This question is often asked by those the Lord has humbled to see the faulty foundation of the Charismatic movement. They often ask, “If I leave the Charismatic movement and their churches, what hope is there for me?” “If I should renounce my membership and fellowship with the Charismatic churches and follow the truth I have found, what next? What will my Christian life be like?” It is chiefly for the help of such people that I have prepared this article? Having experienced the depths of the Charismatic movement myself, before the Lord graciously delivered me from it, I seek to be of help to those who are concerned about the truth.
God comforted me while he gently drew me out of the Charismatic movement, and I seek to comfort those who have been so badly wounded and hurt by their involvement in the Charismatic movement. Truly, God “comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God” (2 Cor. 1: 4).
Reader, before you go further, the question before you is “Have you been convinced that the present Pentecostal/Charismatic movement is un-scriptural? Have you been brought to see that the present movement that lays much claim on having the gifts and power of the Holy Ghost as the First Century church had is a fraud, and a counterfeit of the original Christianity?” These questions are of utmost importance, and if it be that you came across this article by chance(if chance it can be called), then I ask you to see our article “Few questions for the Spirit-filled Charismatic?”
Acts 1:8 “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in Judaea, and in Samaria, and to the uttermost part of the earth.”
I have several reasons that constrains me to speak on this topic and to touch this verse of the bible today.
- I want to touch this verse because it was the very verse that was used to deceive me. After I was awakened to the sense of my lost state through reading Jonathan Edwards “Sinners in the hands of an angry God”, I was not grounded in the scriptures nor taught the proper New Testament doctrine that is essential to the growth of a Christian. Rather, I was constantly told that unless I received the Holy Ghost baptism and spoke in tongues, I didn’t have God’s power as the New Testament Christians had it.
- I want to touch this verse today because it was the very verse that I also used to deceive many people to buy into the lie of modern speaking in tongues. During our Holy Ghost services, I often used this verse to get people’s mind worked up, and to get them prepared for a “touch from heaven”. If you were a new convert, and the pastor tells you that you need a “divine touch from above” to make you more powerful over devils and hell, won’t you be willing to have such power?
- I want to touch this verse today because the Pentecostals still use it to deceive many unwary souls into the lie of babbling in tongues. Remember when we were in the Pentecostal Religion, when we were using that uncompleted building with uncemented floor, one of our members named Amarachi (she no longer worships with us since we reformed) used to attend our “Double Portion Anointing Services” with extra pairs of clothes in her hand bag should in case the holy ghost power was much on her and she falls on the mud floor staining her clothes, she would go to the ladies room and change into another clothes. She never missed coming to the Anointing Service without extra clothes but I don’t remember seeing her jotting anything during the services. She had extra clothes but no pen and jotter. That is Pentecost for you!
I will speak harshly this morning because most of the time the truth is bitter, and it takes bitter herbs to cure a dangerous disease. Medicinal herbs are never sweet to drink, yet you must drink it to have your cure from the disease.
A certain man shot a bow at a venture.
2 Chronicles 18:33 (KJV) And a certain man drew a bow at a venture, and smote the king of Israel between the joints of the harness: therefore he said to his chariot man, Turn thine hand, that thou mayest carry me out of the host; for I am wounded.
Ahab was a fool. He chose to despise God’s word and sound doctrine for fables. He didn’t think of the fatal consequences because he believed he was an expert warrior and knew how to disguise himself in the battle and slip out. He was a fool because he believed in chance and luck, and that by one way or the other he could elude God and escape judgment.
But a certain man drew a bow at a venture! The arrow did not hit a civilian nor any soldier but Ahab!
This is a warning to you my reader. When men think they can by chance, by one way or the other, escape God’s judgment, then God directs and controls all chance and luck to bring them into the same judgment. You cannot despise God’s laws and go unpunished. Those who despise sound doctrine for fables and visions from deluded prophets soon fall into God’s judgment.
Hello, my name is Abuoma Boanerges and this is my blog section. There are so many things the Lord has done for me which time will fail me to share with you. So I advise you first read my testimony on this website, and praise God with me.
The purpose of this blog is to share the gospel with you, and your comments are greatly welcome.
I was born and brought up a Pentecostal, and I continued in it for several years not knowing I was lost, but God miraculously saved me. You see, everyone believes they are saved even while they are still deceived. The Catholics believed they are saved, the Pentecostals believe they are saved, the Mormons believe they are saved, the Sabbatharians and the Jehovah Witnesses(who actually witness for Satan) believe they are saved. So everyone in his own opinion believes they are saved. That reminds me of the words of Jonathan Edwards who said “Ask the damned that are now in hell and they will answer you that they never thought they would end there.”
My beloved, by our natural birth we were admitted into the broad way that leads to destruction, and until the Lord opens our eyes to see this truth and be converted into the narrow way that leads to life, we would end up deceived.
This is the purpose of this blog: To confirm the saints, warn the unconverted, and to expose the counterfeit Christianity of this perilous times by which many souls have been deceived.
You are welcome.
For the cause of God and truth,
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Nigerian Reformed Baptist Pastor Abuoma Boanerges has made available the texts of some of his recent sermons, which have been written up in full for publication on this website.
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A new testimony has been added to this website. Pastor Boanerges was raised in a Charismatic church, and for several years he was a Charismatic pastor. This is his story.