My musings on Reformed Theology, politics,culture the fate of civilization,and conspiracy.
Saturday, October 26, 2013
Strange Fire, and those who get burned.
MacArthur, of whom I must confess I am not a fan has come under fire for the vehemence of the comments he made about the Charismatic movement. As for myself I think he was correct. I was given the opportunity to see the effects of the movement.
Back in the 70s in the south Alabama town of Dothan where I was raised in we Had a Charismatic leader. He was
the youth minister in one of the larger Baptist Churches. Apparently he began speaking in tongues and
telling people he had prophetic gifts. Eventually the leadership figured out what was going on and
they fired him. He then broke off and started his own independent Church. With him he took a significant portion of
the Churches youth with him.Eventually he began drawing, mostly young people into his congregation
from many of the other Churches in town, including the one of which I was a member. Several
people I knew became involved Including a cousin of mine and my mother’s best friends son. Gradually
this mans claims became more and more grandiose.
Eventually he began telling people in the group
that God revealed that it was His Will that couples in the group should marry and sayings that God had
revealed that others should Separate. In time the inevitable happened the leader of the group
began telling women in the group ‘That God had revealed that they should sleep with him. Eventually the
congregation rebelled against his Leadership and removed him. But the damage was done. I found that
virtually everyone I knew that was In that group was marred by it. One died of Aids, another, my cousin,
Died years later still with a bitter disillusionment
Now I know the objection that will come to this. Not all Charismatics are like this. But the reality is that the Charismatic movement is inconsistent with the great doctrine of Sola Scriptura. Why struggle to understand the scriptures if you can just have a private revelation? I may question your reasoning but how can I question what you say if I believe you are the mouthpiece of God. You become your own personal pope, Joe Smith or Watchtower bible and tract society.