Does Experience Make it True?

Experience is never a good excuse for ignoring the truth. In fact, when we choose to use our own experience as the ultimate evidence for our view of truth, we end up believing in things and defending things that may be set on sinking sand. We’ve all heard someone say it. “I am an expert [...]

Were John Wimber & Vineyard Church Responsible for Modern Faith Forgeries?

Across the world today, a surplus of names and categories bridge into historic Pentecostalism (i.e. Third Wave, Fourth Wave, New Apostolic Reformation, Neo-Pentecostalism, Dominionism, Kingdom Now etc). Sometimes, amidst the clutter, well-intended people get tainted by poor alliances. As part of our forthcoming book, Defining Deception, we detail one such story pertaining to John Wimber of [...]

If You Can’t Heal ‘Em, Beat ‘Em?

The following post is a modified portion of a chapter from "Defining Deception." Why in the world does church history matter? That's a question more Christians should be able to answer - and a highly important one at that. In his phenomenal work, Why Church History Matters, Robert F. Rea defines history as "the study of the [...]

Did a False Teacher Heal You?

A few years ago an excited woman in her 20’s ran up to me one Sunday at church – she was a newer attendee who had been kicking the tires on our church for a few weeks when my last name must have clicked. It’s not like we talk about it every Sunday at Mission [...]

Deadly Doctrine: Divorcing Spirit & Truth

The following post is from Costi Hinn and Anthony Wood's forthcoming book, Defining Deception. This particular section is part of a chapter outlining the doctrinal errors of popular mystical-miracle movements today... Joel Beeke, in his article about Calvin’s knowledge and piety, summarizes his view of Calvin’s teaching about the work of the Holy Spirit and the written Word this [...]

Are You Easy Prey for False Teachers?

Modern-day Christian culture is obsessed with experience. The Bible has become a footnote. Truth, we say, is important, but it must come second to our experience. Modern mystics claim, “We owe the world an encounter!” They’re referring to their ability to help people experience a special anointing of God. One of the newest faith healers [...]

They’re Telling Me I’m Sick ‘Cause I Lack Faith

Am I sick because I lack faith? In Bill Johnson's 2004 book When Heaven Invades Earth he tells the story of a miracle wedding where a man is supposedly “healed” in the kitchen while bride and groom look on. After describing the scene, he makes the statement, “There wasn’t a great person involved, except for [...]

Aimee Semple McPherson: Actress or Anointed?

On this date, September 27th, 1944, one of the most famous female faith healers in history was believed to have either died of an overdose from sleeping pills, or a heart attack. Here death was one that sent shockwaves through the world. While she is known for her ecumenical work and for being the founder [...]

Are Bill Johnson and the New Apostolic Reformation Really Doing Miracles?

I’ve some friends who know the "signs and wonders" movement pretty well. We’ve seen the backstage planning of a “miracle” crusade, the selection of those to be healed, the bravado in the green rooms, the falsified twitter feeds, the manipulation of youthful naïveté, and even the post event cash-money exchanges behind hotel doors in some [...]

Mythbuster: “Slain in the Spirit”

It had been over three hours since the service started, and I was really starting to feel God’s presence in the building. As I stood next to my friend, the music was deep and intense. The lighting made everything feel so intimate, and a slight fog danced through the air. The lead singer’s voice was [...]

Is it Always God’s Will to Heal?

Jesus is getting a lot of really confusing press when it comes to physical healing these days. This post will answer one of the biggest questions that arises from all of the confusion. As of right now, miraculous healing is one of the most popular subjects inside and outside the church. Preachers are preaching it, [...]

The Next Generation Must Demand Purity From Their Pastors

Over the past thirty years America has witnessed an unprecedented rise of mega scale churches and in tandem a meteoric explosion of moral failure. An entire generation of church goers are jaded, confused, and desensitized, because the pedestal of the pulpit crashed down. Because I take Galatians 6:1-2 seriously, I've elected not to list the names [...]

Evangelicals Can Have Doctrinal Discussion in a God Honoring Way

"We must know when to wield the sword mightily and when to keep it sheathed!" prince of preachers Charles Spurgeon once exclaimed. On Twitter we find two types of evangelical Christian... One group steers clear of any biblical truth that may challenge or offend. The second type tends to live in a polemic bubble of [...]

Hey Bill Johnson & Bethel Church, God Put Himself in a Box Called “Bible”

I receive emails from people around the world who are deeply confused and frightened by the teaching and supposed "miracle" ministry of Bill Johnson, Bethel Church, and Jesus Culture in Redding California. Many of these emails are from well meaning friends and family who have a loved one "immersed" in Bethel culture who won't respond to their basic appeals [...]

Pharisees and False Teachers

There is a word that used to have no derogatory meaning but has found its permanent place in  the insults of “Christianese.” Its original meaning referred to a man’s position as an expert adherent of God’s law with rabbinical duties to guide others. The word is – Pharisee.   Nowadays, this word is used and thought of in [...]

What the Bible Says About Tongues & Miracles

The goal of this post is to discern whether the signs, wonders, and tongues of modern neo-Pentecostalism (hence forth called charismatic/continuism) are the same as the biblical gifts mentioned in the NT from which they are supposedly derived. The reason for this article rests in the many charismatic claims that the baptism of the Holy Spirit, [...]