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  • Paperback: 225 pages
  • Publisher: Hendrickson Publishers; Upd Sub edition (March 1, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1565631323
  • ISBN-13: 978-1565631328
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
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About the Author

D. R. McConnell did graduate work at Oral Roberts University in theological and historical studies. He currently serves as Senior Pastor for the Crossroads International Church in Amsterdam.

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Please take the time to read this book.
Kenyon attended Emerson school of oratory but left before it became a hotbed of metaphysical teaching.
G. Maxwell
This is a very well researched and footnoted book by Dr. McConnell on the Faith Movement.

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87 of 98 people found the following review helpful By Ruth Sprague on December 4, 2002
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This is a book that tells the truth. I have always believed that truth is truth, even if nobody believes it, and falsehood is falsehood, even if everybody believes it. The word-faith movement is big, what with the TBN television network and other big names promoting it, but that doesn't make it truthful. It is almost embarassing to say that I was raised a Pentecostal, because most of Christendom today (and non-Christians, for that matter) identify me with this movement. It is indeed an heretical movement, based on the teachings of Kenyon, who was steeped in the Eastern idea of there being a god within each of us, and the idea that Jesus was someone who needed a regeneration of his own heart after the death on the cross (discounting the orthodox Christian idea of a sinless man having broken the chains of death, hell, and the grave). This movement is based on Eastern concepts, but because it has taken on the terminology and outward appearances of Pentecostalism (speaking in tongues, on-the-spot translation, faith healing), many believe it to represent Pentecostalism. Nothing could be further from the truth. One only needs to ask an older member of a mainstream Pentecostal church (Church of God, Assembly of God) to find out this isn't so.
Classic Pentecostalism has always maintained that there is no such thing as a "free lunch" in this fallen, sinful world, even for saints. We will all grow old and die (the death rate is still one per person, as Hank Hanegraaf says), and there is no guarantee of wealth in this life. Just because someone is a "child of God" is no guarantee of continued health and wealth. Both the godly and ungodly include the poor and sick. In fact, Jesus himself claims that his disciples "shall be hated of all men for my name's sake".
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By writer49 on January 24, 2006
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Write a book like this one! McConnell wrote one of those "you either love it or hate it" books. Witness the raging reviews below!

McConnell hasn't written the perfect book. There are some loose ends that could have been addressed more thoroughly. For example - if the faith preachers have it wrong, then how does faith work? What about the clear scriptures that tell us we can move mountains (Mt 21:21), rebuke storms (Lu 8:23ff), and have what we say (Mk 11:23)? Some very clear scriptures need to be addressed, IMO.

However, McConnell nails many of the loose ends in the word faith / positive confession movement. Like the fact that occult groups have long taught that the forces of nature, or God, have to do what you tell them to, if you get the words right. That's the essence of magic. And it's the essence of the faith people's teaching -- You get what you say, you live your words (good or bad)...

McConnell's careful footnoting connects the founders of the faith movement clearly to the occult, New Thought, and Christian Science movements. And he raises the very relevant point - do heresy and error create orthodoxy?

McConnell updated his book in the mid 90's and answered his critics. The claim that this book is dated or debunked is silly. The issues are still on the table.

Get this book. It's the best, most balanced, most researched book done to date on this important rift in the church.
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52 of 61 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 26, 2000
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Why 4 stars instead of 5? I have read the book twice and found the information 100% correct and on target. However, there are times when the author has forgotten (in my opinion) Peter's instruction in 1 Peter 3:16 to use gentleness and respect when challenging another. Other than this, the book is supurb.
It is unfortunate that there are those who are biblically unsound and do not know how to properly interpret scripture. As a result you have unfounded and distorted reviews concerning this fabulous book. McConnell's research is perfect, timely and well documented.
I was a licensed minister and pastor in the Word of Faith movement for ten years. I can attest to the validity and accuracy of what has been uncovered in this book. Only a foolish and a scripturally unlearned heart could say otherwise. Please, for your sake and the eternal sake of untold thousands, get this book! If you are involved in this hereitcal movement, repent, learn to love God instead of things and learn to walk in love and humility. True Christianity alone and not an empty religion such as the Word of Faith movement will set people free! Will set you free!
Again, GET THIS BOOK! Read it and read it again. Titus 1:10-16
God bless you as you endeavor to seek the truth over fantasy.
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55 of 67 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 20, 1999
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My summary above is a brief review of people named and judged, in writing, by the Apostle Paul for one reason or another. Why didn't Paul just read his Bible and not judge anyone else? "A Different Gospel" is one of the most important treatments of the Faith Movement, as it is written by a charismatic graduate of Oral Roberts University. One reviewer attacks Hanegraaff, who only wrote the forward to this edition of McConnell's book. McConnell wrote this book in the 80s before Hanegraaff was known.
The single most damaging fact shown by this book is that the "Father of the Faith Movement," namely self-proclaimed prophet Kenneth Hagin, plagiarized the writings of no less than three ministers (including E. W. Kenyon) throughout his own ministry. When he was caught and confronted, Hagin blamed God for it. Since Hagin and others were long ago confronted individually and by groups, it is certainly proper to go and "Tell it to the church." For Hagin fans, I'll make it simple: plagiarism is theft; saying that God made you do it unwittingly is lying. This is the root of the fruit.
Speaking of the fruit, if healings validate the spirit behind a ministry, then those in the Faith Movement should feel well at home in a Christian Science reading room. This is a fitting observation, because McConnell discovered that Kenyon has direct educational, doctrinal, and testimonial links to the metaphysical cults (Christian Science, New Thought, etc.). Thus, Hagin has plagiarized and popularized, via Kenyon, key Christian Science ideas unknowingly. These ideas have become so entrenched in modern charismatic thought (although they are not inherently charismatic in nature), it is difficult to get adherents to see the forest through the trees.
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