Over the last 100-plus years the Pentecostal-Charismatic church has witnessed miraculous conversions.
From the Azusa Street Revival, which began in 1906, a movement has grown to bring more people to Jesus than any other movement in history. While secularism continues to be on the rise in today's society, many areas of the world still experience church growth, thanks to Pentecostal-Charismatic Christians.
But the Pentecostal-Charismatic church is also plagued with sexual immorality, financial corruption, doctrinal error, personal flakiness, spiritual gullibility, prophetic abuse, and more. In many ways the state of the church today is not too different from how it was long ago in Corinth. To make matters worse, the church hides these acts under the cloak of liberty in the Holy Spirit.
Michael Brown sounds a wake-up call to the church and addresses some of the most glaring problems, from inaccurate prophetic words that obscure true ones to ministries using scripturally armed marketing techniques in order to manipulate believers into giving.
Brown shows us why we must clean up house so the church can grow, flourish, and fulfill God's kingdom purposes.
As a former pastor in the charismatic church, I appreciate this work because it addresses many of the concerns and observations I had as a leader. I desired to create a place for people to grow in Christ as well as experience a deep work of the Spirit. Unfortunately, I witnessed many of the falsehoods addressed in this book. I appreciate the work of Dr. Brown in his assessments as well as his encouragements to the body of Christ. Thank you Dr. Brown.
Dr Brown seems to have struck a balance between an open eyed critique of abuses in the contemporary Charismatic Church, and a scriptural defense of the normative nature of the Holy Spirit and His Gifts.
I began learning about and experiencing the ways of the Holy Spirit in college and it completely changed my life. But after spending some time in the movement, I found myself confused about many different things. I heard many strange and unbiblical theological statements and found that people far too often let experience write their understanding of God. Over the years I’ve actually felt some of this get even worse.
I never stopped believing in the Holy Spirit’s power and I’ve continued to try to practice and teach it as a pastor, but I decided to do so by immersing myself in the Scriptures and testing the people I was learning from. After years of learning, I even started writing a book on the subject.
All of that being said, this is hands down a book I give a 5 star review to. While loving the charismatic side of the church just as much as I do, Brown calls us all to account with a deep study of the Scriptures. I have felt nervous as of late with many of the charismatic books I’ve seen, but this one has encouraged me like few on the topic have over the years.
I’d consider it a must read for any charismatic, as well as for anyone who has been turned off by charismatics. Brown’s words will help God convict and clean us up if we’re willing to listen.
Good narration, I think it's a shame that Mr Brown missed his points for me. No Citations for verification of the Continuationests beliefs are related, just wanted to express that I missed his attempt to persuade anyone or inform anyone of what they believe and why they believe it other than "It's in there"
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