Saturday, March 03, 2007

What is charismatic theology?

This post is another follow-up related to my post, Invitation to dialogue on Reformed charismatics . Today we look at what charismatic theology holds/practices.

While I can tell you from personal experience what charismatics believe and practice, I thought it might be better that I provide quotes and/or links to publicly accessible sources.

Here is a portion of what Wikipedia offers,

"Charismatic is an umbrella term used to describe those Christians who believe that the manifestations of the Holy Spirit seen in the first century Christian Church, such as healing, miracles, prophecy and glossolalia (speaking in other tongues or languages), are available to contemporary Christians and ought to be experienced and practiced today."
And, here is a general summary drawn from a variety of charismatic websites and literature:

The major doctrinal distinctives of the charismatic movement are; the baptism in the Holy Spirit, tongues-speaking, prophecy, the gift of healing, and the emphasis on having a personal experience.

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