The Charismatic movement wins the admiration of many Christians and very large numbers are tempted to join in it. But we must be wise to adhere to that warning of the Holy Scriptures which says, “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world” (1 John 4:1). If we fail to discern the counterfeit from the true in spiritual things, the consequences can be more than devastating!
(In this article, whenever I say “Charismatic” I am referring to any church or person that believes that the miraculous and revelatory gifts of the 1st Century New Testament Church are still given by God today – or have been given again today. So here I am including Pentecostals, Charismatics, Roman Catholic Charismatics, and anyone else who believes and tries to practice these same things.)
But often when we become curious over the strange things happening in the Charismatic movement, and we ask for a Biblical explanation from those who are involved, they quickly label us as skeptics – deniers of the supernatural; and they charge us with having broken the apostle Paul’s command in 1 Thessalonians 5:19, 20 which says, “Quench not the Spirit. Despise not prophesyings.”
But I must here make it known that I do not intend to quench the Spirit of God. My intention here is to quench false religious spirits. And I do not despise prophesyings. Here, Paul literally means the preaching of the word of God. All I intend to do in this article is that which the apostle wrote in the very next verses to those to which our opponents often make use of against us: read on, and you will see that we are commanded to “Prove all things, hold fast that which is good. Abstain from all appearances of evil” (1 Thessalonians 5:21,22).
Here, then, are some questions for the “spirit-filled,” “tongue-speaking,” “power-craving,” and “anointing-intoxicated” Charismatic!
The Baptism of the Holy Spirit
- Why did you fall and roll and shout on the floor for many minutes when you received “the baptism”? What purpose did that serve to the gospel? Does such a manifestation more likely describe being filled with the Holy Spirit or being possessed with devils?
- Can you show in the Bible where anyone that received the Holy Ghost baptism fell backwards and rolled on the floor in a trance?
- The Bible symbolizes the Holy Ghost as a dove (Luke 3:22) to show that he is a gentle Person of the Godhead. Why then do the Charismatic churches believe he is a force that pushes people down and rolls them around on the floor in a trance?
- If the multitudes that gathered at Jerusalem came and saw Peter and John, and the rest of the apostles rolling on the floor, do you think they wouldn’t have chained them all and sent them to a nearest psychiatrist (or whatever they had in those days)? Shouldn’t we do the same to you and your church the next time we see you behaving like that?!
- There was only one group of persons that fell down and rolled on the floor – those possessed with evil spirits (e.g. Luke 9:20)! Why then do you think the Holy Spirit will do that to souls purchased by the precious blood of the Son of God?
- Charismatics believe a person can lose the Holy Ghost unless he keeps strictly to their “do’s and don’ts” – but did not Jesus promise that when the Holy Ghost comes he shall dwell in us and be with us forever? (John 14:16) So who is the liar here, the Charismatics or Jesus? Do you believe Jesus can lie?
- Charismatics believe that God is pouring out his Spirit on all flesh and even upon unbelievers. But did not Jesus clearly say: “even the Spirit of truth whom the world cannot receive? How can this outpouring that Kenneth Hagin, Kenneth Copeland, Benny Hinn, Umah Ukpai, Johnson Suleman, and others conduct in their services still be the Spirit of truth whom the world cannot receive? The body of Christ does not share anything in common with the world, therefore if the outpouring is “upon all flesh in the world” then it is not for the Body of Christ, and if it is for the Body of Christ then it is not for the world. So which one do you prefer: the outpouring upon all flesh in the world or the Spirit of truth which the world cannot receive?
- We never read in the Bible of “catchers” standing at peoples’ backs to catch them when they receive the Holy Ghost and fall backward in a trance. so why do the Charismatic churches ask their ushers to catch people when they fall backward? If it is truly the Holy Spirit that is pushing them backward, do you think He would need the men to help prevent them from breaking their necks?
- We know that the Holy Spirit would bring “all things to [their] remembrance” that the Lord Jesus Christ had said to them, and that he would “guide [them] into all truth” (John 14:26; 16:13). And when Jesus prayed, in his high priestly prayer, “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth” (John 17:17), he prayed this for all his disciples: “Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their world” (John 17:23). Therefore this truth-teaching ministry of the Holy Spirit continues in the Lord’s people. That is why the true worshippers of God will worship him “in spirit and in truth” (John 4:23,24). And where the “Spirit of truth” (John 14:17) indwells a Christian, the evidence of this is an increasing love of the truth in their hearts. I ask you, reader: is this happening in your heart?
- The Christian characteristically is one who grows in obedience to these words of the apostle Paul: “Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. Be not ye therefore partakers with them. For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light: (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;) Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them” (Ephesians 5:6-11). Yet with all the strange doctrines in Charismatic churches, and their hatred of true doctrines, how can it be said that theirs is the same Holy Spirit as he whom the Lord Jesus Christ sent?
- For example, you will commonly hear the Charismatics preach against the gospel doctrine of election, which the apostles Peter and Paul so frequently taught in their epistles through the inspiration of the Holy Ghost (e.g. Ephesians 1:4; 2 Thessalonians 2:3; 1 Peter 1:2). These Charismatic churches so hate it that even mentioning it in their midst puts you in danger of being rejected from the assembly. Does this rejection of a clearly revealed doctrine in the scriptures show that the movement is false or true?
- The 2nd Century Christians rejected the false prophecies and ecstatic trances of Montanus and his followers. And in the 3rd Century the several church fathers including saint Augustine of Hippo, who defended the gospel from the Pelagian heretics, bore witness to the fact that in their days the true miraculous and revelatory gifts the Holy Spirit had already completely ceased. And all the Reformers and Puritans, being men that so closely walked with God attested to the truth that these gifts had ceased. So from where then did the modern movement get their own Speaking in tongues and seeing of visions, and rolling on the ground, and laughing in the spirit?
- Why is it that Charismatic churches do not keep the New Testament doctrine which includes women keeping quiet in the church services?
- Charismatic churches often believe that their Holy Ghost baptism empowers women to preach and teach in the local churches, but why did Paul insist they shouldn’t teach? (1 Timothy 2:12) Does not this prove that the “great outpouring of the Holy Spirit” which has allegedly been given such women as Paula White, Joyce Meyer, Bimbo Olukoya, etc. is not the Holy Spirit of the Bible?
The Gift of Tongues
- Why couldn’t Philip the evangelist get the Samaritans filled with the Holy Ghost and to receive the gift of speaking in tongues until the apostles Peter and John came and prayed for them? (Acts 8:14-16)
- Does this not prove that it was a special ability given to the apostles to confirm the New Testament doctrine and Church?
- Do you know that speaking in tongues was the least gift God ever placed in the church? (1 Corinthians 12:28)
- Do you know that walking in love is far more superior to speaking in tongues? (1 Corinthians 12:31)
- Why so much importance on the least gift that was of no profit to the hearers nothing unless there was an interpreter, because they can’t be edified by what they do not understand? (1 Corinthians 14:2-5)
- Do you really have the gift of tongues?
- If you say “Yes,” has anyone who heard you “speaking in tongues” ever said they understood what you were saying in their own language?
- Do you know that “tongues” means languages and not mere sounds? (Acts 2:4-8)
- When the apostles spoke in tongues on the day of Pentecost, the multitude of people present “were amazed and marveled, saying, Behold, are not all these who speak Galileans? And how hear we every man in our own tongue in which we were born” (Acts 2:7,8)? Has such a testimony been given by anyone who had you or your church speaking in tongues?
- The record in Acts 2:6 was that the people present “were confounded because that every man heard them speak in his own language.” Have you, or anyone else in your “tongues-speaking” church ever confounded anyone in this way?
- On that Day of Pentecost, the apostles were able to be understood by vast multitude of more than 3000 people, speaking to them in about 15 different languages (besides their native language of Judea) without an interpreter. But why do modern “evangelists” like Benny Hinn and Kenneth Copeland, who allegedly speak in tongues, still go about with an interpreter in countries of Africa, including the French-speaking areas – where they could have reached these people easily without an interpreter if they really spoke in tongues like Peter did on the Day of Pentecost? Does their inability to speak these languages show that they do not have what the apostles had?
- Why do you see other Christians, who do not speak in tongues, as inferior and weak? Does such an attitude come from the Holy Spirit?
- The Holy Spirit in Romans 12:3 warns that we should not think highly of ourselves, but to think soberly, why then do you always feel superior to non-tongue-speaking Christians, and even calls them babes in Christ?
- The first “speaking in tongues” was on January 1, 1901 by Charles Parham and his followers; 1901- just 103 years ago! Is this not another gospel, and another spirit, seeing it is new in Christianity?
- Bible speaking in tongues didn’t cause doctrinal differences in the early church, so why is this present speaking in tongues raising so much dust? Doesn’t this prove that Satan is behind all of it?
- The so-called “Protestant” Charismatic churches have speaking in tongues, and so do the Roman Catholic Charismatics speak in tongues (who worship Mary as the “Mother of God” and “co-mediator” with the Lord Jesus Christ), and so do the Mormons (who preach that Jesus is the twin brother of Satan). These all have speaking in tongues, and they all have trances and visions. Does this not prove beyond all reasonable doubts that your church and and these cults we have mentioned above have one “father” and one source – Satan? Which of these cults mentioned above has the true Holy Ghost and the true speaking in tongues and how can we be sure?
- Why do you think Paul preferred to speak only five words in known tongue than ten thousand words in tongues that were unknown to his hearers? (1 Corinthians 14:18,19)
- Why do you think Paul said that people could not say “Amen” to any prayer made in tongues except it was said in well understood language? (1 Corinthians 14:16)
- And why do you think he said that such prayers did not edify those who didn’t understand them? (1 Corinthians 14:16)
- We never read of any such things as “laughing in the spirit,” “singing in tongues,” “being slain in the spirit,” etc. in the Bible. So why has modern tongue speakers added these things? Does these things match the name of the Spirit whose first title is “HOLY” Spirit? Do not these manifestations match the works of devils?
- 2 Corinthians 11:4 warns us of another Jesus, another gospel, and another Holy Spirit which was to come, so how are we sure that this thing you call Holy Spirit is not that “another spirit” of which we were earlier warned?
- One remarkable result of the apostles’ gift of tongues was that all their converts “continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship” (Acts 2:42). But today, the multitudes of the Charismatic churches have many strange and diverse doctrines – even more strange than the names they give to their churches! These doctrines are totally opposite to what the apostles taught. Can we have the same Holy Ghost which the apostles had and not have the same doctrine which they had?
The Gift of Healing
- When you got filled with the Holy Spirit according to CP practices, what other “gifts of the Holy Spirit” did you receive? Healing?
- How many sick people – who were not receiving medical treatment – have you truly healed?
- Why do you always ask them to have “faith for healing” when you allegedly already had the gift of healing and could heal them?
- Insisting that it is necessary for the sick to have faith to be healed proves that your gift of healing is not perfect or complete unless the faith of the sick helps augment your gift. Is this not true?
- When Peter and Paul met with the crippled man, who was over 40 years old and born lame from his mother’s womb, they didn’t hold a seminar or conference on the “power of faith and positive confession”! No, but they commanded him to “rise up and walk” (Acts 3:6) – and he did so immediately (verse 7). He leapt up from the ground where he was sitting, and went with them into the Temple “walking, and leaping, and praising God” (verse 8). Do you have this special ability to heal the sick without any personal exercise of their own faith? If so, how many people have you healed this way, instantly and permanently?
- The Apostles never invited the sick to a “healing meetings,” “faith crusades” or “open heavens conference.” They performed publicly observable healing in the streets and market squares (Acts 5:15,16). So why do you and your church always organize healing meetings in your churches and never spontaneously heal people out on the street, or anywhere you encounter a sick person in a public place?
The working of Miracles
- Which other gift of the Spirit did you receive when you received speaking in tongues? You can work miracles, right? I guess you do, because Charismatics keep claiming these gifts are theirs, and in their churches – so much so, that many Charismatics even that they are “little gods”! Are you a little, miracle-working god? Kenneth Hagin and other Charismatic preachers say you are!
- The working of miracles is the supernatural ability to go against the ordinary laws of nature and do things like cause the Red Sea to part and allow many thousands of people to walk through as though on a dry road. Like raising the dead. Like turning water into wine. Like raining food for thousands from heaven, or feeding thousands from one boy’s packed lunch of few small bread loaves and some fish. So I ask you, miracle-man or miracle-woman: have you ever done anything like this?
- Philip disappeared from the desert road between Jerusalem and Gaza and was found again in Azotus in Judea, being miraculous transported by the “Spirit of the Lord” (Acts 8:26,40). Did this ever happen to you? But you say that when you are around, miracles happen! And you claim to have the same power as the Apostles and their immediate followers had.
- You need keys to unlock doors, right? The apostles didn’t need any keys when they were thrown into jail! Read your Bible! An angel visited them in the jail and the doors opened by themselves! Ask your pastor and he will tell you it is true!
- This gift of miracles that you claim to have, does it also need the people’s donations of money, “seeds of faith” as they sometimes call it, in order to keep it going? Or does your church or ministry follow the commission of the Lord Jesus Christ to his witnesses: “Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils:freely ye have received, freely give” (Matthew 10:8)?
- Late Kenneth E. Hagin Snr., his son Kenneth W. Hagin, Kenneth Copeland, Robert Tilton, Benny Hinn, TB Joshua, Chris Oyakhilome, David Oyedepo and many others made a lot of money from merchandising the word of God. Obviously, they became rich by making the people poor. But Paul said himself was “poor yet making many rich” (2 Corinthians 6:10)! So, if Paul was “poor yet making many rich”, why is it the other way such that the Charismatic ministers are rich yet making many poor?
- Charismatics commonly argue that Mark 16:17,18 proves that the miraculous gifts are for all Christian believers throughout history. They take that “And these signs shall follow them that believe…” refers to all believers – rejecting our claim that the Lord Jesus Christ was indicating those believers who were with him at that time when he declared these things (see Mark 16:14-20). So, do you think that these signs follow you?
- Jesus said, “They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them” (verse 18). Which of these have you ever done? Have you picked up a deadly serpent or drank anything deadly? Remember Moses picked up a live serpent (Exodus 4:3,4) and also Paul was bitten on his hand by a venomous viper (Acts 28:3)!
- If you argue that the signs of tongues and healing much apply to you – then you must also argue that the signs of picking up deadly serpents and drinking anything poison or toxic (Mark 16:17,18). You say that “these signs follow “those that believe” must include you. Well, O believer, where is your faith?!
- You pretend a to have faith (that is, belief) strong enough to speak in tongues and heal the sick (let us not forget that when you blame the sick for his lack of faith if your healing gift does not work for them). Is genuine tongues speaking and healing any easier than healing yourself from serpent venom or poisons? Does this inconsistency not prove how false your claims or healing are, and this how wicked you are for ascribing these fake healings to God?!
- Your inability to pick up serpents and drink poison also proves your inability to speak in tongues as the apostles truly did, yes or no? Are you ready to repent and ask God to forgive you for claiming what you don’t have? Remember, it is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the Almighty God!!! So repent!!!
The Gifts of Revelations and Visions
- Speaking in tongues was not the only gift of the Spirit you received, right? You were also anointed with the power to see into the spirit realm. Yes, it must necessarily be so because when I was in the Charismatic movement, we all used to claim these gifts. And should anyone ask us, we were already programmed like robots to answer: “Because Paul said desire spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy.” But we didn’t see the passages that spoke about the cessation of the gifts as soon as the perfect revelation of God to man was given in the Scriptures; passages that emphatically said “Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be [word of] knowledge, it shall vanish away. … But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away” (1 Corinthians 13:8,10). So why do you say you need more visions and relations than those in the perfect, complete Bible?
- You believe God can now show you something supernaturally by opening your eyes into the spirit realm, right?
- How do you know these things you see or the people in your church claims to see are of God?
- Why do you believe God would want to reveal some things to you that way?
- Do you think God wants you to know what will happen tomorrow? Why would he want to do that? Did the Lord Jesus Christ not say, “Take no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself?” (Matthew 6:34)
- How can Jesus say not to take thought for the morrow, and his Holy Spirit contradict him by revealing the morrow to you? Do the members of the Holy Trinity contradict each other? Or is God double-tongued, so that he contradicts himself?
- Did not God say of the Bible, “All scripture is given by the inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction in righteousness: THAT THE MAN OF GOD MAY BE PERFECT, THROUGHLY FURNISHED UNTO ALL GOOD WORKS” (2 Timothy 3:16)? If the Holy Scriptures can make you perfect, then why do you think God would still want to give you extra-Biblical revelations? They are totally unnecessary! And worse: they are put in place of the Bible, where Charismatics chase these visions instead of sticking to the true word of God in the Bible. and Why desire so-called visions when you could have – and should have – the Holy Scripture?
- When I was a Charismatic and believed these lies, I used to see “Jesus” in my visions and trances whenever I was into long period of dry fasting, which I often did to ask God for more anointing. Do you also see “Jesus” in this way?
- Do you still believe he personally appears to anyone on earth prior to his second coming? But is this Biblical?
- Did not the two angels, who appeared at the Lord’s ascension into heaven, tell us that “This same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven” (Acts 1:10,11)? How can this Scripture be true if this same Jesus is still giving some folks a secret visit rather than being on the right hand of God and interceding for them?
- Has “Jesus” ever personally appeared to you before? If yes, then do you believe that what you saw was truly the Lord Jesus Christ? How are you sure it was really Jesus that you saw since you had not seen him before, when he was on earth in the 1st Century AD, or since you can’t go to the apostles to verify your vision was of the real Jesus, like the apostle Paul did (Galatians 1:18, 2:2)?
- What did “Jesus” say was his purpose for appearing to you”? You must tell us because there must be a reason for him to break his word and give you a “secret visit”. And if it was the real Jesus who appeared to you, this would make what you tell us equal to anything in the Bible!
- How has that secret visit of “Jesus” to you brought you into a closer relationship with God? Has it made you more broken, humbled for your sins, or has it made you feel like you are a great figure?
- Did you ask “Jesus” about his name because he has many names like Emmanuel, Son of David, Lion of Judah, King of kings, Lord of lords, The root and the offspring of David, Prince of Life, and so on. So which of these names did he use to introduce himself to you? Please don’t tell me he didn’t introduce himself with any name because that would contradict the Scriptures. When he appeared to Moses, he said to him “And I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, by the name of God Almighty, but by my name JEHOVAH was I not known to them” (Exodus 6:3). So you see that he always introduces himself with a name. Which name did he use to introduce himself to you? MY FRIEND, YOU BETTER BE SURE IT WAS NOT “APOLYON” OR “ABADDON” THAT APPEARED TO YOU!!!
- Did you have shock and fear when you first saw him? Did you fall to the ground, on your face, trembling? The disciples were always filled with fear whenever he appeared to them and that is why he often says to them, “Be not afraid” or “Fear not” (Matthew 14:27, 17:7, 2:10; Revelation 1:17). Did he need to say those words to you? Were you able to speak freely to him or were you confounded and could not utter a word?
- What does the “Jesus” you saw look like? Please, be open enough to tell us his height, we are trying to confirm something. How tall was he? Kenneth Hagin and Kenneth Copeland said the last time they saw him he was 6 feet tall, so how tall was he the last time he appeared to you so that we can know if he has managed to eat some nutritious food and added more in height?
- How fat was he when you saw him? Hagin and Copeland said the last time they saw him, he weighed 180 pounds. Is that true? Does your own “Jesus” and the “Jesus” of Hagin and Copeland weigh 180 pounds?
- Did you see the print of the nails in his palms, and the print of the spear in his ribs? We must know because when Thomas saw the risen Lord he showed him those wounds before he believed (John 20:24-27)! Did he show you those wounds to clear your doubts?
- Can you here describe for us this “Jesus” you saw so that we may recognize him when we ourselves see him? What’s the colour of his eyes: black or blue?
- When the apostle John his beloved Jesus in the Island of Patmos he said his eyes were as a flame of fire! Did your own “Jesus” have eyes as flames of fire when you saw him last?
- What was he wearing on his feet when you saw him? Please understand that we are trying to know which of these “Jesuses” we hear of these days is the true one. For example, Kenneth E. Hagin, in his book “I Believe In Visions,” said that when Jesus appeared to him at one time he was wearing golden footwear. Then at another time in a hospital room when “Jesus” appeared to him he was bare-footed. When I first read that book I believed it, but now that God has opened my eyes, I am wondering who had stolen those golden shoes to make him appear to Hagin without the golden footwear! Any way, I believe one of these “Word of Faith” preachers had claimed them from Jesus by faith! That is by the way, let’s continue from where we stopped. So what kind of footwear was he putting on?
Does the Lord Jesus Christ really appear before people today?
Please understand that we are not mocking your experience, we just need a good description of this Charismatic “Jesus” who doesn’t have a throne to sit on but keeps wandering from place to place. We need to know him more and be able to recognize him, alright?
For example, when I was in the Pentecostal Religion, one of my friend’s pastors said when “Jesus” appeared to him in a 3 days fasting exercise, that suddenly the whole room became bright with lights. As he opened his eyes he saw “Jesus” standing at one corner of the room. He was afraid and he asked him “Who are you?” And the Jesus answered him and said that he was the King of Glory, and suddenly, he vanished. Describing his appearance he said that he was putting on an ash-colour robe that reached his ankle, and he was not wearing any footwear. He had a mantle wrapped around his neck and on his head he wore a brown hat! My dear, no matter how glorious the experience was to him in that room, I don’t care! The image he described perfectly fits that of the Nigerian Cowboys which we popularly call the Fulanis! Himself used the very same word (Fulanis) to describe the thing he saw.
I will tell you about one of my own experiences. I remember when I was a pastor in the Pentecostal religion, whenever I was into long days of “dry fasting for power.” (Thank you Jesus for saving me now! I’m not ashamed to declare your gracious salvation.) This “Jesus” would appear to me. I would be “in the spirit” (or, to say the truth, in a trance), and a “man” would stand before me, a very muscular giant like a wrestler, and I asked him, “who are you?” And he would say to me that he was the Man of War and that he has heard my prayers and has come to fight all my battles for me. And suddenly, the visions would go off – this “Jesus” would suddenly disappear as I came to my earthly senses and stopped seeing into the spirit world. I remember testifying to my church members that God had appeared to me, and has come to fight all my battles.
Often times, whenever I fasted long (in the Charismatic churches we only fast to receive more anointing and power) I would see “Jesus” appearing to anoint me with “fresh oil” for the ministry. He would ask me to kneel down , and he would bring out a bottle of olive oil to anoint me. As soon as I was about to kneel down, the vision would go off – and so I would imagine that the next things that I did were under this “anointing.”
Other times I saw this “Jesus” on the cross bleeding and in tears. Pity and sorrow often filled my heart as I watched him in the vision. And as I gazed on him, he would gently lift up his head until his eyes caught with my own eyes, and he would stare long at me. Then just before the vision went off, he would say to me, “Abuoma my son, it is finished. Go and tell the world that I am coming soon, and that my reward is with me, to give to every man according to his work.” Oh, how proud and highly esteemed of God I felt myself to be!
Had anyone told me that such visions, though very wonderful and seeming Biblical, were Satan’s fraud, I would have cursed them to their face. Yes, because the visions were so real and convincing to me.
But it never occurred to me to ask if these things really were biblical (and, moreover, I knew nobody whom I could ask). Almost everyone in Nigeria is given over to false religion and one thing that is common to these false religions is that they believe in extra-biblical revelation. The Mormons, Sabbatharians, Catholics, Pentecostals, Charismatics, Word of Faith, Members of the Cherubim and Seraphim churches of Christ, Christ Holy Church (founded by a woman that believed in marine spirit worship), Olumba Olumba, Brotherhood of the Star and Cross, and countless thousands of religions in Nigeria here believe in seeing into the spirit realm and having revelations – and I never questioned for once if these experiences honoured Christ or not.
I was satisfied with the experiences and the joy (the exhilaration) that accompanied them. Yes, those experiences are doubtless so wonderful. Can you imagine being in a room praying and suddenly, the whole room lit with lights and you get “caught up in the spirit” and see great things which at times seem to be Scriptural?
But all the glory be to God who knocked the devil out of me – by bringing me into contact with genuine Bible-believing Christians who stood their ground and rejected fables.
Now I see that those visions and revelations and “Jesuses” I used to see were but figments of my own carnal mind, and unregenerate heart. In my Charismatic days, I thought that I knew God. But now I know that I had then a wrong mental picture of God. I had a perverted knowledge of the Most High. But now, I have come to know the God with whom I have to do – a strong and mighty God who does not submit his eternal decrees to the dictates of his creatures; a Jealous and holy God who accomplishes all his desires and brings all his counsels to pass. And as Arthur Pink said, “a Supreme and Sovereign God that accomplishes his purpose, not inspite of the opposition but by the means of the very oppositions mounted against him.”
Reader, such a God does not appear to men to give them secret visions of himself as though he needed a modern means to advertise himself, and create awareness of his existence! Nay! God is not an insignificant being seeking to be known or seeking to create awareness of his existence. My Bible tells me: “that which may be known of God is manifest to them (all men); for God hath shewed it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are CLEARLY SEEN, BEING UNDERSTOOD BY THE THINGS THAT ARE MADE, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse!” (Romans 1:19-20)
My dear reader, God is not advertising himself by the means of modern Charismatic inventions like visions and trances! He has so displayed his majesty, eternal power and Godhead in such a way that every of his creature – from the minutest Amoeba to the giant oaks of Bashan, and from the most learned Greek philosopher to the most ignorant African pagan – all will know and acknowledge his existence. That which may be known of God – his eternal power and Godhead – is manifest in all mankind (Romans 1:19). Therefore all people have an awareness – they know that he is really there. So every atheist too knows there is God! But fallen, unregenerate people suppress this truth: they “hold the truth in unrighteousness” because they hate God, and they hate the fact that in this cursed world “the wrath of God is revealed against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men” (Romans 1:18). Charismatic visions and their modern inventions of lies cannot give you a genuine knowledge of God!
Away with all these modern “visions” of my Lord Jesus appearing in people’s hotel rooms, and on their crusade grounds! My Lord Jesus would never reveal himself in that way.
Away with all such fables and moonlight stories created from pervert imaginations to entertain the multitudes who have rejected sound doctrine!
Away with all such lies – for: “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handy work. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge. There is no speech nor language where their voice is not heard. Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun, which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chambers, and rejoiceth as a strong man to run a race. His going forth is from the end of heaven, and his circuit unto the ends of the earth: and there is nothing hid from the heat thereof” (Psalm 19:1-6).
Let this inspired Scripture cause every sheep of Christ that is still in that Christ-dishonouring Charismatic movement take heed and come out of it completely, denouncing it as damnable. And let us with a united heart, both in doctrine and practice, exalt the written word of God above the false visions of men and their futile imaginations by boldly declaring that: “The Law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple. The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes. The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever: the judgements of the LORD are true and righteous altogether” (Psalm 19:7-9).
And should anyone ask us why we choose to separate ourselves from these 21st Century counterfeit miracles, lying wonders and false visions, and why we have chosen to be led by the word of God alone, then boldly we answer them thus – because: “MORE TO BE DESIRED ARE THEY [the Holy Scriptures] than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. Moreover by them is thy servant warned [including being warned not to follow the Charismatics!]: and in keeping them there is great reward” (Psalm 19:10-11).
Our anthem before these 21st century ‘visionaries’ and ‘prophets’ should be: “Therefore I esteem all thy precepts concerning all things to be right; AND I HATE EVERY FALSE WAY” (Psalm 119:10,11).