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Should you Name it, Claim it, Declare it?

The “Name it, Claim it, Declare it!” presupposes that if you think it, believe it, and speak it into existence in the name of Jesus!, it will happen! However, its nature is demonic, a false doctrine that has leeched across churches.

It is perpetuated by the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) and its modern “false apostles,” from Benny Hinn, Joel Osteen, Steven Furtick, Joyce Meyer, and those in between who use different phrases.

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Name It! Claim It! Take It!

A popular evangelist from Ghana wrote the book ‘Name It! Claim It! Take It!.’ A bestseller, it’s about “claiming God’s blessings.” The book is inspiring, but some of its claims dangerously contradict the scriptures.

It was given to me by a Christian missionary couple who made several copies of the small book, excited to share it with others.

The couple claimed God will bless their “school mission work cum business” and expand their small church into a “mega-church.” Eventually, they lost their school “mission work,” and the small church they had just started quickly fizzled.

Naturally, they claim Satan was responsible for it, as if God is powerless to stop him.

The couple also believes in “wealth transfer” and declared that the wealth apparently taken away from them by their enemies be transferred to them, which did not happen.

God knows what we need even without asking. If it’s a mansion that you need to glorify Him, He will deliver! But Jesus never promised any of these. He warned us of trials and tribulations, not cars, a bigger church, or even to pay our bills.

Although asking and believing that God will bless you has its Biblical roots, we must have the right motive.

A book by famous evangelist Dag Heward Mills from Ghana encapsulates the aberrant and demonic nature of the “Name and Claims It!” movement that disengages the Gospel of Christ.

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Excerpt: Page 65 “Cursing the enemy”

“You are to declare that those who sow lies against you shall reap confusion, hatred, and death… the neck of my enemy is broken


Why would anyone wish hatred and death to an enemy, and why would you declare that their necks be broken? We are to bless our enemies and not curse them with ill thoughts. (Romans 12:14)

Excerpt: Page 66 “Self-worth”

“Those that despise me will bow down before me”


Allowing someone to bow to demonstrate humility does not make sense if you are a Christian. We are called to be humble like Jesus (1 Peter 5:5-6). Why should anyone bow before us, even if the intention is to seek forgiveness? Even angels would not allow anyone to bow before them because it allows them to be worshipped (Revelation 22:9).

Excerpt: Page 67 “Becoming Wealthy”

“People admire my house every day; in my house, the garages are filled with the latest and best types of cars in the world!”


Jesus taught and demonstrated that we are to live simple lives away from the love of wealth. To begin with, why would we need the latest and best types of cars? The Bible tells us not to seek these things (Matthew 6:32).

Jesus said, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself…” (Luke 9:23). We must be careful of what we claim in Jesus’ name. You could be using it in vain. Remember, “… a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions. (Luke 12:15)

Don’t put God in a genie lamp, ask for His will instead.

Can you claim blessings from God?

Absolutely YES!. For example, God promised Abraham that He would bless Him with a son, even though Sarah was 90. Likewise, God blessed King Solomon more than he asked for.

However, there is a difference between claiming God’s promises for His ultimate glory and “making a genie out of Him” for our utmost pleasure.

In Matthew 6:33, God gives absolute promise that He will provide—if you seek Him first. But He never said anything about naming, claiming, or declaring.

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