In the Pentecostal and Charismatic world the issue of prophecy matters today as much as it did in the Bible. What then is prophecy and how does biblical prophecy compare to modern day prophecy? Prophecy in the Bible is quite diverse but it is generally speaking human speech that is inspired by God (2 Peter 1:21.) There is a tradition of men and women in the Bible whom God specially commissioned as his spokespeople known as prophets. They are usually the ones who prophesied in the Bible and a significant portion of the Bible consists of their prophetic words. The Bible is therefore our main resource for understanding what prophecy is so we can use it to asses prophecy today. Continue reading “Contemporary Prophecy and the Bible”
I have realised that when it comes to tongues speaking we have read a lot of modern practices and ideas into the New Testament instead of them being supported by the text. Continue reading “Tongues Speaking in the Early Church”
Here are some excellent papers by Dr. Andrew Wilson, a New Testament scholar and pastor, making the case for the continuation of spiritual gifts, also known as charismata, while responding to the most poignant arguments against the continuation of such gifts in today’s world.
I have been a lifelong Pentecostal. I now prefer to think of myself as post-Charismatic because I am a staunch believer in the charismata i.e. spiritual gifts like tongues, acts of power, healing, prophecy etc. however, I am not a fan of contemporary Charismatic subculture. All that being said I have learned important things from our cessationist brothers and sisters. Continue reading “Learning from Cessationists”
Pentecostal and Charismatic forms of the Christianity are overwhelmingly the dominant forms of Christianity in Ghana. By Charismatic and Pentecostal I am referring to a type of theology which is part of a loose global movement and not necessarily churches or denominations that have those words in their names. Without understanding Pentecostalism you cannot understand Ghanaian Christianity. The question is how did we get here?