Thursday, December 01, 2005

How I became a Reformed Charismatic

Well this seems to be the topic as of late on the blogsphere. My brother Ryan just posted on this yesterday. My post could begin and end in one sentence. How did I become a Reformed Charismatic? I submitted to the leadership of my husband in this doctrinal shift for our family. Although true I will give you a little more. I grew up in a Christian home and attended a nice little community church where I was saved. I'll quote my brother in the kind of church this was "For most of my youth anything that could be offensive to the congregation was held back from the congregation, therefore I was unaware of any controversial topics. We got a healthy dose of do this and don’t do that along with alter calls (which inherently are not wrong in my belief) and the “pray this prayer and you will be converted.” I had a high view of myself and a small view of God." At 18 I stumbled upon a Five Points of Calvinism book and devoured the material and anything else I could get my hands on concerning the subject. It didn't take long for the Lord to open my eyes to this truth in his word. I found a church that taught and believed these truths. As far as the gifts were concerned I was a cessasationist for as long as I can remember. I had an Old Testament view of prophecy, did not believe in a prayer language, and thought tongues & signs and wonders were gifts that ceased with the closing of the canon. I had scripture to back up my beliefs but I think my experience with a Pentacostal church kind of sealed the deal. - I was 16 when a friend at school invited me to attend her church. I walked into utter chaos. People laying in the aisle, speaking/screaming in tongues and that was just during worship. Let's just say I left before the sermon began. Fast forward a few years, I marry Chris, we begin our family, plant a church, then stumble upon Sovereign Grace (PDI at the time). We attended a small group leaders conference and it was there our belief in the "charismata" began to be challenged. Now It was one thing for me to hold to a doctrine with an experiencence that left me never wanting to believe otherwise. So I didn't really have a catergory for a church that practiced the gifts according to scripture. Now don't hear me wrong, I'm not advocating to base your doctrine on expereince. It just shows you how proud and immature I was at the time, well I'm still proud and immature but you get the point. This conference began a year and a half long journey of studying scripture, reading books & meeting with the Pastor from our church and the Sovereign Grace Church. Chris spent many hours on this subject. Actually he went away for a week where he did nothing but study this topic. He brought it back to me and shared his new convictions with me. Now thankfully the Lord did a work in my heart as well and I came to the same conclusions in searching the scripture but what I was left with was submitting to where this change in doctrine would lead us. I will save that story for another day. Also for scripture references on this topic see my Husband's Blog where he is in the middle of a Holy Spirit series.

3 comments:

Ryan J said...

That's awesome, I know I was heavily influenced by you when it came to the doctrines of grace. Also God used you and Chris to help me along my walk through the charimata.

Dawn English said...

I have been reading your blog for a week or so....I decided to comment. I loved your blog today, and we are probably where you were before kids in the doctrinal thinking aspect. I feel like a baby Christian in these new ideals(new for us). I have been blessed beyond words by reading Pipers books (just in this last year). I wouldlove to read the 5 points of Calvanism book you read....Thanks for the encouragement and the like mindedness of raising Godly children for His Glory!

Tara said...

Thanks Dawn for the kind remarks. Here is the book I mentioned... http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0875524443/qid=1133473110/sr=8-2/ref=pd_bbs_2/104-8350046-2179920?n=507846&s=books&v=glance