Pentecostal but not Charismatic

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INTRODUCTION

This is not a historical account but a brief commentary on the doctrinal differences between the Pentecostals and the contemporary Charismatic movement. It covers some of what has happened to the two movements doctrinally in their brief history of coexisting at the very end of this church age. Most statements made are documented in well-known publications, by personal experience or by a vast collection of materials I have stored in my files. I have penned these words because of the serious consequences that can come by not knowing the differences between the original Pentecost and how that movement has become what I shall refer to as the Neo-Pentecostal movement of today and the modern and phenomenal Charismatic church. We attempt to show the basic doctrinal differences between pure apostolic Christianity and the doctrines of the Charismatic churches. Three charts are included to help us visually better perceive several important subjects discussed.

We often use the words Pentecostal and Charismatic in this commentary and so it would be fair to the reader to know what we mean when we use these two terms. In public these two names are often used interchangeably, but in this study we do not use them interchangeably. Pentecostal is a reference to The Church of Acts, a church that functions as the church in the book of Acts is described. It was a supernatural church and held the doctrines of godliness according to the apostles’ writings.

We refer to the liberal Pentecostal denominations as NeoPentecostals to distinguish them from traditional Pentecostals who hold the original doctrines of the Pentecostal movement.

At the turn of this last century handfuls of Christians chiefly from the fundamental holiness churches began to seek God for a renewal of those manifestations given to The Church of Acts as recorded in the book of Acts. After long weeks and months of praying and seeking God there was an outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon these seekers with miraculous manifestations as recorded in the book of Acts. The Pentecostal church was reborn. Many believed this outpouring, which soon spread the world over, was the prophecy given by Joel being fulfilled which promised the former and the latter rain.

It is true that the church in its beginning needed a special anointing to give it the power it would need to establish itself in a heathen world. There is also plenty of evidence that the wickedness and depravity of man in the end time requires a special anointing of the Holy Spirit to empower a remnant church at the end of the church age.

So we conclude that the term Pentecostal is a reference to that church described in Scripture as being the model church. The early church had the purity and character that only the power of the Holy Spirit can impart into a man. The Pentecost that came in 1906 also had that purity and power in its beginning. But something has happened to the church in this last century. Some of us who lived our lives across most of the span of this century know the difference between the Pentecost of then and the Charismaticism of today while younger believers who have not experienced the early Pentecost will not see. Pentecost is a word of purity first, combined with holy power. It is the authentic formula for the church as seen in the Church of Acts and the writings of the apostles and early church Fathers.

The term Charismatic was coined to describe a church that believed in the gifts, the meaning of the Greek word charisma. The Charismatic church movement became a parachurch coexisting with the Pentecostal churches but never really identifying with them. Most Charismatics came out of denominational backgrounds and enjoyed the independence of the new Charismatic freedom of worship. There was some radicalism among a few early Charismatics. The Pentecostal churches usually would not allow the wild prophesying and claims of power and unleashed emotionalism that characterized their worship.

The Pentecostals were more Word oriented while the Charismatics only claimed to be. Also there was another big factor; the Charismatics were given to emotionalism and the teaching they were getting was not systematic or sound. There was such a mixture of church backgrounds that doctrine had to be shunned except on those points they knew they agreed upon for fear that it would spoil the strong fraternal feelings they felt in their meetings. From its very beginning Charismaticism avoided pure doctrine as an essential or as an issue of Christianity. Charismatics still have this characteristic for the same reasons. They are not doctrinal in nature; they tend more to be a worship movement than a people who regard doctrine as being important. They delve much into the gifts of the Spirit, the miraculous and prophecy — but stay away from any definitive, systematic, or theological doctrinal posture.

The result of having no Biblical standard of Christian conduct a new Christian morality based on doctrinal silence was the standard of the Charismatic movement. It was the return of, Every man did that which was right in his own sight — a strange combination of worldliness and power. The dynamism of the Charismatics soon influenced the mainline Pentecostal churches and gradually brought a looseness to the entire Pentecostal movement. Sanctification was out and materialism was in.

The phenomenal growth of the Charismatics soon brought them into the limelight of the church world. They grew in numbers and large mega-churches began to spring up everywhere. But spiritual growth not nurtured by pure doctrine can soon turn into smugness that can be independent of God and His Word and become dangerous for a church living on the brink of the Lord’s return. Money, numbers and clout are Satanic deceptions. There will soon be a big boom in space that will shatter the dreams of the carnal church and leave them destitute and frightened when Christ suddenly returns with cataclysmic destruction.

A massive apostate church will be left behind in the billowing smoke of a burning world. This remaining church will already have ties with the worldwide ecumenical church at the time of Christ’s return. The churches in a league of false unity will align with a powerful world political leader in the tribulation. It is interesting to note that the Charismatic movement, with many of the visionary Neo-Pentecostal denominational leaders, is fast joining the politico-religious church movement. Everything is moving blindly forward into a mergence being led by the Charismatics, the Catholic church and liberal Neo-Pentecostal denominational leaders. This merging entity is now known as Evangelical Ecumenism.

For some months before writing these lines I had been feeling a deep grieving as I sensed the nearness of the Lord’s return. If Bible accounts of God’s intervening wrath in past judgments are an indication of what will happen when Christ returns in wrath, we are very close to a world shattering cataclysm. Most of those reading these lines will see that time of wrath and intervention.

Authentic Pentecost is not a part of the false unity being promoted by the Evangelical ecumenists. The remnant Pentecostal church remains true to pure doctrine and for that reason will not be caught up with movements based on any compromise of truth and doctrine. Many will be deceived but not the Pentecostal heart. Those who go by Pentecostal and embrace these unbiblical movements should drop the name Pentecostal and take the name of Charismatic or any other name but Pentecostal.

To depart from the defense of pure doctrine disqualifies anyone from using the title Pentecostal. Pentecostals believe in conformity to the Word. Charismatics conform to the world.

The most distinctive difference between Pentecostals and Charismatics is the time of their historical origin. They had two different beginnings at two different times in recent church history under two very different conditions. The Pentecostal movement was the fastest growing church in America in the 1950’s, a decade before tongues was in vogue in the denominational Christian world.

Charismatics establish their beginning as being about 1970. This may be an officially designated date but actually their beginning goes back to at least the early sixties. In about 1962 a Catholic businessman under depression and having been to a number of Catholic retreats and institutions to find relief from his illness stopped his car in Olean, New York, went into a pay phone booth, opened the phone book to the church pages, prayed and rolled a dice on the pages. He had decided he would go to the church the dice landed on in the yellow pages. The dice fell on Bethel Assembly of God Church. He drove to the address on Main Street and found pastor and Mrs. Neff at the parsonage. After the Catholic man told everything on his heart, Brother Neff told him that his need was a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and explained to him the plan of salvation. They went to the church sanctuary and prayed with the man at the altar. He was gloriously saved and was immediately delivered of his depression and received the baptism of the Holy Spirit with the evidence. This brother became a flaming witness to his Catholic friends, his family and a number of priests. Many of them finding the same salvation he had found. It was one of the first instances of God’s sovereign move to restore Biblical Pentecost to the church body. I pastored and built the church in Olean, NY and was in contact with Brother Neff when this took place.

In those early days of the Pentecostal move beyond the Pentecostal churches there was evidence of a genuine visitation of God which we know was intended to renew and empower the body of Christ. But as in all heaven sent visitations, it was not long until this move of the Holy Spirit came under the strong influences of men with no testimony of new birth in Christ who challenged the authority of Pentecostal orthodoxy and formed a coalition of churches that stood for nothing much but tongues and miracles. What began as a needed visitation soon became corrupted by men not committed to the apostolic doctrine. The result was that many philosophies, idioms and different interpretations of scripture created a diversified Charismatic church with not even a slight commitment to pure doctrine or holiness of life. With no common doctrine to guide them the result was inevitable and it fell into materialism and emotionalism producing no semblance to any previous church movement. Many of us believe this to be the apostate church of the last time. They have testimony that they live and that they are rich and increased with goods, but they are dead. They are dead because they have abandoned the apostles’ doctrine.

In God’s providence I became the pastor of the First Assembly of God Church, Goshen, Indiana near Notre Dame University, South Bend, Indiana. The year was 1960. Being originally from that area I was familiar with the history of the churches back to 1950 including the earliest Charismatic developments after that time. The key figures in what happened in those early days of the Charismatic move were the Catholic Church of Notre Dame and Calvary Temple of South Bend, Indiana. Calvary was one of the first Evangelical churches to fraternize with the Catholics setting a new precedent in the relationship between the two churches. The Pentecostal experience had come to the Notre Dame campus and many Catholics including nuns and priests became deeply involved in, and experienced, what was then called the glossolalia phenomena. A quite close fellowship developed between Pastor Roy Wead, his son Doug Wead of Calvary Temple, and the Catholic Charismatics on the Notre Dame campus.

This large church under the previous pastor, Lester Sumrall, had no dealings with the Catholics. In fact, Lester Sumrall and some of the ranking priests in South Bend had many public exchanges. One such exchange was in the form of two books of rebuttal from either side. In those days doctrine was indeed an issue. Today it is not. Beginning with the Roy Wead ministry at Calvary Temple in South Bend there was a new relationship between the Pentecostals and the church of Rome. Historically, we could say that Roy Wead and son Doug were pioneers in dialogue with the Catholic Charismatics.

There are many other details regarding this early relationship between the Pentecostals that only those men directly involved could give an accurate account of. It is safe to say that the Catholic

Pentecostals on Notre Dame campus set the pace and established Charismaticism within the Catholic church. There were other simultaneous groups appearing but Notre Dame gave birth to the Catholic Pentecostal movement. From there it was to spread to the world.

But the Glossolalia phenomena was not restricted to just the Catholic church by far. Baptists, Amish, Church of Christ and holiness people were experiencing this book of Acts baptism in sweeping numbers across the nation and in other countries. Assisting this new popularity of the baptism of the Holy Spirit and the speaking in other tongues was The Full Gospel Business Men’s Association, a strong fellowship in the Michigan, Indiana area around South Bend at the time the Catholics at Notre Dame were having the Glossolalia experience. The Charismatic testimony was fast becoming popular in the mainstream Pentecostal churches throughout America. This is not taking into account the part the Anglicans and other men of the historical denominations played. There were many prominent denominational leaders who played a part in the early growth of the Charismatic movement.

What has happened in these last thirty years has effected profound changes in the Pentecostal movement. The Neo-Pentecostal movement has become so removed from their original position that today the denominations do not even resemble their beginnings. In this critique I refer to Pentecostal denominations as Neo-Pentecostals so as not to confuse the real Pentecost with the liberal apostate Pentecostalism of today. This book is a study of those differences and the changes that have taken place. We will see that there is a big difference between Biblical Pentecost and the modern Charismatic churches.

When Leonard Ravenhill went to the publishers with Why Revival Tarries, they wanted to make some changes and make it a little more positive in tone. Brother Ravenhill refused and his book went on to be not only a best seller, but also a classic. Writing a critique on the Charismatic movement is not a good way to win friends and influence people. I would be failing God to tone this needed message down to where it would please all mentioned. My purpose is to make truthful observations in response to the great confusion that exists in the minds of many people who simply do not know the difference between a Pentecostal and a Charismatic, and in many cases think they are the same thing. Someone has to make this clear.

The church today needs surgery. PENTECOSTAL BUT NOT CHARISMATIC is not a band-aid treatment but a scalpel of Scripture wielded in love for the truth. It is time that some things that have been left unsaid were spoken clearly to the last generation of the church before Christ’s return.

I begin with a very special request to all readers of this commentary:

If you are troubled by this critique I will feel that I have accomplished a purpose. It is important that we make the truth (facts, actuality) known so men can choose to accept them or reject them. By those choices we will all be judged at the tribunals of God and our destiny determined. If truth confronts you here and you reject it, you will see these facts again at the judgment bars. If I accept truth and reject error, that seals my destiny. The truth must not be hidden but openly made available for men to react to, to accept or reject. Each of us will be held accountable for what we did, what we said, and what our attitude was toward any and all truth we have encountered.

Please be comforted to know that those who embrace the Charismatic philosophy, displaying their sensuality on nightly television shows, and hawking their doctrine over the powerful Christian satellite television daily, and printing their books by the ton have a propaganda machine that eclipses this little voice in the wilderness. They have much more fire power than we who speak in defense of pure doctrine. Please do not deny me the opportunity to shoot my little volley across your bow without getting all out of shape. For this one voice there are thousands wafting the Charismatic message. I thank you for not worrying about one little voice challenging error. It will only be a matter of time and most of what is written here will be accepted by all who may now disagree. My prayer is that many with open and honest hearts who may be hungering to know the truth will find some answers here that will bring the freedom and joy of a real Pentecost. Revelation 18:4.

IN THE BEGINNING

The Pentecostal movement that was suddenly born by an actof God at the turn of the last century quickly became a sweeping evangelical movement the world over. By 1960 it was being hailed as the third force of the church world. For sixty years the Pentecostals were known as a dynamic evangelistic movement having established missions in every quarter of the globe. In the fifties and sixties the Assemblies of God alone were starting a new church every day and two on Sunday.

In approximately 1960 there started to be a growing interest by denominational people of the historical churches in the baptism of the Holy Spirit and the gifts of the Spirit. Some of these interested people in the historical churches began to have the tongues experience and the Charismatic movement was having its beginning. In spite of much resistance by many of the established denominations in America at the time, the Charismatic movement soon outgrew most of its enemies. In the mid sixties the Pentecostal experience started invading the Catholic church and the other historical denominations. Preachers and people alike in both the historical and modernist churches as well as the Pentecostal and Neo-Pentecostal evangelical churches were losing their people to the fast growing and zealous Charismatics.

Here is one of the first differences we note between the early Charismatics and the Pentecostal churches; the Charismatic movement had its beginnings 60 years after the Pentecostal movement was suddenly born by a great latter rain outpouring of the Holy Spirit. (Joel 2:23-29) The Pentecostals had been evangelizing the world 60 years before the word Charismatic was heard.

One of the first and most conspicuous differences between the existing Pentecostal churches and the early Charismatics was not only the difference in their beginning but what kind of men headed the two beginnings. The Pentecostal renewal of 1906 included holiness people seeking the renewal of the gifts of the Spirit in their churches. Holiness author, Henry E. Brockett (Beacon Hill Press, 1951, p.113), quotes a holiness preacher’s experience in 1907 of being bathed with a sanctifying presence of God: “For me to describe what I experienced on that memorable Saturday night in November 1907, is utterly impossible. It is such as I need not attempt to describe to those who have felt and tasted it, and such as I cannot describe to the comprehension of those whose hearts have never realized it. . . . Jesus, there and then—all glory to His name!—sweetly, completely, and most powerfully baptized me in the Spirit. He melted, cleansed, filled, my poor unworthy soul with holy, sin-consuming fire.” He went on to say that for a considerable time he was praising and magnifying God in strange languages. It is rare that holiness people have these in-depth experiences in the Holy Ghost today. Oh, that God would visit the church one more time with the sin-consuming baptism of the Holy Spirit.

Evangelizing

The outpouring of 1906 was a soul cleansing experience of sanctifying power that did not accompany the Charismatic phenomena of the 1960’s.

The beginning of the Charismatic movement included many non-evangelical churches that were unregenerate in doctrine and spiritual experience. These included the Catholic church and many historical Protestant denominations that for years had been pursuing the path of rank modernism and did not preach repentance or the new birth as essential to becoming a new creature in Christ. In all Charismatic meetings I attended in those days there was very little mention of the new birth, of being saved or having repented of their sin. If these people experienced a new birth before receiving a tongues experience they were not making it known. In many Charismatic meetings there were denominational people mixed with Catholics and evangelicals all having the same testimony—that they had spoken in tongues. The tongues experience was at the very heart of all they spoke and testified. There was mention of miracles and healings but the baptism of the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues was the central theme of the Charismatic meetings from the very beginning. In these meetings there was an overwhelming feeling of brotherhood, with no mention of being saved or born again. This was another difference between the Pentecostals and the Charismatics then. Pentecostals were so elated over the denominational churches receiving the blessing they failed to require doctrinal order in what was happening. Other pastors felt they dare not touch. Others remained skeptical and apart from the movement without endorsing it or denouncing it.

The Pentecostals stressed repentance and being born again before being able to receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit. This was always considered a vital part of the Pentecostal teaching. The Charismatic movement had altar calls for people to receive the tongues experience but seldom an altar call to repent and be born again unless they were holding the meeting in a Pentecostal church. It was assumed that anyone attending a Charismatic meeting was there to receive the tongues experience.

From these early experiences many of us had with the Charismatics there were uneasy feelings about Christians with no clear testimony of being born again who were speaking in tongues. Yet in spite of some mention of this unbiblical procedure it was not corrected. Cardinal doctrines of the Bible were set aside and not mentioned in Charismatic meetings from the very beginning. The absence of doctrinal teaching in the Charismatic meetings was one the major differences between the Pentecostals and the Charismatics.

The beginning of the church of Acts was by such men as Peter who lived godly and preached repentance. (Acts 2:37-38) Church history teaches us that the rightness of a religion reflects the character of its founders.

Those men involved in the Charismatic beginnings were not men of conviction and personal holiness but pastors and church leaders representing a broad spectrum of denominational churches including the Catholic church. Many Pentecostal pastors opened their hearts and churches to the early Charismatic phenomena aligning with the excitement rather than remaining true to Biblical doctrine. The beginning of the Charismatic movement had many leaders in different geographical areas of the US but no single leader with a clear doctrinal stance. Doctrine was not important to the Charismatic movement. Charismatic “theology” has always been oversimplified and existential. This lack of continuing in the apostles’ doctrine is the weakness that contributed to its present state entertainment mentality. The hype and emotionalism finally won out over the doctrinally oriented Pentecostal denominations and now they are all in vogue with Hollywood.

The Charismatic movement is a doctrinal paradox. While Charismatics openly oppose traditional doctrine, assaulting those who teach it as an evil threatening the unity of the brethren, they produce more strange doctrines and bizarre interpretations of Biblical text than ten theologians can keep up with! In just recent years there has been the prosperity doctrine, the revelation knowledge doctrine, the covering (authority) doctrine, the pyramid doctrine, the dominion doctrine, the spiritually dead doctrine, angels doctrine, the gods doctrine, Hebrew dancing doctrine, the (un)holy laughter doctrine and the “Blow me down” doctrine, to name just a few.

Pentecostal churches before the Charismatics became an influence in the church world were characteristically doctrinal in their stance. Dramatic changes have come to the denominational Neo-Pentecostal churches in recent years. Most of the liberal changes came as traditional Pentecostal churches felt they had to offer the same amoral message of the Charismatics if they were to survive. To compete with the Charismatics they put aside doctrinal instruction for the entertainment format. They went on to become as inventive as the Charismatics to put a more competitive edge on their church meetings. The Neo-Pentecostals and Charismatics were in heated competition to see who could pull off the more bizarre event to pull the crowds and prove they were a progressive family church. One church would have a baptismal service for the kids’ dolls. The next week the Power Team would appear with bared chests and arms at the other church destroying blocks with their heads and blows of the hand. Another church would be having a “Christian” soap opera star. One church (and possibly others) showed the Superbowl on a giant screen in their church gymnasium, complete with snack bar, so the people would not have to go home to watch it on TV.

Speaking of the bizarre doctrines in the Neo-Pentecostal denominations, a pastor in Australia taught one Sunday morning on spiritual reproduction calling a lady from the church audience to come to the platform. The pastor had her lie down on the platform and then lay on top of her in a conjugal position. He claimed to have planted the seed of reproduction in her so she could conceive and bring forth a convert to the Lord. Then encouraged members to act out the same union with someone who wanted to conceive spiritual children. This is how abominable the Charismatic thing becomes when they silence doctrinal teaching in the church.

All former Pentecostal organizations have become Charismatic in their worship and doctrinal stance or they are moving in that direction. Some are more radically Charismatic than others. Those who may be conservatively Charismatic will in time become as excessive as those they criticize. It is only a matter of time until we become as abominable as the worst once we step across the line and abandon the apostles’ teaching. Many pastors have discussed with me their plight in losing their people to the Charismatic churches around them. Hundreds and thousands of pastors around the world have capitulated and compromised their heartfelt convictions to meet the Charismatic threat. They have turned traitor to Christ and the martyrs of the church. When a man has not learned to pray and give himself to the knowing of God’s Word he is a prime candidate for the Devil’s way out.

He has no enemies, you say.
My friend, your boast is poor.
For he has not entered into the fray
The brave endure.
He has cast not cup from wrong to right,
He has been a coward in the fight!
Anon

The result of matching the Charismatics has led to doctrinal suicide. When these men started compromising the old for the new, they experienced growth in numbers but produced a bunch of doctrinally illiterate spiritual pygmies.

By the law of osmosis Neo-Pentecostal churches that were once solid doctrinally and decried many of the loose teachings of the Charismatics have become like them. In many cases Neo-Pentecostal churches are even more liberal than the Charismatic church down the street. Many orthodox Pentecostal churches have made a swing to Charismatic style of worship such as embracing and kissing between the genders, physical holding hands as a kind of worship, entertainment formats that use magicians, celebrities and athletes. The outcome of the Pentecostals imitating the Charismatics is that there is little or no difference today between most Neo-Pentecostal churches and the Charismatic churches.

At this point we conclude that the most obvious difference between Pentecostals and Charismatics was their attitude toward doctrine. It was at first treated like a piece of delicate crystal. There was a, “It is best just not to touch it lest we drop it and lose everything,” attitude. So the crystal piece whose creator was God was set aside and ignored. The only person I have heard preach at any Charismatic event that openly and scathingly taught the doctrine of his church was a Catholic priest in Indianapolis. What troubled many who witnessed that event was the fact that evangelicals present were applauding him.

The next step in this process of change from an original Pentecost to Charismatic is obvious; the Pentecostal denominations started endorsing Charismatic personalities, fraternizing with them and identifying with their leaders in joint conventions featuring Charismatic speakers. This recent development marks a new era in Neo-Pentecostalism. They have stepped over the threshold from the position of preserving and defending the apostles’ doctrine to join those who teach heresy and promote false fad doctrines. By identifying with Charismatics they show that they are Charismatics (or Neo-Pentecostals). The result of this compromise is that the Neo-Pentecostal movement is now fraternizing with the Promise Keepers and the new evangelical ecumenical left linked to the Catholic church to achieve a false unity apart from pure doctrine.

If anything marks the Charismatic movement as a departure from apostolic teaching it is their philosophical heresy that pure doctrine is the cause of dividing the brethren. This ecumenical trend will inevitably lead the Neo-Pentecostal denominations from Charismaticism to radical ecumenism. The recent trend of compromise that has captured the thinking of ambitious Pentecostal leaders is blinding them to a great transgression. Of course, departure from doctrinal order will produce such blindness. The transgression is that these once Pentecostal men who have turned their movements into Charismatic denominations have decided to sacrifice their bond with conservative brethren who hold fast to the supremacy of pure doctrine to be accepted by the apostate Charismatic movement and its leaders. It is a transgression God takes note of and will not deal with lightly in the judgment. When good brethren walking the old paths are despised and cast off while apostates have been offered every concession, a serious injustice has been committed that no amount of denial will nullify at the judgment. It is noticed by God’s people when church officials openly show contempt for those who hold to traditional Pentecostal values while joining hands with apostate religion. Denials here will be accepted, but in the blazing light of God’s tribunals fear will paralyze the arrogant.

Many people today are misled into believing that Charismatics and Pentecostals are the same church. The Pentecostal denominations have become Charismatic and yet still refer to themselves as Pentecostal. If the Pentecostals become like the Charismatics then they are no longer Pentecostal but Charismatic. If the Charismatics had become like the Pentecostals then they would be Pentecostals, but this is not the case. Instead the Pentecostals became like the Charismatics. The confusion comes when Pentecostals who have taken on all of the ways of the Charismatics continue to refer to themselves as Pentecostal when in practice they are Charismatics.

A true Pentecostal does not want to be identified with the Charismatic doctrine and practice. The reason is that there is a big difference between a Pentecostal whose life is based on the teaching of the Scripture and the Charismatic philosophy that does not base its beliefs on the teaching of the apostles as this treatise will define. (Deuteronomy 13:1-5; Acts 2:42; Romans 16:17; Ephesians 4:14; 1 Timothy 1:9-11; 4:6,13,16; 6:3-5; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 4:2-4; Titus 1:9; 2:1,7; 2 John 1:9-11.) See the centerfold for a quick doctrinal comparison of the Pentecostal and Charismatic teaching.

To this day Charismatics are not open to many areas of Biblical truth and doctrine. To prove this point instantly one must only mention definitive sanctification. They are not open to, nor do they want to hear Bible teaching on the doctrine of worldliness or the doctrine of separation. Their minds are closed and they will not receive any instruction from the Bible on these matters. Why? Because from the beginning they have believed you could have tongues and blessings and spiritual highs apart from personal holiness or pure doctrine. From its inception it believed and proved experimentally that you could speak in tongues and be happy and at the same time be as worldly minded, as carnal and indulgent and sensual as you pleased and still be in good standing with God. So long as we can sing and shout and amass thousands of worshipers who believe in Christ, this is proof enough that we are saved and experiencing a great revival sent from God.

This marks the difference between the Charismatics and the Pentecostal. Pentecostals do not believe the church can deviate from pure doctrine without ultimately corrupting the body of Christ, the home, the world they live in and face the anger of God in the end for their disobedience.

The Muslims are growing faster than the Charismatics but that does not indicate they have the truth. Mormons, Jehovah’s Witnesses and Moonies have accomplished the colossal in growth on the church scene, but that does not mean they have God’s blessing. Solomon and Israel prospered but they were not right and judgment ultimately came. These departures from many imperial doctrines were impudently mocked and relegated to silence. The shocking thing is that today many of the Neo-Pentecostal leaders are following this same arrogant attitude of the Charismatics toward pure doctrine and those who defend it.

Many early Charismatic leaders said to Catholics coming into their Charismatic meetings, “Don’t leave your churches, stay in them.” This is a contradiction of Scripture. The Word of God teaches that in precisely such cases where a believer is coming into truth out of darkness he is required to leave the atmosphere of his former ignorance and seek out the environment of a Bible believing church. That has always been the teaching of the Bible and the Pentecostal churches and all Evangelical and Holiness churches. (2 Corinthians 6:14-7:1; Revelation 18:4). The mixing theory taught by Charismatics did much to create a half-breed Christianity that was Scripturally abnormal from the very beginning. They gave David Duplesis and others more credibility than the Holy Spirit (who inspired the verbal instruction of the Scriptures) who they claimed to be representing. The Statement that the world council of churches was the creation of the Holy Spirit should have alerted churchmen to reject the teaching of these self-appointed Charismatic spokesmen back in the sixties.

The differences between the new Charismatics and the Pentecostals became even more pronounced as time went on. The teaching, the emotionalism, and lifestyle of these two church movements, especially in the early years before Charismatics had yet influenced the Pentecostals, easily distinguished them as two different beliefs. Pentecostals still account for thousands of churches across the Midwest that live in contrast to the Charismatic teaching. A Pentecostal now is that Christian who remains faithful to the apostles’ doctrine and refuses to join the apostate revival. Thousands of Christians identify with a Biblical Pentecost but not with the Charismatic movement or the Neo-Pentecostal teaching.

Pentecostals are just common people with the strong conviction that doctrine as revealed in the Scripture must be preserved and carefully observed as being God’s standard of righteousness acceptable to Him.

Doctrine is simply an arrangement of Scripture by topic that makes the study of Scriptural truth more easily understood.

Doctrine is a revelation of God’s terms required to enter the kingdom at the end of this great highway of Holiness. Pentecostals are ordinary people with an extraordinary faith in God’s Word and especially the holy life of separation it teaches.

A Pentecostal is defined for us in the book of Acts. If a man, a church, or a body of churches depart from that pattern and do contrary to the apostles’ teaching, they are no longer Pentecostal. A Pentecostal and what they believe is a matter of Biblical and historical record. Charismatics do not have the same doctrine or philosophy as the Pentecostal church and therefore cannot possibly be Pentecostal. They may have a Pentecostal experience but the fact that someone speaks in tongues and believes in the baptism of the Holy Spirit does not make anyone a Pentecostal Christian. They may even be Neo-Pentecostals but not Pentecostal in the pure Biblical sense.

Originally The Church of the Nazarene was known as The Pentecostal Church of the Nazarene. But when the outpouring of the Spirit came at the turn of the last century and the new Pentecostal movement was born and their people became known as Pentecostals, the Nazarenes changed their name dropping the word Pentecostal. Today, eighty years after the fact, neither of them have kept their original beliefs.

Biblical Pentecostals stick to the apostles’ doctrine and are known for their conservatism and separation from the world. When any of the marks of the true Pentecostal are lost or cast off, then that person is no longer Pentecostal. Because of the Neo-Pentecostal compromise, hundreds of brethren and churches have left their ranks. It may appear that brethren left the denominations but that is not the truth. The truth is the denomination left pure doctrine. Liberalism so changed the beliefs and behavior of the constituents that those who remained faithful to the original teaching were not able to fellowship with them. (Amos 3:3) When a denomination changes the doctrinal standards established by godly men they venerate, they are in apostasy.

Neo-Pentecostals failed to perceive the nature of divine unity found only in the Spirit of truth. By not discerning the spiritual unity taught in Scripture, Charismatics and NeoPentecostals sought it on a human plane in a false brotherhood that includes heretics and teachers of damning doctrines. As the Neo-Pentecostals became large in number, they also became a powerful religious structure incorporating business principles, hiring professionals and fraternizing with other powerful religious organizations, some evangelical and some not, as well as certain government and educational agencies. All of these ties require compliance with secular standards. Affiliation with the secular world becomes an influence on our thinking and adds to the erosion of our character.

The time comes when the leadership begins to feel more affinity with its secular affiliations than with the conservative element of the church who are not accepting the changes away from Biblio-centricity. (e.g., Turning the Bible Colleges into secular academic colleges with secular accreditation; Teaching the Westcott Hort Greek text that denies providential preservation; Teaching by Neo-Pentecostal Bible College teachers that holiness as taught by the Fathers is legalism; The worldliness emblazoned on the covers of weekly publications (professional sports, Miss America Pagent winners); Liberal presbyters reprimanding young preachers for preaching against sin and such devices as television; The flagrant immodesty and worldliness in the appearance of ministers’ wives; The subversion of disciplinary justice against ministers and missionaries guilty of immorality and misconduct and the steamrolling of the leadership over grass roots ministries who represent the consensus of the body.)

The unity of the apostate church is in joining forces and casting all doctrine aside to achieve that unity. The idea that we must have numbers to have clout and deal with the merging world government is to put one’s trust in a world system that is on its way out and soon to be judged and destroyed by fire. Those who press for this unity will first put aside all doctrinal differences except a simple statement making faith in Christ and His resurrection the basis of unity. The next step is to ignore all heresy in those denominations that can come together agreeing on this simple statement. There may be several intermediate steps as well but the last and final compromise will be a union of all prominent religions. This kind of organized unity will never last, nor will it ever be accomplished. We are told in the book of Revelation that the Antichrist will turn against this religious entity when he is through “using” it and make war against the saints and prevail. It is a vain pursuit to think there is unity in such compromise of pure doctrine. Where then is true unity?

Unity is in the pure doctrine of Scripture. The very thing evangelical liberals are trashing to achieve unity is the only thing that promises unity. God’s Word provides a Revelation of truth. As I come to that Word and believe it, I am one with any brother in Christ who also believes that truth. The doctrine of the Bible is the only bonding there is between brethren. The Bible is the catalyst of the church! This is why intelligent dialogue between brethren and their interpretation of the Scripture is vital to the body. This is where the purest of all unities exist—in believing the same doctrinal truths of the Bible. There is no true unity outside of the unity of two or more agreed together on the doctrines of Scripture. Where we agree God unites us by the Spirit of truth. Unfortunately there are men among all of our evangelical churches that seek unity with false brethren and heretics rather than with their true brethren in the Word. That unity is destined for a certain and sudden destruction, but any unity founded in the Word of God will ultimately be reconciled and last forever!

Today we have three simple categories of Full Gospel churches:
The Pentecostal which reflects the traditional Biblical beliefs taught by the apostles.
The Neo-Pentecostal denominations who reflect the life and teaching of the Charismatics.
The Charismatic who reflects the liberated and loose lifestyle of the materialistic Laodicean apostasy.

A Look at The Centerfold Chart
CHARISMATIC SUBSTITUTES FOR
PURE DOCTRINE

The list of qualities on the right side of the chart in the centerfold is descriptive of the Charismatic movement. Then look carefully at the list of virtues on the left side of the chart and see the true church, a pure Pentecost and what the apostles teach as the true characteristics of Pentecostal character. Then study the opposites across from each other and see what the Charismatics have substituted for the original qualities taught by the apostles, (e.g., The apostles teach character. The emphasis of the Charismatic teachers is personality.)

PRAYER SUBSTITUTED WITH PRAISE: The Bible teaches that the highest form of prayer is secret prayer in the closet of tryst with the Father. Charismatics in the 1970’s came with the teaching that the highest form of prayer was PRAISE. That is not true, nor is it a Biblical fact. PRAISE is one of many ways man worships God. PRAYER includes intercession, fasting and secret prayer and the praises of the heart—sometimes in song. Praise has become a substitute for laboring in prayer and intercession that is demanding on our lives. Praising God is good but it is no substitute for laboring in prayer and going to the garden with Jesus. Nor is it a higher form of prayer than fasting. Praise is worship and most of that by most Christians is done in public worship. Prayer is a burning incense that never ceases to give off the fragrance of a worshiping heart. Praise acknowledges God’s greatness and worthiness. Jesus and Isaiah made it clear that praise without obedience to His moral instruction is unacceptable to God. Isaiah 1:15-17; Luke 6:46.

The highest form of prayer is the prayer that is most intimate and brings me closest to God and conscious of His presence. That would have to be the kind of praying Jesus recommended in Matthew 6:18 when He instructed us to pray in secret to the Father. If we are going to designate one kind of praying as “the highest form of prayer,” then it would surely be the intimate prayer we have in the secret place alone with God. In the closet of prayer there is no pretense, no one to impress but God alone, and only the silence to surround us. We are more honest with ourselves and with God when we know we are bent there in submission because we believe He is near and hears us. In the quietness of the secret place God can speak to me, break me in submission, making me tender and receptive to the slightest whisperings of the Holy Spirit. It is here in holy silence that I must be honest with God and He can reveal to me what I will not admit in other circumstances. Men who avoid weeping before the Lord in the secret place will never have the light of God’s Spirit shine in certain dark corners of their inner man. To be like Jesus we must pray secretly as Jesus did.

LOVE WITHOUT LAW:

Charismatics infer in their love philosophy teaching that God’s LAW and His LOVE are diametric, and that if you have God’s love operating in your heart you will not be under bondage to the moral law of God. Their thinking is that these are two different ways to regulate life and that God’s moral law has been canceled by God’s love. Ceremonial law was fulfilled by the coming of Christ and is therefore canceled by its fulfillment. But the moral law is only fulfilled by our obedience to it. Those having the Spirit of Christ live in obedience to moral law because Christ dwells within. But if I begin to live in violation of that moral law it means I am no longer regarding the Spirit of God and the law makes me a transgressor revealing I am a transgressor and no longer under Grace. (Romans 6:14-16; Titus 2:11-12)

Law and love to Charismatics represent two different dispensations of revelation and we are living in the dispensation of LOVE. Therefore you are still in some kind of bondage if you live by God’s moral LAW. The Charismatics are gushing constantly about God’s LOVE and never place any importance on God’s moral LAW. But the Bible teaches they are the same. God’s LAW is simply God’s LOVE in writing. God’s LOVE is the author of God’s LAW. It is impossible to separate the LAW of God from the LOVE of God. Carefully read Romans 13:8-10; 1 John 5:3 and you will see they are the same.

Their problem is that they too frequently confuse the immutable moral law of God with the transpired Ceremonial law which Paul and the apostles denounce, but never the moral law.

The Charismatic vendetta against obedience to the moral commandments of Christ and the apostles is the most flagrant and outrageous of all of their teachings. To denounce moral law is to deny God’s love. One of the largest files I keep is a collection of tapes and articles containing the hateful and arrogant speeches of Charismatics and Neo-Pentecostals lashing out against conservative Christians who remain faithful to the holiness teaching of orthodox Pentecost. God’s law is a clear revelation of divine order for the good of humankind. How would the human race even exist without the moral regulations contained in the moral law of God? If this world came with an owner’s manual, the Bible Would be that manual. (Credit: Layman’s National Bible Association, Inc.)

To divorce God’s moral law from God’s moral love is a reckless exegesis.

To attempt to govern the church on love apart from law is to build a skyscraper on top of the sand.

ANOINTING SUBSTITUTED WITH CHARISMA:
Charisma is natural and comes from within man. The anointing is supernatural and comes from God.

The anointing is accompanied by the supernatural and a sense that “God is speaking.”

The anointing speaks the truth without apology. Charisma flatters and pleases the people.

The anointing is often sharp and abrasive. Charisma is winsome and appealing. The anointing brings change and transforms; it brings reform morally to those who have an ear tohear what the Spirit is saying unto the churches.

Charisma manipulates people with natural charm.

In the old brush arbor days of early Pentecost a thousand preachers were laboring in nightly meetings under kerosene lanterns and the fire of the baptizing Spirit. Most of those preachers were crude and homely. Some of them wore bib overalls and didn’t have homes or holdings, but, oh, the anointing they had! I have brushed shoulders with many of these men who pioneered Pentecost and raised up scores and scores of churches that have grown into architectural wonders of the world thronged by fashionable people. If the old pioneer would appear as a stranger in one of their Sunday morning services of the church he pioneered, he might not even be welcomed or treated with respect. Today we have cathedrals with megachurch membership, filled with people wearing expensive clothing and bow and scrape to have the favor of the politically correct crowd. We have programs, love boat cruises to Alaska and trips to Israel. They have become like the church in Revelation 3:17 that was rich and increased with goods and had need of nothing. But that was their own appraisal of themselves. The apostate church has everything but the anointing of pure Pentecost.

Charisma will carry the church to success but better was the old callused hands of a man of God fumbling with worn pages of an old Bible, the perspiration running down his face, with the anointing to take us back to Pentecost.

Charisma has put more men into pulpits than the will of God in this day’s immaculate churches. Even Samuel wanted to anoint the man in Jesse’s family that impressed him with his stature and physical appearance when the anointed one was out in the fields tending the sheep. An anointed man may have natural charisma but it will be under a cross.

A good looking preacher means nothing. It may work in Hollywood and it may help sales in the business world but charisma is a curse to the church that replaced the anointing for a handsome young educated preacher. Good looks can often get the church but good looks have nothing to with building saints for the kingdom of God.

WORSHIP SUBSTITUTED WITH ENTERTAINMENT:
For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ. Jude 4.

The word lasciviousness is aselgiea in the original text and means unbridled lust, excess, outrageousness, shamelessness, insolence. The entertainment format going on in Charismatic churches fits Jude’s description of the apostates perfectly. The sacrilege being displayed on modern church stages as anointed ministries are Charismatic but not Pentecostal.

Pcntecostals do not host worldly celebrities in their pulpits. Everything from karate to body builders, soap opera stars and athletes, are brought out onto the stages of Charismatic churches. Charismatic night clubs featuring rock music and dancing, mercenary athletes who draw the unregenerate crowds in desecration of the Sabbath for pleasure and then applauded as great Christians (Isaiah 58:13). —Jude is right again. This kind of “Christianity” is outrageous lasciviousness. One large church in the Dallas/Ft Worth area put on a play at their youth conference showing a bedroom scene with a girl getting out of the bed (unmarried young people) saying, “You just can’t get enough of me, can you John?” Jude is right again. Shameless insolence!

Pentecostals don’t dramatize sin on the church platforms. Pentecost is the pulpit aflame but not consumed by the fire. Where there is not this flame then let that people not claim to be Pentecostal. Charismatic churches exploit the human body (personality) in both the way their people dress and the shows they schedule on their church platforms. Body builders, karate experts (rooted in oriental religions), “Christian” TV sex symbols, beauty pageant winners (who keep their little New Testaments tucked inside their bathing suits), and sport stars appear on their programs (and often with a fee required by their agents). People actually applaud these performances and their testimonies. To believe that displaying the features of the physical body is even the least bit relative to a gospel ministry or a Biblical Pentecost is an affront to God. Jude is right again—unbridled lust. Many Charismatic pastors would rather have a TV actress in their pulpit who plays the part of a promiscuous slut in the soapies than to have a man of God or a prophet preach truth to his people. This contrast between Charismatic church programs and Pentecostal meetings makes clear the big difference between Pentecostals and Charismatics.

Some Pentecostal pastors will say, I would never allow those excesses in my church . . . but there are some Charismatic ways that I think are good which we can learn from. How many pastors have said this in the beginning of their compromise and ended up being carried away in the currents of extreme Charismaticism? Many. Once you start wading in the waters of the Charismatic philosophies, you get deeper and deeper until you are helplessly caught in the rip tides of the Laodicean “revival.” You ultimately end up in extremes that will bring you under God’s judgment. The best advice to Pentecostal pastors is to remain loyal to the orthodox Biblical precedents set forth in Scripture by the apostles and not depart from them. Those men used of God in compiling the Scriptures through the ages were God’s spokesmen. We must not trifle with that revelation.

Hebrew dancing got its start in the churches because the Charismatics said, “it’s in the Bible.” There are many things “in the Bible” that do not belong in the church. Study dancing carefully in the Bible and you will note it was never done in the temple, inside the church, as a part of church worship. The people rejoiced in the victories gained in the field of battle, and the triumphs of God over their enemies in a spontaneous and public display of jubilee—but never was there dancing carried on as a form of worship in the house of God. David danced before the ark as it returned to Jerusalem, in the streets, but this urge to dance before the Lord was not an orchestrated musical production. The Hebrew dancing going on in Charismatic churches today is not even similar to the dancing recorded in the Old Testament. If Hebrew dancing was to be in the church you would read all about it in the book of Acts and, or, it would be mentioned in the New Testament by the apostles in their writings. Hebrew dancing is just another idea that was picked up on because it resembled something mentioned in the Bible but certainly not taught as it is being practiced by Charismatic churches.

To know we are pleasing God we simply stay within the Biblical boundaries of revelation. We must keep things in the Biblical setting and study them carefully. That’s why God gave us His Word. Keep the practices of worship you allow in the setting of Biblical precedent and you will never start something that will ultimately get out of control and become a dangerous slide into excesses that violate the real work of the Holy Spirit. We, as ministers of the gospel, must not allow the taste of a carnal person in the church to dictate the program of the church. Ministers often tolerate compromise thinking they will gain people, and you will, while at the same time experience a moral and spiritual decline. You may begin by thinking you can save them and end up with spiritual rejects. Go by the Word. Live by it. Die by it. The raptures of heavenly visions and the manifestations of God were with our Pentecostal Daddies who taught that holy life. Scripture is the final authority and the only authority to govern the church by.

The beginning of the church age not as the ending.

In the months following the crucifixion there was a transition from Judaism to Christianity. It was a time of much uncertainty, new direction, and dramatic reforms for God’s people. God sent a strong Spirit of revelation to the church to carry it through this foundational period. It was a critical time in the church’s history. The beginning had to be right. The kingdom of God on earth was passing from one system to another, from the old covenant to the new. But the church today as it nears the end of its history is not in a time of transition between two systems. The crisis of the end time church, according to the prophetic Word, is moral decline. The little cliche’ that God wants to do a new thing is deceptive and misleading. To the contrary, when we have lost original Pentecost we don’t charge forward with new methods and programs devising schemes to create excitement and call it “revival.” So long as there is prayerlessness, pride and sin in the camp there will be no revival that comes from above. Pumped up emotionalism that produces excitement is just another Charismatic substitute for real revival.

Thinking that revival will come through our creativity and cleverness, through charisma, and business psychology, having a winning and winsome way with people, special movements such as the Promise Keepers, are all indications that in liberal minds the Holy Spirit and all divine provisions are insufficient in themselves that we need special new revelations and programs. When will the church learn that all of our deficiencies are found in the sufficiencies of Christ alone? One of the proofs that we are not in the great revival many Charismatic leaders claim we are in, is because revival according to the divine pattern in Scripture and history is marked with moral transformation, prayer and sacrifice.

Pentecostals don’t believe that professionalism, full-color graphics and masses of people who sacrifice the truth of pure doctrine under a banner of unify has anything to do with the church of Acts. God’s provisions of secret prayer, humility, confessions of sin are the things that move God and rend the heavens. Why do we need these other things? If a Christian is praying and in communion with God and living the holy life, he has the all-sufficiency of Christ. These add-ons indicate only one thing about the modern Christian, that he or she is not in an intimate and personal relationship with their Lord, and that we are suffering from deficiencies which these teachers and their doctrines (we think) supplement our spiritual needs because of the world we are living in. The all-sufficiency of Jesus certainly does not mean that Christians today need something more than the Christians of the first century who were being fed to the lions.

If Christians today lack something, it is certainly not programs by professionals trained in secular colleges and universities. The answer to better homes and mates, to rebellion in our kids and the corruption reigning in high places is in the closet of groaning prayer, waiting there in brokenness and praise, waiting on the Lord in supplication and intercession until the heart is overwhelmed with contrition, purified and surrendered; until the renewed man of the Spirit renounces his bond with the unclean things of this depraved world and comes forth morally transformed and sensitive to what is sacred.

Charismatics are devising substitutes for the power of pure Pentecost; they are broken cisterns that will not hold water with God. It is brass for gold.

Show me a prophet or an apostle with a program. Jesus came with power to purify man, not a three point or a seven point program. Christ came teaching against adultery and fornication. The Charismatics teach men how to worship God with the phallus. To say that Jesus did actually teach worship through the phallus can only be taught by twisting of scripture. It is not lectures on the phallus the men of the church need to hear but that they are committing adultery. Jesus taught that adultery and fornication were sins unto death to be abstained from. Instead of talking about the phallus, Promise Keepers should be teaching against adultery and told to keep the phallus under control or burn. Yes, there is a difference between Pentecostal faith and the ludicrous concepts of the Charismatics.

It is not by our human resources, our intellect, our skills, our gifts in life that will bring God from the heavens with a new Pentecostal visitation, but going back to where we started losing the real Pentecost and at that point begin again to walk once again in the apostles’ footsteps. Then there will be no more need for special programs to restore us. Programs are like comets; they come and go with ooohs and aaaahs. But an authentic Pentecost is really all we need and it is perpetual. The answer is found in the Word of God: For the church to go forward in God we must go back to the old paths and go back far enough until we have returned to where we lost our senses, our sense of divine direction, and get on that old path again. That is the path clearly laid out in the writings of the apostles. Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the’old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein. Jeremiah 6:16; 2 Thessalonians 3:6.

OBEDIENCE SUBSTITUTED WITH PRAGMATISM
Pentecostals have always believed that God blesses the life of obedience and His special blessings are preserved for those who obey Him. Obedience is the condition of God’s favorthroughout Scripture. Pentecostals have always believed according to Scripture that obedience to God is proof of our love for God. (John 14:15; l John 5:3-5.) Love is the only power that enables man to obey God. Where obedience is lacking, so is a love for God lacking. Exodus 19:5; Deuteronomy 6:25; 7:12; 8:19; 11:13-29; 15:4-5; 28:15-68; 30:1-20; John 7:17; 8:31, 51; 9:31; 13:17; 14:15; 15:7,14; 14:21-23; Romans 8:13; 11:22; 1 Corinthians 16:22; 2 Thessalonians 3:14; Hebrews 3:14; 10:26; 12:25; 2 Peter 1:10; 2:20; 1 John 1:6-7; 2:3; Revelation 22:19.

Charismatics arc very pragmatic. If it draws a crowd and gets people into church, if it really “works” and gets results—let’s do it! Charismatics are unorthodox in their methods of evangelism because they believe in expediency to get people into the church but with no regard for God’s terms of obedience.

Pentecostals believe in people having an in-depth conversion by being sorry for their sin and rebellion against God when they come to Jesus. Pentecost holds precious the message of moral transformation through new birth, a complete coming out of the world and living separated unto God. (2 Corinthians 6:14 through 7:1)

Pentecostals value orthodoxy (Biblically correct, approved and established practices) keeping their worship and methods of evangelism within the God approved actions of the early church recorded in Scripture. The church today is competing with the world, but if Pentecost in its pure and original form is ever brought down upon the church we will see God electrify the unregenerate world and pour out a revival the sinners will not be able to resist. John Wesley changed the world because he would not allow the world to change him. That anointing is recorded in the book of Acts as a pattern to be followed by all who want to preserve a real Pentecost. God is ready to give that revival when we are willing to give up our pragmatic dreams about taking over the world through entertainment and political movements and return to the anointing He put upon The Church of Acts.

To be pragmatic means to be practical or realistic. Applied to the business world this means to devise a method of advertising that will get results. From this idea of being practical comes the whole philosophy of producing results. Whatever produces results and works, do it! Pragmatism in religion is the practice by certain flamboyant doctrinaires to use methods that produce results. In other words it is the effect and results we get that make the method right. This pragmatic approach to achieving results has one big fault. It ignores what is right. Pragmatism has no regard for what is right. Pragmatism only thinks of what works to get people to respond with no regard for what is right. In the mind of the apostate, the effect and results we get make the method we used right.

Pragmatism says, Look, we can get more young people out to church if we swing our program toward sports, entertainment and social events. Pragmatism says, Hey, people today don’t want to be inhibited with all of these do’s and don’ts every time they come to church—if we would be more practical and stop preaching against sin they’ll come to church and we can have bigger churches and our statistics will skyrocket and we can get much better results.

Pragmatism demands two things:

First to find better methods of getting results. Secondly, pragmatism must stop using anything that does not appeal to the people and spoils results.

Pragmatism is the use of practical methodology to achieve results, and get rid of anything that does NOT produce desired results. It is a twofold enemy of the gospel. It emphasizes positivism to excess and neutralizes the negative. The philosophy of pragmatism has done more to destroy the efficacy (God’s desired purpose) of the cross than any other doctrinal malpractice tolerated by liberals and Charismatics.

Pragmatism is a carnal substitute for Biblical formulas. It is a foregone conclusion that the ways of the Lord are not going to be popular with the sinner in the world or the carnal in the church. Do we change the message to make it acceptable to the unregenerate man, or do we change the unregenerate man to make him acceptable to God? Romans 12:1-2 (acceptable used twice); Romans 14:17-18; Ephesians 5:10; 1 Timothy 2:3. To remove the things about the gospel that man rejects would result in a gospel without any redemptive qualities!

Pentecostals do not embrace the idea that church growth, increase in numbers, pulling large amounts of money, or any other logistic (calculated outcome) is of such importance as placed upon it by many Charismatic ministries. Perhaps we are getting to the core of Charismatic error.

The church of Acts was not thinking of money or numbers when Ananias and Sapphira dropped dead at Peter’s feet. It’s true that money was the object of their sin but it was not the issue that brought about their death. God was displeased with moral issues and the moral condition of the church not the money. The issue was not to get material results but spiritual results. The concern was that they had lied to the Holy Ghost, they had deceived the brethren and threatened the moral fiber of the body of Christ.

When Jesus told the crowd in the temple that they were of their father, the devil, was He thinking of logistics? Was He being pragmatic? Was He laboring under the philosophy that we’ve got to get more people into this movement and get this thing rolling until we are the greatest thing in Jerusalem? Jesus was not a people pleaser. He did not teach us that we must be pragmatic to succeed. For the Pentecostal the word results means doing everything we can (Prayer, fasting, teaching the truth) to bring supernatural character and moral transformation to the people.

Pragmatism is an abomination to God.

As social conditions in the world worsen and morals become more eroded it will be more difficult to persuade people to serve God. This is attested to in Scripture as we saw each dispensational age close with a people who rejected God and turned to their own sinful ways. Noah’s generation and Lot’s society were spiritually dead and doomed. The Pragmatic church keeps changing to accommodate these degenerates until they themselves are damned with them. Pragmatism as a philosophy in the church is the philosophy of those who are spiritually demented. When they see that their new ideas and theories about growth actually do produce desired results they become drugged on their success and begin to imagine such evil things as, You see, God is blessing us and we’re not paying any attention to this holiness bit. You see, God is blessing us because He approves of us. Our success proves that pragmatism and NOT obedience to God’s Word is what produces results. But what they have been blinded to is the fact that their desired results are logistical and based on improving numbers and corporate power the same as the business world.

Charismatic Pragmatism A Cheap Substitute For The Efficacy of The Cross.

God does have a desired result which He achieves through the gospel. It is called, efficacy. A word still being taught by Pentecostals which refers to the desired results to be achieved through the power ofChrist indwelling the heart of the believer. That efficacy is often mentioned in Scripture as being transformed (morally), righteousness, perfection, godliness and taking on the image and likeness of Christ. But the desired result of the Pentecostal is that the man of God may be perfect, and thoroughly furnished unto all good works. 2 Timothy 3:16.

The apostate churches that left off preaching obedience to God had to turn to pragmatism to keep their churches afloat. But the Pentecostal way of obedience is called the good ship Grace, not a luxury liner called pragmatism. Those sailing on the pragmatism are polishing brass on a sinking ship.

The philosophy of pragmatism gave rise to many other doctrines of devils such as relativism.

TRUTH SUBSTITUTED WITH RELATIVISM
In the case of divine truth dogmatism is a virtue. Dogmatism is another one of those words like law, obedience, tradition, legalism and holiness that have been demonized by the Charismatic preachers in their meetings and on their telecasts. Every one of these words is a word of divine truth that embody great revelations for the good of the Christian and the church. These are not evil words but can be used as meaning good or evil and must always be qualified so as not to the leave the impression they are only evil. But they have been categorized by the Charismatics as denoting only evil. A wrong impression has been carelessly left on the minds of literally millions of people thronging to hear such sloppy and diabolic teaching.

Dogmatism: Dogmatic can mean to be emphatic, intense or impassioned about something we believe to be essential to man’s eternal welfare. Charismatics are dogmatic about their “freedoms,” their right to riches and faith teaching.

Pentecostals are dogmatic about the redemptive powers of the blood, transformation of character and achieving godliness. We are all dogmatic about some things important to us. Pentecostals are dogmatic about renouncing the world and the death of the flesh and separation from the world culture. Dogmatism can mean we are defending the apostles’ doctrine with a passion for the truth or we can be defending the right to go dancing and live in adultery with a living mate. One is divine dogmatism and the latter is apostate dogmatism.

Every Christian should be dogmatic about the redemptive powers of Jesus’ blood which includes the doctrine of definitive sanctification.

Dogmatism as a holy resolve, as an unmovable faith in pure doctrine, is a virtue and not a vice as some Charismatics want to make us believe. Charismatic teaching has attached a stigma to many beautiful and meaningful words listed in the Centerfold chart. Acts 20:26; Romans 3:25-26; 5:9; Ephesians 1:7; 2:13; Colossians 1:14; Hebrews 9:13-14; 13:20; 1 Peter 1:18-19; Revelation 1:5.

Dogmatism has been sacrificed by Charismatics for relativism because dogmatism sounds too harsh and infers resolve which people today will not tolerate. But if a word in the Christian vocabulary, or the Biblical text has come to be misconstrued we are not to abandon it but correct it. So, again we see that what the church is to preach, according to the apostates, is what the people want. Relativism is a demon that attempts to mute God to accommodate the whims and demands of popular opinion until the power of the gospel is reduced to a conscience-soothing cult. Therefore, they say, dogmatism must go and relativism must be brought in to take its place. Rather than be dogmatic about such small things as repentance, holiness, worldliness and separation, we will drop these Biblical doctrines for the more palatable terms and higher sounding philosophy, which we know to be of much greater importance as to achieving our goals success. But again the question is, relative to what?

Relativism: Most all doctrines and neo-teachings (new things they say God is doing) are not new at all. Most of them are taken from ancient philosophy. The doctrine of relativism which has been taught for ages is the false assumption that right and wrong, good and evil, are merely matters of human opinion.

If people relate to it, they connect with it, they admire it and express a desire to associate with it and feel comfortable with it,—and everybody’s happy—except God, and who cares. That is relativism.

W. T. Purkiser writes, Relativism comes in many shapes and sizes, it lurks in the statement that “it doesn’t matter so much what you believe as long as you are sincere.” It skulks in the doctrine that “there is nothing good or bad in itself, but thinking makes it so.” It hides in the partial truth that “the only absolute commandment is the law of love.”

Relativism is the instinctive ethic of the natural man. It enthrones his own “inner light” above the eternal Word of God.

And as J. S. Whale somewhere remarked, “Inner light is the quickest road to outer darkness.”

Like other myths, relativism breaks down when it bumps up against reality. People who don’t like moral laws just don’t like facts. But facts have a way of being what they are whether we like it or not.

A Biblical Pentecost doesn’t care a whit about being relative to the world.

A Biblical Pentecost relates everything to the absolutes of the Word.

But Charismatics say the church must be relative to win the world to Christ. It has been this obsession with relativism that makes Charismatics resent the Scripture’s literal ultimatum to the church to separate from the world (2 Corinthians 6:14-7:1). Relativism gives them a justified reason for casting aside the call to holiness in order to have the freedom of the flesh. It is certainly not possible to be relative to the world according to Charismatic philosophy and at the same time be relative to the Word of God as the church of Acts teach. These two, relativism a philosophy, and separation which is vital to salvation, are diametric. If they are both understood it is easy to see they cannot coexist in the same heart.

Relativism relates my life and preferences to the world system and what the system requires of me.

Separation demands that I separate from the world and not relate to it, but rather renounce it and relate only to the precepts of God.

The acceptance of relativity has led to a new morality among Charismatics that tolerates divorce and remarriage, extravagance and materialism, entertainment, television, externalism, professional sports and public beaches, alcoholic beverages and scores of other immoral and amoral practices popularized as acceptable by them. Charismatic morality ignores Biblical instruction against such things as divorce and remarriage, vanity and viewing immoral entertainment and then accuses anyone who does not run to the same excess of riot with them as holier than thou’s, superspiritual prudes; as spiritual Scrooges bound in legalism and tradition.

The Word of God has never been relative to the preferences of depraved flesh. Only the new birth makes the Word of God relative to me. There is no way to make the Word of God relative to degenerate man until he becomes regenerate. To even think of making Christianity relative to pagans and sinners is getting the wagon before the horse.

Pentecostals know that the message of the cross is foolishness to those who perish but to us who are saved it is the power of God. (1 Corinthians 1:18)

The tone of Peter’s message on the day of Pentecost proves that it’s not pleasing people that saves them, but disturbing them that saves them. Pentecostals are not concerned about being relative to sinners. As Pentecostals we just make sure we relate properly to what is written in the Word.

The parallels between Existentialism and Charismaticism Relativism has its roots in a modernistic theology that seeped into the philosophies of the Charismatic movement probably through seminary taught preachers who came into the early Charismatic movement. Existentialism is a branch of theology that originated with a philosopher by the name of Kierkegaard. After his death his writings were discovered by German theologians and rewritten in theological form. This theology became known as existentialism which places the emphasis on the existence of individual men, their freedoms and rights. Existentialism insists that the church be less concerned with absolutes and external commandments and become more concerned with the practical needs of people, rather than obedience to some external moral code.

To help the hurting is the message of Christ. Christians who possess His Spirit will have this same compassion Jesus had for others. This concern and compassion for others speak of the works or ministry of Christ which God places on me. But then there is the nature or holiness of Christ which He places within me. Christianity is a combination of God’s Spirit upon me, anointing me to do the works of Christ, and then it is also God’s Spirit within me perfecting the holy character of Christ.

(Existentialism and relativism place such an emphasis on compassion that it becomes a love-song religion with little attention to the disciplines of Christian character.) Relativism is just another word for pleasing the people and enjoying life with little or no thought about perfecting (personal) holiness in the sight of God. (2 Corinthians 7:1) Charismatic emphasis on love apart from a balanced emphasis on achieving moral perfection is a teaching parallel to the

philosophy of existentialism.

We must not cast aside obedience to God to achieve compassion—Never! The same love FOR God that fills me with the desire to please Him in all things is the same love OF God that fills me with the desire to minister in tears to the hurting. We must weave our moral obligation to God in with our moral obligation to the hurting until they are one. General Booth stands out as an example of this Biblical ideal. In its beginning the Salvation Army under his leadership was a force impacting the world because he combined the consecration of personal discipline with a heart of sacrifice to reach the fallen.

It is foolish doctrine that says we cannot reach the lost unless we are willing to become like them. Jesus loved men more than any other mortal and yet He was relentless against sin and religious bigots. His primary objective to destroy the works of the devil never conflicted with His compassion for the people—they were both expressions of the same love having the same objectives.

It is not appealing to the preferences of the depraved sinner that wins him, but making him know the love of God and the pronounced consequences of sin. This is what Peter did on the day of Pentecost in the first sermon preached in the New Covenant dispensation. Peter illustrated what we mean about staying relative to God. Peter did not preach a message that was relative to their preferences and certainly not what they wanted to hear, but what they must hear to escape the wrath of God.

When Peter finished his Pentecost message the people didn’t say, Oh my, wasn’t that a wonderful message? It was so relevant. No. They said, What shall we do? And Peter answered, repent! This is still the Pentecostal message. There is no message of relativity to a changing world culture in Scripture unless you twist it and mutate it, and ignore the message of repentance and moral transformation that flows from the lips of every prophet, the pens of the apostles and the Savior Himself. That we as Christians are to relate to the pain and suffering of the world is true, but that we modify or alter the message of godly character in order to be relative is the philosophy of devils.

The Charismatics say, Pentecostal orthodoxy is antiquated and not relative to the twenty-first century life style, And, It just doesn’t work any more. This is another wrong philosophy that comes out of relativism. It implies that the gospel has to be modified and updated to remain effective. Conservatives have been told by liberal yuppies, You’re living in the forties and you’re out of step with the world. Such slurs are compliments to the separated Christian. Scripture says clearly, And be not conformed (relative) to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind. Relativism demands conformity to the world. Conformity is forbidden and a quality the Charismatics have too much of.

Being relative is vital to the Charismatics and in business but not to being Pentecostal. It is the wisdom of this world which God condemns in 1 Corinthians 1:19. Success is not even a thought in the mind of God. Success is an apostate term referring to numbers of people, diversifying stock investments, size of operation, fiscal budget and projecting future growth. That is success, but the church does not exist to be a success—the church exists to be holy and morally triumphant.

VICTORY SUBSTITUTED WITH SUCCESS
Charismatics are success oriented.
Pentecostals are righteousness oriented.

Charismatics emphasize riches over righteousness.

Pentecostals emphasize righteousness over riches.

Charismatics try to be relative to the man’s world.

Apostolic vs Charismatic

Pentecostals seek what is relative to God’s Word.

There is a difference between a Biblical Pentecost and the modern Charismatics.

The church that chooses through prayer to attain character and power over sin will be given power gifts. God knows that only good character can rightly use power and authority.

Calvary was not a success. It was a victory?

The story of the cross is the story of what happens when a divine omniscient with a plan of victory visits a world of ambitious men bent on success.

God has no plans for succeeding. He invaded this planet to conquer it!

If His objective had been success, then success oriented and success prone humans would not have rejected and crucified Him.

But, take an honest look at the ministry of Jesus. As far as super crowds He was a failure. He apparently did not want to succeed at amassing the people around Him. When the crowd came out to Him, He blasted them with denunciations that scattered them in every direction mumbling to themselves. For three and one-half years He stunned the nation of Israel with miracles of the greatest magnitude and yet out of a nation only a band of one hundred and twenty tarried for Him in the upper room. Matthew 23; John 8 and Acts land 2. That’s not exactly being a success.

He would not allow Himself to become an object of charisma worshipers. This is where the real battle lines and decisive spiritual combat begin and where the battles have been lost by the modern preacher and layman.

Western culture and not Jesus has programmed us to success. Modern Charismatics equate success with spiritual achievement and maturity. Millions of modern Christians labor under the illusion of the success philosophy.

Excuse me sir, but the Holy Spirit has not come to make you a success, He has come to help you die—to take up your cross daily and bear it suffering with Him. Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin. 1 Peter 4:1.

Material gain is a fringe benefit of obedience, not a prime objective worthy of the extreme emphasis Charismatics have placed upon it in this church generation. Our taste for victory has given way to a lust for success.

Jesus knew the difference.

Jesus was not presented to the world as God’s Public Relations agent.

He came to transform us morally no matter the cost—to Him or to me.

Success makes us feel good,

Victory makes us feel right.

If riches constitute a sort of spiritual success or divine approval then Christ’s simplistic lifestyle proves Him a failure. But if godliness and purity are goals, then He was gloriously triumphant.

Success is a cheap substitute for victory.

Where the church necessarily touches the world there will also be business transactions essential to the church’s welfare. Even Jesus had a bag of money, which Judas carried, to care for the practical needs of His faithful band. The business methods of the church are based on simple honesty and have very little in common with the business psychology methods of the business world. What business principles of the world may apply to the business of the church must be watched and kept properly at the perimeter of the church’s activities. But if that spirit penetrates to influence the spiritual leadership of the church it may indeed produce a visibly successful church. But when personal purity and holiness of life are no longer stressed the living organism becomes a mercenary organization and the outcome promises to be devastating—even if it waits until the judgment to be exposed.

Success is a business word.
Victory is a battle word.

The Kingdom of God never was and never will be “big business.”

Success depends upon human resources.

Victory depends on Heaven’s resources.

Achieving success will make us feel good and then we make the big mistake of believing that good feeling is the blessing of God.

The next step is natural; we confuse the blessing of God with the approval of God. It then follows in our thinking that, What God blesses, God approves.

This is where “big men” jump the track. Scripture reveals that “big men” make the biggest mistakes. When a big man makes a mistake, he only makes big mistakes because his high profile effects so many people with his error. This is the good thing about being a “little man.” A little man in this sense can only make little mistakes.

Thank God, Jesus did not make the mistake we are making—confuse spiritual victory with material success.

The cross is the greatest paradox in the history of the world.

While Jesus failed to sway the depravity of men to thinking God’s way, He nailed that depravity which rejected Him to the cross, stripped it of all of its power and its ruthless enslavement of mankind, and in an open display of divine compassion He triumphed over His enemies in a spectacle etched on the conscience of the world which it cannot shake off. That was not success, it was a cosmic victory over all the regions of the damned. Colossians2:15.

The paradox of the cross is that, while it contained the death of a man who did not succeed in the eyes of His enemies, it also contained the resurrection of a man who was victorious over all of the enemies of God.

Golgotha was a place where the raging legions of hell engaged the powers of Heaven spilling the blood of our Prince in the course of the bloody battle.

BRETHREN, THIS IS WAR!
Yes, brethren, the Kingdom of God is not, “business as usual” It’s War. You better believe there is no business going on between Heaven and hell.

For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil. There has never been any other kind of relationship between the God of Heaven and the imps of Hades.

You don’t succeed in battle.

In war you are victor when you have vanquished the enemy.

To defend the theories of “success” is to give your life and destiny to a myth.

To emphasize prosperity over piety is to pit a fantasy against the mighty lasers of divine truth.

Let’s get back to the business of holy lives.

Building scripturally moral correct lives unspotted from the world is the chief business of the church.

In business, morality is sacrificed for benefits of unity. In the spiritual warfare, unity is often sacrificed for morals.

Moses refused the offer of unity with Egypt. He failed at unity, but joined himself to Israel and achieved moral victory.

Don’t be rattled brethren, the greatest achievement of a child of God is to accomplish the supernatural character of Christ, and that means a thousand battles, a thousand scars, perhaps for some a thousand painful wounds with the promise of the victor’s crown when at last every enemy has been brought under His dominion, (l Corinthians 15)

The Bible doesn’t say, “We can succeed in all things through Christ, our executive director,” but it does say, We are more than conquerors. To know the difference between the gospel that conquers and a gospel that will make you rich is to know the difference between the apostles’ doctrine and the apostate’s heresy, Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. Romans 8:37

The work of Christ in this world is not even relative to the success mentality of the Charismatic prosperity philosophy. The gospel message of God’s love and redemption of man appeals to man’s sense of sin and guilt and the sinner’s desire to know the true and living God. God cares less about how much money you have in your pocket. God cares how much love for truth is in your heart. This Charismatic obsession with reaching ahead and finding a new gimmick, a new doctrine that will work, that will keep the people coming and the coffers full, works for the world and the worldly church, but it is not the stuff angels talk about on the sea of glass, nor does it interest in the least a pure-hearted Pentecostal.

Probably the most glaring of all Charismatic teaching is the prosperity doctrine that flourishes in materialistic western countries. Neither Jesus nor the disciples taught prosperity. Don’t boast to me how much money has evangelized the world. It’s not how many people you tell but how many people are transformed and living holy lives that constitutes a valid missionary message. Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves. Matthew 23:15

Paul did not say .. ALL THAT LIVE GODLY IN CHRIST JESUS WILL BE BLESSED RIGHT OUT OF THEIR SOCKS. He said they would be Persecuted to the point of suffering. 2 Timothy 3:12

A false teaching is usually based on some Biblical truth and never 100 percent wrong.

Even a clock that doesn’t run is right twice a day.

We have come a long way in the last fifty years of the church.

Fifty years ago we sat and listened to anointed preaching that cultivated godly character causing men and women to weep over the altars in consecration.

Today we have slapstick comedians telling jokes until people fall out of their seats in a spirit of ungodly revelry and foolishness in the house of God.

Fifty years ago Pentecost portrayed Jesus as a model of God-likeness.

Today Jesus is portrayed as a winsome, back-slapping “Good Joe.”

They have made Him in their own image and according to their own liking.

The God-man I see gliding triumphantly across the sky in a vesture dipped in blood upon a white stallion with an army arrayed in white following Him is not the same Christ the Neo-Pentecostals and Charismatics have conceived.

Pentecostals do not gobble up every new thing that comes sweeping across the church scene. I witnessed a meeting where the (un)Holy laughter was being whipped up with slapstick jokes including jokes about the sacred things of God. It was the most ungodly thing I ever witnessed in a church. Laughing invoked by jesting and foolish talk immediately identifies the conduct as a transgression of God’s Word. (Ephesians 5:4) It all started with a man doing one-liner comedy. This was the primer to get people laughing. A fat woman was laughing so hard she slipped down in her seat revealing herself. Others were making contortions and making weird sounds ranging from laughter to growling to yipping like a dog. No, I am not a Charismatic. I am Pentecostal.

Real Holy Ghost laughter has been experienced in the Pentecostal churches for decades before the Charismatic churches existed. I have personally witnessed souls bending at the altars of prayer under great sorrow, with tears streaming down the face when suddenly the Holy Spirit came upon them and filled them with holy laughter. When the meeting was over their burden had lifted and their countenance was gloriously altered to a countenance of unspeakable joy. We have had this purposeful holy laughter in the Pentecostal churches from the beginning, but not a whole crowd being “turned on” to laughing by a religious comedian who is telling you that you are resisting the Holy Spirit if you don’t laugh. Holy laughter happens to individuals as the Holy Spirit sovereignly comes upon them. To have a man get up and tell jokes and get everybody laughing at his jokes and then call that the Holy Ghost, only reveals how apostate and far from God they have gotten. The people who commit these ungodly deeds then refer to themselves as Pentecostal.

To add to the confusion in making the distinction between a Pentecostal and a Charismatic is the fact that many Charismatics claiming to be Pentecostal renounce Charismatics but in practice they display the same looseness in their beliefs and style of worship as the professed Charismatics. Some of the pastors and churches that deny they are Charismatic are more Charismatic than some professing Charismatic churches.

Charismatics have been so identified with the Pentecostals that the Charismatic movement has gradually become the Pentecostal church in the thinking of many. But there are big differences between a Pentecostal and a Charismatic. A Charismatic may say he is Pentecostal, but a true Pentecostal will not say he is Charismatic.

We have come a long way with this word Pentecostal: At the turn of the century it meant a baptism of fire that purged us from carnality and enabled us to live godly and then empowered that godliness with the gifts of the Spirit.

Then with the popularity of Pentecost it became equivalent to speaking in tongues and miracles.

Now it is seen as licentious grace, sensual freedom and conditionless faith.

The environment of the Charismatic church in the sixties.

Morally and spiritually the 1960’s are considered by many authorities as being the most turbulent years of the century.

It was the decade of the devil.

The immoral Vietnam War broke out.

The hippy subculture merged in rebellion against all symbols of authority and in contempt of all human dignity and values:

Rock and roll “music” came to the world.

The miniskirt, topless beaches and new morality were in and traditional values were on their way out.

The public school systems in America put sex education in their school curriculum against the wishes of millions of parents.

Now our senate is legislating against major social conditions brought on by sexology in the classroom, promiscuity, teen pregnancies and abortion.

The anti-establishment generation merged defying traditional Christian culture values such as marriage and cleanliness, having only contempt for traditional values.

In the colleges and universities the new sensitivity training craze had taken hold in all behaviorism and psychology courses.

A new spirit of defiance and rebellion was born into the American culture which would leave its impact on every nation and culture of the world within a generation.

It was in this rambunctious social environment that the Charismatic movement was born.

Unfortunately, the church, by osmosis, took on the spirit and philosophy of a terribly degenerated social environment. The ungodliness and materialism that were once kept out of the

church were coming in like a flood. Societies everywhere became sloppy in their attitude toward divine law.

It seemed that a spirit of anarchy had crept into every stratum of society, in education, the military, the corporate world and the church.

The Charismatic movement as a whole chose emotionalism and the phenomena of tongues as a credential of salvation replacing the Biblical credential of moral transformation and holiness of life. Divorce and remarriage, social drinking, sensualism and the use of cosmetics became accepted in the new Charismatic movement. It accommodated the liberal rebel element within the Evangelical churches. It made departures from an orthodox Pentecost in every area of traditional teaching. Every accepted standard was challenged and denounced for being behind the times by the new Pentecostal liberals and their Charismatic consorts. Under the Charismatic doctrine, strip tease dancers, professional athletes, actors and actresses could all enjoy a tongues speaking religion, be saved and remain in their professions.

The Charismatics open their arms to anyone claiming to have a tongues experience with little concern over their values or standards of moral life.

Pentecostals place greater value on moral standards than tongues or emotionalism. The world has taken over many of these churches without a shot being fired. Biblical morals as taught by the apostles are being questioned and reinterpreted to accommodate the twentieth century Laodicean Christian.

Biblical absolutes and the final authority of Scripture were stripped of their powers by modern religious authorities. The Greek text of the Bible was changed in 1859 by two men, Westcott and Hort, who did not even believe in heaven. Charismatics and Pentecostals who follow them ignore what is happening to the Bible. An example is found in the statement of faith of the Promise Keepers, That the Bible is God’s written revelation to man . . . and without error in the original manuscripts. Unwary Christians do not realize that this statement is actually saying that we do not have the Word of God today as it was given to the apostles when they were written (manuscripts). Another deception of the apostates.

Pentecostals do not believe this statement of the Promise Keepers. Any man who sees this attempt to deceive people into believing that the Promise’ Keepers believe the Greek Textus Receptus as being without error should be very concerned about such deceptive and semantical terms calculated to leave a wrong impression.

But then someone answers, I am Pentecostal but I believe it is true that we do not have the Word of God preserved for us today as it was given to the disciples when they wrote it. No sir, you are not Pentecostal in the true and accepted meaning of that Word. To be Pentecostal means you believe in the orthodox teaching of the Pentecostal church and the orthodox teaching of the Pentecostal church is that the Scriptures in their original Greek text have been providentially Preserved as they were given by verbal inspiration and inerrant to this day. You may identify with the present day Neo-Charismatic-Pentecostals but you are not true to the faith of historical Pentecostal doctrine that believes what the Bible says about itself. Pentecostals by faith believe in God’s providential preservation of His Word.

The Charismatics do not believe we have the original inspired Word that was given to the apostles. In most of the Pentecostal seminaries today in our large denominations the Westcott and Hort Greek text is taught which deduces that God did inspire the Word when He gave it to the apostles but that God did not preserve that Word He gave and what we have today is not the Word He gave the apostles. Most Charismatics and Pentecostals are not aware of this deception being taught in most of the modern Pentecostal colleges and seminaries today. But according to many other fine scholars such as William P Grady (Final Authority), Dr. Harry Sturz (The Byzantine Text-type and New Testament Textual Criticism) and Dr. D. A Waite (Defending The King James Bible) we do indeed have a preserved Textus Receptus Greek text which our King James translators used as the purest Greek text.

Out of the belief that we do not have the original inspired Word of God has come the deluge of translations and Bible versions by the printing houses which is subtly undermining the authority of God’s Word. Plurality of Bible versions violates the principle of singular authority and places final authority in the hands of men who determine what is and what is not the Word of God. Plurality of Bibles, each one saying something a little different gives modern believers more reason to disregard the absolute authority of God’s Word. There has been, since the sensual sixties, a Satanic syndrome against the authority of the Bible. These different attacks on the Word of God are to negate the absolute authority of Biblical doctrine. But Pentecostals, true Pentecostals, will defend the Scriptures as being supernaturally preserved by the God who supernaturally gave them.

The new morality has also had its effect on the Charismatic church. The doctrines of materialism, sensualism and “freedom in the flesh” had replaced the doctrine of sanctification, separation and taking up the cross of Christ daily in self-denial.

Prayer and fasting had turned into a praise cult. A strong teaching on praise swept through the Pentecostal churches in the early seventies leaving the Pentecostal deeply impressed with the idea that praise was the highest form of prayer. One of the men who wrote a popular book on the theme of praise divorced his wife and married his secretary and then dropped out of sight. But the praise teaching that was implanted in the church did not cover all of the Biblical facts about praise. The result has been another philosophy instead of correct doctrine. Since the coming of the Charismatic movement and its many departures from the apostles’ doctrine, family altars have all but disappeared in most Christian homes. Secret prayer and the prayer life as our Pentecostal fathers lived and taught has vanished from the modern Christian experience. Preaching holiness of life, supernatural morality and separation from the world is unheard of in Charismatic pulpits. Holiness and perfection are misunderstood, resented and slandered openly.

Some Charismatic leaders express a need to return to the teaching of holiness. There seems to be a reaching out by some for a purity that eludes them. But this life of separation and death to self is lying at their doorstep. I don’t have to long for something that is in my pantry. I simply go and take it. There is no willingness in Charismatics to admit their worldliness, to give up their lifestyle, the bizarre teachings, and love for subculture music, punk hairstyles and rock sound, and petting. These carnal values are deeply imbedded in Charismatic youth. Until they are ready to give up this affection for the unclean they can howl and strain like Samson, but the Lord has departed.

Yes, there are big differences between a Pentecostal and a Charismatic.

By studying closely the centerfold chart the differences between original Pentecost and the modern Charismatic movement can easily be seen as two very different churches with vastly different teachings. The Charismatic teaching and lifestyle are so departed from the apostles’ teaching that Christians today must choose between them. Charismatics do not even enjoy attending a Pentecostal church and vice versa. They are two different gospels. The fact that they are so diverse means that they cannot both be right. By studying the large chart it can be seen that what we have in the Charismatic movement is the affluent apostate church that has come in its time as prophesied in the Word of God as the materialistic and apostate church of the end time that would emerge just prior to Jesus’ cataclysmic return. (Matthew 24:4-5; Ephesians 5:6-8; 2 Thessalonians 2:3, 7-12; 1 Timothy 4:1-3; 2 Timothy 3:1-13; 4:3-4; 1 John 2:18-19; Revelation 3:17.)

Charismatics and Pentecostal liberals have so complicated the truth with their substitute doctrines that often the perversion of truth is not easily discerned by new Christians who come to the Lord in their churches. But if converts read the Word of God they will see the error of the church they are in. We will make these differences clear with Scripture.

Satan’s method of diversion is to create a doctrine that is similar in sound and meaning to Biblical truth and even with a Bible verse to (supposedly) support what they assert to be revelation knowledge. But once applied to real life it does not produce what was promised. Pseudo Pentecostals are connoisseurs of novel doctrines that upon examination are complete departures from the truth of Scripture. Every Christian will give an account for accepting error while handling the Word of God. We advise Christians who have known nothing but the Charismatic environment to get out and listen to those who for some good reasons do not accept the Charismatic teaching. You must stand before God and give an account of your access to truth and how you sought it out. For example:

Following are 21 Biblical facts the prosperity teachers will not tell you.

1. PROSPERITY TEACHING IS CONTRARY TO MORTIFICATION TEACHING. That prosperity is the will of God for you, as they teach it, is diametric to the Biblical doctrines of the crucified life, self denial, sacrifice, Christian altruism (living completely for others) and spiritual contentment. Titus 2:12; 1 Timothy 6:5 and 6.

2. PROSPERITY TEACHING IS PAGAN. Jesus taught that concern for or preoccupation with the matters of earthly needs was a concern and practice of the heathen but not the Christian. Matthew 6:24-34

3. PROSPERITY TEACHING THE DOCTRINE OF APOSTASY. Jesus angrily condemned the church of Laodicea for their materialistic philosophy and lifestyle. Revelation 3:17

4. PROSPERITY TEACHING EMPHASIZES THIS WORLD, NOT HEAVEN. The paradox of the cross; to take up the cross and follow Christ in death to self. He that will gain his life must lose it. Matthew 10:30-39; 19:29

5. THE PROSPERITY DOCTRINE IS COVETOUSNESS. Covetousness is the most grievous and gross form of human transgression against God and man. There is a very thin wall of partition between covetousness and the lust for wealth and abundance. Want for material things is clearly prohibited in the Old and New Testament. Colossians 3:5.

To believe that we can gain worldly goods or even God’s blessings in any form with Biblical formulas are schemes to use God for selfish purposes. Faith and love (the agape kind) are not so much interested in what they can get from God as they are in WHAT GOD CAN GET OUT OF US. A teaching of RECEIVING without proper emphasis on obedience to the moral disciplines of the Bible is just a respectable religious form of lust.

6. GOD CARES FOR OUR NEEDS AND NOT OUR LUST FOR MATERIAL GAIN. In the Lord’s model Prayer He taught us to only pray for our daily human needs. He prayed GIVE US THIS DAY OUR DAILY BREAD. Matthew 6:11

7. CONTENTMENT, NOT PROSPERITY, IS THE NEW TESTAMENT TEACHING. One of the chief doctrines dealing with Christian attitudes toward the material state is, CONTENTMENT. The pursuit of material wealth is diametric to this teaching. Having food and raiment let us be therewith content. 1 Timothy 6:8

8. MATERIALISM CHARACTERIZES FALSE TEACHERS. In 1 Timothy 6, Paul makes many references to false teachers. Note that his main opposition to the false teacher is the way they mishandle the matters of material gain. So emphatic is he about their error, he states,… a corrupt man destitute of the truth . . .from such withdraw thyself.

9. PROSPERITY TEACHING A PROVISION UNDER LAW, NOT GRACE. Modern Christians are taught they can use faith to produce anything they profess. Faith can cause the miraculous to happen—but even miracles must be based on principles of what Scripture authorizes. The Bible, and especially the New Testament, has no provision for material wealth and gain. Faith is to produce spiritual results, not to pamper the cravings and lusts of carnal Christians. TRUE SPIRITUAL FAITH HAS NO DESIRE FOR ANYTHING IN THE WORLD. PURE FAITH DOES NOT FIND ITS RESOURCES IN THE WORLD. In the Hall of Faith recorded in Hebrews 11, there is not one instance where faith was used to heap wealth on the self life. Faith is concerned with the NEED OF OTHERS and not with the WANTS OF SELF. (1 Timothy 6:5)

10. PROSPERITY TEACHING CONTRADICTS THE APOSTLE PAUL. Paul sewed tents, suffered shipwreck and beatings. The proponents of positive confession tell us that Paul did not have revelation knowledge and therefore, not having the light of positive confession suffered the things he did. What splendid idiocy. In other words: (a. All Scripture is not Divinely inspired, (b. These modern teachers are more enlightened and trustworthy than the apostle Paul. (c. With some of Paul’s writings inspired and other writing NOT INSPIRED, PRAY TELL WHICH IS AND WHICH IS NOT? Christian, think; Are you going to be followers of Paul or those who blaspheme his sacred apostleship, implying his writings were not verbally inspired, as the Scripture assures us they were? 2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 3:15.

11. It’s BETTER TO BE RIGHT THAN RICH. When Jesus told the story of the rich man who went to hell, it was the beggar who went to heaven in the arms of the angels. SO THERE IS SUCH A THING AS A RICH BEGGAR AND A POOR RICH MAN, AND A SPIRITUAL POOR MAN WHO WAS RIGHT, AND A RICH MAN WHO WAS DEAD WRONG. Take courage Christian. Our riches wait for us on the other side when the overcomers are rewarded. Luke 6.19-31.

12. WE ARE TO BE DEPENDANT ON GOD AND NOT RICHES. When Jesus sent the disciples forth in ministry, He instructed them to take neither purse nor script. They were to stay in homes and make no elaborate provisions. Their faith was in putting complete dependence for all their needs upon God. True faith teaches us this dependence. Later He told the disciples that they should take script and provision but this was when He commissioned them to invade the world with the gospel and does not imply riches or Peter would have spoken differently to the beggar at the gates of the temple. Acts 3:6.

13. RICHES ARE DECEITFUL. When Jesus gave the parable of the sower, He said, In whom the cares of the world and deceitfulness of riches, choke out the Word … so he is unfruitful. Riches aren’t for everybody as the faith teachers tell it.

14. THE BIBLE WARNS AGAINST SEEKING RICHES. In the writings of Jesus and James we are warned against the seeking of riches. Hurtful lusts and a lack of compassion are only two of many things money can bring into our lives with it. James 5:1-6; Mark 10:25

15. MATERIALISM IS A THREAT TO MAN’S SALVATION. Thrice did Jesus warn it was extremely difficult for the rich to enter into the Kingdom of Heaven. He did not say it was impossible but hardly. The word duskolos is used here which means difficult or impractical. Those who preach a candy man god are tripped up on this. In Matthew 19:26 Jesus said concerning the rich, But with God all things are possible. So the rich are not excluded from heaven but it is sure that Jesus never taught that the Church was a bunch of millionaires stumbling all over each other. Any godly rich man will say Amen to that. Matthew 19:24; Mark 10:25; Luke 18:25

16. PROSPERITY TEACHING IS A GEOGRAPHICAL PHENOMENA. It works in developed nations, especially in the Western world. Churches purified by trials, poverty and persecution reject the teaching. We would, however, put this doctrine to the test. We ask its proponents to take it to Laos or India and lift these nations from the pits of starvation and human suffering. If it is true doctrine, take it where it is really needed and change the world with it. If we go where there is no television, no privileges of propagation, no computerized mailing lists available, and most of all, no economy to support it, will it work there? If this is true doctrine it could heal the world.

17. PROSPERITY TEACHING IS NOT SPIRITUAL BUT CARNAL. The teaching of material prosperity is not a spiritual pursuit, nor does the spiritual man benefit from it. They tell us that money is needed to build up the work of God, but too often ends up spoiling God’s worker. Money has always been the chief corrupter of man. This is why I have a special respect for those rare rich brothers I meet that have not had their character blighted by their abundance. The love of money is the root of all evil, l Timothy 6.10

18. PROSPERITY AFFECTS THE HEART WRONGLY. The prophet said, I spake unto thee in thy prosperity; but thou sayest, I will not hear. Jeremiah 22:21. Just look at what materialism can do to the church. Revelation 3:17. It not only affects the heart, the seat of our affections, it blinds the spiritual eyes and deafens the spiritual ear to the truth of God’s Word and the corrections of God’s Spirit. Matthew 23:16-26; Revelation 2:7.

19. PROSPERITY TEACHING IS CONTRARY TO THE LIFESTYLE OF JESUS CHRIST. While we are not required to live the exact lifestyle of Jesus, He was a perfect example in all things. His example did not teach us to be involved with possessions of wealth but to the contrary HE DISPLAYED A VERY SIMPLISTIC AND MODERATE LIFESTYLE. Luke 9:58

20. PROSPERITY TEACHING IGNORES REALITY. Jesus and the apostles made it clear that the righteous would be afflicted, hated and persecuted. (Matthew 24:9; Romans 8:35; 2 Corinthians 12:10; 2 Timothy 3:11-12.) David said, Many are the afflictions of the righteous. Psalm 34:19. We are all in the university of the Holy Spirit. If Jesus learned obedience by the things which He suffered no amount of Christian Science acrobatics Will change that Biblical fact. Hebrews 5:8; Psalms 34:19

21. PROSPERITY TEACHING DENIES THE DISCIPLINES OF THE CROSS. At the heart of Christianity is the doctrine of self denial as taught by our Lord. And he said to them all, If any {man} will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. Luke 9:23. The Roman cross which Christ took in our stead is His way to illustrate what discipleship is once we become committed Christians. It illustrates a lifestyle of self denial, not an obsession with the wealth of this world. Jesus’ whole life revolved around His purpose and mission in this world—our redemption.

Our lives are to be lived now in service to others as He taught us by His example. To accomplish this, self must be put aside in death, when we are buried with Him in baptism. In simple terms, the cross of the Christian speaks of self denial. This is the evidence of true discipleship, self denial and not self gratification or self indulgence in this world’s pleasures and treasures. The Jesus way is the way of the cross and self denial. Prosperity teaching cannot be reconciled to this or any other Biblical teaching. Let true Christians be contented with whatever state they find themselves in, and rejoice in this—not that you are rich or blessed with material possessions but that your name is written in the Lamb’s book of life.

DOCTRINE SUBSTITUTED WITH PHILOSOPHY:
Many of the doctrinal crazes of the Charismatics that have come and gone over the last thirty years have been effectively exposed by such ministries as David Hunt, Hank Hanegraaff and Dr. M. H. Reynolds of the Fundamental Evangelistic Association, besides many, many, others who have collected data on the doctrinal errors of Charismaticism. These men have proven by research that most of the new things Charismatics come up with are resurrected philosophies of Greek Hedonism (prosperity doctrine) and Eastern occult visualization philosophies (Positive confession teaching).

There are many parallels between Christian doctrine and the many schools of human philosophy because they both seek the highest good of man. But the big difference between philosophy and Christian doctrine is that there is no blood in philosophy. The gospel is indwelt by the power of God but philosophy depends on the virtue of depraved man to execute it. They rightly codify the highest form of human behavior and define casuistry and then bind it in a beautiful book—it means nothing. It means nothing because man must be morally transformed in his nature and made compatible with moral excellence and only the redemption in Jesus’ blood provides that change of nature.

Pentecostals discern and refuse philosophy as a human substitute for God’s work of redemption and moral transformation. Be careful. It sometimes takes only one little baby step to move unconsciously across the thin line between Christian doctrine and human philosophy. Biblical doctrine is the only sure Word to the Pentecostal. But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you. Romans 6:17.

Charismatics believe their philosophy is Biblical and perfectly acceptable to God. You have the choice to believe what they say or check it out carefully with the Word of God. When they say, Don’t be so sensitive over such little things, Or, its not really important, be sure that what they call, Just a little thing, is indeed also a little thing to God. Remember Shammah. He fought for beans because God made Israel a promise that wherever they stepped foot, it belonged to the Lord. It may only be beans, but they are God’s beans. (2 Samuel 23:11) They say, “Just get people saved and the Holy Spirit will do the rest.” If we see a mighty church full of the Holy Ghost with signs and wonders, it will be because we have endured blood-soaked battles with the enemy.

To say the Holy Spirit does the rest is the song of lazy hirelings who have turned the church of the Living God into halls of entertainment. And the Holy Ghost does the rest? No one enters the kingdom without his own response to the Holy Spirit. The Spirit of God provides what we need to make it but I must by the choice of my own volition complement that work of the Holy Spirit with my effort.

The Holy Ghost does His part and then I must do my part to complete the act of righteousness. For with the heart a man believeth UNTO righteousness. Romans 10:10. We may have to fight for beans if we take the promised land for God. Matthew 5:19. Yes, we’ve all heard it, Just get people saved and the Holy Ghost does the rest. This little slogan comes from the Charismatics. I remember hearing it thirty years ago in their meetings, but a Pentecostal tongue will never propagate such idiocy as that. The Holy Ghost does NOT do what we are to do. God has set apostles and prophets and evangelists and pastor teachers in the church for the perfecting of the saints. Ephesians 4:11. God has put the ministry of the Word into our hands to teach and impart it to the church.

God said to Jeremiah, If they had stood in my counsel, and had caused my people to hear my words, then they should have turned them from their evil ways, and from the evil of their doing.

When Jesus was nearing Capernaum, a man shouted a question to Him from the crowd, Lord, are there few that be saved? Jesus said, Amen, Amen, strive (agonazomai, literally, strain every nerve) to enter in at the strait gate.

Pray tell, what kind of theology is that? Just get people saved and the Holy Ghost does the rest? These myriads of little idioms the liberals come up with have as much substance and edification as the Devil’s belch.

An authentic Pentecost preaches the Grace of God that teaches us to deny ungodliness and worldly lusts, and to live soberly, and righteously, and godly in this present age. (Titus 2:11-12)

Pentecostals believe in ironing out every wrinkle and removing every little spot. Charismatics teach Grace as God’s mercy canceling God’s justice. God’s mercy may put off judgment but it will NEVER cancel justice. To believe that mercy cancels justice is a poor bit of Biblical exegesis. God’s mercy never violates divine justice! If that were true then God’s Son would have never departed the glories of heaven to fall to this earth like a stricken bird to become rejected, despised and tortured to death on a Roman cross to pay the penalty divine justice demanded.

Pentecostals believe in a moral transformation of the nature when a man comes to the feet of Jesus in repentance of his sin.

Pentecostals teach that God’s mercy was demonstrated when He poured His wrath out in an act of perfect justice upon His own Son who took the fury of divine anger for the human race. By this justice was fulfilled and carried out perfectly. Mercy was shown in that the sinless Jesus representing the human race redeemed us from the curse of Adam’s rebellion providing a perfect atonement and satisfying all of the demands of divine justice. But that penalty which perfect justice demanded was paid in full on a Roman cross outside Jerusalem under an angry black sky. The penalty did not go unpaid and neither will sin go unpunished when that cross provided me the power to overcome sin. Hebrews 10:26-29.

Recent dominion teaching by prominent Charismatic men declaring that the planet belonged to man and that before God could do anything on this planet He (God) had to have man’s permission to do it, is not only the epitome of arrogance, it is another example of the splendid idiocy some intelligent people are capable of! What matters with God is when any man teaches anything that negates what is written in the Word. This brings us to the matter of tradition and what it really means to Pentecostals.

LIBERALISM THE SUBSTITUTE FOR TRADITION
At one time we held traditional values and the men who taught us the truth of generations in high regard and esteemed them as faithful men of God transmitting the timeless truths of the Bible from their generation to ours.) Not anymore. While most modern preachers and especially Charismatics may on occasion find it in their heart to say something kind about a godly man of the past whose greatness cannot be questioned, there is a spirit of resentment toward men of God who still represent the traditional values of Pentecostal Orthodoxy. The elders who will not conform to the liberalism of today are ostracized and barred from favor. The pastor of a large Vineyard Church called me to have lunch with him, which I did. He said he had heard favorable things about my ministry and doctrine and would like to know more. He shared the burden of his heart with me expressing his dissatisfaction with some of the Charismatic doctrines and phenomena and that he felt a need to return to a more sound teaching of doctrinal values. I shared with him certain themes of teaching that God placed on my heart. He became very pleased and asked if I would come and spend at least three days in his church to teach these values. I agreed I would do this upon my return to his area. When I returned one year later, I called him and his secretary answered. Everything was explained and the secretary then asked for my age. When she was told, she replied that the pastor was no longer interested. Older men with traditional apostolic doctrine are being ostracized by younger Charismatic liberals.

Charismatics see tradition as bondage.

Pentecostals hold in high regard the Biblical traditions.

Did Jesus condemn tradition?

He answered and said unto them, Well hath Esaias prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written, This people honoureth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me. (7) Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. Mark 7:6-7. Charismatics often cite this Scripture to support their criticism of Pentecostals who hold to traditional values. Actually, this Scripture is a rebuke to those Charismatics who speak against tradition. Traditional orthodox teaching is rejected by libertines because it threatens their freedom to teach conditionless grace, worldliness, sensuality, physical contact in worship, revival without righteousness and adulterous remarriages.

In this text Jesus was denouncing the Jews for teaching and living by their own interpretation of the Word of God (the Talmud) while putting to naught the Word of God (the Torah). The point Jesus makes is NOT that they created all of these senseless and rigid requirements and then placed them upon the people. The point He is making is that they created a system of religion based on their own peculiar interpretation of scripture which conflicted with and canceled the clear teaching of the Word of God. They had created their own tradition (Talmud) which conflicted with the Word of God (Torah). Jesus warns those who ignore the Word and follow ANY teaching that conflicts with Biblical revelation whether it is a rigid religious system or a loose worldly system—they are both evil and both to be rejected. Jesus said of these Jews who taught the Talmud over the Torah, Those who teach for doctrine the commandments of men.

Charismatics have their own traditions that conflict with Biblical precedent and principle. Orchestrated worship, choreographed dances, holding hands to generate a flow of Holy Ghost power, whipped up emotionalism prompted by platform personalities declaring, God is about to do a miracle, when he doesn’t have the slightest actual knowledge of such a thing; Godless crowd drawing celebrities standing in the pulpit. I have no respect for the testimonies of athletes who have contributed to turning the Lord’s day into a day of national revelry and personal pleasure contrary to Isaiah 58. These people simply denounce the tradition of God’s Word and then create their own traditions that express the preferences of the flesh. Indifference to God’s Word is all it can be called. Charismatic churches keep a constant flow of personalities, entertainment and sensationalism in their programs—all of this is the new tradition based on a corrupt philosophy of liberal pragmatism with no regard for the traditional values which God’s Word teaches. No sir, I am NOT Charismatic but I am Pentecostal and there is a difference.

In this text in Mark 7, is Jesus rebuking the Jews for their obedience to the moral law? Of course not. He would not be teaching against the moral law God came down from heaven to give to man. Matthew 5:17-48. And before someone questions using this Scripture to expose Liberalism’s traditions, let us make it clear again that the extra-Biblical doctrinal interpretations of Charismatics is exactly what the Pharisees was guilty of. Holy laughter and Hebrew dancing are teachings based on interpretations of Bible passages in no way required or to be used in the New Testament church. In many Charismatic and liberal churches, those leading the meeting will accuse anyone who is not whooping and hollering with them of being dead and resisting the Holy Spirit.

The teachers of the law interpreted the teachings of Moses and entered those interpretations into the Talmud which were more binding and more observed than God’s Word. This is the Charismatic error. They have interpreted Scripture to their liking. With each new generation the liberal movement becomes more removed from the traditional teaching of the apostles. Every year a new doctrine, a new interpretation comes along to make people feel good. Evangelical liberalism invents new and more sensational ideas to excite the fancies of their crowds. The culture of man depreciates endlessly and liberal thinkers want to drag the gospel down the tubes with it.

Petnecost vs Charismatics

The church of Acts does not change with the world or the departures of the liberal church movement. Pentecostals remain faithful to the original concepts of godliness as the apostles penned it in black and white and preserved by God in the Bible.

This matter of interpreting and reinterpreting the Scripture is where men become like Pharisees. Let us say again that it is NOT the keeping of the actual moral law of God that is condemned by Jesus but those who have laid aside the literal Word of God and obeyed the interpretations of men. He was not condemning the observance of the Torah (The law of God), He was condemning them for observing the Talmud which consisted of the interpretations of men.

Doctrine despised by Evangelical Ecumenists Many Charismatic
luminaries involved in the Evangelical Ecumenical program openly discredit the importance of doctrine. Of course they don’t like pure doctrine. They wrongly teach a conditionless love of the false brethren which can be easily disproved from the New Testament. There are wayward brethren, evil brethren and false brethren. While it is true we are to love them, this does not mean we are to have a full and complete relationship with them as with true brethren who are faithful to the Lord. To love a brother does not mean that I fraternize with him if he is under discipline or has been excommunicated from the church. I will be gracious and friendly with him. But I cannot have a full brotherly relationship with him until he is restored by confession of sin or has fulfilled the discipline put upon him by the elders of the church. My love for a brother and my relationship to him are two different things. Of course, it is ideal when I love him and we are in accord and have a mutual love for pure doctrine. The brotherly relationship is conditional and subject to many other Scriptural factors as noted below. To promote a fraternity of heretics in the name of God’s love is ludicrous and irresponsible. While the Word of God does tell us indeed to love the brethren, it also tells us we should not be joined with brethren who teach false doctrine. Charismatics by their ecumenical beliefs accept false teachers into the body of true believers and do nothing to correct the heretics in their ranks. It is rare if known at all to hear a Charismatic correct wrong teaching in his own ranks. They often lash out at conservative and holiness people accusing them of legalism and bondage but never seem to see the beam in their own eye.

Charismatics who say they do not fit the behavior patterns set forth in this critique of the Charismatic movement ought to begin immediately to organize a council to deal with and renounce the excesses being practiced by their Charismatic colleagues.

Pentecostals do not accept false teachers as brethren who will not renounce their error. Let us see what the Word of God says about being joined with those who have false teaching and then accept the fact that Evangelical Ecumenism is a dangerous violation of the Word of God.

Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. (18) For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple. Romans 16:17-18.

Evangelical Ecumenism teaches that “anyone who believes in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus is my brother.” Wait a minute. Devils believe that! (James 2:19). This means that devils, which believe Jesus was born of a virgin, was crucified and rose again, qualify to be my brother? Liberal teaching is trite and as deep and beautiful as a mud puddle. But the apostles’ doctrine is rich and deep as the sea filled with the mysteries of divine truth that when brought up and given to men brings nourishment and strength to the spiritual man. The difference between Charismatic doctrines and the doctrines of the apostles is the difference between a cistern and an artesian well.

Pentecostals do not believe in this kind of indiscriminate love. It is the fabrication of religious idealism but certainly not the teaching of the Word. How can a preacher cast out devils and then teach the doctrine of devils? The church of Acts taught differently than the modern Charismatics. The apostles did not teach that Christians should receive a man as a brother who believes I must go through Mary to Jesus, or that tradition is equal to Scripture in authority. To say that a man who believes in the infallibility of the Pope, purgatory, and that sins can only be remitted by a priest, is to be received as a brother and that what he believes and teaches must be

overlooked in the name of unity is open rebellion against the revelation of God’s Word.

Does the Word of God teach the Church of Acts to be joined with brethren who have false doctrine?

According to silly philosophy of unity of the Charismatics, Paul should have received the Judaizers as brethren and allowed them access to the churches.

The question to be considered; is Paul saying that anyone who causes divisions is to be avoided? Yes, but the question then is, who causes division between brethren? Read it again and then please note that; Those who teach doctrine contrary to the doctrines which ye have learned from the apostles are the real cause of divisions. And then when a faithful brother rises up in opposition against the false teaching, he is accused of causing the division. If this is so then our Lord, the prophets and the apostles were all a bunch of trouble makers. No, dear brothers, it is not he who defends pure doctrine that is evil but he who conceives a false teaching and then fosters it upon the church provoking the correction.

According to this clever bit of Charismatic logic, it is pure doctrine that is the cause of all division. Taking it one step further, God is the real cause of division because it is His doctrine (John 7:16) and He it is who commands us to preserve that doctrine. If we were not commanded to preserve and keep HIS pure doctrine then there would be no cause to correct those who violate it.

It is false teaching (such as Evangelical Ecumenism) that is the cause behind division. To teach a false doctrine and depart from Biblical truth will be severely punished by God. Let us make it clear that the culprit behind the division between liberal and conservative brethren is the philosophy of the Charismatics who teach false doctrine and then blame those who contend for the faith once delivered unto the saints for being troublemakers.

What saith the Word?
Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly, and not after the tradition which he received of us. 2 Thessaionians 3:6. Note: Directed to the brethren.

If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness; (4) he is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings, (5) perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself. 1 Timothy 6:3-5.

The Pentecostals in the Church of Acts did not teach that we were to fraternize with believers who teach false doctrine. They taught us to avoid them . . . mark them . . . and withdraw from them! This is the only way truth (doctrinal teaching) can be preserved in saving power throughout the two-thousand year span of the church age.

Another big difference between Pentecostals and Charismatics: Pentecostals regard the commandments of the apostles to withdraw from those who do not comply with the apostles’ doctrine. If the apostles represent authentic Christianity, the original Pentecostal faith, and they taught us to put away those who propagate false teachings, then we conclude that those who corrupt pure doctrine and/or tolerate those who do corrupt pure doctrine are not following the apostles’ doctrine but their own liberated (rebellious) ideas. Whether you consider yourself Charismatic or not, if you have departed from the apostles’ standard of pure doctrine you are a liberated liberal identifying with the Charismatic profile. A liberal and a Charismatic both represent departure from the apostles’ doctrine. You may think of yourself as Church of God or Assembly of God or as being Independent Pentecostal, but if you have departed from the narrow way Jesus taught you have earned the title of Charismatic and need to drop the title Pentecostal. Matthew 7:13-15.

More Charismatic Philosophy
Thirty years ago a popular idiom started floating around in Charismatic circles often repeated by their doctrinaires that, “Doctrine separates, but the Spirit unites.” This well describes the general attitude of the Charismatics regarding doctrine until this day. Let us see what the power of semantics is here and how good can be made to appear as evil by false teachers.

It is, of course, very cleverly true that doctrine separates but at the same time intended to be slanderous of doctrinal truth accusing it of dividing brethren.

Actually it is very true that pure doctrine separates false teachers from the teachers of truth. Detergent soap separates dirt from fabric but does that make detergent evil and cause us to never use soap again or stop washing our clothes? Truth and doctrine are synonymous. We teach the truth of pure apostolic doctrine because it is the revelation of God’s truth. The signature of truth is that it is light and exposes what the darkness wants to hide from us.

It is true that doctrine separates but it separates what is true from what is false and what is good from what is evil. Those who love the truth know that the separation of good from evil keeps the church pure. When truth is held up as the supreme standard of the church and we refuse to compromise it, then that is a separation our Lord commends and it is not bad or evil. Numbers 16:26; Psalm 1:1-3; Proverbs 9:6; Acts 2:40; 2 Corinthians 6:14 through 7:1; Revelation 18:4. The Word of God has one great and clear clarion call to the church and to all true Christians to separate from all who teach false doctrine. This is exactly what the effect of truth should be, to separate the true from the false. But the Charismatics and liberals have cleverly referred to this act of separation as an act of division. They have reversed the teaching of the apostles to separate and expose false teaching and have actually persuaded many believers in Christ to think of separation as something legalistic and dissembling. What did Isaiah say about this deception that attempts to reverse the doctrinal and moral values?

Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! Isaiah 5:20

Deception is to believe a lie as being the truth and truth as being a lie. If definitions mean anything then we have a classic example of deception in those who hold the truth in contempt. Romans 1:18. They will not be held guiltless who handle the Word of God and ignore the plain truth of the apostles’ writings.

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness. Romans 1:18.

The words truth, doctrine, Bible and teaching are, or can be, synonymous. According to Jesus (Matthew 10:34-38) as well as many other Bible texts mentioned in this discourse we know it is true that doctrine separates. Those who did not abide in the apostles’ doctrine were to be marked and withdrawn from in order that pure doctrine might be preserved and survive for us who would live in the end-time church. But then what did these men do who had this pure Word committed to them? They have corrupted it and offered their hand to those who have slaughtered and persecuted the faithful who gave them this book from God.

God will reward these cowards according to their works.

Any slanderous talk against pure doctrine is to hold pure doctrine in contempt and immediately marks that man as an apostate.

It is not pure doctrine that must be removed from the church but impure men who threaten it. When we speak of these men being removed, we are speaking of simply being removed from the number of the church that they may repent and return to the truth. Calvin, while governor of Geneva had Servitus put to death as a heretic. God forbid that any discipline of the most radical heretic would be anything other than being removed from the favor of the church until repentance restores them. Persecution of other wayward brethren is not the authority of the church. It is the way of demagogues and church movements with political agenda. Persecution and bodily harm are the measures taken by unregenerate power hungry religions.

A well-known televangelist smarting because he had been reproved for false teaching declared over Christian satellite that his hero was ole’ tobacco chewin’, cussin’ general Patton who had shot a donkey for holding up the US army crossing a vital bridge in their drive toward Berlin. He told those who approached him about doctrine to get out of his life! He accused brethren who place importance on correct doctrine as being like that old donkey “And if God doesn’t shoot you, I will.” This man’s words are well documented. As one of the high profile Charismatic leaders his words express the doctrinal mentality of the Charismatic movement. The statements he made in this tirade reveal not only the contempt that Charismatics have for pure doctrine but it also reveals they will not admit to wrong doctrine when they are corrected. It reveals another most important factor, that literally millions of Charismatics blindly give complete credibility to such men continuing to follow them in their pernicious ways. 2 Peter 2:1.

Discipline of heretics and excommunication is as Paul taught it in his letter to the Corinthian church and no more. But such disciplines are unheard of any more. All such Scriptural instruction vanished when the church’s love for pure doctrine was abandoned by the “liberated” Charismatic teachers. The church needs a purging it will not get until the coming wrath of the Lamb.

Pentecostals are losing their love for pure doctrine. And how do we discern this? When we no longer defend it when it is being twisted and made merchandise of. There are many well-dressed reverends among us now who will not speak out against heresy. When truth is trodden and falls in the streets, these march with the heretics stepping on the faces of those who have fallen in the street with truth. Inside of many men there is a cry for the old paths but they are driven on. On they march to the cadence of the carnal, ever going on with the apostate multitude, on they go into the hands of an angry God!

God will abundantly bless that brother who leaps from the columns of the marching armies of apostates. Get out now, my brother! In a short time it will be too late. Charismatic love is not the love of God tempered in the fires of purity but a superficial fraternal bond of religion. Make a leap for truth. Confess the sin of it all and fall in contrition before the soon coming King—now. Make the leap that proves your love for the truth, for God and for your brethren. Leap and prove to all that you love the truth more than you love yourself. Pure doctrine is the only basis of unity which God permits. The above Scriptures are ample to prove the point. Pure doctrine is the foundation of the church and the only absolutes man has to live and die by. Biblical doctrine is essential to the perfecting of the saints, the preservation of the church and the salvation of the world. To cast aside pure doctrine or throw contempt on it for any reason is to commit spiritual suicide! The wrath of the Lamb will strike the world soon and left behind will be the apostate church. In one moment that wailing giant will embrace the truths of holiness it rejected and jeered. In one moment the theology of the apostate will be changed—but too late to repent. Many of the apostates who are left behind after the rapture will rededicate themselves and die the death to make heaven. Revelation 15:2-4.

Sensationalism and celebrities on the stage of the church will never produce in depth conversions or overcoming saints. Like-kind produces like-kind. If we are going to be effectual as a church we have no alternatives! We must return to the original Pentecost that takes people out of the world and buries them in baptism of death to the old life style of the flesh and see them raised in the power of supernatural character. That will only happen when we throw out all of the sham (and hams), renounce and repent of all of our ungodliness and wait before God with a humble spirit stripped of all our worthless philosophies about having a successful church and return to loving obedience to God’s Word! I must come to the place where I know I cannot do anything to bring people to God! God brings people to Himself through yielded and anointed servants who have been broken in the secret closets of prayer. Both Pentecostals and Charismatics must return to the pattern set by The Church of Acts.

This commentary is based on
the truth and verity of the
following Scriptures

But, beloved, remember ye the words which
were spoken before of the apostles of our
lord Jesus Christ; Jude 1:17

But know that the LORD hath set apart him that is godly for himself: the LORD will hear when I call unto him. Psalm 4:3

And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but it shall be for those: the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein. Isaiah 35:8

Judah hath dealt treacherously, and an abomination is committed in Israel and in Jerusalem; for Judah hath profaned the holiness of the LORD which he loved, and hath married the daughter of a strange god. Malachi2:11

I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness. Romans 6:19

But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life. Romans 6:22

For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. Romans 10:10.

Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty. Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God. 2 Corinthians 6:14-7:1

And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness. Ephesians 4:24

For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication: That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour. 1 Thessalonians 4:3-4

For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness. He therefore that despiseth, despiseth not man, but God, who hath also given unto us his holy Spirit. 1 Thessalonians 4:7-8

To the end he may stablish your hearts unblameable in holiness before God, even our Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all his saints. 1 Thessalonians 3:13

Neither give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which minister questions, rather than godly edifying which is in faith: so do. 1 Timothy 1:4

But refuse profane and old wives’ fables, and exercise thyself rather unto godliness. 1 Timothy 4:7

If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness; 1 Timothy 6:3

He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings, 1 Timothy 6:4

Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself. 1 Timothy 6:5

But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness. 1 Timothy 6:11

Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 2 Timothy 2:15

Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. 2 Timothy 3:5

Paul, a servant of God, and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of God’s elect, and the acknowledging of the truth which is after godliness; Titus 1:1

Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; Titus 2:12

Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Fa ther, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied. 1 Peter 1:2.

That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God. For the time past of our life may suffice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles, when we walked in lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banquetings, and abominable idolatries: Wherein they think it strange that ye run not with them to the same excess of riot, speaking evil of you: 1 Peter 4:2-4

Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord, According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. 2 Peter 1:24.

For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through much wantonness, those that were clean escaped from them who live in error. While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage. 2 Peter 2:18-19.

For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication: That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour; 1 Thessalonians 4:3-4.

But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth: 2 Thessalonians 2:13.

According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: 2 Peter 1:3.

And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. 2 Peter 1:6-7

The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished: 2 Peter 2:9.

Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, 2 Peter 3:11.

Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; for he is faithful that promised; Hebrews 10:23.

For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries. He that despised Moses’ law died without mercy under two or three witnesses: Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace? Hebrews 10:26-29.

For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness. Hebrews 12:10.

Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord: Hebrews 12:14.

Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear: Hebrews 12:28.

Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints. For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ. Jude 3-4

Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: Revelation 3:17

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