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Visitors in the Potter’s House

I was in the charismatic movement for 16 years, until I came across R. C. Sproul on the radio. This prompted me to begin to actually looking at scripture, so that I might understand what the writers of Holy writ were saying when they wrote their letters to the churches. I am blogging this article because it nails down the beliefs and practices of most modern charismatics. I attended small congregations, throughout my years in this movement, nevertheless there was little emphasis on bringing forth the word of God so that the congregation might understand it. Instead there was a huge emphases on stressing the charismatic views of this movement as a whole. Here is the article:


 

 

William F. Leonhart III / 1 week ago

In January 2012, I took a class taught by Justin Peters at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary entitled “Theology of the Word of Faith Movement.” One of the assignments we were given was to attend a Word of Faith church or conference in the area and write an essay detailing our experience.. I chose to attend T.D. Jakes’ church in Dallas: The Potter’s House. The article to follow is the substance of the essay I submitted.

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I attend a church that rents space in another church’s building, so we alternate our service times with them. We usually meet at three o’clock in the afternoon on Sundays. On March 25, 2012, I woke up earlier than I’ve woken up on a Sunday in years. At 8:30am, I found myself having coffee with my friend John, a graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary and a fellow member at my church. He had agreed to go with me to visit The Potter’s House, the home church of Bishop T.D. Jakes, a well known prosperity preacher and Oneness Pentecostal. What we witnessed that day was baffling to put it lightly. At times, the “service” was theatrical. At times, it was compelling. At times, it was confusing. However, at no point would I classify what was transpiring before my eyes as true, godly worship from God’s people…..

Next was the praise and worship time which was hard to follow because, again, the person of God was not the unmistakable focus of the praise and worship, except perhaps in word. There were dancers who looked more Hindu than Christian as they twirled and waved silken scarves in the air. Those leading the singing seemed more concerned with performing for the people than leading them in worship and admiration of God. Sadly, I cannot say that there was any element in this spectacle to which I had not already been exposed in Southern Baptist mega-churches. Nevertheless, I would argue that, wherever this type of performance exists, it is not God-honoring worship. By about the fifth song, John leaned over to me and said, “Have we really been here an hour already?” Later, he would explain that he was dismayed at the lack of emphasis on the word of God. We had been at “church” for an hour, and the word of God had not been referenced even once…..

 

 

 
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  1. voicewilderness1
    December 27, 2014 at 5:01 pm

    My experience of the Charismatic Movement is they focus on an emotional experience and just looking for a high; it’s very self centered.

    • December 28, 2014 at 8:46 am

      Thank you for visiting my site and commenting. I absolutely agree with what you have stated.

  2. voicewilderness1
    December 27, 2014 at 5:45 pm

    Charismaticsare all about emotion and experience. They have little interest in the truth.

    • December 28, 2014 at 8:49 am

      Amen. However, I believe that there are some who are interested in truth, but who have not put in the proper time or study in order to figure out what truth is. If these individuals would examine the Charismatic/Pentecostal movement with scripture, then they would abandon the doctrines of this movement.

  3. voicewilderness1
    December 27, 2014 at 5:47 pm

    Charismatics are all about emotions and mystical experiences, not truth.

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