Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Post-Charismatic 2.0: Book Release

There's a long saga behind this book's original release, and now into it's Second Edition, but I suspect the details might be interesting only to yours truly...

What I should probably emphasize is the "Why?" behind writing Post-Charismatic 2.0: Rekindle the Smoldering Wick in the first place:
My motivation for writing is the same today as when I wrote the first edition: I have many brothers and sisters who have been victims of some or all of these damaging teachings and practices. I don’t want to see people give up on their faith, nor settle for a ‘safe’ but ultimately sterile Christian life.

“Ideas have consequences,” wrote Richard Weaver. As Christians, our beliefs influence our actions, whether we realize it or not. Toxic practices (spiritual abuse) are always rooted in toxic beliefs (false or misused teaching). People often protest that they aren’t interested in “doing theology”. What they don’t realize is that our thoughts and beliefs about God and how He works are theology.

Including bad or toxic theology.
It is the difficulty in the sorting process that tempts many charismatics to throw up their hands in frustration, and give up. Many will simply skip being post-charismatic (weeding out the chaff to hold to the wheat), and jump straight into being non-charismatic.

And in the extreme, non-Christian. (Note: We want to avoid this.)

(We want to avoid this, too.)

After an overview of the historical roots, we will dig deeper into three areas of teaching that have contributed heavily to the current problems. Problems that have caused outsiders to mock, insiders to be used and abused, and many refugees to flee for their spiritual lives. These three areas are:
  1. Latter Rain (aka Kingdom Now, Dominion, New Apostolic Reformation)
  2. Word of Faith (aka Prosperity, Name It & Claim It)
  3. Shepherding Movement (being under 'authority/cover', aka Culture of Honor)
My hope is that Post-Charismatic 2.0: Rekindle the Smoldering Wick will prove to be a redemptive starting point for current charismatics, post-charismatics, and anyone who desires more of the Spirit but wants to avoid the errors that led to the excesses that led to the exodus.

"I don't want to be post-Spirit,
but I wouldn't mind being post-hype."

5 comments:

  1. Hi Robbie,
    I have just finished re-reading your book Post Charismatic - which I found to be very encouraging. It ends with the call not to be Post-Spirit and just settle for a cessasionist group - but how do you do that? Where I live there is no moderate Charismatic church and from experience I have learned that when you speak up you get frozen out. I went to a cessasionist church for 17 years and in the end just walked away. I have explored the possibility of House Church - but there are none here and I am not in a position to start one. I want to be part of the body - but how? I am sure there are many in this position.

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  2. Hey Steph,

    I can really resonate with your comment. What you describe is very similar to our situation too. Wendy and I have opted to attend a church which is basically okay with spiritual gifts but in a very lowkey way (ie. you'd never see it during a service, more likely in a home group if at all).

    We are learning that any use of our spiritual gifts that might be considered "charismatic" will take place one-on-one or in a small informal gathering of Christian friends. And that if we "de-charismatize" our words, even people who are non-charismatic aren't so wierded-out when we do.

    For us (and maybe for you as well), it's ended up NOT being about finding a church that fits us, and more about just finding ways to be a blessing to others, whatever that may look like. It's an interesting journey!

    Are there any ministries focused on the poor and/or homeless in your area? They tend to be more non-denominational, and that might be an outlet for serving.

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    1. Thanks for your reply Robby, I have recently been attending a bible study in my local area which is very Reformed and very cessationist, however, they really do love the Lord and are strong in the word. I was reluctant to attend their church because of this but perhaps that may be the best course of action. I live in a very rural area in Australia - so not a big homeless problem :>) I take to heart your call to seek to be a blessing to others - to bloom where I am planted :>) Thanks

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    2. That's interesting, Steph -- the church that Wendy & I attend is also Reformed. I was out for coffee with our pastor, and I asked him "Does it feel strange to you to have people like us coming to your church?" He just laughed and said that there were five ex-pastors attending the church already, and only a couple of them were Reformed. So why not us, too? :)

      I'm glad you're staying in fellowship with other believers. Whatever God is up to in your area, it may not be clear just yet. But fellowship is always important, even if you're not completely on the same page.

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  3. I'll keep you posted :-)

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