My dear “Charismatic” brothers and sisters:
People are not experimental ground for us to try out ministry experiments upon. Your intentions towards them may indeed be good, but don’t let boldness in the Lord be an excuse for treading on need with lack of sensitivity. Intending to help and heal you may drive a person to despair. It is a falsehood to say someone in always blessed in some way even if the intended result does not happen…a person may well be pushed into despair and rejection if what you declare shall happen to them “right now” in the Name of the Lord does not.
Despite signs of being at its zenith in some circles, I am quite sure that the blessing of God is being lifted from the Charismatic movement even at this moment unless at the 11th hour we relearn the primacy of genuine love and humility towards God and our fellow human beings. Bold formulaic assertions without that foundation are a misusing of the Name of the Lord. The Lord does not hold guiltless those who misuse His Name. Such misuse discredits His honour and harms people He loves.
That is refreshing!
Over the last few days, the verse on sickness and even early death, has been on my mind.
The church then was living in a very pagan and carnal society and though they had the gifts of the Spirit manifesting among them, they also lacked love and respect both towards one another and God.
Maybe our deteriorating society, in terms of lack of Christian values, is causing us to be like them more and more. What are our priorities; sacrificial love, mercy etc are great to receive but are we also treating others as Christ did for us while we were sinners? Christians are not perfect. We must not expect them to be, no matter their office or calling.
What do you think?
Meant to include that Ellicott’s Commentary in the link included in previous comment (scroll past alternative/associated verses and past Greek lexicon) is one I often find useful.
Thank you Kenny, So agree with all you have said in that post, I hope many folk read and benefit from such a wise and mature understanding of what’s happening in some churches. Blessings Zlouisa.
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