From Word of Faith to the World of the Church Fathers

28 Jun
Brian zahnd

Brian zahnd (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

How does a Pastor  embark on a  theological pilgrimage  from emulating Joel Osteen to sounding more  like Dietrich Bonhoeffer?

Brian Zahnd writes about his journey in  “Rediscovering the Allure and Mystery of Christianity”.

Trevin Wax gives us  an inside glimpse into how something of this magnitude can transpire during an  interviewing with Brian.

Here are a few extracts of Trevins  questions followed by one of Brian’s core answers. I chose it since it closely summarizes my own  my personal journey out of the traditional charismatic paradigm. 

 I strongly suggest reading the entire conversation.


Trevin Wax: Brian, you’ve had an interesting theological journey in ministry – from Word of Faith type teaching to a celebration of Christianity’s core teachings throughout history. First, tell us about your ministry at the outset – what you were about as a preacher of God’s Word and the vision you had for your local congregation.

Trevin Wax: What initiated your movement away from Word of Faith teaching to something more in line with historic Christian orthodoxy?

Trevin Wax: How did that journey begin to affect your preaching and teaching? That’s quite a shift.
Brian Zahnd: Quite a shift, indeed!

In August of 2004, I announced I was packing my bags from the charismatic movement. By “packing my bags,” I meant that I was taking certain things with me—for example, a belief that the miraculous is part of normative Christianity and should be expected. But I was moving beyond the sensationalism, the shallowness, the celebrity that characterized what I was now calling “easy-cheesy-cotton-candy Christianity.”


Posted by on June 28, 2012 in charismatic, doctrine, gospel


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2 responses to “From Word of Faith to the World of the Church Fathers

  1. Cathy Baiza

    June 28, 2012 at 11:36 am

    Amazing journey and what kind of positive impact this would be if our brothers and sisters in the faith would think through their doctrines and seek truth as a forefront rather than goose bumps and chills. Although they may get goose bumps the foundational truths will cause them to be stable and throw out flakey stuff.

  2. Daniel Irving

    July 5, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    Many go through spiritual crisis as they come out of Word of Faith teaching. Did that occur in your case?


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