Back in the 1990s Phil Pringle invited Rodney Howard-Browne numerous times to “speak” at C3 Church Brookvale and later at Oxford Falls, Sydney. Rodney Howard-Browne is famous for bringing the “laughing revival” and gaining the nickname, the Holy-Ghost bar tender. He has been seen as the catatylst (through his “revival” at Lakeland, Florida), of what is now known as the Toronto Blessing.
Not only did Phil Pringle and C3 endorse this man, they actively promoted the Toronto Blessing at a week-long event at the former Brookvale church site. And we have photos that document the C3 Goldstore promoting books that defended the Toronto Blessing. Furthermore, we have documented proof that C3 even promotes the materials of Rodney Howard-Browne in their college libraries.
New Blessing or old heresy?
It has been correctly stated that the Toronto Blessing,
“is a mix of Gnosticism, Pelagianism, mysticism and even Arianism. Of Gnosticism, through claims of special spiritual enlightenment in the form of bogus prophetic insight and dubious words of knowledge. Of Pelagianism, through an emphasis on self-effort in finding and maintaining peace, joy and fulfilment in daily life (a recipe for mental breakdown and spiritual collapse if ever there were one). Of mysticism, by an emphasis on subjective experience denying the objectivity of God’s Word. Of Arianism, through an over emphasis on one member of the Trinity, the Holy Spirit, at the expense of the others, thus denying the fulness of the deity of each member.” [Source]
And it seems the time HAS come when men (and women) will not put up with sound doctrine (2Tim 4:3). Instead of reflecting on the peace, hope and joy that Christ’s finished work has done for them by His life, death and resurrection, instead we are seeing so many experience-driven churches and so few where Christ is honored and His Word obeyed.
Clearing the muddy waters of charismatic “renewal”:
We would like to thank one of our discerning readers for posting this below resource over on Hillsong Church Watch. This was a series of conference lectures from Crich Baptist Church Derbyshire. (http://www.crichbaptist.org/online-sermons/)
We hope you enjoy these resources.
True revival or truly demonic-possession?
If the attached Toronto Blessing clip above, and its manifestations, are held to the light of Scripture, it can scarcely be called such. Absolutely nowhere in Scripture can one find a precedent for what was happening at the Toronto Airport church. The nearest that Scripture comes to describing the paralysis and bizarre behavior prompted by the Toronto Blessing are its documented effects of demonic possession (see Mark 9:18).
To quote Phil Johnson of Gracelife Church,
“We don’t need more hype and activity and mass movements. We need the pure light of God’s Word—”the prophetic word confirmed, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises” (2 Peter 1:19).” [Source]