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Charismatic Theology

This archive contains articles deemed of particular interest to Charismatic Christians. The topics addressed include the subject of divine healing and the gifts of the Spirit, as well as 'prosperity teaching', 'faith confession' and other popular Charismatic doctrines.

Finding the balance in all of these areas is an important part of fulfilling the biblical mandate to "love your God...with all your mind" (Mark 12:30) and persevere in sound doctrine (1Tim. 4:16). I hope you enjoy reading these articles and thinking over the various issues they address.

Can a Charismatic Theology be Biblical? (Jon Ruthven)
  Ruthven contends that a Charismatic theology is not only biblically defensible, but normatively binding on all who claim scripture as their primary principle of religious authority.

On the Cessation of Charismata (Jon Ruthven)
  The doctrine that revelatory and miraculous spiritual gifts passed away with the apostolic age has maintained a strong grip on the church since the Reformation. Ruthven exposes the fallacies in cessationism in this powerful article, opening the way for a Charismatic faith expressing the fullness of the gospel.

The "Imitation of Christ" in Christian Tradition (Jon Ruthven)
  Ruthven argues that our immitation of Christ, whilst including His piety and His ethics, remains incomplete without a strong charismatic element.

Ephesians 2:20 and the “Foundational Gifts” (Jon Ruthven)
  Ruthven examines the cessationist argument from Eph. 2:20, and discovers, among other things, that the "foundation" which Paul is speaking about is not a one-time generation that has passed away.

Reconstructing Word of Faith Theology (Derek Vreeland)
  The 'Word of faith movement' has been the subject of considerable controversy in the Church. Contending that 'correction is preferable to condemnation', Derek Vreeland proposes a methodology for 'reconstructing' it's theology, which he then applies to four major areas of Word of Faith belief and practice.

Healing In Redemption (Joe Mcintyre)
  Mcintyre argues that divine healing is in the atonement, and points to cessationism and platonic dualism as two of the chief enemies which have blinded the Church to her present privileges in Christ.

Wealth according to Jesus (David Hagni)
  What was Jesus attitude towards wealth? Hagni argues that, whilst Jesus demanded radical realignment of believer's priorities, He operated within a positive, Jewish mindset towards material prosperity. Wealth is intrinsically a "very good" thing, but only when it is used according to 'kingdom principles'.

P.G. Vargis and the Indian Prosperity Gospel (Derek Vreeland)
  The gospel of prosperity, in its essence, is the doctrine that the work of salvation includes the abundant supply of financial resources for one’s needs. But many reject this emphasis as an "American gospel". Vreeland responds to this charge by directing us to "the poverty-stricken nation of India", where an independent prosperity message can be heard from the preaching of P.G. Vargis.

Maker of the Mind (W.Simpson)
  This paper examines the popular antithesis between 'mind' and 'spirit', 'faith' and 'reason', 'spiritual truth' and 'the real world', looking to the holistic biblical worldview as a means of healing the unfortunate rift that has developed between them.

Disclaimer: Publication of an article in the LogosWord Articles Archive does not necessarily indicate endorsement by the editor, nor do the views of one contributor necessarily reflect the views of others.