Charismatics are not Reformed
Tom Chantry writes an excellent article explaining why those who hold Charismatic doctrines cannot reconcile those doctrines with Reformed Theology’s distinct doctrine of God’s sovereignty. God’s word is always to be the center of all worship. Once charismatic influences rise within the walls of a local church, God’s word will be replaced with an emotional experience.
I have firsthand knowledge of the truth of this fact concerning charismatic doctrines. I have sat in charismatic churches for 16 years and the focus was not exegesis of the word of God, but rather extra-Biblical utterances and supposed revelations that were always held in higher esteem than what the Bible teaches.
Here is some of what Tom chantry states,
“Reformed Christians have therefore consistently affirmed the importance of the preached Word. As our own Confession puts it, following Westminster,
“The Grace of Faith, whereby the Elect are enabled to believe to the saving of their souls, is the work of the Spirit of Christ in their hearts, and is ordinarily wrought by the Ministry of the Word; by which also, and by the administration of Baptism, and the Lord’s Supper, Prayer and other Means appointed of God, it is increased and strengthened. (Second London Confession, xiv:1)”
This conviction is a necessary consequence of any consistent adherence to the principle of sovereignty. If God is truly sovereign over all gracious work in the soul, then He must control the means by which that work progresses, and further, those means will be the ones identified in His Word.
In contrast to the Reformed consensus on the means of grace, charismaticism has always and inevitably engaged in the belittlement of the ministry of the Word. What has been observed in charismatic churches for decades continues to hold true; no matter what is said of the importance of preaching, the real moment of communion with God comes when there is a prophetic utterance – no matter how banal. Wherever the church adopts charismatic doctrine, emotions must increase and thoughts decrease.”
Read the entire article right here.