims!

This is directly from Rod Parsley’s website page titled: “The Miracle of the Resurrection Seed:” Here is what Parsley claims the Lord said to him: “On Easter, you commemorate when I gave my best on Calvary. This Easter, I want you to commemorate when I gave my best my Son by giving me your best.”

What Parsley believes the Lord is “saying” here is since He gave His best offering, which is His Son, this Easter, we are to bring our best offering to God. One of the biggest errors of the Word of Faith Movement’s teaching is the constant need for continual works and sacrifices. Case in point, here is more from Rod Parsley’s website:

Every Easter since that time, we have celebrated the Resurrection Seed with a special offering — giving our very best offering of the year, to honor God’s sacrifice of His very best. And each year, God responds with an outpouring of miracles!

  • Lost loved ones saved. * Physical healing. * Families restored. * Victory over addiction. * And much more! Sow your Resurrection Seed today!”

Apparently the offering of Jesus Christ on the cross for the atonement of sin is not enough! According to Rod Parsley, we have to give a financial offering to Him to honor His death, burial and resurrection. There is absolutely no dollar amount we could ever offer to God that would even compare! The only thing we could ever give to God is our lives as living sacrifices.

Romans 12:1 - I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.

I also watched Rod Parsleys Breakthrough program where he mentions this “Resurrection seed” by claiming God “told him” there are 120 people that can give a Resurrection seed offering of $8,500, and when they do God will give them “a creative lifetime income producing idea!” For the same $8,500 God will also provide a “stress free home, a year of divine health and uncommon financial favor!All this for the low, low price of $8,500!

He also stated that there are those who can give $1000 or according to the “original vision” of the “Resurrection seed” you can give an entire weeks salary! Well, if you can't do that, Parsley suggests giving a “seed” of $50.00 or $100.00 and he will believe God with you for the rest of the amount before “Resurrection Sunday on April 8th! Seems he has all the bases covered! He reminds people to send their prayer requests along with their “seed” and he will lay it on the altar and pray for your “breakthrough harvest” to come in! Yet through all of this, Parsley claims he is not trying to sell miracles, but rather states “this is the word of the Lord.”

The only problem I have with all of this is: ROD PARSLEYS CLAIMS MENTIONED ABOVE ARE NOWHERE TO BE FOUND IN SCRIPTURE!! Not once did Jesus promise a lifetime of income for a monetary offering, nor did He say that we would have a “stress free home.” Here is what the Word of the Lord REALLY says:

John 16:33 - These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

James 1:2-4 - My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.

The Bible is very clear that believers will have trials and tribulations as long as we are in the world! Even if you give a trillion dollars to Rod Parsley and his “Miracle of the Resurrection Seed”, you will still face stress in your home and trials of many kinds!


The typical pattern for the Word of Faith TV preacher is to convince the unsuspecting TV viewer the offerings from Old Testament Law are applicable for today’s New Testament Church in the form of a financial donation. It then becomes a “seed offering” commanded by God to be given to their TV ministry alone so that the giver can receive, as Parsley puts it “an outpouring of God’s Miracles!” I’ve seen it time and time again! They NEVER ONCE ask you to give an “offering” to your local church. Mostly because they feel their TV ministry takes top priority over the local church assembly!

Another one of the errors of the Word of Faith Movement (also can be found in the Charismatic Movement) is that experience is the best evidence of all. If it works, and people give a testimony about how it worked for them, then it must be God! What about that? Experience may be a good teacher at times; also a testimony can be encouraging. However this is not the way by which truth is measured. No matter what, the Bible and the Bible alone is our standard!

1 Thessalonians 5:21 - Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.

Why is that so? If we were to base truth solely on experiences or feelings, then truth becomes relative. There are no absolutes! One can say they had a certain experience and say it was from God, and another can say something totally different about their experience, or vision…etc and say it was from God, and so on… Ad infinitum! Where would it end?

For example, I have heard claims from people they were taken to heaven and saw Jesus and some characters of the Bible. However, each claim would always conflict, or contradict the others, so whose account is correct? Can we just assume that all the accounts of their trips to heaven are the truth? That would not only be foolish, but it would also be nothing more than blind ignorance of the scriptures!

Remember this: 2 Corinthians 11:13-15 - For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.

According to this passage of scripture, just because it works and it looks like it came from God does not always mean it came from God! This is why biblical doctrine is vital! As I mentioned, just because Rod Parsley has a big church, global television ministry, has been to the White House and is influential in some areas of politics does not necessarily mean he actually heard from the Lord!

Please do not let ministry size and influence fool you! Stick with what you know is rock solid and has never failed: The scriptures…the REAL Word of the Lord!

Search the Scripture for yourself! SOLA SCRIPTURA! The Scripture ALONE! May the Lord bless you!

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