Tag Archives: charismaticism

A Visit to Winners Chapel

A Visit to Winners Chapel

Jeff Straub I recently read an essay in which the author described the scene at a San Salvador Pentecostal church: “Within two minutes it is holy bedlam—high-energy guitar music, electronic-generated images on two big screens, girls waving flags, hands raised, people dancing in the aisles, crying and singing so loud the windows vibrate.” Such a… Continue Reading

In Defense of John MacArthur, Strange Fire Conference and the Challenge to the Charismatic Mov’t

In Defense of John MacArthur, Strange Fire Conference and the Challenge to the Charismatic Mov’t

This treats the issue well, especially the idea that attacks on the charismatic movement are unbliblically divisive. A pull quote: To say that within Christendom we must always have acceptance and brotherhood, when Jesus Christ Himself admitted that He would turn fathers against children, and husbands against wives (Matt10:34); when He said that the true… Continue Reading

Another Beautiful Journey, Another Wrong Destination

Another Beautiful Journey, Another Wrong Destination

Unceasing Worship: Biblical Perspectives on Worship and the Arts by Harold M. Best. 2003, InterVarsity Press. I had just finished my review of Best’s first book, Music through the Eyes of Faith, when I decided to go ahead and pick up his next book. Unceasing Worship is a logical continuation of his work, expanding it into the area of worship.… Continue Reading

Charismatic worship?

Charismatic worship?

In the most recent issue of In the Nick of Time, Kevin Bauder warns against the dangers of even the recent, more mild forms of charismaticism. He points out that such beliefs affect a number of important doctrinal and practical matters. One of those areas is worship. In fact, I would suggest that it is in… Continue Reading

Calvin the Charismatic

Calvin the Charismatic

There has been a lot of talk recently about the New Calvinists and their charismaticism; here is a post in which it is argued that John Calvin advocated lifting of hands, etc. in worship. I haven’t had time to look at this very closely yet, but a couple initial observations: 1. Is the lifing of… Continue Reading

A Well-Known Calvinist Repudiates the Charismaticism and Worldly Worship of "New Calvinism."

A Well-Known Calvinist Repudiates the Charismaticism and Worldly Worship of "New Calvinism."

“The new Calvinists constantly extol the Puritans, but they do not want to worship or live as they did. One of the vaunted new conferences is called Resolved, after Jonathan Edwards’ famous youthful Resolutions (seventy searching undertakings). But the culture of this conference would unquestionably have met with the outright condemnation of that great theologian.”… Continue Reading

Worship That Cannot Be Touched – Hebrews 12:18-29

Worship That Cannot Be Touched – Hebrews 12:18-29

At the end of Hebrews 12 we find a very instructive passage that describes New Testament worship. But in order to understand the point of this passage, we need to first understand the broader context in which it is found. The purpose of the book of Hebrews is to warn Jewish Christians against leaving Christianity… Continue Reading