Text: "These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that
they received the Word with all readiness of mind and searched the
Scriptures daily whether those things were so." (Acts 17:11)
Biblical Christianity maintains the conviction that the Bible is
the basis ¢f doctrine and practice. For this reason, it has always
adhered to the sufficiency and to the finality of Scripture. "Deus
est: Deus locutus est" –"God is; God has spoken."
Jesus said that when the Holy Spirit was come he would teach the
disciples "all truth." The body of truth must therefore have been
complete before the death of the last of the disciples. (John
16:13-15) It is serious error to teach that God is still adding to
the volume of His truth, People who espouse this notion of
"continuing revelation" do so because they have rejected the
doctrine that the Bible is sufficient and final in its authority.
The doctrine of continuing revelation so popularly held today
forms the basic creed of the Charismatics. This is the reason why
they have such an anemic view of Scripture. It is precisely on
account of their shallow view of the Bible that I believe the
greatest heresy in the Church today is the Charismatic heresy. As
dangerous as the popular Arminian position is, most Arminians at
least make some attempt to recognize the authority of Scripture.
While the Roman Catholic Church teaches that tradition is the basis
of authority, Charismatics make experience their authority.
I believe the greatest heresy in the Church today is the
Charismatic heresy, and I say so for the following reasons.
First, Charismatics wrongfully teach that believers have the
authority to bind Satan. The Apostle John wrote, "And I saw an angel
come down from Heaven having the key of the bottomless pit and a
great chain in his hand. And he laid hold on the dragon, that old
serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand
years..." (Rev. 20:1,2)And Paul wrote, "And the God of peace shall
bruise Satan under your feet shortly." (Rom. 16:20)
Now, if a believer had authority to bind Satan any moment, then
it would be wicked for him or for her not to bind him for all time.
And, certainly if a believer had authority to bind Satan, none of
the people of God would have to be troubled with him!
The Charismatic doctrine that teaches believers can bind Satan is
based upon a misunderstanding of Matthew 16:18, 19 and Matthew
18:18. "And I say unto you that thou art Peter" (Greek,
petros-masculine gender and meaning "a little stone") "and upon this
rock" (Greek, Petra- feminine gender meaning "a rock" and therefore
referring to the confession of Peter, and not to Peter himself) "I
will build My Church and the gates of Hell shall not prevail against
it. And WHATSOEVER thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in
Heaven, and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in
And, "Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in Heaven:
and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in Heaven."
Note first, the passage refers to church discipline, and not to
the binding of Satan.
Note second, that the authority to "bind" is not given to Peter
alone but to the Apostles, and therefore after them to local
churches. If it were given exclusively to Peter, then Matthew 18:18
makes no sense.
Note as well how easy it is to exercise pretended authority over
things that cannot be proved. For instance, it is easy to pronounce
diseases "healed" that cannot be seen. Reader, when did you last
hear of a broken arm being healed in a Charismatic service, or
witness the raising of the dead?
The second reason I regard the Charismatic heresy to be the most
dangerous heresy in the Church today is because of its complete
disregard for obedience.
For instance, it does not matter to most Charismatics that the
Bible commands that a bishop, or pastor, "must be blameless, the
husband of one wife," or that he must rule well his
house, and have his children in subjection. (I Timothy 3:2,
4-5) Most Charismatics will accept a woman pastor in spite of the
fact the Bible forbids women "to teach or to usurp authority over
the man" (I Timothy 2:12), and the reason they will do it is because
they regard experience, and not the Bible as their final authority.
One cannot preach without exercising authority, even the angels
of God are attentive. How then can a woman preach and still be in
subjection to her husband?
It is on account of weak husbands that we have women preachers,
and it is on account of disobedience to Scripture that such families
are characterized by rebellious children. Of all the women preachers
I have known and I have known many, I cannot name one whose children
are walking in the fear of the Lord. God brings this judgment on
such families to show His disapproval.
The Subjugation of God
The third reason I view the Charismatic heresy as the greatest
threat to Biblical Christianity is because Charismatics view God—the
King of saints (Revelation 15:3) to be their servant whose duty it
is to rubber stamp what they have decided ought to be done. They use
the name "Jesus" like a magical incantation and not with the
reverence required of the lord of creation.
I weep over the state of the Church as I see Charismatic
congregations springing up everywhere. It seems scarcely a month
ends in the Central Savannah River Area that a new congregation does
A fourth reason I grieve at the spread of this heresy is that its
message is raw, uncut emotionalism, unmixed with doctrinal truth
found in God’s Word. Like the Greeks of old who lived to hear some
new thing these people live for the sensational, yet they cannot
account for every day realities such as afflictions, sickness and
death. Nevertheless, "the foundation of the Lord standeth sure", and
"It is appointed unto men once to die and after this the judgment."
When people ignore the plain teaching of Scripture for an
emotional "fix" God punishes them with those who make merchandise of
them; nor can I feel much pity for them because --
What more can He say
Than to you He hath said?
Is it possible for people who are truly following the "Holy"
Spirit --the One Whom Jesus said would take us by the hand and lead
us in all truth (John 16:13), to be fooled by them who bow before
the gods of gold and silver?
The Abasement of Christ
Last, I believe, humanly speaking, that the Charismatic heresy is
the greatest threat to Biblical Christianity because Charismatics
emphasize the Holy Spirit and not the beloved Son of God Who sits in
the bosom of the Father. Scripture tells us Christ is to have the
preeminence (see: Colossians 1:18; Philippians 2:6-11), and Jesus
declared the Comforter would testify of Christ, and not of Himself.
What might also be said of the idea among Charismatics that the
person who can smile the broadest is the most spiritual although
Scripture says, "Blessed are they that mourn for they shall be
comforted." And again, "Blessed are ye that weep now for ye shall
laugh." (Matthew 5:4; Luke 6:21)
Most Charismatics do not discipline their children, but act as if
they thought permissiveness was a virtue.
Seduction by Music
Through the use of music, Charismatics have wormed their theology
into most churches in our day. The result is that it has left most
congregations spiritually emasculated. With such popular music as
"Let’s Just Praise The Lord", "Majesty", "Allelujah" and a hundred
more, churches have been seduced from reverent worship by following
the Charismatic Pied Pipers into an atmosphere of emotionalism and
What is so distressing is that Christian radio and television
have fallen under the same spell. Reader, shun their music because
it is the product of a degenerate theology, it is much to be
lamented that people who have imbibed the music of the world are the
most vulnerable to the music of Charismatic Christianity. They who
walk by "sight" are the most apt to fall under the spell of their
"But," some will object, "what can be wrong with such songs as ‘I
Love You Lord,’ or ‘El Shaddai,’ or ‘People Need The Lord?’"
Listen carefully. When God made man male and female, He made them
differently. It is by His wise design that He made men to judge
things logically while He designed women to judge things
emotionally. This does not make women second-class people: only
different. When men judge things emotionally, nature has been
perverted, and we call those men "effeminate." Oh that God would
give you to understand that it in the very nature of Charismatic
music that causes people to judge things emotionally. In this way it
has injected its theology upon its unsuspecting listeners.
Mark it down: there is something vitally wrong when people can
croon love songs to the Lamb of God that was slain from the
foundation of the world. While unsaved and unsanctified people may
sing Handel’s Messiah, and the hymns of the faith, yet this
kind of music is reverent: The music of the Charismatics is written
and composed for people --not for the Lord, and it is designed that
people might enjoy it and have "a good time" Simply put, it is
carnal music that appeals to the appetites of carnal people.
It is significant that the Corinthian Church is the only church
in the New Testament that is said to have spoken in tongues, yet the
Corinthian Church was divided by 4 factions: they sued each other in
court; they ate meat sacrificed to idols; they tolerated incest
among its membership: and, they profaned the Lord’s Supper. IT IS
ONLY TO BE EXPECTED THAAT WHEN CORINTHIAN THEOLOGY IS THE CREED OF
THE SAY THAT CORINTHIAN MORALITY WOULD BE THE ORDER OF THE DAY.
It is the everlasting testimony of Jesus that it is a sinful and
adulterous generation that seeks after a sign. (Matthew 12:38-39)
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Update on Catherine --Catherine is doing better. As
of this writing she has completed a 12 day fast, and is
now taking 18 different herbs which are supposed to
correct her problem without surgery.
A pastor’s wife in the Atlanta area told us she had a similar
problem 9 years ago. As I recall she had been hospitalized 10
times. After seeking the advice of a friend in Duluth, Georgia,
she left off eating meats for 3 months eating only fresh fruits
and vegetables and taking herbs. She has had no problem for 9
years and to this day has had no surgery.
God gave us "herbs for the service of man." (Psalm 104:14)
Please pray for her.
The Pastors’ Class --This year I will be teaching 30
Baptist pastors and deacons 2 nights each week. The courses
will be English, Introduction to the New Testament, and
Theology. The remuneration for four months -- $540.
I will be using J. Gresham Machen’s text for New Testament and
Thomas Watson’s Body of Divinity for Theology.
THE LAMB IS
Tune: Foundation –"How Firm a Foundation"
The Lamb is exalted repentance to give
That sin may be hated, while sinners believe;
Contrition is granted, and God justified,
The sinner is humbled, and self is denied.
Repentance flows freely through Calvary’s blood,
Produced by the Spirit and goodness of God.
The living possess it through faith, hope and
And own it a blessing sent down from above.
All born of the Spirit are brought to repent;
Free grace can make adamant hearts to relent.
Repentance is granted, God’s justice to prove:
Remission is given, and both from His love.
The vilest of sinners forgiveness have found,
For Jesus was humbled that grace might abound;
Whoever repents of his sin against God,
Shall surely be pardoned through Calvary’s blood.
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