18 DANGERS OF THE CHARISMATIC MOVEMENT

18 DANGERS OF THE CHARISMATIC MOVEMENT

(Acts 2:1-4 KJV) {1} And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. {2} And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. {3} And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. {4} And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

There is probably no greater church demolition movement in the world than the invasion of the Charismatic movement into the church. All one needs to do to see how evil this movement is, is to look at the TV ministries such as TBN or Inspiration Network and then listen for a few moments to the lies and false teachings being spewed with impunity. If you listen to a Charismatic preacher and compare their teachings to the Bible, you will see how subtle this movement is. The following Jasmin Live verse was used by Satan to tempt and deceive Eve:

(Gen 3:1 KJV) Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?

Notice the statement that Satan uses, "Yea, hath God said." Satan was placing doubt into the mind of Eve about what God had really said to her. He was placing a confusing statement before her so he could draw her into a dialogue in which she would lose and eventually plunge the whole human race into sin and damnation. I want to apply the same principle to the teachings of the Charismatic movement.

Yea, hath God said that He wants everyone healed of disease?

Yea, hath God said that He wants everyone wealthy?

Yea, hath God said that we can command angels?

Yea, hath God said that we will receive visions?

Yea, hath God said that we must speak in tongues?

Yea, hath God said that He has never closed the canon?

Yea, hath God said that we will receive prophecies from Him outside the Bible?

Yea, hath God said that we will be able to see and cast out demons?

If you have or will search the Scriptures, you will find none of the above questions answered in the affirmative. We are never to expect more from God than He is willing to give us. This includes health, material goods, even spiritual illumination. God gives to us according to His will. He may choose to give one believer a million dollars while another may not even be able to make it from paycheck to paycheck. He may allow one believer to have excellent health while another one may be in chronic pain for years. He may choose to grant massive material goods to one believer while another may live in a small LiveJasmin studio apartment. No matter what the situation is, the Charismatic teachers tell you that you can have more. They build false hope and when their false prophecies do not come to pass, then people become depressed and blame God that He is not true to his word while all along they have been horribly deceived by the "Pentecostal Prognosticator." When you experience no healing or wealth, they say that you didn’t have enough faith. The danger is that they deceive people and then blame them for their lies, and their hearers accept it.

I am still waiting for someone in the Charismatic Movement to explain to me how it is that their pastor gets a six figure salary and drives around in a Mercedes and the ones in the pews can hardly make it financially and drive a 10 year old car. How does this great inequity of finances equate to the teaching that God wants everybody wealthy and healthy? The only ones getting wealthy are the pastors and TV evangelists while the pew warmers sit there and give their last amount of money for the pastor’s next Mercedes or summer home? Can’t you see you are being duped? Can’t you see the only one making money is the pastor? How come you are still in poverty after being in a Charismatic church for 20 years? Sounds to me like the only one getting financially blessed is the pastor and you have been his chump for 20 years. He has a million dollar home and you have a small apartment. He has a Mercedes and you have a 10 year old car. So where is your blessings? They keep harping week after week that God wants to bless you yet you are no better off today than you were 20 years ago. It sounds like the MyCams theology of prosperity is a total lie except for the pastor. Think about it!

The word "Charismatic" comes from caris (charis) which means "a gift." It also is the underlying word for "grace." There is also another word related to "Charismatic" and that is "Charisma" carisma which means gift, grace or favor. So the basic meaning of "Charismatic" is one who is endowed with gifts. This word describes every Christian since every Christian has been given a legitimate spiritual gift or gifts. Charisma is not a dedicated word for those in the signs and wonders gospel, in fact, they are exuding false gifts which does not fit the true meaning of charismatic in relation to the Christian, it is like the Sodomites stealing the word "gay" or the Roman church stealing the word "catholic."