Bethel Church, Redding / IHOP-KC / Toronto Blessing

Book Recommendation, Wandering Stars by Keith Gibson

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!


6 thoughts on “Book Recommendation, Wandering Stars by Keith Gibson

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  2. I third it. It’s a heavy read, I haven’t yet taken the time to check all the references (of which there are many) but overall I rate it highly.

    I don’t agree with everything that is said but overall it’s a good book.

    My biggest issue to date was the author’s insistence that any word claimed to be directly from God was automatically of such significance that the Scriptures must be reopened so the new words could be added. It seems to me that the contents of Scripture are relevant to all Christians until the end of time, whereas it seems perfectly possible that God would give a message, word for word, to be delivered to an individual or a church and that was relevant to that church rather than to all Christians throughout time.

    For example God could give a specific, word-for-word message to someone to end his affair with his secretary. It is relevant to that one man at that one time, it aligns perfectly with the message of Scripture, but it seems unnecessary to create a new “Book of Peter” consisting of nothing more than:

    And the word of the Lord came upon Peter and said unto him “Go unto Nigel the banker and say to him ‘Hear the word of the Sovereign Lord, you need to end your affair with your secretary and turn to me'”. And Peter went unto Nigel the banker and declared what the Lord had said.

    If we did this we would end up with vast numbers of books consisting of little more than a paragraph or two and someone would have the unenviable task of determining which of them were to be added.

    The difference between OT and NT prophecies is still as described. If I received something I believed was a precise, word-for-word message from God I would expect it to be tested in accordance with 1Thess 5:21 and 1Cor 14:29 – I wouldn’t expect anyone to figure that I had spoken and therefore God had spoken, and they had better get busy obeying.

  3. I read this book and immediately bought two copies to share with friends. Folks need to soldier through the introduction (or better yet, skip it altogether), which is written by someone else and is not up to the standard of thinking and writing that Gibson exhibits throughout the rest of the book.

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