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Pastrix Christine Cain from Hillsong tweeted:

“”Then Caleb silenced the people…. ” (Numbers 13:30) You must choose to silence the negative voices of fear, doubt & unbelief in your life!” – Christine Cain, https://twitter.com/ChristineCaine/status/277617043015090176, 09/12/2012. (Accessed 10/12/12.)


So is this scripture that Christine quoted telling us to “silence the negative voices of fear, doubt & unbelief in your life”? A commentor responded with the following:

@ChristineCaine Except that is not what that verse is telling us to do. Who said it, to whom was it said?”

Good questions. What does the text actually say?

At the end of forty days they returned from spying out the land. And they came to Moses and Aaron and to all the congregation of the people of Israel in the wilderness of Paran, at Kadesh. They brought back word to them and to all the congregation, and showed them the fruit of the land. And they told him, “We came to the land to which you sent us. It flows with milk and honey, and this is its fruit. However, the people who dwell in the land are strong, and the cities are fortified and very large. And besides, we saw the descendants of Anak there. The Amalekites dwell in the land of the Negeb. The Hittites, the Jebusites, and the Amorites dwell in the hill country. And the Canaanites dwell by the sea, and along the Jordan.”

But Caleb quieted the people before Moses and said, “Let us go up at once and occupy it, for we are well able to overcome it.” Then the men who had gone up with him said, “We are not able to go up against the people, for they are stronger than we are.” So they brought to the people of Israel a bad report of the land that they had spied out, saying, “The land, through which we have gone to spy it out, is a land that devours its inhabitants, and all the people that we saw in it are of great height. And there we saw the Nephilim (the sons of Anak, who come from the Nephilim), and we seemed to ourselves like grasshoppers, and so we seemed to them.” – Numbers 13:25-33, (Emphasis Added.)

We don’t know about you but we didn’t see it taught anywhere that we “must choose to silence the negative voices of fear, doubt & unbelief in your life”. Did you? Why is Christine making up her own theology from out of context snippets of scripture?