Rev. Robert J. Jones investigates why there is controversy among Christians regarding miracles, signs and wonders. His research discovers the teachings of the church that miracles no longer occur today, known as cessationism, are not actually approved doctrines. The idea that modern miracles are somehow counterfeit has been constructed over the last 100 years built on fear and ignorance. More
Rev. Jones was asked to write a paper for one of the oldest main line Protestant denominations on the phenomenon of miracles, signs, and wonders, known as pentecostal experiences. Pentecostalism is the fastest growing arm of the Christian body in the world today and is breaking into older more traditional churches, as well as touching almost every city in the world through the last three waves of the Holy Spirit, the Charismatic movement of the 1970's, the Toronto Movement of the 1990's, and an experience in Lakeland, Fla. in 2009. While many people are having deep and moving experiences, many in the main line churches are charging that their doctrine teaches that these experiences no longer happen, or worse, are counterfeit experiences. Rev. Jones was asked to do some research and write a paper addressing these concerns. What he uncovered as he did his research shocked him, and will shock most people in the Christian Church today on all sides of this issue. The deeper he explored, he uncovered that what the church has been presenting for the last 100 years on this topic is not doctrinal, that is sanctioned by any arm of the church. Even more shocking was these counterfeit doctrines are not even based on scripture or tradition, and when examined are quite heretical to most Christian doctrine through the ages. He was dismayed to learn that most of what he had been taught and grew up with are loosely based on the writings of one or two men, and when investigated, the writings themselves are filled with all kinds of prejudice, error, and confusion. The paper became this book, and it reveals something that the body of Christ desperately needs to see, the counterfeit doctrines which have crept into the main line church over the last 100 years. These insights have never been revealed before and will change the way in which we discuss the pentecostal experiences, as well as the way in which we allow the very doctrines by which we measure experience to be infiltrated to such a high degree with erroneous thought. This book is intended to reveal and open new discussion on the current move of God in the church and world today.