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Playing with Holy Fire

A Wake-Up Call to the Pentecostal-Charismatic Church
Narrated by: George W. Sarris
Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
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Over the last 100-plus years the Pentecostal-Charismatic church has witnessed miraculous conversions.

From the Azusa Street Revival, which began in 1906, a movement has grown to bring more people to Jesus than any other movement in history. While secularism continues to be on the rise in today's society, many areas of the world still experience church growth, thanks to Pentecostal-Charismatic Christians.

But the Pentecostal-Charismatic church is also plagued with sexual immorality, financial corruption, doctrinal error, personal flakiness, spiritual gullibility, prophetic abuse, and more. In many ways the state of the church today is not too different from how it was long ago in Corinth. To make matters worse, the church hides these acts under the cloak of liberty in the Holy Spirit.

Michael Brown sounds a wake-up call to the church and addresses some of the most glaring problems, from inaccurate prophetic words that obscure true ones to ministries using scripturally armed marketing techniques in order to manipulate believers into giving.

Brown shows us why we must clean up house so the church can grow, flourish, and fulfill God's kingdom purposes.

©2018 eChristian (P)2018 eChristian

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A Book We Charismatics Desperately Need

I began learning about and experiencing the ways of the Holy Spirit in college and it completely changed my life. But after spending some time in the movement, I found myself confused about many different things. I heard many strange and unbiblical theological statements and found that people far too often let experience write their understanding of God. Over the years I’ve actually felt some of this get even worse.

I never stopped believing in the Holy Spirit’s power and I’ve continued to try to practice and teach it as a pastor, but I decided to do so by immersing myself in the Scriptures and testing the people I was learning from. After years of learning, I even started writing a book on the subject.

All of that being said, this is hands down a book I give a 5 star review to. While loving the charismatic side of the church just as much as I do, Brown calls us all to account with a deep study of the Scriptures. I have felt nervous as of late with many of the charismatic books I’ve seen, but this one has encouraged me like few on the topic have over the years.

I’d consider it a must read for any charismatic, as well as for anyone who has been turned off by charismatics. Brown’s words will help God convict and clean us up if we’re willing to listen.

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An eye opener!

It'll make you more hungry for true authentic Fire! Come Holy Spirit with your Fire!

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  • 03-22-19

Great insight

This should be on every Christian's reading list, 2nd to the Bible. Discernment is everything, this day in age.

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Biblical Support for Truth while Exposing The False

If you, like me, agree that the gifts of the Spirit are still for Believers today, or maybe you aren’t sure, but you are confused why there seems to be so much fraud and manipulation in some of the Charismatic leadership, this book is for you. Dr. Brown does a fantastic job of holding accountable that which doesn’t honor The Lord, while speaking to the truth available to those who will trust the scripture’s teaching for the gifts available to us still today. This is a must “read” for all in the Christian world, regardless of what you believe about the current availability of the spiritual gifts for Jesus’ followers today.

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ouch....in a good way

addressed so many personal questions. it was almost like it was written just for me.

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Based on the word of God

The author has done an excellent job. I've learned a whole lot. I recommend this book to all leaders. I cant say enough about this book. The author has a heart for God and he truly cares about seeing believers mature and operate according to the word of God.

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Don’t play with Fire!!!

Loved this one! as it marks out many ways that we ( pentecostal) hurt our witness and
Reproach the name of Jesus. But how we need to carry ourselves to a dying world. So our words will have power as to reflect the master.

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Excellent Book

This is a must read for (true) Christians and Christian Leaders. It should be part of a curriculum in the Bible schools and Discipleship training. This book is truly a wake-up call for the modern church, which is infested with complacency, political correctness, compromise, and sin. Every true disciple of Christ who longs to see the true presence of God must read this book. Thank you Dr. Brown for obeying the Voice of the Holy Spirit to prepare the way for the LORD.

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I greatly appreciate this book.

As a former pastor in the charismatic church, I appreciate this work because it addresses many of the concerns and observations I had as a leader. I desired to create a place for people to grow in Christ as well as experience a deep work of the Spirit. Unfortunately, I witnessed many of the falsehoods addressed in this book. I appreciate the work of Dr. Brown in his assessments as well as his encouragements to the body of Christ. Thank you Dr. Brown.

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AN EVEN HANDED ANALYSIS

Dr Brown seems to have struck a balance between an open eyed critique of abuses in the contemporary Charismatic Church, and a scriptural defense of the normative nature of the Holy Spirit and His Gifts.

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  • 04-21-18

Tremendous accurate analysis to avoid deception

I listened to this and have done so again. The description and scripture to assist Christians today avoid and be alert to God as apposed to the lies is very helpful and refreshing. A warning to all and a bright light to stay on the path of truth. Excellent !