The seeds of Pentecostalism

“The grand reason why the miraculous gifts were so soon withdrawn was not only that faith and holiness were well-nigh lost, but that dry, formal, orthodox men began then to ridicule whatever gifts they had not themselves and to cry them all as evil madness or imposture.” –John Wesley (1703-1791)

This thought well expresses Pentecostal and charismatic belief about the necessity of gifts today. It impinges, however, upon the purpose of God, as if he could not keep the gifts going throughout history even though he desired it. It ignores that the cessation of gifts were in fact part of God’s plan for the church.

This view sees the presence of miracles as a sign of spirituality and holiness, as if the letter of 1 Corinthians didn’t exist. That church had the most gifts and could likely be called the least spiritual of the churches of the day.

As I remember, historically the Pentecostal movement arose from Methodism. No wonder.

J. Randal Matheny

Be pithy.

What do you think?