I (Grover) read an article this morning that I just have to share. J. Lee Grady wrote this article in Charisma Magazine defining "four fatal flaws" of the charismatic movement. This probably applies in spirit to other movements as well, and certainly is a warning as we all pray for the "next move of God." Anyway, here's his take on this subject:
FOUR FATAL FLAWS that RUIN MINISTRIES
by J. Lee Grady
I spend a lot of time investing in young leaders-and I constantly urge them to learn from the mistakes we made in the previous move of God. I appreciate the positive things the Holy Spirit did during the charismatic movement, but we made a mess because we didn´t lead with integrity.
1Cor. 14:26 What is the outcome then, brethren? When you assemble, each one has a psalm, has a teaching, has a revelation, has a tongue, has an interpretation. Let all things be done for edification.
Years ago I was part of a group of men who spent several years together praying, seeking the Lord and studying piles of books and literature (and the Word) believing that if we got all the New Testament patterns and procedures down that our church would be in a position to be able to demonstrate the fullness of NT church life. We diligently studied the first century church, church fathers, the pre-Constantine church history, Catholic church, Reformation church, and every other historical or traditional movement we could find. I have to say that I learned a bunch in that time, but that much of it had little to do with spiritual life. Of course God used it to change and form my Christian paradigm and, hopefully, to contrast the difference between Christianity the religion and Christianity the life.
The scripture above is the only New Testament window that we have where we see what a NT meeting looks like. Seems strange that the Holy Spirit would only describe such a meeting once in the entire book, leaving so much to be speculated on. But I believe that this was entirely by design. If God had described it in detail, most of us would cast it in concrete and make THIS meeting the standard for every meeting of His church!
So... what does the New Testament meeting look like? Let's move through this scripture and make a few notes:
1Thess. 5:23 Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Had a conversation with a couple of folks recently about soul ties and the relationships among our spirit, soul and body. I thought Andrew Wommack's audio series on the subject was well worth listening to, so am posting the link to his website. It's www.andrewwommack.org/extra/1027. There are four lessons in the series, and you can listen to them on your smartphone or computer. If you have comments on this series, please post them by clicking on the Add Comment button below. Blessings, Grover
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