CHARISMATIC ‘PURITANS’

California fundamentalist pastor John MacArthur recently sponsored an anti-charismatic conference. His promotion of the event included MacArthur's blanket condemnation of Pentecostals and charismatics in general. Not only are charismatics the fastest-growing element in the global Church, they (and their sympathizers) are some of the most highly-respected evangelical pastors, teachers and other … [Read more...]

HOLINESS, PENTECOSTAL, CHARISMATIC

A gracEmail subscriber writes, following a gracEmail fun quiz on "Holiness, Pentecostals, Charismatics," asking what the similarities and differences are in those three groups. * * * John and Charles Wesley were present at a prayer meeting on Fetter Lane in London when, about 3:00 o'clock in the morning of January 1, 1739, the power of God was poured out in what later came to be known as "the … [Read more...]

MIRACULOUS SIGNS

Someone asks: "What is the point of the signs that Jesus says will follow those who believe (Mk. 16:17-18)? Is this promise still applicable today?" . . . In some manuscripts of Mark's Gospel, this promise is part of Jesus' parting commission to his followers before he went back to heaven. Jesus promises that "signs" will follow "those who believe" -- expelling demons, speaking with new tongues, … [Read more...]

SIGNS WITH EVANGELISM

Someone asks about the "signs" that Jesus said would accompany his gospel as it spreads through the world. Mark 16:17-18 mentions casting out demons, speaking with new tongues, healing the sick and immunity from snakebite and from poison. Do these things still happen today? * * * In the oldest Greek manuscripts, Mark 16 ends at verse 8. The rest of the chapter has some ancient textual authority, … [Read more...]

SIGNS WITH EVANGELISM

Someone asks about the "signs" that Jesus said would accompany his gospel as it spreads through the world. Mark 16:17-18 mentions casting out demons, speaking with new tongues, healing the sick and immunity from snakebite and from poison. Do these things still happen today? * * * In the oldest Greek manuscripts, Mark 16 ends at verse 8. The rest of the chapter has some ancient textual authority, … [Read more...]

WHAT IS THE GIFT OF TONGUES?

A gracEmail subscriber who goes to other countries to preach wishes that he had the gift of tongues, so he would not need a translator. A different subscriber asks what is meant by the New Testament gift of tongues. * * * Scripture speaks of supernaturally-empowered languages (glossai = tongues) both human and angelic (1 Cor. 13:1). We see examples of divinely-given human language at Pentecost … [Read more...]

IMPARTING SPIRITUAL GIFTS

A brother from a Baptist church in North Carolina writes, "My view has been that only the apostles had authority to bestow spiritual gifts through the laying on of hands, but I've had to rethink that in the light of other passages of Scripture. What do you think, based on your study of Scripture?" * * * New Testament authors tell us that spiritual gifts come from the Father (1 Pet. 4:10-11), … [Read more...]