The Charismatic movement has been the perhaps the most ungodly response to an outpouring of The Holy Ghost since the days of Pentecost. Never in the history of the Spirit filled church has there been such deviance from the Will of God.
I wonder how many great men and women of God have turned from serving the Lord because of the evil and excess of this modern day “Spirit of Ahaz?” How many Christians have turned from the Spirit filled life to a life a religion, how many people have suffered in the Church through false doctrine, to what extent has the worldview of Christianity been damaged and how much of the World and its heathen doctrines have been absorbed into Church culture by this compromised movement.
I still listen to messages by those in this movement, primarily because it is still the current work of God. I still attend a Charismatic church from time to time because we are advised to continue our fellowship. But the deception and distortion of the faith is so prevailing and so damaging through this denomination, that one has to be continually alert to discern and reject the deviations.
I list here a few of the truly damaging doctrines that have so greatly compromised the Body of Christ:
1. Baptism. Baptism into Christ is not a show of your faith to the world. If so why would the jailer and his family do so in the middle of the night? Act 16:33. Baptism achieves 3 things:
a. Removal of sin of the flesh. If we are moving to living a life in Spirit as opposed to our previous life by the flesh, we need to wash away all the sin we have lived in previously which has the power to impact our future life.
b. Baptism into Christ removes the authority of the sinful nature. Colossians equates it to circumcision, the removal of the ‘body of the sins of the flesh” Colossians 2:11-14.
c. We die to the old law of judgment. Man is under the law until death. When we are baptised into Christ, we ‘die’ with him and effectively come out of the water under a new law – the law of Grace. Romans 6. Thereafter we permitted to enter into the presence of God because our new standing.
Unless we are born of water and of Spirit we cannot enter the Kingdom of God (John 3:3-6) and He that believes and is baptized shall be saved. (Mark 16:16) Ignore the heathen commentary that attempts to discredit or subvert these verses. They are confirmed as accurate and true by this one fact: Unless a man was circumcised under the Old Covenant he could not be part of the nation of Israel. Under the New Covenant Baptism is the manifestation of this edict and no man or woman can enter into the presence of God unless he has ‘put off sin and put on Christ.’
A fake teaching exists to say that if you believe only you are saved. Belief in the book of Acts was always accompanied by the response of receiving and been baptism into Christ. That is how the covenant is put into effect. Throughout the book of Acts, people who accepted the message of Christ were immediately baptised to become part of the covenant they had accepted. Faith without works is dead and so too is the confession of faith.
And baptism is a decision only you can make. Your parents or priest cannot bring you under the new covenant. Christening as a child is neither sound doctrine nor is it effective. If you have accepted Christ into your life and have not been baptised, do so today. Find a Spirit filled believer to baptize you, confessing your sin and asking God to cleanse. Let others lay hands on you asking God to fill you with His Holy Ghost.
2. Submitting to the ways of this world. Perhaps one of the most damaging doctrines of this corrupted movement. In this regard it is not too hard to recognize the following worldly doctrines;
a. Music – the devil has almost totally subverted this act of glorifying God. Praise and worship is to God and about God. It is not to each other, it is not for our benefit. We may be blessed in glorifying God, but that is a by-product, not the purpose of praise and worship.
There are so many people ‘anointed’ to be praise and worship leaders. Anointed in their own minds perhaps. Those that may be called by God for this are few and far between if there are any at all. If they truly were called they certainly would not follow the music pattern of this world, they wouldn’t be making merchandise out of their calling and they would make themselves the focus of the ministry.
This is a fake ministry filled with those that seek pre-eminence, glory and are filled with pride. In the absence of true God centred praise and worship we have settled for the works of the flesh and this is an offence before the Lord.
b. Building natural kingdoms as opposed to spiritual – When you see a Church with large buildings and multiple sites know this; they have neglected their spiritual gifting and ministry and exchanged it for a natural empire. Leaders are meant to empower other to go out and do the work of the Lord, not enslave them under their own ministries to serve them and build up their status and power.
c. Professions of this world – The church has opened the door to every false doctrine this world has to offer through a wide range of professions that seek to replace the ministries of the faith. From teachers who promote false and damaging theories, psychiatrists whose doctrines were founded by demon possessed people, doctors who peddle pharmaceuticals to lawyers who subvert true justice, the church has opened arms to them all. No wonder so many children are turned from the faith of their parents. For every manifestation of the Spirit (1 Corinthians 12) there is a counterfeit working to usurp the truth.
d. Government – Democracy and ‘equality’ have found their way into the faith to the detriment of the Church. Jesus did not take a vote and not everyone has the equal calling, gifts or ministries. And last I checked the order was still God, Christ, man and then woman. Somehow women have been told they need to compete with men, when in reality they have so many gifts men don’t have. They are being denied their own callings, strengths and gifts because the world is calling them to assert leadership and headship over men .This will never be a blessing to anyone and women will lose their femininity and joy in the process.
e. Respecter of persons. Just the like the world, the church has increasingly aligned itself to those that are successful by this world’s standards. Wealth, power and fame are highly esteemed whereas as those that were great in the eyes of Christ; the poor, the humble, the meek are considered failures and ‘out of God’s will.’ There’s hardly a Church that does not aspire to fill its leadership positions with those that have accumulated natural wealth and power. The very things they seek in ‘leaders’ are the cause of their spiritual weakness and no one can perceive it.
3. Mammon – suffice to say God is not interested in money, nor the things of this world. “Give unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s and to God the things that are God.” Any church leaders asking for money is an offence before God. If God moves you to give money, then give, because there is need. Just know the tithe is not about money and any preacher stating such is a fake or does not understand sound doctrine.
The worst impact of this love of money doctrine has been the condemnation of the Church in the eyes of the world. Many people have been cut off from the Church because of this apparent greed and excess.
4. Judgement of Others. One of the greatest sins of the Church has been the partial judgement of those that are in particular sin. And the worst of these is the judgement of homosexuals.
How is it that the church is tolerant of divorce, sex before marriage, adultery and other sexual sin, yet will vehemently oppose homosexuality? You hypocrites! In desperation God is moving the leaders of the nations to change the laws so that Christians have to minister to homosexual people. Yet they will dig their heels in harder and resist even the Lord.
Get over your hypocrisy. If you are compelled to marry homosexuals, obey the law and offer them a 10 week marriage course. It may be the only opportunity they get to hear the gospel their whole lives.
A study into Sodom and Gomorrah will reveal the chief sin was pride and yet how easily we embrace those filled with pride and arrogance. The vast majority of those drawn into the homosexual community faced parental rejection or unbalanced roles of parents from an early age, were sexually abused as children or did not fit the prescribed box society placed upon them.(often being very sensitive, imaginative or creative) Many are a product of their upbringing and suffered terribly along the way. It’s time to address and minister to this community with love and compassion and without judgement.