I had this post in my drafts for some time but after listening to the first part of John MaCarthurs ‘Charismatic Chaos’, I knew it was time for me to publish this. One thing I have noticed a lot recently is how much emotionalism and experience’ plays a big part in church life. It is as if they are equivalent to scripture and truth. To see a classic example of this, you only need to look no further to the various comments that I received when I posted my article about Todd Bentley. Other examples are being slain or drunk in the sprit. Also listen to Tonex. And the list of experiences can go on and on. Below is a classic example
This is especially true in the charasmatic circles where a lot of emphasisis is put on emotions. It is not about not believing in the supernatural for Satan is supernatural and the bible makes it very clear that he will appear as an angel of light meaning a lot of what he will do will be in churches today. God has given us the scriptures so that if rightly interperpreted, we will be able to discern error when it is presented to us. Gary Gilly says:
There is very little understanding or desire for biblical truth and theology even among Christians. The Bible is not being expounded in many pulpits today. Christian radio saturates the airwaves with talk shows and psychology experts. Christian magazines aimed at the laymen are full of testimonies but devoid of solid spiritual food, and so few believers study the Word for themselves. As a result, we are a spiritually starved people who are no longer able to discern truth from error.
As a result, sound doctrine seems to become secondary and experiences which come and go have become primary in many circles. This is very dangerous because in essence, we are saying that the bible is not enough. The sad thing is that I will probably have comments from people defending these guys but they will not defend scripture first. I dont care what experience a person has. Satanists have experiences but what I am interested in is does the experience line up with the word of God?
John Macarthur says it well when he says
Once you allow experience to be the test of truth, then you can’t limit doctrine to the pages of scripture
I strongly recommend listening to Charismatic Chaos, not because I have an axe to grind with my fellow charismatic believers but because I want everyone to know what the bible says about the subject. I know for many, this will mean deprograming their mind totally and reprogramming it to the truth of the scriptures
Scripture ALWAYS validates experience. Experience NEVER validates scripture