Four Assemblies of God Pastors in Liberia Die from Ebola
Four Assemblies of God pastors have died after contracting the Ebola virus, Charisma News reports. The pastors from Monrovia, Liberia are among over 1,900 Africans that have now died as a result of the virus.
Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea have been hit especially hard with the deadly disease; many now face food shortages as the crisis wears on. The Assemblies of God World Missions (AGWM) reports that members have reached out to West Africans with financial aid.
AGWM communications director Randy Hurst said, "We are grateful for the faithful giving of our donors that enabled us to respond. We did not have to appeal for funds and were able to immediately send aid to our African brothers and sisters."...
There are multiple sad things about this story. These men died a horrible death and then there is a question were they Christian? I certainly hope that the answer was, "Yes," to the last part of the question.
Now, it is almost always is forgotten, in Charismatic churches,
1 Corinthians 14:23 If therefore the whole church should assemble together and all speak in tongues, and ungifted men or unbelievers enter, will they not say that you are mad?---[URL=http://www.lockman.org/nasb/nasbcmp.php]]]NASB[/URL]
But then, perhaps then many of these people don't know they need their rabies shots? Also some of the most ignorant people "pastors" are part of the Assemblies of God, e.g., [URL=http://www.people.com/people/archive/article/0,,20098413,00.html]]]http://www.people.com/people/archive/article/0,,20098413,00.html(The Fall of Jimmy Swaggart)[/URL], "The Self-Appointed Judge of America's Televangelists Finds Himself the Penitent." This article doesn't hit hard enough I had seen Swaggart's t.v. program back then, and it was interesting how embarrassed (if he wasn't he should have been ) the resident theologian was with Swaggart, and probably was glad to leave with Swaggart's fall from grace.
While I personally have a thorough dislike for the Pentecostal/Charismatic movement, I would say my church represent the typical conservative Christian viewpoint on this movement and that would be in agreement with John MacArthur's viewpoint on it, q.v., [URL=http://www.christianpost.com/news/john-macarthur-continues-case-against-charismatic-movement-at-strange-fire-backlash-includes-stern-words-by-samuel-rodriguez-106917/]]]http://www.christianpost.com/news/john-macarthur-continues-case-against-charismatic-movement-at-strange-fire-backlash-includes-stern-words-by-samuel-rodriguez-106917/(John MacArthur Continues Case Against Charismatic Movement at 'Strange Fire'; Backlash Includes Stern Words by Samuel Rodriguez)[/URL]. (If you're using a desktop, I had a audio file start up automatically, which has nothing to do with the article. )
Now this commentary has nothing to do with John MacArthur, but many conservative Christians would agree with this as probably John MacArthur would also, [URL=http://www.rapidnet.com/~jbeard/bdm/Psychology/char/35.htm]]]http://www.rapidnet.com/~jbeard/bdm/Psychology/char/35.htm (The Charismatic Movement--35 Doctrinal Issues)[/URL] this includes the Assemblies of God denomination.