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Women of Faith are Women of a False Faith.
Edited October, 2007
[As of March 2004, the links below were available. Since then (about December 2004) most links are no longer available and have been blocked from being viewed on web.archive.org. Hard copies of all documentation will be sent free of charge upon request.]
God warns of false teachers,
"By covetousness they will exploit you with deceptive words" (2 Peter 2:3),
"they have a heart trained in covetous practices" (2 Peter 2:14).
Jude describes them as "in the error of Balaam for profit" (Jude 11; see also 2 Peter 2:15).
Women of Faith (WoF) is owned by Thomas Nelson, Inc. which is a for-profit company. WoF is among those that "suppose that godliness is a means of gain" (1 Timothy 6:5). As of March 2004 on their website, they claimed the following as their purpose.
"Women juggle so many of life's realities: family, careers, and the business of daily living," said Mary Graham, president, Women of Faith. "Through honesty and humor, we remind women that God loves them and that he is in control of all these realities." (www.womenoffaith.com/about/factsheet.asp)
Formerly (Sept., 2003) they had,
Purpose: Women of Faith exists to help women grow in their understanding of God's unconditional love and forgiveness. Through its conferences, Women of Faith strives to encourage and strengthen women in their faith and relationships. (hard copy on file; was at http://web.archive.org/web/20030901062545/http://www.womenoffaith.com/about/factsheet.asp)
Though God's forgiveness is unmerited (Ephesians 2:8-9), it is a lie to say it is unconditional (e.g. Matthew 6:14-15; 18:21-35; Mark 11:25-26). Nevertheless, Women of Faith proclaimed their purpose was to remind women that God loves them and that he is in control. Such an endeavor should be free (see below), but with WoF it is not. Shortly before the quote above, they admitted,
Women of Faith is a for-profit organization headquartered in Plano, Texas. Since 1996, Women of Faith conferences have reached nearly 2,000,000 women in dozens of cities around the United States. (ibid., bold added)
Women of Faith "has reached nearly 2,000,000 women" for profit. They actually admitted they are in it for the money ("for profit")! Most false ministries cloak their covetousness via a "non-profit" status (e.g. Focus on the Family), but WoF was not so clever.
No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon. (Luke 16:13)
WoF despise God. They do not serve God. They serve mammon. They are in this "ministry" for the money (i.e. for profit). This becomes even more evident when one browses the many items they have for sale (http://store.womenoffaith.com/wofstore), the money they charge for their conferences (www.womenoffaith.com/conferences), the money they charge for their pre-conferences (www.womenoffaith.com/conferences/preconference), and the money they charge for a year of WoF Association membership (www.womenoffaith.com/Association) which had a membership brochure with spiritual enticements of "Grow in His grace," "Revel in His mercy," and "Live in His love" (www.womenoffaith.com/association/brochure.asp, hard copy on file).
Can you imagine that? Can you imagine Jesus saying, "Come, join my association for a certain amount of money and you'll grow in My grace, revel in My mercy, and live in My love."? Actually, Jesus said just the opposite:
Ho! Everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat. Yes, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. (Isaiah 55:1)
Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light. (Matthew 11:28-30)
And the price is free! God's spiritual abundance is free. He puts no price tag on it. Those who put a price tag on it reveal they are among those who "suppose that godliness is a means of gain" (profit, 1 Timothy 6:5) and such gain is dishonest (1 Peter 5:2).
Freely you have received, freely give. (Matthew 10:8)
In this context, the disciples were given the power to do the miraculous, but the principle is the same. Faith (salvation) is a free gift of God (Ephesians 2:8-10), a miraculous gift (Matthew 19:26). Thus, any exercise thereof (teaching, exhorting, encouraging) should never have a price tag on it. Those who tag tug for profit and reveal they serve mammon, not God (Matthew 6:24).
WoF's covetousness and servitude to mammon is nothing new nor uncommon. Our days are similar to Paul's (yet, worse, 2 Timothy 3:1-5), and he wrote concerning his times,
We are not, as so many, peddling the word of God; but as of sincerity, but as from God, we speak in the sight of God in Christ. (2 Corinthians 2:17)
What denomination is the Women of Faith conference?
Women of Faith is an interdenominational women's ministry committed to helping women of all faiths, backgrounds, age groups, and nationalities. (www.womenoffaith.com/About/faq.asp#21)
Being "interdenominational" shows they are ecumenical (i.e. doctrine doesn't matter) and are caught in the false Christianity of our day (see www.atruechurch.info/savednot.html).
Moreover, they sell the Bibles of false teachers, like Charles Stanley, Jack Hayford, John MacArthur and Billy Graham who teach the horrifying lie that a person can kill themselves and go to heaven (http://store.womenoffaith.com/wofstore/dept.asp?dept%5Fid=721). They also sell The MacArthur Study Bible that is filled with secret destructive heresies (2 Peter 2:1, http://store.womenoffaith.com/wofstore/dept.asp?dept%5Fid=751).
In the WoF online store, as of December 7, 2004 they had 6 different Catholic Bibles for sale. In this, it is evident they find communion with those who are involved in a false religion and follow after deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons (1 Timothy 4:1-3). They even had for sale the "First Communion Bible," in which the title itself supports the wicked Eucharist ("communion") teaching.
WoF does not expose the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead, in complete defiance of Scripture, fellowships with them (Ephesians 5:11). For exposure of some of the darkness of the Catholic church, please see www.atruechurch.info/catholicism.html.
III. Faulty Foundation
The founder of WoF is Steve Arterburn. As of Sept, 2003, they posted,
Founded: 1996 by Stephen Arterburn, a national daily radio show host and founder of New Life Clinics, a major provider of Christian mental health care in the U.S. (hard copy on file)
As of March 2004 they simply stated,
Founded: 1996 by Stephen Arterburn. Currently owned and operated by Thomas Nelson. (www.womenoffaith.com/about/factsheet.asp)
As of December 2004 they wrote,
1996 - Stephen Arterburn launches the first-ever Women of Faith Conference, A Joyful Journey, designed specifically to encourage women. Ten sold-out conferences in 10 U.S. cities, 36,000 in attendance. (http://womenoffaith.com/about/companyoverview.asp)
WoF, and the founder Steve Arterburn, have been taken captive by empty deceit (Colossians 2:8-10) and the wisdom of the world (1 Corinthians 3:19), as should be seen by the simple statement above, "Christian mental health care." [WoF also advertised (as of March 2004) the psychologically oriented Remuda Ranch on their home page (www.womenoffaith.com, see the New Life article below), but we could no longer find this as of Dec. 7 2004.] In truth, the only "Christian mental health care" that exists is salvation in Jesus Christ, and if a person has this (Him), all "mental health care" issues are solved.
If a person is saved, they have a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7). If a person trusts God (i.e. salvation, John 3:16), they have peace of mind (Isaiah 26:3). For it is the Lord who gives understanding (Job 38:36; Proverbs 2:6) and peace (Philippians 4:6-7).
Unsaved people have debased minds (Romans 1:28) and insanity is in their hearts (Ecclesiastes 9:3 NAS). If a person has "mental health" problems, it is a sign that they are without Christ (Ephesians 2:12) and their understanding is still darkened (Ephesians 4:18), and they need to be saved (Isaiah 64:5). Therefore, the gospel of Jesus Christ is all that anyone needs for good "mental health."
WoF and Steve Arterburn, being caught in the basic principles of the world (Colossians 2:8), do not believe in the saving power of Jesus Christ, by the shear fact that they find a place for "Christian mental health." For some specific documentation on this folly, please see our report on Arterburn's destructive (2 Peter 2:1-2) "ministry," New Life Ministries.