I’m going to focus for awhile on why the Charismatic, 3rd wave, “Continuationists” are wrong, which may make some of you upset; but I think it’s a serious enough issue that a push back of truth is needed.
It seems like there’s a whole train of wrong thinking going on about the Apostolic gifts going on, that needs to be broken since many of those preachers have been steering new believers in the wrong direction, away from God and into the hands of satan.
Experiencing something spiritual does not mean it came from God. Satan is the great deceiver and will take people as fools who do not rightly divide the Word of God.
that is, the one whose coming is in accord with the activity of Satan, with all power and signs and false wonders, and with all the deception of wickedness for those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth so as to be saved. ~ 2 Thessalonians 2:9-10
Do you really think that satan does not also operate in the supernatural realm? Do you think that every “spiritual experience” you have comes from God? Please do not be foolish. You leave yourself open to the experiences that satan wants you to have and you find yourself continually seeking those “experiences”, possibly because you think you are special, or have miraculous gifts seeking the flesh.
These are fleshly signs that people are seeking in the realm of the spiritual. Why are you seeking them, instead of focusing on the Words of Jesus?
You might want to grow a following, because popularity is important to you. You may think you have to stand out from the crowd and “be special”, because you don’t feel good enough without thinking you have something special that others do not have, not quite the same as yours. You may feel you need to be the same as all the others taking the broad highway of speaking in tongues to feel validated as a Christian. There are many reasons people say they possess “miraculous gifts” given the Apostles, and few others in that age.
8 Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away. 9 For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. 10 But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away. ~ 1 Cor 13:8-10
These gifts passed from the scene. They did not return in 1901 at the outset of the Pentecostal movement as many claim (see video). These experiences are not the same as what is described in the New Testament and we are not taught to use them or seek them; they are not in play in this age.
What were the gifts, from scripture that have ceased? According to the video posted in this blog by Nathan Busenitz, the gifts of prophecy, of tongues and of healing are not being performed by continuationists, today. Not how they were in the New Testament.
These “spiritual experiences” are a corrupted counterfeit, and not the true Apostolic gifts.
At 11:40 minutes in the video, pastor Busenitz begins to describe the true gift of prophecy, then he works his way from there.
It should be studied if you care about the bible and the True Word of God.