What is the ‘Charismatic Movement’ and is it Scriptural?
“But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies… And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.” —2nd Peter 1,3
The Word of God explicitly WARNS us that in the latter times, false prophets would arise in significant numbers… “And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many” (Matthew 24:11).
1st Timothy 4:1,2 state, “Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron.” There is NO bigger group of LIARS today than the Charismatic crowd. From The 700 Club to Benny Hinn, they are all a bunch of lying hypocrites.
The Charismatic Movement is extensive, being compromised of hundreds of varying denominations, including Pentecostal, and Assemblies of God Churches.
Some preachers have greatly misunderstood the Bible, when Mark 16:18 states… “They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.” These were sign gifts given ONLY to the Apostles. This is clearly evidenced by the FACT that Paul couldn’t heal his friend Timothy (1st Timothy 5:23), nor could he heal Trophimus (2nd Timothy 4:20).
It is also further evidenced by the FACT that not one preacher alive today can empty out the local hospital of sick people. We know from James 5:15 that God DOES still heal the sick in response to prayers of faith, but no one has a gift of healing today. For an excellent in-depth Biblical exegesis on this topic, please read FACE TO FACE WITH TONGUES by Pastor Max D. Younce.
The tongues-speaking of Charismatics today is 100% different than the gift of tongues which were spoken back in Bible times. In the Bible, God always initiated the miracle of tongues, and not men. It always involved known, established, earthly languages; not some unknown jibber-jabber! Today’s speaking-in-tongues is practiced by a bunch of apostate religious clowns. It’s a devil’s circus of religious freaks and mutants! It is tragic that churches today have become entertainment centers with giant projection screens, movies, and where talent is glorified more than the Words of God. Benny Hinn’s crusades are similar to Rock concerts, and Hinn the idolatrous rock star.
The Source of all the Attention
What is all the fuss about? Not a sermon. Not a revival. Not a city turned upside down for Jesus Christ. In fact, although local businesses are grateful for the latest tourist-attraction-called-a-church, the spiritual effect of the movement on Toronto itself has been modest. The message of the Toronto church to its world audience cannot be nor should it be divorced from the strange manifestations going on there, but it is not the church’s message that is attracting the attention. The attraction is the manifestations. Many are claiming that the manifestations are the signs and wonders accompanying a latter day dousing of the Holy Spirit.
The manifestations include: falling down, uncontrolled shaking, hysterical laughter, an assortment of antics from breast-stroking on the floor to lying with the legs pointed upwards, tai-chi-like motions, pretended flying, and animal noises of remarkable variety from barking to roaring and oinking. Over the last two years church leaders from all over the world have visited Toronto to “catch the craze” and bring it back to their congregations. We can now add to the list of antics seen ’round the world: Orgasmic groanings, mock-births complete with “coaches,” disrobing, and vomiting have been reported many times in many locations. A “Toronto of the U.S.” has risen in Pensacola, Florida. Churches right here in Central New York are actively promoting the “Toronto thing”.
The nine gifts of the Holy Spirit are listed in I Corinthians 12:7-11. Most of the manifestations in the Toronto craze, certainly those attracting the people to these churches, are not recorded in these Scriptures or elsewhere in the Bible as valid manifestations of the Holy Spirit. Therefore, those who are promoting the Toronto craze are not behaving themselves as responsible leaders of the body of Christ. Perhaps, being unfamiliar with the precedents in the book of Acts, they are satisfied with something less than like- manifestations. They are not authenticating with the written Word of God the testimonies of people that are claiming a move of the Holy Spirit. Responsible Christians will refuse to accept the Toronto thing as being a move of the Holy Spirit.