World Revival Church a cult?

World Revival Church is a church in Kansas City, Missouri that many people consider a cult and I tend to agree as I look back. You never know what heresy will come out of them next?

Hosea tells us, You stumble day and night, and the prophets stumble with you. So I will destroy your mother— my people are destroyed from lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I also reject you as my priests; because you have ignored the law of your God, I also will ignore your children.”

Do you see it? The people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Most people who have not left World Revival Church only remain because they are demonized if they do leave.

I believe that God has long rejected Steve and Kathy Gray for their quest to preach the latest heresy.

I pulled out my notes from bible college where Dr. Michael L. Brown laid out the seven things that all cults have in common. Let’s see how World Revival Church stacks up.

Paul, Even from your own number men will arise and distort the truth in order to draw away disciples after them. So be on your guard! Remember that for three years I never stopped warning each of you night and day with tears.”

Unless they have changed their ways, World Revival Church is very active in “sheep stealing.”

Before we start, let me say: look at their theology yourself. It is out there. They make a joke of the end times and despite anything to do with the Great Commission!




Does World Revival celebrate critical thinking?

The answer is very simple: No! If you do not think like they do, you are wrong. Believe in the Blessed Hope? You will be mocked for sure. Believe in the Great Commission? They will try and humiliate you.

I openly question them on some theology back in 2009; I was gossipped about and people were told to cut all ties to me. My sin: telling them revival is not about the church but about those in the city going to hell!

Steve Gray and others, especially Tom Trout, are known for using Jewish culture to make people completely confused so they will assume what they are saying is “what the bible really means.” I have seen this with my own eyes.

Luke spoke of a group that would never make it at World Revival Church, the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.




Community over intimacy with the Holy Spirit

Just yesterday, one of the leaders posted on Facebook that experience is corporate, not personal. This is the status in its’ fullness, “You won’t get all of God personally. You will only get all of God corporately.”

JD King is the leader of the World Revival Church and he is the prince of the Steve Gray kingdom. He seems to believe now that being loyal of community is part of salvation.

I quickly confronted him for this heresy, “JD, that is not even biblical… it might preach good but it is not biblical. The baptism of the Holy Spirit is a personal experience and you know it.” 

All of God has been given to you at salvation. You know the whole “It is finished” thing. All of God is active in your life in the Baptism of the Holy Spirit.

He went on to insult me for question his unbiblical ideas and left me with “However, we were made for community and family.” Actually we were made for intimacy and impact. They didn’t stay in the upper room!

For disclosure, JD King and I at one time had a healthy relationship. We both went to Central Bible College in Springfield, Missouri. We even had the same major in Evangelism. It was not until I questioned the heresy of Steve Gray, his father in law, that he cut me off and wants nothing to do with me.




World Revival Church slanders ex-members

This is a big one for me. On one hand, they preach the city church heresy. (How many brides does Jesus have?) The other hand they demonize anyone who leaves World Revival as “they couldn’t handle the truth we speak.” They do not believe that God moves off their little campus.

I could tell you countless stories of people who left and the relationships they had were cut to the root. Members have even been discouraged from going to Mike Bickle’s ministry.

If you believe in a city church, you must also believe in “church hopping” How can they hope if they are in the same church? City Churches means you have one Church for all of the city.

A biblical expression is when someone goes, you make sure they feel loved and there is zero pressure on them to “return.” You release them in the freedom of Christ.




World Revival is not the trinity

One thing that has always turned me off about ministries is how many members are more interested in quoting their leaders than quoting the Word of God. Anything you know about Pastor Steve Gray sermons than the Sermon on the Mount; that is cultlike behavior. Simple as that.

They loved to know that “touch not God’s Anointed” verse (out of context) that Steve and Kathy Gray, Tom Trout, and JD King are beyond accountability to the people. Bullcrap!

If you read Psalms 105 in context, the writer was talking about Messengers. That would be the evangelists, not the pastors.

Two verses before tell us, “When they went from one nation to another,
From one kingdom to another people…” Far from what World Revival Church that believes missionaries are the “ones who can’t make it as pastors.” (I was told this directly!) 




World Revival is on a control trip!

2 Peter 2:3 tells us, “They give the way of truth a bad name. They’re only out for themselves. They’ll say anything, anything, that sounds good to exploit you.…” 

One concerning thing I found at World Revival Church was there was always a lot of time spend on offerings and they would guilt trip you if you did pay your taxes to King Steve Gray! I saw offering teaching that were longer than the sermon!

The way that the church would control your relationships, finances and beliefs is craziness. I am surprised ABC hasn’t rolled in and did a special on them exposing them to the world.




World Revival Church tolerates, not celebrates

They really believe that the most anointed church in the world and that Steve Gray is an the elder to the larger Church. I am not even joking. I have heard him say it from the pulpit.

Steve Gray has a tendency to mock other moves of God that he can not promote himself with. Do you know he promoted the revival in Charisma magazine in the late 1990’s? Most don’t.

In the fall of 2009, I found myself in the heat of revival in Lakeland, Florida with Todd Bentley. People were getting saved, healed, delivered and filled. God TV was running the meetings nightly around the world. It was a glorious time.

During this, I heard none less than Steve Gray publicly mocking the meetings and make jokes about running it nightly on God TV. (However, he had no problems with being on Daystar TV a few months later.)




World Revival Church promotes spiritual elitism.

Ask Mike Bickle about elitism in the Church! He almost destroyed him and the Kansas City Fellowship. It was a cause of a major problem in the early 1990’s.

The elitism at World Revival Church made Bob Jones, Paul Cain, and John Paul Jackson look like Bantam does to the NFL.




Am I worried about a backlash from the church?

Not really. They have little to do with me now. I am not even sure if the “Spirit of Steve Gray” would tell them to ask me to leave if I did come to the campus.

I am not worried about them disowning me. They did that a long time ago. They talked about relationships and community but I have not had any fellowship with anyone there for many years. I try to reach out to them but they are not interested in friendships outside of World Revival Church.

Why I become very concerned about World Revival Church is their missiology is non-existent. They do not believe the words of Paul in many, many cases.

so that we can preach the gospel in the regions beyond you. For we do not want to boast about work already done in someone else’s territory.

They have little to no interest in the gospel or the only standing order we have from the Lord, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel.” Note, it is not into all the churches and preach revival. It is to all the world and preach the gospel!


Read Steve Gray’s early book When the Kingdom comes