Articles
 He has sustained us
 Blaspheming God vs. Receiving Messiah & the Holy Spirit
 Yeshua is a mensch
 Enduring sound doctrine
 Burden or gift?
 Return to Zion Update
 Advent
 Assembling with the Brethren
 Fruit of the Spirit - Self Control
 To the Jew First

Series [All]
 Book reviews (3)
 Fruit of the Spirit (8)
 Israel's Restoration August 2017 (7)
 Israel's Restoration July 2017 (8)
 Israel's Restoration November 2017 (3)
 Israel's Restoration October 2017 (6)
 Israel's Restoration September 2017 (7)
 Jewish Roots (31)
 Psalms of Ascent (46)
 The Mitzvah Book (90)

Archive


 

Monday, 18 June 2012
Retiring The Religious Spirit

My article in this month's issue of Israel's Restoration has attracted quite a lot of comment. You can read the whole article and some of the comments so far here, but it includes this text:

I frequently hear these sorts of comments, especially in charismatic circles. These statements are part of the "in language" of a Christian sub-culture that re-defines the ordinary meaning of words. What do they mean?

The claim that an individual or group has a religious spirit is usually applied to people who like liturgical worship and ritual. It is used for people who are not comfortable with very exuberant worship expression or strange manifestations, or for people who prefer the more dignified traditional denominational expressions either in the churches or the synagogues.

Sometimes groups promote bizarre kinds of expressions because they believe such activity will "get rid of religious spirits". I am not referring to prophecy, or tongues and interpretation, as well as other gifts of the Spirit. I am referring to such things as wild dancing, falling down, exuberant laughing and many more things that can take place in some charismatic gatherings. This sort of behavior only serves to offend more conservative believers who are simply not open to such expressions.

What do you think - it would be good to hear your opinion. Why not comment using the link below ...

Posted By Dan Juster, 3:49pm Comment Comments: 0