Monday, August 18, 2008

Charismatic sanity is restored by focus on Jesus

Dan Edelen is spot on in his analysis of the needs of the charismatic movement:
  • Problem: In our rush to regain a proper pneumatology, today’s charismatics abandoned a proper Christology. Solution: We need to get the focus back on Jesus.
  • Problems: Too much of the charismatic movement is self-centered. People rush around looking for a spiritual fix for selfish reasons. Too many are obsessed with more power. Too many leaders lack even the most basic humility. Solution: Get the cross back into the picture
  • Problem: The movement is awash is Old Testament rituals or theology that were fulfilled in Jesus. Solution: Get back to the New Testament and its New Covenant. Problems: Too much of the charismatic movement is self-centered. People rush around looking for a spiritual fix for selfish reasons. Too many are obsessed with more power. Too many leaders lack even the most basic humility. Solution: Get the cross back into the picture.
  • Problems: Discernment of any kind is sorely lacking at all levels within the movement. Many charismatic teachers craft entire theologies from disconnected or lone passages of Scripture. Solution: Build a holistic worldview by teaching the Bible from cover to cover, not from topic to topic.
UPDATE: Dan Edelen continues by observing more traits to watch for

1 comment:

  1. Dan's assessment of the situation is right on target!

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