Examining Beliefs and Avoiding Extremes

On August 30, 2019 I wrote a post on some troubling things happening in the Body of Christ and specifically some troubling things in charismatic circles. I made a statement towards the end of that post, make the determination now that Scripture is your standard. Regardless of what any of us have been taught, have grown up believing or hear in prophetic words, the Scripture must be our final authority.

Since writing that post I have continued in prayer and study over things. I have finished reading John Wesley’s sermons and have allowed myself some very honest questioning on some things I have grown up believing. I have always been a dive in type of person. That is good and bad. It’s important to allow yourself to question a teaching that doesn’t set right or a prophetic word that doesn’t come to pass, or one so broad that it doesn’t really say anything.

It is important to be a person of the Word and Spirit. The two extremes are; being so about the Spirit that we allow manifestations or revelation outside of the bounds of Scripture, the flipside is being so about the Word you shut yourself off to anything you can’t rationally explain.

As I have been praying and studying I found myself starting to drift to the extreme of almost letting go of what I know to be true from my Pentecostal heritage. Thankfully Holy Spirit only let my mind go so far with that and brought me back.

As part of this journey I came across a film called American Gospel. While it has some good points on being gospel centered it went too far in being against prosperity teaching in general and not just the excesses. I came across Fighting for the Faith which has some great videos that helped me clear up some uneasiness I have had, yet, at the same time I disagreed with his critique of giving during the feasts.

As someone who enjoys studying theology and learns from a wide variety of people, the hardest thing I am continually learning is that you don’t have to fit a certain group. I enjoy listening to Dr. John MacArthur but I disagree with him on the gifts, the supernatural, and healing. I use what is helpful and I disregard the other. I listen to and have beliefs from the reformed camp, and I am Pentecostal and embrace the Jewish roots of the faith.

The key is, we must hold to the Word of God. When we are listening to someone who gets off in an area we need to acknowledge that. There are times when we will need to stop listening to people. Most of the time we just need to eat the meat and spit out the bones.

Believe in God’s will to prosper you but take authority over greed when it tries to come in. Pray for healing and miracles but if something does not happen the way you expect or in the timing you want, trust in God’s sovereignty and don’t allow the enemy to come in and create doubt. Be open to the move of the Spirit in unusual ways but test everything by the Word of God.   

 

About Casey D. Bell

Casey D. Bell is a blogger and aspiring pastor whose passion is to teach The Bible; emphasizing the freedom we have in Christ and the Jewish roots of the Church.
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