Heidelcast For Feb 11, 2024: “Feathers And All:” The Scriptures Are Enough (1)

In this episode Dr Clark begins a new series exploring the history of, the biblical teaching about, theology, piety, and practice of the Pentecostal and Charismatic movements. The opening audio features Erik Erikson.

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  1. As the kids today might say, “I’m so hyped about this series, dude!”

    In all seriousness, I’m grateful you’re carving out some time to delve into Pentecostalism, Dr. Clark.

    From our experience, committed Pentecostals usually have an unhealthy fear, a deflated view of God, and an inflated view of self and Satan.

    Self and Satan are way more powerful in the Christian life (sanctification) than God is; even in conversion, self and Satan reign supreme in this system of belief (Armenian view of free will in justification).

    With these views being so out of balance, it wreaks havoc on how one believes they should live out the Christian life. It’s a sure path to set you up for disappointment: When things appear to be going smoothly in your life—you get the credit for dialing up just the right combination of so-called obedience (just like you got the credit for walking down the aisle when you supposedly got saved); when suffering strikes (and it will!), you’re always at fault (forget John 9). This is a rat race you can’t win. It leads to pride (Hey, I must be doing all the right stuff—God owes me blessings) or despair (I prayed hard every day, and Grandmom still died, and I haven’t been promoted at work, and my neighbor is still an atheist despite all my evangelistic labors—what’s wrong with me; I mine as well just give up!).

    When the spotlight moves away from Jesus and is locked on ourselves, it’s very damaging.

    Praying that our Pentecostal friends might have their eyes opened wider to the truth and begin to see the grace and freedom there is for all in Christ and to the destructive lies and practices of Pentecostalism, and in His goodness and mercy, move to (or for Pentecostal, AG, and Arminian churches to leave these beliefs and practices behind to become) a more pure church where the law and gospel better reflect the teaching of Scripture.

  2. What great timing is this series! We had a retired Pentecostal pastor and his wife as visitors in church today, checking out the Reformed faith. He is totally disenchanted with the Pentecostal denomination.

  3. Definitely going to follow this series.

    Early in our marriage (late 1970s) the church we were at veered into charismaticism. It really then (and now) rubbed me the wrong way when someone would chime up with “God says X”, where X seemed mostly phrases strung together.

    My wife is currently involved with a local group that practices such things. (Not particularly happy about that.)


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