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15
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‘Oordeelsbrief’ van Billy Grahma leidt tot commotie in charismatische wereld

De brief van de beroemde evangelist Billy Graham waarin hij Amerika en haar “misleidde bevolking” oproept tot berouw is er een uit een serie van ernstiger wordende waarschuwingen dat het land zich in toenemend gevaar van God’s oordeel  bevindt, zeiden prominente geloofsleider tegen Charisma News.

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15
nov

Can We Avoid a Charismatic Civil War?

Can We Avoid a Charismatic Civil War?

Some leaders say the controversial Lakeland Revival is forcing us to choose sides. But I don’t believe God wants to split our movement.

It’s been more than 10 years since charismatic prophet Rick Joyner predicted in his popular book The Final Quest that believers would experience a Civil War in the church. Joyner’s book, based on a series of visions he says God showed him, describes in graphic detail a turbulent conflict that redefines Christianity as we know it.
Other charismatic leaders have echoed this theme since Joyner’s book was published in 1996. They have predicted that our movement will be divided between “Blues” (those who constantly live in the supernatural realm of dreams, visions and miracles) and “Grays” (those who rely more on their intellect), and that the Blues will win and usher in true revival as champions of the Holy Spirit’s power.
Even in early 2008, before the Lakeland Revival erupted in Florida in April, some charismatic prophets were declaring that a great rift would divide those who believe in “the glory realm” and those who have a more conservative, left-brained approach to their faith. When God TV began its nightly broadcasts of evangelist Todd Bentley’s healing meetings in Lakeland, the Civil War prophecies reappeared overnight on hundreds of blogs and e-mail blasts.
“Jesus prayed that we would be one. There is no record of Him praying that we would split over doctrine.”
I’ll admit I was not paying too much attention to these Civil War predictions 10 years ago. But I was jolted into reality in May after I wrote an online column in which I raised honest questions about some of Bentley’s teachings and techniques. Even though I celebrated his passion and zeal, and praised God for the healings that were reported in Lakeland, I was immediately branded a revival critic and banished to the Gray camp.
I became the bad guy because, by asking questions, I was “relying on my intellect.” To those in the Blue camp, my skepticism made me an enemy of the Holy Spirit and all things supernatural—even though I believe that all the supernatural gifts of the Holy Spirit are for today!
I tried to laugh this off at first. Surely, I imagined, my Christian brothers and sisters do not really think it is wrong for a Spirit-filled believer to test the spirits (which we are instructed to do in 1 John 4:1), discern truth (see 2 Pet. 3:17) or evaluate prophecies and angelic encounters (see 1 Cor. 14:29, Gal. 1:6-8).
But now I realize that some people really want a war. They want the charismatic movement to split right down the middle. They imply that all those who do not embrace 100 percent of the current movement in Lakeland are “old wineskins” that cannot be used by God in the coming revival.
I can’t even describe how much this hurts because I love people on both sides of this conflict. I love the Blues and the Grays, along with every other color in the body of Christ. I refuse to believe that God is trying to split us. Division is the devil’s work.
I want to plead with everyone in our movement to reconsider the whole Civil War scenario. Instead of rattling sabers and stockpiling gunpowder, maybe we need to take steps in the opposite direction:
1. Let’s accept one another. The apostle Paul rebuked the Corinthians because they exalted certain gifts above others. He reminded them that every member of the body of Christ plays an important role, and that no individual part—whether eye, hand or foot—functions on its own. He rebuked this elitist attitude “so that there may be no division in the body” (1 Cor. 12:25, NASB).
Most of us already acknowledge the importance of supernatural gifts of healing, prophecy, tongues and other demonstrations of God’s power. But in our zeal to recover these gifts, let’s not isolate those whose primary functions may be mercy, giving to the poor, teaching or intercession. We should cherish every spiritual gift—not just the sensational or the exotic.
2. Let’s admonish one another. Christians have not always been the best models of conflict resolution. When tension gets high we either avoid it (usually by saying nothing and hoping the problems go away) or we overreact (by childishly picking up our marbles and playing somewhere else). But the Bible tells us to work things out in eyeball-to-eyeball confrontation.
In the case of Lakeland, there are some doctrines and methods that have come under intense scrutiny. Heresy hunters are having a field day as they toss their grenades and label everything in Lakeland demonic. But because I embrace Todd Bentley as my brother in Christ, I must take a higher road even if I don’t agree with his prayer methods or his claims regarding angels. Anything I say, even if it is corrective, must be said in love (see Eph. 4:15).
Thankfully a group of leaders from various charismatic camps (both “Blues” and “Grays”!) are discussing the contentious issues surrounding Lakeland—and biblical confrontation is occurring. I trust this process will result in correction where it’s needed, apologies when necessary and more humility on all sides of the debate.
3. Let’s pray for one another (see James 5:16). Jesus prayed that we would be one. There is no record of Him praying that we would split over doctrine. So why in the world would any of us hope for a Civil War?
Please pray for Bentley—and for the leaders who are speaking into his life during this season. And pray that the church will not only experience genuine spiritual revival but also true unity. Let’s work out our differences, support one another’sministries and focus all our efforts on one common goal: To tell a lost world about the love of Jesus.

J. Lee Grady is editor of Charisma.

15
nov

The Tragic Scandal of Greasy Grace

The Tragic Scandal of Greasy Grace

Wednesday, 11 March 2009 08:41 AM EDT J. Lee Grady Newsletters Fire In My Bones
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This week’s announcement about evangelist Todd Bentley’s hasty remarriage and restoration is sending a confusing message to the church.

I groaned when I learned early this week that Canadian preacher Todd Bentley, leader of the controversial Lakeland Revival, had decided to divorce his wife, Shonnah, and marry his former ministry intern, Jessa Hasbrook. The news surfaced after almost nine months of silence and speculation, during which time the board of Bentley’s Fresh Fire Ministries in British Columbia publicly scolded him for committing adultery.

In a statement released March 10 by Rick Joyner, the popular author and minister who is overseeing Bentley’s restoration process, we were told that (1) Bentley married his new wife several weeks ago and moved to Joyner’s base in Fort Mill, S.C.; (2) Todd and Jessa agree that their relationship was “wrong and premature” and that it “should not have happened the way it did”; (3) Bentley will remain out of public ministry while he seeks healing; and (4) Joyner will oversee the healing process with input from Dallas pastor Jack Deere and California pastor Bill Johnson. (Read Rick Joyner’s response to this column.)

 

Many of us have rejected biblical discipline and adopted a sweet, spineless love that cannot correct.”

It was also announced that Bentley plans to relaunch his ministry, called Fresh Fire USA, in Fort Mill, and that Joyner is now collecting donations from supporters to help rebuild it. (The Canadian ministry Bentley started has now been renamed Transform International, and it has severed ties with the evangelist.)

In a few places in his statement Joyner expressed tough love, especially when he said: “We know that trust has to be earned and that Todd will have to earn the trust of the body of Christ for future ministry, which will not be easy, nor should it be.” He also made it clear that true repentance and restoration “can only come if we refuse to compromise the clear biblical standards for morality and integrity.”

But there were some glaring omissions in the statements released this week that indicate a fundamental weakness in our freestyle approach to “restoring” fallen leaders.

First of all, it is outrageous that Shonnah Bentley, Todd’s first wife, does not seem to be an issue in the current discussion. Her name is never mentioned in Joyner’s statement—while Todd is mentioned 18 times. We are never told how Shonnah is handling the divorce. How will she manage to care for the three children she and Todd share? She and the kids seem invisible in this process. Yet if anyone needs healing and restoration, is it not the other half of this broken family?

Second, we charismatics still seem to have a habit of elevating gifting above character. It’s almost as if the end justifies the means. (So what if a preacher ruins one marriage and makes a hasty decision to marry a younger woman—the important thing is that we get him back in the pulpit to heal the sick!) That is a perversion of biblical integrity. God can anoint any man or woman with the Holy Spirit’s power; what He is looking for are vessels of honor that can carry that anointing with dignity, humility and purity.

What is most deplorable about this latest installment in the Bentley scandal is the lack of true remorse. In his own statement, Bentley apologizes for his actions and says he “takes full responsibility for my part for the ending of the marriage.” But how can he be taking “full responsibility” if he willingly chose to have a girlfriend on the side—and then married her immediately after his divorce was final? Why did he hide for several months when he should have been listening to counsel and seeking reconciliation with his first wife?

Many Christians today have rejected biblical discipline and adopted a sweet, spineless love that cannot correct. Our grace is greasy. No matter what an offending brother does, we stroke him and pet him and nurse his wounds while we ignore the people he wounded. No matter how heinous his sin, we offer comforting platitudes because, after all, who are we to judge?

When the apostle Paul learned that a member of the Corinthian church was in an immoral relationship with his father’s wife, he did not rush to comfort the man. He told the Corinthians: “You have become arrogant and have not mourned instead, so that the one who had done this deed would be removed from your midst” (I Cor. 5:2). Sometimes we must draw a ruthless sword in order to bring genuine healing. The “wounds of a friend” are faithful to bring conviction and true repentance (see Prov. 27:6).

Paul actually delivered the unrepentant Corinthian man to Satan “for the destruction of his flesh” (5:5) so that he could be saved. That does not sound very nice. Many today would call Paul’s tactic harsh and legalistic. But that is because we have lost any true sense of the fear of the Lord—and we don’t realize that our laxness about God’s standards is a perversion of His mercy. When the sin is severe, the public rebuke must be severe.

In all the discussion of Bentley and the demise of the Lakeland Revival, I am waiting to hear the sound of sackcloth ripping into shreds. We should be weeping. We should be rending our hearts—as God commanded Israel when they fell into sin (see Joel 2: 13-14). To give guidance to a confused church, our leaders should have publicly decried the Lakeland disaster while at the same time helping both Todd and Shonnah to heal.

We have not mourned this travesty. We have not been shocked and appalled that such sin has been named among us. We act as if flippant divorce and remarriage are minor infractions—when in actuality they are such serious moral failures that they can bring disqualification.

If we truly love Todd Bentley, we will not clamor for his quick return to the pulpit. While we certainly want him to be fully restored to fellowship with God, we cannot rush the process of restoring a man to ministry. Leaders must live up to a higher standard. We must demand that those involved in Bentley’s restoration not only love him but also love the church by protecting us from the kind of scandal we endured last year.

J. Lee Grady is editor of Charisma. To read Rick Joyner’s and Todd Bentley’s public statement click here.

15
nov

Honest questions about the Lakeland Revival

“Honest Questions About the Lakeland Revival

by Lee Grady

“When we put bizarre behavior on the platform we imply that it is normative.

Thus more strange fire is allowed to spread.”

I support any holy outbreak of revival fervor. But let’s be careful to guard ourselves from pride and error. God is stirring deep spiritual passion in the hearts of the thousands of people who have traveled to Florida during the last month to experience the Lakeland Healing Revival. Since these meetings began in a 700-seat church on April 2, the crowd has moved four times to bigger venues, the fervor has intensified and the news has spread worldwide—thanks to God TV and online broadcasting.

Within a few weeks, the bandwagon effect was in full swing. It’s safe to say that no outbreak of Pentecostalism in history has gained so much international exposure so quickly as these meetings have.

I’m a cheerleader for the charismatic movement, so I rejoiced when I heard the news about revivalist Todd Bentley’s extended visit to Ignited Church. It was thrilling to hear the reports of miracles and to watch the crowd grow until a stadium was required to hold everyone.

When I visited a service on April 15, I was blessed by Heather Clark’s music and the audience’s exuberant worship. And I laughed with everyone else as I watched Bentley shout his trademarked “Bam! Bam! Bam!” as he prayed for the sick and flailed his tattooed arms over the crowd. Hey, Jesus didn’t pray for people according to the Pharisees’ rulebook, so I’m open to unconventional methods.

But I would be dishonest if I told you that I wholeheartedly embraced what I saw in Lakeland. Something disturbed me, but I kept my mouth shut for three weeks while I prayed, got counsel from respected ministry leaders and searched my heart to make sure I was not harboring a religious spirit. The last thing we need today is more mean-spirited heresy hunters blasting other Christians.

I am not a heresy hunter, and I support what is happening in Lakeland because I know God uses imperfect people (like me and you) to reach others for Jesus. [Endtimes note: this is not about the fact Todd is imperfect. People use this as an excuse to divert attention away from the fact they guy is a false prophet and a false teacher, not averse to fakery, lies and charlatanism, spreading strange fire in a bid to elevate false apostles to take dominion.]  At the same time, I believe my questions are honest and my concerns are real.

My motive is not to criticize Bentley or the pastor who is sponsoring these meetings, Stephen Strader. In September 2002 Charisma  featured a seven-page article about Bentley’s amazing conversion from drug addiction. I believe Bentley is a sincere brother who wants people to encounter God’s presence and power. No doubt this 32-year-old evangelist needs our prayers now more than ever, especially since he has become the focus of international media attention.

But as the noise from Lakeland grows louder and its influence spreads, I’m issuing some words of warning that apply to all of us, not just the folks in Lakeland. I hope everyone understands that these cautions are offered in love:

1. Beware of strange fire. The name of Jesus is being lifted up in the Lakeland revival, and three people came to the altar for salvation the night I attended. Larger numbers have come to the front of the auditorium to find Christ every night since then.

Yet I fear another message is also being preached subtly in Lakeland—a message that cult-watchers would describe as a spiritual counterfeit. Bentley is one of several charismatic ministers who have emphasized angels in the last several years. He has taught about angels who bring financial breakthroughs or revelations, and he sometimes refers to an angel named Emma who supposedly played a role in initiating a prophetic movement in Kansas City in the 1980s. Bentley describes Emma as a woman in a flowing white dress who floats a few feet off the floor.

All of us who believe the Bible know that angels are real, and that they work on our behalf to protect us and minister to us. But the apostle Paul, who had encounters with angels himself, issued stern warnings to the Corinthians, the Galatians and the Colossians about angels who preach another gospel or that demand attention. In Colossae, believers were so enamored with angels they had seen in visions that they became “inflated without cause” by spiritual pride (Col. 2:18, NASB). Paul was adamant that preoccupation with angels can lead to serious deception.

We need to tread carefully here! We have no business teaching God’s people to commune with angels or to seek revelations from them. And if any revival movement—no matter how exciting or passionate—mixes the gospel of Jesus with this strange fire, the results could be devastating. We need to remember that Mormonism was born out of one man’s encounter with a dark angel who claimed to speak for God.

2. Beware of bizarre manifestations. When the Holy Spirit’s power comes on people they may feel weak or even fall. The Spirit’s power can also cause people to tremble, shake, laugh or cry. Such manifestations are biblical and we should leave room for them. But where do we draw the line between legitimate experience and fanatical excess?

The apostle Paul had to deal with outrageous charismatic manifestations in the Corinthian church. People were acting like raving lunatics—and turning the church in to a free-for-all of unbridled ecstatic behavior. Paul called for discipline and order, and he reminded early Christians that “the spirits of prophets are subject to prophets” (1 Cor. 14:32). In other words, Paul was saying that no one under the influence of the Holy Spirit should act out of control.

In many recent charismatic revivals, ministers have allowed people to behave like epileptics on stage—and they have attributed their attention-getting antics to the Holy Spirit. We may think it’s all in fun (you know, we’re just “acting crazy” for God) but we should be more concerned that such behavior feeds carnality and grieves the Spirit.

When exotic manifestations are encouraged, people can actually get a religious high from jerking, vibrating, screaming or acting intoxicated. (I have even been around people who writhed as if in pain, or made sexual noises—thinking this was a legitimate spiritual experience.) But emotional euphoria doesn’t guarantee a heart change. The person who is bucking like an untamed bronco in a church service would benefit more from sitting still and reading the Bible for an hour. When we put bizarre behavior on the platform we imply that it is normative. Thus more strange fire is allowed to spread.

3 Beware of hype and exaggeration. Our hearts are crying out today for a genuine move of God. We want the real deal. We’ve read about the Great Awakenings of the past and we long to see our nation overcome by a wave of repentance. The church is in a backslidden state, and our nation has rebelled against God. We are desperate!

In our longing for a holy visitation, however, we must be careful not to call the first faint breeze of the Spirit a full-fledged revival. If we do that, we are setting people up for disappointment when they realize it may not be what we blew it up to be.

Some of the language used during the Lakeland Revival has created an almost sideshow atmosphere. People are invited to “Come and get some.” Miracles are supposedly “popping like popcorn.” Organizers tout it as the greatest revival in history.

Such brash statements cheapen what the Holy Spirit is doing—and they do a disservice to our brothers and sisters who are experiencing New Testament-style revival in countries such as Iran, China and India. We have a long way to go before we experience their level of revival. Let’s stay humble and broken before the Lord.

I am rejoicing over all the reported healings at the Lakeland meetings. Miracles are awesome. Crowds are great. But miracles and crowds alone don’t guarantee a revival. Multitudes followed Jesus during His ministry on earth, but many of the people who saw the dead raised or ate food that was supernaturally multiplied later crucified the Son of God.

It was the few disciples who followed Jesus after Calvary who ushered in a true revival—one that was bathed in the fear of God, confirmed by signs and wonders, tempered by persecution and evidenced by thousands of conversions, new churches and the transformation of society. We should expect nothing less.”

15
nov

A Holy Ghost breakout in Florida – mirror

“If anything is obvious from the Lakeland revival, it is that God wants to anoint and empower ordinary people … to take His radical love to a world that is desperate to see the raw power of God.”
The scene inside this church, a former Scotty’s home-supply warehouse, was beyond unconventional. Teenagers with spiked hair worshiped God side by side with soccer moms and scruffy, pony-tailed bikers. After an hour of singing they cheered Bentley as he took the stage looking like a roadie for a grunge band.
Heavy-set with a beard and shaved head, the Canada-born preacher is rough around the edges. He wore jeans and a black T-shirt that said “Legend Killers” on the back. The metal studs in his ears and left eyebrow glistened in the stage lights. His tattoos covered both arms and most of his neck.
By his own admission, Bentley is a walking miracle. He should have died 15 years ago—but his life was spared when a burly stranger carrying a large white Bible knocked on his door and delivered what Bentley calls “the fieriest hell-and-damnation sermon I’ve ever heard.”
Immediately after his conversion at age 17, Bentley began spending four to 12 hours a day in prayer and Bible reading. It wasn’t long before he was preaching to huge crowds.
A high school dropout, Bentley has conducted healing crusades in dozens of nations including Ecuador, India and Tanzania. His staff says crippled people have left their wheelchairs behind numerous times.
But his methods are far from polished. When he prayed for people in Lakeland, he usually began by laying his hand on their heads and then yelling, “Bam!
Often the people fell backward to the floor. After one elderly woman fell, Bentley told the audience: “She doesn’t know why she fell down.” The woman then laughed and said to him in the microphone: “Because you pushed me!” He prayed for her three more times that night, and she said she could hear better.
“I’m feeling the presence of God so strong in here!” he shouted. More people ran to the stage, dodging teens who had swooned on the floor. A teenage girl walked up to Bentley on the platform and said a lump on her neck had just dissolved. During the past three weeks people have testified of being healed from heart conditions, skin rashes and back problems, and many said scars disappeared.
Bentley says he refuses to give this outbreak of Pentecostal revival a name, but some have already dubbed it the “Florida Healing Outpouring.” Strader, the former pastor of Carpenter’s Home Church in Lakeland, said a New Zealand preacher prophesied in March that Bentley would be used “like a boomerang” to trigger a national revival that would start in Florida.
Many charismatics are wondering if the protracted meetings will become a phenomenon similar to what happened in Rodney Howard-Browne’s meetings in Lakeland in 1993, at the Toronto Airport Vineyard Church in Canada in 1994 and at Brownsville Assembly of God in Pensacola in 1995.
It’s too early to tell if this outbreak is the next Toronto Blessing—which lasted for several years and spread revivalist fervor to dozens of nations. If the crowds in Lakeland keep growing, Strader will have to move the meetings to a larger venue since his building and parking lot are already at full capacity.
Those who can’t visit Lakeland should be encouraged to know that God doesn’t require evangelists to wear three-piece suits or to have impressive theological degrees. He uses nobodies. If anything is obvious from the Lakeland revival, it is that God wants to anoint and empower ordinary people—even those who dropped out of school or got messed up in drugs—to take His radical love to a world that is desperate to see the raw power of God.
J. Lee Grady is editor of Charisma. You can learn more about Todd Bentley’s revival services in Lakeland at the Ignited Church Web site, ignitedchurch.com. Last weekend Bentley announced that he has canceled his bookings in April so he can keep the momentum going, at least through early May. Starting Thursday, Apr. 24, the meetings are being moved to Auburndale Life Church in Auburndale, Fla., about 10 miles from Lakeland.
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Analyse van een brief

Kort geleden ontvingen wij een brief van Charisma en na alle commotie rond de charismatische beweging ga je daar toch eens over nadenken.

Een oppervlakkige analyse:
Van de 18 regels met inhoud is de verdeling als volgt:
– 15 regels gaan over geld;
–  3 regels gaan over gebed.
Vraag: Waar ligt de prioriteit?

Een paar opmerkingen over de inhoud van de brief.
“een uitgave vol van inzicht en richting voor de nabije toekomst”.
Dat is nogal een claim. Het meegezonden blad blijkt vol te staan met zelfbenoemde profeten, apostelen en andere goedbedoelende figuren  van wie een aantal voor mij onbekend zijn.

“We zijn blij dat we al jaren het Koninkrijk van God mogen bevorderen door de bijdragen in Charisma Magazine”
En dan denk je even aan de perikelen rond de charismatische beweging, het onderzoek van Karel Smouter, de onderzoeken van Marten Visser en een aantal van de publicisten die in het blad staan.
Vraag: Hoe kan deze tegenstrijdigheid van God zijn?

Vervolgens komt er een paar regels dat het financieel niet zo best gaat met het blad en dat de kosten inmiddels hoger zijn dan de inkomsten.
“Zo’n situatie is niet de wil van God”
Vraag: Waarom is deze situatie dan ontstaan? Juist mensen die betrokken zijn bij Charisma horen God’s stem toch zo overduidelijk?

Verderop wordt weer het stokpaardje van het welvaartsevangelie uit de kast gehaald: u moet offeren en dan geeft God het 30, 60 of 100 keer terug.
Dan is het misschien wel heel goedkoop, maar blijkbaar heeft de redactie van Charisma dan zelf niet voldoende geofferd, anders zouden ze toch ruimschoots voldoende geld hebben om het blad draaiend te houden? Of geldt deze belofte voor hen niet? Of zie ik iets over het hoofd?

“dat bouwt aan Gods koninkrijk”
Een blad dat bouwt aan Gods koninkrijk? Is het niet beter om uit te gaan en de liefde van Christus te betonen aan de behoeftige buurvrouw? Om om te zien naar weduwen en wezen? Om de gevangenen te bezoeken? De zieken? En dan misschien wel zonder een eigen medium om hoog van de toren te blazen hoe goed we het als Christenen wel niet doen?

“De Bijbel verzekert ons van een groots effect”
Kan iemand mij vertellen waar het vers staat dat een abonnement op Charisma essentieel is voor je behoudt of de opbouw van het Koninkrijk?
Voorlopig is het duidelijkste effect een journalistiek onderzoek naar de handelswijze van een van columnisten/publicisten van het blad Charisma, en helaas wijzen de feiten van dit onderzoek nu niet echt op de Bijbelse belofte van een groots effect. Of men moet een groots negatief effect bedoelen, maar dat zal wel niet.

“Abonneer u vandaag nog en geef ook iemand anders een abonnement kado”
Hoe even, wacht even. In de eerste alinea staat: “Wij danken u voor uw steun tot nu toe!”, maar ze weten dus blijkbaar wel dat deze brief met een blad (of andersom) naar niet-abonnees is verstuurd. Vreemd.
Maar als ik iemand anders een abonnement cadeau doe, doe ik die ander te kort, volgens het welvaartsevangelie in ieder geval, want diegene zou zelf moeten offeren om de 30, 60 of 100-voudige beloning in de wacht te slepen!
Dus enerzijds beloven ze je een grote beloning als je offert, maar anderzijds roepen ze je gelijk op om die beloning te onthouden aan iemand anders door diegene de mogelijkheid tot offeren bij voorbaat al te ontnemen. Vreemd.

“Onder ons gelovigen mag dit echter niet zo zijn”
Dit gaat over de afname van financiële steun in economisch slechte tijden. Oei, wat een veroordeling!
Maar Jezus vertelde toch ook een verhaal over de bouw van een toren, oftewel verstandig met je geld omgaan?

“Want we zaaien niet op basis van wat we hebben of zien”
Dus iemand die een abonnement niet kan betalen moet maar een persoonlijke lening aanvragen om alsnog een abonnement te nemen?

“maar op basis van geloof en Gods belofte van groei en zegen”
Als dit waar was, dan zouden gelovigen, of in ieder geval de abonnees van Charisma, dus op de eerste plaats al geen last hebben gehad van de economische situatie, dus hiermee ontkracht het welvaartsevangelie de boodschap die ze jarenlang verkondigt hebben.

“Druk uw liefde ook uit in geld”
Deze zin roept associaties bij mij op die eigenlijk niet erg christelijk zijn, waarschijnlijk, maar gaat me echt een brug of tien te ver! We hebben altijd geroepen dat liefde niet te koop, de liefde voor geld de wortel van alle kwaad is, etc, etc en nu deze wanhopige uitroep? Zou Charisma het water dan inderdaad aan de lippen staan?

“Dan zal naar Gods belofte uw rendement dertig, zestig en honderdvoud bij u terugkomen”
Had de redactie van Charisma maar geofferd, dan hadden ze het blad nu gratis kunnen verzenden. Matthijs Piet was zakenman en reed ooit een mooie nieuwe Mercedes ML. Daar heb ik geen enkel probleem mee, maar dan zijn dit soort berichten wel wat tegenstrijdig. Van de nieuwwaarde van 30 Mercedessen ML kan een blad als Charisma jarenlang gratis verspreidt worden, dus wat is er dan bij Charisma fout gegaan, of klopt de leer niet?

Het claimen van een rendement van 30, 60 of 100 keer, komt neer op het claimen van een rendement op een investering van 3000%, 6000% of 10.000%. Dit soort claims moet maar niet bij de AFM terecht komen …

Wat is Gods Wil?
Sowieso dat we in liefde en de waarheid leven en wandelen. Dan blader je Charisma van achter naar voren en het eerste wat je tegenkomt is een column van Mattheus van der Steen. Nu zal ik de laatste zijn die beweert dat hij bewust liegt, maar de perikelen rond zijn reizen naar Birma en andere landen hebben toch wel duidelijk gemaakt dat de vertelde verhalen voorlopig met een enorme korrel zout genomen moeten worden.

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mrt

Een drie keer bekeerd dorp?

Mozambique lijkt een geliefde plek te zijn voor. Daar ligt een dorp, het is nog niet duidelijk om welk dorp het nu precies gaat, wat al drie keer in zijn geheel bekeerd zou zijn. Als we de verschillende verklaringen mogen geloven althans, want in de praktijk kan dat natuurlijk helemaal niet.

25
nov

Tegenstellingen

Een filmpje wat heel duidelijk de tegenstellingen tussen wat men zegt en wat men doet. Het is ronduit schokkend om te zien hoe groot de tegenstellingen sommige gevallen zijn. Dit zou ons echt aan het denken moeten zetten, en ons kritischer maken ten aanzien van eventuele nieuwe manifestaties en uitingen. Teveel mensen lopen zomaar overal achter aan, zonder zich een moment af te vragen wat de achterliggende motieven van de ‘gezalfde’ zijn. Bekijk dit filmpje en beoordeel zelf!

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