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Charismatics are not Reformed

March 20, 2013 4 comments

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.

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Today’s-Pentecostal-Charismatic-False-Heretical Teachings

February 24, 2011 Leave a comment

I usually have an article up concerning the errors of the Pentecostal Movement, but this week I have taken an Internet break. Come back next week for a new article.
Thanks and God bless.

Today’s Pentecostal-Charismatic-False-Heretical Teachings

February 10, 2011 Leave a comment

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Before I begin I would like to state that I knew that this article would not generate any comments. This is because to speak against a charismatic is to expect to be shunned by the church world of today. I stated in my previous post that Charismatics are not just in a Pentecostal denomination now, but have crossed lines infiltrating all denominations. Therefore if I speak against Charismatics, then it’s as if I am speaking against all denominations. I also want to restate that I was among Charismatics for sixteen years and therefore can speak by ‘experience.’ This is the key word among them ‘experience.’ They are always speaking about feeling God, experiencing God, being led by God, but what I want to ask: Is why don’t they listen to God?

 Is Experience a Test of Truth?

Charismatics are big on experience. They elevate experience above the scriptures and actually interpret the word of God by their experiences. Many of them today claim to be getting new revelations from God. Their revelations are so outrageous and a complete distortion of God’s word. It does not take long to identify whether are not these false charlatans are actually speaking by God or not if one studies his scripture.

For instance Oral Roberts once made the fantastic claim that a 900 ft. tall Jesus appeared to him and told him that he would die if he did not raise 8 million dollars in the next twelve months:

 

“I felt an overwhelming holy presence all around me. When I opened my eyes, there He stood …some 900 feet tall, looking at me … He stood a full 300 feet taller than the 600 foot tall City of Faith. There I was face to face with Jesus Christ, the Son of the Living God. I have only seen Jesus once before, but here I was face to face with the King of Kings. He stared at me without saying a word; Oh! I will never forget those eyes! And then, He reached down, put his Hands under the City of Faith, lifted it, and said to me, “See how easy it is for me to lift it!” Oral Roberts: An American Life, p. 415.

 
Many today are duped into believing the outrageous claims of the Tele-evangelist. So much so that their doctrines trickle down into the charismatic movement and take over the minds of those who follow their teachings. But as the title of this edition indicates; I will ask: “Is experience a test for truth?” Let’s look at a few of the apostles in the word of God and see what their reactions to experiences were.

Peter was a disciple of Christ that had a problem with emotions when he experienced certain things. He was very outspoken and was quick to rush to conclusions upon finding out about Jesus’ death in Jerusalem. But did he base his faith in Christ on his experiences? We remember the glorious experience that he had when he was on the mountain and saw the transfiguration of Christ. He was so astounded that he wanted to build three tabernacles on the mountain and stay right there forever. But this was not God’s will. But as we read in his epistle about this experience we see that Peter does not focus on his experience, but on the word of God.

2 Peter 1:16-20

“For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty. For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, this is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy mount. We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts: Knowing this first that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.”

Peter’s experience was not the test for truth, but we see that he tested his experience by the sure word of God. He realized that many of his readers had never seen Christ, but knew that they loved him. 1 Peter 1:8 “Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:”

But in today’s charismatic congregations there is no test of truth by scripture. Each and every fantastic claim that comes forth is believed to be from God. I have seen individuals mess up singing a song and restart it several times and then they began to speak to the sound equipment commanding spirits to come out of it. They will claim that the devil is trying to hinder them from singing their song. This is nothing more than animism. Animism is a belief that inanimate objects have souls or spirits.

What about Paul?

Did Paul base what he believed about Christ on his experiences? Paul definitely had an amazing experience. Here he is on his way to Damascus and he sees a blinding light and hears a voice and is knocked to the ground. Now if anyone could boast of an experience it would have been him, but he did not focus on his experience when he went into the synagogues, but as scripture states he would reason from the scriptures.
Acts 17:2-3

“And Paul, as his manner was, went in unto them, and three Sabbath days reasoned with them out of the scriptures, Opening and alleging, that Christ must needs have suffered, and risen again from the dead; and that this Jesus, whom I preach unto you, is Christ.”

In 2 Corinthians 12 Paul also gives us an account of his experience of being caught up into heaven and hearing words that are not lawful for a man to even speak. Matter of fact he never makes known what those words are. When he writes to the various churches he constantly reminds them that their focus should be on scripture. For instance: Rom. 4:3 “For what saith the scripture?” Rom. 9:17, “For the scripture saith…” Romans etc… Gal. 3:8 “and the scripture saith…” Gal. 4:30, “Nevertheless what saith the scripture?” Matter of fact he goes on to tell Timothy in 2 Timothy 3:16, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:”

Paul told Timothy that he should give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine 1 Tim. 4:13. But I have sat in Pentecostal churches expecting to hear a sermon and instead a prayer line will break out and everyone will dance around for an hour. Then the Pastor will tell everyone that God has been in their midst and he will dismiss the service without even opening the word of God. I want to know how God has been in the midst if no one even gave him a chance to speak through his word.

But what it boils down to is that there are several different religions competing in our congregations for supremacy over the church. One is true Christianity, but the one I am describing here is mysticism. Mysticism is the doctrine of an immediate spiritual intuition of truths believed to transcend ordinary understanding. In other words the Pentecostals believe that the only way to understand truth is through some kind of mystical experience and not with our minds. This is why so many Pentecostal Charismatics reject knowledge or reject seminary training because they think that they are the ones in the “know” as the Gnostics of old.

Yet Jesus commanded us to love the Lord our God with our heart, soul, and mind. Today all of these are neglected when it comes to loving God; especially the latter.

Stay tuned for another article next Thursday.   Link to my first article on the Pentecostal heresy here.   

Written by Hershel Lee Harvell Jr.                                                                                

The Agony of Deceit can be purchased here.

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September 13, 2010 Leave a comment

Last week I posted a blog entitled:

“Can a Person be Saved Without Hearing the Gospel”

This is a comment I received on this post.

[“I have to take issue with you on some points .

Firstly, Innocence is a fundamental part of the nature of Man . We do not need saving from Judgement Day . There will be a Judgement Day and for everyone the verdict will be Innocent .

Secondly, Jesus is a projection of the Christ that already is within us . It’s just a matter of connecting with this part of us . We do not need ‘ saving ‘ as we are already ‘ saved ‘.

Thirdly, the point of the resurrection story is to show there is no Death .

These comments are sent with my best wishes . – Frank”]

Well Frank I appreciate your comments, but I have got to let you know that we are discussing two separate topics. I have an authoritative book called ‘The Bible.’ As for you I have no idea where your information comes from. In other words I do not know what book you are reading. The Bible is plain that man is a sinner from his conception because he is a descendent of Adam. Adam sinned and was punished for his sin by being given a sin nature. That nature is passed on to all Adam’s descendants.

Secondly, I agree with you that there will be a Judgment Day, but everyone will not be found innocent. Just as the Bible is plain that man is a sinner from birth, comes forth from the womb speaking lies, and by nature children of wrath, it is also plain that those who are not found written in the ‘Book of Life’ will be cast into the Lake of Fire.

Thirdly you state that Jesus is just a projection of the Christ that is already in us. This my friend sounds and wreaks of New Age Philosophy. I believe in a historical Jesus. A Jesus who lived, died, and rose again from the dead in order to deliver us from our offences and being raised for our justification. The ‘our’ here are all those who are in him by faith.

Finally I must say that you have a different gospel, a different Jesus, and are getting you information from a different source other than the Bible. The Bible is plain that “all have sinned and come short of the glory of God ” Therefore I would suspect that you would take issue with what I wrote in my blog post, seeing that you have a New Age World view of reality. But it is not a logical coherent view.