Recently, I blogged about two newer and surprisingly growing trends in the church that, while they may have some good aspects about them, are disturbing because of the potential for significant error. Well, it seems Steve Hill (who was part of the Brownsville revival) has received a vision that warns of a “spiritual avalanche” that is threatening the church. He describes this as huge amounts of “snow” representing erroneous teachings that are piling up and now threaten to wipe out Christians who are ignoring the threat. Sid Roth interviewed Steve this week, and you can hear about this vision here, starting at about 10:15 into the program.
It is especially striking to me how much this has gripped Steve Hill. If you watch, I think you’ll see what I mean. He is calling for leaders to clear the snow of these erroneous teachings away, so that the church will not be wiped away by the avalanches. But as things stand now, at least from what I can tell, things aren’t looking good. Frankly, I don’t think many even see how big this problem is.
For example, the hyper grace message focuses on the teaching that God does not see the sins of his children, since we have already been made righteous by the blood of Jesus. They teach that this means that the Holy Spirit never convicts believers of sin, and that believers never need to confess or repent of their sins. This teaching is meant to free believers from feeling condemned, but it leads to some teaching that Christians are free to sin as much as they want, and thus it is okay, for example, to sleep around.
Michael Brown (also of the Brownsville revival) wrote about this recently in Charisma:
Personally, I don’t like the mainstream view that says there needs to be a “balance” between too much grace on one side and too much legalism on the other. I prefer instead to view this from a Kingdom perspective. We hopefully want ALL of His kingdom and we want it to invade where we live here on Earth. God rules and reigns in His kingdom but it is not a rule of legalism, it is a rule of love. We freely enter His kingdom by grace, but we enter under the humility of repentance, because He is a holy king.