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Charismatic Deception

This page is an apologetic against all those claiming so-called miracles, wonders, signs, and healings today.

This definition comes from Theopedia:

The Pentecostal movement within protestant Christianity places emphasis on the supernatural sign gifts of the Holy Spirit, especially the gift of tongues first seen at Pentecost in Acts chapter 2. Pentecostalism is similar to the Charismatic movement, but developed earlier and separated from the mainstream church.


Theologically, most Pentecostal denominations are aligned with Evangelicalism in that they emphasize the Scriptures and the need for conversion to faith in Jesus. Most Pentecostals also adhere to the doctrine of Biblical inerrancy. Pentecostals differ from most Fundamentalists in their belief in the modern day operation and gifts of the Spirit.

Although "speaking in tongues" is often emphasized in Pentecostalism, the idea that one is not saved unless one speaks in tongues is rejected by most major Pentecostal denominations.

A small number of Pentecostal-type churches hold to Oneness theology, which decries the traditional doctrine of the Trinity as unbiblical. The largest Pentecostal Oneness denomination in the United States is the United Pentecostal Church. Oneness Pentecostals, are sometimes known as "Jesus-Name", "Apostolics", or by their detractors as "Jesus only" Pentecostals. This is due to the belief that the original Apostles baptized converts in the name of Jesus. The majority of Oneness Pentecostals believe that God has revealed Himself in different roles rather than three distinct persons, for which see modalism. Some modern Oneness adherents are in an effort to distance Oneness theology from ancient modalism because of the problems in the idea of God revealed in successive roles.

The major trinitarian pentecostal organizations, however, including the "Pentecostal World Conference" and the "Fellowship of Pentecostal and Charismatic Churches of North America", have condemned Oneness theology as a heresy and refuse membership to churches holding this belief. The same holds true for the Oneness Pentecostal towards trinitarian churches. It should be noted that the Apostolic Church (UK) is also a strongly Trinitarian Pentecostal denomination.

This definition came from Theopedia:

Charismatic- is an umbrella term used to describe those Christians who believe that the manifestations of the Holy Spirit seen in the first century Christian Church, such as healing, miracles and "speaking in tongues," are available to contemporary Christians and ought to be experienced and practiced today.

The word charismatic is derived from the Greek word charisma (meaning a grace or a gift) which is the term used in the Bible to describe a wide range of supernatural experiences (especially in 1 Corinthians 12-14).

Often confused with Pentecostalism (by which it was inspired), Charismatic Christianity tends to differ in key aspects: most Charismatics reject the preeminence given by Pentecostalism to "speaking in tongues," reject what they consider to be legalism sometimes associated with Pentecostalism, and often stay in their existing denominations such as Roman Catholic Charismatics.

Because of the continual cross-over between Pentecostalism and the modern Charismatic movement, it is increasingly difficult to speak of Charismatics and Pentecostals as being part of separate movements. Yet because neither movement is monolithic, it is also unfair to speak of them as being one movement either. The difference is primarily one of origins. Beliefs of the two groups are very similar; each movement, however, is unique in its historical beginnings. Having been conceived in unique contexts, the difference may secondarily be described in terms of contrasting church cultures evidenced through each movement's manners and customs (i.e., worship styles, preaching styles, altar ministry methods). Until a more acceptable broad nomenclature is used, it needs to be understood that both movements share a great deal in common, and yet can sometimes be clearly differentiated.

Articles which examine and refute the signs and wonders movement:

No New Revelation by John Calvin

The Montanist Crisis: A Key to Refuting Third Wave Concepts of NT Prophecy by F. David Farnell (Pdf)

Combating Charismatic Theology by Phil Johnson

Charismatic Chaos -Proper Biblical Interpretation by John MacArthur

A Brief Look at Sign Gifts, Faith Healing & Tongues by Mike Gowens 

Divine Healing: Is it Scriptural? by Arthur W. Pink (Pdf)

Does R. C. Sproul Believe in Miracles? From R. C. Sproul (The reason Reformed Christians reject the outrageous claims of Charismatics)

Usurping Women have been the originators of many false Charismatic movements!

The Word-less Church by Robert Godfrey

Why Is the Prosperity Gospel Attractive? by Sugel Michelen'

The Anointing: Benny Hinn vs. the Bible by Alpha & Omega Ministries

9Marks articles on the Prosperity Gospel

Are Tongues Real Languages?

The Cessation of the Sign Gifts by Thomas R. Edgar & here

Speaking in Tongues by James M. Frye

Being Baptized in the Spirit: The Truth Over Against the False Teaching of the Charismatics by James A Laning

Montanus: First Charismatic by Herman C. Hanko

Confessions of a Former Charismatic, Part 1: Why I’m No Longer a Charismatic

Confessions of a Former Charismatic, Part 2: Why I’m No Longer a Charismatic

Joseph Prince: Tongues, The Key To A Spirit-Led Life? Part 1

Joseph Prince: Tongues, The Key To A Spirit-Led Life? Part 2

The Five Most Disturbing Things About a Benny Hinn Miracle Service

Why do these Pentecostals Keep Growing?

Today’s Pentecostal-Charismatic-False-Heretical Teachings by Hershel L. Harvell Jr. (Pdf)

Critique of Benny Hinn's book "Good Morning Holy Spirit"

A closer look at Benny Hinn

Benny Hinn--Unmasked

Benny Hinn and Beyond: Word of Faith Movements Hidden Agenda---a must hear sermon for those who want to know the deception of today's Charismatics. Download full message by clicking the above link or click here to download in two messages in order to fit to Cd.

Quotes from 31 'Third wave Leaders'

The Man, His Ministry, and the Movement (Concerns About the Teachings of T. D. Jakes) by Jerry L. Buckner (Pdf)

The Church of Oprah Winfrey and a Theology of Suffering by Mark Oppenheimer

The Bible and Women Teachers by Gary Crampton (Pdf)

18 Dangers of the Charismatic Movement by Dr. Ken Matto

Can a Believer Be Demon-Possessed?

Can Christians be Demon-Possessed? by John MacArthur

5 Errors of the Prosperity Gospel - The Gospel Coalition

Were Tongues Real Languages? | The Cripplegate

Prosperity Gospel Born in the USA

I Visited a Prosperity Gospel Megachurch

Augustine and Miracle Reports in Church History | The Cripplegate

Prosperity Preaching: Deceitful and Dangerous

The Role Of Women by John MacArthur

Don't Put God in a Box by Erik Raymond

Are there still apostles in the church today?

Cessationism – Proving Charismatic Gifts have Ceased by Peter Masters

The Prosperity Gospel Has Gone Viral by Erik Raymond

50 Kitwe Pastors Pray For Zambian Kwacha by Conrad Mbewe

The Curse Of Motivational Speaking by Conrad Mbewe

Is the Existence of the NT Canon Incompatible with Claims of New Revelation? by Michael J. Kruger

Why I Am a Cessationist by Thomas Schreiner

Death, the Prosperity Gospel and Me by Kate Bowler

Eisegesis gone wrong...awfully wrong by Conrad Mbewe

Trichotomists, Charismatics, and 1 Corinthians 14 by Daniel M. Brown

How Preaching Moved From Solid Theology to Pop Psychology (Charisma

Gnosticism by Charmley, Gervase N. 

Battalogeo & a Heavenly Prayer Language by Eric Davis 

Addressing Continuationist Arguments from 1 Corinthians 14 by Eric Davis 

Nate Busenitz has demonstrated that the two tongues position is unsound from Scripture

In My Defense Against Today’s Miracles by Hershel Lee Harvell Jr (Pdf) 

Good material to prove that the gifts of the apostles ceased.


Cessationism Demonstrated and Defended Pt 1 by Richard Cardwell Jr. (Mp3)

Cessationism Demonstrated and Defended Pt 2 by Richard Cardwell Jr. (Mp3)

Why we are not Charismatics by Ian Goligher (Mp3)

Cessation of the Charismata by Ian Goligher (Mp3)

Tongues-the Real Thing by Ian Goligher (Mp3)

Textual Examination of Tongues by Ian Goligher (Mp3)

Charismatic Chaos Series by John MacArthur

Jim Murphy “The Subtlety of Satan” this is an absolute must hear sermon (Mp3)

The Teachings of Oneness Pentecostalism by James White

Is Speaking in Tongues Necessary for Salvation? (White vs Bernard Debate) (Mp3)

How Biblical is the Trinity? (White vs Sabin Debate) (Mp3)

The Truth About Tongues, Part 1 by John MacArthur (Article) (Mp3)

The Truth About Tongues, Part 2 by John MacArthur (Article) (Mp3)

The Truth About Tongues, Part 3 by John MacArthur (Article) (Mp3)

The Truth About Tongues, Part 4 by John MacArthur (Article) (Mp3)


Does the Bible Teach That the Charismatic Gifts Are For Today?- Debate between Matt Slick and Sam Waldron

Dr. Carson interviews Conrad Mbewe about the church situation in Africa

Benny Hinn Confronts Joel Osteen

Benny Hinn Confirmed Roman Catholic

Wretched: False Prophet Fiasco

How to spot fake tongues

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