Christine Caine is a well-known speaker who preaches an unbiblical word-faith/prosperity theology, as well as engaging in New Age practices. With an upcoming appearance at the “Heaven Come Conference” Caine will be sharing the stage with well-known false teachers Bill Johnson , Kris Vallotton, Steven Furtick and Robert Madu. It was on her regular ‘gig’ at the TBN Network that Christine Caine recently made the outrageous claim that ‘you are the answer to your own prayer’, with the particular segment being uploaded to her Instagram account.
Looking at Christine Caine’s claim, it’s important to read the scripture about the feeding of the five thousand and following verses in their full context:
“The apostles returned to Jesus and told him all that they had done and taught. And he said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest a while.” For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat.And they went away in the boat to a desolate place by themselves. Now many saw them going and recognized them, and they ran there on foot from all the towns and got there ahead of them. When he went ashore he saw a great crowd, and he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. And he began to teach them many things. And when it grew late, his disciples came to him and said, “This is a desolate place, and the hour is now late. Send them away to go into the surrounding countryside and villages and buy themselves something to eat.” But he answered them, “You give them something to eat.” And they said to him, “Shall we go and buy two hundred denarii worth of bread and give it to them to eat?” And he said to them, “How many loaves do you have? Go and see.” And when they had found out, they said, “Five, and two fish.” Then he commanded them all to sit down in groups on the green grass. So they sat down in groups, by hundreds and by fifties. And taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven and said a blessing and broke the loaves and gave them to the disciples to set before the people. And he divided the two fish among them all. And they all ate and were satisfied. And they took up twelve baskets full of broken pieces and of the fish. And those who ate the loaves were five thousand men.”
“Immediately he made his disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side, to Bethsaida, while he dismissed the crowd. And after he had taken leave of them, he went up on the mountain to pray. And when evening came, the boat was out on the sea, and he was alone on the land. And he saw that they were making headway painfully, for the wind was against them. And about the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea. He meant to pass by them, but when they saw him walking on the sea they thought it was a ghost, and cried out, for they all saw him and were terrified. But immediately he spoke to them and said, “Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid.” And he got into the boat with them, and the wind ceased. And they were utterly astounded, for they did not understand about the loaves, but their hearts were hardened.“ Mark 6:37-52
Knowing they were doomed to failure, Jesus is getting them to depend totally on Him so when the miracle happens, He alone gets the glory. Jesus is also preparing them to be the dispensers of ‘spiritual food’ when He is longer with them, looking forward in time to when they, as His Apostles, will take the gospel to the whole world.
“Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted. And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:16-20
Let’s hear what Christine Caine has to say (transcript below):
“Because Jesus turns around in verse 37, He says “You give them something to eat”.
Jesus cracks me up, because what he’s showing us here is more often than not we are the answer to our own prayer.
That’s what He’s saying, like we’re praying “God, send us revival”. He goes, “I did, it’s you.”
“God, send peace into this situation.” I did. “You.”
“Send joy.” “Yeah that’s you”.
“Send love.” That’s you”.
“God, we need a breakthrough financially.” “Yes I want you to give.”
You are the answer to your own prayer.
Do you know how many things would change in this world if we actually took personal responsibility for some of the things we’ve paid for.
And God is saying “Um, you are it – you are the answer.”
Will you love in the face of hate? Will you give when everyone else takes? Will you unite when everyone else divides? Will you bring peace when everyone else is bringing chaos?
You are the answer to your own prayer.”
An astute observation made by a discerning believer – “by using Christine Caine’s theology “the answer to your own prayer” equals “God” so she is essentially saying “you are God.””
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