The Other Side of the River: When mystical experiences and strange doctrines overtake his church, one man risks all to find the truth.

The Other Side of the River: When mystical experiences and strange doctrines overtake his church, one man risks all to find the truth. A Compelling And Deeply Personal Account Of A Young Man I S Spiritual Plunge Into A Movement Called The River Sometimes Referred To As The River Revival, The Third Wave Or The Latter Rain, This Movement Is Marked By Bizarre Manifestations, False Prophecies And Esoteric Revelations Warnings Of Divine Retribution Hold Many Adherents In A Bondage Of Fear, Making Them Afraid To Speak Out Or Even Question Those Things They Are Taught And Are Witness ToIn A Biographical Setting, The Other Side Of The River, Is A Powerful And Needed Warning To The Body Of Christ In A Day And Age When Church Growth Techniques Mixed With Mystical Practices Are Leaving A Wreckage Of Human Lives Littered With The Debris Of False Doctrine For Kevin Reeves, His Determination To Rescue His Family Came To The Forefront, Even If The Cost Was High And Even If He Had To Stand Alone His Journey Back Into The Freedom And Simplicity Of Jesus Christ Would Be Worth The Price Some Of The Topics This Book Addresses Word Faith Movement Holy Laughter Slain In The Spirit Practice Emphasis On Humanity Of Jesus Over Deity Gifts Calling For The Unbeliever Experience Versus Scripture Repetitive Chanting Singing Paradigm Shift Understanding True Worship

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  • Paperback
  • 228 pages
  • The Other Side of the River: When mystical experiences and strange doctrines overtake his church, one man risks all to find the truth.
  • Kevin Reeves
  • English
  • 04 July 2018
  • 9780979131509

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  1. says:

    There s no quicker way to start a fight with a friend than to tell him that some of his most fervent beliefs are wrong But a true friend will take the risk when it comes to things that matter And this is what Kevin Reeves attempts in this auto biographical account of his own charismatic church s move away from the primacy of the Word of God into the nebulous, self defining atmosphere of experience He writes as an encouragement to those who have begun to recognize the errors creeping into the hyper charismatic arm of the Church, and as an eye opening warning to others Based on careful research, in depth Bible study, and his own involvement, he candidly demonstrates the lure, the pitfalls, and the misguided teaching involved in the River Revival movement and other tributary moves of God His assessment, though pointed, is not bitter, vindictive or mocking, but politely objective, challenging the reader to evaluate everything by the Word of God His perceptions are especially relevant because he himself was an enthusiastic participant and leader in the practices and teachings he now warns against.Topics considered include the Word Faith movement, spiritual warfare , modern revivals , prophetic words , holy laughter , being slain in the Spirit and the use of manipulative music in worship, among many others But beyond cross examining actual practices and teachings Reeves offers keen insights explaining the strong appeal of these teachings even to well intentioned, passionate believers River life is not all it seems to be at the first dip of the big toe This author has straggled out on the far shore with a wealth of wisdom I applaud his diligence and courage in presenting his findings for the sake of the Body of Christ And I commend his book to the reader willing to test all things and hold fast what is good I Th.5 21 even when it runs contrary to personal experience and cherished beliefs that just may be in error LSAnd now for a wealth of quotes which capture the book s essence Bold lettering is not in original text Many today have gone the way of Esau and for the sake of a fleeting sensuality are in the process of exchanging their incomparable inheritance in Christ for a bellyful of fleshly experiences 12 but there was an underlying factor, a premise woven throughout the fabric of our church elitism We were the fortunate ones, called to walk in the authority that the church was so bereft of in these last days it was up to us at New Covenant Church to demonstrate that God s kingdom power was real and available to every Christian in our town This prideful mindset was a recipe for disaster 18 Names like hypocrites, Sanhedrin, and God mockers are merely a sampling of the invective aimed at Christians who are concerned about doctrinal error Nobody wants to be labeled a Pharisee or heresy hunter But that is often the penalty for daring to step out and ask for a public, biblical accounting of doctrine and practice 21 A current river is flowing, which many believe to be of God but overstepping the sanctity of scriptural boundaries, this passage Ezekiel 47 has been reshaped into the comfortable doctrines of the easy believism and sensual manifestations that mark a massive shift in the church As believer, we have taken a hairpin turn from the preeminence of the Word of God to a relative, experiential, and terribly apostate faith 22 We examined virtually nothing We didn t need to, remember We were in church, and only good things happen in church We held fast, not only to that which we knew to be good, but to that which appeared good And what seemed good often appealed to our quest for power and wisdom 59 As much as we spoke about personal holiness, power was still a key goal in our congregation Power to heal, cast out demons and war against principalities and powers But that s what happens when people detour from clear biblical teaching to follow what they believe is the Holy Spirit, Who, in truth, always confirms the Scriptures The voice, impression, leading whatever becomes the final arbiter Scripture is put on the back burner, or made to fit the experience via a set of proof texts 71 While the Bible does refer to an anointing I Jn.2 27 , it has in these days of sensual faith been contorted almost beyond has been placed in the realm of something that needs to be reached for, pursued, or worked up in order to be obtained 80 To say, the anointing is now present for healing, or prophecy, or whatever, is to replace the indwelling Spirit with a physical feeling, emotion, or experience, and to separate Him from His ministry.What this kind of thinking promotes is the idea that we need something than we already possess as believers in Christ This is precisely the original temptation in the Garden of Eden.The fact is, if the Holy Spirit resides in us , then His power is there as well, to enable us to do what He wants us to do Anything added to what God has already provided is a counterfeit 83 But I have yet to know of anyone, myself included, who, because of being slain experienced a changed life characterized by a love for the truth and a knowledge of God in agreement with the Scriptures In my experience, the exact opposite has happened When folks get touched with this kind of power, they routinely become almost unteachable, preferring the experience to the Word of God I can t relate how many times I ve heard, Well, maybe I can t find it in the Scriptures, but it happened to me, so it s real 84 Why does God take false prophecy so seriously Because it always dishonors His name and leads the people to worship a false image rather than the true God 89 In Scripture, the validity of any prophetic office was directly proportional to its exposure of false teaching 89 Without firm adherence to objective truth the Bible we have no scale on which to weigh doctrine at all One man s guess becomes another s rigid belief 112 This is a very common notion these days, that Christians are actually preventing the Second Coming by our refusal to lower doctrinal walls But tearing down of denominational boundaries straight across the board has been a most successful tactic utilized these days to introduce heretical doctrines into church fellowship This kind of contrived unity short circuits honest discussion and refutation 115 If I can t speak about what I believe for fear of offending you and neither can you, and neither of us can break company with the other no matter how false our personal doctrines, then this unity is not what Jesus prayed for 115 Feasting on the fantastic, our appetites were never quite sated We were always left craving just one spiritual high brought about by the newest teachings, tales of the miraculous, and face to face encounters with God, angels, and demons No claim was too wild for us to believe From the prophetic to the power signs, this religious wild goose chase made certain we always had our running shoes on, ever ready to sprint in whichever direction the spiritual wind happened to be blowing at the moment Eph.4 14 125 I mostly spoke of power, not the Gospel that saves men from eternal death I guess I felt that the average guy on the street wouldn t listen to solid spiritual truth without seeing a demonstration of signs and wonders Funny, we had forgotten the words of our Lord An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign Mt.12 39 131 Although it is an extremely unpopular message these days, fleshly abandon in the name of the Most High God cannot be sanctified or made contextually holy Because the carnal mind is enmity against God Romans 8 7 139 We can judge without being judgmental Peripheral issues we can overlook, knowing full well the sole reservoir of truth does not rest with us.But in the presentation of Christ, there can be no leeway A false image of the Savior His character, words or deeds will lead us away from the truth, and consequently, away from God And eventually, that is what every fraudulent vision will do take away from the person of Christ and demand our attention and adherence to its personalized message 151,2 The Bible offers no precedent for gathering a collection of spiritual experiences and allowing them to determine personal or corporate direction for a body of believers The only volume we have need of has already been given to us, and it has ably resisted the systematic onslaught from the kingdom of darkness for millennia 152 My spiritual legs became heavy from running after every wind of doctrine that blew through our ranks There was never a place of satisfaction, that Sabbath rest spoken of in Hebrews 4 While the anointing we pursued promised to be refreshing, all it did was hone, razor sharp, the craving for another spiritual high 200 Pitting the Word against the Holy Spirit is the easiest way in the world to get a Christian to believe that he is missing out Since there are no reference points in Scripture from which to validate these manifestations, visions, dreams, and experiences, the best way to get around the issue is to declare the Bible relatively obsolete, or somehow detached from the Spirit s present leading 205 It is a simple fact that right doctrine cannot be divorced from right practice To admit to a whole new assembly line of manifestations and what have you because of eagerness to enter some new frontier of spirituality is to remove oneself from the only objective measuring rod in the church s possession 205 Given a Christian twist, the foundations of elitism, religious sensuality, ingratiating personal prophecy, and false signs and wonders all made sense at the time, despite the inner promptings that consistently pointed me to the Scriptures that bade me examine everything carefully hold fast to that which is good I Thessalonians 5 21 213 We have to come to grips with reality As believers, we have never lacked anything that could give us a deep and satisfying walk with Christ We have always, since the moment of our salvation, been complete in Him Colossians 2 10 We have been made partakers of the divine nature through the magnificent promises of God II Peter 1 3 4 , and He is able to make all grace wonderfully abound toward us so that we have all sufficiency in every area of our lives II Corinthians 9 8 We have the assurance of Scripture 207 The Other Side of the River by Kevin Reeves is available from Lighthouse Trails Publishing Eureka, Montana.

  2. says:

    This writing exposes the heretical teachings of Word of Faith, NAR, Third Wave, River movements He uses scripture to refute the false doctrine and practices of these movements He is NOT anti charismatic, so this might be a good book for someone who has gotten involved in these teachings and is open to correction Unfortunately, many caught up in this are not open to having their faith examined It is well written and documented It will aid you in discussion with ppl who are involved in this It was written about 10 years ago so there really isn t anything about the superstars in the movement now like Bill Johnson, Todd Bentley, Patricia King et al, but these people are teaching the same garbage as the people named in this book, like Rick Joyner, Lou Engel, Benny Hinn, the Copelands.

  3. says:

    The author chronicles his journey into and out of the Latter Rain movement If you have ever wondered how bondage to heresy can affect your life, family, even health, this memoir will show you exactly how hurtful it can be At first Kevin Reeves was infatuated with the power these new teachings offered Then found out that is was not the power of God unto salvation , but an empty power that could not save After struggling to see what was wrong, he turned to the Bible as his authority for faith and practice and found the glorious freedom Christ offers the His followers.

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