The best place to start is at the beginning – “what is the truth according to God”? If we don’t know where the final authority is, the truth is what each of us decides it to be.
Judges 17:6 KJB – “In those days [there was] no king in Israel, [but] every man did [that which was] right in his own eyes.”
A Bible-believing Christian must believe and accept the fact that the final authority for God’s creation is what God Himself says in His Word the Bible.
Matthew 4:4 KJB – “But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.”
John 12:48 KJB – “He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.”
John 17:17 KJB – “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.”
The charismatic movement is characterized by a constant changing authority. Emotions, experiences, and dreams are very important in this movement and are often quoted as a rationalization for non-Biblical actions or beliefs.
2 Peter 1:20 KJB – “Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.”
Nonetheless, charismatics are regularly giving the Holy Ghost praise for their feelings or ideas, even if they disagree with the plain teaching of God’s Word – the Bible. Emotional feelings are not always right. What we feel is not always true. The heart cannot be trusted.
Proverbs 28:26 KJB – “He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool: but whoso walketh wisely, he shall be delivered.”
Proverbs 12:15 KJB – “The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel [is] wise.”
Jeremiah 17:9 KJB – “The heart [is] deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?”
Charismatics believe that Christians still possess the temporary gift of prophecy. If this were true, then the Bible would not be finished and what is prophesied should be written down and added to the Bible, contrary to the very clear warning not to.
Revelation 22:18-19 KJB – “For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.”
When prophets of ancient times spoke, God spoke through them what He wanted to be recorded and it was recorded as His Word. In the charismatic movement, prophecies are frequently given which negate God’s Word and never come to fruition. God made it clear that any prophecy which did not come true completely was one hundred percent false and had been spoken by a false prophet. BEWARE!
Deuteronomy 18:18-20 KJB – “I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him. And it shall come to pass, that whosoever will not hearken unto my words which he shall speak in my name, I will require [it] of him. But the prophet, which shall presume to speak a word in my name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or that shall speak in the name of other gods, even that prophet shall die.”
The ultimate deception of the last days and the tribulation will occur through “signs and wonders”, according to God as spoken in His Word. (see Rev 13:1-15).
Matthew 24:24 KJB – “For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.”
2 Thessalonians 2:9 KJB – “Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,”
Deuteronomy 13:1-3 KJB – “If there arise among you a prophet, or a dreamer of dreams, and giveth thee a sign or a wonder, And the sign or the wonder come to pass, whereof he spake unto thee, saying, Let us go after other gods, which thou hast not known, and let us serve them; Thou shalt not hearken unto the words of that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams: for the LORD your God proveth you, to know whether ye love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul.”
Matthew 7:21-23 KJV – “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”
Satan can appear as an “angel of light.” Again, beware: don’t allow him to lead you astray from God’s final authority, the written Word of God.
2 Corinthians 11:14-15 KJB – “And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.”
In subsequent articles, we will examine speaking in tongues, and demonstrating that even if this temporary gift were for today it would adhere to Biblical guidelines clearly defined in Scripture (I Corinthians 14). In spite of the authority of God, the charismatic movement accepts experience rather than the Word of God.
1 Corinthians 14:33 KJB – “For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.”