We’ve made it to the last of the MPS Papers. Just a reminder, the stated intent of these papers is to “provoke thought and discussion”, not to layout the PAOC’s official position on these matters.
The last paper is written by J. Martini regarding the boundaries between Classical Pentecostals (CP) and the Charismatic Movement (CM).
There is No Spoon
by J. Martini
Martini was commissioned to “assess the impact of neo-pentecostal/charismatic pneumatology on classical pentecostal spirituality” (1). (This is a nebulous topic to say the least!) He presents his conclusion at the start of the paper: “There is no compelling, concrete characteristic distinguishing pentecostals, ‘classical’ or ‘charismatic’” (1). If it’s so difficult to find boundary markers between CPs and the CM, maybe it’s time to admit that we’re not all that different. Continue Reading →