Promise Keepers Radical Charismatic Connection
April 22, 2996
David Cloud, Way of Life Literature, P.O. Box 610368, Port Huron, MI 48061
The following is excerpted from a report by Gil Rugh entitled Promise Keepers and the Rising Tide of Ecumenism. It is available from Indian Hills Community Church, 1000 South 84th St., Lincoln, Nebraska 68510-4499. Please enclose a gift to cover expenses:

One variation of the Charismatic movement is the Vineyard movement. They believe that God is giving new revelation today and that the miraculous signs of the early church should be normative for today. These beliefs have led to much confusion and error.

The founder and main spokesman of Promise Keepers, Bill McCartney, is a former Catholic who converted to the Vineyard movement. Consistent with Vineyard doctrine, McCartney, when addressing Promise Keeper rallies, often gives what he claims are direct revelations from God. Thousands of men subject themselves to the teachings of a man claiming to speak on behalf of God, when Scripture is clear God is not giving new revelation in this age [Revelation 22:18,19]. But since the emphasis of Promise Keepers is on unity and not doctrine, McCartney is not held accountable for what he says.

McCartney's pastor, James Ryle, is on the Board of Directors of Promise Keepers and has close connections with the self-proclaimed prophet and co-founder of the Vineyard movement, John Wimber. Ryle, like Wimber, also claims to be a modern-day prophet, receiving revelations from God. In November of 1990 at a Vineyard Harvest Conference in Denver, Ryle made the following statement:

"The Lord has appointed me as a lookout and shown me some things that I want to show you. ... The Lord spoke to me and said, 'What you saw in the Beatles-the gifting and the sound that they had -was from me ... It was my purpose to bring forth through music a worldwide revival that would usher in the move of my Spirit in bringing men and women to Christ..."

Ryle, at another time, also claimed he had a vision of a Beatles concert where the people were "screaming the Name, Jesus."

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