Christian ‘Revival’ or Eastern Religious Phenomena
Todd Bentley and Lakewood
Todd Bentley’s Circus Side Show From Hell
Endorsed by John Arnott, pastor of Toronto Airport Vineyard, Paul Cain and Bob Jones of the “Brownville Revival”, and others associated with various alleged outpourings of the Holy Spirit manifested by bizarre conduct, Bentley has, at times, lost control of himself on stage, laughing hysterically, falling on all fours, and engaging in myriad gymnastics to get the people’s attention
Toronto and Brownsville
A Five Part Essay from Hank Hanegraaff's book, Counterfeit Revival. Sadly, leaders of the Counterfeit Revival have continued to employ socio-psychological manipulation tactics to trap new subjects into their dangerous web of subjectivism. No one is immune to the contagion of mass suggestion, which makes black appear white, obscures reality, enshrines absurdities and causes people to look for God in all the wrong places.
The Toronto Deception
The origins, progress and underlying erroneous doctrines of the phenomenon.
The Emperor Has No Clothes
We too often, like Chicken Little, draw false conclusions from inadequate, inappropriate, or even no evidence. Often the consequences are slight, but occasionally they can be of major impact on our lives, even changing our beliefs and way of life. Pastors and worship leaders who are totally sincere and devout are producing the same, or very similar, results that hypnotists, frauds, and gurus produce. The phenomena in Eastern religious settings is no different from what has been reported in Christian settings with the evidence being misinterpreted in line with the presuppositions, beliefs, hopes, and desires of the participants. The setting in which one has the experience is a major factors in determining one's interpretation of a mystical experience are... If a church, it will be understood in Christian terms. If an ashram, in Hindu/Buddhist terms. If a hotel ballroom, in secular terms. In addition.. the suggestions made by the authority figure(s) before and during the experience are crucial to the interpretation process.
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Slain In The Spirit and Related Manifestations
When one carefully examines the texts put forward to make the case that "slain in the spirit" and other related manifestations such as laughter, shaking and other bodily convulsions are phenomena rooted in the Scriptures, it becomes patently obvious that this is not the case. Holy Canon is void of any accounts, testimonies or experiences that even faintly resemble ‘Slain In The Spirit’. Where then does the practice originate? Unfortunately being "slain in the spirit" and "holy laughter" are only two more examples of doctrine that has been directly derived from occult sources. It has terrifying parallels with the practice of “awakening” a person’s Hindu Kundalini, a concentrated form of life force, lying dormant in our bodies. The ‘awakening’ of the Kundalini, or an expanded states of consciousness, is often brought about by a guru conferring the spiritual "power" or awakening on disciples, often by means of a touch to the forehead. If that isn’t disturbing enough, Not only are the the requirements for receiving are the same, but the methods of transmissions are the same and the resulting physical manifestations are virtually indistinguishable. How then can these practices be Christian... especially since, when people have fallen in the Biblical accounts, it is the sinners who fell backwards. [Also See Video Below]
How To Stop From Getting Spiritually Weird
You've got to know doctrine. Sorry, there's no other way. That's the only way to be protected. If you want to build your faith... Build your knowledge, because knowledge under girds faith. You can't know what's theologically weird and avoid it unless you know what's theologically normal.
Theology and Doctrine:
In part, thanks to apostate, so called "Christian" leaders like Paul Crouch, all too many Christians seem to be under the impression that "theology" and "doctrine" are of minimal importance. They are not only widely misunderstood, but brushed aside by Christians, some of whom believe that theology and doctrine have little relevance to their religious life and practice. Other seem to think that these five dollar words are best left to those who have spent years poring over dusty tomes, or spent at least a year or two in in the halls of academia, and have a string of letters after their names.
Perhaps the words "theology" and "doctrine" gets Christians on the defensive, because they have been taught to believe that their faith must be based in the heart, therefore all that is important will be "experienced". Or perhaps they want no challenges to their shallow 'easy Christianity', which requires no intellectual effort, and allows people to coast along, never being stretched, or using their God given brains.
The fact is that both theology and doctrine are crucial to authentic Christian faith