COUNTERFEIT REVIVAL
written by Hank Hanegraaff
Word Publishing, 315 pages, $19.99

In the last few years the Church has been inundated with claims of revival and fresh and mighty outpourings of the Spirit of God. Tens of thousands salvations, rededications and changed lives, and signs and wonders greater than any time in the history of man have all been claimed. But are these modern-day revivals all they’re cracked up to be?

Hank Hanegraaff masterfully unveils all the nuttiness and nonsense of the pseudo-revivals and their key exponents. The false prophecies and outlandish teachings of Rodney Howard-Browne, John Arnott, Benny Hinn, Paul Cain, Vineyard pastors John Wimber and James Ryle, and others are shown throughout the book in their own words. A format like this makes it impossible for these men to deny or dodge the contents.

The chapters on the great 18th-century preacher Jonathan Edwards lay to rest the revisionists misuse and distortions of this great theologian.

The detail and overview of modern Pentecostal history from Azusa Street on — with all of its blemishes and divisions — will be a helpful eye-opener for some.

As well, the weak Scriptural support for the “slain in the spirit” phenomena is examined. The “Sisters” — Marie Woodworth Etter, Aimee Semple McPherson and Kathryn Kuhlman — are discussed, especially the role they play in perpetuating and passing on the mindless practice of “slaying.”

There are helpful chapters on socio-psychological manipulation which lay out an understanding of how people are manipulated into unreasonable and unnecessary extremes. There are also 40 pages of extensive endnotes and a helpful index.

Hanegraaff has devised a creative way to describe the counterfeit revival using the acronym FLESH and using this as the main divisions of the book: Fabrications, Fantasies, and Frauds; Lying Signs and Wonders; Endtime Restorationism; Slain In The Spirit; and Hypnotism.

Gathering all this material into one handy reference volume makes this work the most comprehensive word to date dealing with the shenanigans of modern-day false teachers. It is not the last word but certainly the best till now. A book like this has long been overdue.

Counterfeit Revival is the answer and antidote to the massive paradigm shift taking place in the Church and to the false revival hysteria sweeping the ranks of Pentecostalism. Let’s hope it will warn many and salvage some.

—GRF

 

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