Andrew Wommack – False Teacher


Bethel Church is becoming his favourite playground for spewing his heresy…

“God has already placed His healing power within us, and it is now under our authority. It isn’t up to God to determine who receives healing; it’s up to us!”

“The Lord never told us to pray for the sick in the sense that we ask Him to heal them. He told us to heal the sick.”

Andrew Wommack, Faith For Healing Is Based On Knowledge.

Andrew Wommack believes in the “Word of Faith” theology that conceives of faith as a force conveyed by words that bring about reality. If you say, “I think I’m going to get a cold” you will actually create the cold (unless someone else counters your negative words by saying something positive). All of this takes place independently of God.

In his series titled “The Believer’s Authority”. Andrew Wommack tells the story of when his infant son kept waking up all through the night with symptoms of croup so severe that he could hardly breathe. This happened every half hour all night long. Finally his mother said, “Admit it Andy, he’s sick.” Andrew Wommack said,

“Man I got right down in her face and stuck my finger in her face and I said, ‘Satan in the name of Jesus I command you to shut up. … And for two days she never said a word. We were on vacation. It was an awesome vacation – you can imagine.”

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Andrew Wommack teaches that God gave man all authority on earth, so God Himself had no authority. The reason Jesus had to come in human flesh was to gain that human authority. He teaches that God had limited His own authority by giving it to man such that God was unable to speak Jesus’ body into existence. And so God had to find men to do it on their authority. It took God 4000 years to find enough men with enough combined authority to create Jesus’ body. Apart from the help of men God was unable to create a body for Jesus.

Andrew Wommack utters this blasphemy:

“When (people) see that some sickness, disease, tragedy comes into their life, instead of taking their authority and rebuking the devil and commanding him to leave, instead they go to God … and they beg God, ‘Oh God please change this situation. Oh God please get the devil off my back.’ And it’s not within God’s power and authority. He gave us that power and authority.”

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2 Timothy 4:3-4 “3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; 4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.”

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Tom (Discerning the World)

The saddest thing about deception is that thousands, if not millions, are being led astray on a path to hell (Proverbs 14:12). Jesus said:

But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in. Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye devour widows’ houses, and for a pretence make long prayer: therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation. Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves. (Matthew 23:13-15).

How many people who would really have wanted to go to heaven, will be in hell one day because someone misled them? I have pleaded with some of our friends who are in The Base Church in Mulderdrift, Krugersdorp, (NAR, WOF) to come out from among them, but to no avail. Quoting to them from the Bible is just plain useless because they have been zapped to believe everything their pastor says from the day he slew them in the spirit and zapped them with a demon who purports to be the Holy Spirit who makes them to speak in tongues. When I read a few passages to my daughter in law word for word from the Bible, she looked at me with blank staring eyes and said, “Dad, that’s just your opinion.” The only thing you can say to them is what Paul once said, “And now, behold, I know that ye all, among whom I have gone preaching the kingdom of God, shall see my face no more. Wherefore I take you to record this day, that I am pure from the blood of all men. (Acts 20:25-26). He was, of course referring to Ezekiel 33:1-9.

If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be Anathema [eternally accursed] Maranatha. (1 Corinthians 16:22)

Mike Evans
Mike Evans

I was once deceived by Wommack and the other WOF heretics. I think I read that Copeland declared him to be a prophet or apostle or both. He can be seen in the audience when Copeland pronounced the protest against Catholicism over and bowed to Francis the Talking Pope. It is tragic to see so many taking him seriously when he states that a demon brought about the Reformation. (In truth, Satan hindered and corrupted the Reformation by the retention of doctrines such as infant baptism and the Gnostic doctrines of Calvin.)
Because twisted scripture and the false visions and personal revelations of exalted leaders are the foundation of Pentecostalism, its blinded adherents are nearly impossible to get through to. Like the Galatians, they have been “bewitched”.
One minister I listen to says cult leaders such as Joseph Smith were high level witches whose spirits dominate their followers. As an ex-charismatic who followed shamans like Kenneth Hagin, I believe this is true. Now that I am in my right mind again, I cannot believe how I could have taken people such as him seriously. If you had told me at the age of 13 that I would throw my life away and study at a college run by someone who believed Christ walked into his hospital room and began to chat to him, I’d have laughed and thought it a preposterous notion. Yet multitudes of bewitched people believe all manner of ridiculous things from the mouths of these rich, modern – day versions of Simon the Sorcerer inc numerous trips to heaven, angelic encounters etc. Ironically, those of us speaking against it are viewed as having the spirit of AntiChrist!

Tom (Discerning the World)

Thanks, Mike for sharing with us your own experiences in the WOF and how God delivered you. A word you used that stood out more clearly to me is “bewitched.” As you know it means to “be in awe of” or “fascinated by.” When speaking to people in the ranks of WOF they always refer to the “power” supposedly exerted by the false apostles and how awesome it is. Although they love to use the well-known verse, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (Heb 11:1), their faith is actually based on what they see (the things which they allegedly speak into existence by the words of their mouth). It is the exact opposite of Hebrews 11:1. Steve Wilson, a WOF crony Of NCMI who preached at The Base Church, Krugersdorp recently affirms that healing is in the atonement and therefore everyone should live in divine health. He said this with his divine spectacles doing a balancing act on his crooked nose. Oh, wait a minute. wearing glasses is not an indication of some kind of infirmity in the eyes. It is just a way to see the people you are leading astray into hell so much the better.


There’s actually more I want to say about this, but for now (limited time & an almost-dead computer & a sprained wrist.. making it difficult to type…) I will say that I, too, (sigh!!) “fell for” Andrew Womack! Even went to one of his “speeches”…. DH & I looked at each other with crooked smiles when Womack likes to claim he attended Baptist “Cemetary” (he thinks it’s a cute twist of meaning “seminary”, but this is his way of saying it’s SO boring!) Looking back, I, too wonder what on earth I was thinking? And I love my husband with all my heart, but admittedly he falls for whoever calls themselves a Christian!! I simply mean in believing they TRULY ARE just b/c they CLAIM to be. Therefore, he is not a good spiritual leader and just let me go off, following all the whims of charismania!! Like Eve, I was offering him a bite of the forbidden fruit I was indulging in.

Though I was not clear whether that was Andy’s wife or mother who said, “face it, he’s sick” ~ even so, I was soooo glad that was not me in her shoes…. Biting her head off the way he did!! Certainly no respect there.

Okay, get this folks! And Mike Evans, I’m going to borrow from your last line:

“Ironically, those of us speaking against it are viewed as having the spirit of AntiChrist! “

Amen to this! I’ve had a lady who (my DH knows) who helped me quite a bit after major surgery last spring – help by texting, emailing, getting to know each other that way – we have yet to meet for lunch what with differing schedules, so it’s weird, though she lives nearby, we don’t know each other THAT WELL yet.

Well, recently she was trying to tell me about a book by Mark Taylor. I sent her a rather long email explaining how he’s a false prophet. OUCH!! She didn’t like that. See, I live in “charismatic capital” of the world! At any rate, she finally responded telling me she was “taken aback” and that it was HARSH!!!! And that (her words) we won’t know how it (rapture/end times) is going to play out…. Uh, I disagree with THAT statement!! We CAN know if we stick to God’s Word ALONE & quit listening to every Tom, Dick & Harry who comes along claiming they’ve looked into a crystal ball & know the future. From 2 Peter 1: Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.

Also Mark Taylor directly blasphemes the Holy Spirit by claiming, “The Spirit of God says…” [Really ?? Does the Spirit of God tell us WRONG DATES?? And claim the Republicans are going to take the house, when it fact it was the Democrats?? I could go on, but these are prime examples…]

So yes, when we share the Truth, we do get beat up often. But I told my DH that even if it costs me every friend I have, (and believe me, it almost has!) then I must stand on the Word of God & not back down! And I must let people know when they’re following a wolf. If she found it harsh, it’s because I will NOT compromise on the Word of God – or be Miss Goodie Two Shoes about it, afraid I’m going to “hurt someone’s feelings”!!

Just about every female I know still “follows” and cherishes Joyce Meyer. (I did, too, at one time…. Till I came to my senses!) Praise Him for letting His prodigals come Home!

BTW, question for you, Mike: one year we went to Rhema merely to see the Christmas lights (pretty spectacular), but had first stopped for a root beer float – which meant I needed to use their facilities! At first, they refused to even allow me to go to the bathroom. They finally relented, but I had to “sign in”…. you woulda’ thought I was walking into a SECRETIVE masonic lodge or something…. Because on my return trip back down the hall, they actually SENT A SECURITY GUARD to toss me out of there!!! Good gravy!! What’s up with that??!! WHY BE SO SECRETIVE if it’s a “church”…?? WHAT’S THAT ALL ABOUT ANYWAY??!! Ohhh!!! Wait a minute!!! Because it’s a C U L T maybe??!!!!! And I didn’t know the “secret handshake”.

Lord willing, I’ll aim to come back & write more when I have the time & opportunity.

P.S. Tom, I often think of that funny thing, too — how the “healing” preachers wear glasses!! grin Many aren’t aware that Joyce Meyer had a mastectomy some years ago (she would TELL US to “believe” for good health) unhappy Also how do charismatics “EXPLAIN” when one of their own dies??? Didn’t have enough faith?? EX: Billy Joe Daugherty at the young age of 57.
If that sounds harsh, well it’s the truth.

Tom (Discerning the World)

HI RJ. Thank you for your comment. You wrote something that happens frequently in family circles. You said:

Looking back, I, too wonder what on earth I was thinking? And I love my husband with all my heart, but admittedly he falls for whoever calls themselves a Christian!! I simply mean in believing they TRULY ARE just b/c they CLAIM to be. Therefore, he is not a good spiritual leader and just let me go off,

Most wives and husbands are led astray by their own spouses because they love their partners so much and do not want to hurt them. We’ve been indoctrinated by the lie that when you reproof, rebuke, and exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine (2 Timothy 4:2) you are unloving, pharisaical, and harsh. Well, Jesus said something completely different.

Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household. (Matthew 10:34-36)

He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me is not worthy of me. He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it. (Matthew 10:37-39)

I am not saying this is happening in your household; not at all. However, all of us should bear this in mind.


Tom, you’re absolutely right of course! Another “Eve ploy” called passing the buck! Fortunately at that time, my husband just paid no never mind to my babbling about “Joyce Meyer is the greatest thing since sliced bread!” or my listening to Andrew Wommack or Charles Capps / et al. I’m just thankful, so, so thankful to heaven that I never attended this one church where it was very common every service to push ppl backwards!! “slain in the spirit” …Oh my!!! I’d hate to think if I would’ve received THAT spirit!!

And how hypocritical of me to expect my “friend” to accept reproof – when, I ADMIT, those some 20 years ago, I was in no frame of mind to hear it from my husband either!!!! Tom, yes, people DO see us as harsh & unloving… when it fact, we’re doing it OUT OF LOVE. Ref: Jude 22

I like to think I’ve grown in my Christian walk since then though and have calmed down and am at least trying to be more submissive to my husband. Ladies, please note, this does NOT mean we are to submit to EVERY man!! Not even church leadership has a right nor authority to “lord it over us”!! 1 Peter 5:3

And being submissive to our own husbands also does not mean we must be subservient or anything! It means treating them in a dignified way and with great respect! You know how it is – how easy it is for us to treat others outside the home with respect and show our best sides to them. Yet we can learn from each other & from what the Lord expects, to be kind, caring, and patient.. “LOVING”.. with our own spouses and family members as well.

Remember, the Lord finds it VERY PRECIOUS for us to have quiet and gentle spirits! Ref: 1 Peter 3:4 This does not mean we’re NOT ALLOWED to talk – no, no, no! But just about myself here, the way I was brought up, I find it very easy to grumble often (which was a full-time hobby at my house) – uh, so I do this too often! And no one wants to hear that all the time! So much negativity, not enough peace.

I must remind myself often to find good things to THINK on (Phil 4:8) and as a result, will then speak about. Plus I try to not yack on and on endlessly to him as he’s coming home tired, with so much on his mind from work. Thus the reason we ladies need friends.

I must chuckle at a little secret, up till now known only to me: I am the type who’s particular about which coffee mug I drink from – got a new set – but since my husband doesn’t care nor give any thought to which one he drinks from – I kept pouring his drinks in the OLD beat-up scratched up ones. YIKES!!! I know this is a tiny little thing –and my gracious husband wouldn’t give a whit about it. But one morning I was actually convicted to start serving his drinks in the new, NICE mugs!! So what if he knocked it over & broke it? Could always buy another… Know what ladies? That one teeny-little thing helped me to start treating him better overall!!! So yep, the little things DO count, too!!

Thanks Tom, for taking the time to share this reminder! I really do appreciate it!

Also, I’m at a bit of a crossroads here, and I’d appreciate the counsel of other godly people. My “friend” I’ve mentioned… do I proceed with the friendship? And AGREE TO DISAGREE (as she wants to do) & simply not discuss prophecy and/or FALSE teachers..? [as she says there are so many other things we could talk about) What about Amos 3:3? Sigh! I AM praying about this!! From what little I know of her, I do like her a lot and I do not have a large circle of friends, (VERY FEW in fact!) and no family – so I NEED friends!! Overall though that doesn’t play into it as much as I merely want to please the Lord. Still though, she’d obviously be one I could never share Biblical info/doctrine with. And don’t we hate it when we feel we must have a shield up! Anyone who can offer godly counsel here, I want to thank you in advance.

Tom (Discerning the World)

Hi RJ. Thank you for your comment. I have read it attentively but need some time to get my thoughts together. All I can say now, is that I have lost many friends and yes, it hurts. My wife has also lost a few friends because of me being so forthright and to the point in my approach to contend for the faith once delivered to us by the apostles. I laughed when you wrote about the mugs. It seems to be common among women. Oops! sorry.