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Sincere, somewhat persuasive
By Nat, Sep 06 2018
Defining Deception critiques the New Apostolic Reformation: it brings personal, empirical, and scriptural evidence against its practices and doctrines. The arguments here will be familiar from earlier material on this topic (eg, Justin Peter's 'Clouds without water'). What makes DD unique is the familial connection Hinn has to a key player in the NAR. This keeps the book heartfelt: the most heartbreaking parts of the book are the critique of Benny Hinn (pp58-67) and Costi Hinn's testimony (p121). Hinn Wood make it clear that their primary arguments are empirical and scriptural--"take the name Hinn out of the conversation...the facts remain the same...God's word is maligned" (p59)--but the reader cannot help but be compelled by the sincerity with which particular parts are written. What DD lacks is a discussion of what is, in my opinion, a fundamental issue in evaluating the NAR: the sufficiency of Scripture. While Hinn Wood hold that orthodoxy and orthopraxy are to be measured against the plumbline of Scripture, not all agree with this. Readers already sympathetic to the NAR might perhaps resist Hinn Wood's arguments by observing that they are ultimately biblically based rather than experientially rooted, and wonder why more weight has not been given to personal experience. This issue is discussed elsewhere (eg, John Macarthur's 'Strange fire'). But for readers who buy the authors' basic presuppositions, DD is persuasive and eyeopening.