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The Other Side of the River [Kindle Edition]

Kevin Reeves
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Book Description

When mystical experiences and strange doctrines overtake his church, one man risks all to find the truth—A true story.

Description: A compelling and deeply personal account of a young man's spiritual plunge into a movement called the "River." Sometimes referred to as the River Revival, the Third Wave or the Latter Rain, this movement is marked by bizarre manifestations, false prophecies and esoteric revelations. Warnings of divine retribution hold many adherents in a bondage of fear, making them afraid to speak out or even question those things they are taught and are witness to.

In a biographical setting, The Other Side of the River, is a powerful and needed warning to the body of Christ. In a day and age when church-growth techniques mixed with mystical practices are leaving a wreckage of human lives littered with the debris of false doctrine. For Kevin Reeves, his determination to rescue his family came to the forefront, even if the cost was high and even if he had to stand alone. His journey back into the freedom and simplicity of Jesus Christ would be worth the price.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 520 KB
  • Print Length: 228 pages
  • Publisher: Lighthouse Trails Publishing, LLC (15 May 2007)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005IDKX8S
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #548,751 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars a must for all Christians 4 May 2013
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Since the early 90's I have battled with these false doctrines in the church. The feeling of isolation can be overwhelming at times and people think you are wrong to come against these people who preach heresy. I'm glad this book was written. It gives me hope and makes me feel that there are man others who know sound doctrine. There's. real need for the church to check out what they hear. Pass this book on.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read 25 Feb. 2015
By Rivo
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This felt like I was writing the book. The exact same experiences I am going through right now. I have been really blessed by it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A sober and reflective testimony on the misuse of religious leadership, trust, and authority, highly recommended. 7 Aug. 2007
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The Other Side of the River is the true-life memoir of author Kevin Reeves, detailing how a spiritual movement called "the River" (also known as the Third Wave or the Latter Rain) and its repercussions within his family's church, the New Covenant Fellowship, affected his life and faith, as well as that of his loved ones. The Other Side of the River tells of how warnings of divine retribution were used as threats to keep members in line; how such blatantly false or nonsensical beliefs such as the idea that faithful women never feel pain from childbirth (since pain of childbirth is allegedly the legacy of the Original Sin) were prevalent; questionable worship practices; the author's own search for truth in the words of Jesus Christ and scripture even as he became increasingly disillusioned with the cultlike behavior he saw; and much more. "...the true prophets of old and the original New Testament apostles didn't charge at all for the Gospel, but today's prophets, acting more in the know than even Paul or John, make a hefty living drawing in the crowds. As long as they're able to come up with one more hidden key to spiritual prosperity, as long as they can persuade the average believer that he is lacking in some Christian fundamental, today's gospel merchandisers will continue to draw the misinformed with their promises of more. And make them pay through the nose with it." A sober and reflective testimony on the misuse of religious leadership, trust, and authority, highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Other Side of the River 2 May 2007
By Seaotter - Published on
II Timothy 2:15 tells us, "Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." Much of modern Christianity has strayed from this important truth to their own hurt. Having been in the Charismatic movement for a number of years myself, I can relate to what Keven Reeves has to say about it's numerous excesses. For having the guts to expose the error in his own charismatic congregation, I admire him.

I John 4:1 tells us, "Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world." If this was true in the first century of John's day, how much more so are we seeing an abundance of false teachers or prophets dispensing teaching contrary to Scripture today! No longer are we encouraged to test the spirits, but rather exhorted to unreservedly enter into the latest move of God.

Just as a person can be addicted to drugs, food, alcohol, spending, etc, they can also be addicted to emotional religion. While at first a little satisfies, just as with any other drug, you need ever increasing doses to get the same high (emotional rush).

Having said that I really believe our God is the same yesterday, today and forever. Just as he healed when on earth, he still heals today. The important thing to remember is that when our Messiah did miracles in the gospels, people weren't rolling around on the floor, barking like dogs, writhing like snakes and on and on. In fact the Scriptures tell us that after being set free, a man who had moments before been inhabited by a legion of demons was "clothed and in his right mind." (Luke 8:35) It was before Jesus set the man free that the demonic manifestations were taking place. Even if the leadership claims that a weird manifestation is of God, I contend that if what you see looks and acts like a demonic manifestation it undoubtedly is.

While much of information in Reeves book is excellent, I have two problems with his presentation. First of all, Even though at times he comes across that way, he does not have the last period on Scriptural truth. None of us do.

Also, while much of the Charismatic movement if full with error, we need to be careful not to throw the baby out with the bath water. While there are counterfeit healings, there are also genuine ones. Satan can't create anything. He's the master at counterfeiting God's wonderful works.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Right on the money!!! 15 May 2007
By J. DiGiovanna - Published on
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I left these practices years ago and this book hits the nail right on the head. Excellent reading - won't be able to put this book down. Recommended reading for all Pentecostals and Charasmatics.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exposing The Charismatic/Experiential Movement 30 Sept. 2009
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A great book by someone who was deceived for many years by the "River Movement", which also is related to the "Word of Faith" and "Dominion/Kingdom Now". These movements are endorsed by people like Benny Hinn, Kenneth Copeland and many other TBN heretics. Other well-known names to watch out for are Jesse Duplantis, John Wimber, and Rodney Howard-Browne. I would honestly like to see the amounts of money being made by any one of these people. It's a shame that Christians do not compare what these people say with the Holy Bible (KJV).

So-called holy laughter, shaking, heat sensations, etc are not holy at all. Thank you Mr. Reeves for having the courage to come forth with your story and enduring the chastisement from others and also the embarrassment that comes with acknowledging your errors after searching the Scriptures.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A "must read" for all mature Christians. 23 July 2005
By A. Simpson - Published on
This book is a "must read" for anyone who has come to their senses within an apostate church and wondered what to do and how to do it. The Bible is clear that we are to mark and avoid false teachers (Rom. 16:17) and separate ourselves from those involved in sin (1 Cor. 6:17) while continuing to pray for them. But the issue of rejecting heresy and false prophesy becomes a matter of personal fortitude and deep emotional hurts when it involves close friends who have been brainwashed by "the river".

My testimony is similar to Kevin's in certain ways, though the Lord saved me from deep involvement in the Third Wave. I lost a number of close personal friends when I found myself in the position of either obeying the Lord and His Word or coming to consensus with men. But the Bible does not give Christians an "option". We are to stand for the truth whenever and wherever it is demanded of us, whether in the world or in the churches. We must stand for unity, but that means we are to put on the unity of the Spirit and strive for unity in the Faith (Eph. 4). When unity of the Faith (unity in the core doctrines as taught by Jesus Christ and the Apostles) is not being upheld and taught, then the individual Christian is duty bound to reject that heresy and seek fellowship elsewhere. The Bible is clear that those who obey the Lord prove they love Him, and conversely those who disobey Him prove they do not love Him (John 14:15, 23, 24). We have many choices each day whether or not to obey the Lord. All of us fall down on this account. But we cannot be reconciled to the Lord without (1) repentance of sin and (2) not allowing ourselves into a situation of habitual, continual sin. Staying in a church that is teaching heresy, participating in false prophecy, and promoting false anointings (which are of another spirit) is putting yourself in a position where you are violating both of the above criteria for staying in the love of Christ. Only Jesus Christ can save because of His perfect substitutional salvation He purchased for us with His blood on the cross. But we must repent of our sins and turn to Him, taking up our cross daily and following Him. You cannot follow the Lord while living in habitual sin, and you will not be saved as long as you remain unrepenant. Remember that many will come saying "Lord, Lord" in the end but they will go to hell. They are those who think they will be justified by their many works of doing miracles, prophesying, casting out demons, etc. Today we have a whole generation of Christians who are enamored with works, and defend those they follow by constantly referring to them. But the Lord says this:

Matt. 7:21-23 "Not everyone who says to me, `Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, `Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?' Then I will tell them plainly, `I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!'

What is the will of the Father? That we obey Jesus Christ. Jesus says we are to reject heretics by marking and avoiding them. The commands of the Lord are simple, but the reality of obedience is not. But we cannot be blessed by the Lord and gain eternal life without obedience.
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