Charismatic is defined as a member of a religious group or
movement that stresses the seeking of direct divine inspiration and charisms.
If you are wondering what a charism is then allow me to clarify it in
this way. It is a demonstration of the divine gifts which Paul assigned to
faithful believers in 1 Corinthians 12:28 And God hath set some in the church, first apostles,
secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of
healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.
Note please in
the definition the words “that stresses the seeking”. Couple that with just part
of line 31, “covet earnestly
the best gifts:” Great error occurs in that seeking due to the coveting of
gifts. Suddenly you will find a class of believers who feel the best gifts are
the ones they have. The danger is in creating clicks which will cause a schism
within a church.
I left a
charismatic church because God called me out, and this may well have been why.
Along with the dislike for clicks, I carried out of that time many of their
teachings which still influence me today.
My latest error
was insinuating that a laying on of hands must accompany a baptism of the Holy
Spirit. The Word of God does not say that specifically but the laying on of
hands is accompanied by other acts upon which a more sure foundation of faith
should stand out.
We can only rely
on what the Word of God says about any spiritual matter and rely on the whole
truth and nothing else. The charismatic teaching was wrong on the matter and I
am sorry I let that creep into my devotional.
Let us see what
Jesus had to say about this matter.
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:
comes from a different school of instruction in the Word of God. The glaring
errors, while obvious to me, are not so obvious to her. We have been over one
specific issue of error several times during the course of our marriage. My
correction of those errors has not affectively removed the haunting stain which
plagues her soul.
God of my salvation offered up a subtle if not puzzling “Hmmm” over something I
had written. Yes it came from a trusted friend and the grace administered in
the questioning said it needed further investigation. In the process I
discovered the same flaw in myself that existed in my wife. I allowed flawed
teaching to influence me unjustly. I also needed correction.
Do we sit
and listen to those who sound knowledgeable without balancing their words
against the Word of God itself? Blatant errors must not go unchallenged and
there is a proper way to address those issues. A perfect understanding by an
imperfect creature is impossible without the help of the author. God
inspiration sets the Word on paper. God defined is the test of truth. We are human
and as such prone to failed memory, misunderstanding, and outside influences by
people we might admire.
admiration of a speaker does not make his or her words true.
Now I must
undo the error in my own devotional. Correction has been sent but here is the
thing and you need to ask yourself this. Is the correction offered the truth?
Only God’s Word can tell you.
I begin the