A Question I Was Asked:

What, in your Opinion, are the Main Problems with the Charismatic Movement?

The Question:

What, in your opinion, are the main problems with the charismatic movement? Can you narrow it down to just a few points?

UK Apologetics Reply:

There are always dangers in answering such questions because I have no doubt that many such people are utterly sincere and they are acting according to their own level of understanding, however, it is an understanding which might change a few years down the line.

Okay, here are a few points which, in my opinion, tend to be a problem with many (even if not all), charismatic-type worshippers:

Regarding this vital final point, one should note that the teaching of Jesus on the activity of the Holy Spirit is mainly found in John 14-16. He spoke to the disciples of His successor, the Holy Spirit, to whom He referred as "another Comforter" (one called alongside to help). An overview of His words reveals many significant things about the person and work of the Holy Spirit, but none more prominent than the words describing the Spirit's exaltation of Christ. So a very good frame of reference is available in an analysis of the work of the Holy Spirit in John 14-16:

So there you have my view on certain of the main points/tendencies of the charismatic movement. Does that mean that I utterly reject everything coming from within that movement? Absolutely not! God can use anybody should it be His will, and there is no doubt that some within this movement have a genuine relationship with the Lord Jesus; yet I think it interesting that, while many may come to the Lord from within that movement, they usually move on to more conservative forms of worship as they mature in the faith.

Robin A. Brace. May 21st, 2013.