This is a conceptual followup to Frank's post.
Here is how we got into this mess, simplified:
- Inventors of Charismaticism/"Continuationism," ca. 1900, made huge promises and claims.
- They had zero credibility, completely failed to deliver, and were largely dismissed by Biblically-faithful Christians. They gained no traction among them.
- Commitment to genuine Christian discipleship, with the necessary corollaries of commitment to (and utter confidence in) God's word and truth on both sides of the pulpit, waned over the following decades.
- Respected Christian leaders worked hard to enshrine a way to exempt Charismatics/"Continuationists" from all necessarily-disastrous objective examination of their distinctive claims.
- Unshackled from the (Biblical) burden of proof, errorists and their false teaching increasingly found the faux credibility and purchase they'd been denied previously, thanks to the cover provided by big names.
Specifically, it will take the reversal of steps 3 and 4, above. To wit:
- Christians, on both sides of the pulpit, must be recaptured by genuine Christian discipleship, with all it entails.
- Christians who are leaders must repent — either of their errant teaching, or of their timid refusal to speak out boldly, plainly, and decisively — and must systematically strip away the false cover they've provided to the Charismatic/"Continuationist" errorists.