Post-charismatics are caught between a rock and a hard place. On one hand, we believe all the Holy Spirit’s gifts are alive and well and needed today. At the same time, we’ve also seen and experienced the bad fruit of biblically-questionable teachings, toxic practices (aka spiritual abuse) and a domineering culture of “charis-fomo” (fear of missing out on the next great move of the Spirit).
We’re “continuationists” who still yearn for the Spirit’s presence and power in our lives. We know there’s a baby in the bathwater, but the pond scum seems too thick to penetrate.
It’s time to roll up our sleeves and take responsibility for cleaning the bathwater. Latter Rain, Word of Faith, and Shepherding (“submit to your covering”) teachings have produced spiritual casualties for far too long.
It’s time to exercise the charismata of discernment (

Robby McAlpine writes with a positive and constructive voice. He shows us that the answer to misuse or excess concerning the Holy Spirit is not ‘no use’ but right use.
“For burned-out and hurt former charismatics, Post-Charismatic leads the way forward toward a mature and sane re-engagement with the person and work of the Holy Spirit. Post-Charismatic is not post-Holy Spirit, it is a call for post-weirdness.”
~ Bishop Todd D. Hunter (
Anglican Mission in America)

Former National Director, Vineyard Churches USA

Engaging, enlightening, and encouraging. McAlpine shares an historical perspective that is both tough on issues and kind to people. Post-Charismatic has challenged me to evaluate teaching and practice while actively seeking and participating in the work of the Spirit.
~ Mark Stokes (Kelowna Vineyard, Kelowna BC)

I have read both editions of this book and I can’t express how impressed I am with Robby’s balanced and fair treatment of the issues. A must read!
~ Mike Horn (The River Church, Fresno CA)