Charismatic/Pentecostal Archive

The Counterfeit Revival (Part Two)

Summary The deceptions of the Counterfeit Revival include both visionary hoaxes and revisionary history. Its leaders appeal to one of the leading figures in American revivalism, Jonathan Edwards, to prove that the bizarre behaviors and extrabiblical revelations of their own “revival” are signs of an authentic work of God. Edwards did describe unusual manifestations that […]

The Counterfeit Revival

Summary Christianity is undergoing a paradigm shift of major proportions — a shift from faith to feelings; from fact to fantasy; and from reason to esoteric revelation. Leaders of this Counterfeit Revival, such as Rodney Howard-Browne and John Arnott, have peppered their preaching and practice with fabrications, fantasies, and frauds, seemingly unaware of the profound […]

The Potter’s House

History The Potter’s House (known also as The Door, Victory Chapel, Christian Center, Crossroads Chapel, De Puerta and Christian Fellowship incorporated in Prescott) was begun in Prescott, Arizona, in the early 1970s by Wayman Mitchell. By 1985 over 250 churches were established (all directly related to the Prescott church) around the globe. Mitchell is a […]

Cult TV Network Supported by Christians?

The January 1997 National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) Conference at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California, attracted thousands of Christian radio and television talk show hosts, televangelists, and broadcasting advertis­ers from around the country. One of the most impressive and prominent displays at the gathering was that of the new San Fran­cisco-based “Christian WYSIWYG Network,” […]

Oneness Pentecostalism: Heresy, Not Hairsplitting

This article first appeared in CRI’s newsletter Christian Research REPORT, volume 11, number 1 (1998). For further information or to subscribe to CRI’s current newsletter go to: http://www.equip.org The June 1997 issue of Charisma features an article by executive editor J. Lee Grady entitled, “The Other Pentecostals,”1 reporting on the estimated 17 million Oneness Pentecostals […]

Counterfeit Critique

CHRISTIANITY TODAY’S REVIEW OF MY RECENT BOOK COUNTERFEIT REVIVAL is, as its title advertises, a “counterfeit critique.” When I first read it, Mark Twain’s words flashed across my consciousness: “A lie can travel halfway round the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.”1 Since I can expect Christianity Today to allow me only […]

An Evening with Rodney Howard Browne

This article first appeared in the News Watch column of the Christian Research Journal, volume17, number3 (1995). For further information or to subscribe to the Christian Research Journal go to: http://www.equip.org Everything was going well in my interview with Rodney Howard-Browne until he tried to get me slain in the Spirit. I met him at […]