But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

Equip the Saint - Apologetic Report

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Over the past 3 months our latest book, Defining Deception, has ended up in the hands of nearly 3000 people. Reviews are pouring in from people who claim a variety of denominational alliances and most (including Pentecostals and Charismatics) are calling the book a timely work with a...

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imageDefining Deception’s release went better than imagined, quickly becoming an Amazon best-selling new release. We are very grateful for the entire team at Southern California Seminary and to each of you, our readers, who supported the years of research and preparation behind the work. Thus far,...

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Thursday, 01 February 2018 05:34

Does Experience Make it True? Featured

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imageExperience is never a good excuse for ignoring the truth. In fact, when we choose to use our own experience as the ultimate evidence for our view of truth, we end up believing in things and defending things that may be set on sinking sand.

We’ve all heard someone say it. “I am an expert...

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Wednesday, 24 January 2018 07:28

Should Christians Seek a Baptism of the Spirit?

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A question that arises in many modern churches is, “Should I be seeking a Baptism of the image Holy Spirit?” In this excerpt from Defining Deception, we provide a brief answer.

The biblical answer is, “No, you should not be seeking a Baptism of the Holy Spirit subsequent to salvation,...

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image Across the world today, a surplus of names and categories bridge into historic Pentecostalism (i.e. Third Wave, Fourth Wave, New Apostolic Reformation, Neo-Pentecostalism, Dominionism, Kingdom Now etc). Sometimes, amidst the clutter, well-intended people get tainted by poor alliances. As part of...

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Tuesday, 09 January 2018 08:55

If You Can’t Heal ‘Em, Beat ‘Em?

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The following post is a modified portion of a chapter from “Defining Deception.”

Why in the world does church history matter? That’s a question more Christians should be able to answer – and a highly important one at that.

In his phenomenal work, Why Church History...

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Sunday, 17 December 2017 21:00

Did a False Teacher Heal You?

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A few years ago an excited woman in her 20’s ran up to me one Sunday at church – she was a newer attendee who had been kicking the tires on our church for a few weeks when my last name must have clicked. It’s not like we talk about it every Sunday at Mission Bible –...

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Thursday, 14 December 2017 05:01

Deadly Doctrine: Divorcing Spirit Truth

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The following post is from Costi Hinn and Anthony Wood’s forthcoming book, Defining Deception. This particular section is part of a chapter outlining the doctrinal errors of popular mystical-miracle movements today…

John Calvin said, “The work of the Spirit does not...

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Wednesday, 29 November 2017 21:00

Are You Easy Prey for False Teachers?

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Modern-day Christian culture is obsessed with experience. The Bible has become a footnote.

Truth, we say, is important, but it must come second to our experience. Modern mystics claim, “We owe the world an encounter!” They’re referring to their ability to help people experience a...

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We’ve received correspondence from around the globe asking genuine and necessary image questions about how to interact with friends and family immersed in the sign, wonder, and mystical movement of Bill Johnson, Todd White, etc. In Defining Deception we’ll answer these and here’s a...

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Thursday, 02 November 2017 10:19

They’re Telling Me I’m Sick Cause I Lack Faith

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image Am I sick because I lack faith? In Bill Johnson’s 2004 book When Heaven Invades Earth he tells the story of a miracle wedding where a man is supposedly “healed” in the kitchen while bride and groom look on. After describing the scene, he makes the statement, “There...

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Wednesday, 18 October 2017 08:22

Follow Me…What Jesus requires from Disciples

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image The question I want to start by asking is this…Why do some begin with a passionate zeal for Jesus but soon fizzle out? Why do some rave about what Jesus has done in their life but soon forget about Him? Why do some say, “I am all in on Christianity,” but don’t live a life...

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Now days most people with social media accounts started them in Middle School or High School meaning their original sphere of influence began with one type of worldview (often juvenile in the early years) that has shifted and developed dramatically as they mature. I’d surmise that we all...

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Sunday, 01 October 2017 21:00

Marriage Advice from Oxen

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On Sunday our pastor dared to go where few pastors are willing to go. He called marriage, “work”, and had the audacity to compare a delicate bride and handsome groom to two dirty, bulky, yoke-pulling oxen. Of all the nerve!

In a day and age chock-full of Disney romanticism, post-modern...

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What you believe about the Scriptures will drastically affect the remainder of your life. Now, I know that’s a loaded statement. But I 100% believe it is true not only for the unbeliever but the believer as well.

In the 21st century, discerning the unbeliever’s view of the Scriptures is...

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Wednesday, 27 September 2017 03:07

Aimee Semple McPherson: Actress or Anointed?

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On this date, September 27th, 1944, one of the most famous female faith healers in history died of an overdose from sleeping pills that sent shockwaves through the world. While she is known for her ecumenical work and for being the founder of the Foursquare denomination, it is her life and theology...

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Thursday, 21 September 2017 07:15

A Note From One Young Pastor to Other Young Pastors

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9/21/17 Pastor Albert Kilgore

To be in any form of ministry is 100% a blessed grace from God. Often we forget that God not only showed mercy on our failures but also graces every good thing we ever do. To think that God would allow us (i.e., Christians) who once were far off (Eph. 2:13) and actively...

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image I’ve some friends who know the “signs and wonders” movement pretty well. We’ve seen the backstage planning of a “miracle” crusade, the selection of those to be healed, the bravado in the green rooms, the falsified twitter feeds, the manipulation of youthful...

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Headlines exploded this week following the release of the Nashville Statement by the Council for Biblical Manhood & Womanhood. The Nashville Statement offers multiple points of clarification regarding a “biblical position” on marriage and gender confusion.

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Monday, 28 August 2017 22:00

Private Lives Define Public Leaders

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It was the great Puritan John Owen who said, “A minister may fill his pews, his communion roll, the mouths of the public, but what that minister is on his knees in secret before God Almighty, that he is and no more.”

What John Owen had right almost 400 years ago still rings true today....

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The dreaded late night call… A tough battle-hardened voice on the other end of the line, “Pastor, we don’t want to try anymore. Can you save our marriage?”

These calls always make me feel anger, sadness, and disappointment.

The anger is a righteous anger at the devil and his...

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What if I told you there was a well-researched and statistically proven program that on average can?

– Increase the average life expectancy of your children by 8 years – Significantly reduce your child’s use and risk from Alcohol, Tobacco and Drugs – Dramatically lower their...

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Wednesday, 02 August 2017 22:00

Mythbusters: “Slain in the Spirit”

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It had been over three hours since the service started, and I was really starting to feel God’s presence in the building. As I stood next to my friend, the music was deep and intense. The lighting made everything feel so intimate, and a slight fog danced through the air. The lead...

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Sunday, 16 July 2017 22:00

The Antidote for Anxiety

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When the trials of life unexpectedly come knocking at your door, the last thing you may be thinking about is joy. Yet, the Bible repeatedly calls us to have joy in life’s most turbulent times (James 1:2-3). How in the world is this possible? Is it reallyrealistic that a Christian can still...

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Thursday, 13 July 2017 08:12

Leading a Ministry Team From Idea to Action

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Each day millions of new ministry ideas are conceived in the mind of God’s people but sadly are never birthed into a reality that helps the sinner or the saint. Thus, moving an idea from the heart to the hand is paramount for church leaders. So what’s involved in turning a ministry idea...

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