“They weren’t satisfied with the sufficiency of God’s Holy Word, the Holy sacraments as instituted by Christ, and the decent and orderly piety as instituted by the apostles… The modern renewal of the early Anabaptists, the Charismatic and Pentecostal movements, seek to reproduce apostolic phenomena.” ~ R. Scott Clark
“Whenever Yahweh appears in storm theophany in the Old Testament, the Hebrew word kol is properly and logically translated ‘thunder,’ ‘thunderous voice,’ or the like.” ~ Jeffrey Niehaus, Professor of Old Testament, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
Not surprisingly, Luhrmann compares the Vineyardersâ€™ beliefs to childrenâ€™s thought processes. For some evangelicals, she says, God is not unlike a stuffed Snoopy.
I’ve often wondered about that accusation, but just today, the Pyromaniacs guys posted the video below, “I See Things,” where he claims that the Holy Spirit shows him “things.” What “things”?
Dr. Scott Clark has good advice for many of those whom I have recently spoken to regarding the sorry state of their churches or denominations.
A friend, pastor of an evangelical church in Baclaran, ParaÃ±aque, Metro Manila, received a comment on his blog from a devotee of the Redemptorist Church in Baclaran. The comment has echoes of the evangelical mindset of big numbers and budgets as indicators of success and God’s blessing.
“It is incredible…that there were any people who spoke, [even] by the influence of the Spirit, in a language they did not know themselves! For the gift of tongues was not bestowed merely for the purpose of making a noise, but rather for the purpose of communication, of course!” – Calvin
The Internet Monk writes, “We are on the verge â€“ within 10 years â€“ of a major collapse of evangelical Christianity… We Evangelicals have failed to pass on to our young people an orthodox form of faith that can take root and survive the secular onslaught. The billions of dollars we’ve spent on youth ministers, Christian music, publishing, and media has produced… young Christians who know next to nothing about their own faith except how they feel about it.”