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The Agony of Deceit, Michael Horton, Christian Art, 1990, 0947468145, 9780947468149, They Gathered at the

The Agony of Deceit, Michael Horton, Christian Art, 1990, 0947468145, 9780947468149,

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This extra-ordinary book goes to great lengths to teach what the Gospel is NOT and what the gospel IS. The editor, Michael Horton, apart from making significant contributions of his own, has gathered together contributors of considerable standing in the literary and Christian worlds. Their combined purpose is the exposing of the teachings of certain television evangelists with worldwide audiences numbering many millions.

It is plain from the text that, before commiting their opinions to writing, the contributors first attempted, by one-on-one counselling, to persuede the TV evangelists to reconsider their theological views in respect of the Gospel. When this failed they carefully analyzed the writings and broadcast sermons of the televangelists in the light of the Gospel as presented in the Bible. The contributors express alarm at what they consider false prophecy being propagated over the air waves, leading millions of believers to a gross misunderstanding of the Gospel of salvation in Jesus Christ with all its attendent consequences.

"The Agony of Deceit" questions whether or not television and evangelism can be equally yoked together. It warns about the nature of the television ministry leading to an atmosphere of alienation among Christians. It throws out a powerful challenge to the authodox church to get involved in television ministry to counter the message of the televangelists. And it calls for the setting up of a second Reformation which will lead believers back to a true understanding of the Gospel.

This book, edited by Reformed tehologian Michael Horton (also writes three essays in the book), was published in 1990 before the rest of the Evangelical community started to speak out against teh dangers of "The Word Faith Movement." The principles in theology have not changed toward applying to what is heretical word-faith nonsense and orthodox theology.

The strength of this book is the many different experts who rage in the battle for Christological and theological orthodoxy. Each person handels topics he is most apt to address. Horton's introduction brilliantly sets the stage, "This book argues that the struggle for orthodoxy is the struggle for the authentic 'message of Jesus Christ'."

"Doubtless, our most enthusiastic supporters will be among the Assemblies of God and other Pentecostal and charismatic groups. They, after all, were the first to confront and then sound the alarm against their unorthodox fellows." p.12 As an AG pastor I concur not only with this statement but also with the sentiments expressed throughout "The Agony of Deceit". Once upon a time this may have been true regarding all Pentecostal circles but no more. Due to an emphasis on church growth and a penchant for pragmatism, many Pentecostal pulpits and pens have gone silent concerning the continuing charismatic quagmire. Evidently if you "can't beat 'em then join 'em." While the names and places referenced in this book may have changed the message on the air waves remains the same. Therefore this book is still greatly needed. While the entire book is well worhth the read, the busy or curious pastor will find the Appendixes most helpful. The Creeds speak for themselves, the Seven Rules for testing Prophets are poignant but the Ready Reference guide should be made into a shirt-pocket edition.

Horton has collected a wide range of charismatic writers to expose the hidden heresies within the movement. Original quotes and sources from the Charismatic leaders themselves demonstrate common denials of basic Christian doctrines, such as the deity of Christ. Horton also offers a compassionate but accurate critique and corrective to these destructive false teachers in the Church. Must reading for anyone confused by or curious about the modern Charismatic movement!

This book is Great contrary to what the last person reviewed it. It is obvious Today Christians aren't ACTS 17:11 type of christians. Searching scriptures daily. When men such as Kenneth Hagin, Ken Copeland and others teach that we are incarnation of God they are wrong and need to be judged not condeming but unto repentance. Hagin, copeland, hinn, etc. are not God and need to be held accountable for their teachings. This book does just that and Jesus would too. A MUST READ FOR ALL TRUTH SEEKING CHRISTIANS

Dr. Horton has taught apologetics and theology at Westminster Seminary California since 1998. In addition to his work at the Seminary, he is the president of White Horse Inn, for which he co-hosts

the White Horse Inn, a nationally syndicated, weekly radio talk-show exploring issues of Reformation theology in American Christianity. He is also the editor-in-chief of Modern Reformation magazine.

Dr. Horton has taught apologetics and theology at Westminster Seminary California

since 1998. In addition to his work at the Seminary, he is the president of White Horse Inn, for which he co-hosts the White Horse Inn, a nationally syndicated, weekly radio talk-show exploring issues of Reformation theology in American Christianity. He is also the editor-in-chief of Modern Reformation



magazine. Before coming to WSC, Dr. Horton completed a research fellowship at Yale University Divinity School. Dr. Horton is the author/editor of more than twenty books, including a series of studies in Reformed dogmatics published by Westminster John Knox.(less)

Michael Scott Horton (born 1964) is the J. Gresham Machen Professor of Theology and Apologetics at Westminster Seminary California since 1998,[1] Editor-in-Chief of Modern Reformation (MR) magazine, and President and host of the nationally syndicated radio broadcast, The White Horse Inn.[1] Both Modern Reformation magazine and The White Horse Inn radio broadcast are now entities under the umbrella of White Horse Media, whose offices are located on the campus of Westminster Seminary California.

Horton received a B.A. degree at Biola University[1] Since high school, he always knew he wanted to go to Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia.[2] At the time, Westminster Seminary California in Escondido was just beginning in a small storefront but many of the men Horton was reading at the time were teachers at Westminster Seminary California and this eventually led to his choosing to get his M.A. from Westminster Seminary California.[1][2] At Westminster Seminary California, Horton learned the Biblical languages and studied under Meredith Kline. He was blown away[tone] by the revolutionary concepts of Kline, Robert Strimple, Robert Godfrey, and Dennis


He was ordained a deacon in the Reformed Episcopal Church. He was formerly the president of Christians United for Reformation (CURE), which later merged to become the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals (ACE).[3] From 2001 to 2004 Horton served as the president of ACE, but is now no longer affiliated with the organization. Dr. Horton is also an ordained minister in the United Reformed Churches in North America and has served at two churches in Southern California[3] and is currently Associate Pastor at Christ United Reformed Church in Santee, California, a member church of the United Reformed Churches in North America (URCNA) denomination.[4] Horton teaches an Adult Sunday School class to educate men and women on Reformed Theology, sanctification, God and suffering and to catechize them on the basics of the Heidelberg Catechism. Pastor Horton's class is available on audio at the church website.[5]

If you really want to see the big picture of too many TV evangelists, this is a great book! Although it is a few years old, I knew that prior to purchasing it. This book actually replaced one I loaned out and never got back. Mr. Horton does a great job showing how what many false teachers teach and what the Bible really says. Nothing is taken out of the biblical context!! If you're serious about apologitics, you need this book!

The following line-up of videos features a series of classic interviews with a very young Dr. Michael Scott Horton promoting a now out-of-print book he edited on the Word of Faith movement (the so-called “prosperity preachers” or “faith healers”) called The Agony of Deceit. Please take the time to listen to the things Dr. Horton has to say in describing the content of his research and that of several other sound and prominent scholars, ministers and otherwise

expert witnesses regarding the spiritual devastation that the blasphemous heresies of the Word of Faith movement has brought to unsuspecting souls around the world.

Another important work that the host promotes is A Different Gospel: Biblical and Historical Insights into the Word of Faith Movement, by former ORU adjunct professor D.R. McConnell, which identifies Kenneth “Dad” Hagin (so-called “Father of the Faith Movement”) as nothing more than the plagiarizing popularizer of the teaching of New Thought practitioner E.W. Kenyon (this article summarizes McConnell’s case).

These interviews were filmed perhaps around 1992. You can sense the excitment the host of this apparently low-budget Austin, Texas-based Christian cable program experienced to have the opportunity to host Dr. Horton as he relates to viewers like you and me “the agony of deceit.” I know this is old news, but so few believers have had the opportunity to give a hearing to material such as this exposing the depth of the heresy involved in the otherwise cartoonish movement that enters everyone’s homes through television, my desire is to do my small and feeble part in continuing to promote the truth, considering how disproportionately well-known are the propagandists of the positive-confession/prosperity gospel. How true it is that a lie is halfway around the world before the truth has got its boots on.

Thanks for posting this program; I watched them a while back. Horton lands a decisive theological death blows to the prosperity (false) gospel. What these videos lack in terms of a production budget they more than make up for in terms of truth and discernment. (Also, I’m glad to see Dr. Horton “repented” of that mustache!)

Michael Horton was president of Christians United for Reformation (CURE) until its 1994 merger with the Philadelphia based Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals (ACE). (Actually, CURE/ACE acted as a joint organization until 1999, when the CURE name was dropped entirely.) He is now the President and Chairman of the Council of ACE, and an Associate Professor of Apologetics and Historical Theology at Westminster Theological Seminary in Escondido, California. He was educated at Biola University (B.A.); Westminster Theological Seminary in California; Wycliffe Hall, Oxford, and the University of Coventry (Ph.D.); and has also completed a Research Fellowship at Yale University Divinity School. Horton is a minister in the United Reformed Churches, having served in three churches in Southern California, and is the publisher of ACE's Modern Reformation magazine. Since 1990, he has hosted a 30-minute, weekly radio talk-show called "The White Horse Inn" ("exploring issues of reformational theology in American Christianity"), which is aired weekly on Sunday evenings on approximately 27 stations in the U.S. and Canada (as well as a Sunday evening national broadcast from Los Angeles via the Internet).

Horton is recognized as a young champion of the Reformed faith with a "prophetic" ministry of calling the church to repentance. He is vitally involved with ACE, which claims to exist to revive the rallying cries of the Reformation, including "Scripture Alone," "Christ Alone," "Grace Alone," "Faith Alone," "Glory to God Alone," and "The Priesthood of All Believers." Horton is known for exposing false teachers and false doctrine, and has, thereby, become a key spokesman in "Evangelical" circles. He is a prolific author having written or served as editor of many well-known "evangelical" books (fourteen at latest count), including Putting Amazing Back into Grace, Made In America, The Agony of Deceit, Power Religion, Christ The Lord, Beyond Culture Wars, The Law of Perfect Freedom, Where In The World Is The Church?, We Believe, and In The Face of God. His books come endorsed by many well-known neo-evangelicals, including James M. Boice, Carl F. Henry, and R.C. Sproul.

Horton's latest book is A Confessing Theology For Postmodern Times. Two others yet to be released are A Better Way: Rediscovering the Drama of God-Centered Worship, and Covenant and Eschatology: the Divine Drama. He has written articles for Modern Reformation, Pro Ecclesia, Christianity Today, The International Journal of Systematic Theology, and Books and Culture. He is a member of the Oxford University Union Society, the Royal Institute of Philosophy, the American Academy of Religion, the American Theological Society, and the Calvin Studies Society. (Source:

8/27/01, ACE Internet Web Site.)

In a CURE "Dear Friends" letter dated 8/1/95, Horton said, "The vision of the organization is to enable evangelicalism to rediscover its roots in the writings of the Reformers and to heighten awareness of the ideas and methods developed by those Reformers in addressing the issues of their day. The organization is not sectarian or separatist but is concerned to enable denominations, or groups within denominations, to recover a sense of identity or purpose." (Emphasis added.)

Moreover, "The Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals exists to call the church, amidst our dying culture, to repent of its worldliness, to recover and confess the truth of God's Word as did the Reformers, and to see that truth embodied in doctrine, worship, and life" (ACE/CURE Internet Web Site -- 6/97).

It is clear that Horton and the ACE organization see themselves as the protectors/defenders of Reformed theology and true Christian worship in the evangelical church. However, as stated above, Horton has no intention of letting the Biblical doctrine of separation get in the way of the perverted view that doctrinal strength comes through ecumenical unity. He says:

"At this particular time he [James Boice] served as a catalyst for bringing together many like-minded folk from diverse traditions, including Presbyterians (R.C. Sproul), Congregationalists (David Wells), Lutherans (Gene Veith), and Baptists (John Armstrong) -- all of us agreeing that the solas were the bedrock of our faith. The result was the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals (ACE), an organization chaired by Dr. Boice and vice-chaired by David Wells and me, and headquartered in the CURE offices" ("A Short Note About CURE's [1994] Merger with ACE," by Michael Horton, ACE/CURE Internet Web Site -- 6/97).

Horton is strongly committed to Reformed (combining Luther and Calvin) and Covenant theology. He is very opposed to Dispensational theology. Because of his Reformed and Covenant theology, he sees water baptism as the counterpart of circumcision in the Old Testament. He, therefore, like Calvin, holds to infant baptism as the means for bringing babies into the "Covenant." But, like Luther, he also holds baptism to be the means by which saving grace is communicated.

Horton does not speak for all those who hold to Covenant theology (there are various views), but his views correspond to what many believe. As one reads Horton, it appears that he is driven by a presuppositional commitment to his system of Reformed/Covenant theology, rather than by a literal systematic interpretation of the whole counsel of God. Nevertheless, it is easy to agree with Horton as he addresses error within the church, particularly with his earliest works exposing the psychological gospel (i.e., The Agony of Deceit and Made In America), albeit never condemning it.

While agreeing with Horton regarding various issues, there are also many things in his theology that are greatly concerning. These concerns relate to the most basic and critical issues of HOW ONE RECEIVES CHRIST. In fact, Michael Horton clearly teaches ANOTHER gospel! It is a SACRAMENTAL GOSPEL that says Christ is received through the Sacrament of water baptism. This view is better known as BAPTISMAL REGENERATION. This is a most serious matter! (cf. Gal.


On the one hand, Horton will strongly state that we are saved by FAITH ALONE. On the other hand, he states repeatedly that water baptism is the "means of grace" by which we are saved. This is obviously a contradiction. We cannot be saved by FAITH ALONE and FAITH plus BAPTISM at the same time. It has to be one or the other. Of course, the problem is that Horton redefines Grace and Faith in light of his Covenant beliefs. The fact remains, however, that the act of baptism is a work, and Grace and works are mutually exclusive (Rom. 11:6).

The Bible is clear that the GOSPEL is distinct from WATER BAPTISM (1 Cor. 1:17). The Gospel is

that "

Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord

Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto

again the third day according to the

salvation. For the Scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on Him shall not be ashamed" (1 Cor. 15:3b-4; Rom. 10:9-11). Baptism then follows as a symbol or testimony of our identification with Christ (1 Pe. 3:18-21).

In his earlier works, Horton often hinted at his BAPTISMAL REGENERATION views, but it was always somewhat unclear as to where he was coming from. However, in his major book, In The Face of God, he leaves no doubt as to his views on how one receives Christ. Note the following quotes: (Emphases added.)