I hope my recent posts didn’t give people the wrong idea. The guy at Credo House has done a decent job in summarizing a lot of the issues. Based on his criteria, I am nowhere close to being a charismatic. He lists six criteria of what it means to be a charismatic by today’s standards. I will interact with them.
1. Unusual attention given to the empowering presence of the Holy Spirit in the life of the believer
I don’t know what people mean by the word “Unusual.” That I place a bigger emphasis on the Holy Spirit than, say, Bible Broadcasting Network, is true.
2. The tendency to seek and expect miraculous healings
I simply don’t have this tendency (and I have reason to want to). I believe miracles are quite possible today. I strongly dispute that it died with the apostles, but I also know that in God’s providence he has not seen to act this way in some cases of my life. So there.
3. The tendency to seek and expect God’s direct communication (dreams, visions, experiences, personal encounters, etc.)
Nope. Not me. I believe that the Scottish Reformers overwhelmingly did so (even Banner of Truth conceded this point), but that is not how I seek God. Martyn Lloyd-Jones has testified to this a few times and draws upon some Puritan experiences, of which I will discuss in another post.
4. Unusual attention given to the presence of demonic activity in the world
I do believe demons are active, more so than the typical bourgeoisie Presbyterian today. That said, I don’t “pray the blood” over bush and tree to get the demon out.
5. Very expressive worship
Again, these terms are very subjective. In any case, I am moving more and more to psalm-singing, so I doubt I fit this profile.
6. Belief in the continuation of all the gifts of the Holy Spirit
I don’t necessarily hold this. My position is that MacArthur’s position is painfully weak and can be easily debunked on biblical, historical, and logical lines. I say this with regard to the word of knowledge, prophecy, and miracles. I don’t know what to think about tongues.