Stranger Danger

(Originally printed in the Summer 2004 Issue of the MCOI Journal ) When our children started school, we were introduced to the “Stranger Danger” program. With a growing concern about strangers abducting school children, we, along with most other parents, spent time talking with our kids about Stranger Danger. “Don’t talk to strangers.” “Walk in a group.” “Never get into a stranger’s car, or go anywhere with him—even if he says he knows your parents … Continue reading

The Real Origins of Positive Thinking and Word Faith Theology

Mitch Horowitz, an award winning journalist, has traced the unseen and largely unknown origins and roots of both Positive thinking and Word/Faith theology in his book One Simple Idea: How Positive Thinking Reshaped Modern Life,Crown Publishing, (New York, 2014, 338 pages). The two movements of Positive Thinking and Word Faith in fact are very close relatives; one is ancestor to the other. This invaluable book is a history of all the key players and their … Continue reading

Chasing What God?: Examining The God Chasers by Tommy Tenney

(This originally appeared in the Summer 2000 edition of the MCOI Journal beginning on page 6) By Pastor Bill Randles Tommy Tenney is a third-generation United Pentecostal1 minister who bills himself (and any member of his growing following) as a “God Chaser.” He is the author of a bestselling book entitled The God Chasers2. He United Pentecostals are anti-Trinitarian, see “United Pentecostal Church International” ↩ Tommy Tenney, The God Chasers (Shippensburg, PA: Destiny Image Publishers, … Continue reading

Why God Holds Pastors Responsible

(This originally appeared in the Fall 1999 edition of the MCOI Journal beginning on page 4) —from the book “Beware: The New Prophets” A Caution Concerning the Modem Prophetic Movement— By Pastor Bill Randles A wonderful and horrible thing is committed in the land; The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their means; and my people love to have it so: and what will ye do in the end thereof? —Jeremiah 5:30-31 … Continue reading

A Different Gospel

The term “Gospel” simply means “good news.” But most often when we hear or read the term “gospel,” the word has great religious significance. I have been working on updating older Journals from pdf to individual word searchable articles, and as I worked on an older article, “An Examination and Evaluation of the Brownsville Revival,” I was again reminded of the importance of defining terms, specifically concerning such an essential teaching as “the gospel.” The … Continue reading

An Examination and Evaluation of the Brownsville Revival

Jeffrey M. Spencer (This originally appeared in the Spring 1999 edition of the MCOI Journal) beginning on page 8) INTRODUCTION The “Brownsville Revival” began at the Brownsville Assembly of God in Pensacola, Florida on Father’s Day (June 18, 1995) under the direction of Pastor John Kilpatrick and visiting Evangelist St eve Hill. From the very start, this movement has been overflowing with bizarre manifestations and uncontrollable behavior such as laughing, shaking, barking, roaring, and temporary … Continue reading