I don’t come from a Pentecostal background, although I’ve been in Pentecostal/ Charismatic circles for 41 years, since I was 19.

I didn’t find Christ or the Holy Spirit in any deep way prior to 1975, when I met the Charismatics of Wellington New Zealand.

I’m not talking about Frank Houston or the New Zealand Assemblies of God.

I was brought up in the New Zealand Evangelical Presbyterian community of the 1950s and 1960s which was solid in regard to Biblical truth and adherence to the Holy Bible in this days.

From 1975, I was involved in the Charismatic Renewal, which was a genuine move of God.

The Charismatic Renewal petered out circa 1980, and what is called Charismatic today is a counterfeit moment.

The Azusa Now movement, Benny Hinn, Heidi Baker, Bill Johnson and Bethel, John Crowder and the Latter Day Blessing, the Pensacola Revival, Hillsong and bands like Jesus Culture are all counterfeit and not of the Holy Spirit.

If we weigh these movements, churches and bands against the New Testament, they all come up far short of Biblical truth. There are many articles on this, my personal blog-site and on the Net, which explain these things.

There are only a limited number of Pentecostal leaders and Pentecostal writings that I draw on, extra to the Holy Bible.

Everything outside the Holy Bible must be read with caution and care.

The writings and teachings I have found most helpful are as follows:

  1. The Sermons of John G Lake
  2. Any video preaching of Kathryn Kuhlmann
  3. Eye-witness accounts of the Azusa Street Revival
  4. Eye-witness accounts of the Welsh Revival
  5. Sermons of Smith Wigglesworth and eye-witness accounts of his ministry
  6. The teachings of Derek Prince
  7. The life and teachings of Praying John Hyde
  8. The life and teachings of George Muller
  9. Eye-witness accounts of the Hebrides Revival in Northwest Scotland in 1949
  10. Biographies of General Booth, the founder of the Salvation Army
  11. Biographies of Hudson Taylor the founder of the China Inland Mission
  12. Biographies of John Wesley

There are many other great Christian leaders, teachers, preachers, writers and thinkers we can draw inspiration from.

The above twelve men and women provide a rich tapestry of truth and inspiration to start from.