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A Word from the Lord Evaluating the Modern Gift of Prophecy Nathan Busenitz

Well, good afternoon. My name is Nathan Busenitzand the title of our seminar this afternoon is A Word from the Lordé Evaluating the ModernGift of Prophecy. That subtitle really defines our goal in this session. We want to lookat prophecy in the contemporary Charismatic Movement and compare it to the Word of God. Now as a side note, at the beginning, I wantto note that much of the material that we're covering this afternoon parallels what you'llfind in the Strange Fire book which you'll be receiving tomorrow. And I'm mentioningthat at the outset so that if you're interested in doing further study on this important topic,you can do so by reading what MacArthur

has published in that important resource. Now before we begin this afternoon, it's importantfor us to define several terms. And I realize that these terms have been defined and usedthroughout the keynote sessions so far. But I feel like it's important from the beginningto define some key terms. One of those terms is Charismatic. The term quot;Charismaticquot; isvery broad. It encompasses millions of people and thousands of denominations. In fact, accordingto the International Dictionary of Pentecostal and Charismatic Movements, there are morethan twenty thousand distinct Charismatic and Pentecostal groups or denominations inthe world. These groups are generally subdivided

into three different categories or waves.The first wave began in 1901 in Topeka, Kansas, it really got started in 1905 or so here inLos Angeles and that would be classic Pentecostalism under the leadership of men like William Seymourand Charles Fox Parham. The second wave is known as the CharismaticRenewal, began in the 1960's and it represents really the influence of Pentecostal theologyin the mainline denominations. Actually started in Van Nuys, California, just a few milesfrom here. And then the Third Wave began in the 1980's,really started under the leadership of two Fuller Seminary professors, C. Peter Wagnerand John Wimber. Wimber, of course, associated

with the Vineyard Fellowship and this is Pentecostaltheology influencing evangelicalism and it's called the Third Wave. These three waves together represent the Pentecostaland Charismatic Movement and in our seminar today, we'll be using the term CharismaticI a broad sense to refer to all three of these waves, recognizing that it's not possibleto deal with all of the nuances and specifics in the hour or so that we have this afternoon. Another important term that we need to discussis the term quot;Continuationist.quot; The term Continuationist simply means that those who are continuationistsbelieve that the gifts have continued, the

miraculous and revelatory gifts of the NewTestament have continued throughout the church age and are still operational today. Oftenthe term, continuationist, is used to differentiate theological conservative Charismatics fromthose in the broader Charismatic Movement. And wellknown continuationists would includeChristian leaders like John Piper, Wayne Grudem, and Sam Storms, and I think it's importantat the outset to mention the fact that we have great appreciation and respect for muchof what these men and their ministries represent. I like how Bob Kauflin defines the term Continuationist.He says this, quot;The term Charismatic has sometimes been associated with doctrinal error unsubstantiatedclaims of healing, financial impropriety,

outlandish and unfulfilled predictions, anoveremphasis on the speech gifts and some regrettable hair styles.quot; Then he says this,quot;That's why I've started to identify myself more often as a continuationist rather thana Charismatic.quot; So I think it's helpful for us to note the distinction there between thosetwo terms. And then finally, we have the term cessationist.The term cessationist refers to those who believe that the miraculous and revelatorygifts passed away in church history shortly after the apostolic age ended. Cessationistsassert that phenomena like the gifts of apostleship, prophecy, tongues and healing are no longeroperational in the church today. Once the

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