AG3: Spirit & Fire - Project Updates
In Matthew 3:11, John the Baptist says, "I baptize you with water for repentance. But after me comes one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.” Today, many in hyper-charismatic circles use this verse to teach that a Christian should pursue a “baptism of fire” from the Holy Spirit. These encounters with the presence of God typically manifest in bizarre ways, including a loss of self-control, dignity, and other mystical experiences that are untethered from Scripture and the gospel of Jesus Christ. American Gospel: Spirit & Fire will examine the true person and work of the Holy Spirit, including His work in the life of Christ and His followers, and contrast this with the different spirit commonly promoted in the movement known as the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR).
The previous American Gospel films have had a runtime between 2-3 hours in length, which has made it difficult for some to fully watch in one sitting. We originally planned and announced that we were making "Spirit & Fire" a 2-part film. Instead, we intend to release what would have been our third and fourth films in a docuseries format. In other words, the film will be broken up into episodes (there will probably be at least 10) similar to how we broke up AG1 and AG2 into chapters in our "Chapter & Verse" version of the films on AGTV (https://www.watchagtv.com/american-gospel-chapter-verse). Also, each episode will be released first on AGTV, so the entire series won't be available elsewhere until all episodes are completed. This format also gives us the freedom to release some of the episodes before the entire project is completed.
At the end of 2020, we announced that we had plans to release AG3 in December of 2021. Due to multiple factors (which will be explained below), that release will be pushed into 2022 (sorry, we cannot be more specific than that). First, COVID has created many delays and challenges in our ability to travel and film interviews. Second, the challenge of starting a streaming service (with limited manpower) has limited our ability to focus on working exclusively on the film. Third, because this film will cover the topic of the true person and work of the Holy Spirit compared to the holy spirit of the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR), there has been significant delay due to Bethel Church in Redding, and their recent "Rediscover Bethel" series (released in June 2021). Bethel essentially responded to some of the critiques brought up in AG1: Christ Alone, and released hours of content responding to common critiques of their theology and practices. We value truth and integrity in our filmmaking, so we decided that these videos needed to be thoroughly reviewed and responded to in order to present what Bethel teaches in the fairest way.
How Can You Help?
This docuseries is a massive undertaking (40+ interviews so far), which requires a lot of research, patience, and wisdom, and so prayers in all of these areas are appreciated. Second, if you feel lead, please support us by subscribing to AGTV, or gifting subscriptions to others. We are not a non-profit organization and therefore cannot accept donations, but an AGTV subscription is a way to support us in the same way. Loyal AGTV customers help us to grow (both in content and staff) which frees up time and resources to finish the AG films. We pray that the Lord will continue to use these projects for His glory, in reaching those in deception through His grace found in Christ.
Director, American Gospel: Spirit & Fire
Fully Preach the Gospel? - Rick Becker - AG3 Clip
Does Romans 15:18-20 teach that signs and wonders are necessary to fully preach the gospel? Is the gospel powerless without signs and wonders? What is the power of God for salvation? Rick Becker, from Famine in the Land helps explain the full context of this verse, along with what the rest of Scr...
AG3: Spirit & Fire - Extended Preview
A massive theological movement has been sweeping through the Church in recent decades. Millions of professing Christians around the world believe that God is restoring the lost offices of apostle and prophet to church government. They claim these restored apostles and prophets are needed to usher...
AG3: Spirit & Fire - Trailer 1 (Short)
For all of our followers who are anticipating some AG3: Spirit & Fire news, here is an update!
For the past few months we have been working on a ten-minute extended trailer of AG3 (in addition to progressing with work on the final docuseries), to give you a preview of the content of this project...
AG3: Spirit & Fire - Teaser 2
Can you comprehend the breadth, length, height, and depth of the love of Christ in the gospel?
A docuseries, coming late 2022.
AG3: Spirit & Fire - Teaser 1
A docuseries, coming late 2022.
Descriptive vs. Prescriptive - Emilio Ramos
Are Christians called to reenact the book of Acts? Emilio Ramos discusses the important distinction between descriptive and prescriptive texts in biblical interpretation.
Spiritual Mapping - E.5 - Spiritual Warfare: Truth or Territory? - Jim Osman
Spiritual mapping is the practice of identifying Satan's hierarchy, naming demons, and doing battle against them. Some teach that this is necessary to claim cities, regions, and nations for Christ. In this episode we look at the practice and the biblical texts used to support it.
This episode fe...
In Memory of James Bynum - AG3: Spirit & Fire
James Bynum, one of our interview subjects for "American Gospel: Spirit & Fire," went home to be with Christ in February 2021. This is a preview of some of his interview, describing his 2014 encounter with people outside of a Benny Hinn event.
Itching Ears: Doreen Virtue's Testimony - Truth for Life
Doreen Virtue spent 22 years in the New Age as a best-selling author and teacher, until the Lord used a Truth for Life sermon to pierce her heart and lead her to saving faith.