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Martyred for the Gospel

Martyred for the Gospel
The burning of Tharchbishop of Cant. D. Tho. Cranmer in the town dich at Oxford, with his hand first thrust into the fyre, wherwith he subscribed before. [Click on the picture to see Cranmer's last words.]

Collect of the Day

The Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany.
The Collect.

O LORD, we beseech thee to keep thy Church and household continually in thy true religion; that they who do lean only upon the hope of thy heavenly grace may evermore be defended by thy mighty power; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Daily Bible Verse

Monday, June 12, 2006

Post-Pentecostal/Charismatic

I found an excellent testimony on why Steven Harris decided to leave his charismatic church (http://worldofsven.co.uk/theology/archives/theologytheologyarchive_2005-w38.php). I could identify with most of what he has said in his blog post, though I would add that the charismatic movement as a whole is plagued with heterodoxy and even outright heresy, especially the Word of Faith movement and the Oneness Pentecostal movement.

I also find the miracle claims made by charismatics to be misleading and deceptive. The real issue isn't cessationism--it's credibility. Even if we grant that the Bible does not teach cessationism, it becomes problematic to find miracles today that are verifiable and documented. Anecdotal evidence does not meet the biblical criteria nor does it meet the modern expectations for credibility. If we accept every miracle claim just based on the word of the witnesses, then we might be obligated to accept miracles in other religions. We might even be deceived by cheap parlor tricks that any magician could pull off equally well. It would do us well to subject "miracle" claims to the test of experienced debunkers who know sleight-of-hand tricks and how people can be manipulated psychologically and through misdirection.

Sincerely in Christ,

Charlie

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