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Hershel Lee Harvell Jr.
If any man doth ascribe aught of salvation, even the very least, to the free-will of man, he knoweth nothing of grace, and he hath not learnt Jesus Christ aright.
Martin Luther (1483-1546)
I am asking everyone to be in much prayer for our nation. Powerful tornados have wreaked havoc across the southern part of the United States. The death toll is rising, while others have been left with no home, money, food, or clothing.
I ask you to call upon God to aide these people in finding him and also to aide them with the neccessities of daily life.
Hershel lee Harvell Jr.
I have been in Charismatic Churches whereby the leader or head Pastor will condemn or pronounce curses on anyone who leaves their church. They will say things like, “God put you here, so this is where you are to stay.” Or “You will never be blessed unless you stay here and stay underneath the umbrella of our Charismatic truths.” But I want to say that Charismatic leaders take upon themselves authority that does not belong to them.
I give you another short article exposing the captivation of people within charismatic Churches.
Charismatic Captivation Exposed by Steven Lambert, Thd.
Multitudes of sincere and trusting believers are caught in the virtually invisible web of religious captivation in Charismatic and other Neo-Pentecostal churches, and don’t know it. They are unaware victims of spiritual abuse and exploitation under the heavy-hand of hyper-authoritarianism. That is to say, the leadership of the church-group of which they are a part is dominating, controlling, and manipulating their followers, and exploiting them for their own personal gain and private kingdom-building.
Read the rest here.
Spiritual pride in its own nature is so secret, that it is not so well discerned by immediate intuition on the thing itself, as by the effects and fruits of it; some of which I would mention, together with the contrary fruits of pure Christian humility. Spiritual pride disposes to speak of other persons’ sins, their enmity against God and his people, the miserable delusion of hypocrites, and their enmity against vital piety, and the deadness of some saints, with bitterness, or with laughter and levity, and an air of contempt; whereas pure Christian humility rather disposes, either to be silent about them, or to speak of them with grief and pity. Spiritual pride is very apt to suspect others; whereas an humble saint is most jealous of himself; he is so suspicious of nothing in the world as he is of his own heart. The spiritually proud person is apt to find fault with other saints, that they are low in grace; and to be much in observing how cold and dead they are; and being quick to discern and take notice of their deficiencies. But the eminently humble Christian has so much to do at home, and sees so much evil in his own heart, and is so concerned about it, that he is not apt to be very busy with other hearts; he complains most of himself, and complains of his own coldness and lowness in grace. He is apt to esteem others better than himself, and is ready to hope that there is nobody but what has more love and thankfulness to God than he, and cannot bear to think that others should bring forth no more fruit to God’s honour than he. Some who have spiritual pride mixed with high discoveries and great transports of joy, disposing them in an earnest manner to talk to others, are apt, in such frames, to be calling upon other Christians about them, and sharply reproving them for their being so cold and lifeless. There are others, who in their raptures are overwhelmed with a sense of their own vileness; and, when they have extraordinary discoveries of God’s glory, are all taken up about their own sinfulness; and though they also are disposed to speak much and very earnestly, yet it is very much in blaming themselves, and exhorting fellow-Christians, but in a charitable and humble manner. Pure Christian humility disposes a person to take notice of every thing that is good in others, and to make the best of it, and to diminish their failings; but to gave his eye chiefly on those things that are bad in himself, and to take much notice of every thing that aggravates them.
Jonathan Edwards , Adoption of Wrong Principles (Thoughts on the Revival of Religion)
Most Charismatic Protestants today have no idea that the very thing that they believe distinguishes them from other denominations or religions is being practiced among those who do not claim to be Protestant or Christian. Charismatics claim that every Christian ought to be baptized with the Spirit which will be evidenced by speaking in tongues. Yet the very sign they claim is being manifested largely within Roman Catholicism, Mormonism, and occultic religions who claim to have the true way to God.
Our doctrines and our love for the brethren are to distinguish us from the world, not some outward charismatic manifestation.
I will leave you with an article put out by ChristianPost.com on Jan. 7, 2008
Myths Exposed on Charismatic Christianity in America by Jennifer Riley
Charismatic Churches are growing in number in the United States, but many Americans still have inaccurate assumptions about the particular brand of Christianity according to surveys released Monday.
Many people believe that charismatic Christianity is almost exclusively a Protestant phenomenon, but research shows that one-third of all U.S. Catholics (36 percent) fit the charismatic classification, according to the new Barna study. And nearly one-quarter of all Charismatics in theU.S.(22 percent) are Catholics.
Read the rest of the article here.
Prayers belong strictly to the worship of God. Fasting is a subordinate aid, which is pleasing to God no farther than as it aids the earnestness and fervency of prayer.
John Calvin (1509-1564)