The Book

Is it really “lack of faith” that keeps some people in a wheelchair or hungry in a third world nation? Christianity Today recently released an article detailing how millions of young adults now venture into churches hoping to experience the “mystical” and the miraculous. In these churches, wealthy preachers explain that, “God wants people to experience miracles that heal.” How should evangelicals respond to this version of faith proffered by the likes of Bill Johnson, TD Jakes, Robert Morris, and Benny Hinn? In Defining Deception, Costi Hinn & Anthony Wood, document the one hundred year rise of these so-called “miracle preachers” along with the flourishing new mystical-miracle movement that’s abruptly turning mainstream Christianity into a show of emotion, stunts, and manipulation.

Is it really lack of faith that keeps some people in a wheelchair or starving in a third world nation?

After documenting the one hundred year history of faith healing, Defining Deception boldly details the “behind the scenes” greed of modern false teachers such as Bill Johnson, Benny Hinn, and Todd White going great lengths to clarify the lines between historic evangelicalism, historic pentecostalism, and this new version of “signs and wonders.” With great care, the book culminates in straight forward answers to our most basic questions surrounding the miracle-mystical movement, including “What is the Spirit’s role?” “Is it God’s will to always heal?” “What is the biblical definition of a miracle?” and, “Should I listen to music by people who teach bad bible?”

Defining Deception, published by Southern California Seminary, offers the academic learner studious sourcing for biblical discernment but is also written in a loving and relational style allowing everyday readers to better relate with friends and family who’ve fallen victim to the trappings of modern miracle and mystical movements. Hinn and Wood have proven that we can value and share truth without appearing to be “angry” about it. The book includes a raw Testimony section containing stories of rescue from around the globe along with a thrilling Q&A section highlighting the modern confusion around gifts of the Spirit, hearing from God, and popular bands like Jesus Culture.

Regardless of your denominational background, Defining Deception is a vital tool to keep on the shelf, in the book bag, and next to your Bible. Mark your calendar for the release date: February 1st, 2018. Join the conversation #DefiningDeception.