A Charismatic Primer Part 3 – The Outreach Top 50 (#6-10)

In my previous post post, I covered Churches #1-5 on the Outreach top 50.

This time, I’m going to cover churches #6-10 on the Outreach top 50.  This will be the least eventful post of the series (since almost all these churches are Southern Baptist), but it is what it is.  Also, I know that these guys have said strange things in other areas, but I’m only looking at their explicit teaching on charismatic issues/sign gifts (before people message me about so-and-so’s insane sermon on sex or something).  Here we go:

6. Central Christian Church of Las Vegas, Nevada – Pastored by Jud Wilhite.  This church doesn’t have enough information on their website to make any sort of guess as to where they stand.  I always find it strange when a huge church doesn’t have enough on their website for potential searchers to find out what they’re about, but what can you do?

7. Second Baptist Church of Houston, Texas – Pastored by Ed Young Sr. This church doesn’t have enough information on their website to make any sort of guess as to where they stand, but seeing that their Southern Baptists and the SBC is cessationist as part of their distinctives, they’re likely practical cessationists.

8. Saddleback Church of Lake Forest, California – Pastored by Rick Warren.  This church doesn’t have enough information on their website to make any sort of guess as to where they stand except for 1 sermon by someone other than Rick Warren that sounds really like practical cessationism (i.e. prophecy is three things: preaching, sometimes a revelation about future events for the entire church, and a specific word to a specific individual…but only the first is one we regularly experience), but seeing that they’re Southern Baptists and the SBC is cessationist as part of their distinctives, they’re likely either practical cessationists or committed cessationists based on what I’ve found on the Saddleback website.

Also, I know about their S.H.A.P.E. paradigm too, but there’s nothing about it on their website that is free; you have to pay for any of that information…but the internet is vast.  Here’s their S.H.A.P.E. assessment test and their S.H.A.P.E. inventory.  Reading their definitions of gifts, there’s nothing new (except that they include “suffering” as a spiritual gift…what?) and going by their broad gift definitions, they’re clearly light continuationists or more likely practical cessationists…and I’m guessing that depends on who’s interpreting the S.H.A.P.E. inventory and assessment.

9. Woodlands Church of The Woodlands, Texas- Pastored by Kerry Shook.  This church doesn’t have enough information on their website to make any sort of guess as to where they stand, but seeing that their Southern Baptists and the SBC is cessationist as part of their distinctives, they’re likely either practical cessationists or committed cessationists.

10. Christ Fellowship of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida – Pastored by Todd Mullins. This church doesn’t have enough information on their website to make any sort of guess as to where they stand.  Their doctrinal statement gives me little reason to believe that their anything beyond practical cessationists.

So, not much to report with all these churches.  If anyone knows of anything about these churches that I don’t, or if I’ve missed some large and obvious things about one of these churches, then by all means feel free to alert me to what I have missed.

Until Next Time,

Lyndon “the next post will be far more eventful” Unger

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