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Eddie Hyatt: Angels of Light

Chapters 4 and 5 continue with warnings and in chapter 4, Hyatt gives the reader a brief history of the Mormons. He notes some things about them that many Pentecostals and Charismatics may not be aware of, such as their experiences with speaking in tongues, prophecy, falling under the power, visions, and angelic visitations.

The Mormons got off track and Hyatt suggests five things that the believer can do to avoid falling into error.

  1. Make the diligent study of God’s word our number one priority.
  2. Don’t be afraid to “test the spirits.”
  3. Stop chasing the sensational.
  4. Avoid spiritual pride.
  5. Avoid an elitist mindset.

In recent years, there has been a glut of books written about contemplative prayer, which Hyatt says that this practice is “associated with words and phrases such as spiritual formation, silence, centering prayer, and mysticism.”

Believe in miracles, but follow Jesus. Not the other way around.

In what may be a controversial chapter, he lists reasons why he does not practice contemplative prayer. This practice has gained much attention in recent years as something that will draw us closer to the Lord. Hyatt adamantly disagrees. He believes that it is “a subtle substitute for the authentic spirituality of the New Testament.”  He suggests that Jesus and the early church did not teach or practice contemplative prayer and that it has more in common with Eastern religions than it does with Biblical Christianity. Despite Hyatt’s beliefs on this subject, those who practice contemplative prayer should not be deterred from reading this work.

The final chapter might be his most important one. It’s entitled, “Believe in Miracles, But Follow Jesus.” He reminds us that believers are to follow the Lord Jesus and not follow signs. Signs, he rightly says, must follow believers.

Hyatt’s book should be read and studied carefully by all pastors and teachers and then preached and taught to their congregants.

The body of Christ should be grateful to Dr. Hyatt for providing this important work for these dark and evil days.

Reviewed by Larry Russi

 

Further Reading:

In “Avoiding Spiritual Dangers and Pitfalls: an interview with Eddie Hyatt,” Pastor Larry Russi asks questions to clarify and go even more in-depth.

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Category: Living the Faith, Summer 2019

About the Author: Larry Russi, M.A. in Urban Ministry (Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary), is the Senior Pastor at Glendale Christian Lighthouse Church in Everett, Massachusetts. In ministry for over 40 years, he is the coordinator for the New England region of the American Evangelical Christian Churches (AECC) and also a member of the denomination's advisory board. Facebook

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