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November 9, 2004

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Name-it/Claim-it

READER QUESTION:
What made me find your site was my efforts to get info on the "name it claim it"doctrine. I have a good friend who is buying in to this big time and it really concerns me and is making a wedge in our relationship. Please help!

VW ANSWER:
Even though I know we've addressed this topic often, it will likely be difficult to find specific references to it at the website to put one's finger on it, because it is a smaller part of a much larger topic, and mentions of this have been made 'in-passing'. That larger topic would be included in today's apostasy and charismania, which, if you click the "TopicSearch" and scroll down the 'left' box to "charismatic", you will find tons of reading, on various aspects of it.

This name it/claim it also includes the mantra, the "prayer of Jabez".

Naming and claiming is actually quite a few steps away from the originating problem, and is 'symptomatic' of the problem, not the core, which is 'pride' and 'rebellion'. It is practiced by those who don't know the Lord, but behave as if they, themselves, were little 'gods'. Some of their false prophets have said as much, in so many words, that they are little gods and christs. In that, they are followers of the "devil as their father" (Jn8:44) who lusted, "I will be like the Most High" (Is14:14) They make assumptions about their 'own' powers that even Michael would not do "when contending with the devil" (Ju1:8-10) they speak of "things they do not know".

Jesus had said, "And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son." (Jn14:13) And John further clarifies the matter, "... if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us." (1Jn5:14)

They do not ask ACCORDING TO HIS WILL, but their own. They are "presumptuous" and "self-willed" (2Pt2:10) They presume authority from out of them-SELVES. Whereas Jesus said, "Truly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth will be, having been bound in Heaven; and whatever you loose on earth will be, having been loosed in Heaven." (Mt18:18) If you notice the punctuation and verb tenses in this last verse carefully, it is not something man does on earth, which Heaven relents and agrees to; but when the Church is behaving under the gifts given "through the Spirit" (1Co12:7), God establishes something and as Christians are "led by the Spirit" (Rom8:14, Ga5:18) they carry out God's desires. What the Christian Church does, it does, because the matter was -already- bound/loosed in Heaven. That's what the verb tense of "HAVING BEEN bound/loosed" means. It was -already- established in Heaven....and Christians are merely being 'obedient' to the Heavenly calling....as it is expressed how the Holy Spirit commissioned S/Paul and Barnabas for a missionary journey. (Ac13:2)

To Name-and-Claim is to suggest that, what Jesus has given me ISN'T ENOUGH; or that it is, somehow, WRONG. If I've prayed that His "will be done on earth as it is in Heaven" (Mt6:10), and He has placed me in whatever circumstances He has placed me, I am not "content....in whatever state I am" (Php4:11) To Name-and-Claim demonstrates lack of faith in "all things [working] together for good to those who love God..." (Rom8:28)

It's like I've shared with the readers from time-to-time along these lines: I don't much ask God for things, because I have come to see how, when I do what I want, I have often messed my life up pretty drastically. Thus, I seek more to not be "hasty to say a word before God" (Ec5:2), but when God speaks, to respond, "Speak, for Your servant is listening" (1Sa3:10); and to ask, "...what do You have in mind for me to do?" (Ac9:6)

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