Should we fellowship with the Pentecostals and Charismatics?

Questions wise people ask

 

Question: Should we fellowship with the Charismatics or attend any of their meetings for any reason whatever?
Answer: Be not ye therefore partakers with them” (Eph 5:7).

Question: Should we fellowship with the Charismatics or attend any of their meetings for any reason whatever?
Answer: Simeon and Levi are brethren; instruments of cruelty are in their habitations. O my soul, come not thou into their secret; unto their assembly, mine honour, be not thou united” (Ge 49:5, 6).

Question: Should we fellowship with the Charismatics or attend any of their meetings for any reason whatever, after all, they believe in the virgin birth and also in eternal punishment of the wicked?
Answer: Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night” (Psa 1:1-2).

Question: Should we fellowship with the Charismatics or attend any of their meetings for any reason whatever?
Answer: I have not sat with vain persons, neither will I go in with dissemblers. I have hated the congregation of evil doers; and will not sit with the wicked” (Psa 26:4-5).

Question: Should we give a Charismatic the right hand of fellowship?
Answer: Shall the throne of iniquity have fellowship with thee, which frameth mischief by a law?” (Psa 94:20)

Question: Should we read Charismatic magazines and watch their television programs?
Answer: Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men. Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away” (Pr 4:14-15).

Question: Is it not over righteousness to condemn all the practices of the Charismatic and avoid fellowship with them? Didn’t the Scriptures warn us against such act of over-righteousness?
Answer: “Forsake the foolish, and live; and go in the way of understanding” (Pro 9:6).

Question: What about those who call themselves “Reformed Charismatics” or “New Calvinists”, should we also avoid them seeing they are a bit conservative in the Charismatism?
Answer: “Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple” (Rom 16:17-18).

Question: I know many eminent preachers of the gospel who are not Charismatics and do not believe in Charismatic practices, but they still attend Charismatic programs and conferences and even preach in the services when invited. Is this also wrong?
Answer: “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? For ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, and will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty (2 Cor 6:14-18).

Question: I know many eminent preachers of the gospel who are not Charismatics and do not believe in Charismatic practices, but they still attend Charismatic programs and conferences and even preach in the services when invited. Is this also wrong?
Answer: “Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly, and not after the tradition which he received of us” (2 Thess 3:6).

Question: How should we treat Charismatics according to the word of God? Didn’t the Bible command us to love one another and to fellowship with one another?
Answer: “And if any man obey not our word by this epistle, note that man, and have no company with him, that he may be ashamed” (2Thess 3:14).

Question: Charismatics are driven with passion for worldly possession, fame, wealth, and power. What would the apostle Paul tell Timothy to do with them? What would Paul tell Timothy to do with such men who think gain is godliness?
Answer: “Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself (2Tim 6:5).

Question: Charismatics claim to be filled with the Holy Spirit but they lack the power of holy living, submission to the verdict of the Scriptures, and a teachable spirit. What would Paul do with them? Or what would he have Timothy do with them?
Answer: “Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away (2Tim 3:5).

Question: Did the apostle John say anything about fellowshipping with those who have a form of godliness but deny the power therof?
Answer: “Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son. If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds” (2 John 9-11).

Question: Did the book of Revelations have anything to say about fellowship with Charismatics?
Answer: “And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues” (Rev 18:4).


 

We have seen the testimony of the men inspired of God to write the Holy Writ on the subject of Christian fellowship and association. God’s word condemns all the practices of the Pentecostals and Charismatics, whether they come in the form of “Word of Faith” or in the form of “Reformed Charismatics-New Calvinists”, and all participating with them directly or indirectly are partakers of their evil deeds. Out of love for their souls we should preach to them, search the Scriptures with them and patiently bear with them, if peradventure God would give them repentance unto life. But we must never give them the right hand of fellowship.

Below is an excerpt from the writings of Arthur Pink titled “Signs of the Times”:

“Alas, alas, God’s “way of salvation” is almost entirely unknown today. The nature of Christ’s salvation is almost universally misunderstood, and the terms of His salvation misrepresented on every hand. The “Gospel” which is now being proclaimed is, in nine cases out of every ten, but a perversion of the Truth, and tens of thousands, assured they are bound for Heaven, are now hastening to Hell, as fast as time can take them. Things are far, far worse in Christendom than even the “pessimist” and the “alarmist” suppose. We are not a prophet, nor shall we indulge in any speculation of what Biblical prophecy forecasts—wiser men than the writer have often made fools of themselves by so doing. We are frank to say that we know not what God is about to do. Religious conditions were much worse, even in England, one hundred and fifty years ago. But this we greatly fear; unless God is pleased to grant a real revival, it will not be long ere “the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people” (Isa. 60:2), for the light of the true Gospel is rapidly disappearing. Modern “Evangelism” constitutes, in our judgment, the most solemn of all the “signs of the times.”

What must the people of God do in view of the existing situation? Ephesians 5:11 supplies the Divine answer: “Have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them,” and everything opposed to the light of the Word is “darkness.” It is the bounden duty of every Christian to have no dealings with the “evangelistic” monstrosity of the day; to withhold all moral and financial support of the same, to attend none of their meetings, to circulate none of their tracts. Those preachers who tell sinners they may be saved without forsaking their idols, without repenting, without surrendering to the Lordship of Christ, are as erroneous and dangerous as others who insist that salvation is by works and that Heaven must be earned by our own efforts.”

Reader, “Consider what I say; and the Lord give thee understanding in all things” (2Tim 2:7).

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