Positive Confessions & the Fear of Negativity


This movement is so hooked into promoting  unity, anti negativity & positive confessions –   basically anything you dare speak with your mouth you will reap in reality…

unpack this a bit & we begin to realise several things are going on here —  I will try & summarise my thoughts on this but I would really love everyone to contribute with additional thoughts to expand & unpack this further.   so here we go:

  • positive confession is a concept straight out of the new age —  it is other wise known as  the “law of attraction”   –  one speaks to the universe  & the universe provides the answer that you request/desire… if you think/speak negatively this provides a cosmic block – like the “cosmos”/”universe”/divine power  only responds to “positives”.       In charismatic teaching  –  positive confession is taught as  “everything you speak out for good & bad you bring into your world”   in the late 1980’s  Derek prince wrote a book  entitled “Blessings & curses”   which contained some of these themes & was one of the places where this idea of   “positive confession” took hold –  at the time  – this book was considered controversial
  • implied, is the FEAR of saying anything negative at all in any context…  now whilst  being positive in outlook is all good & healthy- if there is fear in the mix here people are literally scared into agreement & compliance….  they dare not be honest enough to disagree on anything   in the church  & in their behaviour-  they dare not share their honest opinion even after praying & seeking the word  for fear of not being “in the flow of the river” .  Of course we should not be saying negatives about others for the sake of it – but properly & appropriately delivered , truthful & honest “negatives” help others to grow.     Many dare not say anything negative about their situation – lest it come to pass by the power of their “negative talk”   of course  this denies the sovereign will of God in a life that should be submitted to him. Once we believe that,  we have entered into SUPERSTITION…

Hebrews 11 v 1- 3 (KJV)

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.  For by it the elders obtained a good report. Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.

This is one of the basic scriptures that the  premise that Positive Confession   is built on..  It goes something like:   Words have power, God spoke words & it brought the world into existence… Words have power for good & bad effect…  we too also have Power  in our words to create & destroy…  this is qualified by the scripture:  Proverbs 18 v 21  Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof. (KJV)   however charismatic teachings go further than  suggesting that the power to destroy or build up individuals through use of empowering or crushing  language  on an interpersonal level…  the teachings in this movement that I have sat under suggests that our spoken words have an equal amount of power as God’s  spoken words..  In effect we can create & change atmospheres & situations  just by speaking out  or DECLARING things…  because our words are that powerful…   the trouble with this teaching though  is that it puts man on an equal par with GOD –  so in effect  – we become  “little Gods”    –   if you research out latter rain theology, you will see that this exactly  where this whole movement is coming from & going too  (check out our  River & Odd Theology pages. )

Faith of course is not a “force”  or a spiritual energy  we can throw around in anticipation of evidential results…   the Hebrews passage above tells us it is a substance of things hoped for (& in the context of the Hebrews this is all about the promised Messiah  & nothing to do with practical need & desires)  & an acceptance of understanding of that which we do not really (intellectually) grasp  –  like the formation of the world –  these things are too big for our human heads to get around –

So we see when this has been twisted, the focus of course is all about ME  & not about Jesus –  the one who the Holy spirit glorifies

  • Fear of perceived negativity is displaced & misplaced  because in this movement agreement & unity has to be protected no matter the cost to the individual…  if they disagree- largely they are considered to be in the wrong  & are pushed in emotionally &  spiritually abusive ways to change their thoughts & to realign   or align themselves with  – whatever their leaders inform them is the correct position to take on certain issues… but what seems to happen here is that people tend to stop being Holy spirit led  & are now being “church leader “- Man led
  • The fear of negativity is so strong & so strongly discouraged & avoided  that people are being told  (directly & indirectly) that normal healthy biblical discernment is not required…  many times we hear of people who bring correction to the camp  or a word of rebuke  or even concern to an individual perfectly appropriately  & yet are told (even if it is a word of scripture – in season, in context & perfectly relevant to the circumstances) that it is too negative, or it needs to be weighed,  or it’s not to be brought  & yet every word of personal revelation & prophecy is acceptable & accepted on the spot if it strokes the ego, massages the self worth &  tickles the itching ears & of course agrees with the emphasis of the teaching as a reinforcer….
  • The fear of negativity is often leading to  leaders now telling their people that material (such as found on this website) breeds negativity  & why???  because clearly it is not in agreement with “the flow”  & not to listen to certain people (myself included – who have come out of this & are now telling it like it is) however, each of us is free to surf any website we choose, & talk to whoever we like  & make up our own minds  in weight of what we feel God is telling us through the scriptures…  –  yes thats right — we are FREE   to choose  & we are even FREE to choose   sinful things  —     Im not advocating that BTW  I’m just pointing out that our relationship of reverence to Jesus, our worship of him in spirit & truth   forms in us an inner conviction of what is right & wrong for us as Christian people to be doing… within the principles & framework & commands of scripture.  This process  should NEVER be generated by FEAR of rebuke  by a church leadership team –    we have to develop self control  (in response to the Holy spirit.   Galatians 5 v 22) &  come away from  LEADER CONTROL     —    see what Im getting at?  some are more worried about what the leaders think- others think, than they are about what GOD thinks…    The thing is we are more discerning when we buy a tin of soup some of us-   we scan the ingredients list & make an informed choice   –

Proverbs 16 v 5-6  Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to the Lord: though hand join in hand, he shall not be unpunished. By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the Lord men depart from evil.    (KJV)

  • why should it be that some leaders put on their people – sheer guilt for testing things out, researching,  weighing up everything in the balance of the scriptures?  so that we may all get to the truth – the Body is ultimately edified or built up stronger if this happens  & furthermore, the scriptures instruct us to do it:   1 john 4v1  Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.   I’m seeing here something that the word of God encourages us to do,  wholeheartedly in order to stand on truth & protect ourselves from deception…  is being DISCOURAGED  by those in leadership who “think”  its a Negative activity-   let me say  that this is how twisted up we have become & if the Word of God endorses it IT IS NOT NEGATIVE!   

all of this together has opened a door  to an insincerity & pretense in my opinion & observation…     in effect the leader who is dominating their own presence of demanding alignment, agreements & positive confessions & rejection of negatives in any context of any teaching he/she is giving/copying/role modelling/ expecting or endorsing.  This person has placed themself between the people & the Holy Spirit…  in short he has placed him self upon a throne…  what we need to do is recognise it for what it is & absolutely ensure that in our own lives the only one sitting on that throne is Jesus  –  King of kings & Lord of Lords

please please think about this…  it is super important…

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2 thoughts on “Positive Confessions & the Fear of Negativity

  1. Yes Zazzy–a much needed challenge to one of the multitude of false teachings of our times.
    The Bible has much to say about faith and Jesus in particular often spoke of how necessary it is. The book of Hebrews for example tells us that without faith it is impossible to please God.
    However such faith is clearly, as with everything pertaining to our salvation, received from God It is also a faith which should be in God.
    I suggest that the positive confession concentration and avoidance of so called negativity at all costs is all part of the modern false motivational and psychological gospel which at best is likely to be mainly soulish ( i.e.. just from our natural self ) and at worst have demonic roots..
    It is likely, as you say, to lead believers into fear and I would say also into areas of pretence and unreality.
    Much modern “faith teaching” leads people, often unwittingly ,into faith in their faith rather than faith in The Lord. This is a bondage and not true Holy Spirit given faith.
    True God given faith brings with it the peace that passeth all understanding and does not produce a striving to believe.
    My wife and I went through a period of oppression when we came under the influence of a Christian faith healer some years back.. We were taught that our dear son’s severe handicaps would be healed “according to our faith”. All negative expectations were to be rejected and only positive hopes should be entertained.
    What a release when through God’s grace we realised the cause of our oppression. and abandoned this man made positive thinking philosophy.
    In the years that followed The Lord did many .wonderful things in our son’s life to God’s glory We believe that He put His faith in our hearts for those things that He wanted to do
    .In a number of very serious and challenging circumstances we sought tThe Lord for His Word to us ,His way and for His faith
    We have a testimony of His goodness and faithfulness.

    Yes Zazzy please continue contending for the faith ( ie the true faith)
    For those who have ears to hear teaching the truth will lead them into true freedom.
    Derek

  2. I totally agree with the above analysis and am frustrated by Christians in my otherwise wonderful Christian workplace who are so anxious about speaking negativity into their lives. My argument is that, if our words are so powerful, why don’t all our positive declarations come to pass (which they clearly don’t or there would be no sick Christians – or Christians in financial need or any other kind of hardship). It is magical thinking and contrary to the teaching of Jesus.

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