Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Counterfeit revival

When selling and sensationalism become more tantalizing than truth, the very foundation of our faith is compromised. Back in 1994, a new “revival” which was supposed to be a “great awakening” and led by the likes of Kenneth Copeland and Benny Hinn have ensnared thousands in a great deception. This “revival” continues on today through many prominent men and women, including the Trinity Broadcasting Network.

In times past, these people would have been known as “holy rollers,” but they literally jump up and down furiously, chop their hands frantically through the air, flap their hands in the air, violently throw their heads backward and forward and bend wildly at the waist. Other manifestations have included people falling out of their pews without anyone even touching them, people being pinned to the floor for hours while being subjected to the “Holy Ghost glue,” speaking in tongues and, of course, claims of miraculous healing.

God declared in Deuteronomy 18:15-20 that a false prophet would be known if his prophecies did not come true. These manifestations, which are done under the guise of the Holy Spirit, are false! The problem in all of this is that millions are looking on in amazement and dismissing the Bible and the gospel as little more than a hoax. They say, “These people are gullible fools.”

Never forget that the essentials of the Christian faith are the very doctrines for which the martyrs spilled their blood. Some may be cavalier about this today but they were not. All of these manifestations were conspicuously absent in the ministry of Jesus and the apostles. In fact, Peter warned us to be wary of such pagan practices, telling us to be “self-controlled and sober-minded” (1 Peter 4:7, ESV).

Kyle Campbell


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