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  • Paperback: 316 pages
  • Publisher: Evangelical Press (January 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0852342640
  • ISBN-13: 978-0852342640
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,672,381 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Dan Brown on March 31, 2004
Format: Paperback
Whether Victor Budgen was ever actually involved in the charismatic movement, I do not know, but as one who was a "tongues-speaking" charismatic for 27 years I can assure you his descriptions of the movement, it's attitudes, and teachings demonstrates an accurate first-hand knowledge of what is actually occurring. His grasp of the scriptures relating to the charismatic gifts is rare even among reformed theologians. For those of us who were once a part of the charismatic movement, reading this book is embarrassing, realizing how incredibly deceived we once were. But the book also makes one angry, angry at the incredible ignorance of the church on her history, particularly among reformed theologians and seminary professors who should know better! Contrary to popular teaching the charismatic movement did not begin in 1900 on Azusa street, as Victor Budgen clearly demonstrates. The church has had to deal with charismatic dogma in almost every century since Augustine and Chrysostom. Luther dealt with it. The Puritans dealt with it. Jonathan Edwards wrote extensively on it, refuting charismatic teachings in his day. But we moderns no longer stand on the shoulders of those who have gone before us, nor honor our fathers and mothers in the Lord. We have traded the Westminster assembly's doctrine of Sola Scriptura for an arrogant, self-centered "solo scriptura." Thus we have reformed seminary professors today teaching such nonsense as valid New Testament prophecy being a mixture of truth and error! And all this based on flimsy exegesis of trying to uncover subtle hidden errors in the 2nd prophecy of Agabus! Victor Budgen shows that such blasphemous teachings undermine the finality, the sufficiency, and the inerrancy of "the more sure word of prophecy," the Scriptures (2 Pe 1:19-21).Read more ›
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Micheal Wark on November 2, 2005
Format: Paperback
I've been a Christian for 35 years. I'm also a FORMER Pentecostal minister. Mr. Budgen's work is a Scripturally accurate diagnosis of these deceptive teachings which ravage the Church in these latter days. His book also accurately presents the Gospel as the only cure for this spiritual malaise. As for the remark of a previous reviewer re non-charismatics as having a "powerless lifestyle": the Gospel is the power of God for salvation and everything pertaining to it; NOT pneumatological heresies and dubious "experiences" of doubtful origin. Every believer alive today must choose to continue in the downward spiral into empty subjectivism and baptised occultism or return to the teachings of the New Testament and the great Reformers. I highly recommend this book. It is a light shining in an ever-darkening place.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Donb123 on October 28, 2010
Format: Paperback
Upon starting to question all the "weirdness" in the modern Pentecostal/charismatic movement, of which I was a part, I decided to study the matter as best I could. I had already ready all the pro-Pentecostal material upon entering the movement. Now it was time to see how the opposition were interpreting specific passages. I read quite a number of books on the matter and this little gem is far away THE BEST.

Budgen's work covers the historical development (or lack thereof) of charismatic gifts throughout the history of the Church and the birth of the modern charismatic movement. He covers all the relevant Biblical passages that speak about supernatural spiritual gifts and then documents some abuses (contemporary and historical).

Seriously, if you're looking for a Biblical reason to believe or not believe in the modern charismatic "gifts" do yourself a favor and read this book.
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