Can You Define Deception?

The church’s greatest threat has never been from the outside, but rather, from deception within. The Bible is clear. Satan doesn’t show up at the foot of your bed with red horns and a pitch-fork claiming, “Here I am to distract and deceive you!” Neither do his false prophets. They are disguised in light; seeming [...]

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 [...]