Brown: Quo Vadis, Charismatic-Pentecostalism?

Brown: Quo Vadis, Charismatic-Pentecostalism?

Opinion

The Charismatic-Pentecostal movement finds itself at a critical juncture. On the one hand, our movement is arguably responsible for the greatest ingathering of souls in Church history, with well over 500 million new converts in the last 50 years. On the other hand, abuses abound in our midst, from sexual scandals to financial impropriety and from unaccountable prophecies to doctrinal deviance.

VIDEO: Fox Atlanta TV clip on Earl Paulk, megachurch paster who, among other scandals, was been found to be the father of his own nephew [2008]


It is high time that we do some self-policing. Better that we judge ourselves than be judged by the Lord (see 1 Peter 4:17; 1 Corinthians 11:31-32).

Give Now for “Miracle Money”

I recently signed up to receive emails from a well-known “prophet,” curious to see if he had changed his ways. (In the past, his fundraising methods were infamous.) Immediately, I received this appeal:

And it got much worse after this, including stories of people who had suffered serious losses because they failed to respond to the prophet’s word. What a horror. More horrible still, I’m sure hundreds or thousands of sincere but gullible believers wrote out checks for $80.18, even if they barely had a dollar to their name.

For $500, Save Your Family From Disaster

A critic of the Charismatic-Pentecostal movement, of which I am a joyful, committed part, emailed me a couple of years back. He pleaded with me to watch a segment from a recent broadcast of a famous TV preacher. I watched, and I was shocked. The critic was not exaggerating.

This article continues at [The Stream] Have We Made a Mess of the Greatest Holy Spirit Movement in History?

Facebook Comments
Check Also
Van Maren: Putin's Night Wolves blend Russian Machismo with Orthodox Christianity
Van Maren: Putin’s Night Wolves blend Russian Machismo with Orthodox Christianity
We stared up at the enormous steel gates as our Uber headed back into the ...