Today’s Pentecostal-Charismatic-False-Heretical Teachings
This article has been held back for to long, thus I will now write it and many installments to it. I was born again in 1992 by God’s Spirit and began to attend a Pentecostal church after my conversion. I attended Pentecostal churches until October of 2008. In 2004 I came to the knowledge of Reformed Theology and began to teach and to preach, directly from the scriptures, the very word of God. My Senior Pastor asked me to leave in 2008 because he did not feel comfortable teaching his false doctrines with me present. I was called to the office and he told me that, though I was preaching the truth, nevertheless, his church was a Pentecostal church and not a Reformed church. He told me that as long as I was there that he could not teach the false doctrines of healing in the atonement, God wants us all healed, or many other false concepts that are held by Pentecostals.
I am not a novice to Reformed Theology, nor am I a novice to apologetics. I believe in a careful examination of God’s word. I believe that one must rightly interpret the scriptures and to hold them above experience. This, however, is not practiced among Pentecostals. Pentecostals hold experience above and even authoritatively higher than the scriptures. Pentecostals do not use proper hermeneutical principles when they interpret God’s word. They hold to the false concept of eisegesis [reading into the text what they want it to say] when they come to the Biblical text. The proper method is exegesis. When a person exegetes a text they pull out of the scripture what it actually states. [See my article on proper hermeneutic methods. Click here]
This much stated I will state that I do not know everything. I am not claiming a superior knowledge above and beyond Pentecostals; the same knowledge and understanding of the scriptures that I possess, they to can possess. Yet I am claiming that I have the authority to examine their claims. In other words God commands us to test all things by his word. He commands us to test prophets by his word. He commands us to test systems of doctrine by his word. He commands us to test so-called miracle claims by his word. His word is the final authority. This is where I depart from Pentecostals. This is the only place wherein I stand superior. You see Reformed Theology holds to sola scriptura or scripture alone. Experience must bow before God’s word. Feelings must bow before Gods word. Prophets and their so-called prophecies must bow before God’s holy word. Scripture and scripture alone is the final authority of faith and practice of that faith.
Above when I stated that I do not claim any superior knowledge above and beyond Pentecostals, I will state that this is not true for them. They do claim to have a superior knowledge above the average churchgoer. Pentecostals believe that they have “it” and other faiths or denominations have somehow missed “it.” They are like the gnostics of old when they claim that they are in the “know” and everyone else has missed the boat. But above I stated that they claim that other faiths or denominations have somehow missed “it,” but this statement is not entirely true. It is not true in the sense that Pentecostalism is a separate faith or denomination. Certainly there are Pentecostal denominations, but today one cannot rightly identify a Pentecostal because this movement has spread out into many different denominations. In other words one does not have to go to a Pentecostal church to be a Pentecostal. Pentecostalism has spread into Methodist, Presbyterian, Baptist, and even Catholic congregations. But no matter where this movement spreads the same attitude of superiority goes with it. If you are infected by it, then you will feel that everyone else has missed something.
The Charismatic movement today is uniting all branches of Christianity on a global scale and because of this ‘truth’ goes out the window. Doctrine has left the Christian church and damnable heresies and corrupt living is replacing it. We see a unifying of Catholics and Protestants without any concern of what separated those two views 500 years ago. Because of a loss of truth we also have seen a decline of morality in the church. G. K. Chesterson once stated, “Heresy always does affect morality, if it’s heretical enough.”
One reason for the rapid growth of Pentecostal-charismatic beliefs is because a majority of the television-evangelist on television today teaches and propagates the false teachings of Pentecostals. They boast in the fact that they are going against tradition. Read a quote by a leading television-evangelist in America:
Frederick K.C. Price: “God can’t do anything in this earth realm except what we, the body of Christ, allow Him to do. Now that statement is so–that’s so–that’s so foreign and so contrary to tradition that, like I said, if they could get their hands on me right now most evangelicals would burn me at the stake and dismember me and feed me to the crocodiles, because they’ll consider that statement to be just heresy.” “Ever Increasing Faith” program on TBN [1 May 1992], audiotape #PR11″
This statement by Frederick Price is in complete contradiction to what God’s word declares. God tells us in Isaiah 46:9-10 “Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me, Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:
Some would say, “But that is Old Testament, now that we are in the New Testament God has given us authority and he is waiting on us.” Okay now let’s go to the New Testament and I will quote directly from Christ Jesus. After his resurrection he stated in Matthew 28:18 “And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.” You see this is another quality of Reformed Theology. Reformed Theologians recognize that God is absolutely sovereign in all areas of life. God is absolutely sovereign over his entire creation. The very definition of God is that he is a being that is absolutely sovereign over all his creation. To say otherwise is to claim to be an atheist.
So, contrary to what Frederick Price stated, God can do what he pleases in this earthly realm. God is sovereign. He is Lord. Christ is seated at the right hand of the Father ruling and reigning over this universe. God is not limited to the will of his creatures, neither has he given away his authority. The Church as Ambassadors of Christ has the authority to speak in Christ name, but never for one moment is God limited to the will of the creature.
This much stated, I will close this post by relating to you my goals for writing this material. My goal in publishing this article, first, is to bring glory to God. My second goal is to expose false teachings and to expose those who claim to be speaking for God. So I pray that you are learning from this and pray that it is a blessing to you. Come back next week for part 2.
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