My last few posts have been about Charismatic Healing doctrines. I am hearing Christians talk more and more about healing these days, which got me thinking.
Back in the 60’s-70’s the Charismatic emphasis was on love and happy thoughts, Hippies for Jesus and Jesus People.
In the 80’s Charismatics emphasized speaking in tongues.
In the 90’s it was all about prosperity and wealth.
Now it seems Charismatics are pushing physical healing.
The emphasis did not exclude the existence of these other things, they all go together, but there were definite emphases.
Most of these, with the exception of tongues, since I can’t think of why that was specifically there then, are a direct reflection of culture.
Hippies were big around Jesus People time, we promised getting high on Jesus and not on drugs. Wealth was big around the US’s booming economy followed by recessions and uncertainty. It is no surprise that in our day of constant talk about universal health care and the expense of medical treatment, that the church is pushing free health care by the Spirit.
The church is simply using what flesh people want and then promising those same flesh benefits.
Does it work? The charismatic church has been the largest growing segment of Christianity in the last 50 years, and it’s not even close.
It’s no surprise that if you want to attract people, promise them their fleshly desires at no charge.
Unfortunately, the filled churches are talking about flesh experiences so much, they rarely get around to spiritual teaching.
The church has sold our birthright for a bowl of pottage.
If only the Bible had a warning about how dumb that is.
We should all be in a state of mourning for the condition of the church today.