Subject: may 10ths blog….Re: charisma
does this sound right?
James Malm wrote in “The Charismatic Trend in UCG”:
To recap; when UCG split, it was a mutual divorce between those who wanted an Armstrong style system [COGWA] and those who were Charismatic in outlook [UCG].
Malm continually charges that UCG is becoming “charismatic” and “Pentecostal”. Obviously, he is above correction even on his misuse of English.
I wrote the first person quoted back:
James Malm needs to invest in a dictionary — and learn how to use it. I see zero evidence that UCG is going "charismatic" or even "Pentecostal".
Now, are they watering down doctrine? It appears they could be, but basing that belief entirely upon an About Us page seems rather odd. Are they turning Protestant? Time will tell.
FWIW, I do not believe we have seen the end of where UCG is heading. The entire idea of putting elders’ names on ballots can only be for one reason.
There will be more leave, but I highly doubt it will be as dramatic as the last one. Only then will things become more evident.
While I do not believe UCG will wind up as a Protestant organization, I honestly cannot say for sure where UCG leaders are taking the organization. At this point, I think only they really know and everything else is speculation.
The dictionary defines charismatic as:
characterizing Christians of various denominations who seek an ecstatic religious experience, sometimes including speaking in tongues and instantaneous healing.
Also, Pentecostal is:
noting or pertaining to any of various Christian groups, usually fundamentalist, that emphasize the activity of the holy spirit, stress holiness of living, and express their religious feelings uninhibitedly, as by speaking in tongues.
So, if UCG starts promoting speaking in tongues, then we can conclude that Malm was correct on them becoming charismatic/Pentecostal. If not, then it is time to realize that Malm’s blog is the electronic tabloid equivalent of “The Enquirer of The Churches of God”.