A reader suggested a book to us that we have just recently gotten (many thanks!!!). It is so clearly researched and analyzed in light of Scripture. It provides a forthright and specific theological response to the error and heresies of not just one, but many of the movements I have begun to discuss here in the blog.
As we read Wandering Stars by Keith Gibson, we just keep asking where it was fifteen years ago? But we trust the Lord, that His timing is perfect, and as 2 Peter 2:9 says, “He knows how to rescue the godly from temptations.”
If you are part of Bethel, IHOP, Morning Star, or any of these prophetic movements, you should read this book. If you know someone who is a part, you should read this book. If you care about young people and want to understand what it is that this generation is facing in the fight for orthodox faith and the purity of the gospel, you should read this book. As we beg those we love to come out of their fog, it articulates very clear doctrinal departures on foundational issues such as the atonement, life in the Spirit for the believer, and the authority of Scripture. We found it impossible to read without being struck again by how completely indefensible the doctrines being taught at IHOPKC, Bethel, Morning Star, and elsewhere in the Prophetic Movement are.
From the outside, if you’ve never experienced these movements, what is taught will seem ridiculous, as the doctrines are spelled out blandly in quotes and words on a page. But set to soaring music, flashing stage lights, and above all highly moving spiritual (often genuine, but often not holy) experiences, they become proved positively to zealous, often young believers who are unfounded in true doctrine and the power of the gospel. I will talk more about this later, especially the difference between the false and true gospel, which seem so subtle, but are separated by a chasm deeper than the Grand Canyon.
I highly recommend this book. On another note, I have yet to hear one viable theological justification from any part of these camps to even one of the errors highlighted so far in my blog, this book, or anywhere else, for that matter. In the book, Mr. Gibson talks about the shared doctrine among all these movements of anti-criticism and “Unity at any cost” (my terms, not his). It was deeply encouraging to hear someone lay out so clearly what was so painful and exasperating to experience. Later I will talk more about why taking the moral high ground, refusing to offer answers to to explain or attempt to justify doctrinal error, and condemning critics is a highly effective method for gaining followers among “unsteady souls” (2 Pet. 2:14). In other words, why I fell for it.
I once was an unsteady soul. For those of you who write to me asking for help with a loved one caught in error, I mourn and intercede with you. The Scripture is our anchor, and personal superiority will only render us useless. I am only asking God to show the ones I love the same mercy He showed me. How can we pray if we are not humble? Being certain of what the Word says is not prideful, but thinking other people are stupid for not being certain is. I was once deceived, I was unsteady, I was easy to beguile. Let us be steadfast in mercy, patiently waiting for the truth to penetrate through deception. I appreciate that as Mr. Gibson steadily sorts through the doctrines and errors, he takes pains to be fair to the teachers, and does not disrespect or take shots at their followers.
I hope someone else finds this book helpful!