NORMAN_VINCENT_PEALE_AND_THE_POWER_OF_POSITIVE_THINKING.doc

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insights; practice new skills to attain greatest results. ...New and fresh spiritual techniques are being constantly discovered by men and women of spiritual genius... bear in mind that the secret of prayer is to find the process that will most effectively open your mind to God. Any method through which you can stimulate the power of God to flow into your mind is legitimate and usable . [Page 43] Clearly the problem here is that Peale, although an ordained Methodist minister, went so far down the wrong path that he seemed to have lost sight of what prayer was. Prayer is simply talking to God, and it is God that can and does guide believers, not our "subconscious". I do not know what god Peale was referring to but the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob does not give the thinnest kind of whatever about "fresh formulas" and "new skills". He cares about the heart of a person. He cares about obedience and fruits of the Spirit. His children do not have to have the formula down pat in order for Him to respond. To even suggest that He regularly wants us to learn "new techniques" is beyond ludicrous and very, very far from anything the Scriptures say... For example Let us therefore draw near with boldness unto the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy, and may find grace to help us in time of need. [Hebrews 4:16] …in whom we have boldness and access in confidence through our faith in him. [Ephesians 3:12] Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall guard your hearts and your thoughts in Christ Jesus. [Philippians 4:6-7] In August 1980 the General Presbytery of the Assemblies of God issued an official statement regarding positive confession, which included the following When the positive confession view teaches that believers are to confess rather than to pray for things which God has promised, it overlooks the teaching of God's Word concerning importunate prayer. According to some who hold this view of positive confession, God's promises are in the area of material, physical, and spiritual blessings; believers are to claim or confess these blessings and not to pray for them. The instruction not to pray for promised blessings is contrary to the teaching of God's Word. Food is one of God's promised blessings, yet Jesus taught His disciples to pray: "Give us this day our daily bread" (Matthew 6:11). Wisdom is a promised blessing of God, yet Scripture states, if any man "lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not" (James 1:5). Jesus called the Holy Spirit the promise of the Father (Luke 24:49), and yet He also taught that God would give the Holy Spirit to them that ask (Luke 11:13). While there were times God told people not to pray, as in the case of Moses at the Red Sea (Exodus 14:15), there are many Scriptures reminding believers to pray, and that, without ceasing (Romans 12:12; Philippians 4:6, 1 Thessalonians 5:17).
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  • Fall '19
  • New Thought, Norman Vincent Peale, Prosperity theology, Word of Faith

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