Now I don’t usually just post links to other blog posts, as my readers may have noticed. I tend to think of blogging as actually offering something to your readers from yourself that shows some sort of cognitive activity rather than being a glorified RSS feed for other blogs, unless that’s what your blog actually is and you scour the web looking for fantastic articles to share that others likely wouldn’t find.
Then again, every now and then I run across an article that is just that good that I don’t want someone to miss it. Over at A Letter from Kabwata, Conrad Mbewe tossed up a post that explains exactly why the Charismatic Movement is simply steam-rolling Africa. It’s the response I wanted to toss up in response to Michael Brown’s whole “half a billion people got saved in the Charismatic movement so it cannot be wrong!” argument, but Mbewe writes it better than I could have and carries a lot more credibility that I do seeing that he’s a pastor in Africa and deals with the Charismatic insanity, in Africa, daily.
I’d commend it to you and urge you, in the words of Flava Flav: “Don’t believe the hype!”
The validation of any theology, any movement, or any “move of the Spirit” is not in how many people make professions of faith (and nobody can ever tell you how many people actually “get saved” in response to anything), nor whether people show up to church, nor whether millions of dollars come in, nor whether or not there’s “fruit” (which is almost always defined in terms of the preceding ideas, not biblically defined).
The validation of any theology, any movement, or any “move of the Spirit” is how it is evaluated by the truth of the scripture.
Until Next Time,
Lyndon “Flava Flav? Really?” Unger