Jack Deere, who taught at Dallas Theological Seminary, was a cessationist
who converted to the noncessationist position - a move he describes in his book "Surprised by the Power of the Spirit."
From September '88 through April '92, Deere was an associate pastor at the Vineyard Christian Fellowship
of Anaheim. With Wayne Grudem, he was one of the movement's primary theologicians.
Some remarks Deere allegedly made during a conference in Sydney, Australia were questioned in the April, 1990 issue of "The Briefing." (i.e. that the church does not know what the true Gospel is; and that Scripture is not sufficient for Christian living). A portion of the article is quoted in False Prophets...Pseudo Apostles, & A New Gospel
The Vineyard in May 1992, responded with Vineyard Position Paper #2: The Vineyard's Response to "The Briefing"
During his time with the Vineyard, Deere promoted the concepts of what C. Peter Wagner
termed the Third Wave.
Deere promotes the Toronto Blessing Movement
, including the Manifest Sons of God
doctrine. According to information on Jack Deere's homepage
he is currently concentrating on writing and conducting "a conference ministry with Paul Cain
and Mike Bickle
" (whose Grace Training Center
Deere has taught at Rick Joyner
's Morningstar School of Ministry
and, along with Francis Frangipane
had his itinerary
published at Rick Joyner's site.
Dr. Jack Deere, the well-known noncessationist author of the previously published Surprised by the Power of the Spirit, has proposed in his sequel, Surprised by the Voice of God, that humble, obedient Christians who seek to have an intimate walk with God should regularly hear God speak outside of Scripture through various means such as an audible voice, impressions, dreams, and/or visions. The author even suggests that a Christian's experience today could exceed the most spectacular moments in the first-century church at Jerusalem as recorded in Acts. Deere’s attitudes toward those who disagree with his theological posture on these issues (cessationists) and his proposals are examined in regard to their logical validity, hermeneutical propriety, anecdotal proportions, exegetical precision, and theological persuasion. This reviewer has concluded that Deere unfortunately attempts to make too much out of too little and thus fails to present a convincing case for his own Third Wave convictions when Scripture, not experience, is the arbiter.
Who Surprised Whom? The Holy Spirit Or Jack Deere?
By Richard L. Mayhue. Article in John MacArthur's "The Master's Seminary Journal," arguing against Deere's views.
Jack Deere's old homepage
(as archived at the Wayback Machine. Note: Jack Deere apparently no longer runs his own website. The domain name of his previous website was bought by a third party, and now leads to a dating site).
When this army comes, He says it's large and it's mighty. It's so mighty that there's never been anything like it before... 'begin the slaughter and begin it in the temple and begin it with the elders, the leaders of my people.' And they walk through the land and they start and they begin to slaughter and you know it's already started with the biggest names in His household? He has already started the slaughter... and it is coming now among the Church.
Source: "It Sounds Like the Mother of All Battles," Jack Deere, VMI, Joel's Army, 1990, "Joel's Army," 1991, Jewel van der Merwe, Discernment Min.
You see why we're excited about someone like Paul Cain or Bob Jones coming on the scene? Or others that we've met... you know those two powerful witnesses in Revelation 11:3? You know what they are, first and foremost? They are prophets. He said they will prophesy for 1,260 days. He's going to end the last days just before His Son returns with a prophetic movement that will sweep the entire face of the earth and will eclipse anything we have ever seen before... the significance of these signs and wonders... But they don't just happen on the earth. They come because they are prayed for and they are predicted by God's people.
Source: Quoted in "Joel's Army," op. cit., Jewel van der Merwe