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From Church To Emerging Church DVD Series 
by Sandy Simpson

The issue of the Emerging Church and it's introduction into many churches and mission organizations has reached a critical point.  Many do not undersand what is being leavened into churches by the EC leadership.  Many would be shocked to know their belief systems involve Universalism, New Age, defense of postmodernism, Interfaithism, and many other false doctrines.  In order to reach out to this generation the EC leadership is proposing a whole new "map" to deal with what they perceive is a lack of understanding on the part of the churches on how to communicate.  EC proponants believe the "scripture" for today is evolving and must change in order to reach postmoderns. 

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Landmark Book!

Does having eternity in your heart mean that you know God and are His child? Could Gentile cultures understand the Gospel from the stars? Did God create man’s cultures? Has God always been in the process of redeeming cultures from the time of Babel by placing in them a true revelation of Himself? Is there the worship of YHWH in all cultures and religions through the names of “supreme beings”?  Have all cultures always had a way to make things right between them and God? These questions and many more are answered in this book that addresses the false teachings of The New Apostolic Reformation regarding missiological methods as being carried out by many agencies including the World Christian Gathering on Indigenous People, YWAM, and many Bible societies. 

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Every Pastor 

Needs This!

What is it and where is it going?
is a DVD /VHS expose of  the NAR and it's leadership of C. Peter Wagner, Cindy Jacobs, Chuck Peirce, Dutch Sheets, Bill Hamon, Jack Deere and others. It  features commentary by Bill Randles, Arnold Fruchtenbaum, Jacob Prasch, Mike Oppenheimer, Orrel Steinkamp, Gary Gilley, Dave Hunt, Sandy Simpson and others. 

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Great Study!

Through the years I have been presented with many opportunities to forgive. Sometimes the situation was so severe that it took me some time to forgive and start the process of healing for myself, and eventually for others. I learned that a Christian needs to forgive other people even if they have not repented of their sins. That can be really hard if we let it be hard. But if we give our burdens over to the Lord, He will carry them and that frees us up to treat other people with love, compassion, and be in the right frame of mind and heart to set them up for reconciliation with Jesus Christ. That does not mean we tolerate their sin. We simply forgive them for what they have done to us, whether perceived or real, and move on to looking for ways to redeem them. We can then present to them the “truth in love” even when we have to rebuke them. 

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Companion DVD Series to "Idolatry in Their Hearts"!

Deceiving the Nations!
This DVD video series features Mike Oppenheimer and Sandy Simpson and their in depth research regarding the World Christian Gathering on Indigenous People which is backed by the New Apostolic Reformation.  This is an issue that pastors and missionaries need to be informed of because it goes to the core of evangelism and preaching the Gospel.

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Go On To Maturity!

was written to help believers to realize the absolute necessity of growing to maturity in Christ. Many churches are urging Christians to push aside discernment in favor of experience. It is our hope that this book will inspire many believers to fight the good fight, finish the race, and keep the faith (2 Tim. 4:7). 

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Companion Book!

is now available in book form. This is the DVD script plus commentary by Sandy Simpson. The commentary of the DVD series is not in the book, but there are many more quotes available than in the video series.  Good reference material.  Also available on CD-ROM.

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is a fitting manual for the Revelation Christian. All the precepts are in the seven letters in Revelation 1:9 - 3:22 to help us keep the faith, stay in sound doctrine, and reach out to those who are perishing. I hope and pray that this book will help the reader to be an “overcomer”.

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Demolish Arguments!

Want to be able to see your way through to clear biblical discernment? Want a set of tools that will allow you to disciple your loved ones so they will stand firm in the Faith? Want to sort out many of the false arguments and teachings that have invaded the churches? Then DISCERNMENT TOOLKIT book is for you!

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DVD Study Series!

is taken from the book but includes a lot of footage of false teachers and false prophets. It covers the core doctrines, how we can use them to test, and examples on the DVD that can be paused for discussion.  Also includes a teacher guide and links to resources on the web.  This 3-DVD series is available now!

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Important Video Information 

On Benny Hinn!

features Jacob Prasch, Mike Oppenheimer & Sandy Simpson and tons of video showing the teachings and prophecies of Benny Hinn.  This is a proven tool to keep people away from heresy.

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Living Water 2003 

Discernment Conference

3-DVD Set & 2-VHS Set Now Available!
Featuring Bill Randles, Gary Gilley
& Ray Yungen

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Discernment 2001 

6-DVD Set & 2-VHS Set Now Available!
Featuring Dave Hunt, Duane Magnani, Mike Oppenheimer, Jacob Prasch, Jewel Grewe & Bill Randles

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Highly Recommended!

What is Christianity? What significance does the cross have? Are there teachings that can wreck our faith? We live in an age unlike any other in the history of man. To follow the Lord among the unique challenges we must understand Scripture and live by it. Available for $20- includes shipping.  Apologetics Coordination Team HIGHLY recommends this book.  It deals with many crucial issues for the Church today. 

Go here to order the book by Mike Oppenheimer, Let Us Reason Ministries, P.O. Box 860683, Wahiawa, HI 96786.

New Bible Study CD!

Bible Studies in Discernment 
contains the studies in the New Testament by Sandy & Juanita Simpson covering many issues of apologetics and discernment. 

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General apologetics articles on the Third Wave "river". 

(1) The Deification Of Man by Norman Geisler and William Watkins, 1992
The different cults and aberrational leaders that deify man are compared to the orthodox Christian view of monotheism, trinitarianism, incarnationalism and evangelicalism. Some of these are the men that were invited by John Arnott to the Toronto Vineyard Fellowship Church where, subsequently, the Toronto "Blessing" emerged.

(2) Anatomy Of Deception by Dr. Eddy Cheong, 1996
A chart comparing the original lies of Satan in the Garden of Eden and the modus operandi of the Laughter movement and derivatives.

(3) Can You Identify A Cult? by Norman Olson, 1989
"We also need to be familiar with, and to familiarize others with, the basic marks of a cult. What are some of the ways we can identify false religions?" ... Some of the ways to identify a cult are to "watch for their attitude toward the Word of God ... see what they believe concerning salvation ... determine what they believe about assurance of salvation ... watch to see if they elevate a certain person or that person's words to a level in the direction of the God-like ... watch for doctrinal vagueness or inconsistency ... be aware of a tendency to claim new discoveries, especially from the Scriptures."

(4) Is It Scriptural? by A College Professor, 1997
An unnamed college professor, who seems to be coming from a Pentacostal/Charismatic perspective, lays down sixteen questions to ask when questioning whether a movement or revival is really from God. Although we disagree with his position that there is some justification from Scripture for "slain in the spirit", we do agree with him that "being slain in the Spirit is certainly not normative for a Christian, and it is impossible to prove from Scripture that it is even normal. Thus it cannot be seen as a mark of spirituality." The rest of the points of this article are very helpful.

(5) Where Is the Charismatic Movement Headed? by M.H. Reynolds, Jr, 1996
"Believers would be shocked if they only knew the whole story of conspiracy, intrigue, hypocrisy, selfishness, greed and deception on the part of charismatic and new-evangelical leaders which, in some cases, has been going on for years. Yet, all the while, these leaders were putting on a false front of spirituality to deceive the increasing millions of people who hung upon their every word as they appeared on television, spoke on radio broadcasts and at huge rallies, and indoctrinated their deluded followers by numerous seminars, videos, tapes and books." From a conservative fundamentalist perspective, but it does raise some very good questions.

(6) Where Are They Now?: A Televangelist Update by Perucci Ferraiuolo and Paul Carden, 1994
"Slick. Hypocritical. Greedy. Power-hungry. Flamboyant. Sleazy. Materialistic. To millions of skeptical viewers, such words define the video preachers known collectively as televangelists. And while many responsible, credible evangelical ministers use the airwaves with the best of motives, in the minds of scandal-weary, cynical audiences they're the ringmasters of electronic religion, predators -- possibly perverts -- in three-piece suits." An old update but it shows where people end up who are not truly following God.

(7) The Unholy Alliance by Dan S., 1997
"Like a lost treasure, genuine biblical Christianity has been buried beneath the sands of time. Down through the centuries, much of Christendom has become a synthesis of humanism and Biblical semantics--an unholy alliance, symbolized above by Leonardo da Vinci's Renaissance man, (who signifies man as the 'measure of all things') holding the Christian Pax emblem. Nearly all twentieth century Christianity has erroneously embraced the foundational tenet of the Renaissance and the Enlightenment--the sovereignty of man. Let's explore the consequences."

(8) Weighed And Found Wanting by Pastor Bill Randles, 1995
"The current "renewal" or "revival" that is being promoted by people like Rodney Howard Browne, the Toronto Airport Vineyard, and others, actually has the potential of taking people's eyes off of the God of the Bible and turning them to sensual manifestations and mystical experiences. Unless some leadership is offered and discernment is applied, I predict that many of God's people will be hurt, disillusioned and even made shipwreck of their faith, as a result of this "Mystical Revival." From a Pentacostal perspective. This is an excellent online book. 

(9) Unbiblical Doctrines, Teachings and Phenomena of the Third Wave Counterfeit Revival Movement compiled by Sandy Simpson, 1997
A document compiled from a few sources to give Christians a resource to cut through the issues involved in the "counterfeit" revival. This paper includes a short list of unbiblical doctrines, teachings and phenomena observed and documented in the Toronto "Blessing"/Pensocola "Outpouring" movement. Please refer to the document called "Influence Links Of The Third Wave Movement" for a more comprehensive list of the heretical doctrines of the Third Wave. This paper also features guiding principles on how to determine unbiblical doctrines, whether or not we are to test and judge as Christians, and practical guidelines on how to counsel people who have had emotional, physical and spiritual damage from this movement or have been demonized as a result of being "slain in the spirit" or at the "laying on of hands". 

(10) A Coming New Pentecost an exerpt from "America - The Sorcerer's New Apprentice, The Rise Of New Age Shamanism, p. 66-67 by Dave Hunt and T.A. McMahon, 1988. 
Check out this quote from New Age author Brad Steiger.

(11) Gambling On Gamaliel by Bob Hunter, 1997
A short article on the "Gamaliel Defence" that many Third Wavers use to try to avoid rebuke. "One should be able to see the absurdity of using the Gamaliel line of defense. Maybe one day the Brownsville/Pensacola supporters will realize that there are people who feel so strongly that this is not a move of God that they sense they must speak out against it or disobey God if they don't."

(12) "Jesus Who?" by T.A. McMahon, 1997
"Nothing can be better on this earth than the joy of fellowship with Jesus and with those who know and are known by Him. On the other hand, nothing could he more tragic than the offering of one's affections to another Jesus, the invention of men and demons. Our Lord prophesied that many would fall prey to that great delusion just prior to His return (Matthew 24:23-26). There will be many who, because of the alleged signs and wonders they perform in His name, will convince themselves that they know Jesus and are serving Him. To them He will speak these sobering words: "… I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity" (Matthew 7:23). Rather than being divisive, asking the question "Jesus who?" may be the most loving service one can perform these days. The answer has eternal consequences."

(13) Believe the Right Thing about the Right Person by A. W. Tozer, Renewed Day by Day, 1950
In 1950 A. W. Tozer penned this devotional that is as definative a statment on the Word-Faith and Third Wave movements as there ever was. "Faith is good only when it engages truth; when it is made to rest upon falsehood it can and often does lead to eternal tragedy."

(14) Another Gospel: Which is not Another by A.T. Pierson, 1900
"If there ever was a warning, framed by the Holy Spirit, in apostolic days, for the very times in which we are living,
it is surely this, which is found in the forefront of this letter to the Galatians."

(15) The True Workings Of God Versus The Counterfeits Of Satan by Jessie Penn-Lewis with Evan Roberts, from "War On The Saints, unabridged 1991 version
This is a chart from the end of this amazing book   Though written a long time ago, it details the fact that the enemy has been counterfeiting the Christian experience for a long time with exactly the same things that are going on today in the Third Wave.  You will be amazed at the depth and insight in this chart.  I urge you to study it and apply it to your life and ministry, so you may walk closer to God and helps others do so.

(16) PREPARED FOR THE SLAUGHTER: The Disarming of the Church by John Green, 1998
"As history has shown, it is a common tactic for the oppressing force to gain control of a nation by seizing the means by which individuals might defend themselves. Once the citizenry are disarmed, it is a relatively easy matter to exert complete tyrannical control. It seems to me that the same principal holds true in the spiritual realm. The New Testament is replete with warnings of false teachers and teachings, of lying signs and wonders, and of corrupt men who would seek to draw followers after themselves. God has not left His people defenseless. He has indwelt us with His Spirit of Truth, provided us with the example of Christ, His teachings, the teachings of the apostles, and all the other writings found in the Bible. There is a gift of the discerning of spirits given to some, but more importantly, there the ability to test all things and to be discerning, which is the responsibility of all believers."

(17) A Second Pentecost? by Dr. Orrel Steinkamp, 1999
"C. Peter Wagner is attempting to will into existence what he calls a "New Apostolic Reformation." He tells us in a book he has edited called "The New Apostolic Churches" of the struggle he had with naming his new reformation."

(18) Assessing Current Teachings, Issues, And Events With Scripture by Dr. Orrel Steinkamp, 1999
"What 30 years ago was discerned as being demonic has now been attributed to the Holy Spirit of God! "

(19) They Have Done Away With The Cross! by David Wilkerson, 1996 "There is a great host of preachers who have literally cast aside the message of the cross of Jesus Christ! Be warned: It doesn't matter what anyone tells you about a great "revival" or moving of the Spirit taking place; it doesn't matter how many multitudes are in-volved, or how loud their praises are; it doesn't matter how "successful" a particular ministry may appear to be. If the cross of Jesus Christ is not the door through which people come, you can rest assured — it is not a work of God! "

(20) Is There A Judiazer In The House? by Rev. Jerry Moser, 1999
"So, is there a Judiazer in the house? Today, the Judiazer heresy of sacramentalism is alive and well; its well-meaning adherents are as "evangelistic" as ever, bringing false confidence to millions. What can we do? It seems like such an insurmountable problem! God's Word has the only answer..."

(21) The Way Of Cain - New Teachings in the Christian Church - Where Are They Leading Us? by Lisa Havener, 1999
"Leaders of the movement teach that doctrine and theology are critical and divisive, and unimportant anyway, so many have been lulled into putting them aside. But are doctrine and theology really unimportant? Without them, what sets Jesus apart from Buddha? What sets the biblical way of salvation apart from any other religious system? Doctrine and theology refer to the bedrock of truth every hope of our faith is built on. Our spiritual welfare and the eternal destiny of souls depend on them. The fact is, this movement does hold a theology and doctrines of its own and it would be wise to take stock of them. If they are biblical, they will not be harmed by scrutiny. The great majority following are doing so with a false impression of what they are following."

(22) Confused Charismatic Theology & The "Dake's Bible" by Rev. Joseph R. Chambers, D.D., 1999
Finis Dake wrote an annotated bible commentary in the 1930's that may have been one of the roots of the current Third Wave deception, born out of Pentecostal and Assemblies of God churches and RHEMA. "(Dake) surely has convinced a host of modern day Pentecostals and Charismatics.  No one would suggest that he is singularly responsible for the theological mess that floods these churches, but neither should he be excused for his part."

(23) The Five Basic Doctrines compiled and written by Sandy Simpson, 1999
A thorough examination of the five basic doctrines of the Church and how they compare to the teachings of other religions, cults and the Third Wave false teachers.  This is a paper you will want on file as a reference.  It also forms the  basis for the Deception In The Church web site apologetics.

(24) What Should I Say? by Sandy Simpson, 1999
Learn how to answer people who invite you to revival meetings where there are different teachings.  Learn to discern!  This booklet was written for use by Pacific island churches to provide a quick little resource in answering common statements made by Third Wave adherants.  Though there are a few references to the islands, it may also be a useful resource for other churches and individuals.  It is set up as a 4.25x5.5 sixteen page booklet printed front and back laid out on  8.5x11 paper and folded. It can be easily reproduced from this version on the web.  It is free to distribute as long as the content is not altered in any way.

(25) Strange Fire - The Rise Of Gnosticism In The Church by Travers and Jewel van der Merwe, 1995
"Gnosticism has a chameleon-like ability to appear like the genuine article, true Christianity, and thus has managed to transform itself to fit the times in countless new wrappings over the centuries. It particularly adapts itself to that place where the ideas of the east and west meet. Whenever eastern mysticism and western rationalism collide, one can find there the seedbed for a pseudo-Gospel that mimics the real thing."

(26) The Latter Rain Movement: Its Continuing Influence by R. K. McGregor Wright, Th.M., Ph.D., 1998
"...The mainline Pentecostal churches (such as the Assemblies of God) had completely rejected the Latter Rain Movement as dangerous and heretical, calling it "wild-fire." This was their own term for out-of-control
manifestations, and captures the flavor of the movement rather well. The Latter Rain teachers, healers and evangelists were forced out of their many former associations into what they felt was a "wilderness church" experience, where they regrouped, and strengthened their own ministries. Then in the late sixties and seventies they began the self-conscious re-infiltration of other denominations under the "charismatic" label."  Read Part 1 then Part 2.

(27) Parallels Between Charismatic and New Age Movements by Gary F. Zeolla, 1998
"Even if these churches and groups had published statements of faith, few of those entering would probably read them anyway. People entering these movements are generally concerned with having an experience, not finding the truth. As New Ager Marylin Ferguson says, "We begin to trust intuition, whole brain knowing ... As we become attuned to the inner signals, they seem stronger" (Ferguson, p. 107)."  Read Part 1 then Part 2.

(28) Exposing The New Style Of Worship - The Great Hymn Controversy by Alan Morrison, 1999
"A devastating ecclesiastical crisis has been unfolding during the last three decades in the realm of worship. One can hardly fail to notice that there has been something of a ‘revolution’ in church worship during this time. Central to this upheaval has been a bumper-sized bandwagon of new songs — and one is either travelling on this bandwagon or not. To be off it is to be left out in the cold. Moreover, to resist this bandwagon will inevitably bring accusations of "not keeping up with the times", of "resisting the move of the Spirit" of "hampering the process of inevitable revival", etc. In this article, we examine the issues involved, trace the history of hymnody, expose the movements which have led to this ‘revolution’ in worship, and reveal the agenda which lies behind it."  (Site down, was at:

(29) Backward, Christian Soldiers - The Spiritual & Historical Regression of Dominion Theology by Alan Morrison, 1999
"‘Dominion Theology’ (or Christian Reconstructionism) has as its goal the peaceful conversion of governments to a ‘theocracy’, which bases its civil law on the Mosaic Law of the Old Testament. However, it is our belief that this is not only an error, but that it is schismatic and heretical too. For Dominion Theology leads people to exalt the Mosaic Law and to undermine the New Covenant gospel of the grace of Jesus Christ, while working to bring about a fictitious "millennium", based on a Christianised world, which misleads believers concerning the status and experience of the church during the present evil age. In this study, we aim to show that Dominion Theology inevitably makes believers less like Christ, that it exalts the power of the civil state above its God-given status, and paints a false picture of both church history and the time of the end. " (Site down, was at

(30) A Testimony About Leaving The Third Wave by Mandy, 1987
"Written in 1987, just a couple of months after I left the Pentecostal/Charismatic movement."  Details some false doctrines and her personal observations of heretical practices.

(31) The Two Mysteries by Rev. Bill Randles, 1998
"The very essence of biblical spirituality is this, God had to come down to us, in the flesh, God became a man, to save us from sin. The very antithesis of it, is this Mystery of Iniquity, this principle of man ascending up unto God's class. The polarization of Christians along these lines is upon us, and the choice is becoming increasingly stark! In closing, Jesus poses a question which I believe is directed to the last generation of believers, that on the one hand, to some incurs serious heart searching, but on the other hand, to the "new breed," the question is almost irrelevant in the light of the great and mighty "revival" of signs, wonders and power sweeping the earth. The question is: 'Will the Son of Man find faith when He comes to the earth?'".

(32) The Church Outside The Camp by Cross + Word, 1999
"This article is written to address the thoughts, needs and concerns of people who have already made the decision to worship "outside the camp" for good and proper reasons. What this article is NOT ... This is not written to encourage believers to leave their fellowships if they have good, sound churches where there is no danger of deception.  Nor is it encouragement to those who simply have a grievance or are unwilling to submit themselves to discipline, to come out of their churches for those reasons. This is not written from the viewpoint of any one denomination or group; nor does it have ANY connection to cell churches or the "Open Church" restoration system. This is also not written as a practical handbook on "how to worship in small groups" although I agree such a handbook might be useful." Read Part One and Part Two.

(33) Third Wave False Teachings by Rev. Joseph Chambers, 2000
"Any person caught up in these false doctrines needs deliverance.  The first thing to do is to cease every expression of these ideas.  Second, claim the Blood of Jesus to free you of any bondage that relates to this activity.  Then, stay out of Charismatic New Wave churches, where these activities are constantly promoted."  This is a perspective from a Pentecostal pastor.

(34) God Versus Man-Centered Spirituality by Rev. Bill Randles, 2000
"The church is currently being divided.  Like the broader culture in which we live, Pentecostal and charismatic, and to a large extent, the Evangelical world, is engaged in a profound philisophical struggle. None of the old dividing lines are adequate.  It is no longer liberal or conservative, or "Spirit-filled" versus "cessationist". The real scism goes deeper."

(35) Review Of "The God Chasers" By Tommy Tenney by Rev. Joseph Chambers, 2000
"The Charismatic “New Wave” receives one of its most descriptive promotions in this new book, The God
Chasers.  The gods so clearly revealed in this book are the esoteric gods of paganism and Satanism, not the true
Jehovah God of Holy Scripture."

(36) The New Thing by Mike Oppenheimer, 2000
"The Kingdom Now view has no imminency of the Lord. No rapture or a great falling away, then there is no need for discernment, to be on Guard to be deceived. In its place it panders to our pride, Christians being offered powers beyond the normal capability of anyone before. Sounds wonderful doesn't it! After all we can use these powers to change the world. It offers triumphalism to the few, and ruling without Christ's physical coming, becoming eternal beings on earth. What a deception indeed."

(37) The Covert Strategies Of The False Revival by Cross + Word, 2000
"Are Churches using a form of brainwashing to alter the minds of Believers?"

(38) The Age Of Aquarius by Sydney W. Hunter
"Bible believers know that God has said that the day is coming when there will be a one-world government; a oneworld apostate church (made up of all religions left behind when Christ takes the true church away - I Thessalonians 4:14-18); one-world financial control (the mark of the Beast, etc.); a one-world dictator who poses as Christ, etc. Knowing these things we are not surprised to see them budding in movements like The Promise Keepers, charismatic circuses, the Pope's growth in popularity, Middle-East struggles, Big Brother's growing invasion into personal liberties, etc.We acknowledge that there must be millions of people caught up in movements which are part of coming events, who have no idea of the direction in which they are going. They don't see the "Big Picture."

(39) Last Days Leaven by Don Clasen, The Kingdom Gospel Messenger, Vol.8, No.1, January 1996
"...There is a logic marching through the land that is so compelling given its premises, and so protected from criticism by a "political" decision made long ago in Charismatic circles to pursue unity--not the Scriptural way by discussing doctrinal differences (Eph 4:15)--but by ignoring or suppressing them, a problem that has only been aggravated by an even greater unwillingness to talk about eschatological differences. Furthermore, this logic has also come in under cover of a growing trend towards subjective experiences, doctrines built on false revelations and prophecies, and a tendency to ignore or minimalize the Scriptures. Furthermore, it is being fueled by a spirit that seems so right yet is of such a carnal and earthly wisdom of men at best, and demonic at worst, that I doubt many even realize what is happening to us. What I am talking about is the trend towards "Kingdom Now" or "Dominion" theology."

  • Part I: Last Days Leaven
  • Part 2: The Destroyed Foundations -The Word
(40) The Hallmarks Of The New Spirituality by Alan Morrison, 5/00
"Every religion has its hallmarks; and the New Spirituality which we discover everywhere today is no exception.  In this paper, we survey ten of its universal hallmarks, clearly showing their deceptions and designs. Many of these hallmarks were apparent, or at least incipient, within the teachings of the Gnosticism which was prevalent in the Early Church era; but with increased development and syncretism they found their fullness in its more recent manifestations -- the New Gnosticism.  Some hallmarks have been specially created for the circumstances and requirements of the present time. But they all share the same motivation: to undermine the foundations of the Lord's people, to cast to one side the concept of a Transcendent Personal God, to overthrow the teachings of the Holy Bible, and to contribute towards the building of Satan's earthly kingdom." (Site down, was at:

(41) The Apostolic Movement by Inner City Discernment Ministry, 2000
A collection of articles on the "New Apostolic Reformation" movement of people like C. Peter Wagner.  "The most dangerous purveyors of deception are today's restored apostles and prophets.  Why?  Because they purport to speak for our Lord and  they claim to hold the greatest authority over the direction of the Church and the lives of God's people. These apostles & prophets are the people that the majority of the other leaders in the charismatic movement look to for new insights, revelation, and vision for the future of the Church."

(42) Luring People To Destruction By The Unscrupulous Use Of The "Gospel" Message by Sandy Simpson, 6/8/00
"I already know that this article will be unpopular. The idea that people can be seduced by the unscrupulous use of the Gospel message may sound heretical in and of itself.  People like Benny Hinn have been credited from time to time with having preached the Gospel pretty straight and people seem to be professing faith in Christ.  I have heard the argument from Phil. 1:14-18  used over and over in this regard. Let me pose some questions that will hopefully help you focus on this issue before launching into my short thesis."

(43) Deception Within The Church by Chris Barhorst, The Watchman Expositor, Vol. 8, No. 7, 1991 
"Many Christians are aware that groups like Jehovah's Witnesses, Mormons, etc. are laced with error to the point of being classified as cults. But few realize the potential danger of erroneous teachings within the body of Christ. The apostle Paul warned that; not only would false teachers attempt to infiltrate the Christian church from the outside, but that also from within, men would arise speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them (Acts 20:29-30)."

(44) Did You Buy A Used Vehicle From This Man? by Sandy Simpson, 7/00
"C. Peter Wagner has been writing books for a long time.  Some people never change their sales pitch.  The same used vehicle still sits on the same lot."

(45) Third Wave NeoPragmatism - Christianity's New White Witchcraft? by Sandy Simpson, 8/00
A paper dealing with the rash of materials on the Christian market on "How To".  Shouldn't the Word of God be our playbook?

(46) The Hallmarks Of The New Spirituality by Alan Morrison, The Serpent And The Cross, Chapter 5 
"Every religion has its hallmarks; and the New Spirituality which we discover everywhere today is no exception.  In this paper, we survey ten of its universal hallmarks, clearly showing their deceptions and designs. Many of these hallmarks were apparent, or at least incipient, within the teachings of the Gnosticism which was prevalent in the Early Church era; but with increased development and syncretism they found their fullness in its more recent manifestations -- the New Gnosticism.  Some hallmarks have been specially created for the circumstances and requirements of the present time. But they all share the same motivation: to undermine the foundations of the Lord's people, to cast to one side the concept of a Transcendent Personal God, to overthrow the teachings of the Holy Bible, and to contribute towards the building of Satan's earthly kingdom." (Site down, was at:

(47) Sons Of Zadok by Jacob Prasch, Moriel Minsitries, 6/01
"If your minister is a Zadokite -- if he is somebody who will kick the alien out, who will give the people what God says they need, who ministers to the Lord rather than to men, in whom there is no mixture in what he teaches, believes and does, who will rather rest in the Lord than strive in the flesh, who will teach people to discern, and who will take a stand in a dispute -- if that is your pastor, you stand by him. You pray for him, you support him financially, and you help him in any way you can. He may not be a perfect man, but he is a good man, and he is God’s man. You stand by him, you pray for him, you support him, you be loyal to him so long as he is loyal to the Word of God. He needs your prayers, he deserves your support, and he is entitled to your help. "

(48) Can You Be Deceived? Why People Are Duped and How Not to Be by G. Richard Fisher, Personal Freedom Outreach, 2000
"The inspired Apostle Paul warned us: “Let no one deceive you” (2 Thessalonians 2:3). It is apparent that we are vulnerable to deception and we must not forget it. We must be on guard and protect ourselves against it. There is deception everywhere in the religious world. We must be alert. "

(49) Charismatic Cultism by Kevin Reeves, 8/01
The testimony of an elder in a church that jumped in the "river" and his comparison of the Third Wave to cults and cultic behavior. This is an excellent article exposing the cultic methods and teachings of the Third Wave and New Apostolic Reformation, now also called the "Saints Movement".  It is by no means an indictment against all charismatics, as there are some who have not jumped in the "river" of the Third Wave and are holding to the authority of the Scriptures.  There are also many other denominations who have opened their doors to the false teachers in the Third Wave, Word-Faith and New Apostolic Reformation who are not excluded from this warning.  Be a Berean.  Learn to discern.  Don't be intimidated out of testing all things and judging rightly.

(50) Elijah, Where Are You? by Dr. Orrel Steinkamp, The Plumbline, Vol. 6, No. 3, May/June 2001
A good synopsis of the falsehood of the manifestations in the Third Wave. "We need some authentic prophets to challenge the prophets of Baal."

(51) How To Identify A Cult by Lorri MacGregor, 1988
Though this article is written about the already recognized cults of Christianity, it gives us a roadmap with which to identify present and future cults of Christianity, of which the Third Wave movement iwould be included.

(52) Laughter In The Bible by Lorri MacGregor, 1988
"In our present day, Psalms 2, verse 4 is used by followers of Rodney Howard Browne, and the so-called "laughing evangelist" himself to supposedly support uncontrolled, riotess laughter encouraged in his meetings. I have a cassette tape of his where he says, "if God can sit on his throne in the heavens and laugh", then why can't we do the same? He paints a picture of God dissolving into helpless mirth and uncontrollable joyous laughter and primes his audience by shouting "Ha, ha, ha, ho, ho, ho". Let's examine Psalms 2:4. Not surprisingly, it is exactly in the same context as all the other scriptures that record God laughing. Never in joy, never during worship, never in mirth, never to be amused, only in derision against His enemies. He is not frivolous in his laughter, nor is He out of control. He laughs in judgment. Let's read Psalms 2:2-5."

(53) The Trinity - Refused Or Confused by Mike Oppenheimer, Let Us Reason Ministries
Exposing anti-Trinitarians including Tommy Tenney, Creflo Dollar, Rod Parsley, T.D. Jakes, Benny Hinn, Kenneth Copeland, Gwen Shamblain, Arnold Murray, Joseph Goode.

(54) Understanding The New Gnosticism by Don Clasen, December 2001 
"... these deeper life teachings on the soul and spirit have led to a general dislike for and impatience with things intellectual, conceptual, doctrinal or rational.  Apparently, people taken up with this neo-gnostic attitude do not like to deal with facts so much.  Such things are just not that esoteric enough for them I suppose.  But those are the very sorts of things our faith is built upon, and good judgment is dependent upon."

(55) Truth Crisis Threatens Churches' Future, Report Warns by Andy Butcher, CHARISMA NEWS SERVICE, Tue, Feb 12, 2002, Vol. 3 No. 225 
"It's not only the world that no longer believes in right and wrong - acceptance of absolute truth is fast disappearing in the church, too. Almost as many Christians are likely to base their moral decisions on what they feel rather than what the Word teaches, according to a new survey."

(56) Gnosticism: The Gnostic Jesus, A Gnostic Christianity by Mike Oppenheimer, Let Us Reason Ministries, 2/02
"History has a funny way of repeating itself. As Christianity first began to grow, spiritual competition began to surface. As Paul, and the other apostles labored to build up the house of God which was to be the pillar and ground of the truth, the enemy also labored and bore the first competitor to the Church, Gnosticism. This was the first heresy that the church had to contend against."

(57) Touch Not My Anointed by Mike Oppenheimer, Let Us Reason Ministries, 3/02
"This has become the cliché to build a wall of protection around certain teachers, but are they taking it out of context? What does it really mean?"

(58) Logic, Perspicacity And A Touch Of Common Sense by Mike Oppenheimer, Let Us Reason Ministries, 12/03/01
"Finding Waldo is hard enough, but can you find the statements of your favorite teachers among the other false religions?"

(59) The Future History Of The Church - Part 1 by Jacob Prasch, Moriel Ministries
"Jesus was betrayed, Jesus was crucified, Jesus was raised victorious. We are going to be betrayed, we are going to be crucified, and we are going to be raised victorious." Go on to Part 2.

(60) Gnostic Teaching by William MacDonald, One Day At A Time, April 10, pg. 110
"They (Gnostics) probably said something like this to the Christians: "What you have is good, but we have additional truth.  We can take you beyond the simple teachings and initiate you into new and deeper mysteries.  If you are going to be full-grown and fulfilled, you need out teachings."

(61) Testimonies e-mails sent to Let Us Reason Ministries, 4/25/02
"Testimonies of those who have been affected by false teachings and the cults."

(62) The Divine Aristocracy by Jacob Prasch, Moriel Ministries Newsletter, July/August 2002
"You are of the nobility. You are of the aristocracy, though it may not be evident yet. The time is coming, however, when all will see who is rich and who is poor."

(63) The New Pharisees by Kevin Reeves, 1/03
While many in Church leadership cannot in all fairness be called Pharisees in the strictest sense of the word, much current practice and belief has robbed sincere Christians congregants of the freedom they first knew in coming to Christ. Especially in "Third Wave" church groups, a movement in which my former congregation is an active participant, a new set of "laws" has been instituted that, little by little, add invisible chains to a person's relationship with Christ. Shackles, blinders, and a muzzle have replaced uplifted hands, open spiritual eyes, and lips that were meant to praise--and question--without fear. 

(65) Entertainment-style Christianity vs. Interactive-style Christianity by Sandy Simpson, 5/04
Today, in a majority of churches, we see the result of the seeker-friendly, "purpose-driven", church  growth, Third Wave, New Apostolic Reformation methods and teachings and their product I am calling "Entertainment-style Christianity" (EST).  But EST churches are not only missing out on the cutting edge of true Christianity, but are heading down the road to apostasy. 

(66) Divination Finds Further Expression In The Evangelical Church by Orrel Steinkamp, The Plumbline, Volume 9, No. 3, June/July

Divination?  Divination is condemned in Scripture (Deut. 18:9-14; 2 Kings 17:17­18) and therefore a very negative term.  But, divination in the evangelical Church?  Has Plumbline crossed over the line or gone out of kilter on this topic?  To put it in current parlance, this must be way "outside the box." Nevertheless, as you read this entire newsletter, I think you will come to agree that divination is definitely "inside the box," alive and well in many of our churches. 

(67) The Dangers of Divination by Bob DeWaay

One of the claims I often hear from those who use techniques to gain spiritual information is this: "Methods are neutral." Another statement often made by the purveyors of new techniques for "hearing from God" is: "God cannot be limited, He can use anything." My intent is to show from Scripture that the first of these statements is false and the second is misleading. 

(68) The Dake Annotated Bible by Dan Dufek

Mr. Dake calls the Triune Godhead ridiculous and unscriptural and states that the only way that God can be three and one simultaneously is that God is Three distinct persons and that the oneness of God refers only to unity of purpose.

(69) Replacement Theology, Biblical Or A Teaching Of Men? by Mike Oppenhiemer, Let Us Reason Minstries, 10/08/05
At a time when Bible prophecy is most important we find the church having less knowledge of it, especially what relates to Israel. Most evangelical Christians have supported the Jews and the modern state of Israel, but things are changing. The church from its infancy believed that God had a future plan for Israel based on Scripture (Acts 3:19), this included a national restoration of Israel in the same land they were eventually dispersed from. As time went on and the church moved further away from her Jewish beginnings and roots many began to believe the church replaced Israel. But in the day and age when we see biblical prophecy being fulfilled, with God’s continual protection and restoration of the Jews to the land, there should be none that hold unbelief of his promises; BUT THERE ARE.

(70) The TBN Spring 2008 Praise-a-Thon Report by Michael C. Gaudiosi, The Noble Berean, Volume 30, April 6th, 2008 
THE CIRCUS IS BACK IN TOWN! Yes, it’s that time again! The TBN Spring Praise-a-Thon, where for one week, the parade of celebrity preachers grace our TV screens with promises of health, wealth and prosperity, BUT you must give a monetary offering (specific amounts to be determined), to TBN…and TBN ALONE!! That’s right, the promised health, wealth and prosperity only come to you if…and only if you give exclusively to TBN. Giving to your local church, or a biblically based ministry does not count!

(71) The UK Assemblies of God - A Different Movement With The Same Name by Philip L. Powell, Christian Witness Ministries, 6/08
An article about the Toronto deception on through to today in the AoG.

(72) Four Movements by Pastor Don Matzat, 7/08
I wasted fifteen years in the Charismatic Movement because I jumped in without doing research. Don’t make the same mistake!

(73) Does the Bible teach us that angels visit us? Can see them or summon them? by Mike Oppenheimer, Let Us Reason Ministries, 7/9/08

Angels are subject to the God-man Jesus Christ, not to man. We cannot summon them or order them to do our bidding even if it is something God wants to be done. Only God orders the angels, they are under his jurisdiction and control.

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