". . . test everything; hold fast what is good. Abstain from every form of evil." (1 Thessalonians 5:21-22).
Then he nicely reminds Johnson et. al. that their ultimate conclusion is unscriptural.
"Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise prophecies," (1 Thessalonians 5:19-20).
As before, I'm amazed that those that seem to have such a high view of Scripture seem to hold the opposite when it comes to these things.
Dan Phillips in the comments to Johnson's post think he played a trump card. He later posts on his own blog (point 3) similar thoughts.
But what fruits have ... distinctively Charismatic notions borne?I'm amazed. His points one and two demonstrate lack of understanding of Scripture and his point three is based on his experience. What fruits have the Charismatic notion borne? What kind of question is that. Just as with Jesus - the same evidence is either believed or not. The writers of Scripture documented what they saw (as inspired by the Holy Spirit). They did not write to argue with unbelievers. Jesus did sit around and debate the reality of His miracles with those that chose to be angered by the presence of His Kingdom.
Additionally, the question could be asked of any aspect of Christianity or for that matter Christianity as a whole and to an unbeliever, it would be a foolish exercise.
The question itself speaks volumes of the mindset and heart of the inquirer. I impressed by the numbers of people admitting to being caught in that faulty belief system - and proud of it.
Again, as these folks are concerned of the damaged done by the Charismatic doctrine, I am more so of theirs which breeds the belief that God is impotent and not the same as the God we read of in Holy Scripture.