I am not even joking. Brian Zahnd (my former pastor) actually tweeted it. This is crazy, insane and hypocritical on so many levels. Those who do not know Brian and his history will not understand but being a former member of Word of Life Church in Saint Joseph, Missouri…. I was there!
Fot those of you that do not know, he started the church in 1981 in midtown Saint Joseph and going on the fourth month, it almost closed its’ door. It struggled for years and he had to fight a lot of criticism for not being theological trained. He did not even finished at Missouri Western State University.
It was not until the event I am about to tell you about things started to change for the church. They moved to the old Platte College building and things started to look up. However, it seems that Brian Zahnd himself has forgotten was the Lord spoke to him all the years ago.
Here is the tweet from him a few minutes ago that I am reacting to,
Ever take a stroll through Christian TV land? That prosperity stuff is weirder than a 3-headed dog. Honestly, Buddhism is closer to Jesus.
— Brian Zahnd (@BrianZahnd) February 23, 2017
What about the prophetic promise in Acts 16?
In the early 1990’s, he claims that the Lord spoke directly to him from Acts 16:5 that if he would preach faith, the church would grow. He did start preaching faith and the church did grow. It grew so much that they had to move to a rather large facility on the edge of town.
So the churches were strengthened in the faith and grew daily in numbers. (Acts 16:5)
So I guess we are left to wonder if God lied about the prophetic word or if Brian Zahnd has lost his way and his calling? I personally heard him declare a hundred times that he was anointed to do two things: preach faith and do altar calls.
You see, after this encounter, Zahnd went fully into the prosperity message and preached faith almost every single message. He was widely criticized for it locally but he kept preaching it and people kept coming to Christ and be blessed. It was working for him and for the church.
The reality is that he was so deep into it that he was one of the most radical preachers in the country about prosperity. The new building was actually dedicated by Dr. Lester Sumerall. People like Casey Treat, Jesse Duplantis and R.W. Schambach was regulars at the church on Friday nights.
The television show he had on Daystar back them was called “Yasha Na” (Hebrew word for victory now). He was really committed to preaching victory (more on that later). In some ways, Word of Life Church was just a smaller version of World Harvest Church pastored by Rod Parsley.
That is the history so I guess God changed his mind on it or something? I didn’t know God was double minded.
Brian Zahnd preached faith, life victory to the masses!
The whole vision of Word of Life was to preach faith, life and victory to the world and the church did it well. It was that emphasis that raised Gene Saunders up many times from the death bed.
The emphasis was something that made people re-think what they believed and who God was. They were awakened to the God of Abraham, Issac and Jacob that supplies all our needs according to His riches. It there was a fault with it, it was that it was preached so much that many other issues were never talked about.
Every February, Brian would do a weekend of eight hours of teaching called the Faith Life Seminar.
The issue of life was very important too. It was about being alive in hope. Jesus came to give us life, not dead religion that leads us to be more bond up than we was before we got saved. After all, all religion does is add another devil to the list that need to cast out. Only life in Jesus set the captive free from death, hell and the grave!
Victory was the battle cry of the church. They lived, breathed and slept for victory in finances, health, relationships and every other area of life. It was probably the over riding emphasis beside faith at the church. The main point of victory at Word of Life was healing and deliverance!
I wonder if Zahnd has forgot all this?