How Not To Read The Bible: The Rock Church’s Anne Jimenez Says “Faith Comes By Hearing The Word Of God” Romans 10:17
Posted by Job on May 6, 2007
Now I have nothing against Pastor Anne Jimenez of The Rock Church in Virginia Beach (other than her very misleading pro – tithing propaganda). But I had to turn from her show today because in it she chose to be yet another person to willfully misread Romans 10:17 by claiming that it says “Faith coming by hearing the Word of God” and then going on to claim that the meaning of that verse is that you can increase your faith by listening to the sermons of preachers. She actually PREFACED her remarks by encouraging her congregation and listening audience to go out and buy and study Christian books and to increase their faith by doing so. It was a HUGE LETDOWN because when she began her remarks, I thought that I was going to hear another Christian writer or three to add to my current favorites Smith Wigglesworth, Derek Prince, Watchman Nee, and Andrew Lobias Murray. But not only did she not mention a good Christian writer for someone seeking to avoid this humanistic New Age self – help pap that dominates Christian bookstores these days, but the very reason why she was exhorting her listeners to do so was wrong … the false notion that by doing so people can increase their faith.
Now by reading legitimate Christian books and hearing legitimate sermons, you CAN learn more about your faith. You CAN learn how to use and exercise your faith. You CAN learn more about the Author and Finisher of your faith, the power of your faith, and where the power of your faith comes from. But you cannot increase your faith by this method or any other! Why? Because you are born with a measure of faith (Romans 12:3) ! That is why when it was asked of Yeshua HaMashiach that He would increase their faith, He demurred, saying that faith the size of the mustard seed would move mountains (Luke 17:5-6) meaning that they had sufficient faith to do all that God wanted them to do already.
And that is the key: doing all that God INTENDS for you to do. Receiving from God all that He INTENDS for us to receive. Why? We have to ask ourselves why people want this faith to begin with, and why they want it so badly that they will buy all of these books and tapes, attend all these conferences, and follow all of these preachers who promise to be able to show them how to build their faith. (The result of this demand creates a supply of teachers willing to provide this doctrine to them.) The reason people want more faith is because they want to do great things and receive greater things. They believe that if they only had more faith, then they could command the Hand of God and thereby be able to get anything that they want. Well, it doesn’t work that way. God does not exist to serve you; you were made to serve God. Moreover, when God PREDESTINED you, when He FOREKNEW you, He made for you a DESTINY. That means that He gave you everything that you needed to perform His Sovereign Will in your life the day that you were born, and that includes the amount of faith needed to accomplish it. And that is the error of the faith – increasers: instead of teaching you to seek to do that which God has called you to do, they encourage you to follow your own heart to do those things which are not expedient … to forsake things which God has called you to do in order to do things which He has not, to follow your own will or the will of some other man or spirit. To reject the good things which God has laid up in store for you in favor of the corrupt things that God not only does not have in store for you, but which God has spued out because of its corruption.
What is truly amazing is that even my child’s “Bibleman” TV show, “A Fight For Faith“, was able to correctly use and apply Romans 10:17 correctly, and do so in less than 10 seconds, and thereby do a much better job and service than so many of these misguided and misleading preachers. Well, it will take you a good deal longer than 10 seconds, but please take a look at my essay Faith Does NOT Come By Hearing to see more about the ACTUAL meaning of Romans 10:17, which refers to receiving salvation through hearing the gospel just like “Biblegirl” said in “A Fight For Faith.” I know that Pastor Anne Jimenez co – leads one of the most prominent congregations in the country, but she really does need to watch that Bibleman episode to learn a thing or two so that she can stop engaging in this sort of spiritual deception.