Evangelist Steve Hill was at heavenâ€™s doorstep after years of fighting incurable melanoma. Those closest to him were making funeral arrangements and securing a burial plot after doctors told them he had three days to live. Yet as Hill faced eternity, the man known worldwide for his fiery preaching at the Brownsville Revival in Pensacola, Fla., made a deathbed deal with God.
â€śJesus,â€ť he prayed, â€śthey just told me that Iâ€™m going to die, and to die is gain. You and I are madly in love with each other, Jesus. Youâ€™ve been my best friend for decades. Now they say itâ€™s over. If itâ€™s over, thatâ€™s fine ... but Youâ€™re hard-pressed for evangelists, Jesus. There are very few evangelists out there that do what I do, and You know that. If Youâ€™ll let me live, I will win another million people to You, Lord.â€ť
True to his radical spirit, Hill wasnâ€™t referring to just anyone, but â€śhardcore people,â€ť as he describes them. And today, after miraculously coming off many of the medications he was on, Hill is seeing â€śthe unsavable getting saved,â€ť he says.
Hill cautions those who follow his ministry not to mimic his method of coming off prescribed medications, but he says â€śthe Lord really spoke to us, and it was also a conscientious decision to start coming off some of this stuff so I wasnâ€™t in such a zombie state. But it took months and months and months.â€ť
Indeed, Hillâ€™s journey includes an entire year in which he was unable to communicate. Jeri, his wife of 33 years, continued to care for him throughout the painful process as his health declined from ongoing chemotherapy treatments, believing that God had instructed her to â€śtake care of the man of God.â€ť
Hill continues to live with pain and is undergoing cancer treatment while employing more holistic means. But he also feels more driven than ever to win the lost.
â€śRight now I am so sane and so on fire,â€ť he says. â€śIâ€™m back holding massive crusades, praying for thousands of people. Iâ€™m still on fire. Iâ€™m like a soldier. A soldier often fights in pain.â€ť
The message now burning hottest in Hill came from a vision he received while in a similar season of painâ€”when he was unable to walk and feeling useless. Though Hill says he doesnâ€™t often receive visions, he believes God gave him this one as a warning for the body of Christ.
In what he describes as a â€śfull-color, open vision,â€ť Hill saw a ski resort, which represents the church, where everyone was having fun yet few heeded the ski patrolâ€™s warning to avoid areas where snow had become unstable and death lurked. The church has been snowed under by false teachings, Hill asserts, and is paying the price for believersâ€™ deception. (See â€śThe Seven Great Lies in the Church Todayâ€ť for more on this.)
After Charisma published an abbreviated version of the vision online in mid-December, responses began to pour in, and that articleâ€”â€śThe Spiritual Avalanche That Could Kill Millionsâ€ťâ€”went viral on social media. Now, with the full message published in a Charisma House book released in March, Spiritual Avalanche: The Threat of False Teachings That Could Destroy Millions has been endorsed by church leaders from Jack Hayford to Mike Bickle to Sid Roth to Perry Stone.
While the timely book cautions readers against deceptive teachings in the church, such as cheap grace and universal salvation, it also calls believers to holiness and purityâ€”a message that has driven Hillâ€™s ministry through the years.
His health improved, Hill now preaches around the globe and has launched a website and TV program, From the Frontlines with Steve Hill. The show has been translated into other languages, including Arabic, and Hill says he has received reports of it even reaching members of the militant organization al-Qaida.
To read the complete vision and its multifaceted meaning, get a copy of Spiritual Avalanche online or in bookstores across the nation.