Thoughts on the Gospel and the Charismatic (Part One)

Wednesday, March 09, 2005

In a conversation with a dear friend today - Jess Stanfield, pastor of Zion Presbyterian Church in Macon Georgia (www.zionpresbyterian.org) - I informed him of my new bent towards a non-cessationist position. In layman's terms that mean's I lean toward what would be commonly labeled as the charismatic persuasion.

There are two fundamental elements in this position. The first is what goes on inside the church, and the second is what goes on outside the church.

In the first element, a balanced, biblical approach to the charismatic would understand that all of the spiritual gifts are in full operation today by the Spirit of God. He still gives all the gifts to His saints, which includes each and every believer, who are to use them within the confines of the local church, to encourage, strengthen, edify, admonish, exhort, etc. one another.

In the second element, a balanced, biblical approach to the charismatic would understand that what is commonly known as signs and wonders does still today accompany the preaching of the gospel in order to authenticate its message, just as they did in the Old and New Testaments.

In the next two blogs I will comment on these two elements, bringing up standard objections to each and attempting to simply ask questions of those objections.

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