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Miracle Workers, Reformers, and the New Mystics Paperback – May 1, 2006
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John starts out by building his case on two non-canonical books: the Book of Enoch and the Epistle of Barnabas. In fact most of the theological statements throughout are built on such shaky if not heretical foundations. Many (most perhaps) of the people John quotes and builds his assertions on have either fallen or are of a dubious nature, e.g. Todd Bentley, John Dowie, Thomas Mertin. Building theological beliefs on anecdotal stories, especially mystical ones, is dangerous. Cherry picking scriptures instead of serious expository and solid hermeneutics is what leads people into error - and cults.
John defends one of the first heretical movements - Montanism, as the forerunner of the Pentecostal movement. While lavishing praise on this "persecuted movement" John fails to mention that its founder, Montanus, claimed to be the incarnation of the Holy Spirit as well as other horrible abuses. Montanus believed the Old Testament should be eliminated, laid the foundation for antisemitism, took guidance from angels (shades of Todd Bentley), and elevated his own writings to canonical status.
On page 145 John claims the Muslim world has not been evangelized because of Christian racism. He says that the failure of the world to be evangelized is because of our apathy - in blatant contradiction to the word that says the world did and will always reject the light.Read more ›
Crazy man? No. Sold out radical? YES!!! Beware, though. If you have a religious spirit you will more than likely be offended by this book. He knows his church history, though, and most of the incidents he has documented will astonish you!
I can't wait for he and Lily to come back to Branson, MO again!
I highly recommend this book! You won't be able to put it down!
If you do any amount of research on people like William Branham, John G Lake, Smith Wigglesworth and the like, you will notice the mistakes in the stories Crowder tells about them, and what they believed. Not huge giant things, mind you, but big enough things that will keep you from certain spiritual things available to you, that even Crowder hasnt discovered yet. (You want your mind blown, get the big "collected teachings of John G Lake" book)
Unfortunately, this happens alot today, where preachers or teachers will hear a second hand story about these people, and usually in an example to teach a spiritual issue, which is fine, but the stories get a little twisted, and then repeated, and no one wants to stand up and say anything about it because they dont want to seem "divisive."
Clearly, (and probably not on purpose) he tells of these wonderful powerful spiritual people through the eyes of his own doctrine, which makes for a bad history book. You will come off of this book having the wrong impression of many of the heroes of faith and what they believed. Again, he is not negative towards them at all, he is just confused about what they believed, and about certain factual events that took place.
If the errors were accidental, or out of ignorance, then thats better, but the book still isnt trustworthy. Crowder brings up these people and tries to connect the ways he things they agree with his spiritual views. Unfortunately, many of them would publicly disagree with him if they were alive today.Read more ›
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Excellent book on different Christian people who have influenced the church world. It was fun to read and I learned about the people who are't written about much. Read morePublished 10 months ago by David Brown Jr.
I will recommend this book to my friends and family, and will buy some copies for gifts. Very enjoyable readPublished 15 months ago by bella-rus
This book is a to 10 on my list! John Crowder has an incredibly intimate relationship with The Lord. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Janet
One of the top 5 books I have ever read (& am constantly reading Biblical books) Miracle Workers kept me wanting more. I had trouble putting it down.Published 17 months ago by Mary Helen Crawford