Bruce Wilkinson's The Prayer of Jabez
Reviewed by Hadley Robinson
for a thorough review from Biblical Discernment Ministries (BDM) of Bruce Wilkinson.
As BDM notes, Mr. Wilkinson is just another hustler of the "name-and-claim-it" prosperity gospel – a false
Its wide appeal is squarely related to the unfortunate truth that too many Christians are spiritual infants looking for new milk formulas that will gratify their carnal lusts. False teachers
like Wilkinson will always
be there to fill that need.
Sadly, James Dobson's endorsement of Wilkinson made him all the more popular. The fact that Mr. Wilkinson could fool so many in the churches and his heretical teachings not be instantly
recognized for what they are, should caution us against entertaining much hope for the church culture to say nothing of the culture in general.
The good news may perhaps be that he will help us recognize the broad nature of the evangelical Christian community in the United States:
False teachers galore
In his book, Wilkinson encourages the reader to recite a particular prayer every day for weeks. Jesus spoke of this kind of foolishness:
But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.
– Matthew 6:7
And thusly, Wilkinson reduces Christian prayer to the babble of those who follow false gods. More unfortunate is the fact that few care.
This fiasco of false teaching can be partially attributed to an error in the translation of 1Chron. 4:9 into the English (it has not been corrected to my knowledge).
As anyone who knows
Hebrew will note, the verb “honor” (KBD) is conjugated as transitive (passive clause) and not in a linking manner. I.e. it should read “…was honored by [his] brothers” and not “…was [more]
honorable [than his] brothers”. The context is unknown.
It could mean he was better at raising goats and sheep. That is, he was respected/honored by his brothers not that he was more
honorable than they were. Mr. Wilkinson builds a huge (and false) case on a faulty translation of the passage.1
If he had done any research, the book might not have been written but you never know with the hucksters. Like Bill Bright, they will just make up stuff if it sounds good.
still astounded that Multnomah (the publisher) let this slip by, including the Evangelical Publishers Association. Are all of these people so ignorant? So unlearned? Does anyone read
Hebrew? Does anyone in these organizations care about the truth? About accuracy? Apparently not.
God is not some genie that if we pester Him enough times and in a proper way, He will
give us our desires. Are we to pray like the pagans (Mt. 6:7)? Mr. Wilkinson, Multnomah, and the EPA think so.