Introduction to the Charismatic Movement
Author: Professor Walter J. Veith, PhD
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Summary: Are occurrences such as weeping statues, apparitions of Mary, and the "laughing in the Lord" phenomenon really manifestations of the Holy Spirit?
 
 
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Emotion-based religion changes the focus from Christ to the believers. As experiences become more important than sound doctrine and practice, God-deprived followers seek greater and more exciting “manifestations of the Spirit” in attempts to satisfy their souls.

On the evening of January 20, 1994, a congregation of around 450 people was assembled at the Airport Christian Fellowship in Toronto. Suddenly, they burst into uncontrollable laughter. The “laughing in the Lord” phenomenon led to a state in which outward physical manifestations were common. Drunkenness, trembling, deep sobbing, and healings became common at such meetings.

This brand of worship spread globally within months, even reaching churches in the Czech Republic, Cambodia, and Indonesia. In Britain alone, 3500 churches were “laughing in the Lord.” These events have been hailed as the great outpouring of the Spirit, yet the Bible says, “Let all things be done decently and in order” (1 Corinthians 14:40).

God invites us to "reason together" (Isaiah 1:18). When we base our faith on our senses, we are opening ourselves up to delusion. Satan can use these avenues to reach our souls with lies. Self-control is one of the fruits of the Spirit, and these manifestations are completely devoid of self-control. One can only conclude that the spirit behind these manifestations is not God's.

Since the Bible warns that the final exaltation of the man of sin will be made possible through false signs and wonders, the charismatic revival needs careful evaluation. This movement is one of the means whereby the barriers between Roman Catholicism and Protestantism are being broken down.

And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will consume with the breath of His mouth and shall destroy with the brightness of His coming. The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders. And with all unrighteousness deception among in those who perish; because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved (2 Thessalonians 2:8-10).

Signs and wonders are occurring across all religious boundaries: milk drinking icons in Hinduism, light manifestations in Buddhism, apparitions and heavenly writings in Islam, and Eucharist signs and physical manifestations in Catholicism. Read more about these signs and wonders

There has been a mighty resurgence of signs and wonders in Roman Catholic churches. Statues are weeping blood, oil, or tears; Eucharistic miracles are taking place; apparitions of Mary are becoming more and more frequent; and prophets and stigmatists are common in Catholic churches. These delusions are so overpowering that millions are being deceived. Read about one such instance that took place in Bethlehem in 1996

Some of these astounding occurrences have been recently highlighted in the book Thunder of Justice, which has a foreword by the prominent Catholic theologian Dr. Malachi Martin. In this book, “Mary” reaffirms the prominence of the Papacy and confirms that the great events of the last days are upon us. Read more about Thunder of Justice and the position given to Mary

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