Being both Reformed and charismatic is like being a “theological orphan,” says The Village Church’s Matt Chandler, and he implores both camps to quit tearing each other down. The two groups, he says, are acting like “divorced parents” and he wants to see them remarried.
In a Nov. 12 sermon on spiritual gifts, Chandler explained why The Village Church is a “continuous” congregation, one that believes that the gifts of the Holy Spirit the Apostle Paul speaks of in 1 Corinthians 12 and 14 are for today. The opposing view, known as cessationism, teaches that those gifts ceased with the death with the Apostles, and that perspective is held by many Reformed Christians.
“My whole life in Christ, I have felt like a theological orphan,” he said.
“To be Reformed and charismatic — that’s a theological muck. I have felt like the child of divorced parents who badmouth one another every time I’m at their house for the weekend.”
Chandler illustrated that when he goes to his proverbial Reformed dad’s house, dad says: “Your mom’s such a loon. I swear, here, give her this book to read. … I just don’t understand, does she know that she’s deceived, she’s probably letting demons in the house. She might even been getting demons on you. You just need to be careful.”
When he visits his proverbial charismatic mom’s house, she says: “Your dad knows the Bible so well, why does he seem so angry all the time? What is he upset about? Why does he constantly feel like he has to defend God as though God were helpless and unable to defend himself?”
In these situations he urges his charismatic mom to frame her beliefs in the Word of God because they are biblical. It’s just that the language is so often confused and dad really just loves the Bible, and Scripture does prescribe boundaries regarding the administration of these gifts. Likewise, he tells Reformed dad that the Bible should not make him angry, but free: “If the Word of God is making you crusty, I think you’re missing something out of the Word of God.”
“So I just felt stuck between these two worlds,” Chandler continued, “and I’m longing at the Village Church to be a church that sees mom and dad remarried, the convergence of Spirit and truth, Word and wonder.”
SOURCE: Brandon Showalter