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Written by Patrick Hawthorne @ http://servinggrace.com
(from bruce) I for one, believe in the prophetic gifts given to some believers by the Holy Spirit, including the gift of tongues, wisdom, and knowledge… My sister Sharon speaks in tongues, and has experienced 2 other special gifts of those Baptized in the Holy Spirit… Check out these links for more information…
Body of Christ, Listen Up!…We are our own Worst Enemy
Ok…I’ve had it up to here! I know you can’t see where the here is but use your imagination. First of all, I am a Charismatic. Yeah, yeah, I’m one of those nut jobs who have fallen to the insidious master plot of satan to put a veil between my eyes and God’s inerrant Word. Now that we have established that, let’s get on to what has me somewhat ticked.
I am fed up with these off the wall, wacked-out, wing nuts who fall under the designation of Charismatic coming up with some of the most ridiculous nonsense ever told and then claiming, “Thus saith the Lord.” No! The Lord didn’t saith, your pizza did.
I repeat…I am a Charismatic. I have operated in several of the gifts of the Holy Spirit. I’ve heard the arguments of those who wouldn’t know the presence of the Holy Spirit even if He slapped them upside the head and hung a neon sign around their neck. Your arguments are noted and filed and yes, somewhat understood because we Charismatics can be our own worst enemy.
For instance, there are times when some nut job who claims to operate in the gifts of the Spirit waltzes into town claiming to have the latest, greatest, and most update-est revelation of God only to see many in the Body…mainly those who call themselves Charismatic…drool over this person like a love struck teenager. Have we forgotten we need to test the spirits to see if they are of God?
I don’t mean to be blunt…ok, that’s a lie because I aim to be very blunt… but come on folks. Is it any wonder that Charismatics are given a “Koo-Koo” label by other denominational groups? Let me give you an example. I will not mention the person’s name, but he is declaring, from a prophecy given him several years ago, that if the Carolina Panthers win the Super Bowl, their win will signal a nationwide awakening and movement of God. Come on! Really? What if they lose?
Now for you none Charismatics. Get off your high horses. Many of you love to spout off about the problems of those who dare believe God still moves. I remember the uproar many years ago because Oral Roberts dared have a theme song which claimed, “Something good is going to happen today.” Let’s be honest. Some of your churches are so dead they are mistaken for a grave yard.
You love to point out all the wrongs of those you disagree with. You claim freedom in the Lord but are bound tight by your legalistic board driven committee who tells the Pastor what to preach but will not allow the Holy Spirit to orchestrate the service.
I guess what I’m really ticked off about is that we, the Body of Jesus Christ, have been acting like a bunch of two year olds throwing a temper tantrum. KNOCK IT OFF!! There are people who are dying and going to hell. They are looking at all this nonsense which only serves to validate their reasoning for wanting to stay in their sinful life style. Ok… I’m through. Please have a blessed day.
P.S. (from bruce) Here is part 2 from Patrick !!