I am convinced that too many evangelical churches in the United States are overly fixated on bigness, excitement, and individualistic improvement, and that we don’t often realize it because we can often achieve a kind of success focusing on those things that give the impression we are on the right track.
Where do you draw the charismatic line?
This question would have been easy to answer 30 years ago. People were largely conservative, or charismatic. It wasn't a perfect Christian world, but at least there was some clarity.
Nowadays, there is a growing obsession with the mystical and a lust for signs and wonders in nearly every corner of evangelicalism. Some people are quite confused or just uninformed, while others teach things that have biblical foundation. The mist of confusion continues to permeate the church and the next generation of young Christians are heading for an even foggier future. Terms surrounding this topic abound as people seek to explain their nuanced views on signs and wonders. Some call themselves “open but cautious” when it comes to all the hype, while others call themselves Reformed Charismatics, who hold to Reformed soteriology but fly the coop on other doctrinal positions. Meanwhile, millions of Charismatic Catholics are merging into the waters of mainstream evangelicalism. What’s more? Who would have thought the day would come when we would have Charismatic Calvinists?
We live in an age when erroneous thinking and falsified information is spread around in many forms, and often gets presented as hard fact. Our society struggles to articulate the principles that were once considered basic morality, and it refuses to condemn practices that were long considered to be corrupt.