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I found this book to be a great disappointment It was a very superficial treatment of the subject, and in general, completely anti charismatic It begins with a history of the charismatic movement, and its development I really didn t buy this book for a history lesson on the movement, but for some specific definition of the beliefs of the current major players in the NAR Bill Johnson of Bethel is a focus, but truthfully, they have such a bias against him, nothing the man says or does is acceptable or taken in context, including having a school of music ministry The treatment of his beliefs jumps around so much in this book you don t come away with a cohesive picture of his stance Benny HInn and Todd Bentley, are also mentioned superficially and that s about it Where is the content on Heidi Baker or Todd White In the chapter on The Shady World of Stage Sharing, they mention Todd White spoke at Gateway Church which clearly was a no no , but not one mention of anything Todd White actually believes or teaches The authors also don t believe in healing, or that sin in the life of the believer can lead to sickness see I Corinthinas 11 or that the believer has any responsibility to exercise faith for their healing aren t we supposed to believe the promises 3 John 1 2 but just hope for whatever the will of God is isn t that sitting the fence, what the double minded man who receives nothing believes see Hebrews 11 13 At the end of the book they tackle the subject of speaking in tongues which of course, being anti charismatic, they don t believe in They go through all of I Corinthians 14, but deliberately and conveniently leave out vs 14 15 Long and short of it is, don t waste your money on this book, it is very poorly written, and very biased Defining Deception is one of the most important books you should read this year My wife and I were once in a Third Wave NAR Church experienced it firsthand Our hearts break for the lost deceived This book sheds light on the darkness. You don t receive a tornado warning with glee and giddiness, nor will this book leave you feeling all warm and fuzzy inside it s not supposed to It is a clarion call that especially for those directly in the mystical miracle movement s swath of force is meant to save lives For Christians outside of the Third Wave New Apostolic Reformation havoc, this book is also necessary because as with any natural disaster we must not only consider our own safety but lovingly consider how we can help those in the thick of the crisis In other words, there are no Christians that don t need to read this book Whether it be a warning about what is happening to us directly, or a heart wrenching news report on what is happening to our loved ones denominationally abroad, we are required to know and care If I needed to read just one book to get a clear, overarching picture that is well documented and written in a spirit of love and kindness this would be the one. Review Costi Hinn and Anthony Wood have done with this book what men of education and platform have been unable to do, they make a convincing argument pointing out the flaws of some teachings and beliefs of the Charismatic and Pentecostal movements They succeeded where many in the cessationist camp have failed in their reviews, blogs and books Hinn and Wood did not paint with a broad brush, they clarified upfront that there is a difference between mainstream Charismatic Pentecostal leaders and they did not make the assumption that ALL Pentecostal Charismatic believers were of the same belief base Most important, they approached this from the perspective of love and I am particularly impressed that Costi didn t show dishonor to his Uncle or his relatives in my opinion.I don t agree with everything they stated but I must say that I pray this is the beginning of a dialogue that allows for thoughtful and Christ honoring discussion in the future regarding such a critical topic Both sides of this debate should stop the belittling posts made on social media, books that misrepresent facts and conferences that are reckless with overstatements There are examples of this on both sides of this argument.Background Info I am a believer in the continuing gifts of the Spirit I am the CEO of a business in So California and am not in full time ministry at the moment but pray to be in the next few years I am the son of a leader in the Assemblies of God and have been fortunate enough to have been brought up in a Biblically sound church My grandfather founded an A G church down the road from Masters College and was an admirer of John MacArthur even though there was a difference in the gifts I picked up my admiration for Dr MacArthur from my Pentecostal Grandfather and I also have great admiration for him as well as Phil Johnson, Mark Denver, Al Mohler and many other cessation Pastor s and theologians I ve also been privileged to hear some of the great ministers in the Pentecostal movement preach from my dad s pulpit, sit at our dinner table and pray over my life and that of our family I ve read the books and studies of Jack Hayford, Stanley Horton, Michael Brown, David Wilkerson and others.I do have a concern that there is real deficiency of sound Biblical teaching in some topics or ministries in the Pentecostal movement today I also believe there needs to be leaders within the movement addressing these issues I am of the opinion that the movement is in need of men who will speak to the movement in the same manner of David Wilkerson and call out the heresy of the prosperity gospel, the trend of preaching motivational messages and the abuse of church leadership for the garbage that they represent I am concerned that you can literally watch hours of preaching by some in the NAR movement and not hear a single reference to scripture There are too many weird, crazy off the wall manifestations that have found acceptance in some circles despite the fact that they posses as much Biblical grounding as instructions for IKEA furniture assembly.On the other hand, many in the discernment business need to check their hearts Making wide sweeping and sometimes false accusations, writing books and holding conferences that use these false accusations to jeer and condemn the entire movement as degenerate or false is just as wrong Although they have good feedback at times, I ve also seen vengeful talk and targeting on social media that brings zero Glory to our Saviour In addition, there are many topics that need correction that are being stifled because there is energy spent in the movement deflecting these often vengeful attacks while there are issues and concerns that those outside don t address or have knowledge of currently.I applaud the approach that this book takes and should you ever find your way down to the No San Diego area would love to listen to you preach. `DOWNLOAD EPUB ↡ Defining Deception: Freeing the Church from the Mystical-Miracle Movement (English Edition) ⇻ The Global Movement Of Mystical Miracle Enthusiasts Have Put A Modern Face On Historical Heresies Men And Women Posing As Prophets And Apostles Make Millions Preying On The Sick, Poor, And Emotionally Fragile Behind A Veil Of Glamour, Many Self Proclaimed Pastors Mask Their Spiritual Abuse With Claims Of Special Power From The Holy Spirit Defining Deception Pulls Back The Curtain To Reveal The Truth Behind This Lucrative Industry Written With A Unique Blend Of Theology, History, And Personal Experience, Costi Hinn And Anthony Wood Have Lovingly, Yet Sternly, Exposed The Mystical Miracle Fraud In The Hope That Christians Will Unite Against Those Who Have Turned Jesus Into A Commodity It Is Also A Call To All Christians Of Good Faith To Help Those Trapped By These Corrupt Leaders Rediscover The Biblical Gospel Of Christ Every Christian Is Called To Earnestly Contend For The Faith Jude Even When Its ControversialDefining Deception Will Equip Christians To Do Just That