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Four Books That the Enemy Has Used To Corrupt Christianity
by Sandy Simpson

This DVD is a message based on this article.

The four books that have changed the church by giving an introduction to the false teachings of the New Apostolic/Latter Rain (NAR), the Emerging Church/Contemplative/Catholic Mysticism (EC), pragmatic Church Growth (CG) methodologies of C. Peter Wagner, Robert Schuller and Peter Drucker, and the teachings of the World Christian Gathering on Indigenous People (WCGIP) are as follows:

Surprised by the Power of the Spirit by Jack Deer, Celebration of Discipline by Richard Foster, Purpose Driven Church by Rick Warren & Etnerity In Their Hearts by Don Richardson.

 These four books were widely read by Christians from virtually every denominational background before their ramifications and the movements they would spawn were known.  They lay error alongside truth so were considered not to be a threat to churches.  Therefore these books then became part of the consciousness of many Christians and churches, thereby laying the basis for the introduction of the modern day false teachings of the NAR, EC, CG and WCGIP that have become part of the landscape of Christendom today. 

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Night Marchers and UFOs on the Big Island 
by Sandy Simpson

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With the resurgence of the old religion of Hawaii and the continual invocation of Pelé and other "deities" for years in the secular culture and even in churches with regards to worshipping 'Io, is it any wonder that those beings are beginning to manifest again?  In a story called "Night Marchers" on the Kawaihae site and in a YouTube video on the same subject, eyewitnesses claim all kinds of sightings that they think are the warriors, ancestors and demi-gods of Hawaii coming back.  Interestingly the first book the Hawaiian Heritage site recommends in its "Suggested Reading" list is "Perpetuated in Righteousness" by Daniel Kikawa that we reviewed in our book "Idolatry In Their Hearts" by Sandy Simpson and Mike Oppenheimer. Since Kikawa claims that 'Io is the True God and one that the Hawaiians worshipped in secret, we have to wonder if Kikawa also thinks 'Io is showing up in these night marches? Since YWAM, Aloha Ke Akua and Hilo New Hope participated in worshipping 'Io at the "edge of Hale-ma'uma'u Crater" it sounds like they have all been inviting the old "gods" to return to Hawaii. 

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"They Will Believe 
The Lie"
by Sandy Simpson

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I am doing a Bible study right now on what I would call "renewing our minds".  It is based on this verse:

Romans 12:2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is - his good, pleasing and perfect will.

The only way to renew our minds is to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, confess our sins, and be saved, then to study the written Word and allow the indwelling Holy Spirit to teach us.  Our minds are corrupted by virtue of the sin nature and what we have learned in life because our filters are off. I gave an illustration of straining coconut to make coconut milk.  If you use a 1 inch screen everything will pass through.  Even if you use a quarter inch screen you will get mostly coconut meat in your milk.  You have to use a fine screen in order to separate the milk from the leftover.  Our filters are off and the first thing God begins to do is correct our worldview, because if your worldview is off you will not understand God's reality.  We need to learn to see things from His perspective.  This is why I started this study by going back to an original problem.

2 Thessalonians 2:9-12 The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with how Satan works. He will use all sorts of displays of power through signs and wonders that serve the lie, and all the ways that wickedness deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness.

This has always been an interesting passage to me for a few different reasons.  What is "the lie" that is talked about here in verse 9 and 11?  What are the ways that "wickedness deceives those who are perishing" and how long has this been going on or does this only begin to happen at the coming of the lawless one?  In what way does "the lie" cause those who do not believe the truth to "delight in wickedness"?

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The First Nations Movement
Deceiving The Nations!
4-DVD Series

Critical Missiological Issue!

The "Indigenous People's" (IPM) or "First Nations" movement is an unbiblical movement teaching heresies and doctrines of demons. It is being spread worldwide by YWAM, Don Richardson, John Dawson, Richard Twiss, Terry LeBlanc, Daniel Kikawa and many other adherents.  The IPM or World Christian Gathering On Indigenous People is full of the false teachings of the Third Wave, New Apostolic Reformation (NAR), Word-Faith, Dominionism, Latter Rain and many other false theological systems.  But it does have it's own distinctives that are driven by the works of Daniel Kikawa, Richard Twiss, and Don Richardson in particular.  They are teaching Christians to "redeem" their cultures by worshipping their former gods, pretending they are YHWH.

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The First Nations Movement 4-DVD Set

The First Nations Movement DVD 1
(1) Perpetuating Nations' Myths - Mike Oppenheimer
(2) 11 Reasons To Reject This Movement, Part 1 - Sandy Simpson
The First Nations Movement DVD 2
(1) The Fingerprints Of God? - Mike Oppenheimer
(2) 11 Reasons To Reject This Movement, Part 2 - Sandy Simpson
The First Nations Movement DVD 3
(1) The New Indigenous "Christian" Religion - Sandy Simpson
(2) Did God Put Eternity In Their Hearts? - Sandy Simpson
(3) The Missionaries Brought A Foreign God - Sandy Simpson
(4) Catholic Syncretism - Sandy Simpson
The First Nations Movement DVD 4
(1) "Monotheism" In Ancient Cultures - Sandy Simpson
(2) The History Of The Knowledge Of God - Sandy Simpson

"Christians" Who Try To Poke Holes In Sola Scriptura
by Sandy Simpson

This DVD is a message based on this article: "Christians" Who Try To Poke Holes In Sola Scriptura

There are a number of the leadership of the Emerging Church (EC) who do not believe that the Bible is the highest authority for the Christian faith.  Most do not believe that the Bible is inerrant in the original manuscripts and many do not acknowledge that the Bible is our highest revelation.  Yet this is a core doctrine over which true believers and false brethren must separate. Those who try to poke holes in Sola Scriptura make excuses like (1) we need to reinterpret the Bible through the lens of postmodern culture and religion (2) the Bible never uses the words "Sola Scriptura" therefore it is not a Biblical concept (3) there is new revelation for the church through the Holy Spirit apart from what is written and the precepts of the Bible and (4) the Bible just doesn't address our postmodern situation therefore we cannot rely on it for the truth and answers for our problems today.  I will prove that all the above arguments, and more, from EC leaders and others is exactly what they are teaching.  I will give you quotes from their teachings, videos and books. The postmodern church and its "movements" are abandoning Sola Scriptura in their rush to be like the Roman Catholic Church, which takes its authority from a mix of Scripture and tradition.

"As a result the Church, to whom the transmission and interpretation of Revelation is entrusted, "does not derive her certainty about all revealed truths from the holy Scriptures alone. Both Scripture and Tradition must be accepted and honored with EQUAL sentiments of devotion and reverence." (Roman Catholic Catechism, Given October 11, 1992, the thirtieth anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council, in the fourteenth year of my Pontificate. Page 31).

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Updated DVD!
The Question Of Dominion
by Sandy Simpson

This DVD is a message based on this article: The Question Of Dominion.

I am writing this article as an apologetic against the Third Wave, Latter Rain, Word of Faith and Reformed Theology teachings that the Church is to rise up and take over the systems of government, businesses and every other aspect of life. "See, the problem is, is that Satan has had too much of his way in our society because he has a government!  And the only way to overthrow a government is with a government.  It won't happen otherwise.  So therefore the government of the church has to get into place in the extended church just like we do have it very well in place, we haven't reached our goal yet ..."  (Transcript of C. Peter Wagner, Arise Prophetic Conference, Gateway Church, San Jose, CA, 10-10-2004) Wagner has substituted the "government of the church" for the coming government of Jesus Christ in the Millennial Kingdom.  Wagner is "Kingdom Now" while the Bible teaches "Kingdom Come". What I wanted to do with this article is put the issue of dominion to rest by studying the definition the Bible gives to dominion and ruling authority.  When we look at the subject we can easily ascertain what is going on today and what God requires of the Church. 

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Shepherd Or Hireling?
by Sandy Simpson

This DVD is a message based on the article: "Shepherd Or Hireling?"

The Bible lays out the definitions of both an overseer (under shepherd) and a hireling.  John 10:11-13  I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep. But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep. The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep. (KJV)  1 Tim. 3:1-3   Here is a trustworthy saying: If anyone sets his heart on being an overseer, he desires a noble task. Now the overseer must be above reproach, the husband of but one wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. (NIV)  Titus 1:7-13  Since an overseer is entrusted with God's work, he must be blameless, not overbearing, not quick-tempered, not given to drunkenness, not violent, not pursuing dishonest gain. Rather he must be hospitable, one who loves what is good, who is self-controlled, upright, holy and disciplined. He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it. For there are many rebellious people, mere talkers and deceivers, especially those of the circumcision group. They must be silenced, because they are ruining whole households by teaching things they ought not to teach - and that for the sake of dishonest gain. Even one of their own prophets has said, "Cretans are always liars, evil brutes, lazy gluttons." This testimony is true. Therefore, rebuke them sharply, so that they will be sound in the faith. (NIV) A hireling does not really care about being a watchman, but is more concerned with protecting his reputation, position and income.  A true watchman will guard the flock against wolves from within (Acts 20:30) and without (Acts 20:29) no matter the cost to his reputation, position or income. Following is a little quiz you can take to see if you are a true Biblical under shepherd as a leader in your church, are becoming a hireling, or are one now. 

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Testing Music In The Church
by Sandy Simpson

This DVD is a message based on these articles: Testing Music In The Church, Testing Music In The Church-Part 2, and Worship Song Ratings.

Too many churches today are allowing music to be used in their services that is not glorifying to the Lord and can actually be a hindrance to the teaching of sound doctrine. Pastors and leaders should be using their leadership role to test what is being played and sung in their churches. Though some are quick to test preaching and teaching from their pulpits, many ignore the music being used in the same services. This is a tragic mistake. Music is a powerful medium. It is something that effects deeply the body, mind and emotions. It is a proven fact that music often stays with a person far longer than what is taught or preached. Songs roam around in our heads, especially if the melody appeals to us. What is often overlooked is the serious impression music makes on people, and the teaching they are getting over and over again as they allow the song to repeat in their minds and on their lips. Music teaches things much more subtly yet sometimes far more effectively. That's why the lyrical content of music in the church, as well as its effect on the spiritual lives of those who perform and listen, should be vigorously examined by the leaders of the church.  This is a 2-DVD set.

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Examine Yourselves & Hold On!
by Sandy Simpson

This DVD is a message based on the articles "Examine Yourself To See If You Are In The Faith" and "Hold On!"

2 Cor. 13:5  Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves.
Do you not realise that Christ Jesus is in you - unless, of course, you fail the test?

People who call themselves followers of Christ or "Christians" and claim they are born again must believe certain things.  If they do not then they fail the test of faith.  They can claim they are born again all they want and "once saved, always saved" but if they fail the test of faith there is no eternal security.  Only God knows who will be saved, from beginning to end, because of His foreknowledge and omniscience (Rom. 8:29, 1 Pet. 1:2).  God did not make an arbitrary judgment about who would be saved and who would not.  His Spirit is given to those He foreknew, when convicted of sin by His Holy Spirit, would choose to believe and commit themselves to Jesus Christ.  We are not God and we do not have His omniscience.  Therefore, according to Paul, we must be sure our belief system is in the right place once our eyes have been opened to the Truth.  I am not saying we do not have assurance of salvation, but our assurance comes not only because of His Atonement and promises of salvation but from our continuing in the Faith, which is always the Biblical criteria. Those who would be Bible teachers must teach according to the whole counsel of God's Word.  Let me be clear. There is only one way to salvation.  That is by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone.  I will deal with a few of those issues following, but it is important to recognize that being saved is not just a matter of believing that Jesus lived, or that He was a man, or simply giving mental ascent to His existence in whatever form.

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"Blasphemizing" The Bible
by Sandy Simpson

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I am going to go over an article I wrote back in 2006 in preparation for the book I wrote with Mike Oppenheimer called â€Å“Idolatry in Their Hearts'.  This book is an apologetic against the false teachings of the World Christian Gathering on Indigenous People movement, the Emerging Church and the New Apostolic Reformation which got their ideas from the book â€Å“Eternity in Their Hearts" by Don Richardson.  At the time that book came out no one really saw the dangerous ideas Richardson was promoting.  All they would have had to do was look at the two subtitles of that book to understand the implications.  The first subtitle in the 1981 edition read: The Untold Story of Christianity among Folk Religions of Ancient People.  Those who read this book found some interesting cross-cultural ideas but apparently missed the false premise of the book starting with the subtitle. How could Christianity be â€Å“among folk religions" where the Gospel had not been preached (Rom. 10:14-15)? At that time Christians who read the book were apparently satisfied that, though there was some questionable material present, it made for an interesting discussion on how to do cross-cultural ministry. The subtitle it has today, which was first published in 1984, is as follows: Startling Evidence of Belief in the One True God in Hundreds of Cultures Throughout the World.  This should have been a red flag for many Christians but then, who reads subtitles?  But how could the â€Å“One True God" be known to Geâ€Å“not know God".

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Resources For Pastors
"Good English Bible Translations"
by Sandy Simpson

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I was talking with a pastor after a Wednesday night service and he mentioned that I said I had done an article comparing English Bible translations.  He called me up later and asked me to come back and present the contents of that article I sent out in about 2002 to my mailing list for the Pacific Waves Newsletter which, unfortunately, I can no longer afford to publish and mail.  However an archive of past issues of that newsletter can be found here. In that article I detailed a number of good and bad resources for pastors including Bible translations, concordances, commentaries, Bible dictionaries, etc.  I present an edited version of part of that article on this DVD, particularly dealing with English Translations of the Bible.  Translation is a very detailed endeavor and should only be undertaken by those with a proper education in that subject and a sound doctrinal background.  I read a few books on that subject and it helped me understand the complexities involved.  Hebrew is a rich language so it is hard to distill one Hebrew word down to one English word.  Greek is a very technical language and it is also not easy to translate.  This is why it is imperative to use the good English translations out there for comparison along with a good concordance and Bible dictionary. 

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Kingdom Now or Kingdom Come?
by Sandy Simpson

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There are two kingdoms being taught in many churches today. Teaching about one of the kingdoms is on the decline while the other is being promoted all over the place.  I am warning Christians that they need to check out who is using the word "kingdom", the books they have been reading and recommend on building "the kingdom", the people they have been hanging out with at conferences, and what they mean by "the kingdom".

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by Sandy Simpson

Bible studies in Galatians, Philippians, Ephesians, Colossians, 1 John, 2 John, 3 John and Jude with a focus on applying timeless discernment priciples to our modern times.

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Companion CD!
by Sandy Simpson
Contains the PDF text to the book BIBLE STUDIES IN DISCERNMENT plus extra studies by Sandy & Juanita Simpson covering many issues of apologetics and discernment.

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A Whole Lot Of Wishful Thinking These Days!
by Sandy Simpson

This DVD series is a teaching based on this article.

In this DVD series I want to detail a number of beliefs people have these days that have no basis in Scripture.  I am going to roam all over the map, so to speak, and try to give fairly short answers on a number of topics and also give you useful links to articles that will help you deal with any particular issue.  It is truly amazing how many false ideas people cling to without giving a thought to what the Bible has to say on the subject.

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Signs Of Apostasy In The Churches In The End Times
by Sandy Simpson

This 2-DVD series is a teaching based on this article.

There are many signs of the great Apostasy, or falling away (2 Thes. 2:3) indicating we are living in the end times (Mt. 24: 3-14)  I am going to go through some indications of the Apostasy in the churches as a follow up to the signs of the times in the world.

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The Responsibilities of a
Good Shepherd
by Sandy Simpson
This CD is a message based on this article.

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What's Up With Christian Bookstores?
by Sandy Simpson

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The ElijahList
The biggest promoter of false prophecies in cyberspace!
by Sandy Simpson

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The ElijahList
The biggest promoter of false prophecies in cyberspace!
by Sandy Simpson

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The Extreme Prophetic
by Sandy Simpson

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Emerging Church CD & Free DVD
All the links to resources and articles we have on the Emerging Church on one CD.
by Sandy Simpson

(The Emerging Church only is downloadable!)
When you purchase the "Resource Tools - Emerging Church" CD for $10. plus s/h you will also receive a brand new free DVD called "The Emerging Church" that features Gary Gilley, Ray Yungen, Joanna Michaelson, Mike Oppenheimer and Sandy Simpson.

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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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Idolatry In Their Hearts
Landmark Book!
by Sandy Simpson & Mike Oppenheimer
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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The New Apostolic Reformation - What is it and where is it going?
Every Pastor Needs This!
by Bill Randles, Arnold Fruchtenbaum, Jacob Prasch, Mike Oppenheimer, Orrel Steinkamp, Gary Gilley, Dave Hunt, Sandy Simpson and others.
This is a 6-DVD expose of  the NAR and it's leadership of C. Peter Wagner, Cindy Jacobs, Chuck Peirce, Dutch Sheets, Bill Hamon, Jack Deere and others.

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Lessons In Forgiveness
Great Study!
by Sandy Simpson

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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Finish The Race!
Go On To Maturity!
by Sandy Simpson

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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The New Apostolic Reformation - What is it and where is it going?
Companion Book!
by Sandy Simpson

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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Letters To The Church
by Sandy Simpson

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!
by Sandy Simpson

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!
by Sandy Simpson
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!

by Sandy Simpson, Mike Oppenheimer & Jacob Prasch
features 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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Discernment Conference
Featuring Bill Randles, Gary Gilley
& Ray Yungen
3-DVD Set

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

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Highly Recommended!
by Mike Oppenheimer
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.

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General apologetics articles on the subject of the Holy Spirit.

(1) The Bible And The Holy Spirit by John Richardson, 1995
On the blessing of the Holy Spirit and why the Toronto "Blessing"/Brownsville, Pensacola derivatives are preaching an unorthodox theology of the Holy Spirit -- a "Reformed" perspective.

(2) The Filling Of The Holy Spirit - The Quality Of Life by Tommy Ice, 1997
Is the "filling of the Spirit" metaphysical or ethical?

(3) The Holy Spirit And Hermenuetics by Daniel B. Wallace, 1997
The role of the Holy Spirit in relation to the interpretation of Scripture.

(4) The Anointing by Dean & Laura VanDruff, 1996
Who is really anointed?

(5) Misplaced Faith by B. M. Rocine, 1996
"By saying the right formulas, can people control God? Can the Holy Spirit be held in the palm of the hand, pumped, or scooped into other people? Is it true that Jesus Christ will not come back until Christians all over the world unite under the leadership of new apostles and prophets and take control of the whole earth? Can Christians be gods?"

(6) The Anointing: Bible And Fiction by Shawn Paul Sauve, 1996
"The purpose of this article is to clarify the Biblical concept of anointing in contrast to current concepts of anointing present in many churches. It is not uncommon to hear comments in church, on Christian radio, and on Christian television where the words "anoint," "anointing," and "anointed" are used. Very often the context and the connotative meanings poured into these words differ from the words as they are used within the context of the Bible ... Biblical anointing is never equated with power, but position."

(7) What Is The Baptism Of The Holy Spirit? How Does A Person Receive It? by Dr. John Bechtle, 1996
"We may use whatever words we want to describe our experiences with God. But it is most accurate to say that the Bible uses "baptism of the Spirit" to refer to one of the wonderful things that God does for us the instant we trust Christ and enter His family!"

(8) Who Surprised Whom? The Holy Spirit Or Jack Deere? by Richard L. Mayhue, 1994
A review of "Surprised by the Power of the Spirit" by Jack Deere by a cessationist, Richard L. Mayhue, the Senior Vice-President and Dean and Professor of Pastoral Ministries at Masters Seminary. Although we are not cessationists, he correctly points out that Deere's "proofs" for his new-found belief in modern day miracles and manifestations are based mainly on experiential rather than a solid biblical exegesis. "Dr. Jack Deere, a former professor at Dallas Theological Seminary and a highly visible convert from the cessationist to the noncessationist position regarding miraculous acts of God through men, recounts his journey in Surprised by the Power of the Spirit. He reasons that cessationists have argued more from silence than from Scripture, have twisted Scripture, and have no one single Scripture passage that proves their point. In this brief analysis of his work, it is apparent that Deere, not cessationists, has made these interpretive errors in coming to his biblically unfounded conclusion that the miraculous acts of God have continued beyond the apostolic age--but with lesser quality and frequency." This is an Acrobat .pdf file.

(9) Signs, Wonders, and Evangelism: The Down Side by Gregory Koukl, 1994
"Signs and wonders are not to be identified as the principle evidence of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, for in fact one way the filling of the Holy Spirit is characterized is by a bold, powerful and effective witness of the Gospel rather than by external manifestations of power (Acts 4:8, 31; 7:55). " From the perspective of a Foursquare pastor.

(10) Understanding the Gifts of the Holy Spirit by Rev. John S. Erickson, 1997
"So, what is prescriptive for the believer today? First and foremost, be in the Word. Meditate on the Word (Psalm 1:2). Secondly, since it is clear that the Holy Spirit of God works with us through Word and Sacrament, it is imperative that that we are consistent and faithful in worship. Thirdly, since prayer is the 'breathing of new life' the believer will want to spend time, daily, in prayer. A part of that prayer time ought to be spent in asking that God would gift as he sees fit [I Corinthians 12, with special emphasis on asking to be gifted with the greatest gift of all, that of love (I Corinthians 13)] and that the Holy Spirit would then give the willingness, wisdom and strength to put that gift(s) to use for the "common good." Praying further, that the Holy Spirit would help the believer to "live by the Spirit" (Galatians 5) and specifically, that the "fruit of the Spirit" (verses 22-26) might be born out in one's life to the glory of God (I Cor. 10:31) and in witness to the world (Matt. 5:16)" From a Lutheran perspective.

(11) Holy Spirit by Paul Becker, 1997
" ... "the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one...But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills. (1Cor12:7,11) ... what we see in these so-called "revivals" is NOT Scriptural...where people are being "slain" in the spirit...and are totally NOT in control of themselves, as SOME "spirit" has taken control OF them. In these meetings the "preacher" will warn the men against looking with lust upon the women so-caught up in the moment, dancing around. When these skirt-clad women fall down "dead" in immodest poses, special workers go around with drop clothes to cover them. The Holy Spirit will work where He is given room to work...but will not render a person incapacitated. Nor will He "cause" a person to act unbecomingly, nor flop down non-demurely. (Ex20:26,1Tm5:2,1Cor14:40)"

(12) We All Fall Down: An Investigation Into The Experience Known As Slain In The Spirit by Alan Morrison, 1995
"Those who profess Christianity should refrain from indulging in practices which undermine the essential message of its Founder. Instead of inducing mass swoonings and hysterical laughter, churches should be cultivating widespread repentance and reverential worship before the present time of Gods mercy comes to an end (Rev.14:14-20; 18:4-24; cf. 2 Chron.36:15-16). If the crisis in modern Christianity deepens, the ensuing Divine judgement will defy the powers of the imagination."

(13) Slain In The Spirit: A Midrashic Perspective by Jacob Prasch, 1997
"The only thing that God is interested in — and therefore the only thing that we should be interested in — is not what happens when people go down, but what happens when people get back up. "

(14) The Indwelling Of The Holy Spirit by Hank Hanegraaff, 1998
"... to ask where the Holy Spirit is is to confuse categories. When we speak of the Holy Spirit, we speak of "who" and "what", not "where" in the physical sense. To ask spatial questions concerning a Being who is Spirit and does not have location in space is analogous to asking what the color blue tastes like. "

(15) Slain In The Spirit & Other Signs And Wonders: Biblical Or Unbiblical? by Wayne O'Conner,  Searching Together Magazine, 1996
"Just because signs and wonders, including the "slain in the spirit" phenomenon, occur "in the church," that does not mean that Jesus is the power behind them. There is little doubt to the discerning that many Christians today are being exposed to seducing spirits and Christianized New Age philosophies on an unprecedented scale."

(16) The "Anointing" by Inner-City Christian Discernment Ministry, 1999 
"In conclusion I do not believe any Christian today has God's power to bestow on  another Christian, certainly not the people mentioned in this short booklet."

(17) How To Try The Spirits by A.W. Tozer, an excerpt from his book Man, the Dwelling Place of God
"Another revealing test of the soundess of religious experience is, How does it affect my attitude toward the Holy Scriptures?"

(18) Survey of Bible Doctrine: The Holy Spirit by Sid Litke, Th.M., 1999
An excellent outline on the person and work of the Holy Spirit.

(19) Filling in the Blank (Acts 18:18–19:7) by Prof. Robert Deffinbaugh, 1999
A thoughtful explanation for the few instances in Acts where the Holy Spirit was "apparently" given at a different time than salvation.  An apologetic against the second blessing idea of Pentecostalism and the Third Wave.

(20) Exposing The True Source Of The So-Called Third Wave "Anointing" by Yvette, 1999
A letter from Yvette in South Africa with her testimony.  It gives startling confirmation of the spiritual deception of the revival.

(21) Baptised With An Unholy Spiritby Alan Morrison, 1999
"If we are serious in discovering the true meaning of 'Baptism with the Holy Spirit', what do we find? We discover the remarkable fact that it is in reality an experience that it is applied to all believers at the time of their regeneration. This is the clear and unequivocal teaching of Scripture on the Baptism with the Holy Spirit." (Link is no longer active.  It was at:

(22) The New Anointing by Mike Oppenheimer, Let Us Reason, 12/99
"Today the modern anointing can come in various sizes and shapes. This is a word that has absolutely no meaning anymore, even less than its "new power." It has become a charismatic tradition to say this or that is anointed. People, music, even envelopes are anointed. The Bible does not say such things in the NT. It states we have the anointing because He, the person of the Holy Spirit who is God, lives inside the believer and we are a living temple because of his presence." 

(23) Is Holy Spirit Baptism Subsequent to Conversion? by J.A. McConnelee, D.D., The King's Business, October 1927
"We cannot take the experience of the Apostles as a guide in determining what the baptism of the Spirit is for us. But we can, and we should, take the experience of their converts as a determining factor, as well as the direct apostolic instruction on this point." 

(24) The Indwelling of the Holy Spirit in Romans 8:9-11 by Shawn Paul Sauve, 1997
"…people speak in spatial terms instead of relational terms. The Holy Spirit is not located inside of anything--like pouring water in a jar or something--the Holy Spirit is first of all infinite. You cannot get an ‘infinite’ into finite space. Secondly, the Holy Spirit is a spirit; he doesn't have molecules where you can put molecules here and molecules there. So people are thinking in materialistic terms and they simply don't know theology. The doctrine of the ‘omnipresence’ of God is that God is everywhere present--not that He's ‘in it’ but He is ‘at it;’ not that He's  contained in it, but He's present to it. If they knew basic theology they wouldn't make these mistakes…. In the Bible it refers to the Holy Spirit being ‘in’ us. Solomon prayed, ‘Lord, the heavens can't contain you, how much this temple?’ If you can't get God in the Solomonic temple, you are certainly not going to get Him contained in a human body." - Dr. Norman Geisler 

(25) The New Violence Of The Holy Spirit? by Mike Oppenheimer, 1999
"The TV program Inside Edition was filming at a Toronto meeting capturing the laughter and strange bodily actions. A woman was being interviewed as she was sitting on the floor laughing heartily she said, "it seems as if someone has told a dirty joke!" She unknowingly was absolutely right. The church has had a dirty joke played on her, and the one who is laughing the hardest is the Devil and his minions. Its time to wake up, and get up off the floor, shake off these compulsive, irrational behaviors, and stand up for Jesus! Let’s preach the GOSPEL, not experiences!"

(26) What Kind Of Spirit? by Lasaro Flores, 9/7/00
"As I look at much of what is referred to as the moving of the Holy Spirit of God in the crusades or church services of many of the preachers and televangelists on TV, I cannot in a good conscience accept it to be Scriptural. Not only is there so much of false doctrine being taught, but also much of what is being practiced cannot be of the Spirit of God."

(27) Will The Real Blasphemers Please Stand Up? by Sandy Simpson, DITC, 6/6/01
"This subject is one so serious that I do it with great fear and trepidation. Nonetheless, because I get so many e-mails accusing me and other Bereans of blasphemy, among other serious charges, I felt it was necessary to clear up some issues on this topic. Because of my stand for the truth of God's Word juxtaposed against all the false teaching that is going on today, I think it is important to do a quick study on what blasphemy is actually all about from a biblical standpoint.  There are many references to blasphemy in the Bible and from them we can find out how and why that term was used."

(28) Implications Of The "New Anointing" by Bill Randles, Believers In Grace Ministries, 6/01
"Is there a way back? How do you admit that you were wrong after going under the "Tunnel of Fire"?Worse yet, how can you admit that you were deceived when you were the one who formed the tunnel with your Braveheart sword?It is because we are often unwilling to be reproached, because we want to be great and regarded as 'cutting edge', that we become seduced by all of this unholy madness.How else can we explain the proud boasting, the swelling prophecies, the desire to have the power to turn stones into bread?If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all UNRIGHTEOUSNESS."

(29) Neurotheology by Dr. Orrel Steinkamp, The Plumbline, Vol. 6, No. 3, May/June 2001
"In the current 'pretentious revival', certain abnormal states of consciousness are not only observed but are that apparent prize jewel of experience. (As we referred to such 'states' in the previous article).  There are many people who are seeking to be inducted into another state of consciousness.  How else can we explain people collapsing to the floor experiencing convulsive bodily movements, unable to walk, talk and/or loosing track of time etc.  The current revival practitioners assert that these uncontrollable spasms are the work of the Holy Spirit heralding the final global revival. (We have long since known that these mystical episodes are very common in other religious groups such as the Moslems, Hindus, Buddhists and Mormons). Altered States of Consciousness (known as ASC) have been thoroughly researched since the 50's and it has been demonstrated that these ASC display a lowering of brain waves.  Now researchers have gone a step further to find out exactly where, in the brain, these changes take place. I recently read a very interesting article in Newsweek, May 7, 2001, p. 57) regarding just this."

(30) Worshipper's Holy Spirit Fall Nets Her $80,000 From Church by New York Post, Story filed: 15:43 Tuesday 5th February 2002
"A New York parishioner has won $80,000 compensation after falling while a church minister was blessing her." 

(31) Why Were The Grace Gifts Of Servant Leadership Given? by Sandy Simpson, 9/26/02
An examination of Ephesians 4:11-16 and a reminder of what grace gifts of servant leadership are all about.

(32) Spiritual Gift Use And Abuse by Dean VanDruff, Acts 17:11 Bible Studies, 12/02 
A corrective response to the idea that every Christian has every spiritual gift, and what to do with the misguided
"minister" who wants to make all of us like him.

(33) Implications Of The "New Anointing" by Bill Randles
Is there a way back? How do you admit that you were wrong after going under the "Tunnel of Fire"? Worse yet, how can you admit that you were deceived when you were the one who formed the tunnel with your Braveheart sword? It is because we are often unwilling to be reproached, because we want to be great and regarded as 'cutting edge', that we become seduced by all of this unholy madness. How else can we explain the proud boasting, the swelling prophecies, the desire to have the power to turn stones into bread? If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all UNRIGHTEOUSNESS.

(34) What about the gift of tongues for today? by Mike Oppenheimer, Let Us Reason Ministries, 9/7/06
Are all supposed to speak in tongues?

(35) False Anointings by Spiritual Research Network, 11/06/08
The TRUE ANOINTING is God the Holy Spirit, Third Person of the Triune Godhead. See John 14:16; 1 John 2:20 and many other references. The FALSE ANOINTING is a Satanic counterfeit of the Holy Spirit. 

(36) Is the anointing tangible and transferable; can we impart it? by Let Us Reason, 6/08
A ‘transferable anointing’ is not seen nor practiced anywhere in Scripture. 

(37) The Spirit of Truth Set Me Free From the False Anointing by Chris Lawson, Spiritual Research Network International, 7/08
Before I became a Christian, I was overcome by a powerful occult experience that nearly led to my death in a California desert.  Two years later, as a new, yet undiscerning Christian, I had an equally powerful occult experience - only this time it was in a hyper-faith Christian church. 

(38) Slain in What Spirit? by FinalTrumpet2, YouTube Video, 11/10/08
Watch people fall backwards as false teachers Benny Hinn, Rodney Howard-Browne, Todd Bentley, and Peter Popoff slay them "in the spirit." Then pay close attention to the closing comments. 

(39) Christians Under the Influence of Another Spirit by Warren Smith, Reinventing Jesus Christ, 1/09
The apostle Paul went to great lengths to warn the Corinthians not to be deceived by a "Jesus" that wasn't Jesus Christ the Son of God, a spirit that wasn't the Holy Spirit and a gospel that was not the true biblical Gospel (2 Corinthians 11:4). Throughout the New Testament, believers are continually warned not to be deceived by spiritual teachings and experiences that are not from God. Jesus Christ specifically warned his disciples that spiritual deception would be a sign of the end (Matthew 24:3-4). 

(40) They were not drunk as you suppose! by Mike Oppenheimer, 4/30/10
Oftentimes the Pentecostal/charismatic faddish experiences wane only to surface again with renewed vigor and influence. Take for example drunk in the Spirit (the close cousin of being slain in the spirit). This was first widely promoted by a man from S. Africa, Rodney Howard- Browne that Benny Hinn promoted at his meeting. It was then brought to Toronto then to Brownsville and spread everywhere as a spiritual virus with no inoculation. Looking back at the experiences that have become part of the “open church” should immunize us against accepting practices that go further than the Biblical parameters allowed. Often the same aberrant practices come back with even greater intensity when they are permitted again.

(41) How to be "unsaturated" by Sandy Simpson, 9/24/10
I guess you think this is going to be an article about cholesterol or saturated fat.  No.  This is an article on how to get away from those who use pantheistic terms for the work of the person of the Holy Spirit and claim they can pass the Spirit to you by the laying on of hands!

(42) Do you have to be (water) baptized in order to be filled with the Holy Spirit? by CARM, 10/27/10
No, you do not have to be baptized to be filled with the Holy Spirit.   To prove this all we have to do is look at the Scriptures where the phrase "filled with the Spirit" is used.

(43) The Spirit of Truth by J.C. Philpot, 1/5/10

"In these days of error, it is most necessary that the children of God, who would not be entangled in the snares of the enemy, should be well grounded and established in the Truth*; and this by the teaching and testimony, work and witness of the blessed Spirit. For want of this heavenly instruction, how many who are weak in the faith or ignorant of Satan’s devices are caught with some new view, some novel interpretation of a text, some subtle, plausible explanation of a passage in which, could they see into the real intention of a passage of the writer or speaker, they would at a glance perceive some abominable heresy couched. Read Part 1 & Part 2.
(44) Another spirit or the Holy Spirit? by Roger Oakland, 9/22/11
The Bible teaches there is another spirit, another gospel and another Jesus?[1]  If God is God, why would such deception exist? The answer is very simple. Satan, the father of lies, is the great deceiver who wants to be God.[2]  His plan is to deceive the world in the name of the Savior, Jesus Christ. [3]  Therefore, if the Spirit of God leads the lost to the Son of God, could it be that that “another spirit” is how the devil leads the whole world to the antichrist? These are questions that every Christian should think about, especially in the Last Days when deception is on the increase.
(45) The Anointing by Pastor Larry DeBruyn, 2/23/12

The impression left by some televangelists is that they possess an exceptional anointing above and beyond that commonly possessed by the Christian masses. They give the impression that an anointing is available from God through them. In a sense, these well-known ministers have appointed themselves as distributors of the Holy Spirit’s anointing. Either by the contact of their hand with an individual’s forehead, or by a forceful exhaling of air from their lungs (thereby simulating Spirit and wind), these anointed ones slay individuals or entire audiences in the Spirit. On stage and in crowded auditoriums, these “anointed” evangelists also heal persons by a touch as they command demons to take flight. They are “the anointed,” God’s power brokers, channels by whom and through whom the power of the Holy Spirit is released and distributed into the lives of thousands. Of course, all of this raises the question, What is this anointing is all about?

(46) What does it mean to be slain in the Spirit? by Matt Slick, CARM, 1/14/13
Now, I am not saying that the Spirit of God cannot knock someone down or that the Spirit of God does not move today.  I wholeheartedly believe that the Spirit is still very active in the Church.  But, given the sensationalism in the TV church, the numerous unbiblical practices and teachings that occur there, and the over-eagerness of people to be slain in the Spirit, I would conclude that this phenomena is to be frowned upon.

(47) Testing The Spirits by Sandy Simpson, 9/6/13
Sometimes I really wonder if someone who claims to be a Bible believing pastor, for instance, refuses to listen to the truth.  It frankly boggles my mind.  I don't know if it is as a result of the postmodern paradigm or just that they have no love of the truth left.  I don't know how that can happen in a truly regenerate person.  You would think that the Holy Spirit would confirm the truth to them, first in their conscience, and finally through the written Word.  But these days it is a miracle if it gets that far.  I don't know if their conscience has been so seared that they don't hear the Spirit or if they just don't want to know the truth because then they would be responsible for it.  I know that I cannot know their motives or the reasons why they reject truth and refuse to talk about false teaching, but I do know one thing.  We are called as true believers to test the spirits.  We must do this even if the result is not to our liking or befuddles us as to the reasons.

(48) The Holy Spirit as The Spirit of Truth! (MP3) by Chris Lawson, 7/7/14
Understand the difference between the biblical Holy Spirit, and the counterfeits! Here is another older audio that includes present-day applications for the Christian believer. If you have been misled and abused by false teachers, Cults, counterfeit revivalists, etc., this audio may help you understand the biblical truth and balance about what Scripture teaches on the Person of the Holy Spirit. This message is a topical study that shows the importance of understanding the nature, character and attributes of God the Holy Spirit - and the Christian duty of “testing the spirits” - as opposed to believing heretical teachings such as the Star Wars force, blasphemous “Christian” behavior, occult activities, Word Faith teachings, visualization, Yogic serpent power, counterfeit revivals, spirit guides, lying signs and wonders, and more. Selected scriptures include John 15:26-27; Acts ch. 5 and 7; 1 Corinthians 2:10-14; 12:11; 2 Corinthians 11:1-4;  Acts 15:28:6-7; Ephesians ch. 4 and 5; 1 John 4:1-5; and more. 

(51) The necessary work of the Holy Spirit in the believer’s life to serve God by Mike Oppenheimer, 2/13/15
Gal. 5:13 “but through love serve one another.” Love is caring, it is the motivator for good works done in Christ. Serving means one must have humility and are not self -serving. Interpreting everything that happens as if it is about them. Rom. 16:18 “For those who are such do not serve our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly, and by smooth words and flattering speech deceive the hearts of the simple.” True ministry is not just by words. There are pastors who will do anything to keep their job, the Bible calls them hirelings. Some have housing paid by the church, or cars, in fact many have it all done for them and live a life hardly becoming of a shepherd. They take advantage of the people. There must be honesty and accuracy of truth in their message for it to reach people, or the Holy Spirit will not use it. 

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