Just a word to follow from the previous post. Someone put up a post about a book review “The Charismatics” by John F Mac Arthur in which he (not John) said moderate conservative charismatics avoided people like Benny Hinn, Joel Osteen and Creflo Dollar.
Now Joel Osteen was in one of Joyce Meyer’s promos, and I noticed it because included in his words were something like “all we need is a touch of his favour” or similar inference. And this describes another side of the Spirit problem, that rather than accept by faith the outworking of the Spirit in your life, people are led to believe they have to continually seek a “touch” from the Lord, without which they are apparently handicapped.
I think this fairly describes a lot of what is seen to be wrong with some of the charismatic scene. That they rely on the propping up of emotions as substitute for character building trials, having wrongly contexted the role of the Spirit in the life of a Christian. Relying on manifestations of Spirit gifts instead of Spirit conquests. The Corinthian church may be the example for this..
BOOK (not the one mentioned above) http://www.lulu.com/shop/tr-holloway/present-tense-realities-freedom-from-the-religious-struggle/paperback/product-17355288.html