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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

The Holy Spirit: Triumph or Tragedy?

There is a member of the Holy Trinity that is most neglected, misunderstood, and misrepresented, yet, He is an integral and equal part of the Godhead. Many of His works go unnoticed, while many foolish and outlandish practices are credited to Him. The feeble attempts to “reveal” Him by well-meaning believers, or preying “prophets”, do [...]