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 [...]