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The Five Most Disturbing Things About a Benny Hinn Miracle Service

December 29, 2014 Leave a comment

My comment:

I don’t know if these are the five most disturbing things about a Benny Hinn miracle service, but nevertheless they do rank high on the things that are disturbing about Benny Hinn’s miracle services. Notice number 2 of this article. I have also made this same point when writing against Pentecostalism. You can read my previous article right here.




There are a lot of things you should try at least once in your life — skydiving, eating some exotic delicacy, traveling alone. Let me give you one thing not to add to that list: attending a Benny Hinn Holy Spirit Miracle Service.

I recently went to one in New York. Before going, I knew little about Hinn — a man who’s worth some $42 million — other than that he’s a big-deal televangelist among countless charismatic Christians. As someone who’s fairly unfamiliar with that sphere of Christianity, I was mostly just wary of being in a crowd of people speaking in tongues and being slain in the Spirit.

But that turned out to be the least uncomfortable thing about the service. What did happen was so much more upsetting, difficult, and unnerving. If you ever go, here are five unsettling things you’ll experience:




Read the entire article here.

Some illnesses are the result of misusing or not reverencing the Lord’s Supper

April 29, 2014 3 comments

Arthur Pink“For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily eateth and drinketh damnation (judgment) to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body. For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep” (1 Corinthians 11:29, 30).

The Corinthians had been guilty of profaning the Lord’s table, turning the holy Supper into a carnal feast. God would not tolerate such irreverence and impiety in this dispensation any more than He would under the Mosaic, and evidenced His sore displeasure by visiting them with a temporal judgment, smiting them in their bodies.

Arthur W. Pink-Divine Healing-Is It Scriptural?

Concerning those who believe God is giving revelation through prophets today

An erroneous principle, than which scarce any has proved more mischievous to the present glorious work of God, is a notion that it is God’s manner in these days to guide His saints by inspiration, or immediate revelation…. As long as a person has a notion that he is guided by immediate direction from heaven, it makes him incorrigible and impregnable in all his misconduct.

Jonathan Edwards, Some Thoughts Concerning the Present Revival of Religion inNew England, p.1:404

Against the Doctrines of the Trichotomists

The false teaching known as ‘trichotomy’ is a belief that man is made up of three parts. The trichotomists say that man is spirit, soul, and body. There are no such doctrines in scripture. The Bible is plain that God took the dust of the earth and formed it into a body and breathed into the nostrils and man became a living soul. The word soul  and spirit are interchangeably used throughout scripture to speak of that part of man which is immaterial. Man is material (body) and immaterial (soul or spirit).

This heresy has been refuted by the early church. I want to give you an great article that refutes this doctrine today.

Trichotomists, Charismatics, and 1 Corinthians 14 by Daniel M. Brown

1 Corinthians 14 is one of the most popular chapters in the Bible for Charismatics. Practically every Charismatic author that writes anything on the gifts of the Holy Spirit will refer to this chapter. Ironically, 1 Corinthians 14 is one of the strongest rebuttals against the modern Charismatic teaching on tongues, but Charismatics are completely oblivious to this fact because they read the chapter with a trichotomous mindset. In a nutshell, this argument against Charismatic tongues goes as follows:

Read the full article here.

Today’s Charismatic Tongues Examined Pt 3

April 14, 2011 1 comment

The past few weeks we have looked at the Charismatic use of tongues in our present churches. We have discovered that the tongues that are practiced today, among Charismatics, are not the same as the tongues manifested among the early Church. First the early church spoke in other languages and not just several syllable words that are nothing more than gibberish. Secondly the tongue gift used in the early church was a sign to the unbelieving Israelites and not for the believing Gentiles. Today we will examine why Paul wrote to the Corinthians concerning tongues.

It seems that every Charismatic Church, that I have ever visited, who have manifested strange utterances during the service, have always been out of order in their use of their so-called tongues. Men or women will begin to use strange utterances at any or all times during the service. I have even heard, through close acquaintances, that in the Church of God denomination that certain people will begin to use tongues even while the preaching is going on.

Paul wrote no instructions on how to preach the word of God. In other words he did not say that a preacher must wear a robe or not wear a robe. He did not say that the minister ought to sit, stand, kneel, preach from a pulpit, a table, etc….. He wrote very little concerning how to partake of the Lord’s Supper, save only that an individual ought to examine himself and see whether he is worthy to partake of it. Paul also wrote no instructions on how to baptize individuals, yet when it comes to the spiritual gifts and particularly tongues, Paul wrote three whole chapters and one chapter centers around nothing but the right use of tongues.

Why did Paul spend so much time on the subject of gifts and particularly the subject of tongues? The reason is obvious; the Corinthian Church was out of order in their use of this gift. Most Charismatics today believe that Paul wrote 1 Corinthians 12-14  in order to give the Corinthians the knowledge of how to use spiritual gifts. This is only half the truth. Paul’s entire letter to the Corinthians is a rebuke and not a commendation. In other words Paul wrote a letter that was actually a rebuke of the Corinthians for all kinds of sins, abuses or misuse of sacraments, namely the Lord’s Supper. The first letter to the Corinthians is a rebuke by Paul for division, vain oratory, fornication, going to law against one another before unbelievers, getting drunk and taking communion, depriving the poor of communion, misuse and extreme abuse of sign gifts, and so forth. Therefore chapters 12-14 are chapters that are meant as a rebuke of the Corinthians misuse and even pagan manifestation of certain so-called gifts, instead of chapters on the use of spiritual gifts, as some Charismatics of today think.

Therefore I will say that even if the so-called tongues movement of today were genuine, then it is usually manifested against the order laid down by Paul in the first book to the Corinthians. Since God is not the author of confusion as Paul states, then we should not practice anything that leads to confusion in the Church.

Though I had much more that I wanted to go into, nevertheless in order to keep this post from being to long, then I will conclude by saying that today we have seen that Paul’s writing of the first letter to the Corinthians was in order to correct abuses that were present among the Corinthian Church. Therefore we have discovered that the chapters that deal with spiritual gifts were actually written in order to bring order to a church, which was out of order.

Next week we will examine the right use of tongues as laid down by the Apostle Paul.

Hershel Lee Harvell Jr.

Today’s-Pentecostal-Charismatic-False-Heretical Teachings

February 24, 2011 Leave a comment

I usually have an article up concerning the errors of the Pentecostal Movement, but this week I have taken an Internet break. Come back next week for a new article.
Thanks and God bless.

Concerning Supposed New Revelations

February 23, 2011 Leave a comment

The Fanaticism which discards the Scripture, under the pretence of resorting to immediate revelations is subversive of every principle of Christianity. For when they boast extravagantly of the Spirit, the tendency is always to bury the Word of God so they may make room for their own falsehoods.
John Calvin (1509-1564)

Today’s Pentecostal-Charismatic-False-Heretical Teachings

February 10, 2011 Leave a comment

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Before I begin I would like to state that I knew that this article would not generate any comments. This is because to speak against a charismatic is to expect to be shunned by the church world of today. I stated in my previous post that Charismatics are not just in a Pentecostal denomination now, but have crossed lines infiltrating all denominations. Therefore if I speak against Charismatics, then it’s as if I am speaking against all denominations. I also want to restate that I was among Charismatics for sixteen years and therefore can speak by ‘experience.’ This is the key word among them ‘experience.’ They are always speaking about feeling God, experiencing God, being led by God, but what I want to ask: Is why don’t they listen to God?

 Is Experience a Test of Truth?

Charismatics are big on experience. They elevate experience above the scriptures and actually interpret the word of God by their experiences. Many of them today claim to be getting new revelations from God. Their revelations are so outrageous and a complete distortion of God’s word. It does not take long to identify whether are not these false charlatans are actually speaking by God or not if one studies his scripture.

For instance Oral Roberts once made the fantastic claim that a 900 ft. tall Jesus appeared to him and told him that he would die if he did not raise 8 million dollars in the next twelve months:


“I felt an overwhelming holy presence all around me. When I opened my eyes, there He stood …some 900 feet tall, looking at me … He stood a full 300 feet taller than the 600 foot tall City of Faith. There I was face to face with Jesus Christ, the Son of the Living God. I have only seen Jesus once before, but here I was face to face with the King of Kings. He stared at me without saying a word; Oh! I will never forget those eyes! And then, He reached down, put his Hands under the City of Faith, lifted it, and said to me, “See how easy it is for me to lift it!” Oral Roberts: An American Life, p. 415.

Many today are duped into believing the outrageous claims of the Tele-evangelist. So much so that their doctrines trickle down into the charismatic movement and take over the minds of those who follow their teachings. But as the title of this edition indicates; I will ask: “Is experience a test for truth?” Let’s look at a few of the apostles in the word of God and see what their reactions to experiences were.

Peter was a disciple of Christ that had a problem with emotions when he experienced certain things. He was very outspoken and was quick to rush to conclusions upon finding out about Jesus’ death in Jerusalem. But did he base his faith in Christ on his experiences? We remember the glorious experience that he had when he was on the mountain and saw the transfiguration of Christ. He was so astounded that he wanted to build three tabernacles on the mountain and stay right there forever. But this was not God’s will. But as we read in his epistle about this experience we see that Peter does not focus on his experience, but on the word of God.

2 Peter 1:16-20

“For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty. For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, this is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy mount. We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts: Knowing this first that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.”

Peter’s experience was not the test for truth, but we see that he tested his experience by the sure word of God. He realized that many of his readers had never seen Christ, but knew that they loved him. 1 Peter 1:8 “Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:”

But in today’s charismatic congregations there is no test of truth by scripture. Each and every fantastic claim that comes forth is believed to be from God. I have seen individuals mess up singing a song and restart it several times and then they began to speak to the sound equipment commanding spirits to come out of it. They will claim that the devil is trying to hinder them from singing their song. This is nothing more than animism. Animism is a belief that inanimate objects have souls or spirits.

What about Paul?

Did Paul base what he believed about Christ on his experiences? Paul definitely had an amazing experience. Here he is on his way to Damascus and he sees a blinding light and hears a voice and is knocked to the ground. Now if anyone could boast of an experience it would have been him, but he did not focus on his experience when he went into the synagogues, but as scripture states he would reason from the scriptures.
Acts 17:2-3

“And Paul, as his manner was, went in unto them, and three Sabbath days reasoned with them out of the scriptures, Opening and alleging, that Christ must needs have suffered, and risen again from the dead; and that this Jesus, whom I preach unto you, is Christ.”

In 2 Corinthians 12 Paul also gives us an account of his experience of being caught up into heaven and hearing words that are not lawful for a man to even speak. Matter of fact he never makes known what those words are. When he writes to the various churches he constantly reminds them that their focus should be on scripture. For instance: Rom. 4:3 “For what saith the scripture?” Rom. 9:17, “For the scripture saith…” Romans etc… Gal. 3:8 “and the scripture saith…” Gal. 4:30, “Nevertheless what saith the scripture?” Matter of fact he goes on to tell Timothy in 2 Timothy 3:16, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:”

Paul told Timothy that he should give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine 1 Tim. 4:13. But I have sat in Pentecostal churches expecting to hear a sermon and instead a prayer line will break out and everyone will dance around for an hour. Then the Pastor will tell everyone that God has been in their midst and he will dismiss the service without even opening the word of God. I want to know how God has been in the midst if no one even gave him a chance to speak through his word.

But what it boils down to is that there are several different religions competing in our congregations for supremacy over the church. One is true Christianity, but the one I am describing here is mysticism. Mysticism is the doctrine of an immediate spiritual intuition of truths believed to transcend ordinary understanding. In other words the Pentecostals believe that the only way to understand truth is through some kind of mystical experience and not with our minds. This is why so many Pentecostal Charismatics reject knowledge or reject seminary training because they think that they are the ones in the “know” as the Gnostics of old.

Yet Jesus commanded us to love the Lord our God with our heart, soul, and mind. Today all of these are neglected when it comes to loving God; especially the latter.

Stay tuned for another article next Thursday.   Link to my first article on the Pentecostal heresy here.   

Written by Hershel Lee Harvell Jr.                                                                                

The Agony of Deceit can be purchased here.