If ever there were a jewel of gold in a pig‚Äôs snout, charismatic Calvinism is it. What should be a humorous and ridiculous oxymoron, ‚Äúcharismatic Calvinist,‚ÄĚ is now a nauseating and repugnant reality. Charismatic Calvinists open the door for false teaching in the Calvinist church; they blemish the reputation of orthodox Calvinists; they expect legitimacy, thinking that their claim to be Calvinists insulates them from the charge of heterodoxy; they denigrate the primary work of the Spirit in regeneration and sanctification, ultimately denying the scripture that affirms ‚Äúof His fulness have we all received‚ÄĚ; they inherently and unavoidably align themselves with the most despicable charletains of contemporary fundamentalism; they create a false expectation of sensational spiritual experience for young and naive believers; they are apparently unsatisfied and unsatiated with the primary work of the Holy Spirit in regeneration and sanctification; they have pirated and defamed the phrase ‚Äúsovereign grace‚ÄĚ; and they are an embarrassment and an annoyance.
A Needed Rebuking Sermon! Come now, you "sovereign grace" charismatics and New Calvinists who call Pentecostalism or Charismaticism a "secondary issue", why stop short? Go into snake handling (abusing the text of Mark 16), like the West Virginia false preacher did just recently, who handled a timber rattler which struck him dead! If you cannot claim this miracle is for you, consistent with your erroneous teaching (instead of merely of the apostles, e.g. Paul, who had extraordinary offices and gifts as New Testament prophets), then none of the charismatic gifts are for you either. So don't stop with tongues, dreams, or prophesies and so-called "healings", go ahead, pick up the vipers too if you dare! Or else, be rebuked and cease your false teaching. John McArthur should know better who wrote one of the best refutations in Charismatic Chaos long ago, yet continues to join hands as if a "secondary matter." Jesus warned that false teachers would indeed do real apparent miracles in his name, cast out demons, but will still be told to "depart" in the end into perdition. Everyone else should "stand back" from these Korahites, who desire Egyptian magical acts.
Florin Motiu (3/14/2010)
from Oradea, Romania
Good argumentation. I agree that the Bible teach the cessationist view. "Charismatic" Calvinists are not historic Calvinist, but the attempt to make some form of hybrid theology.
Daniel Chamberlin (7/31/2009)
from Broken Arrow, Oklahoma
Great Sermon! Brother Hal, Thank you for speaking up on this very relevant issue. The charismatic worship style has won over the Calvinists who have no regulative principle, and Calvinism has won over those who just enjoy being radical and different from the rest (or so it seems to me). God help us!
David Charles (7/28/2009)
Great Sermon! Very helpful sermon.
Paul T. Rogers (7/27/2009)
Great Sermon! Hello,
Thanks for your contribution, I was encouraged to hear you are a calvinist,I too espouse these great new testament teachings of Election,Justification, and Glorification. I also espouse the rest of the New Testament too, all of it...
I will keep an eye Out for your mess ages gain?
Paul T Rogers
Dr. Harold E. Brunson, Jr., is an author, educator and pastor. He is the son and grandson of Baptist ministers, having served in the gospel ministry himself for over 28 years in Arkansas and Texas. He has a B.A. in Theology from Central Baptist College, an M.A. in...