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You might be a Charismaniac if… (via Charismania)

You might be a Charismaniac if…

  1. You think it’s normal that your pastor owns the church.
  2. Most of the sermons you hear are about money – getting more of it.
  3. Most sermons are based on Old Testament texts, or single verses plucked out of the New Testament, particularly III John 1:2.
  4. You think it’s normal to give a pastor a standing ovation.
  5. You think it’s normal for a pastor to take up birthday offerings for himself or his wife.
  6. You think the “Gospel” is mostly about the good things God will do for you on this earth, right now.
  7. You keep hearing that there is a huge “end-times” revival right around the corner.
  8. You’ve been taught that, in conjunction with this “end-times” revival, Christians are going to get richer and richer.
  9. You believe that the best way to receive a miracle is to “sow a seed,” which means give a large offering you can’t afford.
  10. You believe certain people – your pastor, and other leaders with large ministries – are specially “anointed” and hear directly from God. Rest of the Post

This a re-blogged guest post via Charismania

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7 responses to “You might be a Charismaniac if… (via Charismania)

  1. T.C. R November 27, 2010 at 22:43

    Nah!

  2. Mark Stevens November 28, 2010 at 06:56

    Wow, nice generalisation! As someone whom might consider himself charismatic I find this post kind of offensive (between friends Michael):)

    • Michael Acidri November 28, 2010 at 09:32

      The article is tongue in cheek but centres on unscrupulous practices done in the name of christianity hence the adage “charismania”. The author if you bother to follow the article does explicitly tell of his testimonyof how he and the fellowship he attended ended up on the slippery slope of word of faith, prosperity gospel and underhand practices without sound doctrine. Mark are you charismatic or a charismaniac :)

      • Mark Stevens November 28, 2010 at 09:36

        I think your title is misleading and puts all people form the tradition in this box. I don’t disagree that word of faith types act the way you have mentioned but would suggest there is a better way to expose them that doesn’t lump many well meaning Christians who have had a particular experience into one box and one kind of charismatic tradition. Many, if not most, Charismatics are actually still a part of their original churches.

        Remember, you are speaking of God’s people when you make such a wild claim. :)

        My 2 cents

      • Michael Acidri November 28, 2010 at 09:47

        Thanks for the 2 cents Mark. I would like christians to marry the zeal they have for God with proper scriptural grounding otherwise they send a confusing message to the rest of the body. Whatever leaders and pastors do with or without scriptural backing ends up being copied in the back pews.
        Ps: I am from a charismatic back ground too Mark.

  3. Mark Stevens November 28, 2010 at 12:19

    I think Gordon Fee does a great job…I’m no Fee but i do my best. :)

    • Michael Acidri November 28, 2010 at 14:36

      Gordon will defend Gordon. I will stand for sound biblical christianity and not shenanigans i have been exposed to in the name of Christ. I undeerstand Fee is an ordained minister with the Assemblies of God (AG) and unabashedly identifies himself as Pentecostal, even though he has written articles disagreeing with a few of the AG’s fundamental Pentecostalism-specific doctrines.

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