*Be sure to go to Revival page!
The wide variety of links, reports, articles, or testimonies on this page cannot possibly be said to represent all reports or thoughts that have come out of the controversial renewal 'movement' However, they are honest accounts and discussions -- many from first hand witnesses or experiencers of the renewal such as myself, and many gleaned from information or developments verifiable by myself as I also have witnessed them.
-Teri Lee Earl
|To: some little known 'Renewal' Prophecies|
Read "A Little Leaven, Revisited" by Teri Lee Earl presents many facts or factual accounts with footnotes.
in the Church by Derek Prince. A
testimony of how the
Holy Spirit ministered in laughter and joy, defeating life-long
IN THE NAME OF THE LORD
Explanation with pictures of nightly renewal meetings being held at New Song Fellowship in Denver, CO., current as of year 2005. Note: This website denies that "animal manifestations" exist during their renewal meetings. It also defends Toronto by claiming that animal manifestations are not normative there either. However, it must be noted that the author of this webpage has witnessed these manifestations in earlier years, and did consistently observe certain widespread explanations or 'theologies' for strange manifestations amongst renewalists at that time. This is reported thoroughly in the first article at top of page. We post the New Song webpage here as an example showing that wherever leadership does not embrace or encourage the bizarre or demonic, the bizarre may not occur at all.
History of the Awakening of 1992-1995 by Richard Riss. This gives the renewalist's account of their history.
Evangelicalism's Heroes Speak by Richard Riss - an unedited version of an article that was in DESTINY IMAGE DIGEST. Contains footnotes!
Critique" by James
A. Beverley. A critique of Hank Hanegraaff's "Counterfeit Revival"
The Vineyard Controversy
There were so many articles complaining of extraBiblical quotes from Vineyard sources, etc., that we have choose only a few, and this one is the best one left:
Next-Wave: Renewal, the Hype, the Hope, the Reality by Len Hjalmarson. After 8 years of hope and hype, Len calls it quits in a very nice way.
It is well-known that others who entered the Vineyard at approximately the same time here in the U.S. (1994), had it much worse than what Len seems to have known, and so have left the denomination quicker than he did. The author of this webpage has seen/experienced certain things directly as well. After several years of speaking to many others --most of whom were 'pro' renewal --it was decided that a briefly written essay might be helpful. On Vineyard and Renewal is designed to help those who have encountered frank spiritual abuse or immaturity in a Vineyard specific setting.
Voices From The Fringe
by Dr. Ronald Enroth
Chapt. 11 of Rethinking the Wineskin, by Frank Viola was discovered after completeing this article to have expressed the same concerns over the current trends. Quoting: "not a few Christians desperately seeking individual renewal are routinely packing their bags and flocking to the various "Christian Meccas" of revivalism sponsored by third-wave-restoration churches...Because of their desperation to be touched by God, many of them have become open targets for every new wind of doctrine or experience that blows through the doors of the church, regardless of whether or not it has any Biblical merit (Eph. 4:14)...This is not to suggest that the third-wave-restoration movement has been without value to the Body of Christ... However, its basic flaw lies in its overemphasis on mystical experience, its tendency to put power gifts on the throne rather than Christ the Giver, and its zealous support of the modern clergy system... Quite frankly, the pastor is king in the typical third-wave-restoration church. Consequently, congregants who have been truly renewed with the new wine of the Spirit find very little freedom to fully function in their gifts during a typical church service..."
Defending Our Old Wineskins? by Michael Clark
See also our page devoted to being altogether "called out" of what is now known as the Institutional Church (rather than staying and trying to fix the unfixable) at: Blazing Trails Too This could be considered akin to those who choose to homeschool rather than letting their children languish in a failing, corrupt, institutional public school system. A choice many Americans are making.
A Call To Charismatic Leaders
The Gnostic heresy by William Barclay
Highly Recommended. A must
read for all concerned Pentecostals!
KC Prophet/Kingdom Theology Rehash?
Renewal and Revival Movements (from Anton Hein's Apologetic