Defining 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, reviews have been stupendous as people from around the world “chime in” on a renewed commitment to stand for Christ and oppose those who teach a false version of Jesus. Further, many doors have been opened to rescue those caught in the fray of false teaching. If you’ve not left a review, please do so here, we’d love to hear your thoughts!
I have been chronically ill for 18 years and fell prey to Health and Wealth prosperity teaching in the early years of illness. I spent many hours watching TBN and believed my positive thoughts, confessions, seed sowing (giving) and service led to high functionality. I was very high functioning for 6 years, but lost all functionality in 2012. I felt betrayed by God and almost lost my faith.
I stopped watching TBN and fell in love with the pure word of God. I realized that being full of faith while suffering was as miraculous as being “healed” physically. Well meaning people have said things that have been hurtful, but this book was like a balm for my heart. Romans 8:18, “For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.” – Camille Carswell
Costi Hinn and Anthony Wood have done with this book what men of more education and platform have been unable to do, they make a convincing argument pointing out the flaws of some teachings and beliefs of the Charismatic and Pentecostal movements. They succeeded where many in the cessationist camp have failed in their reviews, blogs and books. Hinn and Wood did not paint with a broad brush, they clarified upfront that there is a difference between mainstream Charismatic/ Pentecostal leaders and they did not make the assumption that ALL Pentecostal/ Charismatic believers were of the same belief base. Most important, they approached this from the perspective of love and I am particularly impressed that Costi didn’t show dishonor to his Uncle or his relatives in my opinion.
I don’t agree with everything they stated but I must say that I pray this is the beginning of a dialogue that allows for thoughtful and Christ honoring discussion in the future regarding such a critical topic… – BB
You don’t receive a tornado warning with glee and giddiness, nor will this book leave you feeling all warm and fuzzy inside – it’s not supposed to. It is a clarion call that – especially for those directly in the mystical/miracle movement’s swath of force – is meant to save lives. For Christians outside of the Third Wave / New Apostolic Reformation havoc, this book is also necessary because as with any natural disaster we must not only consider our own safety but lovingly consider how we can help those in the thick of the crisis. In other words, there are no Christians that don’t need to read this book. Whether it be a warning about what is happening to us directly, or a heart-wrenching news report on what is happening to our loved ones denominationally “abroad,” we are required to know and care. If I needed to read just one book to get a clear, overarching picture that is well-documented and written in a spirit of love and kindness – this would be the one. – Atticus