From the blog archives: Charismania & Discipleship: Or Why I’m Still a Charismatic… by Lucy Peppiatt
Charismania & Discipleship by Lucy Peppiatt from the Theological Miscellany blog archives, discusses from her own experience why she is still actively part of the charismatic church and is hopeful for the future of this movement within the global Church. She writes:
“I joined the charismatic church in 1989 after a life-transforming encounter with God when I was, what we call, ‘filled with the Spirit’. In the years before that, as a late-teen, I was cool towards church and by the time I left university, I had become positively anti most evangelical Christians. Fifteen months after being filled with the Spirit I was married to a vicar and my life turned on its head.
Before that I had known some great Christians in my 23 years and I loved and respected my Christian family members. I also loved the Catholics that I worked with in a day centre for the homeless. They were authentic, radical, and fun, but then so were some charismatic Christians that I met in my 20’s and in the end it was the charismatics and the Spirit who won me. Their belief in the power of God to bring about healing and change and new life seemed real and hopeful – and it was.
I’ve never really understood why all Christians aren’t charismatics, at least in theory. It simply means that we believe that God shapes his church by the power of the Spirit, moves supernaturally among us, and gives gifts to the church to give away.
I do understand why the practices put people off. Praying for healing is fraught with pastoral difficulties. How do people dare to prophesy, imagining they hear the voice of God? In addition to that the actual prophecies can be empty, nutty, or worse, manipulative and dangerous. Our style of worship can be repetitive and boring, our teaching anecdotal and shallow, our emphasis on signs and wonders over everything else, childish, the infatuation with Christian ‘magic’ silly, and speaking in tongues sounds weird. There’s no doubt, aligning yourself with the charismatic church can be acutely frustrating and embarrassing sometimes.“
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Charismania & Discipleship by Lucy Peppiatt on the Theological Miscellany blog.