A Running and Terribly Disorganized List of Online Resources for the Charismatic Pillow Fight (Updated 12/9/05)Wednesday, November 09, 2005
Updated as of December 9, 2005
Since this is my blog, I'll push my posts first. For many they are not worth much reading, though it has stirred some good questions since I posted on "The Gospel and the Charismatic." (this is actually a google search on the posts that mention these issues.)
A great place to begin is the old reliable, ever changing, Wikipedia which has a reference on, "Criticisms of Charismatic and Pentecostal Belief." This is a great place to start for understanding the differences between the two sides, as well as synopsis of the central issues and concerns.
"Have We Returned God's Gifts?" at SpiritHome.Com. This article is a concise overview of the issues on both sides, and I highly recommend it for anyone looking for something simple and introductory in nature.
Bible Gems offers an extremely oversimplified introduction to the issue in their "45 Problems with the Charismatic Movement." I'd move on to the next article before I'd read this...just a suggestion. Citing J. Vernon McGee as the only reference may not necessarily be the kind of scholarship that helps as much as it desires with well-meaning intention.
"Dogmatic Cessationism" by The Thinklings briefly critiques John MacArthur and Hank Hanegraff's view of the charismatic, as well as offering a link to Richard Campeau (of the Boar's Head Tavern) highlights of a Vineyard critique of MacArthur's Charismatic Chaos. By the way Thinklings, if you haven't heard yet, all three of the men you mentioned are MacArthur's personal friends, have taught classes at the seminary, and Mahaney just preached twice at the pulpit of Grace Community Church several weeks back.
In the Grace Community Church and John MacArthur corner is the famed Phil Johnson (of Pyromaniac). Phil is the editor of most of John's books and a diehard cessationist, careful thinker, and in my humble opinion, a modern day champion (of not official 'hero') of the Reformed Faith. I count him a treasured vessel in the kingdom...despite his article on "Combating Charismatic Theology" article present here.
The Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry (CARM) makes available their article, "Have the Charismatic Gifts Ceased?"
The Calvinist Corner offers "Experiential Calvinism and the Charismatic Gifts," a wonderful read I've come back to several time for well-worded challenges.
Jon Ruthven, professor of Systematic and Practical Theology at Regent University, has his own homepage with excellent and thought-provoking articles: "The Cessation of the Charismata: The Protestant Polemic on Post-Biblical Miracles"; "Can a Charismatic Theology be Biblical? Traditional Theology and Biblical Emphases"; "Charismatic Discipleship in the New Testament"; and "Ephesians 2:20 and the Foundational Gifts".
Anita Chia (NOT of Chia Pet Fame), has written, "A Biblical Theology on Power Manifestation: A Singaporean Quest."
The Biblical Studies Foundation at Bible.Org has some important exegetical material from a cessationist viewpoint. Matthew Allen has written, "Excited Utterances: A Historical Perspective On Prophesy, Tongues and Other Manifestations of Spiritual Ecstasy." Dan Wallace has written, "Charismata and the Authority of Personal Experience" as well as "The Uneasy Conscience of a Non-Charismatic Evangelical." Hampton Keathley III offers his answer to the question, "Are the Miraculous Gifts for Today?" Finally, Charles Powell writes on, "Questions Cessationists Should Ask: A Biblical Examination of Cessationism." The site also answers a few key questions: "How does the gift of prophecy fit with Hebrews 1:1 as it seems the role of prophets ended with the coming of Christ?" "How does one support cessationism in light of Acts 2:17?"
Tom Keihn wrote with personal testimony and hard questions back in September 2002 when most of us had never even heard of blogging! Read his post, "On Cessationism."
Elliott Miller, at the Christian Resarch Institute, has written a brief, thought-provoking statement called, "Scripture Vs. the Spiritual Gifts?" It's a great read that brings both sides together.
Probably the finest article I have yet to read which guards against the excesses of both sides, as well as against the blatant rejection both sides have for each other, is Vern Poythress' JETS PDF article, "Modern Spiritual Gifts as Analogous to Apostolic Gifts: Affirming Extraordinary Works of the Spirit Within Cessationist Theology." It was an hour and a half read for me personally because it was so carefully worded and incredibly well explained. As a charismatic I take issue with two or three elements, but find an equal number of terrific 'home run' paragraphs, as I call them, which I deem to be definitely guided by the Spirit in terms of thought and effectiveness.
Adam Heine at Itsara posted back in August on "Hearing From God: A Direct Line of Communication." It is another personal testimonial with the same key questions asked by so many cessationists rethinking their cessationism.
Ben Wright (Paleoevangelical) reminded us of a biographical address Piper delivered on Lloyd-Jones, and offered us his own insights...excellent thoughts.
Dave Harvey, an apostolic leader (apostle with a little 'a') of the Sovereign Grace Ministries fellowship of churches preached a series I must have listened to half a dozen times: "Pondering the Prophetic in the Shadow of Antioch." The series are available here, and a teaching outline available here. It is highly recommended for reformed cessationists seeking to understand our view of prophecy. Also available from SGM is the audio series, "The Giver and The Gifts," another series I listened to many times. Further, I was personally at the Sovereign Grace Ministries Leadership Conference this past year and heard the following sessions: "The Contours of our Charismatic Theology" by Jeff Purswell, "Exploring the Gap Between the Big and Little 'A'" by Dave Harvey (on understanding the role of modern day apostleship in the SGM churches), "Does God Still Speak in Non-Normative Ways?" by Brent Detwiler, and "Encouraging and Enhancing our Charismatic Dimension" by Aron Osborne." All of these messages are available here. Micky Connelly, a pastor of Crossway Community Church in Charlotte, NC was written about in The Charlotte World. Read "Where Reformed, charismatic theology intersect" by Gary Harwood.
Additional Sovereign Grace Mininistries sermons are available that will hopefully help cessationists hear first hand what reformed charismatic preaching is really all about. (All three sermons below are links to MP3 sermons. Right click on the link and select "Save Target As" to save the sermon to your hard drive.)
- The Gift of Repentance by Chris Daukus. Chris is the singles pastor at the Sovereign Grace church in Gilbert, Arizona. Chris also runs the blog Gospel Musings.
- The Gospel for the Lost by Mark Lauterbach. Mark is the senior pastor of the Sovereign Grace church in San Diego, CA. Mark also runs the blog Gospel Driven Life.
- The Gospel for Daily Living by Rich Richardson. Rich is the senior pastor of the Sovereign Grace church in Gilbert, Arizona.
Also highly recommended is a charismatic systematic theology from J. Rodman Williams, professor of theology at Regent University (where Ruthven also teaches). His personal site is entitled, Charismatic Pentecostal Theology. I especially recommend his personal testimony in "A Theological Pilgrimage" area of the website. It is a delightful read.
Joseph McAuliffe contributed to the Chalcedon Report back in July 1995 with an article entitled, "Dominion Work: Reformed Charismatics," which is a basic introduction to the hybrid.
David Heddle (He Lives), accurately assess the difficulties in this debate but has determined to hide from it, though he knows it's probably wrong.
The Reformed Charismatic Discussion Group, moderated by Bob Vincent, is a wonderful place to hang out and get inside the worldview and mindset of Reformed Charismatics. Along the same vein, the Spirit-Filled Pentecostal Charismatic discussion forum is an interesting place to hang out. Especially humorous is their forum rules for this particular forum.
Another reformed charismatic group to which I personally belong is the Association of Charismatic Reformed Churches, spearheaded by my dear friend Kirk Wetsell.
For Catholic Charismatics there is the Miscellaneous Theology and Spirituality website, offering a section on the Charismatic Movement and the Gifts of the Holy Spirit. Especially helpful are the articles, "Different Kind of Tongues: A Biblical and Linguistic Defense" as well as "Did the Spiritual Gifts Cease Based on 1 Corinthians 13:8-11?"
Also writing from a Catholic charismatic persuasion, Adam Tate at the University Concourse writes, "Campus Spiritualities: Responding the Charismatic Critics." See also his post on "Traditionalists, Charismatics, and the Liturgy."
By way of journals, the Charismatic Reform Journal has as its stated purpose: "To publicly address issues pertaining to the Charismatic Church in regards to ethical standards and spiritual abuse. In establishing this website, we hope to provoke thought concerning these issues and to see reform come to these areas of concern."
Finally, Adrian Warnock has done Reformed Charismatics a great service by aggregating their various blogs at Reformed and Charismatic Blogs.