Monday, March 9, 2015
Gift of Tongues?
The current interest in tongues stems from a longing for genuine religious expression in the midst of a secularized society. People long for an authentic relationship with God, but they are not as interested in knowing God in truth. If spiritual maturity can be attained by attending emotionally charged meetings and receiving instantaneous supernatural experiences that deliver spirituality, why labor at the hard work of Scripture study, memorization, prayer, and walking by the Spirit? The charismatic movement has offered a shortcut to godliness. That this shortcut leads to a dead end is often not recognized until one has faced disillusionment. But then many have lost their way and have no scriptural compass to guide them safely back to the truth.
Gary E. Gilley, "Ambassadors of the Sensational: The Doctrinal Distinctives of the Charismatic Movement," The Quarterly Journal, April-June 2015 (Personal Freedom Outreach)