Thursday, 19 July 2018

The 'Holy Laughter' Error

Because we have the canon of scripture, we can tell if some new doctrine is of God or not. One of the craziest things to come out of the charismatic movement is what they call "holy laughter." It's similar to being what they call "drunk in the spirit" in that people laugh uncontrollably.

But are we not to be sober-minded and watchful? Paul had to deal with a church in which people figured that the pagan notion of ecstasy in worship was something they should practice too. It resulted in a mad celebration where people let go of their wills and did whatever silliness came into their minds. This included blathering away rather than speaking edifying words. Paul warned the folks in 1 Corinthians 14:33 (KJV), "For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints."

Paul also admonished in 1 Corinthians 14:40 KJV)  "Let all things be done decently and in order." What was happening in Corinth happens in some churches today. But unlike those people, we ought to know better.

Likening the ability to be able to chew solid food in a child, the writer of Hebrews 5:14 (KJV) wrote, "But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil."

Sadly, certain charismatic believers live infantile lives where all they seek is signs and wonders. As it says in Hebrews 5:12 (KJV), "For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat."

I hope to include these admonitions in my next book called You Think You're Going to Heaven? If we're serious about our faith in Christ, we'll automatically want to learn everything we can about our beloved Lord. A Christian who doesn't want to study Scripture is committing spiritual suicide which will lead to eternal death in hell. I don't want anybody to suffer that fate.

My next post will be about a song from a band recommended to me by a friend. I often find that good music makes me want to buy more from the bands and individuals who produce it.

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