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Charismatic movement vs. 1st c. Christianity, Mainstream Christianity, & Reality
11-28-2016, 05:58 AM (This post was last modified: 11-28-2016 06:05 AM by Rako.)
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RE: Charismatic movement vs. 1st c. Christianity, Mainstream Christianity, & Reality
I think charismatics could be closer to 1st c. Christians' mentality than many mainstream Christians would admit. For example, in maybe five to ten passages in the NT it sounds like they tended to have an end times mentality, as in they believed and suggested in the bible that the second coming would happen in 35 ad to 170 ad. But since it didn't happen then, I think typically Christians are going to want to interpret the verses much differently.

One example is 1 John 2:18
Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.
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I suppose that back in the 1st century, John was implying that they were living in the End Times.
There are two different mainstream ways to deal with this kind of verse. One way is to say that yes they did have an end times mentality, but that it is fine because it means they were spiritually prepared.
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12-03-2016, 07:54 AM
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RE: Charismatic movement vs. 1st c. Christianity, Mainstream Christianity, & Reality
Charismatic preacher Jim Bakker:


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01-12-2017, 05:42 AM
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RE: Charismatic movement vs. 1st c. Christianity, Mainstream Christianity, & Reality
I was reading the Shepherd of Hermas today. This was a major writing in the early Christian community and probably was written in 45 - 160 AD. We are talking about somewhere in the first two generations of Christians.

The writing of the Shepherd of Hermas shows a few ways used by the Christians decided to tell the true preachers with a divine Spirit from the false ones (like false "prophets") with a non-divine spirit. The latter is:

Quote: Hear, then... in regard to the spirit which is earthly, and empty, and powerless, and foolish.

First, the man who seems to have the Spirit exalts himself, and wishes to have the first seat, and is bold, and impudent, and talkative, and lives in the midst of many luxuries and many other delusions, and takes rewards for his prophecy; and if he does not receive rewards, he does not prophesy. Can, then, the Divine Spirit take rewards and prophesy?

It is not possible that the prophet of God should do this, but prophets of this character are possessed by an earthly spirit. Then it never approaches an assembly of righteous men, but shuns them.

http://www.earlychristianwritings.com/te...pherd.html

Do you understand the argument they are making?
They are saying that if someone lives in luxury, gets paid for his "prophecying", and doesn't go someplace to do his prophecy work, then how can this man have a divine spirit? Is that the way a spirit from God would operate?

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01-12-2017, 05:48 AM
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RE: Charismatic movement vs. 1st c. Christianity, Mainstream Christianity, & Reality
Sounds like most all preachers.

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