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Slain in the Spirit—Is it a Biblical Practice?
By Kevin Reeves
Jason had just picked himself up from the floor at the front of the sanctuary and clasped the aged hands of a dear older believer who occasionally came to Sunday service. With a deep reverence, he gently kissed her hands in a gesture of honor.
Only a moment before he had been laid out on the carpet. Sister Carmen had come up front at the service’s end to receive healing prayer for eyes suffering from progressive vision deterioration. She was a sweet old lady, a pioneer who talked a lot about getting back to her home in a small community farther north and deeper into the backcountry. In the previous few months, I had spent considerable time with her and her young companion, a fervent Christian and fellow sticks-dweller who had land staked out for homesteading. A loving and self-appointed protector, he guarded Sister Carmen physically in their travels, and she in turn imparted some of the Christian wisdom gleaned over many years of serving the Lord. Click here to continue reading this article.
International House of Prayer (IHOP) Promotes Contemplative Spirituality
"Mike Bickle, director of the International House of Prayer (IHOP) in Kansas City, and a well-known leader in the Prophetic Movement, claims that God is restoring contemplative prayer to the church. He goes on to claim that contemplative prayer is a God ordained means of entering into the fullness of God, and that the brightest lights in church history have been Roman Catholic mystics who lived during the dark ages. He went on to say the western church had much to learn from these mystics ...
[Bickle states]: 'Everybody is called to live in the contemplative lifestyle. Everyone! Everyone! Everyone! That's one of the great strongholds we have to overcome (resistance to contemplative prayer).'" Jocelyn Andersen, Mike Bickle On Contemplative Prayer
We recommend those wanting to know about ministries that are rooted in the River movement (Word/Faith, etc.), to read The Other Side of the River by Kevin Reeves. This important apologetics biography covers the twelve years Reeves was part of a River church. His story exposes many of the false and sometimes mystical practices and doctrines that Mike Bickle (IHOP), Rick Joyner, Kenneth Copeland, Kenneth Hagin, John Wimber, and many others have taught to countless Christians. Also for extensive documentation on YWAM's move toward the new missiology, read Mike Oppenheimer and Sandy Simpson's book, Idolatry in Their Hearts.
By Sandy Simpson
Deception in the Church
Seth Dahl, Bethel Church, Redding, CA: Dahl tells the Bethel Redding congregation of his experience with an enormous angel. Dahl asked the angel his name and then Googled in the angel’s answer. The angel’s name was the same as that of a finance company. Dahl then realized the angel was “here for our finances at Bethel. . . .” Dahl states, “You just need to hear a testimony so you can know what’s available to you ’cause I’m not trying to preach a sermon, I’m trying to invite you to a new way of life.” (Bethel Redding children’s pastor Seth Dahl )
Deluded! Click here to continue reading.